Jeremy Sauiner's gripping, tension-filled, well-executed horror thriller. It concerns a poor punk rock band of friends who tour diva bars and hole in the wall taverns. In desperation for some money they unwisely take a gig at seedy desolate venue which is filled with low-life rednecks and ruthless neo-Nazis white-supremacist skinheads. Their concert goes well enough, but then they witness a brutal murder, that is when the terror kicks into high gear in this pulse-pounding film. The talented late character actor Anton Yelchin delivers a superlative performance that is full of believable vulnerability as the young rocker who along with his band mates, well-played by Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner, must somehow survive this deadly nightmare of an evening. But film's most powerful and effective performance is that of the great Sir Patrick Stewart as Darcy Banker the merciless owner of the club and the leader of the skinheads, he wants to eliminate all traces of evidence of the murder and any living witnesses. Stewart makes a grand villain with his dispassionate voice and his ice-cold demeanor which is truly chilling. Yelcin and his band mates will have a hell of a time against Stewart's murderous thugs that will become a ultra-violent, highly suspenseful, infinitely disturbing cinematic odyssey of pure terror. Highly Recommended.
Anthony Russo & Joe Russo's exciting, brilliantly engaging blockbuster superhero spectacle. It concerns the morale conflict and the consequences that befalls the Avengers after a massive battle leaves many civilians dead, and the result of this deadly collateral damage is the world leaders and politicians decide to push a Hero Registration Act which would control their actions by a outside governing body, it caused a major division in the Avengers with Tony Stark a/k/a Iron Man, brilliantly by Robert Downey Jr. who is trying to get the heroes to sign the act after he was confronted by a grieving mother who lost her son during the events in "Age of Ultron," but Steve Rogers a/k/a Captain America, played sensationally by Chris Evans believes that no government can fully protect the world. So the heroes began to take sides - Black Window, War Machine, well played by Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle join Iron Man, while Falcon goes with Captain America. But matters really take a turn for the worse when their is bombing during ceremonial signing of the accords, and the culprit seems to be Buck Barnes a/k/a the Winter Soldier, wonderfully played by Sebastian Stan, the brained-washed super-soldier and childhood best friend of Steve Rogers.This now will escalates into an all-out war between the heroes which will also included the Scarlett Witch, the Vision, Sharon Carter, Hawkeye, Ant Man, the Black Panther and the scene-stealing Spider Man. Astute direction by Anthony & Joe Russo who give their epic jaw-dropping and inventive action sequences with terrific CGI visual effects. Exceptional supporting performances by anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei, John Kani and John Slattery. A winner all the way and Marvel's finest film yet. Highly Recommended.
Bryan Singer's compelling, character-driven, well-crafted sequel is a nostalgic and highly entertaining genre motion picture that is also breezy fun and one of the best of this beloved 16 year old franchise, which is the fifth group outing of the X-Men not counting the two "Wolverine" spinoffs. It tells the story of the first and most powerful mutant named En Sabah a/k/a Apocalypse, played terrifically by the charismatic Oscar Isaac, who is immortal and invincible and since the dawn of civilization was worshiped as a god, he has amassed the powers of all the mutants. Now after thousands of years he has awaken and is disillusioned by the modern world so he recruits some mutants which includes the hatefully angry Magneto, played with a brilliant intensity by Michael Fessbender, so he can cleanse mankind and create a new world order which will be led by him. Raven, played superbly by Jennifer Lawrence with the help of Professor X, a solid James McAvoy, must lead a team of young X-Men against the all-powerful Apocalypse to save mankind from complete annihilation. Astute direction by Singer who is an old pro at making the X-men films engrossing and consistently engaging. Eye-popping action sequences with impressive CGI visual effects, superlative supporting performances by Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Josh Helman, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy. Special kudos to the scene-stealing Evan Peters for his wonderful performance as Quicksilver, he returns and actually tops his instant-classic "Time in a Bottle" amazing scene from "Days of Future Past" with a truly awesome, jaw-dropping sequence in this film. This is one of the best superhero films in years period. So check it out, believe me you will not regret it. Highly Recommended.