Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Aquaman

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Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Directed By: James Wan

What if I told you that one of the best movies to come out of DC and Warner Bros’ current lineup of films was one starring Arthur Curry, aka the Aquaman? You’d think I was crazy, right? Well, believe it, because James Wan’s Aquaman is one of the most entertaining superhero movies to come along from the studio, mainly because of how it embraces every aspect of the character, no matter how goofy it is. At times, the Jason Momoa-led film almost borders on sensory overload with how much is thrown on the screen, almost as if this was Warner Bros, looking at the returns for Justice League, saying “well, we don’t have anything else left to lose, we might as well put everything into this one Aquaman movie”. It’s a bombastic, over the top, incredibly goofy film, and I loved every minute of it. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Starring: Shamiek Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schrieber, Mahershala Ali

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
Spider-Man has had many films, but Into the Spider-verse is different. Not only is it the first animated feature film starring the wall-crawler to hit theaters, it’s also the cinematic debut of not only Miles Morales, but Gwen Stacey’s Spider-Woman (aka Spider-Gwen). Showcasing the young Miles’ origins as the new Spider-man, as well as hosting a bunch of other spider-characters, Into The Spider-Verse could have been a mess, a cheap corporate cash-in on the Spidey brand name. Instead, it stands as not only the best animated feature of the year, but one of the greatest comic book films ever, and possibly even the best Spider-Man film. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Creed II!

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Creed II (2018)

Starring: Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren

Directed By: Steven Caple, Jr.

MINOR SPOILERS

The original Creed should never have worked. Reviving the Rocky franchise through the character of a young Adonis Creed, the unknown son of Apollo Creed, was an idea that would’ve felt more at home on a Redbox rental screen than in the actual movie theater, but with Ryan Coogler in the director’s chair and Michael B Jordan behind the boxing gloves, it became one of the best movies f 2015, and one of the standouts in the legendary Rocky franchise, even garnering a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Sylvester Stallone. With that much success, it’s no surprise that a sequel was made, and it’s also no surprise that said sequel would find Adonis facing off with the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father. While there aren’t many surprises in Creed II, it still ends up being a really fun and entertaining film. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Lucy Boynton, Aiden Gillen

Directed By: Bryan Singer/Dexter Fletcher

Freddie Mercury is a legend, but getting his story told in the movies has taken decades, with numerous starts and stops throughout the years. But now he’s getting the biopic treatment, with Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek taking up the half-mike stand and mustache, and Dexter Fletcher (who stepped in to direct after Bryan Singer was fired during filming) behind the camera to showcase the life of the greatest frontman in music history. Since Queen is my all-time favorite band, I was very hesitant to see how this film would handle Freddie Mercury, regardless of all of the behind the scenes drama. But thankfully Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t the disaster I was expecting, even though it is a little rough around the edges. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Halloween (2018)

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Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak

Directed By: David Gordon Green

MINOR SPOILERS

The original Halloween is a stone cold classic, and it’s not just one of my favorite horror movies, it’s one of my favorite movies period. John Carpenter built an amazingly eerie film, and all others that came after it, including the many sequels, fail to live up to it. So the news that David Gordon Green of all people would be helming a new sequel/reboot, with Danny McBride cowriting it with him, gave me some cause for concern. The guy behind Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals was going to helm a Halloween movie?

Well, I should’ve trusted this Green guy, cause Halloween (2018) (for the purposes of this review I’m calling it H18 from now on) is pretty damn fantastic. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: The Predator!

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Starring: Boyd Holbrooke, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane

Directed By: Shane Black

For being one of Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, The Predator sure hasn’t had very many great movies. Sure, the 1987 original is a classic, and I’ll always got to bat for Predators, the 2010 attempt at rebooting the franchise, but by and large ol’ mandible face has always had a tough time at the cineplex (I know there are some who’ll champion Predator II, but I’m not one of them). With that comes writer/director Shane Black’s attempt to launch a new series of films. After successes with Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys (not to mention writing Lethal Weapon and being in the original Predator as Hawkins), it would seem that Black’s off-center charm would be just the thing to reinvigorate the franchise.

Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case here. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp!

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Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed By: Peyton Reed

After the events of Infinity War, it might seem a little strange for Marvel Studio’s next release to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it worked for the previous Ant-Man movie, which was released after Age of Ultron, and guess what? It works again here. Building off of the charm of the original film, while also adding some much needed female super heroics, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, if a little inessential, entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Solo Flies Low

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Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

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With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Deadpool 2!

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Directed By: David Leitch

SPOILER FREE

It’s hard enough to come up with a good comic book movie sequel, let alone a comedy movie sequel, so the announcement that Deadpool would be a getting a number two, while unsurprising, was one that made me a little worried. The original film was a hilarious surprise, especially since I was becoming a little burnt out on the character in the comics. But amazingly, Deadpool 2 is able to surpass the comedy sequel curse and present a new adventure for the Merc with a Mouth that is equal parts hilarious, action-packed, and surprisingly moving too. Read the rest of this entry