Room (2015)

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy.

Direcor: Lenny Abrahamson

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Written for the screen by Emma Donoghue, the author who wrote this gut wrenching story, Room follows a mother, Joy (Larson), and her young son, Jack (Tremblay), as he experiences the world for the first time after they’re both released from captivity from Old Nick, who kidnapped Joy 7 years ago.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie T. Usher, William Fichtner.

Director: Roland Emmerich

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It’s 20 years after the events that took place in the first film, Independence Day, and after humanity has had time to rebuild and prepare, the aliens have decided to, well, have a resurgence, and they’re back, bigger than ever. It’s 2016 and since the first attack the survivors trained their youth to fight, and had 20 years to plan. But somehow, that’s not good enough. The Earth Space Defense are brought into panic mode when a bigger, badder mothership touches down over the Pacific Ocean.

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Sorry guys, university has been the death of me this semester. I’ve finished all of my assessment pieces, and I’m back! Reviews on the reg., I promise. Thanks for sticking by.

 

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lucas Till, Ben Hardy, and Rose Byrne. Phew.

Director: Bryan Singer.

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The third entrance to the new-wave of X-Men films is a bit of a mixed bag. I really enjoyed it, but there’s no denying it’s quite dense, and a little messy. It goes off with a bang, where we first meet Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen in ancient Egypt (Who is the blonde? Because she is a totally sick mutant and I want more of her). It’s a strong start, and gets you amped for what’s to come. And then, we’re back in the eighties, as per the formula of new-decade-per-movie thing the reboot is doing. And whilst it still has some strong points, it starts to fade from then on.  Continue reading

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach, Sheridan Smith.

Dirctor: Cedric Nicholas-Troyan.

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I was hyped for this movie. A quiet fan of the first film of the franchise, Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), I was down to see more dark fairy tales, riddled with great CGI, stellar action, and costumes to die for. The trailer sets you up for a prequel, as Ravenna (Theron) and her newly morally-misguided sister Freya (Blunt) fight for their right to rule the kingdom, as the titular Huntsman, Eric (Hemsworth) and new lady Huntsman, Sara (Chastain), have epic training montages and conspire against the royals. Except, this is only part prequel, mostly sequel. Which, quite frankly, dashed all hopes of a good story. The trailer literally says, “discover the story that came before”. If you’re looking to do that, don’t bother here. It’s narrated by Liam Neeson, for gods sake.  Continue reading

Midnight Special (2016)

Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaden Lieberher, Adam Driver.

Director: Jeff Nichols.

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The film has a pretty neat plot at the crux of it: a father, Roy (Shannon), desperately hides his son Alton (Lieberher), as they’re on the run from the Government, and the Ranch- a cult-of-sorts of which Roy and Alton used to belong. Knowing this, I felt like it was similar to Stephen King’s Firestarter, but then the story gets fleshed out with more detail. Then, it becomes a little too vague. I say cult-of-sorts, because it’s not exactly said. I say on the run, but they’re also trying to get to an undisclosed location. For what, I’m still not sure- I mean I saw it, it was apparently prophesied, but what was it? And as for why? Alton has special powers. What kind of special, I don’t entirely know. Continue reading

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, hundreds more.

Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo.

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The MCU has reached its discernible peak. It’s hit the balance: the little punches of humor we’ve come to expect from Marvel, now muddled in with a much darker, more serious tone. Rather than a sense of impending doom hanging overhead a la Avengers 2, there’s a sense of tension, and cracks start to show between the relationships which were once so strong. Continue reading