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3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets

Faced with the mug shot-like poster of 3 ½’s main subject Jordan Davis, I was both anticipating and dreading watching this film. I have a love/hate relationship with true crime – the stories are gripping and ignite a voyeuristic thrill, but also inevitably centre around real tragedy. It can be a bit m...

8

Great

Star Trek Beyond

I walked into the cinema with a list of expectations: Kirk would kiss some alien girl Spock would be emotional Bones would yell at Spock Lens flares The last expectation, as expected, was fulfilled in the very first frame of the movie. However, since J. J. Abrams’ work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens as dir...

8

Great

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Like any reboot of a popular franchise, Ghostbusters garnered a lot of attention even before its first trailer. In a similar vein to last year’s Mad Max reboot, most of the commentary detracted from what could be an interesting conversation in favour of taking a detour through the 1950s to collectively wond...

7

I'm smiling

Ice Age: Collision Course

When I texted a friend to ask her if she wanted to come see Ice Age: Collision Course with me, her first reply was “What? There’s another Ice Age?”. Her reply made me laugh, but it didn’t surprise me. I remember seeing the very first installment of Ice Age in the cinema when I was six-years-old. I loved it,...

7

I'm smiling

A Month of Sundays

A Month of Sundays is charming, awkward, sweet, laugh-out-loud funny, and slow. In this Aussie film, real estate agent Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) is divorced, on less than favourable terms with his teenage son, unenthusiastic about his job, and to top it all off he receives a phone call from his recen...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

The fact that I left the theatre thinking “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is not really my cup of tea” pretty much proves I’m way too much of a prude to review this film fairly. With a history of ruining past family gatherings (rather spectacularly) , Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave Stangle (Zac Efron) receiv...

7.5

I'm smiling

Independence Day: Resurgence

It’s been 20 years since the original Independence Day hit the big screen and I still remember the impact it had on audiences, solidifying Will Smith’s future as an action hero with his iconic “Welcome to Earth” line as he sucker punched an alien right in its extraterrestrial face. I re-watched the original...

6.5

Good

Warcraft: The Beginning

In terms of games, Blizzard has racked up major success in titles such as Warcraft 3, the World of Warcraft and perhaps even in Valve’s departure from Warcraft’s custom map in DotA 2. But how does it fare on the silver screen? I have to admit that I was little afraid to find out even as Blizzard...

8

Great

Brooklyn Review

Eilis, an Irish immigrant, (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Emory Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Many romantic dramas draw you in with their grand gestures...

9

Flippin' great

Captain America: Civil War

I was not very excited to see Captain America: Civil War. I had almost convinced myself that I was over the superhero blockbuster thing. That it was just going to be another stream of action with a few one liners thrown in here and there. It’s not that I was totally wrong, it’s just that I was also far from...

8

Great

Hail, Caesar! Review

The one thing I didn’t like about the latest from Cohen Brothers is that I hadn’t been to see it sooner. While a glitzy cast including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum might put some film buffs off, Hail Caesar! instead reminds you why these actors are the big names. Because boy, can th...

5

Meh

Allegiant Review

Either Allegiant was a pretty average movie or I’m just getting tired of Dystopian future teen fiction (honestly never thought I would even consider that). It had all the right elements – strong female lead, bad guys, good guys, futuristic technology, romance, tough decisions, action… and yet it failed to g...

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