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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Movie Review
In 2016, one of Marvel’s more underrated characters made his big screen debut. Six years and multiple cameos later, Dr Strange has returned for his second outing with director Sam Raimi at the helm. It should have been a brilliant match, but the result is less than impressive.
The Northman and the Meteoric Rise of Nordic Fantasy
The fantasy genre has been on an interesting journey since the turn of the millennium. In the 2000s, it was all about traditional Tolkien-style fantasy, spearheaded by the Lord of The Rings trilogy from Peter Jackson. For years, it would set the blueprint for big-budget epics going forward. At the turn of the 2010s, a new sub-genre entered the scene, Nordic Fantasy, which hails from Scandinavian society. While it utilises similar elements, namely a mixture of swords and sorcery, this version is defined by its setting and elements of real history.
The Northman Movie Review
Director Robert Eggers has proven highly adept in bringing immersive visions to life on the big screen, combining sublime visuals and visceral story beats to land a major impact. His latest effort, The Northman, is another splendid showcase of his talents, striking true on every level.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Movie Review
Harry Potter is an iconic property, but for the last decade it’s been coasting along with diminishing returns. The franchise took a major downturn in 2018 with The Crimes of Grindelwald, but production has continued at pace. One recast and several delays later, The Secrets of Dumbledore makes an improvement, but not by much.
Ambulance Movie Review
Michael Bay may be a reliable director for generating profits, but his films have long been lambasted by the masses. His style of bloated action isn’t going anywhere with Ambulance, another limp effort that will exhaust rather than entertain.
The Batman Movie Review
Of the many superheroes in the DC roster, Batman is certainly the most popular with multiple iterations over the last thirty years. It’s been almost a full decade since the last standalone iteration of the Caped Crusader; his return to the big screen takes a more visceral, violent direction.
Death On The Nile Movie Review
Detective tales have been widely enjoyed in the literary scene; this quickly led to big-screen adaptations. When it came to updating the Agatha Christie series for a modern audience, Kenneth Branagh has taken on both acting and directing duties. Death On The Nile, the long-delayed second entry, has arrived and it ends up feeling weaker than the first.
Uncharted Movie Review
Nowadays, video game movies are receiving higher budgets and increased backing from the gaming titans; on occasion they also find higher recognition. For years, Uncharted has been a glistening jewel in Sony’s crown, its cinematic direction driving the medium to more mature stories. While it seemed like a no-brainer to convert the series to the silver screen, its late arrival and basic design drag it down from greatness.
The Matrix Resurrections Movie Review
As one of the best sci-fi flicks of modern times, The Matrix thrilled audiences worldwide in 1999. With Reloaded and Revolutions shot and released back-to-back, the property quickly dropped out of the public eye. Some eighteen years after the trilogy ended, The Matrix Resurrections has arrived. Lana Wachowski’s latest production is a well crafted follow-up, but it’s unlikely to set the world on fire.
The Witcher Series Review (Season 2)
After years of high popularity, The Witcher franchise has crossed into multiple mediums over the last decade. The first season from Netflix brought the property to the small screen with some room for improvement; I’m happy to report the follow-up has taken on the criticisms and pushed forwards.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review
Few comic book characters are as popular as Spider-Man. Since his big screen debut nearly twenty years ago, he’s been an able money-maker. With Sony and Marvel teaming up, the character made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with no drop in fanfare. Pitched as both an emotive conclusion and love letter to the superhero, Spider-Man: No Way Home is successful on both counts.
Tick, Tick... Boom! Movie Review
The flourish of an on-stage musical has endlessly captivated audiences. Simultaneously, the potential for big screen renditions has advanced with La La Land and the recent West Side Story proving massively successful in recent years. Based on the stage play of the same name, Tick, Tick... Boom! creates what is easily the finest release of the year.