Now You See Me 2 — Review

Left to right: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan in a scene from Jon M. Chu's Now You See Me 2.

Left to right: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan in a scene from Jon M. Chu’s Now You See Me 2.

25Star

“It’s more of the same brand of unbelievable special effects-assisted illusions that the first installment carried, yet executed with enough levity that one remains at least perfunctorily entertained.”

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Oblivion

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2Star

by Ken B.

Oblivion is a movie that spends 124 minutes with a very nice look and using good actors, but ultimately muddles around in the story department and manages to kill your interest multiple times. There is plenty to admire, but also much to be disappointed with. It is a simultaneously enjoyable and regrettable experience. The film is set in 2077, when a large interplanetary war has obliterated much of the world and destroyed the moon. Most surviving humans are relocated to Saturn’s moon Titan, on a large base called Tet. Tet commands the humans left on Earth, who maintain drones to keep the attackers, known as Scavs (as in scavengers) at bay. One of them is Jack (Tom Cruise), who lives in a large base named Tower 49 with his partner (both professional and domestic) Vika (Andrea Riseborough). While Jack is out working in the dangerous uninhabited remains of land, Vika works back at Tower 49, keeping in constant contact with both Jack and a representative for Tet (Melissa Leo), making sure that everything is in order.  Continue reading