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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner (2014) | Trailer
Run Time: 113 min
Rated: PG-13 (For for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images.)
Directed By: Wes Ball

Kurtis:
The Maze Runner looks, at first blush, like it might just be another dystopian young adult movie, like someone was just trying to cash in on a trend. Don’t let that make you brush it off, because this movie packs a serious punch. Once a month, an elevator brings supplies and a new guy to join a group of boys trapped in a maze. When Thomas shows up, everything starts to change. Thomas disrupts the way the boys have done things for years, and some of the members aren’t so happy with that. Thomas and the group need to piece things together and find a way to escape the maze and defeat the bests within it. The Maze Runner is so refreshingly dark, it plays more like a big budget thriller than it does a young adult movie. It sets itself apart from The Hunger Games and Divergent with its masterful creation of suspense throughout and intrigue at what happens in the rest of the series. The thing that really amazes me is that this movie is put together nearly by complete unknowns. There is no star power to be found in the cast, or even the director, and yet the performances, special effects, and writing are all almost flawless. I get why people are hesitant about it, we’re all a little tired of teens fighting against the man, but I think you’ll be glad with giving The Maze Runner a shot.
Bottom Line: It’s a familiar concept lately, sure, but The Maze Runner is an overall better film that keeps you guessing all the way through. There’s a chance for this series of films to really be great, so check this one out before it leaves theaters.
Rating: 4.5/5

Morgan:
So I bought the book about a month or so ago, with every intention to read it prior to seeing the movie. While I failed miserably (I didn’t even open it) I still really enjoyed the movie. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. Dylan O’Brien was really great as Thomas, the character that everything hinges on, yet seems pretty ordinary. I’m not sure how much detail the movie did or did not go into as far as in relation to the book, but I felt like it did a good job leading the audience and helping them understand what’s going on. As far as post-apocalyptic, sacrificing the children movies go, this was definitely the most intense.
Bottom Line: I’m excited for the next parts to follow, and to actually read the book!
Rating: 4/5

Jordan:
If I could, I would re-title this movie “What the hell is that?!” because the main character says it a minimum five times. It’s the classic trope of Naïve Newcomer.  Thomas is dropped into a world where there’s only teenage boys trapped in a maze. Each day they run through the maze in hopes of finally escaping. They have a perfectly set up order, managed by the first boy Alby. Thomas (being our protagonist and obvious chosen one) starts asking questions. What are the noises? Why should I stay out of the scary maze? Why can’t I do whatever I want even though I’ve only been for one day and I’m clearly an idiot?
Great addition to the Young Adult genre. It definitely adds more suspense, stress, and creepiness than some similar movies in the last year (Divergent, The Hunger Games). I was happy to see so many people of color with strong speaking roles. And a girl who wasn’t the romantic interest. The plot is intense and confusing. You can always tell when something is a book-to-movie adaptation by the weird pacing and the leaps of plot development.
Bottom Line: Wait until the sequels come out. Then all the crazy, sweaty-palm moments won’t be for naught when you’re left with a cliffhanger.
Rating: 3.5/5

AGGREGATE RATING: 4/5

Leo Month Finale!

Sadly, this is our last Leo Month post this year. We had a fun ride watching a bunch of different movies starring our favorite non-Academy-Award winner. We’re finishing off by reviewing Leo movies that we haven’t seen until now.

Leave a comment below which Leo movie is your favorite
and one that you haven’t seen yet!

Kurtis – The Wolf of Wall Street (2013):
I was hesitant about watching The Wolf of Wall Street, mainly because I’m just not a big fan of movies that use vulgarities in excess when it doesn’t add to the story and that’s what I thought Wolf was going to be like. I was wrong, I mean, it was vulgar start-to-finish, but it’s a movie about greed and excess and Scorsese took it to a level that was required to really drive the point home. The movie follows a young man by the name of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) as he rises to one of the top stock brokers in the world. He is obsessed with wealth and all the pleasures it can buy, and achieves his success through incredible corruption and crime.  The SEC finally catches up to him and everything crumbles around him, eventually serving 3 years in jail. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, who plays Belfort’s assistant Donnie Azoff, are absolutely hilarious in Wolf. The comedic pacing in this movie is fast and furious, interwoven into even the most serious scenes in the film.  One scene in particular, where Belfort is fighting with his wife, played by Margot Robbie, had me busting up laughing. DiCaprio yells in such a way that his voice starts cracking every couple of words and it’s perfectly delivered. While I don’t appreciate the excessive scenes of debauchery as much as someone else might (gay orgies in an apartment, orgies on an airplane, lines of cocaine done off a prostitutes posterior, etc.), the acting performances throughout the film are absolutely spot on and I was very impressed with DiCaprio’s performance in particular. He definitely deserved his nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Bottom Line: It’s not a movie I’m planning on buying, as I don’t know if it warrants repeated viewings, but Leo’s performance is out-of-this-world good and if you don’t mind a little (a lot) of debauchery it’s worth a rent.
Rating: 3.5/5

Morgan – The Departed (2006):
So this is probably going to send some people into shock, but I had never (until recently) seen The Departed. I feel like the last person in the world to have seen it. I mean, it’s even a shock to me, seeing as it has so many of my favorite people in it. It really doesn’t get much better than Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Leo. And you can’t forget Alec Baldwin. (I’m weirdly in love with him). Anyways, as a whole I really liked the movie. Spoiler alert: I was pissed when Billy died, even though I knew it was coming. But I relished in the perfection of the ending when the real bad guy gets what he deserved. I think Scorsese did a brilliant job telling an intricate, interesting, and funny story. It’s a little long, and requires you to pay attention. But I think it’s something everyone needs to have watched at some point. It shows you a bit of a different side of Leo.
Bottom Line: So, if you haven’t seen it yet, you should crawl out from under your rock and be a little adventurous. Unless you’re given the choice to see The Beach. In that case, just don’t.
Rating: 4/5

Jordan – The Aviator (2004):
I watched this on Kurtis’s many recommendations. DiCaprio plays Howard Hughes the orphaned millionaire. You can tell even from the very beginning that he’s an obsessive and an eccentric. He spends three years and $4 million on the 1930 movie Hell’s Angels. But it paid off as it is becomes a huge success. The rest of The Aviator chronicles his risks and successes in the film and airplane industry. He is a perfectionist, who cares about the smallest details but can’t make decisions on the big issues. He courts big name movie stars like Katherine Hepburn and Ava Gardner. These two characters seem to be the only ones that can love the man behind the neuroses. (Cate Blanchett as Hepburn is probably my favorite part of the film.) Things only get worse when he crashes a plane on a solo flight. He locks himself in a room for three solid months. He only breaks free to finally stop PanAm from securing a monopoly on international air travel. There is small swell of hope at the end… until the final scene.
Bottom Line: The three hour run time is pretty daunting, but there is so much that happens in this one man’s life. Martin Scorsese is obviously a genius, even with the details of coloring the film to look like movies of the time period. So unless you’re super into biopics set in the 1930s, or want to feel sad for three hours, I’d say this is a skip. Don’t tell Kurtis.
Rating: 2.5/5

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Guardians of the Blogalaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | Trailer
Run Time: 121 min
Rated: PG-13 (For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.)
Directed By: James Gunn

Jordan: 
I have been pumped to see this movie since the first time I saw the trailer. I had no background knowledge of the characters or story line. I think the soundtrack and Chris Pratt as the leading man were insanely smart choices. I could just tell that this movie was going to be just a good time all the way through. I feel like even though it uses many of the usual superhero tropes (orphan far from home, band of misfits, don’t let the weapon fall into the wrong hands), it encases them in a unique universe. Each of the characters shines on their own. Chris Pratt transforms the charming jock into a lovably sweet character. Bradley Cooper is a genius in any role including this annoying raccoon. And it’s always nice to see a non-white (green still counts!) woman who is a badass on her own. Zoe Saldana, you can play the main lady in all sci-fi movies from now on. The tone of the film, in general, is so much lighter than the recent superhero/fantasy movies of late. More heart and humor, less scowls and machismo. And I love it.
Bottom Line: I liked Guardians better than The Avengers. And I hope it has a super long legacy so I continue to geek out.
Rating: 4.5/5

Morgan:
I had never even heard of Guardians of the Galaxy until my boyfriend started trying to get people to call him Starlord. (I think he thinks that he’s Chris Pratt). Anyways, I actually ended up really enjoying GOTG. I think that Pratt is perfect in anything he does; yes, even his brief part in Her. I thought Groot and Rocket’s characters were going to be stupid, but they ended up being some of my favorites in the movie. I won’t spoil anything but they make you feel all the feels. All the characters and their banter keep you laughing throughout the entire movie. While there’s a bit of story to follow along with, there’s enough action to keep you from being bored. It’s much different from other superhero movies that have come out this year, and therefore hard to compare. I don’t think it’s as good as Captain America for example, but it’s still an entertaining and fun watch.
Bottom line: I think it’s worth it to see in theatres. Either way, give it a shot.
Rating: 3/5

Kurtis:
Marvel’s latest film delivers heart, wit and plenty of action. Guardians of the Galaxy was highly anticipated despite not being one of Marvel’s popular franchises and it lives up the hype quite nicely. The film follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) from miscreant outlaw to justice-keeping leader. After finding himself on the wrong side of a bounty, Quill gets locked up in prison with the people that are after him and it leads to the creation of a VERY unlikely team. Visually, Guardians is perfect. The landscapes and space skies director James Gunn and his team created are just stunning. It’s exactly the look you want from a space-epic. Can’t say enough good things about the performances in the movie as well. Pratt as Peter Quill was even better than expected, delivering a performance that’s funny, heartwarming and pretty bad ass too. Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista all shine in their roles as the Guardians and it’s pretty plain to see that the casting director knew what they were doing.
Bottom Line: The opening scene sets the stage for all you need to know about this movie, and it delivers all the way through. This’ll be a movie you definitely want to see a second time before it leaves theaters. Go see it now!
Rating: 4/5

AGGREGATE RATING: 3.8/5

Now Playing at a Theater Near You

Due to our hiatus last month, we haven’t reviewed a new release in a while. So this week is a new release round-up! Here are the movies we saw in July:

Kurtis – Deliver Us From Evil:
I’m a sucker for horror movies and since 9 out of 10 are terrible, I’ve started going into them with lowered expectations. On the whole, it’s helped me enjoy them a lot more than I otherwise would. Deliver Us From Evil is a fresh approach to a played-out premise but is far from perfect. Eric Bana plays Detective Ralph Sarchie who comes face to face with true evil while investigating a series of creepy and gruesome crimes. He teams up with a priest who’s particularly versed in the supernatural to help stop the demonic possession from spreading further in the city. While it has a supernatural undertone to it, Deliver Us From Evil plays out more like a psychological thriller in the vein of SE7EN rather than Poltergeist or The Exorcist and it’s more satisfying that way. Director Scott Derrickson does a fantastic job in creating a creepy and interesting atmosphere. Sarchie and his partner (Joel Mchale) work the graveyard shift so every scene is particularly dark, creating palpable suspense throughout the film. DUFE also boasts a pretty remarkable exorcism scene that engages the viewer completely and bookends the film nicely. The problems with the film are that it’s definitely predictable (the plot twists are hardly twists at all if you’ve ever seen another scary movie) and that it doesn’t quite deliver (pun intended) the scares I was hoping it would. There was only one pop out scare that caught me off guard, but other than that it just wasn’t very frightening. If you like horror/suspenseful flicks, I think you’ll dig this one too, it’s a solid film that’s written and shot well and is enjoyable despite its flaws.
Bottom Line: It’s good, but not great, and is an enjoyable (albeit predictable) scary movie. Wait for it to hit Redbox, turn off all the lights, kickback, and enjoy.
Rating: 3/5

Jordan – Begin Again:
I think the fact that every time I said I wanted to see this I called it “Once Again” just proves what kind of movie it is. It is written and directed by the writer/director of Once and even has a song by Glen Hansard. Gretta (Keira Knightley) is a songwriter who moves to New York City with her douchey boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) after he lands a record deal. They split up soon after because of his douchery (more-or-less). Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a record executive who can’t find any real talent. He is always drunk, lives separated from his wife and daughter, gets fired from the record label he founded, and is a wholly unlikable character in the beginning. Through the magic that is NYC, Dan and Gretta meet and decide to make beautiful music together (literally). It plays like a fairly predictable rom-com musical, but really adds its own flavor. Knightley is much better cast in this movie than the last one I saw. And Girl can sing. James Corden will always have a special place in my heart because of Doctor Who and this clip. And according to Kurtis, Mark Ruffalo is never in a bad a movie.
Bottom Line: Lovely movie that you should see, but you can wait to rent/buy it. And I’ll probably end up buying the soundtrack.
Rating: 3.5/5

Morgan – Wish I Was Here:
This week I went to see Wish I Was Here, directed by and starring Zach Braff. First of all, I love Zach Braff and almost everything that he touches. So I was definitely excited for this film but tried to go in with low expectations, on the off chance that I hated it. However, I was not disappointed. WIWH was a truly phenomenal piece that I would already go back to watch again. It is the story of struggling actor Aidan Bloom’s life after finding out that his father’s cancer is back, and aggressively. This forces him to examine his life and truly face himself. The first few minutes were hard, only because his character seemed so J.D.-esque to me. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it was just different than I expected. As the film goes on, he becomes more of a typical, if a bit unconventional, Jewish family man. I don’t know how he does it, but Braff has a way of making everything— situations, characters, emotions, dialogue— come to life and seem so real and raw. WIWH is no exception. There was little about this film I did not like. Also, Pierce Gagnon (Aidan’s son) is perfection. Bottom Line: Wish I Was Here is now playing everywhere, and I highly recommend it.
Rating: 4.5/5

 

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Jersey Blogs

Jersey Boys (2014) | Trailer
Run Time: 134 minutes

Rated: R (For language throughout.)
Directed By: Clint Eastwood

Kurtis:
Jersey Boys is the film adaptation of the Tony Award Winning Broadway hit of the same name. It follows the rag-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from a mafia influenced neighborhood in New Jersey to becoming one of the most iconic rock groups of the 60s. Their music has stood the test of time and helped shape a generation, but Jersey Boys focuses more on the relationships between the group than the music itself. The movie gives an in depth look at the rapid rise if the group and the devastating blows they experienced along the way; from family breakdowns, personal tragedy, gambling debts and mafia shakedowns. I’m sure this story just explodes off the stage, but director Clint Eastwood somehow managed to suck all of fun and excitement of this broadway hit in its translation to the big screen. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellently crafted scenes that soar, but they are few and far between and that brings the whole film down as a whole. John Lloyd Young kills in his role as Frankie Valli, it’s clear he was meant to at this part on both stage and screen. Young brings an innocence to the character that even in the films darkest moments comes through and is the one characteristic that isn’t found anywhere else in the movie. His performance, as well as the rest of the band, is really fantastic and I’d love to be able to see them execute these roles on stage. Where the film falls apart is the directing, all of the magic of an on-stage musical is missing from this movie. When I compare this movie’s framing with recent broadway-to-big screen stories like RENT and Les Misérables, there is such a stark contrast in how the source material was handled and, unfortunately, Jersey Boys isn’t even in the same league as the others. The music still shines, the acting is inspired, but overall, the movie is too unevenly paced and safely played by Eastwood and the producers that it feels inconsequential and boring.
Bottom Line: Nowhere near as exciting and imaginative as it could have, and frankly, should have been but at no fault of the actors…Wait for it to hit Redbox, or just download the soundtrack.
Rating: 2.5/5

Jordan:
The first time I saw the trailer I knew I wanted to see this movie. And I just watched it again before writing this post. GOOSEBUMPS. I imagined this movie was going to be amazing, like an R-rated That Thing You Do. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical! But the adaptation to film just didn’t live up to my expectation. I felt like the story jumped around a lot. As if they couldn’t fit everything from the musical into the movie. Why did only some characters tell only part of the story? What’s up with Frankie’s daughter towards the end of the movie? She seems like an afterthought.
It wasn’t a perfect movie, but I still liked it. The actors who play The Four Seasons were wonderfully cast, especially Erich Bergen. (His goatee on the other hand…) There are plenty of laughs, tons of smoking, and a good amount of F-words, cheating on wives, and stolen goods. Nothing out of the normal for a mob movie set in the ’60s.
Bottom Line: Not bad, but not great. I know my parent’s generation will love it, because they’ll sing along to all the songs like I did. Maybe just wait to see it at Gammage next month.
Rating: 3.5/5

Morgan:
Going into this movie I had no idea what to expect. I’ve never seen the original play, I had no idea who the Four Seasons were, but I love musicals. So I was game. It wasn’t as much of a musical as I thought it would be, but more of a movie about music. I thought the narration was annoying, and that it started out a little slow, which made me hate the first hour. After that, I really started to like it. I thought that Eastwood (yes, I was surprised too) did a good job of portraying their road to fame and their eventual fall out. The acting was a little cheesy, but as a friend pointed out to me, that was the style of the musical so it makes sense that it carried over to the movie. The movie made me realize that I actually liked that style of music. I loved Mike Doyle as Bob Crewe, the group’s producer. He was perfect comedic relief in an otherwise serious film.
Bottom Line: Sue me, but I liked Bobby Gaudio’s voice better than Frankie’s. Nonetheless, it’s worth your time if you’ve got an evening to kill.
Rating: 3/5

AGGREGATE RATING: 3/5

The Fault in our Blogs

We review the biggest movie of the year! Yep, even bigger than Edge of Tomorrow!
Check out what we have to say about this sick love story.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) | Trailer
Run Time: 125 minutes

Rated: PG-13 (For thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language.)
Directed By: Josh Boone

Jordan:
Okay, I want you to know that I may be biased. I got the book for Christmas and devoured it. I’m subscribed to the Vlogbrothers’ videos. And I’ve been planning this as my ride along since January. But that also put a lot of pressure on this movie to live up to the hype. And I think it did. John Green’s writings are naturally smart and witty and seemingly unrealistic. (I would compare it to “Gilmore Girls” or anything by Joss Whedon.) To me, the movie made the characters real. They were no longer hypothetical situations about some far away girl and boy with cancer, but people I could see and hear and cry with. I left the theatre not heartbroken, but hopeful. That even though we may have a short life in a broken world, I get the opportunity to spend it with the ones I love.
I didn’t realize until I watched an interview with the cast that Josh Boone was also the director on Stuck in Love, which I watched recently for a Netflix Friday. I’m excited to see his other work.
(Side note: Why is Shailene Woodley cast as the main female lead in so many YA movies lately? Three in the last year! I feel like it actually takes away from the uniqueness of each of her characters.)
Bottom Line: It’s for more than just teenage girls. Hopefully, it spur some conversations about life, death, and love. At least prepare yourselves to hear me rave about it.
Rating: 4.5/5

Morgan:
After watching this movie, I’m not sure where to start with this one. As a movie alone, I liked it. As a book to movie adaptation, I didn’t. It’s difficult to explain why, but I think it’s because there was so much wit, humor, and small, unexplainable things that made the book so great. It’s not the movie’s fault though, there was no way it could live up to it. It’s almost as it the book was too clever for the big screen. There were other flaws as well. Movie version of Augustus didn’t have blue eyes for crying out loud. And the lines in the movie that came directly from the book sometimes seemed like they were simply being read directly from the script; there was no emotion or feeling behind them. Or maybe that’s because Ansel Elgort was so terrible. Shailene Woodley, however, was fabulous, as always. I also really loved Nat Wolff’s performance as Isaac.
Bottom Line: Basically, it’s a good movie if you haven’t read the book, and if you can stand LITERALLY hearing the entire theater burst into tears when Augustus dies (highlight text for spoiler). Which I did. That actually happened. Like, loud, giant sobs.
Rating: 2.5/5

Kurtis:
Writer John Green and director Josh Boone brought life to one of the greatest coming-of-age films ever made. With exquisite writing and phenomenal acting performances, The Fault in our Stars stand out as probably the best film I’ve seen this year, and in my mind, deserving of quite a few nominations come awards time. TFIOS follows Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort), two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group and start on an incredible journey together. Hazel and Gus quickly fall in love and dream of living a life together, each feeling as though they’d found their counterpart. Someone to love them truly, not despite their cancer, but because each of them could 100% understand what the other was battling through. We find out towards the end of the film that life can sometimes be cruel, this world is not the way it’s meant to be, and we learn just how heartbreaking it is to see a teenager thrust into dealing with the searing pain of loss. While there are some scenes that completely play into the teenage romance movie stereotypes, overall, The Fault in our Stars chooses not to sugar coat the harsh realities of life. There are first loves, true joy, agonizing pain, and saddening deaths all rolled into this movie in such a delicate and deft way as to not beat the viewer over the head or exploit the emotions inherent to the story. TFIOS tackles themes not often found in youth romance movies and they’re executed near-perfectly, making this a movie that will not quickly fade away in the minds of its viewers (which is hard to find in this age of cinema, IMO).
Bottom Line: TFIOS is everything I desperately wanted last year’s The Spectacular Now to be and more. Such a satisfying film in its humor, wit and emotion that I’m hard pressed to believe anyone could walk away disappointed.
Rating: 4.75/5

AGGREGATE RATING: 3.9/5

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X-Men: Blogs of Future Past

Can you believe it?! It’s our six-month bloggiversary! And what better way to spend it than by reviewing another Jennifer Lawrence movie?

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) | Trailer
Run Time: 131 minutes

Rated: PG-13 (For sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.)
Directed By: Bryan Singer

Kurtis:
As a huge fan of X-Men: First Class and a not-so-huge fan of the first X-Men trilogy, I’ll be first to admit that I had some serious reservations about X-Men: Days of Future Past and its blending of the two universes. So much so, in fact, that I almost didn’t want to see this new film. I’m certainly glad I decided to see Days of Future Past and give it a shot because director Bryan Singer nailed it. The movie centers around government created Sentinels whose sole purpose is destroying mutants and anyone who could possibly spawn a mutant down the road by reading their genetics. The future is a bad, bad place and the world’s only hope relies on sending Wolverine’s consciousness back to the 70s to help prevent the creation of the Sentinels. This is probably Hugh Jackman’s best and most nuanced performance as Wolverine and with how much screen time he gets, we should all be thankful for that. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are the absolute perfect young Professor X and Magneto and Fassbender in particular delivers and incredible performance showcasing just how powerful and bad ace Magneto can be. One of my misplaced fears with this film was that there’d be an attempt to force feed the audience the old cast members from the original series without much rhyme or reason. Luckily, they’re handled great by Singer, only featured sporadically and in ways that make sense. The character that steals the show: Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters. There’s one scene in particular that’s the most visually engaging scene I’ve seen in a super hero movie in a long time. Super Speed characters have never been showcased in this way, and it makes me really excited to see what they can do in the future with Quicksilver or even a character like the Flash. Now, you have to know that some of the plot is a little convoluted, but I’m giving some leeway here because they attempted to bridge two series and introduce time travel and that’s a tough task for anyone. We are in the golden age of super hero films right now and X-Men: Days of Future Past is another great addition to the upper echelon.
Bottom Line: It would have been 5/5 if it weren’t for the overly complex aspects of the plot. But all in all, it’s a really great movie with big special effects, compelling characters and a great lead-in to the next sequel. X-Men fans rejoice, we’re finally getting the movies the mutants deserve.
Rating: 4/5

Morgan:
I’m not sure how people generally feel about the X-Men movies, but for the most part I’ve liked them. X-Men: Days of Future Past is absolutely no exception. Not only is it an exciting story that keeps you (or me at least) sitting anxiously on the edge of your seat (or laying on super comfy seats), but it’s also well made, and the perfect reboot of the series. The past and present versions of the characters working together to rewrite their future is awesome, even if it’s only to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan back again as Professor X and Magneto. I’m obsessed with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, who both performed fabulously. My favorite character, who I wish could have had more screen time was Peter, who offered such great comic relief in an otherwise slightly stressful movie. Even though I’m no history buff, I appreciated how Singer tied in aspects of the Magic Bullet theory and Kennedy’s assassination.
Bottom Line: Days of Future Past perfectly ties in all previous X-Men movies while flawlessly carrying the story forward. See it, even if you haven’t seen the others. You won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 4.5/5

Jordan:
This has been the third superhero movie we’ve reviewed recently. I’m not complaining! I’ve loved them all. And unfortunately, I’m going to end up giving them all the same score, which makes no sense. Because this one beats both the Cap and Spidey. (Geez, DC, where you at?)
This movie has everything! Sweet action sequences. Peter Dinklage as the bad guy. More super powers than can fit in one fight scene. The best parts of the original and new casts. Moral dilemmas. And a Richard Nixon look-a-like.
I would say this movie is not for the faint of heart. Hopelessness is a key element. Young Professor X (James McAvoy) can’t handle the loss of his legs, his best friend, and his sister, so he shoots up wannabe-heroin every night. The future X-Men are being exterminated at every turn and must send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1974 to stop any of this from starting. Young Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is considering assassinating an anti-Mutant scientist (Peter Dinklage) to save her race. It’s a lot to handle for 2.5 hours.
Bottom Line: See it in theatres! But don’t go to AMC Centerpoint on Mill, because I want that to stay our little secret. 
Rating: 4/5

AGGREGATE RATING: 4.2/5