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[Review] Annabelle: Creation (2017) – by Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten joins Dave Dreher to review Annabelle: Creation (2017) the fourth in a series of films establishing The Conjuring Universe. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg and features Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Bateman, Kerry O’Malley, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, and Samara Lee. Much like Ouija: Origin of […]

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“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (2017): Too Much Style Over Too Little Substance

Without a doubt, Luc Besson knows how to make a lavish, astonishing, cinematic big screen event films but continues to struggle to connect with the characters and hitting key emotional beats within the story being told. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets excels at being visually striking and exciting, rousing eye candy full […]

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“War For the Planet of the Apes” (2017): Damn Dirty Great From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z

Apes. Continue. Strong. Nearly 50 years after Charlton Heston cursed humanity on a beach, the  Planet of the Apes  franchise is still going strong. Those original five films managed to combine a maddening sci-fi twist with biting social commentary. They covered everything from race to religious idolatry to celebrity culture. Then after that Tim Burton […]

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017): Spectacular, Succeeds Where Recent Efforts Have Stumbled

Success! This is it, the film Spider-Man has always needed. Spider-Man: Homecoming fully realizes the full potential of the character steeped in Marvel mythology, quirky, and innocent. Marvel and Sony have joined forces to firmly establish Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man of the Spider-Man movies where […]

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“Alien Covenant” (2017): Closer Yet No Cigar

After returning to the  Alien  franchise with 2012’s  Prometheus, director Ridley Scott has  even more baggage. Not only the weight of his successful start & James Cameron’s initial sequel, but the massive disappointment of the entries  that followed and divisive reception of his own return. With  Alien Covenant, the question on everyone’s mind  is would […]

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“The Fate of the Furious” (2017): Summer Arrives Early with this Fast Paced Furious Blend of Bond, Superheroes, and Race Cars

Yes, a Bond villain is exactly what the Fast and the Furious franchise needs at this moment. For the eights film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, Dom, Hobbs, Letty and the rest are ushered into overdrive, director F. Gary Gary and writer Chris Morgan bring in Mad Max‘s Furiousa to spice things […]

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“Life” (2017): Gravity and Alien Mix Into Fun B-Movie Madness

Everything about Life (2017) – the synopsis, the trailer, the poster, and the promotions – make the film out to be a second cousin to the Alien franchise. The film sets up a cast of six astronauts on the International Space Station investigating rock samples from Mars and discovering the first proof of alien life […]

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“The Belko Experiment” (2017): Effective, Gory, and Satisfyingly Gruesome

Before they even walk in the door and the credits for The Belko Experiment can roll, the employees of Belko Industries know it’s not going to be a normal workday at their remote Colombian headquarters. Not only are there heavily armed guards checking every car entering the parking lot for explosives and contraband, but more […]

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“A Cure For Wellness” (2017): Works Great For Insomnia Too…

  One of the things I truly hate about film trailers is the tendency to label the director “Visionary”. The trailers for A Cure For Wellness start off with the sentence “From Visionary Director Gore Verbinski”. Mr. Verbinski has directed some fine films indeed, but it seems that for every great film he’s made, he’s […]

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“The Great Wall” (2017): Epic, Colorful, Entertaining, and Forgettable

While The Great Wall is often visually stunning, colorful, and entertaining, the film is often dull, drab, and forgettable. It is a mixed bag with great shots of action, set design, and costuming offset by a horribly miscast performance from the film’s lead Matt Damon. The director, Yimou Zhang, is well known and respected for […]

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“John Wick Chapter 2” (2017): Exceeds Expectations as Keanu Reeves Returns to Kick Major Ass

High expectations can be a deadly element to carry into any film, especially a sequel to a surprising, unexpectedly successful film such as John Wick (2014). The sequel, which continues the adventures of its titular character, has a tough hurdle to overcome. Thankfully, John Wick Chapter 2 far exceeds any expectations with a fast-paced, surprisingly […]