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  • Alien
  • American Psycho
  • The Shining
  • Blade Runner 2049

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  • Old

    ★★★½

  • Joe Bell

    ★★½

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★½

  • Devil

    ★½

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  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★½

    It has become like clockwork for Paramount to reboot an 80's cartoon every few years in an attempt to revitalize the property, and while the live-action Transformers and TMNT both saw worldwide success in previous years, it seems that G.I. Joe is the only franchise to consistently see diminishing returns. The worldwide appeal of an invincible group of American soldiers may not be on the same level as a dinosaur robot or ninja turtle, but the fact that Snake Eyes:…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    M. Night Shyamalan has been a major influence in my path to becoming a filmmaker, and while his filmography is varied to say the least, his passion in developing original stories has cemented him as a true visionary, especially in a summer currently dominated by established properties. Old was in my top-five most anticipated films of the year from the moment it was announced, and while the potential of the story seemed endless, I also remembered how high-concept premises has…

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  • Joe Bell

    Joe Bell

    ★★½

    I cannot express how many times I felt like I had already watched Joe Bell, a drama that only manages to find inspiration in it's message as opposed to the uninspired execution on display. This is a film more focused on gaining award nominations than anything else, a passionless mish-mash of bittersweet and depressing imagery designed to make the audience believe what they are seeing carries genuine emotional weight. Instead, it devolves into a tired retread covering the bare minimum…

  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

    ★★

    I remember very vividly how Revenge of the Fallen had dominated the summer of 2009. Every shelf of my local toy store had been stocked with robots in disguise, and for a seven-year old me obsessed with Optimus Prime, it became a ritual to visit Darien Toy Box and look at all the action figures. There was a small section of the Hasbro aisle lined with G.I. Joe toys in preparation for Rise of Cobra, and although they sat among…

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    The original Space Jam was a definite product of it's time, and while I personally could not connect with it having grown up in the late 2000's, I can at least say that it seems to have come from a place of genuine creativity and the desire to entertain young fans of Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan. There has been an increasing pattern of films made with the singular objective to sell merchandise, and while something like The Lego Movie…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★½

    Black Widow is everything I expected it to be, which unfortunately was my biggest fear going into Cate Shortland's heavily delayed standalone film. The MCU was a huge part of my childhood growing up, and it is hard to believe that Scarlett Johansson has been in this role since I was nine-years old. Her journey from lonely assassin to becoming part of the Avengers family was a complex arc, and although the idea of a standalone feature seemed fascinating about…