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The Batman

Robert Pattinson is the latest to don the cape and play the Batman. There is absolutely no disappointment in that choice. The film is different from previous Batman films in its very film-noir approach to the subject. In this film, Gotham City has been taken over by gangsters, drug lords who rule the city; major politicians and most of the police department has been bought off. I loved the characterization of the city, its darkness and the chaos. The filming in this regard is fantastic. The Batman is widely despised by the city and is characterized as a villain by …

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Spiderman: No Way Home

I won’t have much to say about this one, as anything about the story risks giving away too much; I will just say it is a big movie. While I thought the first hour of the movie kind of dragged along, a certain event happened that suddenly made the movie funnier, much more interesting, and emotionally engaging. I went with the kids and we all really liked it. I would still rank it fourth, behind Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, Spiderman 2, and the original Spiderman, but it is still very entertaining and is worthy of the hype. (2021; 4 Stars)

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The Old Guard

Andy (Charlize Theron) leads a small band of superheroes who possess the inability to die. They march across the centuries trying to help the evolution of humanity in positive ways. Andy doesn’t think that the work they do makes a difference. The band discovers a new person Nile, a soldier in Afghanistan, who also cannot die (played by Kiki Layne). Nile joins the team as they fight against a corporation that is trying to capture them for their DNA that will help to cure previously incurable diseases. I enjoyed the film. It has a lot of emotional depth along with …

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Birds of Prey (And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn continues from where she left off in Suicide Squad – newly separated from the Joker – trying to find her life without him. With the Joker, she always had protection; now, she is on her own and has to face the various villains in Gotham City – in this case, the Black Mask (played by a rather uninteresting Ewan McGregor). Overall, I liked the movie; it has a lot of fun, colorful action, and Margot Robbie is always great to watch. She makes Harley Quinn a fresh and bold character. I wasn’t that taken by the …

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The Joker

Gotham City is fracturing; people are overly hypervigilant and suspicious of and violent toward one another. By day, Authur Fleck (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely clown who has mental illnesses and struggles to get by; at night, he keeps a journal, trying to make it as a stand-up comic, and takes care of his mother. Near the beginning of the film, we see Arthur being beat up by a group of teenage boys. Over time, one setback occurs after the other, and the film takes us through the evolution of the person who will become the Joker. I …

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Avengers: Endgame

Avengers – End Game: The story picks up from where Infinity Wars left off. Arrow’s wife and children vanish as Thanos, who has control of the six Infinity stones, makes 50% of the population of the universe disappear. Antman returns after having somehow time traveled to the present, and that event triggers the reunification of the Avengers to get back the Infinity stones. The film is very entertaining. It has several periods of comic relief (especially Thor, who has a very funny post-Avengers life), numerous scenes that are emotionally powerful, and a lot of action, particularly during the last 30 …

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14-year-old orphan Billy is unhappily assigned to another foster home, and he is not happy. One day, he becomes the guy designated to become Shazam: A superhero who can go into and out of his role by proclaiming Shazam! He encounters Sivana, the older man version of the boy who first stumbled into the Wizard realm and was not deemed worthy to have Shazam’s power. The movie is sweet but too much so. Most of it is rather cliché; we have seen the story of the guy who doesn’t know how to harness his powers, the guy who overcomes personal …

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Jason Momoa plays Aquaman, the half-human, half-aquatic creature who can coexist equally well in both realms. When he was very young, he lost his mother to the depths when she had to return to her kingdom in order to save her son’s life. As an adult, Mera (Amber Heard) comes to the surface to warn Aquaman about an impending war between the kingdoms above and below. I will start off by saying that overall, the movie was fun, but it also suffers. While Momoa is certainly an impressive-looking superhero above and below the seas, it would have been nice if …

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Hugh Jackman plays Logan in the year 2029. Most of the mutants are gone now, and Logan, Professor X, and Caliban are hiding in the desert. All of them are getting sick and losing their abilities to heal themselves. One day, a woman approaches Logan with a request to protect a young girl by taking her to North Dakota. Reluctantly, Logan agrees only at the insistence of Professor X. I did not watch the two other Wolverine films, so I am sure I have lost parts of the backstory; however, it turns out that the film stands on its own. …

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