Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017) – In Review

After the success of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, of course a sequel would be in order. The comic book adaptation of cosmic Marvel characters bickering with each other and dealing with galactic level threats proved to be popular with audiences, opening up new parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now the cast and crew have returned for the second film in the series, helmed once again by director James Gunn, in a story that maintains the banter, humour, and cosmic scope of the previous film, while opening up new horizons. <continue reading>

Rogue One (2016) – In Review

When the Disney studios got their hands on Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, the decision was made not only to continue to make more films, hence the release in 2015 of The Force Awakens, but also some tie-in self contained stories set in that universe, basically an anthology of tales firmly set in the galaxy of Imperial forces and courageous rebels. Rogue One is the first of those stories, set shortly before the events of the 1977 original film, featuring a small band of rebels racing to retrieve the plans for the Empire’s ultimate weapon. <continue reading>

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – In Review

When J.K. Rowling finished her series about that boy wizard with the lightning scar and the two best friends with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she said that was the end of the line for her with that world, and so moved on to other literary genres, both under her own name and under a penname. And yet the world of Potter kept drawing her back time and again, whether it was tidbits of information at her site, or the more recent stage play that she’s had a hand in. <continue reading>

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – In review

After much hype and production time, the follow up to Man of Steel has arrived in theatres. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pits two of the biggest members of DC’s Trinity against each other, while bringing in the third member as a wild card. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel go head to head in a grudge match with a whole lot of destruction, a villain pulling the strings, and hints of the impending Justice League yet to come. <continue reading>

Deadpool (2016) – In Review

Back in the day, writer Fabien Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld (who’s established a well-deserved reputation as one of the worst comic book artists of all time) created an unlikely character named Wade Wilson, otherwise known as Deadpool, a mercenary with a smart aleck attitude, a healing factor, and an ability to understand that he was a comic book character, thus breaking the Fourth Wall. <continue reading>

Back to the Future Part III (1990) – In Review

Director Robert Zemeckis brought the Back to the Future trilogy to a conclusion with 1990’s Back to the Future Part III, blending the science fiction and comedy of the previous films with a healthy dose of Western. Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s story, transferred into a screenplay by Gale, pays off in numerous ways and makes nods both to where the films have come from, as well as the genre of movie Westerns. And it brings back the leading actors, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, as well as a number of supporting actors, some of whom are in new roles this time out – characters who are nonetheless familiar to us already. <continue reading>

Back to the Future Part II (1989) – In Review

After the success of Back to the Future, it was inevitable that there would be sequels. Director Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale fashioned two screenplays to complete a trilogy and filmed the second and third films together, releasing Back to the Future Part II in 1989, picking up right where things left off and sending the two heroes thirty years into the future, an alternate present, and back where it all began in 1955. It retains the sense of humour and good pacing of the original, takes things into some dark directions, and ends up giving us a thrilling cliffhanger ending. <continue reading>