Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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Saturday, June 7, 2014
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EDGE OF TOMORROW REVIEW (GRADE: A-)
If there's any justice, Edge of Tomorrow will be this summer's word-of-mouth hit. Like Groundhog Day or Source Code, this film features a protagonist who repeats a day over and over until he gets it right (in this case, "getting it right" means thwarting an alien invasion). While the premise may be familiar, the execution by director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs Smith) and the against-type performances by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt make it unique.
Friday, May 30, 2014
REVIEW (GRADE: B)
I know loads of people who've been very excited for the release of Maleficent, but I wasn't hoping for much. The trailers, to me, hinted at a vapid, refurbished fairy-tale that would coast on visual effects and the (admittedly spot-on) stunt casting of Angelina Jolie as the titular baddie. Much to my surprise, Maleficent is given a meaty character arc and Jolie's performance is a tour-de-force, delivering a potent mix of dry wit, vengeful venom, and long-dormant compassion that makes for compelling viewing.
Friday, May 23, 2014
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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST REVIEW (GRADE: A)
It is rare to see a film of this size excelling on nearly every front, but this latest mutant adventure represents genre film-making at its finest. From the thought-provoking script to the emotional performances, from the visual effects to the sound design, from the musical score to the wardrobe, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the current high point in this uneven franchise, eclipsing even the excellent X2: X-Men United and X-Men: First Class.
Friday, May 16, 2014
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GODZILLA REVIEW (GRADE: A-)
Director Gareth Edwards has delivered the rare monster movie that is grounded in emotional reality. Like Spielberg with Jaws, Edwards ratchets up the tension by spending most of the movie investing the audience in his human characters while giving us teasing glimpses of the monster. Rest assured, when the big fella finally does his thing, you'll be stomping your feet and cheering (literally, in the case of the crowd I saw it with).
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
MMG Note: On occasion I will host guest reviewers to help this site cover more films. I've not been able to get out to the new Spider-Man, so my good friend Thomas Olsen stepped up to the plate. He really knows his stuff, so have a look at his opinion on the film (and watch for mine soon). You can read more of Tommy's stuff at his blog: tommyolsen88.blogspot.com.
REVIEW: THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 (GRADE: A-)
A few years ago Spider-man films were considered the best superhero movies around. They seemed to be the ones that everyone looked forward to the most. But today that doesn't seem to be the case any more. With Spider-man 3 living a bitter taste in many people's mouth, and with other superhero movies like the Avengers and Dark Knight getting better, people have seemed to moved on from Spidey. I've always been a big fan of the web crawler, but I will admit my interest for the character in film has been decreasing lately. When the trailers first started for this movie I was not super excited about it like I normally would be. But I'm glad to say that I think that this film will put Spider-man back towards the top again! Now it's far from perfect, but overall though it does a lot more things right than wrong, and the franchise is moving in the right direction.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Star Wars Episode VII starts filming today! If you want the latest intel, I've got you covered. I've obsessively scoured the internet looking for news so you don't have to. Follow the links for my sources. Some of them use foul language, so heads up if you click on 'em (the posted videos, however, are kosher). As always, if you shop Amazon through my ads a percentage goes to support this site. Now, let's do this thing!