World War Z (2013) – Review

4 Stars

World War Z is the surprise of the summer, this is the ‘event’ movie audiences have been waiting for. Moving at a breakneck speed, the (oft-reported) troubled production has resulted in a captivating blockbuster with artistic flare and big scares. I didn’t think there was an ounce of creativity left in the genre, but Pitt and director Marc Foster along with a trio of screenwriters have reinvigorated the over-saturated.
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San Andreas (2015) – Review

3 Stars

San Andreas is the kind of blockbuster that plays better as an air-conditioned reprieve from the hot June weather. There is something both nostalgic and appealing about escaping the summer heat inside the confines of a cool auditorium showing a ‘disaster’ picture like this. This earthquake themed action film would have been right at home in the 1970’s under prolific producer Irwin Allen. There is plenty of mayhem, CGI destruction and engaging action set-pieces to warrant a recommendation. Sequel potential is non-existent unless Dwayne Johnson takes on Tornadoes or Hurricanes next.
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Oblivion (2013) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

There is so much I liked about Tom Cruise’s sci-fi adventure film Oblivion that I’m tempted to recommend it. The film’s first hour is full of beautiful images, sweeping music and shots of Cruise doing his steely eyed determination thing. If the movie had only been these parts it would have been short on plot but big on spectacle, alas the second hour renders the story less interesting as it goes along.
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Death Squad (2015) – Review

1/2 Star

My fellow film critic Trevor Anderson often complains about sci-fi films getting bogged down in their own mythology. Complex backstories meant to add richness to the world on-screen is frequently just confused exposition that overly complicates matters. So it may be refreshing that Death Squad doesn’t rely on these elements for its simple tale, but then the movie is also incomprehensible on a narrative level, visually boring, and features a cast of runaway scenery chewers.
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Interview: Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll is a well known and prolific movie director, writer and producer. Dr. Boll is best known for directing many feature films based on video games such as Alone In The Dark, BloodRayne, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Postal and Far Cry. He recently took a short break from his busy schedule for his second chat with MovieMavericks.com

nullJason: I recently viewed In the Name of the King 2, and I was pleasantly suprised at the much lighter tone. The first film was more of a straight forward fantasy and the sequel featured a smirking anti-hero as the lead character.
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

In the littered dead-zone of comedic sequels Hot Tub Time Machine 2 arrives with little fanfare nor necessity. The funny bits are mostly due to the off-handed jokes that leads Rod Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke mercilessly lob at one another. This is a scattershot affair with the most thinnest of plot, stretched to the near breaking point on a few occasions due to some offensive and misguided segments. John Cusack is noticeably absent from the follow-up, granted he isn’t a recognized comedian but his straight-man approach added levity to the outrageous concept of the material. This sequel revolves around Corddry’s penis, in fact nearly every pivotal moment of the story involves the saving, using, or appearance of the man’s organ. It’s just that kind of flick.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) – Review

4 Stars

Matthew Vaughn’s violent, humorous, and loving ode to the Bond films of years’ past is the most enjoyable time I’ve had at the movies in 2015, so far. Kingsman takes a routine idea and infuses the concept with wit, fine attention to craftsmanship in all the art and technical departments, and by selecting a capable cast to deliver the goods. I walked into this picture with a certain dread, spy spoofs/homages peaked with Austin Powers, or If Looks Could Kill (depending on your age), but I was almost immediately won over by the selection of music for the title sequence and the mischievous tone established from the start.
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Tomorrowland (2015) – Review

2 Stars

Just recently I was re-visiting the long forgotten Steven Spielberg produced 1980s television show Amazing Stories. If you are a child of the Lucas/Spielberg era then you will most likely remember the series that ran for a few years back when summer blockbusters were instant classics. As a wanna-be ‘event’ film Tomorrowland is lacking…something, but it would have fit in nicely as an entry into the Amazing Stories show. Those episodes ran an hour and in some cases 90 minutes, unfortunately Tomorrowland runs a lengthy two plus hours and loses its momentum, audience interest and sense of awe somewhere along the way.
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Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015) – Review

3 Stars

This is the fourth entry into the unlikely Mega Shark semi franchise for Aslyum pictures. Even though it may not be a direct mock buster, Kolossus bears a striking similarity to a certain, um, Terminator-which just happens to be arriving in theaters a few weeks after this is debuting on television. That is part of the innocuous appeal of the flick that features one-time staunch indie film supporter Illeana Douglas. A filmmaker so anti commercial that she infamously called out Jon Favreau for his escape into studio filmmaking, who now appears in a genre b-movie…go figure.
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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

The most anticipated literary to screen adaption since The Da Vinci Code, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters four years after it captured the National zeitgeist. I have never cracked the pages of the S&M soap opera, and based on this first entry of a reported trilogy, I will continue to avoid it. Riding in on a tidal wave of rumor, anticipation, and troubles behind the scenes, Fifty Shades of Grey turns out to be not quite worth all the fuss.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

George Miller’s return voyage into the imaginative nightmare world of Mad Max Rockatansky is one of the year’s most ingeniously constructed films. With virtually no plot and a minimum of dialogue, Miller and his fellow craftsmen have designed a picture of visceral excitement that brims with innovation and spectacular moments. This is a movie that contains not only the year’s most bizarre looking characters but also, machinery that looks otherworldly, and some heartfelt acting from it’s well cast actors and actresses.
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