Film Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (M)

Guardians of the Galaxy banner. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy banner. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy poster. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy poster. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel Studios.

4 ½ stars.

There would have been many anxious minds over the course of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s production these last couple of years. Studio executives concerned about their most peculiar and unrecognizable property ever, knowing they couldn’t simply reply on smearing the title alone across their marketing campaign (ala Iron Man) to get audiences’ attention (and dollars); comic book fans gravely worried that bringing such a beloved property to mainstream cinema would strip it of everything that made it great. After what seemed like an eternity in waiting and the most forward and far-reaching marketing campaign for a Marvel film so far,  Continue reading

Film Review: LUCY (MA15+)

Lucy banner. Universal Pictures.

Lucy banner. Universal Pictures.

Lucy poster. Universal Pictures.

Lucy poster. Universal Pictures.

1 ½ stars

One problem with Lucy is that it simply starts and finishes in the blink of an eye. There’s no real introduction, nor is there a satisfying conclusion. It is a short film, only 89 minutes, however it still feels like less of a whole film than others that run similar lengths. Similarly to the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent, LUCY could’ve benefited from a longer running time to fully develop characters and plot points. That said, LUCY was still a waste of an hour and a half. As it was, any longer most likely wouldn’t have done anything to save it. 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