Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: Dino Sequel Darker, Scarier, and More Thrilling

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3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) I am baffled by the critical reception to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Sitting at an unbelievable 51% critics rating on Rottentomatoes.com, reviewers are claiming this entry is stale, unimaginative, and lacking the magic of its predecessors.  I completely disagree with those criticisms and believe the film actually improves the series by being darker, scarier, and Continue Reading

Infinity War: Mega Marvel Team-Up Should Thrill Fans, Confuse All Others

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4 out of 5 stars (one of the best in its series) Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the past 10 years of superhero movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Fans of the franchise will laugh and cry as their favorite heroes go up against the toughest foe they’ve ever encountered, while non-fans will wonder what all the fuss is about.  Essentially, this is a movie for the devotees of this Continue Reading

Deadpool 2: Silly Sequel is Surprisingly Dark, Relentlessly Juvenile

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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

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

“Out of the Shadows”: Half-Shelled Sequel Should Entertain Kids

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is a surprising (if only minor) improvement over its 2014 predecessor. The tone is light, the turtles are more fun, and the characters frequently point out the ridiculousness of their situations (at one point, a Knicks player comments on having pizza on his Nikes).  The sexualization of April Continue Reading

“Civil War”: The Ultimate Marvel Movie

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4 out of 5 stars (one of the best in its series) Captain America: Civil War is the definition of an event film. All of your favorite Marvel heroes (sans Thor and Hulk) choose sides in a battle of ideologies as well as personal demons.  The action is great, the writing is mature, and the performances are highly memorable (especially from Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, once again showcasing their dramatic Continue Reading