This might come as a surprise to you, but "The Wolverine" is actually pretty good. If you've been paying attention the "X-Men" franchise for the last decade, here's how things looked before the new standalone film:
1) "X-Men: Last Stand" capped off the original trilogy by essentially spitting in the face of the comic book fans and killing half the cast for little to no reason.
2) "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" drove the franchise even further off the road and gave us the worst CGI claws ever. They're literally the worst.
3) "X-Men: First Class" was a surprisingly great retooling the property that did away with pretty much everything from the Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner films.
So basically, "X-Men" had one good thing going for it and a lot to make up for, and the prospect of another standalone Wolverine movie — forgive me — didn't seem all that promising, especially with trailers that looked frighteningly similar to "Origins." (Mangold has since addressed the previews.)
But there are five very good reasons to give "The Wolverine" a chance, and you can find them after the jump!
Fanboys, rejoice! Guillermo del Toro's first movie since "Hellboy II" is here, and it has giant robots fighting also-gigantic monsters. "Pacific Rim" has decidedly split critics, but if you're heading to theaters this weekend, these are the Five Reasons you should check it out.
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It seems like it's been forever since Brad Pitt was in a movie — well, one that everyone got a chance to see, anyway. Even though the movie star appeared in "Killing Them Softly" just last fall, "World War Z" marks his first big return to the screen since 2011's "Moneyball," and that return is just one of the big reasons to see the new thriller. Directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace") from Max Brooks' acclaimed novel, the film follows a retired United Nations employee who's called back into service after a worldwide zombie epidemic breaks out. But whether its incredible source material, zombies or Brad Pitt himself is your particular brand of cinematic catnip, take a look at 5 reasons to see "World War Z."
After a long wait that started with the raves coming out of last year's Toronto International Film Festival, Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" finally is opening in limited release, and it is absolutely worth your time.
The only thing to really say about "Much Ado" is that you owe it to your brain and your heart to go see it, but if we have to break it down, these are the five reasons we'd give for checking out the movie.
In the five years since its release, "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford" has become an unlike but entirely deserving cult classic. Now Brad Pitt has reteamed with his former director, Andrew Dominik, to adapt George V. Higgins' 70s era novel "Cogan's Trade" as the 2008-set Recession drama "Killing Them Softly."
Here are your five reasons to see "Killing Them Softly."
Pitt has become what I like to call a "secret great actor." Rarely is he anything but superb—and "Killing Them Softly" is no exception—but what people think of most when it comes to Pitt is his celebrity status and someone who is more famous for being famous than for their talent. Here, like in "The Assassination of Jesse James," Pitt turns in standout work that deserves more consideration than we're inclined to give someone as well-known.
There are probably a lot of people on the internet today telling you that you have to see "Looper." How did we know this, you ask? It's because anyone who has seen "Looper" will undoubtedly feel the need to spread the word of its sheer awesomeness, and we are no different.
Here are the five reasons you must see "Looper."
One of the strongest elements in "Looper" is how realistic Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes the film's main conceit. By ten minutes in, we are no longer watching JGL in weird Bruce Willis makeup. Instead, we're enjoying Young Joe, who looks a lot like Old Joe, who happens to be played by Bruce Willis. Perhaps the best compliment we can pay JGL's performance is that it only adds to a brilliant concept and a near flawless execution without ever pulling us out of the experience.
Hollywood won't stop believin' in the Great White Way, and neither will we.
"Rock of Ages," the latest movie musical to shimmy from Broadway to the big screen, opens today with a cast of Hollywood heavyweights (Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin) and nubile newcomers (Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta) dusting off the ol' jukebox and getting down. The flick follows barback/aspiring musician Drew Boley (Boneta) as he falls for new-in-town cutie Sherrie Christian (Hough) and lands his first break opening for rock god Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) at the Sunset Strip's storied Bourbon Room.
All splashy song-and-dance numbers and schmaltzy romance, this rose may have a few thorns, but it hits moviegoers with its best shot, nonetheless. Here are five reasons to see "Rock of Ages":
The reviews have not been kind on "That's My Boy," Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg's raunchfest hitting theaters today (June 15). It boasts an absurd premise — an adolescent knocks up his math teacher and is left to raise their son, Han Solo, to disastrous results — and more F-bombs than any movie should rightfully have.
But despite myself, I couldn't help but enjoy the hell out of Sandler's latest. It feels like a return to form for the comedian, a callback to all the outrageous potty humor that made him famous in the first place. If his "Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore" antics were never for you, then you're not going to find much to enjoy here. But if those movies are staples of your comedy-viewing history, then "That's My Boy" undoubtedly has some guilty laughs in store for you. Here are five reasons to see the movie this weekend.
Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" demands to be seen. A precisely crafted piece of science-fiction, it requires active reflection on the part of the audience and will disappoint if taken in at face value. Scott has made a movie meant for theaters and the format in which it was made, 3-D.
Whether you love it or hate it, "Prometheus" will spark passionate conversation, and that alone merits a trip to the movie theater.
Here are our five spoiler-free reasons to see "Prometheus."
Put on your armor and take up your swords, fairy tale fans! "Snow White and the Huntsman" hits theaters today bringing you an edgy adaptation of the classic enchanting story.
In the film, Kristen Stewart plays the title character who gears up for battle against the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). With the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and her childhood love William (Sam Claflin) at her side, she attempts to reclaim the kingdom that is rightfully hers.
For those of you who haven't already preordered tickets, here are five reasons to see "Snow White and the Huntsman."