‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Interviews

Kevin McCarthy sat down with Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smoulders to geek out about “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Watch the Interviews

The Tourist

Genre: Drama/Thriller
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Tourist is a classic example where the film itself doesn’t really matter. You are there to watch Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp act on screen together. Luckily, that aspect is enough for you to shell out your hard-earned money. Depp and Jolie had not previously met before working together on their project yet their chemistry on screen appears to be the exact opposite. You would think they have known each other for years. That just goes to show you how amazingly talented each are at their craft. I felt an immediate connection to both of their characters the minute they were shown on the big screen. This was especially true for Johnny Depp’s character because he is playing the ‘normal’, fidgety tourist who is completely naïve to everything that is going on around him. Depp’s performance is worth the price of admission. Read full review

Creation

Genre: Drama/Biography
Released: 2010

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Creation is wonderfully acted, directed and a film that will spark interest and intrigue in it’s audience. We need more of these types of films in Hollywood. You would think that a film based on Charles Darwin would only sway one way, religiously, but director Jon Amiel throws away that notion and gives us both sides of the argument. As I sat down for the film, there was a Q&A with the director and author of the book, Randal Keynes. As Keynes was introduced, the host mentioned that he was the great Great Grandson of Charles Darwin. The crowd immediately gasped. He explained how he came about writing the story, i.e. finding a letter in a drawer that Charles had written about his dying daughter Annie. This letter helped Keynes learn about the person of Charles Darwin, as opposed to the scientist. As the director finished his introduction, he told the audience that the movie is not all about the science; that we were about to see the story of Darwin’s family life. Amiel stated that the “science is embedded into the drama.” The film stars Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife. Read the full review

Legion

Genre: Action/Fantasy/Horror/Thriller
Released: 2010

Rating: ★½☆☆☆ 

Usually, in a film where an explanation is necessary considering all of the build up before the ending, the writers and directors will give us an answer. Well, it seems as if we are supposed to figure out that answer on our own because Legion makes absolutely no sense and left me completely unsatisfied. I am all for an open ended movie but this is not the type of film you leave up to the audience. The whole purpose of this movie is to find out why a particular baby is important to saving humanity. All we keep hearing about is how important this baby is and the fact that the angels have been sent to kill it so that mankind can be erased off of the earth. So the film goes on and we get some pretty cool action scenes and you expect the writers to give you an explanation at the end. Nope, they just end the film after the fighting and nothing is explained. So what was the point? Why did I just sit through an hour and forty minute film that did not move forward in the plot department? You could argue that this film is meant to be pure action and I wouldn’t mind taking that argument if 60% of the film wasn’t boring, typical, dialogue. Read full review