Dark Universe is a very cool concept: a shared cinematic universe where all the classic Universal Studios movie monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, etc.) are given a new spin for a new generation and set loose in this horror/adventure sandbox. The first film to come out of that concept is The Mummy. It has the star power of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, the interesting idea of making the mummy female, and the trailers made it look like an action adventure/horror blast that would kick off this new world of “gods and monsters”. Then, until Transformers 5 and The Emoji Movie came along to save it, the film was saddled with the title: “Worst Reviewed Film of Summer 2017.” Is it really that bad? Let’s put it this way: the Dark Universe’s chances of success are pretty dim after this dull opening installment. Continue reading Movie Review: The Mummy (2017) *Tough Start for a Universe*→
Rachel Weisz has a look and a gift with accents that allow her to play nearly any ethnicity from her native England, anywhere in Europe, Russia, and North America. It’s allowed her to become a chameleon without ever changing her looks. She looks and manages to sound like she could be from anywhere, so combined with her phenomenal range, she’s one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. From her breakout role in The Mummy (Fraser version, not Cruise), to wonderful films like About a Boy and The Brothers Bloom, and more serious fare like The Constant Gardener, The Fountain, and The Whistleblower, Weisz is consistently excellent in anything she takes on, but blends so well into any setting that she’s not quite a household name, which is a shame because she has gallons more talent that dozens of actresses who are.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Pixar has arrived to unseat Wonder Woman, but it’s Cars 3 so…yay? OR you can see Mandy Moore and sharks or a seemingly random Scarlett Johansson movie. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (6/16/2017): Cars 3, Rough Night, 47 Meters Down→
Tom Cruise is a throwback in that he’s a movie star of the old Hollywood pedigree. He’s almost larger-than-life, and though he’s very capable of disappearing into roles at times, he’s nearly always TOM CRUISE in whatever film he’s headlining. There are other actors who essentially play themselves at every turn, but what differentiates Cruise is that, even if the project doesn’t work, you never feel like he phoned it in. Cruise has a scary focus and dedication to his craft that, when married to the right part, can result in explosive performances and memorable films. Cruise is currently in the midst of an action movie only groove that has lasted a good 15 years already, and I think will continue until he’s physically unable to turn out gems like the Mission Impossible films, Edge of Tomorrow, Collateral, etc. I’m hoping that when that time comes, Cruise focuses more on character parts, much as Harrison Ford did when he reached that point in his career. Until then, even if he may be past his box office peak, his name still has considerable clout with moviegoers.
Tom Cruise’s Best 10 1. A Few Good Men (1992) Lt. Daniel Kaffee 2. Jerry Maguire (1996) Jerry Maguire 3. Mission Impossible I-VI (1996 – 2018) Ethan Hunt 4. Collateral (2004) Vincent 5. Edge of Tomorrow(2014) Cage 6. Minority Report(2002) Chief John Anderton 7. Rain Man(1988) Charlie Babbitt 8. Tropic Thunder (2008) Lev Grossman 9. Magnolia (1999) Frank TJ Mackey 10. The Last Samurai (2003) Nathan Algren Honorable Mention: The Color of Money (1986) Vincent Lauria