Movie Review – ‘The Mummy’ is a Hollow Soul Wrapped in a Fun Adventure

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Many who hear the title The Mummy likely think of the 1999 Brendan Fraser movie, its two sequels, and that spinoff with The Rock. This is not that movie. We all know Hollywood loves trends. Endless sequels, remakes, reboots, and breaking up movies into parts, have all been the bread and butter of the industry. The Mummy directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise hops onto one of those bandwagons (remake) with one additional one. It’s part of the “Dark Universe.”

With the outstanding success by Marvel Studios, cinematic universes are now tickling every Hollywood executives fancy and Universal Studios is no exception. The Mummy is the first of many monster movies to exist within the same cinematic universe. It’s important to note this before getting started. Understanding what a movie sets out to do is a big part of figuring out whether or not it’s any good.
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Movie Review — Choose to Accept ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is officially the fifth entry in the Tom Cruise/theme song-starring spy franchise. However, it bears little resemblance to most of its series. The first entry, released nineteen years ago, was directed by Brian De Palma and written by screenwriting hall-of-famer Robert Towne (Chinatown, The Last Detail). It was part of a class of movies that no longer exists: the blockbuster for grownups. It relied on suspense and innuendo over chaos and destruction. It starred a bonafide movie star, was directed by an auteur, and was written by a veteran of old guard golden age Hollywood. It was subtler, more intriguing, but — tellingly — not necessarily better than all the films that would follow.

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Movie Review — ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a Captivating Underdog Blockbuster

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I won’t lie for one second and pretend I had held out any hope for Edge of Tomorrow. I have really lost interest in many of Tom Cruise’s roles recently, and on top of that, the trailer for this blockbuster do not sell the film well at all. I was sure this was going to be a dud.

However, after countless people I respect on Twitter gave it raving reviews, after the Rotten Tomatoes score hovered above 90%, I couldn’t miss my chance to see Edge of Tomorrow earlier this week. Now that I’ve seen it, let me be the beacon of light to you readers — push aside any distaste for Tom Cruise you have and forget about the mediocre marketing campaign — Edge of Tomorrow is a bonafide gem of a blockbuster. In fact, I’d argue it’s one of the best titles to hit in 2014 — seriously.

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