Movie Review: Logan

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Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an aging Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in James Mangold’s emotional X-Men send-off.  (Source: IMDb)

It has been seventeen years since X-Men came out. It introduced a massive group of mutants including the Wolverine, aka Logan. An immortal mutant whose system is made out of adamantium. And his claws come out between his knuckles before heading into action. Wolverine is the heart and soul of the franchise, thanks to the perfect casting of Australia native Hugh Jackman.

Appearing in nine films—ranging from good to bad, the audience has learned about his backstory. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we see him go from fighting in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War, to becoming immortal. It quickly turns into a massive misfire resulting in a lousy introduction to Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool (thank God for his standalone feat from last year) and a big CGI-fueled fight between two brothers. And we also see Logan go to Japan (2013’s The Wolverine) and go back in time (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

In Logan, Jackman’s final outing as the titular superhero, James Mangold returns to direct an emotional rollercoaster ride for the superhero. The audience gets to see the vulnerable side of the Wolverine.

The year is 2029. The mutants are becoming extinct. Logan is working as a limousine chauffer on the Mexican border. His healing powers are beginning to disintegrate. He and Charles Xavier (the always superb Patrick Stewart) are the only X-Men remaining. Suffering from telepathic seizures, X has been getting help from Logan to stay stable. One day, a group of special agents—led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook)—are on the lookout for a girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), who has the same powers as Logan. She escapes with Logan and X to North Dakota.

Logan is exactly what everyone has been waiting for! A brutal character study about loss, regret, and the importance of family. Jackman gives the best portrayal of the superhero. He feels more like a real person than in the other films; not only is he broken physically but also emotionally. He has lost everything in his long life, and he tries to cope with his selfishness despite drinking a lot. X, who is suffering just as much as Logan, is starting to forget about everything around him.

Mangold, who directed 3:10 to Yuma (one of the best Westerns of the century), makes this character study feel like an old-fashioned Western. Not to mention the classic Shane being referenced in one scene. The movie is not without its sliced-and-diced action sequences. Since Logan is rated R, we finally get to see blood on Logan’s claws. And expect to see some of the most graphic action in the franchise (particularly the scene in the forest). By the end, I damn near choked up. This is perhaps the best superhero film to date!

F.Y.I. At the screening I went to, a young couple brought their infant child along with them. It has been said many times, Logan is NOT FOR KIDS!

4/4

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2016 Summer Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

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Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and his lads try to spot Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer returns for the fourth time as director in the X-Men franchise. His 2000 film introduced a world of mutants with different abilities. Along with its superior sequel, X2: X-Men United, it definitely ranks among one of my favorite character studies. After the disastrous The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the franchise does back to where things started for Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr in X-Men: First Class and having their older counterparts come back in Days of Future Past—which features one of the coolest action set pieces ever. Along with the other mutants, they begin to face the ultimate test in X-Men: Apocalypse.

In 1983, the rivalry of Professor X/Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) is put to a rest. Xavier is still running his “School for Gifted Youngsters”. He gets an unexpected visitor. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence, who is rocking that ‘80s look) warns Xavier about Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the world’s first immortal mutant who ruled Ancient Egypt with an iron fist. Now, he is back to gain control of the mutants and destroy humanity to make his own order. Along with Nightcrawler (Kodi Smitt-McPhee), Jean Gray (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), the mutants try to destroy the Apocalypse.

What makes the new X-Men movies work is the dynamic between Professor X and Magneto. They were two friends who had an idea that turned into a reality. Then, their friendship drifts them apart once they begin saving the world. In the case of Apocalypse, Singer does an exceptional job providing the devastating side of their rivalry. Furthermore, I appreciated Magneto’s backstory living a quiet life with his family in Poland.

However, Singer has made an undoubtedly ambitious movie. And it’s by far his weakest film in the series. It’s not bad as a lot of critics are saying (49% on Rotten Tomatoes). In my opinion, it’s actually very good. But it has its fair share of faults including Isaac’s portrayal of Apocalypse being a mixed bag—half-menacing; half-weak. As well as the CGI-heavy final act getting a bit out of hand. It’s still an enjoyable sequel. Quicksilver becomes a part in another awesome scene that you should see for yourself.

3/4

2016 Summer Movie Preview: May

Time to forget about the crazy weather Maine has had last week, and focus on the upcoming releases for the next three months.

Yes, May is officially here; which means the summer movie season starts tomorrow. Compared to every year, 2016 is off to a decent start for film despite some disasters. I have a feeling this summer is going to kick ass with all the big blockbusters (not to mention sequels) as well as small, independent films (most of which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival). I’m going to do the same thing as the last two years; talk about the ones that are getting a lot of attention and ones that look interesting to me. Without further ado, let’s get started with the films that are coming out this May.

May 6

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Captain America: Civil War It’s hard to believe it has already been eight years since the first Iron Man has released in theaters. With every major Marvel superhero—the Hulk, Thor, Captain America—getting their own movie (featuring some minor characters) before teaming up to save the world, everyone got hyped to find out that this is going to be a series. The MCU is now in its third phase. Captain America: Civil War introduces some of the same characters from the previous films as well as some new ones to the MCU (e.g. Spider-Man) is going to be more than just a superhero movie. Bring it on!

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A Bigger Splash (opened in limited theaters yesterday; expanding nationwide later this month) – Ralph Fiennes has had a ball this decade. From finishing the final two Harry Potter films as Lord Voldemort to becoming a charismatic concierge on a journey to prove his innocence in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he is going to have a blast here as a rock star on an Italian vacation in A Bigger Splash. I am down for something wild and thrilling.

May 13

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Money Monster – George Clooney, one of the highest-paid actors working today, plays a Wall Street expert whose live television show is interrupted by a broke investor (Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell, delivering his best “New Yawk” accent) who puts him and his producer (Julia Roberts) hostage in front of millions of viewers. It does sound intense enough. But with an all-star cast under the direction of Jodie Foster, this seems to be nothing but your standard thriller about the issues on Wall Street. I have a feeling this might perform poorly in the box office.

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The Darkness – I’m not a big fan of horror movies. Hell, most 21st century horror movies I’ve seen or heard about weren’t all that good, because of the over-reliance of gore and cheap scares. The Darkness has the potential of being good or bad. I will see anything starring Kevin Bacon, so maybe I’ll see it.

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The Lobster – This hit at last year’s Cannes Film Festival has one of the most oddly intriguing premises in recent years. Taking place in a futuristic society, people at a hotel must find love within 45 days. If that doesn’t happen, they turn into the spirit animal of their choice and released into the forest. An all-star cast featuring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, among others are the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos. With dark comedy involved, The Lobster is one strange love story I’m looking forward to see.

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Love and Friendship – For over a hundred years, Jane Austen’s work has been adapted into some of the best movies of all-time (e.g. the 1940 and 2005 versions of Pride and Prejudice and the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility) and even parodied (this year’s guilty pleasure Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). One of Austen’s least popular stories—Lady Susan—becomes adapted into one of Sundance’s big hits, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. For someone who has never read any of Austen’s work but seen some of her movies, this looks like one hysterical comedy of manners with beautiful sets and costumes.

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High-Rise (expanding nationwide in June) – Known for playing Loki in Thor and The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston is one of the biggest international sex symbols of this decade. He can be as intimidating as he is charming (I can see him take over for Daniel Craig as James Bond). He stars in what looks like one of the most stylish and insane thrillers directed by Ben Wheatley—High-Rise.

May 20

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The Nice Guys – Now that’s what I’m talking about! A comedy-thriller directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) and starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as two detectives investigating a murder of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. Then, crap ensues. I had never laughed so hard during a trailer in a long time. I’m ready!

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The Angry Birds Movie – Ah—a corporate sellout, yay. I wouldn’t be surprised if kids will fall in love with this movie based on the beloved game. I’m pretty sure adults will be bored to death. Just because it features a star-studded voice cast, doesn’t make the movie look good.

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – Is this really necessary? For someone who kind of enjoyed the first Neighbors (despite the countless dick jokes), nobody asked for a second film. Instead of facing against a fraternity next door, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron battle a sorority. Skipping this one, for sure.

May 27

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X-Men: ApocalypseX-Men is one of my favorite superhero series. X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past both made up for the catastrophe known as The Last Stand by not only bringing back the mutants we know and love, but also introduce younger versions of them (except for Wolverine who is immortal). Bryan Singer returns the director’s chair to direct the younger mutants facing a new enemy. Please don’t be bad…please don’t be bad.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass – Yay, a sequel to the visually stunning yet disastrous 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland. Skip!

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Captain America: Civil War, High-Rise, The Lobster, Love and Friendship, The Nice Guys, X-Men: Apocalypse

Least Anticipated: Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Angry Birds Movie, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of May. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are for the month of May. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of June after Memorial Day. Take care.

Movie Review: Deadpool

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Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) breaks the fourth wall in Tim Miller’s directorial debut Deadpool

How rare is it for a Marvel comic book movie to receive a hard R-rating from the MPAA? For Deadpool, there is no way on Earth for first-time director Tim Miller to show the audience what he truly is. Because of this, the last time everyone saw Ryan Reynolds as the title character was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He did kick some ass for the five minutes he was in; however, we had no idea what his background is.

In Deadpool, we see him as Wade Wilson. A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary. When he is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he becomes involved in an experience run by Ajax (Ed Skrein) where he can cure his cancer. As a result, it gives him incredible healing powers in spite ruining his face. Ajax betrays him and kidnaps his stripper girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Then, Wilson has no other choice than to become Deadpool. With the help of two mutants–Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), he must find Ajax and save his girlfriend.

Does Deadpool live up to the hype? You betcha!

The movie is everything–raunchy comedy, character study, love story, and an exciting (yet grotesque) action film. It feels like Reynolds was born to play the potty-mouthed, fourth-wall breaking, wise-cracking anti-hero. His jokes range from pop culture, comic books, and film in culture. He nails it on every level! T.J. Miller also provides some funny scenes as his best friend Weasel. Despite Ajax being your standard villain, I had an absolute blast with Deadpool. From the opening credits to the post-credits scene, this movie will have you wanting more.

3.5/4

Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies for 2016

2015 is over. There have been a lot of surprises and disappointments than last year. Not to mention a lot of great films as well as some miraculous performances. It’s going to be so hard who and what will win in this year’s Academy Awards. But, this is not what I’m talking about.

I’m going to talk about the movies I’m looking forward to in the New Year. It looks like 2016 is going to be a fun year for movies as last year. I’m going to give you a list of my most anticipated movies for this year.

Before I begin, I just want to let you all know that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is not going be on this list. I’m definitely going to see it when it comes out March 25th. However, I have a feeling it might turn out to be garbage. I mildly enjoyed Man of Steel, and Henry Cavill was a good choice for Superman (it’s great to have him back). I admit Ben Affleck looks cool in the Batsuit, but I can’t (and will never) picture him as Batman/Bruce Wayne. It looks like Jesse Eisenberg will steal the show as Lex Luthor. Zack Snyder is a unique visionary director, but his substance is rather lacking. Who knows? I might be wrong.

Without further ado, here’s my list of the top 20 most anticipated movies of 2016.

Honorable Mentions: The Accountant (October 7), The Bourne Sequel (July 29), The Finest Hours (January 29), The Free State of Jones (May 13), Gambit (October 7), The Huntsman: Winter’s War (April 22), The Legend of Tarzan (July 1), Moana (November 23), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (December 25), Silence (TBA) Snowden (May 13), Suicide Squad (August 5), Sully (September 9)

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20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (in theaters February 5; directed by Burr Steers; starring Lily James, Matt Smith, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, and Lena Heady) – To start off the bat, I have a feeling this will undoubtedly suck. However, this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling parody looks like a fun guilty pleasure. Jane Austen meets The Walking Dead. How fun can it get? Also, Lily James is a freaking goddess!

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19. Inferno (in theaters October 14; directed by Ron Howard; starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, and Ben Foster) – Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are back to give us another adventure with Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon! This time, we are going to see him wake up in a hospital in Florence, Italy. With no memory of the recent events, he goes on the run looking for answers. I personally enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. They both kept me on the edge of my seat with its fascinating history, mysteries, and, obviously, the excellent performance by Hanks. But, it’s hard to deny their flaws. It looks like I am in for another good ride with Inferno.

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18. The Jungle Book (in theaters April 15; directed by Jon Favreau; starring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, and Neel Sethi) – When Disney started doing live-action remakes for the new generation, I became quite skeptical. Tim Burton’s 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland started off that trend. It became a ginormous box-office hit, but mostly everyone hated it. It was visually stunning but everything else was a bit of a disaster. Then, Maleficent was released four years later. Even though Angelina Jolie was born to play Disney’s most famous villainess, why make her a good person? Kenneth Branagh brought us, in my opinion, the best version of Cinderella (Walt Disney would have been proud of it, if he was alive today).

Even though I haven’t seen the original in years, I’m liking the looks of the new version of The Jungle Book. I appreciate Jon Favreau not only as an actor, but also as a filmmaker. With films like Iron Man and Elf, he brings a unique visual style and narrative. The voice cast is nothing short of excellent–Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Christopher Walken as King Louie. It also has a little Life of Pi vibe to it (considering they are somewhat similar). As much as I’m looking forward to this, I’m still waiting for the remake of Beauty and the Beast.

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17. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (in theaters June 10; directed by James Wan; starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Simon McBurney, Sterling Jerins, and Frances O’Connor) – The Conjuring was a breath of fresh air. It did have plot devices everyone is familiar with (i.e. a family moving into a new house surrounded by an evil entity). What James Wan does with the true story of the Harrisville investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren (played to perfection by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) is avoid any cheap scares and deliver an old-fashioned horror film relying on atmosphere.

Due to the success of that film, the disappointing spin-off Annabelle came out a year later. The beginning of The Conjuring talks about the Warren’s investigation of the Annabelle doll (the true story, in fact, consisted of a cursed Raggedy-Ann doll; the Annabelle in the film is a ventriloquist doll to make it more creepy). Now, the sequel reprises Wilson and Farmiga as the Warrens traveling to London to investigate a poltergeist consisting of two daughters. With James Wan returning to the director’s chair, I am ready for another scary good time.

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16. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in theaters November 18; directed by David Yates; starring Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, and Jon Voight) – It’s fascinating to set a story 70 years before our beloved protagonist Harry Potter heads to Hogwarts. Eddie Redmayne is already becoming one of my favorite actors. After getting success for his roles in The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl, it looks like he’s going to have a ball playing the magizoologist Newt Scamander, who heads to New York City for a brief stop to publish his studies of the magical creatures in the Wizarding World. Then, a No-Maj (the American word for “Muggle”) releases the fantastic beasts out of Scamander’s suitcase. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I have nothing but a good feeling about this.

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15. Star Trek Beyond (in theaters July 22; directed by Justin Lin; starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and Idris Elba) – I’m not the biggest Trekkie. When I saw J.J. Abram’s 2009 version of Star Trek, it introduced me into a futuristic universe “to boldly go where no man has gone before”. The origin story of human James T. Kirk and the Vulcan Spock gave a lot of emotional support. From the breathtaking special effects, witty dialogue, and the awesome characters, I enjoyed every second of it. The sequel Star Trek into Darkness did have its flaws, but it was as enjoyable as before. It was where Benedict Cumberbatch became one of my favorite actors. Now, Fast and Furious director Justin Lin is taking over for Abrams to direct the third entry of what is officially a trilogy. I’m looking forward to see the Enterprise crew actually discovering new worlds and civilizations. It looks like this will be the funniest in the new Star Trek film series.

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14. The Girl on the Train (in theaters October 7; directed by Tate Taylor; starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Haley Bennett, and Édgar Ramírez – Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the film stars Emily Blunt as a woman witnessing a murder on the train. While trying to get the pieces of the puzzle together, she begins she might have been involved in the crime. From reading the plot summary, this sounds like an Agatha Christie story or another Gone Girl. Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) directs this murder mystery. I always like a good murder mystery. Without hearing too much of the story, I can’t wait to go in with an open mind.

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13. Doctor Strange (in theaters November 4; directed by Scott Derrickson; starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelson) – Like I mentioned before, Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming one of my favorite actors. From Sherlock to The Imitation Game, he sure does know how to bring the wisdom into those roles. Now, he’s about to tackle another ambitious yet fun role: Doctor Strange. Without knowing too much of the superhero, seeing the picture of Cumberbatch in costume makes it look like he was born to play the role. Even though we have yet to see a trailer for Doctor Strange, I’m hoping it will look good.

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12. Warcraft (in theaters June 10; directed by Duncan Jones; starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Daniel Wu, and Dominic Cooper) – I have never played any of the Warcraft video games. Everyone remembers World of Warcraft becoming the most popular online game ever. Duncan Jones transitions from his low-budget sci-fi status of Moon and the smart mainstream sci-fi hit Source Code to direct a big-budget fantasy adaptation of the first Warcraft video game from 1994 (Orcs and Humans). With a lot of horrible video game adaptations coming out over the years, this might break the streak to deliver a visually dazzling battle between the humans and orcs. This looks like it will be a new Lord of the Rings.

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11. Hail, Caesar! (in theaters February 5; directed by the Coen Brothers; starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, and Channing Tatum) – Joel and Ethan Coen have made some of the best films of all-time (The Big Lebowski, True Grit, to name a few). This satire of the film industry has one of the best casts this decade. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Ralph Fiennes, among others. I’m sensing this might be the first great movie of 2016.

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10. The BFG (in theaters July 1; directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, Bill Hader, and Mark Rylance) – It has been over twenty years since Steven Spielberg has directed a straight-up family flick. He is back to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Mark Rylance is perfect in every sense!

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9. Everybody Wants Some (in theaters April 15; directed by Richard Linklater; starring Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner, and Wyatt Russell) – Richard Linklater’s follow-up to Boyhood brings us back to the 1980s. It’s sort of a sequel to Dazed and Confused. It’s been getting some early praise for being funny and touching. Count me in!

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8. X-Men: Apocalypse (in theaters May 27; directed by Bryan Singer; starring Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Rose Byrne)– 2014’s Days of Future Past is one of the best films in the X-Men franchise. It brought the older versions of the characters we know and love collaborating with their younger selves. And it features the funniest and coolest action sequence of the decade. Bryan Singer is only bringing back the younger characters back to fight Apocalypse (played by the great Oscar Isaac).

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7. Captain America: Civil War (in theaters May 6; directed by the Russo brothers; starring Chris Evans; Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, and Martin Freeman) – Captain America vs. Iron Man. What more needs to be said?

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6. The Nice Guys (in theaters May 20; directed by Shane Black; starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Kim Basinger, Ty Simpkins, and Matt Bomer) – Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are two wonderful actors. Seeing them working with each other is like a dream come true. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) brings 1970s Los Angeles to life.

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5. La La Land (in theaters July 15; directed by Damien Chazelle; starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, and John Legend) – Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash takes a more whimsical side. A musical love-story starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a jazz pianist and actress falling in love in 1950s Los Angeles. And J.K. Simmons is going to have a small role as the boss. I’m hoping for a toe-tapping good time in the theater.

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4. The Witch (in theaters February 19; directed by Robert Eggers; starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Lucas Dawson, and Julian Richings) – Finally! A horror film (also a big hit at last year’s Sundance) that relies on nothing but pure atmosphere.

3. Star Wars: Rogue One (in theaters December 16; directed by Gareth Edwards; starring Felicity Jones, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, and Mads Mikkelson) – Come on! It’s Star Wars! And it takes place before the events of the first Star Wars!

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2. Finding Dory (in theaters June 17; directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane; starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, and Idris Elba)– 13 years ago, Finding Nemo was released in theaters. My 7-year-old self never seen anything like it before; going under the sea where different species of fish interact with each other. In 2016, we get a sequel centering on the beloved Blue Tang fish Dory with short-term memory loss. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks reprise their roles as Dory and Marlin. Disney/PIXAR have a lot of sequels as well as some original films up their sleeves. I’m so exciting see them all! Okay, maybe except for Cars 3.

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1. Deadpool (in theaters February 12; directed by Tim Miller; starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapicic) – Seriously, who isn’t looking forward to this movie? It’s rare to see a superhero movie getting a hard-R. Ryan Reynolds is going to own Deadpool!

Here’s to a good 2016!

2014 Summer Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Logan a.k.a. the Wolverine goes back to the past in "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Logan a.k.a. the Wolverine goes back to the past in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Before seeing this movie, the only X-Men movies I’ve seen are X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine. While X-Men Origins avoided sharing the origins of Wolverine, the latter two prove they can be more than just your typical superhero action films. They are fascinating character studies about how the mutants use their powers, and end up being conflicted. X-Men: Days of Future Past continues with this pattern. The idea of bringing the old characters from the original trilogy and their younger selves from First Class is awesome. This movie contains enough action, character development, and historical evidence to make it the best movie of the summer so far.

Two years after the events from The Wolverine, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Erik Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen) call upon the mutants when a threat comes to ravish the world. The threat is a group of robots called the Sentinels, where they have the power to adapt with the mutant’s powers. Logan offers he would send his consciousness back to 1973, kudos to Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page). In 1973, he joins the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and young Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) to save the future by changing the past.

There is no other actor who can play a better Wolverine than Hugh Jackman. Like in The Wolverine, you forget that he is playing the immortal mutant most of the time. Without him, there wouldn’t be any X-Men movies. Jennifer Lawrence steals the show as Mystique, the blue-skinned, orange-haired mutant who can shape-shift into anybody. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender return delivering great performances as the younger versions of the two leaders of the X-Men clan. You could tell how much suffering Xavier deals with after Lehnsherr ended their friendship in First Class. Although they aren’t in the movie a lot, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had enough screen time as the older Xavier and Lehnsherr.

What I liked about these movies is how it connects to the historical events. It gives an in-depth look of how the characters’ stories became originated. The movies do a good job connecting to the American Civil War, both World Wars, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. X-Men: Days of Future Past does a great job with handles the time-travel theme so well that it makes it easy to find out what is going on. The movie is really funny at times, including one scene involving Quicksilver that had me in stitches. If you liked the original X-Men movies, you’ll love this movie. If you liked X-Men: First Class, you’ll love this movie. Or, if you are new to the franchise, you’ll love Days of Future Past.

Bring on X-Men: Apocalypse!

4/4