Edge of Tomorrow

by Lance Tilford | Posted in The Wayward Critic | No Comments

I dread Tom Cruise movies because they are always stamped “TOM CRUISE MOVIE” in bold strokes from the promotion building up to the release and right through the movie itself. The problem being that we never know if we’re going to see perfectly cast Tom Cruise (Risky Business, Rain Man, Jerry Maguire) or “he wishes” […]

Maleficent

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Angelina Jolie was the ideal casting choice for Disney’s live-action Maleficent. Largely considered in Disney canon to be the baddest of the Disney villains, the Sleeping Beauty sorceress was ripe for some revisionist retelling, in the grand tradition of giving great villains some empathetic backstory (see Wicked, Great and Powerful Oz, Grendel). Jolie carries Maleficent […]

Godzilla

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Fans of Godzilla can breathe a fiery, toxic sigh of relief. Gareth Edwards deftly pulls off a super-sized monster movie with a slow burn beginning and a slam dunk ending. He even manages to somewhat rationalize the origin of a 300-ft tall monster and gives him a purpose for that existence that ties into Godzilla’s […]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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There was a justifiable fear heading in to this 5th X-Men movie that they were throwing in every character from the previous trilogy (the “old X-Men” trilogy and the prequel X-Men: First Class) because they didn’t know what else to do. We know from experience that overloading a superhero movie is a bad, bad, thing […]