Jennifer Lawrence has been the most in-demand actress in Hollywood this decade, and also the highest paid (until recently passed by Emma Stone). Still in her late 20s, Lawrence already has four Oscar nominations for outstanding performances in films like Winter’s Bone, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. She’s also been a gigantic box office draw in two franchises, helping to reboot the X-Men as Mystique and in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games novels. She is in a bit of a slump the last few years, but with a legion of fans and undeniable dramatic skills, that could change at any time. She was so young when Winter’s Bone put her on the map that it’s hard to remember how young she still is, but this is an actress who has decades of work ahead of her, so an off year or two (unless it becomes four or five) isn’t going to stop audiences from keeping her in demand, despite her performance in the recently divisive mother!.
Continue reading Jennifer Lawrence’s 10 Best Movies
It’s just as well that Marvel killed off their version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, because Evan Peters’ version of the mutant speedster just puts Aaron Taylor-Johnson to shame. After stealing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was a good movie, Evan Peters takes the mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse and using his speed and ADD (as well as his love for animals), saves the inhabitants of Xavier Mansion during its destruction. The scene took a month to film, but it was completely worth it. If there is no Quicksilver showcase in X-Men: New Mutants, I may boycott the movie. That, or Deadpool 2, will be the next film in Fox’s Mutantverse after Friday’s Logan brings Wolverine’s saga to a close. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”
X-Men: Apocalypse has been taking quite a bit of flak from critics, and has under-performed financially. Is the film a disaster? Absolutely not. Is the film flawed? Absolutely. Should you still go and see it? Apocalypse has moments of greatness, things we’ve never seen in an X-Men movie before, and mainly sets the stage for more dramatic moments to come. What it lacks is the connective tissue, the small but poignant character scenes, and the relentless momentum of the best films in the franchise. It’s probably the weakest team film aside from X3, but it’s worlds above X3. Minor spoilers follow below, so proceed with caution. Continue reading Movie Review: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016) “Not a Triumph But Far From an Apocalypse”
Total Film gives as a look at eight new pictures from Bryan Singer’s mutant opus X-Men Days of Future Past. The film, opening May 23rd, will lead directly into 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse (or X7 and X8 if we want to keep track of how big the franchise is getting). Singer has recently said that Apocalypse will have the “most mass destruction of any film in the franchise’s history”. Whether he means good old fashioned ‘splosions or body count, tough to say. No one likes to drop a good hint like Bryan Singer. Continue reading New Gallery of X-Men Days of Future Past Photos from Total Film