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Suicide Squad Fans Declare War On Rotten Tomatoes

Warner Bros. and DC’s attempts to emulate the runaway success of Marvel’s shared cinematic universe have been uneasy, to say the least. The controversy and divisiveness of Man of Steel was only exacerbated by the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with fans either loving or despising the efforts of Zack Snyder, very often rallying to battle each ...

Suicide Squad Review

There is a hell of a lot of pressure riding on Suicide Squad, especially with Warner Bros.’ previous two efforts to kick start their DC Extended Universe striking out with critics and at the box office (relative to Marvel). Can Suicide Squad build upon the world conceived in Man of Steel and help boost this shared universe before the Justice ...

Jason Bourne Review

Nine years after the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise, seeking to rescue it from the mediocrity of The Bourne Legacy, and reintroduce Jason Bourne as a stalwart of the modern action genre. There’s a lot of expectation from audiences, with the hope that the self-titled Jason Bourne can live up ...

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

Ghostbusters has had more than its fair share of controversy in the run up to its debut in cinemas, and remaking a classic film was always going to draw ire from fans, but the fire was stoked when it was announced that this un-wanted remake was to introduce an all female line up of ghostbusters, with the flames being fanned by a flat, debut trailer that went on to become the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube. With so many factions willing it the fail, the odds were stacked against Ghostbusters, but can this iteration rise from the ashes of its marketing campaign to become the surprise hit of the summer?

There’s promise within Ghostbusters’ first 20 minutes, with hauntings and spooky apparitions bringing together our four new lead characters, as we discover their distinctive personalities that seem sure to entertain and carry this new team right to the credits. Unfortunately, none of our protagonists develop past their initial quirks, into relatable, well rounded characters. They are stubbornly one dimensional characters that can each be aptly described with a

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Jason Bourne: A Return to Glory?

Jason Bourne is back. These are words that herald the return of one of the greatest modern action trilogies that has graced our screens. It was a trilogy started by Doug Liman and further realised by Paul Greengrass, with the series improving exponentially with each instalment, culminating with The Bourne Ultimatum, a near perfect way to conclude Jason Bourne’s story. ...

Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition Review

When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released way back in March, it divided fans and was met with a negative critical reaction, with most critics citing its failures in storytelling, as well as the paper thin motivations that had our heroes kicking the hell out of each other. In response to its underwhelming reception, Warner Bros announced an ...

Justice League: We’re Really, Really Sorry

It would be unfair to describe Batman v Superman as a failure. Any film that grosses over $800 million is ridiculously successful, but within the context of today’s superhero movie fever, Zack Snyder’s second entry into the DC Cinematic Universe was underwhelming. Warner Bros would have been keen to breach the $1 billion mark and make a statement of intent ...

The Nice Guys Review

The buddy comedy has struggled to implement itself on a 21st Century audience, with only a few standouts that can rival the likes of Lethal Weapon, Blues Brothers and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. For Shane Black, director of The Nice Guys, crafting buddy comedies has become something of a niche talent, first bringing us the iconic Riggs and Murtaugh in ...

Rogue One Set For Summer Reshoots

First and foremost, it is important to remember not to panic. Reshoots are commonplace for big blockbuster films, with studios using their huge budgets to fix obvious plot issues, insert more action or just generally fix any problems that have been identified by studio executives in early cuts. Unlike independently funded projects, big blockbuster films aren’t just the sole vision ...

Brie Larson Eyed For Captain Marvel

There’s a lot of pressure on Captain Marvel. The film signifies the first female lead superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and the first solo female entry into a Marvel Cinematic Universe that is somewhat better defined as a complete sausage fest, with Marvel Studios taking a (long overdue) risk in an industry that has long shunned female driven projects. ...

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