Author: Ben Nietzel

Justice – Is League justice served?

Justice League brings together most of DC’s major heroes to stop a global threat. Pro – Getting better Let’s be clear from the jump. Justice League is a true improvement on the mess that was Batman v. Superman. While that might seem like faint praise, it shouldn’t. DC seems to have learned their lesson and injected some badly needed levity and humor into their grim, dark universe. The new characters Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg are a welcome breath of fresh air. All three of these heroes are likeable and bring something to the table, with Jason Momoa’s Aquaman...

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Kingsman: the Golden Circle

The opening scene of the super spy flick Kingsman: The Golden Circle is action-packed, really cool, and patently ridiculous.  This sets the pattern for the whole film. Pro – Great action The action sequences in Kingsman: The Golden Circle are fantastic. Right from the start, the set pieces are innovative, original, and well shot. The afore-mentioned opening scene has a great car chase with as much breakneck action happening in the car as outside it. As with all good spy movies, the gadgets just add to the mix. Electric whips, bulletproof umbrellas, and designer briefcase machine guns all enhance...

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The Dark Tower: Smaller than you expect

The Dark Tower brings Stephen King’s beloved world of the Gunslinger and The Man In Black to life. Pro – Characters welcome The Dark Tower assembles a great cast of actors to bring the characters of the film to life. Idris Elba is great as Roland the Gunslinger.  e brings a real presence to the role with his brooding, minimalistic style. It would have been easy for the film to look corny, especially in the New York City parts, but Elba has a swagger and coolness factor that make it work. I haven’t really cared much for Matthew McConaughey...

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Movie review: Baby Driver: A nice getaway

Pro – Fresh feeling To be clear, Baby Driver isn’t full of new stuff. In fact, in many ways it’s an homage to a lot of classic movie tropes. Despite that, it feels fresh and new. Maybe it’s because there’s no spandex or the fact that it’s not based on a beloved 1980s IP, but whatever the cause, Baby Driver feels different. Stripped from the confines of a world-threatening plot device or the baggage of two, four, or even seven previous franchise films, it has the space to breathe and be its own thing. It’s refreshing in its scope....

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Transformers: The Last Knight: We hope so

Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth installment in Michael Bay’s alien robot saga. Con – Beauty is skin deep There is a scene early in the film in which a giant, robotic T-Rex regurgitates a police car it wasn’t supposed to eat. It is, at the same time, visually stunning and completely idiotic. It’s a perfect microcosm of this film. Welcome to Transformers: The Last Knight. Visually, this movie is amazing, though it has to be said, the frenetic pace of every scene means sometimes the viewer simply can’t process all the cool things happening on the screen....

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