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We review: #TheWolverine, The girls love this guy as much as the comic book fans-MR

The Wolverine (film)

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The Wolverine

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Mangold
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner Hugh Jackman Hutch Parker[1] John Palermo[1]
Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (uncredited) Mark Bomback Scott Frank
Based on Wolverine  by Chris Claremont Frank Miller
Starring Hugh Jackman Hiroyuki Sanada Tao Okamoto Rila Fukushima Famke Janssen Svetlana Khodchenkova Will Yun Lee
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Amir Mokri
Editing by Michael McCusker
Studio Marvel Entertainment The Donners’ Company Seed Productions Hutch Parker Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) (Various markets)
  • July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25) (Australia)
  • July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26) (United States)
Running time 126 minutes[2]
Country United States Australia
Language English Japanese
Budget $115-120 million[3]

The Wolverine is a 2013 American-Australian superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Hugh Jackman reprises his role from previous films as the title character, with James Mangold directing a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank, and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

McQuarrie was hired to write a screenplay for The Wolverine in August 2009. In October 2010, Darren Aronofsky was hired to direct the film. The project was delayed following Aronofsky’s departure and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. In June 2011, Mangold was brought on board to replace Aronofsky. Bomback was then hired to rewrite the screenplay in September 2011. The supporting characters were cast in July 2012 with principal photography beginning at the end of the month in New South Wales before moving to Tokyo in August 2012 and back to New South Wales in October 2012. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Wolverine was released on July 24, 2013 in various international markets; and was released on July 25, 2013 in Australia, and on July 26, 2013 in the United States and in India.


Logan retreats to the Canadian wilderness following the death of Jean Grey and the disbanding of the X-Men, where he is tormented by hallucinations of Jean, whom he was forced to kill, and of the Nagasaki bombing in 1945. One day, after getting into a fight with some hunters, he is located by Yukio, a woman with mutant powers enabling her to see people’s deaths, representing Yashida, the CEO of a technology corporation, who is dying of cancer. Logan saved Yashida’s life during the Nagasaki bombing, and Yashida wants Logan to accompany Yukio to Japan to return the favor.

In Tokyo, Logan meets Yashida’s son Shingen and Shingen’s daughter, Mariko. Yashida offers to conduct a transplant, removing Logan’s immortality and transferring it to himself. Logan refuses and prepares to leave the following day. That night, while Logan dreams of Jean, Yashida’s doctor, the mutant Viper, injects a robotic parasite in Logan’s system, which affects his healing factor. The next morning, Logan is informed that Yashida has died, and attends the funeral, where he saves Mariko from Yakuza assassins with help from Yashida’s associate Kenuichio Harada, a skilled archer and Mariko’s former lover, who still loves her. In the process, Logan is shot and finds out he is not healing as quickly as before.


Our Thoughts:

I have to admit up front I am not a great big X-Men fan. I liked the movies, but haven’t even had the desire to see Origins or any of the newer releases. The Wolverine tickets were a gift, so-to-speak, and I liked it enough to honestly say it surprised me. Hugh Jackman has the gig down pat.  I think he and Sly Stallone have the same vein guy…lol  I can only hope whoever came up with the element, Adamantium, or whatever, wasn’t just an Adam Ant fan. The fights were amazing, especially the high-speed train scenes. Pointless gunfights, and blades slinging silvery arcs of blood, all over the place, and what-not, keep the time between long romance scenes. The girls love this guy as much as the comic book fans, and that’s just hard to accomplish.  I’ll go 4 stars and recommend this cool action flick to anyone who likes the sound of steel on steel, or the X-Men in general. – MR


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We review: Oblivion, Amazon streaming version. Solid sci-fi w/ lots of spectacular imagery – MR

Oblivion (2013 film)

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A man, wearing a white jacket with a gun on his back, walks through a destroyed bridge. The tagline "Earth is a memory worth fighting for" appears on the top while Tom Cruise's name, the title of the film, the rating and the rest of the credits appears on the bottom.

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Oblivion  by

Music by Anthony Gonzalez Joseph Trapanese M83
Cinematography Claudio Miranda
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Studio Relativity Media Chernin Entertainment Monolith Pictures Radical Studios
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 10, 2013 (2013-04-10) (France[2])
  • April 19, 2013 (2013-04-19) (United States)
Running time 124 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million[4]
Box office $285,600,588[5]

Oblivion is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski‘s Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. The film was co-written, produced and directed by Kosinski.[6][7][8] It stars Tom Cruise.[9][10] The film was initially scheduled for release on July 10, 2013. Since the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park was set for April 5, 2013, the US release date was moved back to April 19, 2013.[11] According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s.[12]

The film received mixed reviews. The acting and visual effects were praised, while critiques of the story were mixed. It performed well at the box office, particularly outside of the US. It is Cruise’s twentieth film to gross more than $200 million worldwide.


In the year 2077, Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last drone repairmen stationed on Earth. According to Jack, the planet was nearly destroyed sixty years earlier, during a war against a race of alien invaders known as Scavengers (“Scavs”). The Scavs destroyed the moon, causing massive earthquakes and tsunamis, and then launched their invasion. They were only defeated by the use of nuclear weapons, which left most of the planet irradiated and uninhabitable. The few surviving humans migrated to a colony on Titan, which is powered using energy harvested on Earth by giant ocean-borne power stations that generate fusion power from seawater. From Tower 49, a base standing above the remains of the northeastern United States, Jack and his partner and lover Victoria “Vica” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) work as a team to maintain the autonomous drones that defend the power stations from the few remaining Scav bandits. They receive their orders from Sally (Melissa Leo), their mission commander, who is stationed on the “Tet,” a massive tetrahedral space station that orbits the Earth. Jack flies recon and repair missions to the surface, while Vic supervises from Tower 49. The two expect to leave Earth and join the other survivors on Titan in two weeks. Although Jack and Vic had their memories wiped five years prior for security purposes, Jack has recurring dreams about meeting a mysterious woman at the Empire State Building in a time before the war, which occurred before he was born. Additionally, Jack keeps a secret retreat in a forested area he sometimes visits.


Our Thoughts:

Oblivion was a neat flick. It was cool seeing Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in roles that were not grounded in thrills/action, or severe plot work.  This movie is slow building, and the climax wasn’t too intense, but it was gripping to watch as the drones, and ships, flying around doing battle were done as well as I have ever seen those sort of “spacecraft” portrayed in film. The story was good, but I have seen way too many sci-fi movies that end with the ultimate sacrifice of one or two heroes for the whole of the Earth. The theme song from Armageddon was playing in my head as the climax to this one came around…lol  Even with the few dislikes I am giving this one 4 stars and recommending it because it is: Solid sci-fi w/ lots of spectacular imagery – MR


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We review: Pacific Rim, IMAX 3D version. “Transformers + Godzilla = Non stop action.” MR

Pacific Rim

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Pacific Rim
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by
  • Thomas Tull
  • Jon Jashni
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Mary Parent
Screenplay by
Story by Travis Beacham
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Editing by
  • Peter Amundson
  • John Gilroy
Studio Legendary Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 4, 2013 (2013-07-04) (London premiere)
  • July 12, 2013 (2013-07-12) (United States)
Running time 132 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $190 million[2]
Box office $105,280,292[2]

Pacific Rim is a 2013 American science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by del Toro and Travis Beacham, and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman. The film is set in the 2020s, when Earth is under attack by Kaijus, colossal monsters which have emerged from a portal on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid mecha, each controlled by two pilots whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. Focusing on the war’s later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori in a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaijus.

Del Toro envisioned Pacific Rim as an earnest, colorful adventure story, with an “incredibly airy and light feel”, in contrast to the “super-brooding, super-dark, cynical summer movie”. The director focused on “big, beautiful, sophisticated visuals” and action that would satisfy an adult audience, but has stated his “real hope” is to introduce the kaiju and mecha genres to a generation of children.[3] While the film draws heavily on these genres, it avoids direct references to previous works. Del Toro intended to create something original but “madly in love” with its influences, instilled with “epic beauty” and “operatic grandeur”.[4] The final credit dedicates the film to Ray Harryhausen and Ishirō Honda.

The film is produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. It was released to generally positive reviews on July 12, 2013 including releases in 3-D and IMAX 3D.


Our Thoughts:

This review is easy. You take Godzilla, clone him a few dozen times, then pit him against human-piloted, transformer-like robots and you get two plus hours of non stop thrills and action. This fun, violent overstimulation is carried by one brothers death, the others recovery, and a slight romantic thread that is interesting enough. Overall I recommend this movie and give it 4 stars. – MR


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We review: The Lone Ranger (2013) A “Must See” for fans of westerns, Depp, and The Lone Ranger. – MR


The Lone Ranger (2013)

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The Lone Ranger

North American release poster
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Ted Elliott
  • Terry Rossio
  • Justin Haythe
Based on Lone Ranger  by

Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Bojan Bazelli
Editing by
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 22, 2013 (2013-06-22) (Hyperion Theatre)
  • July 3, 2013 (2013-07-03) (United States)
Running time 149 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $215–250 million[2][3][4]
Box office $87,630,000[5]

The Lone Ranger is a 2013 American western film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and directed by Gore Verbinski. Based on the radio series of the same name, the film stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto and explores the duo’s efforts to subdue the immoral actions of the corrupt and bring justice in the American Old West. William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter are also featured in supporting roles. The film marks the first theatrical film featuring the Lone Ranger character in over 32 years.[6]

Filming was plagued with production problems and budgetary concerns, which at one point, led to the film’s premature cancellation.[7] The Lone Ranger was released theatrically in the United States on July 3, 2013. Upon release, the film received a negative critical reception and performed poorly at the domestic box office.

Our Thoughts:

This movie is almost two and a half hours long. All-in-all it is a fun take on the old tale. (no new plot here, save for the in depth look at Tonto’s past) Some Texas Rangers get ambushed and only one survives, leaving a Lone Ranger. A dead brother who’s wife loved them both at one point, gives us a great damsel, add her impressionable son, a corrupt train mogul, a scary outlaw who eats parts of his victims, and a pair of hero’s that carry the film with their antics, and you’ve got a good western romp. Depp plays a great Tonto, especially, the old Tonto that starts the flick.  My only negative is this: Two hours of  s – l – o – w  build up for thirty minutes of over the top climax is not that great of a ratio for a film. Thirty minutes of it could have been edited out and the thing would have been perfect.  4 stars, A “Must See” for fans of westerns, Depp, and The Lone Ranger. – MR

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