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The Great Wall: Clunky but Original & Refreshing with a Subtle Max Brooks Influence [Review]

This week it was either the 146 minute long A Cure For Wellness or the much shorter The Great Wall.  Naturally I gravitated towards the film that had Matt Damon and monsters, which sounds like a very appealing combination to me.  Apparently (according to Wikipedia) this was released in China a few months back and then finally released here.  From what I gather it wasn’t all that critically acclaimed, here or in China (at the time I saw it, Rotten Tomatoes gave it 40%) but did it really deserve that rating? Continue reading The Great Wall: Clunky but Original & Refreshing with a Subtle Max Brooks Influence [Review]

The Lego Batman Movie: Hilarious, Brilliant & Gorgeous. A Treat to Watch [Review]

This week I saw The Lego Batman Movie.  Lego Batman was my favorite part of the Lego Movie and he’s my favorite Batman too. He’s so funny!   I was a little worried about taking the comedic relief of an already funny movie and giving it a full feature film.  Often that doesn’t turn out – just look at ‘Minions’.  But The Lego Batman Movie turned out pretty good.

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A Dog’s Purpose: Warm & Moving But All The Best Stuff Was in The Trailer [Review]

This week I went to see A Dog’s Purpose.  I just wasn’t up for watching Milla Jovovich fight her way across yet another zombie stuffed wasteland.  Again.  But f I’m being honest, I have to tell you – the ‘feel good movie’ is not one my preferred genres.  I prefer movies that make me think instead of just going for the Feels.  I might not be the best person to review A Dog’s Purpose so let me just say upfront that the other people in the theater thought it was wonderful and I thought it was pretty good. Continue reading A Dog’s Purpose: Warm & Moving But All The Best Stuff Was in The Trailer [Review]

xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Charming with So Much Energy & Enthusiasm [Review]

This week it was either Split or xXx and since multiple-personality plots annoy me and I still haven’t quite forgiven M. Night Shyamalan (despite the excellent The Visit, last year) so it had to be xXx: Return of Xander Cage.  I was not optimistic.  The first xXx was 14 years ago and was just a couple years after Pitch Black, my favorite Vin Diesel film.  Could this new instalment measure up to the original and would it be worth watching?   Continue reading xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Charming with So Much Energy & Enthusiasm [Review]

Monster Trucks: Great CGI & Watching Trucks Scale a Building is a Hoot [Review]

Oh January movies.  I always mean to take January off but I went and saw Monster Trucks anyway.  It’s directed by Chris Wedge, who directed the Ice Age movies.  I have to admit, I am not the ideal audience for this film; it was not made for me.  But I’m feeling well disposed to Monster Trucks, despite its flaws, because it had an original premise and completely delivered on it.  If you’ve seen the trailer, it’s exactly what is says on the tin – it’s Monster Trucks with Real Monsters.

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Underworld Blood Wars: Vampires vs Lycans, The supernatural Throwdown is Still Awesome [Review]

The only film to come to our little Canadian Village this week was Underworld:  Blood Wars, so I went to see it.  I’m glad I did.  The Underworld series is right in my wheelhouse:  I love the supernatural action films, especially when it’s monster-on-monster and the good guys are also monsters.  And the theater was packed for this one too, I hadn’t realized the Underworld series had such a following.  But turns out writer Cory Goodman had also worked on The Last Witch Hunter (which I loved) so it makes sense this would resonate. Continue reading Underworld Blood Wars: Vampires vs Lycans, The supernatural Throwdown is Still Awesome [Review]

Mark’s Most Remarkable Films of 2016: Zootopia, Arrival & Sausage Party

It’s time to look back through the movies of 2016 and, awards-show style, pick the most remarkable films in a variety of categories.   A couple rules: only films I’ve reviewed are qualified and only one film can be nominated for each category, for… reasons.  I’ll present you the nominations first, then the winners after, with a runner-up in every category.  See if you can guess. Continue reading Mark’s Most Remarkable Films of 2016: Zootopia, Arrival & Sausage Party

Assassin’s Creed: Visually Rich but Badly in Need of a Re-write [Review]

I could see one movie to review this week and the choice came down between Assassin’s Creed and Sing.  One of these had already been given substantially lower viewer ratings than the other but it has also been given Michael Fassbender, one of the most handsome men ever.  The choice was obvious.  And for those of you facing a similar choice, I am here to tell you – Michael Fassbender spends an unnecessarily large amount of screen time without a shirt and because of that I enjoyed this show a lot more than I otherwise would have. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed: Visually Rich but Badly in Need of a Re-write [Review]