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Review – Deadpool 2 (2018)

The first Deadpool movie back in 2016 was an out-of-nowhere hit, becoming not only the highest grossing R-rated film of all time but also the highest grossing X-Men film as well. Buoyed by an ingenious marketing campaign, Ryan Reynolds perfectly captured the already popular comic book character, serving up a relatively conventional story that sold itself […]

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Review – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

When I wrote my Black Panther review earlier this year, I mentioned how its lack of connective tissue to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe might be seen as a strength to new or tired audiences. It might be helpful to have seen Captain America: Civil War to see BP‘s title character introduced, but that wasn’t necessary to enjoy or […]

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Review – Black Panther (2018)

A familiar refrain that I’ve heard in discussing Black Panther is its disconnection from Marvel Studio’s other movies, and you don’t have to have seen any other modern Marvel movie to understand the film, but the main character T’Challa has a robust introduction in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Is this lack of Marvel Cinematic connective […]

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Review – Justice League (2017)

Honestly, the most surprising thing about Justice League (2017) is that it has taken this long to get made. DC Comics movies have had a long and illustrious career, from Richard Donner’s Superman (1978) to Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), but the world’s most famous superhero team was beaten to the screen by Marvel’s Avengers in 2011, and now, six years after Marvel’s heroes teamed […]

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Review – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Talking about superhero movies as a film genre has always been on shaky ground throughout the 2010’s. As Marvel movies have had to expand and grow beyond the formulaic approach to the genre of earlier decades, they feel more tied together by origin and house style than what it means to be a ‘superhero film’. This year, […]

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Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Back in 2014, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit no one expected. It was by far the riskiest venture Marvel Studios had embarked upon, a comedic space-opera compared to the more traditional superhero fare they had produced in the past. Nonetheless, James Gunn directed a movie that surpassed all expectations. Now, three years later, Guardians of the […]

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Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Back in 2002, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man—along with Blade and the original X-Men—helped set the stage for the superhero movies of the naughties. This year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming marks the character’s transition into a new era of superhero films and cinematic universes, and I’m very pleased to say it hits the ground running in what is easily the best Spider-Man film […]

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Review – Wonder Woman (2017)

It took four tries, but Warner Bros. and DC Comics have finally hit a home run with Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman. It may have taken 76 years (since 1941!), but Wonder Woman has finally gotten the movie she deserves.

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