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|64 50%||The Meg (2018) - Nov 09, 2018
"While The Meg sets itself up for the inexorable comparisons to Jaws, for me it managed to capture some of the spirit of Jurassic Park that the Jurassic World sequels sorely missed. That said, it's not a great movie nor a particularly memorable one, but it is a fun blockbuster that gets a few key things right. Statham is a reliable lead with a wry humour that works. Cai (the girl) is great. The film has cheesy sensibility but with enough heart to pull it off. A high-budget B-movie."
|79 94%||Incredibles 2 (2018) - Nov 04, 2018
"Incredibles 2 a success of a sequel that is a relevant as it is entertaining. The opening sequence draws you back into the world with a blend of nostalgia and action. The animation is what you expect from Pixar, though Dash and Violet seemed to have aged with the technology. The commentary present in the film requires more than a mini-review to dissect. While I do slightly prefer the 1st film, as it is more focused, this one lives up to the title (and the hype). The raccoon steals the show."
|60 23%||Skyscraper (2018) - Oct 31, 2018
"Skyscraper adds itself to the list of perfectly acceptable, relatively inoffensive, utterly mediocre, Rock "the Dwayne" Johnson films. Be prepared for a veritable buffet of obvious CGI, clichés that would make the 80's proud, unnecessary family scenes and a pat-yourself-on-the-back ending. The worst thing about this movie is that it is barely entertaining, which ironically is also the best thing about it."
|66 66%||Constantine: City of Demons (2018) - Oct 30, 2018
"Part 1: Good, though assumes you're familiar with the characters."
|61 27%||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013) - Oct 28, 2018
"Part 2 has a few more memorable moments compared to Part 1 though the story isn't as tight, and it still suffers from the overly bleak worldview. The Joker's end was good, as was the ending with BvS. The bullets, nuclear escalation, and many character attitudes are logically unresolvable; Commissioner Yindel seems to come straight from a machismo's fever dream. Mediocre at best."
|59 20%||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012) - Oct 28, 2018
"The Dark Knight Returns seems to be steeped in socio-political commentary to the point that the Batman story almost becomes redundant. Watching this for the 1st time in 2018, Miller's obvious support for the authoritarian is uncomfortable at best. The animation is dated but not bad. The Harvey Dent plot is an interesting character study, while the plot with the "mutants" feels weaker."
|65 59%||Sorry to Bother You (2018) - Oct 14, 2018
"Sorry to Bother You is a film with a great many concepts, floating between absurdist fun and socially commentative satire. The "white-voice" was clever, but executed with mixed results; Hardwick/Oswalt came off great, but Stanfield/Cross suffered from the dubbing issue. The combination of dark rooms, neon lights, and an unnerving soundtrack used during the "normal" segments didn't help make Standfield's Green any more sympathetic. Nor did the overuse of ancillary characters. Enjoyable overall."
|60 23%||Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017) - Oct 13, 2018
"This cinematic reboot plays on nostalgia yet still incorporates Pokémon beyond the first generation, resulting in a mixed bag. The animation was a step up from the original (cleaner, sharper, and more subtle in colour). I watched the English dub in which the dialogue was at times inane (but it's always been). The pacing is weird, seemingly rushing through the nostalgic moments and indulging the abstract ones. The plot is alright, albeit stuffed with moral takeaways and annoying contradictions."
|64 50%||Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) - Oct 08, 2018
"Soldado isn't necessarily bad, it's just thoroughly disappointing. Imagine a gritty, atmospheric film about a ruthless killer; now add a kid as the central part of the sequel... I'm just glad Terminator 2 turned out so well. Brolin and Del Toro carry the film, and Moner does an admirable job. The direction and production feel like an imitation of the first film, but aren't bad. What really lets this film down is the weaker screenplay; part propaganda, part inconsistent, and just not as engaging."
|72 81%||Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) - Oct 06, 2018
"As the 20th film in the MCU, Ant-Man and the Wasp manages to stave off the superhero fatigue for now. It's the first film that doesn't have an actual villain, positioning new characters as obstacles to a time-sensitive mission. In this way the film maintains the intensity we expect from the genre, with stakes that are more personal than world-ending. The entire cast is great. My only minor quip is the style, especially the jokes, seem to align too closely with the first film."