I remember the first time I read the BFG as a child of seven or eight while in the back of my grandparents’ car on our way to Wales for a holiday. I was frequently travel-sick when young, especially when reading in the car, but refused to put the book down. I’ve got similar memories for many of Roald Dahl’s books, but The BFG was always my favorite.
Finding Nemo was Pixar’s fifth release and, in my opinion, their first perfect film. They’ve repeated this feat a couple of times, but this was their first with no flaws: every joke found its mark, every emotional beat was hit, every character was unique, and the pacing was perfect. So its sequel, Finding Dory, has big shoes to fill.
Over the last 8 years, Marvel has reinvented superhero movies. And yet again, they've raised the bar on how a super-powered movie should be produced. Taking a cue from their comic book lines, they build a web of interweaving plots with character crossovers and big events that draw all the heroes together.
Writer/director Taika Waititi has proven adept at telling stories from the point of view of Kiwi teenagers. His earlier film, Boy, has become a kiwi classic. While Hunt for the Wilderpeople skews a little lighter and younger than Boy did, it's no less heartfelt and enjoyable.
No one was a bigger champion for the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice than I was. Getting to see the two biggest superheroes of all time duke it out on the big screen was possibly one of the easiest sells EVER!
Ryan Reynolds first played Deadpool in 2009’s forgettable X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds, a fan of the source material, vowed to fans that he’d put things right — a promise he makes good on in this, Deadpool’s own origin story.
The Revenant is not for the faint-hearted. It’s an unrelenting survival revenge thriller that grabs you by the throat, heart, and limbs for its near three-hour run time. It's truly a Man versus Wild story as lead character Hugh Glass battles to survive while seeking revenge.
The Hunger Games saga comes to an end with Part 2 of 3. Numbering issues aside, dividing the final chapter into two left the previous film Mockingjay Part 1 feeling like half a movie: all build-up, no pay-off. Mockingjay Part 2, then, is all climax.
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