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Release Date: September 16, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 123 mins.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Stars:Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe

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During a horrible accident at a nuclear power plant in Japan a man loses his wife , his job, and seemingly, his mind. Fast forward 15 years and Joe Brody (Cranston) is still looking for answers as to what really happened that day. His son, Ford, (Taylor-Johnson) whom is now an EOD tech in the military gets a phone call that his father has been arrested in Japan flies off to get him out. After a little convincing Ford is talked in to breaking in to a quarantined zone where the accident occurred. This ends up dragging him in to a face to face encounter with unstoppable monsters. Who will save the day when man is no longer able to defend itself ? I’m pretty sure you can figure that out.

As far as the locales go they picked some good spots. They jumped between Japan, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. The 3-D in the movie added an extra layer of oomph to the visuals when showing how massive the creatures are to us insignificantly small humans. The CGI for Godzilla is phenomenal and he looks way better than a mutated iguana (yeah ’98 that was a shot at you!). Now the acting was up and down as an overall effort. Bryan Cranston is the best part of the cast as he lights up the screen whenever he’s on it. Unfortunately, there is far too little of him on screen. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (AKA Kick-Ass) seems disinterested in playing his role as Ford. He’s literally got one facial expression for every situation. His reaction to hearing his father is in jail is the same as the first time he sees Godzilla.Its a lackluster effort and shouldn’t be allowed by the director, let alone a professional actor. Elizabeth Olsen (the Olsen that can act) is good in the few moments she receives on screen. Along with Cranston she helps bring some emotion to the human element of the film. Watanabe has like maybe 25 lines in the whole film so he’s not too significant. He does however get to deliver the ever so popular Japanese pronunciation of Godzilla. It’s his one shining moment on camera. Oh, and the final monster fight is overtly bad ass. Too bad that it takes like 3/4 of the movie before any fighting really goes down.

This series was in need of a reboot especially after the last two fiascos. The mission did not fail, as this is a great reintroduction to the masses. Awesome CGI, Two great performances from two under utilized actors, and one awesome monster fight are pluses. The draw backs are the lackluster performance of the main character and the lack of solid Godzilla action until almost the end of the film. Overall, it’s awesome and contains many cheerable moments. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure.

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Today, Apple TV+ announced a season two for acclaimed kids and family series “Camp Snoopy,” based on the classic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). The complete  first season of “Camp Snoopy” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

After discovering their troop is in danger of disbanding, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts set off to immerse themselves in nature and the Great Outdoors, with the Beagle Scout Manual as their guide. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and friends enjoy their summer at Camp Spring Lake, crossing paths with Snoopy as they experience hiking, swimming, sitting around campfires and everything summer camp and the outdoors have to offer. 

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, “Camp Snoopy” is based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and is directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). Executive producers are Craig Schulz, Paige Braddock, Boutilier, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts and Logan McPherson.

“Camp Snoopy” joined an exciting slate of new offerings for kids and families on Apple TV+ this summer featuring the second season of beloved animated series “Frog and Toad,” based on the Caldecott and Newbery Honor-winning books; animated adventure trilogy “WondLa,” based on the New York Times bestselling book series “The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi; highly anticipated kids and family series “Yo Gabba GabbaLand!,” inspired by the hit, Emmy Award-nominated cultural phenomenon “Yo Gabba Gabba!”; “Me,” an elevated cinematic coming-of-age story from Barry L. Levy; and, the first-ever television adaptation of the cult classic film, “Time Bandits,” starring Lisa Kudrow.

Award-winning all-age offerings now streaming globally on Apple TV+ include celebrated live action animated hybrid special, “The Velveteen Rabbit”; the Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”; Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning animated film “Wolfwalkers”; the BAFTA Award and Humanitas Prize-winning “El Deafo,” BAFTA Award-winning “Lovely Little Farm,” “Duck & Goose,” “Get Rolling With Otis,” Spin Master Entertainment’s “Sago Mini Friends,” GLAAD Media Award-nominated “Pinecone & Pony,” “Frog and Toad,” The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-winning “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Slumberkins,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment’s “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory,” Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero’s Emmy Award-nominated “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show,” Peanuts and WildBrain’s Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” “The Snoopy Show,” Scholastic’s “Eva the Owlet” and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Stillwater.” Live-action offerings include Bonnie Hunt’s DGA and WGA Award-nominated “Amber Brown,” DGA Award-winning “Best Foot Forward,” “Surfside Girls,” WGA Award-winning “Life By Ella,” Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship’s Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter,” Emmy Award and Environmental Media Association Award winning “Jane,” and Scholastic’s “Puppy Place.”

Also included are “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” the Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times bestselling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School,” Humanitas and Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” Emmy Award-winning “Snoopy Presents: Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” and “Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 499 wins and 2,262 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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