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JackRyan2014

Cinema Addict - 1006 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 17, 2014

Bio: 'When science shits the bed I'm the guy they call to change the sheets' - Rampage (2018)
'You're always sorry, Charles. And there's always a speech. And nobody cares' - Dark Phoenix (2019)

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Above 50 - Worth watching, to varying degrees
Under 50 - Not worth watching, to varying degrees

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51 52% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) - Aug 10, 2017
"Impressive spectacle with an imaginative in-depth world design that felt lived in. The plot was nonsense where the fairly interesting setup fizzled out and the ending sequence has the entire plot laid out in a leaden exposition dump. The two leads are miscast and have zero chemistry with each other. Uniformly wooden dialogue where the more characters spoke the worse the film became. At it's best is reminiscent of Star Wars or The Fifth Element, it's worst of Jupiter Ascending. Looks great though"
80 87% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Jul 14, 2017
"The Great Escape: Apes style. Slower and more introspective than expected. Caesar was the standout; lifelike and completely believable, created by layering photoreal CGI onto the motion captured performance of Andy Serkis. The main story was Caesar and his trusted Ape allies journeying but a surprising amount of time was set in a POW camp. Newcomer Bad Ape was great and brought some welcome levity. 'War' doesn't quite match the best parts of 'Dawn' but was more consistently engaging throughout"
51 52% Ghost in the Shell (2017) - Mar 31, 2017
"Amazing visual effects and a great soundtrack along with impressive costumes and world design mesh to create a striking aesthetic. It had some interesting ideas which weren't fully fleshed out and the Hanka bad guy was pretty rubbish. The arguments levelled about whitewashing/race-bending ended up addressed as a quite distasteful plot point. I liked the build up of the first 2/3rds but as the plot unfolded I started losing interest up to the meh ending. Overall however it was fairly enjoyable. "
80 87% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) - Sep 14, 2016
"Look fantastic with a mixture of photo-real CGI and well done stop motion. Great music and a really good story that deals with some dark material. My main problem is with the celebrity voice-acting which ranged from poor to merely okay with the exception of Kubo himself who was good. The beetle character strongly reminded me of Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story series and felt a bit out of place in this story. It's not quite up there with Coraline but I can't wait to see whats next from Laika"
90 95% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Jun 07, 2015
"Every shot perfectly framed. Beautiful to look at. Ralph Fiennes incredibly funny. Only downside was Edward Norton. He stood out from the widely varied cast as the weak link. Just didn't look as committed to his role as the other actors. "
60 62% Ready Player One (2018) - Mar 19, 2018
"A better title might be Reference: The Movie. This film has some notable issues; the characters are thinly sketched, some of the acting isn't great and a few of the big emotional or dramatic moments don't land. Despite this Ready Player One is great fun to watch. The action scenes are imaginative and well directed, the pacing doesn't let up and it is consistently engaging to watch. Surprisingly it's also really funny with a number of laugh out loud moments"
70 76% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - Apr 28, 2017
"Marvel's take on Star Wars with the ship helmed by Captain Kirk. It has a great soundtrack, a strong supporting cast, and impressive visual effects which were quite colourful. The final action scene was quite reminiscent of an end of game boss battle. There are plenty of jokes and most of them land but at times jokes were made at the expense of a dramatic moment and undercuts the impact. Although still connected it feels tangential to the MCU. Overall it's great fun and as good as the first film"
60 62% Aquaman (2018) - Dec 15, 2018
"The most consistently entertaining of the recent DC movies. Filled with well directed and clearly shot action and fight scenes with standout sequences in the Trench and Sicily that are exceptional. Plenty of stilted overly expositional dialogue along with too many jokes that don't land. Lots of colourful visual effects and bizarre creature designs but by the end the sheer amount of CGI feels overwhelming. Mamoa has fun as Aquaman with the swagger of a rock star performing at a sell-out concert. "
30 16% Allegiant (2016) - Jun 18, 2016
"You know what you're getting with this series. These Divergent films are not very good but I keep watching knowing this. I'll probably watch the next one, round out the fourth film in the trilogy. (Edit: Now that the final film is being turned into a TV movie this will stand as the last Divergent movie theatrically released, a poor note to end on)."
80 87% Logan (2017) - Mar 02, 2017
"Brutal and emotional, Logan is the best film in the X-men series. It poses the question what happens to Professor X and Wolverine as they grow old and provides a lived-in believeable near future setting to explore the answer. All three main characters were great but special mention to Patrick Stewart who was fantastic. It's a fitting send off to Hugh Jackman's last performance as Wolverine. "