"Elysium" will inevitably be compared to Neill Blomkamp's masterpiece debut "District 9." Indeed verdicts have already been passed down of it being disappointing and falling short of expectations. However, for originality, visual craft, discussed themes and its storyline, it does strive to be much more than your average Friday night movie.
Try to think of some cliches. Write down a bunch and come back. I'll give you a minute… You done? Right, let's compare answers. Here's what I've got: Cops get suspended from duty for not doing things by the book, but they still save the day. A regular Joe wants to be a better provider to his wife, but she says "I have everything I need right here." A dog barks to warn of danger that is imperceptible to humans. Buried treasure.
In a flash of adamantium and Japanese steel, the Wolverine has finally returned to the silver screen, with Hugh Jackman reprising the role of the seemingly immortal, ever-troubled mutant hero in the sixth installment of the X-Men franchise.
Walt Disney's latest adventure movie "The Lone Ranger" is a remake of a classic American Wild West legend. The 2 1/2-hour-long movie was just that -- too long. Filmed in Utah and Colorado, the film presents great visuals and an authentic atmosphere of a classic Western. The beautiful sceneries were matched by appropriate costume designs, making a winning best-selling look for the movie.
Director Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" is an all-out assault on the senses, a loud (and I mean loud), brawling, bashing action film where robots and monsters smash each other to bits while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. And from the moment it begins, it is clear who the stars are. Move aside pathetic humans, the monsters and robots are the A-listers here.
"Beverly Hills Cop." "Lethal Weapon." "48 Hours." "Tango & Cash." The buddy cop movie is a reliable mainstay of our popular culture. And the cops are pretty much always guys.
Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx form the ultimate dynamic duo in "White House Down," a recent release that revolves around the president of the United States and a policeman racing around the White House and fighting off the bad guys.
Our favorite pair of inseparable best friends are at it again, but this time, instead of being at Monsters Inc. headquarters, they're scaring up a storm as college students at Monsters University.
You can't help rooting for them. After being laid off from their jobs as salesmen, good friends Billy (Vince Vaughan) and Nick (Owen Wilson) apply and are miraculously accepted as interns at Google. Full of enthusiasm and positive energy but pretty much technically incompetent, they find themselves struggling to compete with the best and brightest young minds for permanent positions at the renowned corporation.
Brad Pitt has indeed changed quite a bit. I still remember his square jaw line and stylish buzz cut in the 2005 spy film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Eight years later, I'm slightly disappointed to see him in World War Z with a much more wrinkled face and stringy, shoulder-length hair. But that wasn't the only disappointment in the movie.