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Dope:

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Dope is a movie directed by Rick Famuyiwa , that seeks to use both the word Dope and the idea itself, to create a sort of paradox, in order to illustrate the realities of life, while also being as entertaining as a movie called Dope should be. As a film, Dope forces us to look at like from more than one perspective.

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It uses a great mix of hip hop and hip hop culture, blended with ideas and concepts more familiar to millenials than the 90’s hip hop it leans so heavily on. It uses this juxtaposition not only in a  musical sense, but also in a visual one with the movies sense of style and even its colour palette.

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Dope also leans heavily on some younger actors to help deliver the weight of its message, wether in a manner of levity or a more serious one. Even if the perceived subject matter of this movie doesn’t appeal to you, I heavily suggest still giving it a chance, you might very much be surprised with what you get, and how much you might like it.

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Review : Independence Day – Resurgence

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“Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?”

Just like the story of this movie, twenty years ago, we got one of first true big summer hits in Independence Day, and now we have its long awaited and maybe not so much wanted sequel. ID2 gives us a look at what today might look like if such an event really occurred, and we were able to take advantage of that technology. It brings back most of the original cast, with one glaring absence…Will Smith. The break out star of the first film for one reason or the other isn’t in this film and his absence is absolutely felt. Jessie Usher plays the son of Will Smiths character, and while you can say he looks the part, he truly lacks the charisma of Will Smith and that command that he would have on screen. I’m also not sure I full understand Liam Hemsworhts’ character in this movie. Like his behaviour and motivations don’t always line up, in my mind at least. This movie is also much bigger than the first movie, but somehow it doesn’t seem to have same scope as the original movie. That movie really made the threat seem world wide, and world ending, and here while its literally and physically bigger, it all seems so much smaller, like everything was next to each other. All in all Independence Day Resurgence is a very average, very middle of the world movie, that seems even a bit less average trying to follow up the original.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : Finding Dory

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“The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.”

Straight off, is this movie better than Finding Nemo? Nope. Is this a good movie? It most definitely is. Finding Dory does a good job at building on the story of the first movie, while also introducing some very good and very memorable new characters that for the most part actually out shone the call back characters in my opinion. So whats the problem then? Well problem maybe isn’t the best word, but this movie does struggle to deliver and story of the same scope and gravity of its predecessor. And thats the real story here, Finding Dory is good, but it almost always is grasping at the might and legend of Finding Nemo. This movie is totally worth your viewing however, don’t take what I’ve said as me saying you shouldn’t see this movie. The animation and new characters alone are worth I think the price of admission, Hank the octopus ESPECIALLY, is worth the trip to the cinema. This movie, like all Pixar movies, does well to tug on the heart strings when they want or need to, and tug they do, trust me. All in all, if you’re a fan of the original, just want to see this movie, or have younger ones who want you to take them, you really should go.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : Warcraft

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“The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.”

Warcraft has the injustice of being branded as the lone or last hope for video game movies, and while it can’t single handedly make up for all the horrible video game movies that came before, it is a good enough movie to be called a good video game movie. This movie does some things well, and some other things not as well. Firstly, its world and the characters in it all seem very real and well created. All of the cities and places we go too, seem really wonderful and beautiful. They also do a good job in portraying that neither side here, neither orc nor man, really thinks that they have a choice when it comes to what they most do to save their respective peoples. Both sides have strong motivations to win and see their side to the end, and I liked and appreciated that a lot . The movie does however seem to gloss over some things that I think anyone who isn’t a big fan of these games would necessarily understand right off the bat. The action and animation is movie is also top notch I’d say, especially when it comes to magic and the magic users, they do come off as powerful and cool I think as they were meant to be. The best thing I can say about this movie is that I think it truly is a good start to what I hope can be a franchise. I really would like to see this movie get a sequel that can take us deeper into the lore and bring some more of these fantastical characters to life.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Don’t Miss It!

Kubo and the Two Strings:

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Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes and George Takei are just some of the talent lending their voices to this up coming animated action, thriller, adventure movie from Laika Entertainment, the people who brought us movies like ParaNorman, The Box Trolls and Coraline.

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Kubo and the Two Strings looks to take us on a whirlwind asian inspired adventure full of music, magic and wonderfully strange and beautiful characters. Staring a young boy named Kubo, with certain magical abilities and a supporting cast of warrior beetles and guiding monkeys. Laika is known for their distinctive and beautiful and painstaking stop motion animation and hand made character puppets, that give their work not just a unique and signature look and feel, but also helps them stand out in an animation world dominated by 3D computer animation.

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Kubo looks to hit theaters later this year, and hopefully make a big splash with critics and audiences alike. If you’re a fan of animation, and want to see more than just the typical, then make sure and give this movie a look in a cinema near you. If you’re just a fan of original stories and unique story telling, Kubo and the Two Strings should be just the kind of movie that you don’t want to miss!

Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWMyKZyIFnA

Review : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Out of the shadows

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“As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.”

Megan Fox is hot, things explode, everything is ridiculous, all facts about the brand new TMNT: Out of the Shadows. Now I know many of you are probably wondering what I really expected from this movie, and honestly, not much. The first movie I honestly enjoyed more than I though I would, and I was hoping for similar from this movie, and more or less I was let down. From the very start, this movie is absolutely over the top crazy. Every, and  I mean EVERY character in this movie is an absolute caricature of themselves and what they could be. There isn’t any of the heart that the first movie had. The plot is more or less just excuse after excuse for action set pieces, which would be fine if the scenes seemed impactful or fun, but they weren’t. The movie itself moves at this break neck pace, that does nothing to help with any of these problems. All this movie is concerned with, is making sure Megan Fox always looks good (and she does so congrats there), and making shiny things explode and telling all its actors to shout all the time about any and everything.

Review Score : 3.5 out of 10