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Justice League Review
Directed by: Zack Snyder (Reshoots by Joss Whedon)
Rating: PG-13
Justice League... this is a tough film for me to review. My personal stance on the DCEU has never been one of vitriolic hatred or fanboyism, but in trying to remain neutral yet enjoy the ones I do like on my own choosing has been difficult. As such, given the kind of production nightmare this film endured, in addition to the declining attention to detail from Mr Zack Snyder, the fact that this has emerged as an entertaining film is at least noteworthy, and yet it is ultimately lacking.
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Thousands of years ago, a unified army of anient humans, the Olympian Gods, the Amazons, and the Atlanteans repelled the interstellar invader Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) and his army of Parademons, preventing him from remaking the Earth through the combined energies of the Mother Boxes into an extension of his desolate home world. After repelling Steppenwolf's army, the Mother Boxes were divided amongst the humans, Ama
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Van Helsing Review
Director: Stephen Sommers
Rating: PG-13
What is it with Universal Pictures not being able to properly revive their classic Monster Universe? The most recent and heavily panned iteration of The Mummy to kick-start the “Dark Universe” serves as a reminder that they’ve had one consistent problem. All these attempted all focused on action and spectacle rather than atmosphere, suspense and most important of all a strong script. To me, their first attempt was the ultimately ill-fated Van Helsing. This is an overly absurd and only occasionally entertaining blockbuster that really matches the philosophy of “turn your brain off” movies. It is at least honest in what it is as a go-for-broke bonkers popcorn flick than any other subsequent attempts to revive the Universal Monsters.
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In 1887 Transylvania, Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Samuel West) creates a monster (Shuler Hensley), which his master Count Dracula (Richard R
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Blade Runner 2049 Review
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rating: 15
The idea of a sequel to Blade Runner, a film which felt perfectly self contained in of itself, is something that many people have been cautiously optimistic about, myself included. You would need an idea that felt thematically and spiritually appropriate to such a sequel, and a director who is at the top of his game. Thankfully, that appears to be the case. Stepping down as director, Ridley Scott assumes the role of executive producer and passing the directorial reigns to Denis Villeneuve, who has demonstrated tremendous chops for science fiction after Arrival and manages to craft what may well be the best possible version of a sequel in Blade Runner 2049.
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Thirty years after the events in 2019, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) has vanished, the Tyrell Corporation has gone bankrupt and replaced by the much larger and more powerful replicant corporation headed by Niander Wallace (Jared Leto). While replicants have been integrated into soc
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Blade Runner (Final Cut) Review
Director: Ridley Scott
Rating: 15
What is Sir Ridley Scott’s masterpiece? Is Alien the winner without a shadow of doubt? Or possibly the crowd-pleasing Gladiator? Perhaps one of the most agreed-upon candidates is the sci-fi noir classic Blade Runner. Speaking personally, I came into the fold of this film quite recently, before seeing it all I knew was that it had incredible visuals and atmosphere and a solid cast. What I didn't realize until recently was this film's ability to grow on me to such a point where I had no hesitations in calling it a masterpiece and a three-way contender with the other two Ridley classics.
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In Los Angeles in November 2019, ex-police officer Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is detained by officer Gaff (Edward James Olmos) and brought to his former supervisor, Bryant (M. Emmet Walsh). Deckard, whose job as a “blade runner” was to track down bioengineered beings known as replicants and kill or “retire
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War for the Planet of the Apes
The Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy has been able to set a high bar for quality blockbuster filmmaking and has, in my opinion, gotten consistently better with each successive film, rising from rock solid to truly legendary. Matt Reeves makes lightning strike twice with an epic conclusion to this series in War for the Planet of the Apes; an intimate yet operatic character-driven war film that works both as a tonal successor to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well as a standalone dystopian sci-fi drama.
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Caesar’s clan is at war with a fanatically dangerous human military faction known as Alpha-Omega. Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempts to make peace with the humans as long as his clan is left alone. However, other apes who followed the rogue ape Koba such as the gorilla Red (Ty Olsson) have defected after being disillusioned with Caesar’s leadership. Caesar plans to relocate the clan across the desert, not wantin
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Spider-Man: Homecoming
With a decidedly meta title like Spider-Man: Homecoming effectively inaugurating everyone’s favourite web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hopes are certainly riding high that the compromise between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures was a successful one. Personally, while the result is perfectly entertaining and makes for a major step up from the last three Spider-Man movies (especially the dreadful Amazing Spider-Man 2), it doesn’t reach the lofty heights of several MCU outings. Let’s take a swing at why that is.
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Following the Battle of New York between the Avengers and the Chitauri, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) and his salvage company are removed from duty by Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) U.S. Department of Damage Control. Enraged at being driven out of business, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they already scavenged and use it to create and sell advanced weapons. Now, Toomes raids high
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Dracula Untold Review
Director: Gary Shore
Rating: PG-13
Luke Evans dons the cape of the great vampire in Dracula Untold, what could/should have been an important film for Universal in their plans to set up a cinematic universe for their classic monsters, now infamously called "The Dark Universe." While boasting a lot of enjoyable and even tender scenes and delivering on the dark fantasy setting and vampire lore, the biggest problem I had with Dracula Untold was its plot, being basic and formulaic and for not going for broke as a darker, bloodier film.
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After many years at war with the Ottoman Empire, Prince Vlad Țepeș the Impaler (Evans) returns to his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) and his son Ingeras (Art Parkinson) to rule his land peacefully. However, before he can shake off his bloody reputation, a Turkish messenger arrives at the feast, demanding tributes in silver as well as 1,000 Transylvanian boys for the Turkish wars. Not wanting to allow
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The Mummy Returns Review
Director: Stephen Sommers
Rating: PG-13/12
With the surprise success of 1999’s The Mummy, Universal was quick to commission a sequel, with Stephen Sommers returning to direct, and most of the original's cast and crew as well. Like its predecessor, The Mummy Returns is viewed as a guilty pleasure by many people, but in the end, its still not a very good film. While not as phoned in as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, it does little to develop the characters and its plot is just an excuse to show off visual effects and action scenes. That wouldn’t be so bad if the effects hadn’t dated so badly, the action so over the top and the characters remain so two-dimensional.
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In 3067 BC, seven years after his campaign began, the Scorpion King (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and his army are defeated during his siege on Thebes and exiled to the desert of Ahm Shere. After, his men die of exhaustion, leaving only him. Vowing to give
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The Mummy (1999) Review
Director: Stephen Sommers
Rating: 15
This loose remake of the 1930s horror classic is regarded as one of the big guilty pleasures of the 90s, a pulpy summer movie light on any real substance, but it makes up for that in the likability of its main leads and action. The Indiana Jones-style plot often invites unfair comparisons to the superior Spielberg trilogy, but taken on its own, I find it to be a lot of fun, and much less obnoxious than a lot of blockbusters by more infamous directors. I won’t quibble over what the movie doesn’t do and instead take a look at what it presents.
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In the city of Thebes in 1290 BC, Pharaoh Seti I is murdered by his High Priest, Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), and his mistress Anck-Su-Namun (Patricia Velásquez). Imhotep flees from the Pharaoh’s bodyguards, but Anck-Su-Namun kills herself in order for Imhotep to resurrect her in Hamunaptra, the “City of the Dead.” Imhotep and his priests are caught by Seti
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Wonder Woman (2017) Review
Director: Patty Jenkins
Rating: PG-13
Wonder Woman is truly a superhero film that the world needed, for now we have our first critically acclaimed and financially successful female led superhero movie. To say that it was a gratifying experience to be able to watch a DC Cinematic Universe movie where the general consensus was markedly positive before walking in would be understating it. It may, quite possibly, among the very best of the genre, and it is certainly one of the most ambitious in scope and yet intimate in storytelling.
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Diana was born and raised on the island of Themyscira, home to the Amazons, a race of warrior women created by the gods of Mount Olympus to protect humankind against the corruption of Ares, the god of war. Diana desires to train as an Amazon warrior, but her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Neilsen) refuses to allow it, insisting that Ares will never return. However, Diana and her aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright), disobey Hippolyta and
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Directors: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg
Rating: PG-13
For many, at least one of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels was the breaking point for their patience with the franchise. For me, Dead Men Tell No Tales, (also known in the UK as Salazar’s Revenge) was that film. There will be no soap-box style defense from me, this time I am with the general consensus. For a guy who may have pretty elastic taste when it comes to blockbusters, this one proved to be a real challenge to come to terms with.
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Nine years after the events of At World’s End, and five after the events of On Stranger Tides, a young British sailor named Henry (Brenton Thwaites) works on a Royal Navy warship in search of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Ignoring Henry’s warnings that the approaching island is the Devil’s Triangle, the Navy ship sails into the Triangle in pursuit of a pirate ship. They come across a shipwreck that quick
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Director: Rob Marshall
Rating: PG-13
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the second most successful film in the franchise (as of this writing) and also the one that everyone seemingly forgets ever happened. This one tries to skirt around the heavily divisive second and third movies and tries to be a standalone adventure film, and while I give credit for it being self-contained there are several clear faults that keep it from being as memorable as the other sequels or well written like the first.
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After a failed attempt to rescue his first mate, Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally) in London, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is brought before King George II (Richard Griffiths). The king wants Jack to guide an expedition to the Fountain of Youth before King Ferdinand and the Spanish Navy can locate it. Jack’s old nemesis, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), now a privateer in service to the British Navy after losing his leg and the Black Pearl
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rating: PG-13
“I wash my hands of this weirdness” - that’s probably what many people thought after seeing At World’s End, because it’s certainly by far the most out-there of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, though mostly not in the best way. Despite enjoying it in the cinema at the time, I distanced myself from it over time because it was so far removed from even the second film to fully enjoy. With that said, there are still aspects about it I enjoy and even respect, but not enough to say it’s worth recommending all the way through.
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As the new governor of Port Royal, Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) executes anyone associated with piracy by mass hangings and ordering Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) to destroy all pirate ships in the Caribbean. A row of condemned prisoners sing “Hoist the Colours” to compel the nine Pirate Lords to convene at Shipwreck Cove to hold the Brethren Court.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rating: PG-13
For a time, I actually found myself watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest more than The Curse of the Black Pearl. Of all the Pirates sequels, this one is mostly made up of the parts that I would want to see in a pirate movie of this nature but it’s still a flawed film. The decision to film this film and At World’s End back to back results in a mix of really fun action and adventure with heavily drawn out and confusing plot threads and other annoyances. Though for my part, this is the more re-watchable of the two.
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On the day of their wedding, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are arrested by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) of the East India Trading Company for allowing Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to escape his hanging. Beckett promises to spare both of them from execution if Will tracks down Jack and brings him the pirate
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Director: Gore Verbinski
Rating: PG-13
I am going to be straight up with you dear readers. I am a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Not just the first film, although that is undoubtedly the best as this review shall demonstrate, but the series at large. Despite the many flaws in the sequels and ways in which they test the patience of many critics and cinephiles (and good friends), I cannot help it -  they satisfy my craving for pirate swashbuckling action and adventure. Plus the pirate genre pretty much lives or dies with this franchise, so it’s worth considering just why the first in this franchise was not only so successful but a damn good film.
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On the HMS Dauntless’ voyage to Port Royal, Jamaica, Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce) and his daughter Elizabeth Swann retrieve a wayward boy, Will Turner, a survivor of a shipwreck. Around Will’s neck is a golden skull medallion, which Elizabeth keeps in order to protect him fr
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You're quite welcome! :D
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a fluffy hug for the fave on my Tasmanian Devil!!!
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Thank you so much, Mina!! I am a dummy! 
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I don't have much to give, but Happy Birthday nonetheless! :D (Big Grin) 
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