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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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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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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Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Baywatch – alpha-male muscle-flexing is not worth the Hasselhoff

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn’t have the wit or stamina to stay afloat. Just as nobody ever bought a Pirelli calendar simply to find out the date, the world didn’t tune into Baywatch for over a decade purely for the lifeguarding instruction. Let’s face it: Baywatch was all about the fantasy American lifestyle of sun, sea and semi-naked flesh…

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Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith – Good but Flawed

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith – Good but Flawed

“Henceforth you will be known as Darth Vader!” These dire words, addressed to a tormented Anakin Skywalker as he crosses the threshold to the much-mentioned Dark Side, mark the definitive moment of his Luciferian journey, which will come to an end with the man in a black, neo-Wehrmacht helmet-mask, with incipient emphysema and a walk that makes him look as if he has had concrete hip replacements. It supposedly forms the mythic heart of the…

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Star Wars Episode III Revenge OfThe Sith – A Perfect Long-Waited Entry, Or Is It?

Star Wars Episode III Revenge OfThe Sith – A Perfect Long-Waited Entry, Or Is It?

The Clone Wars are at last coming to an end but troubles are only just beginning for the Jedi order. The evil scheme of Palpatine/Sidious needs however a new apprentice and young Anakin Skywalker, troubled by nightmares of pain and loss, seems to fit the bill. In perhaps the most blatant instance of a Star Wars character plugging a plot hole, at one point in Return Of The Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi brushes aside the lies…

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Thor Ragnarok Is secretly bringing a franchise back to life

Thor Ragnarok Is secretly bringing a franchise back to life

Eric Pearson’s pressure-filled job laid the foundation for a movie that’s fresh in a way that’s all but unheard of for a third installment. When Eric Pearson earned a spot as screenwriter for Thor Ragnarok, there were two orders given to him: Chris Hemsworth‘s God of Thunder should be the film’s breeziest character, and the work shouldn’t be restrained by the series’ past. Thor Ragnarok film succeeded on both counts. Ragnarok has become Marvel Studios’ best-reviewed film yet and is…

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Pirates of Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales: What We Know So Far

Pirates of Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales: What We Know So Far

Well, let’s just say he’s older. This perpetually tipsy ne’re-do-well is still struggling with pretty much the same issues he always has. Hidden under that wobbly swagger and semi-charismatic gold-toothed grin is a pirate captain who struggles to accomplish, well, anything. Jack keeps failing to find his scruffy crew even a single gold doubloon. And his beloved ship, the Black Pearl, has been somehow shrunken down to a tiny skiff in a bottle that he…

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales – Johnny Depp’s fifth adventure

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales – Johnny Depp’s fifth adventure

For more than a decade, Captain Jack Sparrow has been one of Hollywood’s most iconic Disney characters, capturing audiences of all ages with his quick wit and eccentric charm. First played by Johnny Depp in 2003, in Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sparrow was the immediate standout of the movie saga — and although originally planned as a supporting character, he soon became the star of the franchise. Twelve years…

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Vs. The Critics’ Opinion

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Vs. The Critics’ Opinion

With ghostly villains and the cast’s next generation, the fifth installment of the franchise is getting largely negative reviews. The reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales are in — and they aren’t pretty. In 2003, Disney launched a fictitious world built on a theme-park ride, with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl earning positive reviews and as well as $654 million worldwide. The second and third installments also received praise, but the…

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