Snowpiercer & Elysium

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This week, from the comfort of your own home, you can get a double dose of post-apocalyptic grit-n-fury with Snowpiercer, being released simultaneously in theatres and on VOD, and Elysium, which has just hit premium cable. Both movies deal with the heady issue of income inequality (which is apparently only going to get worse as […]

Edge of Tomorrow

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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 […]