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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Review

I think it is safe to say that the original Maleficent film is a bit of a mess. Not an entirely terrible one, but a mess all the same. The film didn’t exactly go through a production hell, but the original vision seems to have been scrapped a bit through editing and piles upon piles of revisions. Slap on a first-time director and a somewhat problematic screenwriter and you can see why reviews were somewhat mixed. And yet the film proved popular in the mainstream, bringing Angelina Jolie back into the public eye as well as heralding in the recent Disney live-action trend.  The film’s success even saw a sequel green lit by the mouse house, something that I, and many more questioned. How could they possibly do a sequel to a film that in of itself was something of a prequel? Well they did and honestly it’s pretty damn good. 

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Ad Astra (2019) Review

As a casual cinema goer, I am not often immediately drawn to the kind of films that just immediately scream Oscar bait. This does not mean that I have not seen any ever of course, but I do question how enjoyable the experience will be if its been lauded by critics and panned by average viewers. So to say that I was not interested in seeing Ad Astra is something of an understatement, and yet I have seen it. Given the chance to see the film in 4DX made me swallow my pride and embark on the cosmic journey, a journey that went on for eternity, a journey that I wish I had never travelled to begin with. 

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Ready or Not (2019) Review

After enjoying the shockingly delightful Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark, I thought that my horror movie options for 2019 were reaching their end. And with only a handful of films actually surprising me, I doubted I would see another one this year that would grab my attention. That was, until I had the pleasure of sitting down and enjoying the quirky gore of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not. A film that is both cutting in its dialogue as it is in its gore, which the film lovingly dishes out on. 

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Birds of Prey (2020) Trailer Review

So after what seems like years of waiting and anticipation, we have finally gotten our first full trailer for the new Birds of Prey movie. Or, as I like to call it, Harley Quinn – starring Harley Quinn, with additional puns and jokes by Harley Quinn (also some other chicks because bird puns). Yes, it seems that some worries have come to light with the release of this recent trailer, particularly the worry that this film would basically evolve into another solo platform for budding starlet, Margot Robbie. After bagging a producer role and wedging herself into a script that I’m pretty sure was meant to have Barbara Gordon as the protagonist, Robbie also stole the primary narrative of the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. And after dozens of gorgeous posters only showcasing Harley as the sole character, it has become clear that Robbie intends for this film to be all about her. 

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IT: Chapter Two (2019) Review

In one of my previous reviews, I jokingly said that 2019 is the year of bad endings. When I wrote this, I was primarily referring to the dismal finale of Game of Thrones, as well as a handful of other endings that haven’t satisfied me this year. Because of this, I was hoping that IT: Chapter Two would prove me wrong, that this film would provide the closure I needed from it and the overall franchise – but the 2019 curse has struck once again and it has given us another terrible ending.

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Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) Review

It only seems like the other day, when Steven Universe aired it’s season five finale – an ending that, to this day, remains one of the strongest I have ever seen. Although it is unclear if the show will return for future seasons, it definitely accomplished a lot with its fifth season, tying up every single narrative thread. But we also all knew that that would not be the final time we would see Steven and the Crystal Gems, for it had already been confirmed that the characters would return for a made-for-TV movie, one that would be set two years after season five’s epic conclusion. And although the movie arguably adds very little to the overall franchise and mythology, it still packs a punch as a deeply emotional and beautifully told animated story.

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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019) Review

In our modern landscape of horror movies, where The Conjuring universe now rules dominant, like some oppressive dictator, it is always a nice moment when you see a smaller, lesser known horror movie shine through. And although Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is not a modern masterpiece, it is a strong little flick that I believe any horror fan will find some enjoyment in.

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Joker (2019) Trailer Review

Last year it was announced that Warner Bros. in association with DC Films would produce a film that would focus solely on the infamous Joker character. This film would remain detached from the continuity of the dreaded DCEU, which has faced nothing but criticism from fans and media. In fact, this film would launch a new franchise of super-hero movies, one made up of solo, low-budget films that would change the face of the industry forever.

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Crawl (2019) Review

In this world there is a small clutch of movie that can be termed as ‘survivalist horror’. Of course you could argue that any horror film is based around the goal of survival, but I am referring to the films where the horror stems from something natural, a part of our planet. Only four years ago we had The Shallows, a film that centred around a young woman fighting for her life against a great white shark, leaving her stranded and alone among the elements of the monster’s natural habitat.

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Where Is The MCU Going Next?

So with Comic Con now over for another year, we have everything we need to know when it comes to geeky media for the next year or so. This year we have been given a cornucopia of amazing things to look forward to, but Marvel and Kevin Feige truly stole the show – delivering upon to us what to expect from the studio’s widely anticipated fourth phase. Presented as a timeline of super-hero goodness, we can expect not only more ground-breaking blockbusters, but also a slew of new television shows (all on Disney+) that will also tie into them. Here’s the rundown on what Marvel has planned for the next two years.