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Friday, 27 May 2016 21:16

X-Men: Apocalypse' a bit X-cessive

Latest X-movie uneven, but still entertaining

The X-Men have had a bumpy ride on the big screen. The first 'X-Men' was a huge part in kickstarting the renaissance of now-ubiquitous superhero movies. However, the franchise took a nosedive with its third installment, necessitating a reboot with 2011's excellent 'Days of Future Past' and 2014's solid follow-up 'Days of Future Past.'

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Friday, 27 May 2016 21:13

Alice shouldn't live here anymore

'Alice Through the Looking Glass' a dull, dispirited mess

Sometimes, a sequel happens whether or not anyone really wants it to. A movie's success can be such that returning to the well simply cannot be avoided no matter how bad an idea that might prove to be.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 12:26

The Nice Guys' finish first

Buddy comedy an entertaining throwback

If you've watched and enjoyed any sort of action-oriented buddy comedy over the past three decades, you owe a debt of gratitude to Shane Black. Black's screenplay for 'Lethal Weapon' back in 1987 essentially defined that particular style; things have shifted and evolved in the 30 years since, but the basic DNA is still there.

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'Sorority Rising' a rehash, but not without its own crass charms

Here in the summer season, we talk a lot about the relative necessity of sequels; we see plenty of them during this segment of the cinematic calendar, after all. To be clear, this isn't about franchise-building. This is about sequels to films that, while successful to some degree, don't appear to really invite revisiting.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:26

Winter's bore The Huntsman: Winter's War'

Unnecessary sequel an ill-conceived, uninteresting misfire

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:11

Cops and robbers The Trust'

Film features inconsistent narrative, weird performances

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:42

Jackie Robinson' goes deep

Ken Burns documentary a thorough portrait

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:32

Welcome to the Jungle'

'The Jungle Book' a triumph of CGI storytelling

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:30

A not-so-smooth Criminal'

Action thriller fails to move beyond genre trappings

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Latest installment of YA adaptation a dull, derivative mess

As we all know by now, young adult fiction can serve as the source material for some big money film franchises. One of the now-standard quirks of these series is the division of the final book into two separate films all the better to create an additional opportunity to cash in.

The 'Hunger Games' might have finally come to a merciful conclusion, but hey if you're looking for a less interesting knock-off version featuring a thinner plot and weaker performances, perhaps I can interest you in the 'Divergent' series.

The latest in the series is 'Allegiant,' based on part of the third book in Veronica Roth's trilogyand it definitely feels like it. Even in a genre that consists almost entirely of increasingly diminishing returns, the drop-off in these films has proved shockingly steep.

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