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September 17, 2016

★★★★ Director: Justin Lin   Like finding out you had one more beer left than you originally thought, Star Trek Beyond is one of those pleasant surprises. Not to incite a feud with the other ‘Star’ franchise, but similar to The Force Awakens this film is essentially a modern update of original material, with better […]

July 31, 2016

★★½ Director: Jake Szymanski   While mostly watchable, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates neglects basic elements of plot in favour of inconsistent jokes and familiar ‘comedic’ routines, resulting in a flat, un-progressive, and un-funny story. The set-up is that Zac Efron and Adam DeVine play brothers (and partners in finance) who become the embarrassment […]

May 8, 2016

★ Director: Ben Falcone   The only thing this movie is the boss of, is not letting me see it for free. It’s not particularly offensive or anything, but it’s yet another unfunny, terrible American comedy confined to a single city location—boy does it let you know that it’s set in Chicago. Melissa McCarthy stars […]

April 10, 2016

★★ Director: Oliver Parker   Dad’s Army is a film adaptation of the popular 1970s BBC series of the same name, and a very limp one at that. The film entails the members of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Platoon (those too old/young/sick to be in active service) during WW2, and their efforts to “protect” the […]

October 4, 2015

-★ Would it be shocking to say that this movie is terrible? It’s essentially a middle finger extended towards the low hanging fruit of video gaming culture that Sony Pictures can only see the words “brand recognition” in. With the help of their Angel of Death, Adam Sandler, it proves that you can take, at […]

September 20, 2015

★★½ This movie is serviceable, but it ends up feeling like a less satisfying version of Rocky. It charts the decline and eventual rise (again) of bruising boxing champion Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose affinity for finishing every fight in an increasingly physically damaged state worries his wife (Rachel McAdams), who would be content with […]

September 6, 2015

Films inspired by or based on true events are not reality, but another kind of fiction. Monetarily speaking, it’s another genre of film utilising people, dates and locations we are familiar with in order to generate greater interest in its performance. It sounds critical, and it is a bit, but it’s more observational because there […]

August 16, 2015

★★ I’ve learned from this film that nothing matters. Everything is inconsequential. From the beginning of the film to the end, nothing of real consequence happened. This isn’t a spoiler, as it made the mistake of revealing “crucial” plot points in its own marketing, some of which were bigger than others (*cough* Robo-John Connor *cough*). […]

July 19, 2015

★★ I don’t quite know where to start. This film is such an odd mess in its execution and presentation; the elements it has conflict with each other, the dialogue feels so quick that it flies over the head of the recipient. There are some good parts to it, those that felt more cohesive, but […]