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The Perfect Wolverine Film | Review of ‘Logan’


By Cynthia Ayala

Logan starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen
Marvel Entertainment
Image Credit: IMDB

“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.”

—IMDB

There’s simply no limit to the beauty this film has wrapped in all the swearing and gritty glory that defines Wolverine’s character and this film. Wolverine has not had an easy life, he has gone through so much and the writers knew just how to capitalize on the character, the Wolverine, and evolve the story for him. They took a risk, and they ended the story properly, they ended it in such a way that they gave closure to the character and his legacy in the X-Men.
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An Edgy Thriller | Review of ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Liam Neeson and Scott Frank bring the edgy thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones with this thrilling adaptation that is sure to send viewers to the edge of their seats. Continue reading An Edgy Thriller | Review of ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

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+)

Liam Neeson Joined By Ruth Wilson In Dark Thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones


By:  Eric Eisenberg

a_walk_among_the_tombstones_35742English actress Ruth Wilson has managed to spend some time with some seriously great co-stars recently due to the parts she has landed. Later this summer she will be appearing alongside the likes of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, and then in the award season months she’ll be featured alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and more in Saving Mr. Banks. And today we’ve learned that he next big co-star will be Liam Neeson, as she has just landed a lead role in the upcoming Scott Frank film A Walk Among The Tombstones.

The casting news comes from Variety, which says that the plot follows a former NYPD officer (Neeson) who tries to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer while working as a private detective and discovers a string of similar crimes, all of which have ended with death. While the trade describes Wilson’s part as the “female lead” it fails to specify how she will fit into the plot. Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens is also attached to the project which is based on the book of the same name by Lawrence Block.

The film will be Frank’s first directing effort since his 2007 debut, when he helmed the underrated Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller The Lookout. He’s best known for his career as a writer, scripting Elmore Leonard adaptations Out of Sight and Get Shorty as well as Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi hit Minority Report.

Wilson most recently played Princess Betsy Tverskoy in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina.

Source: Cinema Blend