Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming!

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Starring: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton

Directed By: Jon Watts

MINOR SPOILERS

To say my expectations for Spider-Man Homecoming were high would be an understatement. After sitting through Amazing Spider-Man 2 and seeing Sony attempt to create their own cinematic universe and fail, the one thing I could hope for was Marvel Studios coming in and making some sort of deal with Sony to either buy the character, or take control of him and work him into their existing universe. And it happened. Now that Spidey had made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, it’s time for him to take center stage (again) in the second reboot of the character in the fifteen years he’s been on the big screen. Spider-Man Homecoming, the first movie to be made in collaboration with Sony and Marvel Studios, has a pretty daunting task ahead of it: can you get the public interested in yet another Spider-Man movie, so soon after the last one?

When it’s as good as this is, yes. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Wonder Woman!

14883647_561931980643670_384850897829389102_oWonder Woman (2017)

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielson, Danny Houston, Robin Wright

Directed By: Patty Jenkins

At long last, Wonder Woman has her very own movie. While her live action cinematic debut hit in last years’ Batman V Superman, the Amazon Warrior has never starred in her very own movie until now. But now in her 75th year as one of pop culture’s icons, Wonder Woman has finally arrived. There’s already an enormous amount of pressure on director Patty Jenkins already (this is THE major female superhero after all). But when you take into account the lackluster reactions to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman NEEDS to be a success. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!

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Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites

Directed By: Joachim Ronning and Espin Sandberg

Would anyone believe that we’d get to a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie back in 2003? Probably not, but here we are. The fifth go around with Captain Jack Sparrow is here, nearly six years after the last voyage in On Stranger Tides. A lot has changed since the last installment of the hit Disney franchise, and while there are still some fun moments to be had in Dead Men Tell No Tales, there are some major signs of franchise fatigue setting in. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

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Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell

Directed By: James Gunn

MINOR SPOILERS

Three years ago, the strangest Marvel Studios movie hit theaters and completely changed the game for pretty much all other Marvel (and superhero) movies. Guardians of the Galaxy created a whole new set of Marvel fans, and took a bunch of characters that no one knew and made them into household names. Naturally, the bar has been set pretty damn high for the sequel, and while the surprises may be gone from the original, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still a solidly entertaining ride. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Logan!

logan_2017_posterLogan (2017)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrooke

Directed by: James Mangold

MINOR SPOILERS

Very few times we get a comic book movie that not only defines the genre, it elevates it to a whole other level. The Dark Knight did this, as did The Avengers (and some could say Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy, or really any Marvel Studios major release). Well, we can now add another film to that list, because I can honestly say that Logan, the final film to star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, is one of those films. It’s somber and hopeful, as well as violent and heartfelt. For a final bow, Jackman and director James Mangold pulled out all the stops, and crafted a film that doesn’t feel like anything else in the stable of X-Men films by Fox. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendehlson, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed

Directed By: Gareth Edwards

MILD SPOILERS

More so than The Force Awakens, Rogue One needs to succeed. As the first of the anthology Star Wars films, there’s a lot at stake for the future of the franchise riding on the shoulders of director Gareth Edwards’ film. If it fails, we’d still get Star Wars movies, but ones that would strictly be within the “saga”, which would be a waste for a franchise so rich with potential. As much as I love Star Wars, I don’t want to be watching adventures of Finn and Rey in “Episode 19”. With Rogue One, the possibilities exist for the franchise to continue on outside of the Skywalker family and those around them, and Rogue One is a pretty damn good start for this area of the franchise. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Doctor Strange!

Doctor-Strange-Comic-Con-Poster.jpgDoctor Strange (2016)

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Scott Derickson

MINOR SPOILERS

To say that Doctor Strange is a gamble for Marvel Studios is an understatement. Yes, this is the same studio that took The Guardians of the Galaxy from a bunch of “nerd only” characters into full-fledged mainstream hits, but amidst third installments in the Captain America and Thor franchises (as well as facing competition from WB’s DC films), starting up another character would seem like a risky move. But amazingly, Doctor Strange is another solid film from Marvel Studios that offers a ton of memorable moments, even if the story feels like one you’ve seen before. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Suicide Squad!

Suicide_Squad_(film)_PosterSuicide Squad (2016)

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney

Directed by: David Ayer

MINOR SPOILERS

Now more than ever, Suicide Squad needs to be a hit. After the “successful failure” of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, all eyes are on David Ayers’ new superhero film. The second of Warner Bros’ DC films, Suicide Squad would be a risky move regardless of how Batman V Superman was received. From the Joker’s tattoos to the look of some of the characters, there was plenty to be worried about when it came to this movie. It’s focused on a team of villains that we’ve largely never met before, and it’s going to be the second move that WB releases for their DC movies? Add in the news of reshoots and poor to mixed early reviews, it’s no surprise that some people are very hesitant to give WB another chance with their hard-earned dollars. And while they are right to be a little hesitant, Suicide Squad’s real strength lies in its characters. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Batman: The Killing Joke


Batman-The-Killing-joke-movie-posterBatman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Starring: Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Ray Wise

Directed By: Sam Liu

SPOILERS

Reuniting Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as Joker and Batman, The Killing Joke is one of the most hyped up DC releases of the year. However, it’s also one of the most controversial releases as well, and not because of what you’d expect (okay, it’s also partially because of that too). Bringing back Hamill and Conroy (as well as Tara Strong as Batgirl), Killing Joke is a faithful adaptation of the Batman/Joker story, but the additional material added to pad out the run time sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s so disjointed that I’m actually going to split up the review score. It’s that jarring. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

462-film-page-largeX-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-Mcphee, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner

Directed by: Bryan Singer

SPOILERS

My overall anticipation for X-Men: Apocalypse has been pretty muted. Despite being a big fan of X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing from the promotional materials that I have seen for Bryan Singer’s latest X-opus. Perhaps it’s because Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War were the bigger comic book movies of the year, or maybe it’s because of the Ivan Ooze-ness of the first picture of Apocalypse, but something just wasn’t clicking for me. To borrow a phrase from another Marvel franchise, my “spider-sense was tingling”. Regardless, I’m a huge fan of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s takes on Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier, so I went into this movie knowing that at least part of my ticket purchase was going towards them. Read the rest of this entry