Steve Jobs  is the latest in a long list of Jobs-inspired films, features and documentaries alike. It releases just two years after 2013’s Jobs, which was called inaccurate by many, including Steve Wozniak, who knew Jobs better than almost anyone.
Writer Aaron Sorkin has not escaped the claims of inaccuracy from everyone, but managed to capture the character, the personality of Jobs. “I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs”, said Wozniak of the film.
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The tension begins as soon as the opening credits do: Jóhann Jóhannsson’s sickening, unnerving soundtrack crawls into your ears, drawing you closer to the screen before the picture even starts. The soundtrack is paired wonderfully with the cinemetography of Roger Deakins, who also worked with Jóhannsson and director Danis Villeneuve in the similarly tense and disturbing production Prisoners (2013). The opening scene finds Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and her team infiltrating an Arizona home known to be connected to an infamous Mexican kidnapper. The scene is one of many that slowly paces through high-intensity situations, showing the gritty, grimy, violent world of policing the Mexican/US drug world.
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than it’s safe to say that Ryan Gosling thinks the world of Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance.
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In some 60 odd years, the Earth has become a dry and dusty place. Some kind of biological crop killer has killed almost every product, and only corn remains.
On a small farm in a small town, we find Cooper, a former NASA pilot and an incredibly smart man who’s career has been reduced to farming (just like everyone else’s). They call themselves the caretaker generation as the world tries to sit tight, try to make as much food as possible, and hope the rain comes back next year.
But NASA knows it won’t.
When Cooper and his aspiring-scientist daughter Murph stumble upon a set of coordinates that lead them to a secret NASA base, Cooper’s old teacher Professor Brand, Brand’s daughter, and a collection of other leading scientists have a plan; a last ditch effort to try and save the human race. Just a few year’s distance away from Earth, near Saturn, a wormhole appeared 14 years ago; 10 years ago, NASA sent 12 astronauts through it to a distant galaxy with the hope that they would find a planet suitable for human life. There were a few promising finds, and now Cooper and his new crew must bring the supplies necessary to create human life on one of these planets, and hopefully, help find a way to bring those on Earth to their new home planet.
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The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer[s]: Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn,
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters
2000’s X-Men might be the most important comic book movie ever made, in that it was the launching point for this generation of blockbuster comic book movies, which have been without a doubt the biggest genre of summer films for the past three or four years. After the original X-Men trilogy stumbled in it’s third and final installment [which seems to be the standard for comic book films now, with Spiderman 3 and Iron-Man 3 both scoring worse than their previous installments], the focus was switching towards individual hero films, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine was born to start the new trend. But after some early pirating troubles, rushed production, and other issues, the film was considered a failure, and the X-Men were looking wholly defeated. That was when another first was made: 2011’s X-Men: First Class. A prequel to the original trilogy, First Class found an entirely new cast, save Hugh Jackman, to play the same characters and bring all of the origin stories together into one film. And it worked. First Class is probably the best X-Men film to date. Finally, as people awaited a follow-up to First Class, people wondered how they would move forward in time towards when the original X-Men took place with this new cast. In one last final original, first-of-its-kind film, the creators of First Class combined the First Class cast with the original trilogy to create the biggest ensemble action/adventure film cast ever put together in: X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer[s]: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Wantanabe, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins
Godzilla is an icon. While technically not being the first monster movie ever, it has got to be the most recognizable, and definitely the most practiced [this current film is the 29th (literally) film featuring the creature]. While being this popular, however, it has still never been truly modernized before this attempt, unless you want to include the atrocious slandering that was 1998’s Godzilla, but it would be best to soon forget that pile of garbage. It’s damn time we got a quality franchise film from the modern era, and that is what we have got ourselves here.
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Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
Director: Tom Gormican
Writer[s]: Tom Gormican
Starring: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan
That Awkward Moment boasts one of the most drawing casts in a rom-com of early 2014. Zac Efron is the eye-candy, Miles Teller is blowing up in Hollywood, finding several roles a year, and Miles B. Jordan is an up and comer with some real talent.
But don’t judge this book by it’s cover.
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