“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
The Avengers are back to kick off the summer blockbuster season with director/writer Joss Whedon returning to the director’s chair. A couple of years after saving New York from Loki and Chitauri, Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are put to the test as the fate of the world once again hangs in the balance when they battle their latest foe, Ultron (James Spader). Even though the third act of the movie is a bit convoluted, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is an action-packed movie featuring sequences that feels ripped from the panels of a Marvel comic book.
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
It’s been a long time coming, but Mad Max is finally making his return to the big screen. Filmmaker George Miller has been working on this movie for a while in order to bring back the post-apocalyptic world of “Mad Max” to the 21st Century. The person who is stepping into the role that Mel Gibson originated is none other then Tom Hardy. In the film, Max team up with a woman (Charlize Theron) in order to try and survive a world where people fight to the death and there is no such things as rules or laws.
Michael Fassbender stars as a mysterious traveler who helps a young Scottish man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) find the woman he loves (Caren Pistorius) in the Western frontier. Meanwhile, they find themselves being chased by a group of cold-blooded bounty hunter led by a man named Payne (Ben Mendelsohn). Fassbender is always the most interesting actor in any movie he appears whether it is as an android in “Prometheus” or as an eccentric musician in “Frank.” It is going to be fascinating to see what Fassbender can do in a western especially when it comes to playing an outlaw. Aside from a stellar cast, “Slow West” also won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema – Dramatic Category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Director/writer Brad Bird looks to bring Walt Disney’s vision of the future to life with his latest movie, “Tomorrowland.” George Clooney stars as a former boy-genius inventor who embarks on an adventure and travels to a mysterious place with a hopeful teenager (Britt Robertson) in order to save the future. All of Bird’s films have lived to expectations including his last film, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” which was his first live-action movie.
Cameron Crowe has not had the greatest luck in the past decade after his last two films (“Elizabethtown” and “We Bought A Zoo”) bombed. For his latest movie, Crowe has gathered another great ensemble including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Bill Murray for this Hawaii-set tale. A defense contractor (Cooper) is sent to Hawaii to supervise the launch of a weapons satellite as he looks to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). However, he also starts falling in love with his military liaison (Stone). Not exactly exuberant about this seemingly predictable story, but here’s hoping the Crowe does something with it that does not end up being cliché.