Here’s a follow up to the previous Movies entry. Four movies I’ll see if I have the chance, and one I’ll do my best not to watch.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.
To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.
But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand with the galaxys fate in the balance.
Hot: It’s a rodent with guns and Vin Diesel plays a tree. Not: I’m a bit concerned there might be some trailer fraud going on here.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
It was another dark night in Basin City when lovers Dwight and Ava Lord were reunited. But in Sin City, a reunion is never good news. And Ava has plans for Dwight
Its one of those hot nights, dry and windless. The kind that makes people do sweaty, secret things. Dwights thinking of all the ways hes screwed up and what hed give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And hed give anything. Just to cut loose. Just to feel the fire. One more time (IMDB).
Hot: The previous Sin City movie was great, except for that innocent one for Gilmore Girls being a prostitute. That was sort of off. Not: Nothing I can think of.
300: Rise of an Empire
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. “300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Hot: It’s more 300! Not: It’s a prequel.
In “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.
Hot: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 66 years old and still giving us action movie after action movie. Have you ever seen a really bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie? Probably not. Not: Although you might not have seen a really bad Arnold movie yet, you’ve probably seen a few not-so-good ones and this has the potential to go both ways.
Edge of Tomorrow
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the worlds armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped untrained and ill-equipped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.
But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
Hot: It’s Groundhog Day set in the future. Not: Tom Cruise. Stop dumping money on the madness that is Scientology. Don’t watch Tom Cruise’s movies. At least don’t pay to watch them. I’m all against piracy, but in this case I’m happy to look the other way.