‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ has found it’s director

 Bryan Singer

Good news ‘X-Men’ fans ! Bryan Singer will be back to direct the next installment in the ‘X-Men’ franchise.

I wouldn’t consider myself a huge X-Men fan, but I did enjoy ‘X-Men:First Class’ and ‘X-Men:Days Of Futures Past. Bryan Singer, who directed the first two ‘X-Men’ films and ‘Days Of Futures Past’, just recently had his sexual assault case dropped and is looking to move on with the franchise. This is great news, considering what he brought to Days Of Futures Past, which was one of the best films in the franchise. I will be keeping you updated on whether Channing Tatum will be making a cameo as Gambit. He will be staring in his own film, but the release date for the ‘Gambit’ film has yet to be announced.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will be released May 27th, 2016 and James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Hoult and Hugh Jackman will all be returning.

REVIEW: Prisoners

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Staring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllennhaal, Viola Davis, Terence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Prisoners is a well-acted, disturbing crime-thriller that will make you think about letting your kids wander off alone. When two little girls are kidnapped, Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is set out to put together the pieces of the puzzle. He has Alex Jones (played by Paul Dano) in custody, a boy who owns an RV the girls were playing on, but let’s him go because he has an IQ of a ten year old and he can find no evidence against him. Convinced Loki’s not doing he’s job right, Keller Dover (played by Hugh Jackman) takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps Alex and torture him for information about his daughters whereabouts.

The film is a 150 minute disturbing piece of work that will get to you if you have children in your life. It’s a dark film that holds onto you and never lets you go. The entire time, I was thinking of my nieces and nephews and I must say, a film has never gotten to me as much as this one did. It was almost like I was in the film, living on what these people were going through, and I must say I was terrified to tears.

The film had a lot of twist and turns. I suggest you don’t read any spoilers, as the film is perfect without knowing what happens. Although, this is the type of film where people will probably want to check out spoilers, to know the fate of the young girls, I strongly suggest you don’t.

Hugh Jackman, who showed off his vocals and acting skills in Les Miserables, gives us one of the most sinister good guys characters you’ll ever see. He’s a very talented actor, and I feel an Oscar nomination coming his way. Who really surprised me in this film was Jake Gyllenhaal, who played Detective Loki. His character was very sympathetic to the case and I feel Jake Gyllenhaal deserves kudos for his work. He’s grown into an amazing actor. I enjoyed him immensely in End Of Watch.

Prisoners is one of those films you talk about after walking out of the theatre. The film is very twisted and suspenseful and I feel it’s runtime was perfect for the film. Keep in mind, the film is very dark. The events that happen in this film can happen in real life, which I hated about the film, but that would be the point of the film. The film can relate to people with children in their lives and you’ll just want to go home after the film and hold them. Will I ever see Prisoners again? I’m not too sure I’d want to be put through the haunting experience again. One things for sure, it was an amazing film.

Grade: A

*Nominated for 1 Oscar

Best Cinematography

End of summer recap for film

With the summer coming to the end, I’m here to give you my top films of the summer. It hasn’t been a great one for film, but that’s not to say I didn’t have a little bit of fun in the theater. Can’t wait for all the fall releases. There’s already a good amount of films on my most anticipated list. What I keep forgetting to add to my fall list is Prisoners, a crime-thriller that stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terence Howard, Viola Davis and Paul Dano. I will be posting the trailer and the synopsis to the movie soon.

See link here for most anticipated fall films: https://themovieboy77.com/2013/08/12/top-5-most-anticipated-fall-releases/

Pacific Rim:

The plot may have been a little dull, and the emotion just non existent, but that’s not to say Pacific Rim wasn’t fun to watch. There was some great special effects and it had your adrenaline pumping. Maybe my I MAX viewing brought my interest down a little bit as I felt it hard to distinguish who was winning, but I’m sure I’ll re-watch it when it comes out on Blu-Ray.

Check out my review for Pacific Rim here: https://themovieboy77.com/2013/07/30/review-pacific-rim-2/

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Kick Ass 2:

Kick Ass 2 didn’t do very well at the box office, but I believe it was quite an enjoyable watch. For a guy who’s a huge fan of Chloe Grace Moretz, I wasn’t disappointed at all. The action was good, the humor was there and my love for Hit Girl grew.

Check out my review for Kick Ass 2 here: https://themovieboy77.com/2013/08/16/review-kick-ass-2/

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Iron Man 3:

The movie wasn’t spectacular, but I enjoy Robert Downey Jr immensely. The man becomes the characters he plays. After four films, it’s quite obvious that he’s become Iron Man. I was disappointed with the villains. The Mandarin was a big disappointment to me, but otherwise, the film itself was fun and had a good mix of humor and action.

Iron Man 3 will be released on Blu Ray September 3rd, 2013.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness:

I love JJ Abrams. He has this sort of filmmaking and storytelling that I just crave for. JJ Abrams has taken the Star Trek product and made it his own. I’ve never seen the originals, but I love the remake and this sequel. They have a great mix of emotion, humor and action. He’s reinvented the product and made it hip and cool. I’m looking forward to seeing more from him.

Star Trek: Into Darkness will be released on Blu Ray September 10th, 2013.

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This Is The End:

This Is The End starred almost every one of your favorite comedians and not one of their jokes fell flat. The movie was downright hilarious and it handled the apocalypse aspect to it very well. The movie sometimes had you at the edge of your seat while making you laugh at the same time. This was definitely the comedy-thriller of the summer.

This Is The End will be released on Blu Ray October 1st, 2013

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Despicable me 2:

 I had no interest in Despicable me until I started dating my girlfriend and she was bragging about how amazing it was, and while the word to describe it wouldn’t be amazing, it’s pretty hilarious. I fell in love with Gru and his lovely minions, and I believe the minions are probably the best cartoon characters I’ve seen in years. There’s something about them that make us want one of our own.

The Conjuring:

The surprise Horror hit of the summer was exactly that: A surprise. I didn’t expect the film to be as scary as it was, but it approached it’s horror with class and delivered to us a great story and some great acting we never usually see in horror films. It was low on the jump scares and didn’t use gore to gross us out. I’m a huge horror fan, and while not a lot of people usually enjoy the horror films I like, this one seemed to be universally loved by everyone I know who’s seen it.

Check out my review for The Conjuring here: https://themovieboy77.com/2013/07/24/review-the-conjuring/

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The Way Way Back:

A great coming-of-age comedy, with great performance from Steve Carell and Sam Rockwall, that has became the best movie I’ve seen all year. I haven’t felt so connected with a film in a really long time. A hilarious and heartwarming comedy-drama that I’m sure everyone can relate to.

Check out my review for The Way Way Back here: https://themovieboy77.com/2013/07/30/review-the-way-way-back/

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New releases for July 26th

Hugh Jackman is back, in 3D, as the Wolverine in another spin-off for the X-men series. The movie is titled The Wolverine and the film takes place in Japan, where Wolverine is summoned by an old acquaintance and is caught in a conflict where he is forced to confront his own demons. I’m a not a big X-Men fan so I probably won’t be checking this one out but whoever does, let me know how it is. Too bad movies that don’t need to be in 3D are being released in 3D. It feels like a money grab to me.

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Also in theatres, you have the comedy The To-Do List, staring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader & Johnny Simmons. You may remember Aubrey Plaza and Johnny Simmons from the video game film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which is one of my favorites. The To-Do List is about a sexually inexperienced girl who, before she goes to college, makes a list of sexually deeds to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall. It reminds me a lot of Superbad, but I’ll probably give this a shot.

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Also, in limited theatres, you got the new Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine, staring Cate Blanchette, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins. Blue Jasmine is about women with a life crisis who goes to San Francisco, where she goes to visit her sister. I haven’t seen any Woody Allen movies so I probably won’t be checking it out but again, let me know how it is.

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I’m thinking The Wolverine will be #1 at the box office. It’ll make about 65 million, with The Conjuring probably in second place with around 20 million.

My movie advice for you for the weekend? Go check out The Conjuring. It was a very solid movie. I’m hoping for see The Way Way Back tomorrow so the review should be out by tomorrow night. I also bought Forrest Gump, Turner and Hooch, A League Of Their Own and Cloud Atlas. I was feeling like having a Tom Hanks weekend. Below, I will give you my five recommendations of movies you should watch. I will be writing these posts every Thursday, so the picks will change every week.

Have a great day everyone,

The Movie Nerd

Movie nerds top 5 quick picks:

1) Spring Breakers (home viewing)

2) The Conjuring

3) Insidious (home viewing)

4) Crazy Stupid Love (home viewing)

5) Horrible Bosses (home viewing)