Babylon A.D. (2008) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Babylon A.D. is ideal fodder for the cinematic dumping ground of late August, or more specifically labor day weekend. Traditionally know for it’s less than par offerings, this misbegotten low-key sci-fi tale is oddly void of impact, interest and plot structure. Starting off in a narrative blur and never leveling out, the movie is a wasted effort at almost every turn. Vin Diesel is up for the task but is saddled with a thankless role and a dour facial expression throughout.
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X-Men (2000) – Review

3 Stars

Marvel’s current cinema domination can be traced back to X-Men, the Bryan Singer directed film that started off the longest running franchise in superhero history. This serious-minded film is ripe with good actors delivering intelligent dialogue, surrounded by captivating production design all while slyly referencing racial,sexual and other forms of discrimination. This inaugural entry into the X-Men cannon is flawed and feels overly expository, but remains entertaining and full of compelling characters to warrant a positive recommendation.
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Heavy Metal (1981) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Six stories make up the feature-length running time of this maddeningly ambiguous, or pointless depending on your point of view, adult themed sci-fi animated film. The cartoon fantasies are bridged by a narrator relaying evil tales to the frightened daughter of an astronaut. The glowing green orb is referred to as the LOC-NAR and its diverse effect on humankind over the course of time and space is the concurrent through-line in all the stories presented. The feature starts strong with its best story upfront, but unfortunately by mid-way the energy and interesting concepts have been exhausted. Although throughout the strong visual style remains intact.
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Hercules (2014) – Review

3 Stars

Directed with reckless indifference by Brett Ratner from a playful script accredited to a four writers,Hercules is sleek and empty as well as funny and pointless. It feels manufactured, touched by many different hands. A movie made by committee. The pleasant surprise is that both the script, and supporting cast, are funny; the film blends big-budget action and tongue-in-cheek humor in the way that nearly lampoons the entire genre. Johnson, looking both more muscular and younger than he did in his Scorpion King era, and evil Lord John Hurt go after each other amid lots of sword fighting, battles and fire effects. Continue reading Hercules (2014) – Review

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Tom Cruise’s remarkable career resiliency over the course of three decades is a staggering achievement, that fortitude and gung-ho temperament are best utilized (as of late) in this darkly funny, and spectacular looking sci-fi action thriller. The most obvious reference point is Groundhog’s Day, but Edge of Tomorrow borrows from Starship Troopers, Aliens, and a number of other well-regarded genre titles to create its tale of a solider reliving his last day, over and over. Edge of Tomorrow sports slick effects, solid acting and a great screenplay from novice scribes John-Henry Butterworth, Jez Butterrworth, with an unmistakable polish from Cruise stalwart Christopher McQuarrie.
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The Crow (1994) – Review

4 Stars

The Crow is a landmark achievement in many regards but the film carries a morose weight given the tragic underpinnings of the behind the scenes death of the late Brandon Lee. However the look, style and energy are so sensational that the film leaps off the screen at times, engulfing the viewer in the filmmaker’s vision of a semi-futuristic and hellish society of psychopaths, impotent authority figures and the stunning charisma of its star.
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Millennium (1989) – Review

1 Star

In today’s current trend of reboots, remakes, re-imagining or any other marketing ‘buzz’ word the studios throw at audiences, Millennium seems an ideal candidate for the process. An airline disaster, time travel and the fate of mankind dictate this heavy-handed film that never takes off. There is a lack of energy or enthusiasm for the project that comes across in the lethargic manner that the story unfolds and the laconic acting from Kristofferson. He seems afloat spouting ridiculous dialogue in a plot that starts at confusing before devolving into near incoherence.
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