Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man Returns

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): we have seen Spidey before, making his debut in Captain America: Civil War for 2 brief scenes. After his debut performance was a huge hit with the fans, it was time for Tom Holland (who portrays Spider-Man) to step up his game. This film is not your typical origin story, meaning Uncle Ben does not die and Peter Parker does not acquire his Spidey sense, but rather has already taken on the role of  your ‘friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man’. It stars the incredibly charming Tom Holland, along with Michael Keaton who takes on the quite literal role of Birdman, that being the villain Vulture. In addition, we have Robert Downey Jr. as his mentor/Iron Man/Tony Stark, Laura Harrier as Liz, his temporary love interest, Jacob Batalon as his buddy Ned, Zendaya as observant Michelle “MJ” Jones and Jon Favreau as “Happy” Hogan. It was this incredible cast that brought you perhaps the best Spider-Man film yet.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – The Rebels’ Great Sacrifice

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Carrie Fisher, who iconically played Princess Leia in the original series, tragically left us 2 weeks after Rogue One was first screened on the 14th of December, 2016. This dreadful event marked a very important moment in Star Wars history. Rogue One, which featured a CGI version of Fisher’s younger likeness, is not officially part of the Star Wars film series: it does not feature the famous opening crawl, nor does it have an episode number. Nevertheless, there is a very clear tie-in to the original series, acting as a direct prequel to A New Hope.

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Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016) – Are you watching closely?

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Another overwhelming and flawless creation; The Second Act might not have performed as well as its predecessor at the box office, but some of those who have seen it believe its quality is even better. With many of the actors reprising their roles, the film also introduces Daniel Radcliffe as megalomanic villain Walter Mabry, as well as Horseman Lula (played by Lizzy Caplan). This mysterious, comedic heist thriller can only be described as the perfect adventure, whereby every act is part of a bigger, carefully drafted plan. Continue reading “Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016) – Are you watching closely?”

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding….

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Yet another superhero film to come out this year. Many mixed feelings resulted from this two and a half hour film; critics hated it, whereas fans loved it. Fans were however dissatisfied with Ben Affleck’s performance as the new Batman, as many had become attached to Christian Bale from Christopher Nolan’s incredibly successful trilogy. This DC comic-based film, a sequel to the Superman film Man of Steel, is the story of Batman and Superman who face the challenge of choosing to save the world and resolve the conflict instigated by discord sower Lex Luthor.

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Deadpool (2016) – Smart Ass, Bad Ass, Great Ass

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Based on the acclaimed Marvel comic book, Deadpool is the first Marvel film of 2016, and an absolute success. The film is not part of the MCU, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that it was produced by FOX Entertainment rather than Disney. Despite the failed attempt at the remake of the Fantastic Four, Fox Entertainment ventured to try again, and brought Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool to the screen. Together with the incredible ‘breaking the fourth wall’ technique, Deadpool is probably THE comedy of the year.

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The Revenant (2015) – A Tale of Revenge

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Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, widely praised for his work in the movie Birdman last year, once again exceeds everyone’s expectations in his new film The Revenant, first screened on December 25th, 2015. This film was not only a milestone for Iñárritu, who was the first person in over 60 years to win an Academy Award for Best Director for two consecutive years, but also for star Leonardo Dicaprio, who received his first Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role (and a standing ovation) after his brilliant performance.

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Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (2015) – WCKD is Good/Bad

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The Maze Runner series is back with its much-expected sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. Anticipated by YA fans around the world, the film based on the second book of the New York Times bestselling trilogy by James Dashner is finally here to continue the story of teenagers Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Theresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee). This second movie follows the characters after having escaped the famous maze, as they face the dangers that await them in the Scorch: an apocalyptic Earth overrun by “the Flare”, a disease that slowly turns people into zombie-like creatures, a.k.a. Cranks.

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