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[March 14, 2019 | No Comment | ]

Marvellously Middle-of-the-road
Captain Marvel (2019) is the story of a human woman living her life under the name Vers (Brie Larson) who is unaware of her personal history. She’s a member of an elite galactic military unit called Star Force on the Kree alien home world Hala. A warrior, she possesses a unique superpower: destructive plasma-charged fists which she can light up and shoot at will. Yet she can’t remember her childhood or early adult life back on earth. The blue-skinned Kree, under the supervision of her Star Force team leader …

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[March 7, 2019 | No Comment | ]

Fire-breathing family fun
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third film in the animated How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, wraps up the loose ends for Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Astrid (America Ferrera), and the dragon-loving Vikings of Berk. It also provides a satisfying conclusion to the story of Toothless the dragon, Hiccup’s trusty black-coloured Night Fury, and the plight of the beleaguered hunted dragons.
This installment opens with Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and assorted friends and dragons rescuing a group of dragons trapped by opportunistic warlords and returning them …

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[March 6, 2019 | No Comment | ]

This review contains spoilers
Seeing Through Glass
Glass (2019) is part three in a film trilogy by writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. This is the trilogy few expected to happen. Shyamalan gained notoriety as a filmmaker with The Sixth Sense (1999) and its clever twist ending and followed up his success with Unbreakable (2000) the first film in this trilogy. The trick with The Sixth Sense (1999) was that the audience didn’t know it was watching a ghost story until the end. In the same way audiences didn’t know Unbreakable was a superhero …

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[January 3, 2019 | No Comment | ]

Not So Serious: Aquaman Charts a New Course for DC
Aquaman is the story of Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) the son of a lighthouse keeper, Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison), and an Atlantean princess, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), who must come to terms with his royal lineage and, for the good of the whole world, fight to claim his rightful place on the throne of Atlantis. To do so Aquaman, with the help of Atlantean princess and love interest Mera (Amber Heard), must find the ancient and powerful Trident of the greatest king …

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[December 13, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Fatherhood rings true
Reaching a goal, like becoming boxing’s World Heavyweight Champion, isn’t always enough. Creed II (2018) continues the story of Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). He is the son of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers)—the result of an adulterous relationship—who, with the help of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Apollo’s boxing rival, eventual trainer and friend, gains notoriety in the ring without using his father’s name. He eventually accepts the Creed name and legacy and fights as Adonis Creed. One of the strongest themes of the first Creed (2015) film was …

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[November 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Losing the magic
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) is the second Harry Potter prequel by director David Yates under the Fantastic Beasts title penned for the screen by J.K. Rowling. It continues the story started in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) which introduced audiences to the character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a mild-mannered wizard and cryptozoologist with an interest in mythical and fantastical magical beasts who reluctantly finds himself drawn into a byzantine plot to stop the dangerous Voldemort-esque Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Rowling and Yates set …

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