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Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

By Cynthia Ayala

The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance & Russell Crowe
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”


Where to start. Okay, so as a fan of the Brendan Fraser Mummy from back in the day, like many I was skeptical. But at the end of the day, I have to appreciate that this film was not a copycat. And it’s still funny. Tom Cruise has proven that he is a very versatile actor, and like many actors, he’s going to have some bad movies under his belt. This certainly isn’t his worst film but it’s not his best either, I’ll admit to that. Was the story the best? Certainly not. I’m going to go ahead and agree with some of the critics who question if the film would have been better had it not been so set on establishing the Dark Universe. Continue reading Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

Another Explosive Addition to the MI Series | Review of ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

By Cynthia Ayala

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation starring Tom Cruise
Paramount Pictures

Ethan Hunt and his teammates reunite for this pulse-pounding sequel, in which they attempt to take down a secret international organization known as the Syndicate—highly skilled ex-IMF agents who are intent on bringing down their former outfit.

—Daniel Gelb, Rovi

Tom Cruise is still a star. It’s really no surprise why this movie has been doing so well. Let’s face it, even if you aren’t a fan of Tom Cruise, he still has the star power, still puts his best foot forward in order to give the best performance possible. But besides that, the film was not only action packed but it had sexual tension, comedy and action rolled up into one neat little package.
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Gripping To The Last Second | Review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

By: Cynthia Ayala  

Edge of Tomorrow offers amazing action sequences as well as fresh laughs and a unique take on the science fiction film genre. Continue reading Gripping To The Last Second | Review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

The Wolverine | Movie Review

image Directed by: James Mangold

Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback & Scott Frank

Based on Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiruhiko Yamanouchi & Brian Tee

Hugh Jackman returns and delivers yet another brilliant performance as the Wolverine. Taking place after the debacle that was X-Men: The Last Stand (a movie I would prefer hadn’t happened). Wolverine is suffering through the anguish he feels or killing Jean-Grey, the woman he loved, in The Last Stand. Now, living in a self-imposed exile he lives his life alone until a ghost from his past, a man whose live he saved, seeks him out to give him the gift he’s always been wanting: a cure for his immortality. But not all is what it seemed.

As Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is flawless in his performance. He had the strength and the attitude to deliver this character perfectly, as always. All that was missing was his iconiccigar smoking. Another great part of the movie was the fact that each character has within them their own fears that haunt their everyday life, giving them depth as characters. All except the Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova who made her debut into the world of Hollywood with this tantalizing performance. Her acting did not falter and her facial expressions were perfect, even down to her eye rolls. Khodchenkova was a perfect choice to play this part.

Now as far as chemistry goes for this cast, there was no problem with it. Everyone has chemistry with one another and they build a strong dynamic with one another, presenting the love story between Wolverine and Mariko, an iconic story that left shockwaves for Wolverine in the Marvel Universe. The casting was great for this movie, even if the movie had flaws.

The biggest flaw in this movie had to do with the Jean Grey sequences. By the third one, I was muttering “go away Jean, no one cares”. They were excessive, didn’t build on the story, and were so annoying. There were five sequences! Five. Now I love Famke Janssen as Jean Grey but I hated these sequences. If the creative team insisted on having back then onlyinclude three sequences, one in the beginning to highlight how he’s haunted, one in the middle to show how the Viper gets to him and one in the end to show him letting go…finally.That was all the audience needed. Everything else was time and budget wasted. My second biggest issue was his claws no longer being adamantium. Now I understand the science behindwhy but considering that his adamantium claws are quite essential for him to fight Sentinals in the next X-Men movie, it seems like a big mess they are going to have to clean up.

Despite those bumps in the road, it was a well done movie, Hugh Jackman was awesome, and had what comic book movies are supposed to have, comical aspects wrapped in the seriousness. It wasn’t perfect, not exceptional like The Avengers and Captain America, but it was still fun to watch and incredibly enjoyable…not mention awesome. ★★ ½ (B+)

Tom Cruise May Star In Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

By:  Eric Eisenberg

Tom_Cruise_The_Man_From_U_N_C_L_E_36446There once was a time when the big screen adaptation of the classic spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a Steven Soderbergh film starring George Clooney as Napoleon Solo. But when the star went down with a back injury and the director decided not to make the movie, it gave Warner Bros. a chance to retool the project with some new players. And that’s exactly what they’ve done.

In December of 2011 we learned that Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie was attached to the film, and now, more than a year later, we’re hearing that the filmmaker may have found his new star. Deadline reports that Tom Cruise is now in talks to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Based on the 1960s series of the same name starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, the story follows two agents from the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement and their battle against the evil organization THRUSH. The news story doesn’t specify, but presumably Cruise will play the role of Napoleon Solo and the project will continue to look for its Illya Kuryakin, Solo’s blond Russian partner.

Deadline notes that Cruise has been looking for another potential franchise, despite the fact that his slate is already packed with a good number of them. Following the impressive success of Ghost Protocol, another Mission: Impossible movie is in the works (potentially with Christopher McQuarrie directing) and in February it was announced that the door is still open for aJack Reacher sequel.

Cruise will next be seen in Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, which comes out next month, and will follow that up with Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill, due out in March of next year.

Source: Cinema Blend


Hugh Jackman Suits Up In New Image From The Wolverine

By:  Eric Eisenberg

In Bryan Singer‘s 2000 film X-Men it was established that Wolverine wasn’t a big fan of the leather jump suit the team had him wear, but that doesn’t fully explain a certain pattern that has developed in the marketing for James Mangold‘s upcoming superhero film The Wolverine. Thus far there have been three official stills and one photo-based poster for the movie (the teaser poster was illustrated) and all of them have featured the titular character not wearing a shirt. As we haven’t seen a trailer yet, until now there was no reason to believe that Hugh Jackman wasn’t doing the entire film topless. But today the pattern has been broken.

Empire has included a new still from the film in their latest issue, and not only is the super healing mutant wearing a suit, he’s dressed to the nines in a pretty badass black suit (with his claws fully extended, of course). Check out the image below and head over to Coming Soon to see a shot from the set – also featuring Jackman wearing clothes!


Based on a script written by Christopher McQuarrie and re-written by Mark BombackThe Wolverine features Jackman’s sixth performance as the titular mutant and finds him traveling to Japan to train as a samurai warrior. Will Yun Lee will play the villainous Silver Samurai, while Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova will portray Viper. 20th Century Fox will release the film on July 26th, and while we are still waiting for the first trailer it was promised by Mangold recently to be arriving “soon.”

Source: Cinema Blend


The Wolverine Had Only One Mutant In Early Drafts

By: Eric Eisenberg

The_Wolverine_34715One of the biggest problems with Brett Ratner‘s X-Men: The Last Stand was that it tried to do too much with too many mutants. Somehow the filmmakers got it into their heads that the only thing people want out of an X-Men movie are cool mutant abilities, and the rest of the movie suffered as a result. So it’s strange to think that The Wolverine was almost the complete opposite of that.

Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote the first draft of the new superhero movie before it was rewritten by Mark Bomback, has told ScreenRant that in his version of the movie Wolverine was the only mutant in the entire script. “The truth of the matter is that Wolverine I consider to be one of my favorite scripts that I’ve ever written,” the filmmaker said. “I really held it near and dear to my heart, and I was sorry that circumstances worked out that I couldn’t be there and be involved in that movie. I’m almost afraid to see what it’s evolved into, because that’s the nature of the process.”

While it’s unclear just how much the project changed after McQuarrie was replaced, apparently his script was real-world based but also had a touch of his personal flavor, saying that it was recognizable as being from the writer of The Usual Suspects and The Way of the Gun – and apparently there was even a Sergio Leone aspect to it. Said the writer, “There was a real romance to it, there was real humor to it, and a very straightforward sort of plain-faced brutality to it. I’m hoping they preserve that.”

Obviously things have changed since McQuarrie left, as The Wolverine will feature the mutant known as the Silver Samurai (played by Will Yun Lee), but it will be interesting to see how much the project has changed. McQuarrie was working on the film back when Darren Aronofsky was set to direct, so with James Mangold at the helm it could be a different movie entirely. We’ll just have to wait until July 26, 2013 to find out.

Source: Cinema Blend

Hugh Jackman Glowers And Flexes In First Official The Wolverine Photo

By: Kristy Puchko

Even though X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a solid hit for Fox, pulling in more than $373 million worldwide, follow up The Wolverine stumbled its way into production. Darren Aronofsky dropped the film and left Fox scrambling for a replacement; after names like Doug Liman, Justin Lin, Duncan Jones and Mark Romanek were bandied about, the job ultimately went to Knight and Day director James Mangold.

In short, the development of the film has been a rollercoaster ride of thrilling possibilities and soul-crushing disappointments for fans of the franchise. But now with a first official photo of Hugh Jackman back in action and ready to brawl as the titular badass, fans can take some comfort in the fact that Logan’s never before looked so intimidating. Check out the still released by Twentieth Century Fox at the film’s official Facebook page.

Jackman is insanely ripped in this shot, displaying a body that, with the help of some shrewd shading, looks like he’s not a man of steel, but a man of adamantium! In the distance and out of focus, you can make out what appears to be a Buddhist temple. This gives audience an impactful preview of what screenwriters Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie have in store for their adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s heralded comic book arc, which sends Logan to Japan for a battle that will change him forever.

The Wolverine will charge into theaters—all fists and adamantium claws—on July 26th, 2013.

Source: Cinema Blend

The Wolverine To Film In Hugh Jackman’s Home Town

The Wolverine To Film In Hugh Jackman's Home Town image

Since The Wolverine first started to get going, one of the biggest problems has been the country of Japan. While the original plan was to be finished with production in 2011 to potentially get ready for a 2012 release, the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel found itself in trouble when the Asian nation was rocked by a tsunami. Since then, the production has been searching for a location to shoot in that could double for Japan. In August of last year there were reports that project would set up shop in Vancouver, Canada, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. Instead, they’re going to get things moving in Hugh Jackman’s hometown.

Australia’s News.com.au is reporting that the James Mangold-directed superhero sequel will be shot in Sydney. Commenting on the deal, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said that “The Wolverine is expected to generate more than $80 million in production expenditure in NSW and create more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for 1200 extras.” While this news was a long time coming, it also creates another link between the new project and Gavin Hood’s 2009 spinoff, as that movie was also made down under. Most of the production will be taking place in Sydney, including post-production and visual effects, but some of the movie will also be filmed here in the United States.

Based on the comic arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine will be based on a script by Christopher McQuarrie that was rewritten by Mark Bomback. The new report doesn’t say when production is scheduled to get underway, but a release date is set for July 26, 2013.