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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.
There are cowboys, bull riding, sorority girls and (of course) star crossed lovers. Will these two crazy kids from different sides of the tracks ever be able to make things work? Can a kindly elderly gentleman teach them the true meaning of love? And can audiences really be expected to choke down the second-stupidest plot twist ever seen in a Nicholas Sparks movie?
All this and more will be revealed.
It’s Reel Spoilers #90 – The Longest Ride
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 35min
You might recognize Bill from Wizards of Waverly Place, The Ringer or from the short-lived but now legendary Dana Carvey Show. He was also in Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups but hey, a dude’s gotta eat. Bill took time out of his busy schedule not only to join us for the show but he also sat through Furious 7.
All this plus Joe has his Paul Walker Joke Cannon™ cocked and loaded.
It’s Reel Spoilers #89 – Furious 7.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Blake Fehl, Bill Chott
Run-time: 1hr 33min
It’s a busy week at the box office but we didn’t deem the top two films spoiler worthy. So Home and Get Hard get a pass. Instead we tackle the indie horror flick It Follows. Apparently there’s an “it” and it’s, um….prone to following things. It’s a taut, suspenseful thriller that achieves that rarest of feats…it gets everyone on the show to agree. And in a good way. Go figure.
It’s Reel Spoilers #88 – It Follows.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Blake Fehl
Run-time: 1hr 31min
If you were to show someone the original film of the Fast and Furious series, and skip them directly to Furious 7, they’d most likely have trouble believing the two are part of the same series. The original film, The Fast and the Furious, was a Point Break ripoff that replaced extreme sports with illegal street racing. Furious 7 has more in common with Marvel’s The Avengers these days than it does its original premise. Sure, the fast cars are still there, but they don’t serve the importance they did in the first film. Now they are merely a mean to an ends. So, needless to say, the series has evolved. Has it been for the better?
First thing to note: if you want to enjoy Furious 7, stretch your suspension of disbelief to an unbelievable level. Much of what happens over the course of the film takes a huge leap of logic to believe. If you are willing to treat it the same way you would treat a superhero film or fantasy, then quite likely you’ll be taken away by the over-the-top action set pieces. The story itself is really just an excuse to show the audience these somewhat gaudy scenes. They introduce uber-baddie Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in a clever scene where he has destroyed an entire hospital and special ops team, just to give a speech to his brother who happens to be in a coma. Sure, it’s a bit of a waste of effort on Deckard’s part, but as we only see the aftermath of what he’s done, we know he’s the baddest of the bad.