Spider-Man: Far from Home – Review

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4 STARS

Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori, Remy Hii, Cobie Smulders, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove

WARNING: Minimal spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame below. If you’ve not seen these movies yet, do so before continuing (if you’re bothered).

As the trailer for Spider-Man: Far from Home was released pre-Avengers: Endgame, it quickly became apparent that Peter Parker was going to survive the “blip”, the name given to Thanos’ “snap” that obliterated half of all life in the universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Now that the dust has more or less settled back into original form, FFH is the next and final stop of Phase 3, thus ending this chapter of the MCU, a.k.a the “Infinity Saga”. Is this movie a good end to this particular era? Was Spider-Man really the best guy for the job here? Could we have used a fresher face?

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Midsommar – Review

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4 STARS

Director: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter

It’s probably safe to say that it takes a lot to shock anyone when it comes to movies these days. High levels of gore and violence, explicit nude scenes, language that would once have had your gran threatening to wash mouths out with soap and much more is now rather par for the course. Thanks to the (arguably) visionary works of many filmmakers, we’re perhaps in danger of becoming numb to seeing and hearing things that we’d normally consider out of the ordinary in everyday life. Ari Aster is one such filmmaker, moving swiftly on from Hereditary to give his audience something that isn’t too far removed from his 2018 critical and commercial, if opinion-dividing, hit. Could Midsommar go the same way, or is it just too “out there”, even for a twenty-first century audience? And would it be such a bad thing if it were?

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Brightburn – Review

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4 STARS

Director: David Yarovesky
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Meredith Hagner, Matt Jones, Gregory Alan Williams, Emmie Hunter, Becky Wahlstrom

We’re currently in something of a Golden Age of superhero movies, with Marvel generally ruling the roost, DC in a not-so-close second, and all others bringing up the rear. More often that not, the superheroes win the day, albeit often suffering casualties and losses along the way. But what if someone whose destiny as a superhero didn’t play out in such a heroic way? This is the question asked through Brightburn, an alternative take on an origin story that closely resembles Superman’s. With plenty of input from comic book movie adaptation specialists™, the Gunn clan (written by Brian and Mark and produced by Brian, Mark and James), this movie was certainly in good hands, but does it deliver in the way the trailer promises: dark and somewhat foreboding, or is it not really a movie the world needs right now?

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What’s On – July 2019

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Although not quite so jam-packed with potential blockbusters, July is shaping up to be a huge month for releases overall, and certainly with something for everyone. From fiction to non-fiction, drama to action, comedy to romance and documentary to foreign language, virtually every cinematic taste has been catered for. If you find the weather getting too hot, or you’re just not the sunshine type, there ought to be plenty to keep you occupied and cool (providing your cinema has air conditioning) this summer.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Review

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Director: Simon Kinberg
Cast: James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee

As film franchises goes, the X-Men series has probably been one of the longest going, but that could all be about to change. With Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox and therefore all its rights (including X-Men film rights), the likelihood of a total reboot (probably to co-exist with the MCU) is higher than the possibility of continuing the current timeline. Dark Phoenix is the first X-Men movie to be released under the Disney umbrella, and possibly the last. With that in mind, is Dark Phoenix a decent way to wave goodbye to the X-Men we’ve come to know, or does it fizzle out the once-popular series?

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