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    Lighting Strikes again for DC & Warner Bros with SHAZAM!

    It is not a shock that some may think that, on the whole, Marvel Comics tends to surpass DC Comics in terms of quality, especially when it comes to their cinematic endeavors in recent years. The DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU) has only had one notably good film with Wonder Woman. I cannot speak to the quality of Aquaman as I have not seen it, but the mass majority agree that, while not horrendous, it was definitely a slight step down in quality. With all of that said, I am happy to report that DC’s newest release, Shazam, is not only good as it surpassed Marvel’s latest release, Captain Marvel, but…

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    Captain Marvel soars

    Just as the sun shall rise in the morning and the snow shall fall in winter, there will always be another Marvel film to entertain us and ever since the visceral gut punch that was Avengers: Infinity War, fans have been clamoring for another dose of MCU goodness. Captain Marvel is another addition to Marvel’s ever-growing roster of colorful, crowd-pleasing blockbusters that we seem to get a double dose of every calendar year. On that note, ‘colorful’ and ‘pleasing’ are definitely the two adjectives that best describe its latest addition: Captain Marvel. The character of Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson, is one that comic book fans have wanted to…

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    Creed 2 is an emotional GUT PUNCH

    The Rocky films hold a very special place in my heart, they were a staple of my home while growing up. From the endlessly quotable lines, to the fight scenes,  to the undeniable sense of inspiration that comes from them, the Rocky Films range from cinematic gold to guilty pleasures. Rocky IV, which this film is following up on, being the height of mid glorious 1980s cinematic shlock!   When I went into the first Creed film I was extremely skeptical, but two hours later I was floored by what a well crafted and well executed film it was. So when the sequel was slated to be released this year…

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    Blade Runner 2049, A Solid Sequel That Makes You Feel & Think (Review)

    After seeing “Blade Runner 2049” directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, I am still pondering many questions. That seems to be the mark of the “Blade Runner” films: never giving you all of the answers. Having just watched the original 1982 classic myself, I can tell you that this film can most definitely call itself a true sequel and, in my opinion, a successful one. “Blade Runner 2049” tells the story of K, played by Ryan Gosling, one of a new breed of obedient Replicants (artificially created humanoids), who is filling the role of a Blade Runner, a replicant hunter, in the year 2049. He stumbles across a…

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    British spy thriller less than thrilling

    Whether it be Ali G, Borat or Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s movies are defined by their characters.  The main character of “The Brothers Grimsby,” a 2016 film directed by Louis Leterrier, is Nobby, played by Cohen, a potbellied, working-class buffoon who lives the poor Englishman’s dream with his nine rowdy kids, with names such as Skeletor, Django Unchained and Stella Artois, and his lovely wife.  Nobby is disgusting, rowdy and irresponsible yet loving and good intentioned. He might be “low class,” but he is very human. The idea of this character had the potential to be great, but the film does not take sufficient satirical risks as Cohen’s other films…