EDGE OF TOMORROW opens June 6! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
May 2014 27

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Edge of Tomorrow PosterThe epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Director: Doug Liman

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MALEFICENT opens May 30! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
May 2014 27

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Maleficent Poster High Res DisneyFrom Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville
Director: Robert Stromberg

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Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender
May 2014 23

dofp posterBased on Marvel’s “The Uncanny X-Men” issues #141-142, Days of Future Past is a time travel story that brings together the X-Men of old and new. The film bridges the gap between Bryan Singer’s original X-Men and X-2, and Matthew Vaughn’s “origin” story First Class. Throughout all of the X films, as well as the comics, are themes of social issues which reflect our own society. It is no secret that the humans in the films do not accept mutants. But what would happen if they were finally successful in eliminating them? In Days of Future Past it’s a race against the clock to travel back in time and save the X-Men and all mutants before it is too late.

The plot follows the story from the comics pretty closely. In the original storyline, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to occupy the mind of her younger self, in order to warn the X-Men of their future downfall. In the film however, Kitty uses her powers to send back Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), because… Wolverine (enough said, Bub). In the year 2023 a sentient line of robot mutant-hunters know as Sentinels, created by Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage), have been successful in finding and eliminating most all mutant threats. The surviving X-Men, lead by Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), work together with even Magneto (McKellen) to try and stop the Sentinels from eliminating their kind. Yet however much they try, the Sentinels keep coming back stronger and more plentiful. Their only hope for survival is to send someone back to the year 1973 and erase the catalyst which gave birth to the Sentinels – the murder of their creator at the hands of Mystique. Wolverine is the only one whose brain can handle the stress of traveling that far back, and so it is up to him to convince a younger Xavier (McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to work together and ensure the survival of mutant-kind.

The film is smart, fast paced and action packed from beginning to end. There is no doubt that this is the X-Men movie that we have all been waiting for. Coming off the heels of both First Class and The Wolverine, Days of Future Past brings back all of our favorite actors and gives us exactly what we want to see. Hugh Jackman is the glue that holds the film together, and does an incredible job as always. Although it is inevitable, it is hard to see anyone else in the role of Wolverine. He not only has the acting chops, but the charisma to make every scene he appears in that much better. Although Ellen Page does a great job as Kitty Pryde, there is no question as to why Jackman is the star of the film.

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Movie Review: ‘Chef’ Starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey, Jr.
May 2014 23

Jon Favreau is used to putting out huge, summer action flicks, like Iron Man 1 and 2, as well as the dud Cowboys and Aliens, but this summer he’s not blowing up anything, he’s cooking. Chef is Favreau’s latest project, and a welcomed departure from summer action flicks.

Favreau directed, wrote, and stars in this low-budget comedy about a Los Angeles celebrity chef named Carl Casper. Casper is living large, running the kitchen of his boss’ upscale restaurant. Casper’s boss, played by Dustin Hoffman, fires the head of his restaurant after Casper goes on a viral tirade after receiving less than stellar reviews from a well-known food critic. Out of a job, Casper heads on a cross-country journey in a food truck along with his 10-year old son. Once on the journey, the real cooking occurs, as Casper finds the ingredients that really matter in life.

Make no mistake about it, Chef may boast a cast of John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Hoffman, and a small role for Robert Downey Jr., but this feast is all about Favreau, who in a sense goes back to his roots with Chef.

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43: ‘Godzilla’ Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen
May 2014 21

This week, for the first time ever, we venture outside of the bunker to broadcast from an undisclosed location. We are Kevin-less so we were temporarily barred from the Brackett Compound. But that didn’t stop us from taking on Godzilla.

We also have a special guest as Thom West runs the board (and even speaks occasionally). Dan tells us about his special working relationship with the infamous 1998 version of Godzilla and how it inspired the best Dorito idea you’ll sadly never see. All this plus we take our first ever phone call.

It’s a historic Reel Spoilers #43: Godzilla.

You’ve been warned.

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