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Justice League – Justice Is Not Served

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Runtime: 120mins | Director: Zack Snyder (Joss Whedon) | Rating: 2 Stars

Instead of getting to see the Justice League film which should have been made - a glorious culmination of yet another fantastic comic-based Cinematic Universe and its characters - I was instead ‘treated’ to a screening of ‘The Injustice League’ which stars all your favourite disappointments; Zack Snyder, Chris Terrio, Charles Roven and a surprise cameo from Joss Whedon (I can only assume David Ayer was too busy to make it this time – he wasn’t missed).
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of why Justice League was abysmal and why you shouldn’t waste your money on it, I first feel it’s important to clear one thing up – I like DC. I’m not a ‘Marvel fan-boy’ who regardless of whether the film was good or not would have lambasted it. I’m simply incredibly disappointed, and quite frankly, bored of being let down by this horrible excuse for a Cinematic Universe.
Man of Steel I didn’t actually have too much issue with – Ye…

Paddington 2 – Un-Bear-lievably Enjoyable

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Runtime: 95mins | Director: Paul King | Rating: 5 Stars

Whilst this review may not be the longest I’ve written, it’s in line with the tone of Paddington 2 - uncomplicated, yet extremely enjoyable. Having recently written reviews on films such as Blade Runner 2049, Battle of the Sexes, and Loving Vincent, it’s nice to finally be able to write a review on a film which doesn’t involve deep thinking, sustained attention or nuanced sub-plots. Paddington 2, instead, is an incredibly fun and amusing film which is as much of a pleasure for adults as it is the children they will presumably take. (Unless you’re like me, who went to see it regardless of not having a child. I’m still a big kid.)
Having seen the first Paddington instalment and fallen in love with it due to its humour, innocence and quintessentially British nature, I couldn’t resist attending its sequel. Unfortunately, though, the cynic in me assumed it could never have held a candle to its predecessor – how wrong I was. Being entire…

Advance Screening: Battle of the Sexes

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Runtime: 121mins | Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris | Rating: 3.5 Stars

When I started this blog, I promised myself I wouldn’t discuss politics. With all the insanity that is currently occurring in the world, I wanted this to be a space where people could forget the craziness for five minutes, read a film review, and escape for a bit. Saying that, however, I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of Battle of the Sexes in October, which given its topic, has made that a hard rule to stick to… (I promise I’ll go back to being politically neutral next week)
Given we are now in the year 2017 and the infamous Battle of the Sexes tennis match occurred in the 1970’s, it’s disappointing that women are still having to campaign and fight for the same rights which most rational people would agree should be a given – namely, equal pay for the same job held by a male counterpart. Unfortunately, with people such as Donald Trump in the world who seem to think it’s acceptable to brag …

Thor Ragna-Rocks

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Runtime: 130mins | Director: Taika Waititi | Rating: 5 Stars

Whether you’re a Marvel nerd (like me) who keeps up to date on even the most mundane of comic-related news, or simply a ‘casual viewer’, it’s fair to say almost everyone found the Thor films the weakest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until now, that is.
Thor: Ragnarok has taken all the best elements of the Cinematic Universe and rolled them into one, and this is primarily down to the eccentric genius of Taika Waititi, the director. Anyone who has come across him before or has watched any form of an interview with him will know how quirky he is, and this was exactly the injection of insanity the Thor films needed.
To any die-hard fans’ delight, the film merges both the Ragnarok and Planet Hulk storylines – Thor (Chris Hemsworth), after finding himself enslaved on a planet called, Sakaar, is forced into Gladiatorial combat with none other than The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) under the instruction of the planet’s insane dictator, T…