GODZILLA (M) – Review

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures

3 ½ stars
In a word: Controlled.

GODZILLA is directed by Gareth Edwards, a first-rate up-and-coming talent behind the camera who wrote and directed the brilliant 2010 indie sci-fi Monsters. Taking the director of a superbly quiet movie like Monsters to be the guiding hand of the extravagant and sweeping action of a Godzilla film could’ve resulted in something rather lackluster and incompetent, but thankfully Godzilla is mostly a roaring success.

In this modern day reboot of Godzilla, the story spans a few different time periods as we’re teased regarding some sort of monstrous entity rampaging through the world. Continue reading

EDGE OF TOMORROW (M) – Review

Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow.

Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow.

Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow

Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow

4 ½ stars
In a word: Dynamic

Let me preface this by saying I’m not at all overwhelmingly put off by the presence of Tom Cruise in a movie. Not even a little bit.

Edge of Tomorrow comes from Doug Liman, who has directed some fantastic films over his career in a wide range of genres, and also Jumper (the less said about that one, the better.) Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow is set in the near future following a devastating alien invasion by creatures Earth have come to call ‘Mimics’. Major William Cage (Cruise) is a public relations specialist. He’s all about selling the war against the invasion without ever actually getting his hands dirty – so naturally he gets sent to the frontline. Continue reading