Director: Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben KingsleyThe Story: Sci-Fi yarn about the creation of a military boy-genius to lead an attack on an alien world. The Lowdown: Bombastic, self-important, lacking in wit and charm and just plain not very exciting, Ender's Game is definitely a long-shot for the next big franchise movie.
Genre: Sci-Fi Action
Director: David Twohy (Chronicles of Riddick)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Matt Nable, Jordi Molla, Katee Sackhoff, Dave BautistaThe Story: Intergalactic badass and wanted man Riddick gets stranded on a barren, dangerous planet, concocting an escape plan by luring in unsuspecting bounty hunters. The Lowdown: Overlong, cheap, juvenile sci-fi/action hybrid that’s for fans of previous Riddick films only.
Genre: Supernatural Action Comedy
Director: Robert Schwentke (RED)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie SzostakThe Story: A murdered cop finds himself in the afterlife and conscripted into the Rest in Peace Department, a law enforcement agency for the dead. The Lowdown: A charmless mix of Men in Black and Ghostbusters that’s only barely watchable, thanks to Jeff Bridges.
Genre: Sci-Fi Action
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Clifton Collins Jr., Ron PerlmanThe Story: It's giant robots vs. giant monsters as (of course) the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The Lowdown: It's big. It's deliberately dumb. And it's a lot of good-natured fun with all the stock giant-monster movie clichés intact. However, it must be noted that the robot vs. monster bouts tend to be too dark and shot too close-up to fully register.
Genre: Comic Book Sci-Fi Action
Director: Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence FishburneThe Story: A reworking of the Superman origin story. The Lowdown: A mixed bag of a movie that holds its own for about 90 minutes before turning into 45 minutes of noisy, repetitive action. It is not, however, without merit.
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