Hugh Jackman

Logan

Set in the year 2029 – when, apparently, nothing (not technology, not clothes, not cars, etc.) really looks any different than it does in 2017 – the film centers on an aging, no-longer-as-sharp-as-he-used-to-be-Logan (Hugh Jackman), who’s traded saving the world for being a glorified Uber driver, drunkenly shuttling newlyweds, coeds and the filthy rich around, …

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The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman stars as legendary ringmaster and purveyor of hoaxes Phineas “P.T.” Barnum, whose dirt-poor upbringing gives way to an entrepreneurial spirit. Driven by an innate showmanship, cash-strapped Barnum whisks his long-time beloved – the aristocratic Charity (Michelle Williams, in a completely thankless role) – away from her rich, domineering father so the duo can …

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Prisoners

Prisoners is a slow-burn thriller–think the pacing of Zodiac, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal–which takes us into the lives of two families affected by a horrific crime: the kidnapping of their young daughters. As neighbors, the Kellers and Birches gather for a low-key Thanksgiving dinner. Their two youngest children ask to run to the other house …

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Real Steel

Set in the not-too-distant future, the film stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a one-time boxer, who’s traded in his gloves for a remote in order to fight it out in robot bouts. That is, the robots – not their human controllers – hop into the ring to duke it out. Charlie’s strapped for cash …

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X2: X-Men United

I’ll admit that I walked into the press screening—an experience that was complete with a bag search and metal detectors!—a little skeptical. I’d seen the original X-Men movie and was impressed but not blown away, so I wondered if this sequel would live up to the first film, surpass it or leave me mightily disappointed. …

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X-Men

I grew up stealing peeks at my dad’s old X-Men comics, those glory-days of the 1960’s, long before Wolverine came on the scene. In high school, I suppose I became too “grown-up” for comics anymore, and stopped reading X-Men. This may have been a mistake, but at least it allowed me to come into the …

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The Wolverine

Unlike the Origins offering, this movie sets its action in present day and after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, with a bereaved Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) living as a recluse in a mountain cave and tormented by the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who alternates between love and hate when she appears to …

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Chronicling, as the title makes clear, the “origins” of Logan/Wolverine and his long-standing love/hate relationship with his increasingly ferocious brother, Victor “Sabretooth” Creed (Liev Schreiber), the film covers all the mythological bases. How the fellas came to discover their abilities. What they did with them from the 1840s through almost-present day. How they came to …

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Australia

Baz Luhrmann, I can see what you were trying to do in the epic Australia, a Technicolor homage to your beloved homeland. A swarthy scoundrel clashes with a frosty upper-class lady, sparks fly, they make out in silhouette with a burning sunset, them BOOM! war arrives, changing their lives forever. Hmmm… Hmmm…. Why does this …

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