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According to actor Hugh Jackman, Logan, will be his tenth and final appearance as the beloved X-Men character, Wolverine.
While I don’t believe that Jackman is completely finished playing the Marvel mutant, the actor is stepping away from the character for some time. Regardless if he reprises the role or not, this film is a near-perfect send-off for the actor and his character.
Logan follows a beaten-down Wolverine, in a near future where mutants are nearly extinct, who is hiding on the Mexican border caring for an ill Professor X (Patrick Stewart). However, his plans quickly change when a young mutant, named Laura (Dafne Keen), shows up and needs their help.
**The following review doesn’t reveal any Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spoilers except a brief synopsis and some details revealed in the trailers **
Ever since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, the world has been waiting to see the battle of a lifetime. Nearly three years later, people can now see the Dark Knight go one on one with the Man of Steel on the silver screen for the first time, thanks to director Zack Snyder. Snyder, in a way, has been chosen to lead Warner Bros. with their DC Comics film series. He directed this movie’s predecessor Man of Steel (2013), and will direct the upcoming Justice League films as well as produce Suicide Squad, The Flash, and Aquaman. It’s an interesting choice based on the fact that Snyder is quite the polarizing filmmaker; many critics and fans haven’t approved his work in some time. In fact, Man of Steel was met with a lot of criticism, hence why they didn’t make another solo Superman movie. Instead, they had to add Batman because he is a box office draw. Regardless, this is the beginning of what is to come from DC and Warner Bros., and the tone will be set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The movie follows the final events from Man of Steel when Superman (Henry Cavill) battle with General Zod (Michael Shannon) nearly destroyed everything in sight in the city of Metropolis. However, the audience is given a different perspective in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We see the events through the eyes of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who sees his building destroyed, in which some of his employees perish during the brawl. Wayne (who is secretly the Batman) now believes Superman is a force that has to be dealt with, because though he is seemingly doing good, he could “burn this whole place down” and the world would have to watch.
In the last decade or so, the great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have become one of our most beloved and celebrated comedic actresses and duos. This great team has been close friends for 20 years after meeting at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic, but they first cemented their place in popular culture and TV history in 2004 when the duo became the first female co-anchors of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live. That same year also proved to be productive for the both of them on the big screen.
Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the Lindsay Lohan led Mean Girls, which also featured Poehler. Fast forward to a couple of years after they left SNL (Tina in 2006 and Amy in 2008), Fey and Poehler both went on to star in two of NBC’s most successful sitcoms of the 2000s, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation respectively. However, their friendship and comedy pairing continued in other projects. In 2008, they starred in the comedy, Baby Mamma, and more recently they hosted the Golden Globes three times from 2013-2015. Now, they are returning to the big screen once again in the comedy Sisters.
Peanuts was a syndicated comic strip, which debuted in October 1950, and was written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. This influential and incredibly popular comic strip ran for fifty years, totaling in over 17,000 strips published, and it continues to be a major icon in pop culture. Peanuts was read and seen in 75 countries and reprints appear in almost every U.S. newspaper today. The lovable characters from the strip eventually leaped off the page and appeared in several successful TV specials, such as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and even theatrical films. Similar to the comic strip, these critically acclaimed specials still air during the holidays. Now, for the first time in 35 years the Peanuts gang return to the big screen for the new film—The Peanuts Movie.
The Peanuts Movie tells the story of good man Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), a nervous, unconfident, but gentle boy. But that must all change so he can impress his new neighbor and crush, The Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi). At the same time, Snoopy (archival recordings of Bill Melendez), one of the world’s favorite dogs, takes to the sky to chase his arch-nemesis The Red Baron.
Fantastic Four is a reboot of a failed franchise that started in 2005. That movie suffered from a boring storyline and not-so-great acting. The 2015 reboot isn’t much of an improvement. I had hopes for this movie, not only because of the cast but because of the direction I believed it was taking. Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. This movie offers nothing memorable and it just boring.
Fantastic Four follows four young outsiders that teleport to an alternate and dangerous dimension that alters their physical form in marvelous ways. There is Reed Richards (Miles Teller), who has the ability to stretch his body to shocking lengths and shapes. There is Sue Storm (Kate Mara) who can turn invisible and create and harness force fields. Her brother Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) can ignite himself into flames and fly. Then, there is Reed’s best friend Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) has rock-like flesh and has incredible strength.
Ant-Man is a movie that on paper might not seem to have grand appeal. A man who can shrink and communicate with ants. That’s why Ant-Man isn’t a common household name like Iron Man or Captain America. Now, to all my comic book fanatics don’t freak out I’m sure you’ve always known of the character. But someone who isn’t an avid comic book reader, probably doesn’t know much about him. With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel has shown the world they don’t need the most popular property to make a successful movie.
This film is no different. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), hits another one out of the park with its latest installment. It is fresh and funny. It’s off-beat, and like Guardians, it will be a big hit with Marvel fans even though it isn’t focus on their most popular character. It is one of the better Marvel movies, now that I think of it. I even enjoyed this movie more than Avengers: Age of Ultron which appeared in theaters earlier this year.
Trainwreck marks the arrival of comedic superstar—Amy Schumer. Yes, she’s been hard at work for years doing stand-up, celebrity roasts, and her show on Comedy Central, but now she’s made a movie—a great movie— and it is hilarious. It has a big heart, some wonderful truth and even has a message or two. But don’t worry, it is raunchy enough to keep that R-rating. It is one of my favorite comedies of the year. For those who aren’t familiar with Schumer, they will be in no time.
Schumer won “Breakthrough Performer of the Year” at the 2015 CinemaCon here in Las Vegas, and she presented the attendees with a sneak peek of this film at the Universal Pictures presentation. Before the trailer, she explained how this project was very personal to her, as it is based on real-life memories and dating past dating experiences. Luckily, the movie feels very real. Knowing that when I saw this movie, I was able to believe it—most of it, at least, because Trainwreck doesn’t feel like a generic rom-com, though it does have its familiar moments.