Film Reviews

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Review: The Lion King (2019)

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Film Writer   There’s a great and illuminating scene in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, where a certain fictitious chaotician named Ian Malcolm (brilliantly overplayed by Jeff Goldblum) confronts billionaire industrialist John Hammond (Sir Richard Attenborough) as to scientists being so busy with seeing if they could clone dinosaurs,…

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Blu-Ray Review: Dumbo

By Dominic Messier, Founder,Editor and Film Writer   The latest in a string of live-action adaptations of Disney’s own catalogue of animated classics, Dumbo is a frustrating double-edged sword, in that it does pull at the heartstrings while benefiting from director Tim Burton’s flair for the fantastic, though it does so at the expense of any…

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Now Playing: Dark Phoenix

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer In what can only be optimistically described as a dead-on-arrival, violent last nail in a cinematic coffin, the last installment in Fox’s X-Men prequel franchise disrespectfully ignores its own backstory, to offer us a very poorly conceived chapter which doesn’t even bother drawing its plot elements from…

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Now Playing: The Secret Life of Pets 2

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer   Just in time for the early summer period, here comes another hit by the Illumination Studio boys, those gifted computer animation guys responsible for notable titles like Despicable Me, Minions, Hop, Sing and all their related sequels. A direct follow-up to The Secret Life of Pets, this somewhat uneven…

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Now Playing: Aladdin

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer   Moving forward with its latest trend of turning each of its animated box office successes into (arguably) unnecessary live-action remakes, the House of Mouse has produced a CGI-laden extravaganza in the form of Aladdin, bringing the streets and skies of Agrabah to vibrant life. Is the finished…

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Blu-Ray Review: Glass

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer   A much anticipated sequel that was extremely high on hype but oh so short on delivery, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass ended up being one of those projects fans had waited for in vain, only to be disappointed beyond belief by a flat story that never believed in its…

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Now Playing: Shazam!

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer   Despite a so-so start to the DC Cinematic Universe compared to the decade-old Marvel Universe, one could say the results have been uneven in terms of theatrical fare, with overloaded storylines (Batman vs Superman) intermixing with excellent one-offs (Aquaman, Wonder Woman.) Then comes a perfectly harmless,…

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Blu-Ray Review: Bumblebee

By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Film Writer   After six or so modern-age films about complex cybernetic alien lifeforms battling each other with Earth as a backdrop, audiences were starting to feel a bit of the fatigue from hyper-kinetic fight scenes between Autobots and Decepticons. To add to the problem, very few of the…