Dennis Quaid plays a space fighter pilot in a time when a united Earth is expanding into the universe and is at war with the Drac, a race of lizard-like aliens. (The year is 2090, for what it’s worth.)
Two childhood friends, trained in deadly martial arts, are the only survivors of a massacre. When one of them stumbles into a portal to Hell, the lord of the underworld grants him magical powers and an opportunity for revenge if he allows nine demons (essentially eight hyperactive children and a vampy woman) to enter his body.
Joel Edgerton literally does it all in this anxiety-inducing thriller. It’s somewhat of a concept piece, with the conceit whereby a figure from the past re-emerges in order to make one reassess the status of your present state. At 108 minutes it never outstays it’s welcome and will leave many wishing there was more to follow in the form a finite resolution. It ends in delicious, if horrific ambiguity.
The films of Italian auteur Michelangelo Antonioni conjure up images of a modernist milieu peopled by a disaffected middle class. An escape from a superficially comfortable but ultimately unsatisfactory present often seems out of reach for Antonioni’s characters. L’Eclisse – following on from the filmmaker’s classics L’Avventura and La Notte – continues in this vein, presenting a beautifully crafted yet unnerving exploration of contemporary life, where the ostensible story is a framework for Antonioni’s ideas.
Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – alongside Black Widow (Scarlett...