Edge of Tomorrow - This movie starts out really really well, but begins to unravel some time near when they go to the farm with the helicopter, I think. That section just kills the momentum of the movie (and up until that point, they do an absolutely stunning job of keeping things moving, especially given the premise. Things pick up a bit after that, with Tom Cruise doing some really excellent IDGAF acting, but then fairly soon after that, the changes they make from the book start to really unravel the movie for me.
I'm not normally someone who complains about a) Changes from the source material and b) Plot Holes as I think usually these are insignificant problems, but in this case the plot holes are so much the direct result of changes from the book that it really left me scratching my head and wondering what they thought the changes were adding. My main issue is that the book is actually very precise about the whys and hows the day is resetting for Cage, and how the Mimics use this ability. The film is a lot more murky on this, and doesn't seem to really stick to any set of rules: Why is it that killing an Alpha is what gives Cage his ability at the start but then at the end killing an Alpha will not give them this ability, only allow the Mimiccs to reset the day? This is the biggest of a range of issues that I have with the time travel stuff in the film - and I know that time travel is always a bit silly, but I'm only saying that the book explains a consistent and believable mechanism for it that they ignore for no beneficial reason, I think.
So yeah. It's a mixed bag for me. I think it starts out incredibly strong, loses its way in the middle, and then pretty much everything towards the end (the final assault) is pretty sub par. The very last scene has the stink of studio interference and reactions to test audiences, and feels totally tacked on and cheap, and undercuts a lot of the themes of the rest of the movie. I'd give it 3/5 tentacles.
Also watched the Coen Brothers remake of The Ladykillers, which has a bad rep that me and the missus wanted to confirm for ourselves, as fans of the original. I'd say it's mostly deserved. Where the original is lean and focused, this remake is baggy, with a lot of additions designed to extend the story that don't add a huge amount. With that said, the slightly counterintuitive thing is that these additions allow for some classic Coen character moments (including some great scenes with Steven Root). These are more enjoyable than some of the "wacky" moments (which are more in keeping with the original), which are a little hard to watch. The scene where Tzi Ma's General dies trying to kill the old lady is a pretty good example of how the zany humour falls flat, although the deadpan way he falls down the stairs at the end is properly hilarious. It makes me wonder if this would be a much better film if they'd gone darker with it, really. Marlon Wayans is awful in it, but the rest of the cast are pretty perfect, especially Tom Hanks who actually captures the spirit of the Alec Guiness performance really well, without imitating it. I'd give it 2/5 hearses