Justice League: A battle between good, evil and… boredom

Justice League: A battle between good, evil and… boredom

Apassionate spark of frenemy-bromance between the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader was famously created in the last DC adventure, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, when these two legends discovered their mums had the same first name: Martha. That somewhat anticlimactic coincidence was widely considered to be indicative of something unconvincing in the whole project. The problems are still evident. This new Justice League film has had a troubled passage. Its original director, Zack Snyder,…

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Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

Murder On The Orient Express- A Cumbersome Old Relic

After watching Murder on the Orient Express, it’s not hard to see why murder mysteries just aren’t a thing anymore. I was cautiously optimistic to see this one, the trailer promising an old classic rejuvenated with a sleek, shiny coat of modernity. Well, as stylish and star-packed as it is, Murder On The Orient Express seems creaky and outdated from the get-go. For some reason, we don’t start the story on the train. Instead, we get…

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Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

As obstacles for the heroes of children’s films go, Miguel’s is a little, shall we say, cerebral. The rebellious 12-year-old protagonist of Coco  longs to be a musician, but his family of shoemakers … hates music. Not just the music of local hero and “greatest musician that ever lived” Ernesto de la Cruz, nor just guitar music. All music. This goes back, we are told in a colorful if staid papel picado opening sequence, to his great-great-grandfather, who left his…

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Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

We’ve now reached the point in Pixar’s history where their outstanding movies are the exception rather than the rule. Inside Out was hailed as a return to form, but then the studio followed it up with the bland The Good Dinosaur, the adequate Finding Dory, and the soulless Cars 3. While the future for the studio as a whole remains uncertain, they’re in their element with the moving, beautiful Coco . Lee Unkrich’s movie is a nice look at family, music,…

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The Best of Marvel Studios: Ranking The Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

The Best of Marvel Studios: Ranking The Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

We are entering a whole new era of superhero cinema. The launch of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics cinematic universe hits theaters with Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, putting an end to the era of Marvel’s status as the only comic company with claim to shared movie worlds. But it’s not the only thing that changes for superhero movies. The first week of May gives us Captain America Civil War, and besides the major change it will…

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That’s My Boy Review: Is Adam Sandler truly the Man?

That’s My Boy Review: Is Adam Sandler truly the Man?

His core fans are likely to love him as a rude, crude and socially unacceptable dad to son Andy Samberg in That’s My Boy. Leave it to Adam Sandler to explore the comic potential of a 13 year-old being deflowered by a middle school teacher. In That’s My Boy, which is a thousand times better and more entertaining than Jack and Jill, Sandler’s last feature, yet still falls short of really being good, Sandler is Donny Berger, a lout…

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Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith Review: 7 out of 10

Star Wars Episode III  Revenge of the Sith Review: 7 out of 10

John Williams’ brassy fanfare for Star Wars is a bold, recognizable piece of movie music magic full of pomp and circumstance. And as its opening notes sound for George Lucas’ final piece of his massive, mythic undertaking, it heralds a graduation of sorts. Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith has had no shortage of pomp. Myriad magazine covers and the sheer tonnage of tie-in memorabilia have seen to that. But it is the…

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STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH IS A PERFECT FIT FOR THE STAR WARS TRILOGY

STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH IS A PERFECT FIT FOR THE STAR WARS TRILOGY

STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH is the movie he ought to have made right from the beginning. This is the entry he kept on promising he’d deliver, the film we’ve all kept longing for. The other two Star Wars prequels are utterly irrelevant; this film could have existed without them. It’s a perfect fit with the astounding original films and unlike the predecessors, it only tops them. I still remember the first time…

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STAR WARS EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH QUICK REVIEW

STAR WARS EPISODE III  REVENGE OF THE SITH QUICK REVIEW

Darth Vader. Just the name of the most iconic villain in a generation recalls his ominous, metered breathing and his unmistakable voice. But how did Darth Vader become … Darth Vader? “Answer the question that Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith poses,” Yoda might ask. Twenty-eight years ago, George Lucas started bringing us to a galaxy very far away. Now, the journey is complete. The final chapter of Anakin Skywalker‘s tragic transformation into Darth Vader begins…

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Movie Review Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith : That was it?

Movie Review Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith : That was it?

The Star Wars film series created by George Lucas has become one of the most successful franchises in the history of cinema. The most recent installment, Star Wars Episode VII, is aimed to be released in 2015. The sixth film, Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, and was the last of three prequels to the original trilogy. Hayden Christiensen, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman are featured in this movie,…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: Rage and Hormones

Are we there yet? Well, not quite. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,the big-screen adaption of the international phenomenon, is simply the sixth chapter in a now eight-part saga that, much like its young hero, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, has started to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or perhaps that’s simply my gnawing impatience. Not that the director, David Yates, doesn’t keep things moving and flying and soaring, his cameras slashing…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Building up to the final battle between good and evil

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Building up to the final battle between good and evil

Darker, more hormonal, more teenage-angsty and sadly more boring, the Potter franchise is back. Half-Blood Prince is the penultimate book, but antepenultimate movie. The seventh and final volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is reportedly going to be divided into two films. But who knows? Maybe that second half will be split, and then the second half of that very second half will separate, and like characters in a lost paradox by the pre-Socratic thinker Zeno,…

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Terrifically Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Terrifically Entertaining

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, an adaption from JK Rowling’s book, is horrific entertainment in its own right, claims Sukhdev Sandhu in the 2009 review. The first film adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters, was released in 2001. The fifth installment in the saga, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released in July…

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE REVIEW: AN ADMIRABLE SEQUEL IN THE POTTER SAGA

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE REVIEW: AN ADMIRABLE SEQUEL IN THE POTTER SAGA

The climactic scene in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” takes place in one of those underground caverns with a lake and an ominous gondola as the means of transportation, popularized by “The Phantom of the Opera.” At first I thought – no gondola! But then, one appeared, dripping and hulking. In another movie I might have grinned, but you know what? By that point, I actually cared. Yes, this sixth chapter is a darker,…

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Arrival Review: The Earth is under a great threat

Arrival Review: The Earth is under a great threat

Planet Earth is thrown into chaos when 12 mysterious, extra-terrestrial craft appear around the world. Their inhabitants want to talk, so it’s up to linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) to try to decipher their mind-bending language before global panic turns into inter-species war. If you need a deeply thoughtful and impressive new take on a familiar old genre (and in this era of identikit sequels, we clearly do), then Denis Villeneuve is your…

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