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Gravity

“Gravity” Is a Modern Masterpiece

Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” features Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon trapped on the spacecraft, working with NASA’s mission control in Houston, Texas to find a way to get safely home after mechancial failure puts their lives in jeopardy. Scary stuff, right? Now, take away the ability to talk to NASA. Remove the spaceship…. Read More ›

Riddick

“Riddick” Goes Back to Basics with Middling Results

Richard B. Riddick is the best character Vin Diesel will probably ever play. The murderous convict who can see in the dark plays to all of the actor’s strengths, making the man a quiet, brooding, calculating badass. After “The Chronicles of Riddick” destroyed the franchise, Diesel went through a lot to get the rights to… Read More ›

Elysium

“Elysium” Good But No “District 9”

In 2009, Neill Blomkamp announced his presence as director to watch with the outstanding “District 9.” Starring “Elysium” co-star Sharlto Copley, the thoughtful sci-fi actioner was so well received it garned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. There’s been a lot of excitement, especially among the fanboys, as to whether or not his second feature… Read More ›

Oblivion

“Oblivion” a Shade too Familiar

In “Oblivion,” Tom Cruise plays Jack, the last repair man on Earth. Literally. After some unknown enemy called Scavs attacks the planet, humans wind up destroying everything, including the moon, to win the war. There are still patches of Scavs left on the planet, which is patrolled by drones that Jack must keep in working… Read More ›

Cloud Atlas

Everything is Connected in “Cloud Atlas”

Everything is connected in “Cloud Atlas,” and while the times may change, the things that make people good or evil doesn’t. It may take some people a few lifetimes to get it right, but in the end, everyone has a chance at redemption.