Review: MAN OF STEEL

 
Clark/Kal-El: Henry Cavill
Lois Lane: Amy Adams
General Zod: Michael Shannon
Jor-El: Russel Crowe
Jonathan Kent: Kevin Costner
Martha Kent: Diane Lane
Perry White: Laurence Fishbourne
Col. Nathan Hardy: Christopher Meloni
Dr. Hamilton: Richard Schiff
General Swanwick: Harry Lennix

Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
Running Time: 143 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and for some language)

 
This film had such high expectations going in. A very talented director with a reputation for killer action scenes, writers who are known for writing some pretty dark comic book movies and an enormous, star studded cast that any studio would kill to have in one feature. The result is the most anticipated movie of 2013, and Man Of Steel delivers! It is by far they best action movie of the year and a front runner for the best movie of the summer. I had very high hopes going into the movie and I wasn’t disappointed as the film far exceeded my expectations and delivered what was a great movie that was very loyal to the original material and left plenty of story for the sequel to carry on with.

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Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

 
Capt. Kirk: Chris Pine
Spock: Zachary Quinto
Dr. McKoy: Karl Urban
Scotty: Simon Pegg
Uhura: Zoe Saldana
Sulu: John Cho
Chekov: Anton Yelchin
John Harrison: Benedict Cumberbatch
Admiral. Pike: Bruce Greenwood
Admiral. Marcus: Peter Weller
Dr. Carol Marcus: Alice Eve

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof
Running Time: 132 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence)

 
I’m going start off by saying that I loved watching the first J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek movie. I thought it was brilliant, so I had very high expectations walking in to see “Star Trek Into Darkness”. Not only did this sequel meet my high expectations, the film exceeded them.

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Review: IRON MAN 3

Tony Stark: Robery Downey Jr.
Pepper Potts: Gwyneth Paltrow
Col. James Rhodes: Don Cheadle
The Mandarin: Ben Kingsley
Aldrich Killian: Guy Pearce
Maya Hansen: Rebecca Hall
Happy Hogan: Jon Favreau

Directed by: Shane Black
Written by: Drew Pearce and Shane Black
Running Time: 130 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content)

 
After the success of last year’s The Avengers, the pressure was on Iron Man 3 to follow up what in the opinion of many comic fans as a true superhero masterpiece. Not only has Iron Man 3 lived up to the high expectations set by the Avengers, this was a film that succeeded in so many ways, delivering great twists, a detailed storyline and good action that kept many fans on the edge of their seats. With a new director taking the helm this time, new life is injected into the series and I actually thought it was very enjoyable. The action was great, the characters interacted amongst each other very well and the storyline was gripping, unpredictable and nicely paced. Iron Man 3 was by far the best film to follow up The Avengers as it nicely sets up the rest of the Marvel films to follow.

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Review: OBLIVION

 
Jack Harper: Tom Cruise
Beech: Morgan Freeman
Julia: Olga Kurlenko
Victoria: Andrea Riseborough
Sykes: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Sally: Milissa Leo

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Written by: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt
Running Time: 125 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language)

The title is very fitting for this movie, as the idea of being oblivious to what’s going around is a central theme to the film. This is a ongoing feeling as Oblivion moves on, wrapped in a mysterious plot that drags you and and keeps you captivated for a little over two hours. There isn’t as much action as the trailers would suggest but the story and the acting are so good I really didn’t care if there was any. This was a stirring sci-fi that had a very Arthur C. Clarke feel too it, which might explain why I enjoyed it so much. Cloaked in a great storyline that I refuse to spoil, Oblivion delivers some good twists that made this one of the better films of 2013.

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