Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow review 

EDGE OF TOMORROW – Once More, With Feeling

EDGE OF TOMORROW, you had me at “GROUNDHOG DAY during an alien invasion”. But the most surprising thing about you is that you come so close to the greatness of that Bill Murray classic. The film reuses the concept of a never-ending day in novel ways. Making the most of the genre leap, it results in not only some harrowing sci-fi action, but also fantastic character development. Try as I might to dislike Tom Cruise for starring in seemingly every other action movie, he’s used extremely well in the film.…

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Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2 review 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 – Or, “What To Do With Your Dragon Once it’s Trained”

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is a successful sequel on almost every level. The journey of the lovable characters from the first movie are continued and explored in meaningful ways, stretching naturally into the challenges of young adulthood. The high flying action is taken to new levels of excitement, and the stakes are higher this time around as there is more for the characters to lose. Impressive new characters are introduced into the fold, and the female gaze is aptly used to hilarious effect. The most important improvement though…

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Maleficent and a Disgusting Child review 

MALEFICENT – Taking the Bite Out of a Great Villain

For the life of me, I don’t know who MALEFICENT was made for. It seems like it wants to be for fans of the titular villain, but while Jolie is fantastic in the horns, she is Maleficent in iconography alone. It seems like it wants to be made for fans of the stage play WICKED, aping a similar fan-fic-that-absolves-the-villain plot gimmick, but unlike WICKED, it doesn’t even attempt to honor the source material. In this it seems to actively oppose catering to fans of Disney’s original SLEEPING BEAUTY. Its plot…

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