Deadpool 2: Silly Sequel is Surprisingly Dark, Relentlessly Juvenile

Deadpool 2 poster

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Deadpool 2 is the first disappointment of 2018.  With a genius marketing campaign, hilarious trailers, and the prospect of seeing our favorite foul-mouthed antihero again, I was ready to dive head-on into this Pool.  Sadly, Deadpool 2 is a needlessly darker and sophomoric outing that emphasizes violent action over clever wit, making for a film that Continue Reading

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A Super Sequel with Brains

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Poster

4 out of 5 stars (one of the best in its series) Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a prime example of how to do a sequel right.  It builds on everything that was good about its predecessor while still being a solid standalone movie.  I also applaud the inclusion of pointed political commentary that actually feels like it was researched and understood by the screenwriters before it was placed in the Continue Reading

Spidey’s Homecoming A Funny Throwback to 80’s Teen Films

Spider-Man Homecoming poster

3.5 out of 5 stars (Above Average) I am getting tired of reboots.  Though some have been successful (The current Planet of the Apes franchise is consistently entertaining), many reboots serve only as ways for studios to make easy money off of a well-known property, with little regard for the quality of said film as long as it gets solid returns.  However, Spider-Man Homecoming is not another run-of-the-mill Continue Reading

X-plosions Abound in Newest Installment of Marvel Franchise

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3 out of 5 stars (average) Despite the seriousness of its title, “X-Men: Apocalypse” is one of the goofier entries in the ongoing franchise of films centering on the X-Men, a group of super powered people lead by Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) as they fight oppression from fearful humans as well as Xavier’s old friend Magneto (Michael Fassbender).  This time around, the mutants must defeat a villain Continue Reading

“Suicide Squad”: 5 Things DC’s First Team-Up Movie Must Do To Succeed

Suicide Squad poster

After dealing with less-than-stellar box office figures for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film division of DC Comics is in some seriously burning hot water.  After spending an estimated $800 million on BVS, Warner Brothers has been watching their collective dream$ go down the toilet as their supposed juggernaut was taken out of first place this weekend by Melissa McCarthy’s highly criticized comedy The Continue Reading

Marvel’s New Film Not Fantastic, But It’s No Failure

Fantastic Four 2015 Poster

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) Note: My thoughts on this film (often stylized as Fant4stic) have changed dramatically since this review.  Today, I completely agree with the majority opinion: the characters are weak, the tone is overly dour, and the film completely lacks a second act due to studio meddling.  Today, I would likely give it 1.5 out of 5 stars (one of the worst of the year).  I don't know what Continue Reading