An early summer movie season that’s been fairly strong so far continues to tick along nicely with Edge of Tomorrow, a smart and fun sci-fi thriller which demonstrates that Tom Cruise is still one of the best in the business.
Even though this is a summer blockbuster that may have a premise like an episode of Star Trek, and even though it nods to most of the sci-fi action of the last 30 years, it still comes across as fairly…
OK, here’s the thing. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, now almost 40 years old, is a paragon of grime and primal force still unmatched in horror cinema that no amount of remakes or rehashes can dilute. This latest cash-grab is linked by a prologue set immediately after the events of the original, which shows how the extended family members of saw-wielding Leatherface were essentially lynched by the townsfolk, with only a baby surviving. In the present day a young woman…
Inspired by real events, this silly, intermittently enjoyable thriller takes place in Los Angeles in 1949, where mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is hellbent on taking over the town with his drugs and vice empire. With most of the city’s cops on his payroll, it falls to honest sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to lead Ryan Gosling and a small team in an effort to shut down Cohen’s operation through any means necessary. Strong in its period detailing and festooned…