Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

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Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

Sequels are hard. Comedy sequels are harder. But Horror Comedy sequels? They’re virtually non-existent, and ones that come ten years after the original are almost always doomed for failure. Which makes Zombieland: Double Tap one of the bigger surprises of the year for me. From assembling the original cast and crew to not falling into the trap of rehashing the jokes from the original, there’s plenty to find enjoyable in the return trip to Zombieland, even if the end result isn’t as fresh as the original. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: Joker

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Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy

Directed By: Todd Phillips

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Being a big Batman fan, I’ve seen a lot of takes on the Dark Knight. That also means I’ve seen a lot of takes on his arch nemesis, the Joker. From Heath Ledger’s scarred anarchist to Jared Leto’s tattooed thug, The Joker has had arguably the most interpretations of any comic book character in history, and since he’s my all-time favorite villain in fiction, I’m pretty protective of him. Which is why I was going into Todd Phillips’ Joker with some pretty heavy skepticism. On the one hand, you have Joaquin Phoenix, arguably the best actor of our generation, in the lead. On the other hand, this is a Joker origin movie (strike one) that doesn’t feature Batman (strike two), and is from the director of The Hangover and Due Date (movies that I find funny, but strike three). Add in the fact that it seems to be more influenced by early Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy than anything from the Clown Prince of Crime’s myriad comic book appearances, and I was starting to get a feeling of confusion over what the point of even calling this film “Joker” was . With the storm of controversy and furor surrounding the film’s release, including winning the Golden Lion at Cannes and increased police presence at showings (plus Todd Phillips’ increasingly stupid comments on the state of comedy), and it was getting to a point where I was looking forward to seeing the film less out excitement and curiosity, and more out of a feeling of “let’s just get this over with”. The end result has me falling somewhere squarely in the middle on Joker, a film that has many flaws, but an undeniably great lead performance in Joaquin Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Rambo: Last Blood

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Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Paz Vega

Directed By: Adrian Grunberg

Despite seemingly hanging up the bow and arrow and knife in Rambo, Sylvester Stallone is back to wage war once again in Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth film in the franchise that somehow keeps chugging along. Serving as a weird epilogue of sorts to the story of John Rambo, the Vietnam vet who has probably killed more people than Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger combined, Last Blood feels less like the four films that came before it, and more like a strange reboot for a Rambo limited series. That being said though, the last twenty minutes of the film are absolutely bananas, and have some of the best action sequences of the whole series. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: IT: Chapter Two (2019)

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IT: Chapter Two (2019)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone

Directed By: Andy Muschietti

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As the sequel to the highest grossing horror movie of all time, there’s a lot of pressure for IT: Chapter Two. Hell, there would be a lot of pressure for the sequel even if the first film wasn’t such a monster success. That box office record is both a blessing and a curse for Chapter Two though, as the return trip to Derry, Maine, while plenty entertaining, struggles to recapture the magic of the first film, and at times feels a tad too long. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw!

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Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba

Directed By: David Leitch
Much to Vin Diesel’s chagrin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Lucas Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw are getting the spotlight in the first ever spin off in the lucrative The Fast and The Furious franchise. There’s a lot riding on this film, from the future of the overall franchise to the rumored strained relationship between Diesel, the original star, and The Rock, the star who came in and reinvigorated the franchise. What we end up getting is something that doesn’t quite reach the heights of franchise gems like Fast Five, but still ends up as a very solid Summer action flick that’s a blast to watch in a full theater. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Samuel L Jackson, Colbie Smulders

Directed By: Jon Watts

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After the epic finale that was Avengers: Endgame, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Spider-Man: Far From Home would be one to miss. But for longtime fans of the MCU, and even more for fans of the character, the latest Spidey adventure is a can’t miss installment of the long running saga for Marvel’s heroes, and the answer to many of your lingering Endgame questions. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter Three: Parabellum

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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick

Directed By: Chad Stahelski

We’ve seen what John Wick, the man, the myth, the legend, the “Babayaga” can do in two movies already, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s little gas in the tank for a third go round. But if you think John Wick: Chapter Three: Parabellum would see Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski limping over the finish line, you’re dead wrong, cause Parabellum stands as easily the best action film of the year, and I have a very hard time believing that anything will top it. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (Spoiler Free)

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo

The secrecy surrounding Avengers: Endgame is at near ludicrous levels, with Disney and Marvel studios going to extreme lengths to keep the events of the film under wraps. Of course, I’m not going to start spoiling the movie here, because honestly, the fun in enjoying Endgame is watching it as fresh as possible. Though if you haven’t done a complete MCU rewatch in the past year, you’re probably going to want to do so before watching Endgame, the epic finale to the grand experiment that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Shazam!

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Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou

Directed by: David F Sandberg

A character like Shazam is one that I never thought would get a solo movie, especially before characters like The Flash, and yet Shazam!, starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero and Asher Angel as his teenage alter ego Billy Batson is here, and like Aquaman before it, marks a distinct tonal shift in the Warner Bros stable of DC films. Watching this after Batman V Superman would probably give someone tonal whiplash so hard it would snap their neck, and while the David F Sandberg film has some problems, all in all it’s a really fun film that will certainly appeal to families who are looking for something a little lighter than other superhero films. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Captain Marvel

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Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Benning

Directed By: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

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The 21st movie in the ongoing saga that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel stands as the first film from Marvel Studios with a female lead. Naturally, that means it’s going to be under a lot of scrutiny, more than any other Marvel film before it. Can one movie introduce Carol Danvers to audiences, connect to the larger MCU as a whole as a prequel, tease people for Avengers:Endgame, and overcome the internet trolls review bombing the film before they’ve even seen it? Read the rest of this entry