REVIEW: Mad Max: Fury Road

Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

In NASCAR races, there are times when a driver in first place has to make a judgment call: do they keep going without making a pit stop but retaining their lead, or make a pit stop, get cleaned up, and then race to gain back lost momentum? Mad Max: Fury Road is a twisted, brilliant action vehicle that attains the kind of gonzo genius and mind-blowing spectacle other movies only dream to aspire to, but takes a poorly chosen pit stop halfway through that kills the inimitable brilliance of its first hour, which the movie can’t wholly get back afterward.

It comes damned close, though.

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REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

In the wake of The Avengers, movie franchises have aimed for larger scales and the combining of movie casts. The Fast & Furious franchise folded in Jason Statham’s Transporter character with the closing scene of Fast & Furious 6. Man of Steel is begetting Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is ultimately begetting a Justice League movie.

Not to miss the boat, the X-Men franchise delivers their attempt at a combined hero action movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which unites the cast of the 2000-2005 X-Men trilogy and the cast of the 2011 prequel-boot X-Men: First Class. Gloriously, X-Men: Days of Future Past is many things at once — a combined hero action movie being just one of them — and succeeds on all fronts.

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