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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
23 May
X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Bryan Singer may have “started” the current comic book superhero craze with his ode to the amazing mutants under Dr. Charles Xavier’s and his nemesis, Magneto’s tutelage, but they have never been the “best” of this particular cinematic subgenre. So for some of us in the film criticism profession, his hiring for this sequel to the surprisingly great X-Men: First Class appeared more of a step backward than a fresh move forward. Of course, the trailer is more than tantalizing and the time travel storyline gives us fans a chance to see characters both past and present interacting. We’ll cut Singer some slack, but he better deliver.


 

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Blended

Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Emma Fuhrmann, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Bella Thorne, Shawn Kavanaugh
23 May
Blended


Oh good lord. When a preview for this soon to be Summer atrocity was shown before a screening of Winter’s Tale, the press attending could barely contain their disdain. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore may have worked well together in the past (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates), but their reteaming reeks more of the comedian’s recent paycheck cashing efforts (Jack and Jill, the Grown-Ups franchise) than it does anything remotely new or novel. Even the premise offers up the antiquated notion of mixed families ala The Brady Bunch/Yours, Mine, and Ours with the new age self-help term in the title. Groan.


 

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Tracks

Director: John Curran
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver
23 May
Tracks


It’s 1977 and Australian writer Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) has decided to trek across 1700 miles of outback desert with her dog, four camels, and a photographer from National Geographic (Adam Driver). Her adventures would become one of the most celebrated memoirs in the history of said literary genre. Now her tome is being translated into a film featuring two fresh young faces up against a phalanx of sizable Summer tentpoles. After five different attempts to adapt the material, director John Curran delivers this story of struggles and man’s place among nature. While his previous film - Stone - was awful, the rest of his creative canon suggests he has the vision to pull this off.


 

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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Cast: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage
23 May
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn


In this remake of a 1997 Israeli film, an angry man (Williams) is told, inexplicably and falsely, by his equally miserable physician (Kunis) that he has a brain aneurysm. When pressed for the amount of time he has left, our desperate doc blurts out “90 minutes.” This sends our protagonist out into the mean streets to the Big Apple with one thought on his mind, making amends to those he wronged. While the actors and premise don’t seem all that promising, the man sitting in the director’s seat is cause for celebration, Field of Dreams’ Phil Alden Robinson.


 

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The Love Punch

Director: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, Laurent Lafitte
23 May
The Love Punch


Are summer season audiences really in need of a screwball comedy cum heist film featuring aging icons Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, especially one aimed at the aging demo that made films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a hit? Who knows? All we know is that the plot revolves around a couple, no longer married, who decide to get back at the corporate raider who ruined their pension plan. Our pair bring along neighbors Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie along for the wackiness. Sounds promising, though reviews from across the pond point out that the pros (great chemistry among the cast) can’t overcome a plethora of cons.


 

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The Dance of Reality

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky, Jeremías Herskovits, Pamela Flores, Cristóbal Jodorowsky
23 May
The Dance of Reality


With the amazing Jodorowsky’s Dune still impressing film fanatics worldwide, it makes sense for US distributor ABKCO Films to release this latest effort by the famed Chilean-French auteur, his first movie since 1990’s The Rainbow Thief. Mostly autobiographical, with the filmmaker’s patented magic surrealism firmly in place, the story centers around Jodorowsky’s childhood. If it’s anything like such masterpieces as El Topo, The Holy Mountain, or Santa Sangre, we have another classic on our hands. Here’s hoping he doesn’t wait another two decades to make another movie. Anyone whose seen the 85 year old in action knows that he is far from ready to retire.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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