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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Overall, I enjoyed this sequel to my second-favourite movie of all time, Blade Runner (1982). Amazingly, it does feel like the same world set 30 years later. The melancholy tone, futuristic ideas, production design, cinematography, and synthesizer music score are all here, which was a huge relief. This is the real triumph of the film; it could have easily been a train wreck. The story itself, developed by Ridley Scott and original writer Hampton Fancher, is all right, considering it…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★½

    Apeocalypse Now, anyone?

    This is how you make a popcorn monster movie, i.e. the old fashioned way. Set up a basic storyline with unique characters who have clearly defined motives, cast attractive leads (Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson), add comic relief, and most importantly, show the fucking monsters! It couldn't be simpler, but Hollywood has gotten it wrong so many times: Pacific Rim, Peter Jackson's bloated King Kong remake, both Godzilla borefests, Monsters*...the list goes on. Another plus for this movie…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Everything old is new again.

    Writers J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have essentially rebooted the Star Wars franchise. The Force Awakens: Episode 7 is being marketed as a sequel to Return of the Jedi, but all they've done is recycled the story for A New Hope with the same plot devices and same character roles. Abrams has done for Star Wars what he did for those horrible Star Trek movie reboots he made recently: tweaked the story, cast fresh young…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★

    Here's the third and best X-Men Wolverine movie, and the second from director James Mangold. Set in 2029, Logan is an adaptation of the Marvel comic book series Wolverine: Old Man Logan. Hugh Jackman aka "Huge Action" once again stars in the lead role, but as you can guess, this is a different Wolverine compared to previous X-Men outings. In fact, the whole film is a radical departure for Twentieth Century Fox, who mounted this production as a US R-rated…