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Director: Luc Besson Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman Running Time: 137 mins


There’s a great chase sequence near the beginning of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in which the characters exist simultaneously in two alternate dimensions. One a colorful, expansive and beautiful looking desert world filled with wide-eyed consumers; the other an over-packed, messy and dangerous market planet, where the possibility of adventure (or disaster) lies around every corner. Much like this inter-dimensional marketplace, the film seems to exist in two separate states at once. And, much like the characters, viewers will likely find themselves torn between the two. Valerian is awful. But it’s also kind of amazing. And damn if it’s not great to look at!Read more…

Director: James Gunn  Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kurt Russell  Running Time: 136 mins


Living up to the first Guardians Of The Galaxy was always going to be a daunting task. Based on a largely unknown bunch of characters from the pages of Marvel comics, the first film was an insanely successful surprise hit that caught audiences off guard in the best possible way with its unique brand of humour, adventure, sci-fi thrills, and breakout characters. Sure the trailers looked good, but nobody knew quite what to make of it until they sat down in the theatre and had their proverbial minds blown.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2, arriving on a wave of expectation and hype, has the unenviable task of trying to recapture that magic. And honestly, although it can’t quite match the surprise impact and originality of its predecessor, it still gives it one hell of a good shot. This film is absolutely tons of fun – expanding on the scale, humour, and unique quirks of the first film, while aiming to dig a bit deeper into the characters and their own separate corner of the Marvel universe.Read more…

Directed by: Justin Kurzel Starring: Michael Fassbender,  Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson Running Time: 116 mins


Video game to film adaptations don’t have a great track record. With a solid cast, an exciting premise, and a promising director on board Assassin’s Creed aimed to change all that. Those involved claimed they would be giving us the world’s first truly great video game movie. Like Warcraft earlier in 2016 however, which promised to pull off a similar feat, Assassin’s Creed completely fails to hit the mark. The best that can be said is that it’s not an absolute train-wreck – the film does have a certain amount going for it, and manages to entertain in fits and starts – but mostly Assassin’s Creed is just kind of boring.Read more…

Directed by: Morten Tyldum  Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen  Running Time: 116 mins


Passengers is not the nice romantic sci-fi film you’ve been led to believe. What’s disconcerting is that it thinks it is. Thanks to a horribly misguided plot development in the first act of the movie Passengers is a film so far from what it wants to be that it’s staggering to imagine how anyone involved thought it was a good idea. Not only is this plot development completely unnecessary, it unintentionally transforms the whole thing into a profoundly uncomfortable experience.

Fair warning to all here, it’s going to be kind of impossible to discuss the film’s issues without stating what this plot development entails, so rather than continuing to talk in circles, let it be known there are spoilers ahead!

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Director: Nate Parker Starring: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union Running Time: 120 mins


There’s a very interesting film to be made about the story of Nat Turner, the literate slave who lead a violent rebellion in the Deep South in 1831, killing over 60 people. This is not that film.

The Birth Of A Nation is never anything more than an okay movie aspiring to greatness. It is uneven in tone and pacing, overly simplistic in its point of view, and fairly ham-fisted in parts. There are moments that really hit home, but while the film is dealing with incredibly shocking and inherently powerful subject matter, it is never truly as powerful as it wants to be.

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Well this doesn’t look all that promising…

Starring the ever lovable Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the reasonably entertaining Zac Efron, this updated film version of the ‘classic’ hit TV Show Baywatch adds a distinctly comedic twist to proceedings. Understandably so – the original was an incredibly cheesy 90’s slice of weekly rescue action meets soap-opera melodrama. This new film is clearly aiming to capitalize on the success of another recent classic series adaptation, 21 Jump Street.

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Directed by: Clint Eastwood Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn Running Time: 96 mins


There are a few questions hanging over Sully. Chief among them being, did this really need to be made into a film?

Based on the true story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” – an event that happened less than a decade ago that will undoubtedly be fairly fresh in many viewers’ minds – what can this Clint Eastwood-directed adaptation bring to the story? Can it justify its existence and create a compelling narrative? The answers are not all that positive.

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Directed by: Mark Waters Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks Running Time: 92mins


Bad Santa 2 opens with our lead character sticking his head in an oven, attempting to kill himself by way of ‘inert gas asphyxiation’. Set thirteen years after the original film Bad Santa, Willie Soke (played by the ever-watchable Billy Bob Thornton) is no longer enjoying the happy ending he seemingly achieved at the conclusion of the previous installment. His life has become a living nightmare of alcoholism, loneliness, despair and banal repetition. He sees fit to end it all lest he be subjected to any more of life’s countless tortures.

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Directed by: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Colin Farrell Running Time: 133 mins


For those not in the know Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the latest installment in J.K. Rowling’s highly successful and ever expanding wizarding world – a spin off of Harry Potter, intended by the good folk at Warner Brothers as a means of providing a whole new lease of life for the series; a franchise grown from a textbook that exists in the novels, and a prequel of sorts. Got it? Ok, so depending on how you feel about all that, and your level of cynicism regarding the nature of movie studio cash-grabs, you may be glad to know the film is actually a rousing success.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an extremely fun and compelling adventure. One that injects a bit more of an exciting blockbuster feel to proceedings, while still maintaining the boundless imagination, heart and magic of its predecessors.Read more…

Directed by: Gavin O’Connor Starring: Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Jon Berenthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow Running Time: 128 mins


The Accountant is a bit of an odd mixture of a movie. It sells itself as a smart, stylish, accounting based espionage thriller. Despite such lofty aspirations however, The Accountant is essentially just a big dumb action movie; the kind where characters spout cheesy one-liners to no one in particular before doing something cool. It would have been best to embrace that, but the film can’t seem to decide what kind of movie it wants to be – tongue-in-cheek action movie or serious thriller – it tries to be both, but never fully commits to or succeeds at being either. More “John Wick” than “Jason Bourne”, The Accountant still manages to provide plenty of thrills and (unintentional) laughs along the way.

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