Film Reviews

War Dogs – Review

I haven’t had more fun at a movie in 2016 than I did while watching War Dogs. This movie is flat-out absurd, but that's totally fine because the true story upon which it’s based is even more so. War Dogs documents a brief time in the life of two young men who get swept up in arms dealing during the...

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Star Trek Beyond – Review

Through the 2009 reboot Star Trek and follow-up project Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams and Co. have successfully resurrected a larger-than-life sci-fi franchise for younger generations. The films have been beautiful and exciting, and at the new series’ core, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have been...

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Jason Bourne – Review

Hollywood has become so deeply preoccupied with rehashing old stories that a lot of sequels and reboots these days are unwanted. This is not the case with Jason Bourne. With Matt Damon back on board in the titular role and Paul Greengrass (who helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) directing,...

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Review

If there’s any movie this summer that can only be enjoyed by those who know what they’re getting into, it’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. If you’re expecting something particularly intelligent, you’re pretty much out of luck. And if for whatever reason you expect wholesome family fun, then I...

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Genius – Review

It’s easy to take a glance at Genius and think that it’s a movie made solely for legitimate literary scholars. This is the story of Max Perkins (Colin Firth), a brilliant editor who assisted some of America’s greatest writers, as he meets and begins working with Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). It includes...

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The Lobster – Review

There are a few key questions at the heart of The Lobster. How far would you go to find love? Do you really need to find love? What does it mean to make a connection with someone? These are fairly traditional topics in romance dramas and comedies (rest assured, The Lobster is both). But there’s one more...

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X-Men: Apocalypse – Review

X-Men: Apocalypse starts off looking more or less like Gods Of Egypt, which is to say you might start regretting your ticket purchase three minutes into the film. The opening sequence shows a glittering and ridiculous ancient Egypt in which a handful of mutants seem to be in charge. This is a necessary...

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Money Monster – Review

Five minutes into Money Monster I was worried George Clooney was losing it a little bit. A lot of great actors (looking at you Robert De Niro) seem to reach a point at which they start taking easy paychecks to do roles in which they humiliate themselves. And in those first few minutes, that’s what it looks...

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High-Rise – Review

Boy, what a strange film. I started High-Rise expecting the unexpected, because there’s not much out there that gives you a clear idea what, exactly, it is. Trailers were vague (though exciting) and plot synopses revealed little other than that it involved escalating tensions between the inhabitants of a...

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Captain America: Civil War – Review

If the first half of 2016 in cinema is to be defined by a clash between films about, well, clashes between superheroes, then we finally have what no one film actually gave us: a clear winner. Where Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice toiled through a messy script and drowned in its own presumed grandeur,...

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