Tag Archive: War

Dec
24

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS – The Joyous Case for Merely Good

As presented on HOUR OF THE WOLF. I’m going through a terminal case of the Christmas blues right now, and the last thing I want to talk about is STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Not because it’s a bad film, because it isn’t — J.J. Abrams isn’t God, but he is a good …

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May
07

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

They're there because they're there because they're there because they're gonna kick butt. Marvel's mightiest reassemble for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

We’re back! D’ja miss us? There will be several posts forthcoming to catch up on the HotWolf reviews we’ve aired over the past few weeks but haven’t released to the Web. But for now, it makes sense get things restarted with the first big blockbuster of the summer, and maybe — judging by what will …

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Dec
26

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES & SONG OF THE SEA

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

There’s a bit of OCD that goes along with genre film fandom — once you’ve signed on to a franchise, you’re kind-of obligated to follow it wherever it will take you, for good or ill. Thus the sullen air hanging over screenings of REVENGE OF THE SITH or any of the Wolverine spin-offs — it …

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Dec
13

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Usually, when you play “Whatever Happened To…?” it’s with some washed-up celebrity. You track the downward career spiral of a Max Baer Jr, a Johnny Whittaker, a Kim Kardashian (not yet, but one day, one day), and get a concentrated lesson in the impermanence of fame. Interesting thing, though: You can play the game with …

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Jul
29

Sponsored Video: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES

So while Brett Ratner and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got their crack at HERCULES this past weekend, Renny Harlin beat ’em to the punch — and the slash, and the blood-curdling war-cry — at the beginning of the year with THE LEGEND OF HERCULES. This is a more grounded treatment of the mythological warrior, closer …

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Jul
17

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Human Jason Clarke finds relations strained with simian neighbors (l to r) Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, and Karin Konoval in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

This is a trivial question, but it’s been bugging me, so let me get it out, okay? Why is the sequel to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES called DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES? I mean, “dawn” suggests a beginning, right? And you can’t actually rise until you begin, right? So shouldn’t …

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Jun
19

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

The world of dragons is back in all its glory in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2.

I’m at the point where I can pretty much take or leave 3D. As a techie, I want to embrace any technology that’ll expand the cinemagoing experience, but even I have to concede that most of the time 3D is employed as little more than an add-on, just a way to charge extra for stuff …

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Jun
12

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: EDGE OF TOMORROW

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt gird their loins -- their technologically advanced loins -- for war in EDGE OF TOMORROW.

Well, this is a ticklish situation. I went into EDGE OF TOMORROW a little nervous, knowing this much about it: that Tom Cruise played a soldier who, by some trick of the time-space continuum, was reliving over and over his death during a disastrous attack on an alien invasion force. Sounded intriguing, no question. But …

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Jun
05

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has her own solution to the Vietnam conflict in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

Time is, time was, time’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. There were clearly commercial reasons why the latest chapter in the X-MEN franchise had to be a time travel tale: Having previously flubbed the introduction of a new, younger Professor X and Magneto  (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the producers …

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May
22

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: GODZILLA

GODZILLA is back, and still hell on rush hour.

Turns out maintaining a presence in the social network only makes life more complex for a film critic. I had to delay my viewing of GODZILLA ’til Sunday, meantime trying to avoid the various hosannas and the occasional nay-say being splattered all over Facebook, Twitter, etc. An impossible task, actually, and I went into the …

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