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Jason Bourne MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Jason Bourne’ Makes a Clumsy and Tiresome Return to Form

I’m sure there’s a sense of wholeness with Matt Damon returning to the role of Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass returning to direct in Jason Bourne. After leaving the Bourne saga for nearly a decade, one might think they would return to the franchise with fresh ideas for the character and his world. What has he been doing this whole …

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Lights Out Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Lights Out’ Shines Bright with Fright

The lights go out. Could something be waiting for you in the darkness? It’s a fear that easily makes children frightened of their closets and adults terrified of basements. This idea has been used many times with horror – the most vivid coming to mind being the lackluster Darkness Falls. But first-time director David Sandberg is smart enough to know …

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Ghostbusters Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ is All Female, All Nostalgic and All Cliché

The first Ghostbusters movie in nearly three decades arrived with much nostalgia to bank on. Leading up to the premiere of the movie, my social media feed was all abuzz of my peers gushing over the return of the Ecto Cooler promotional drink and slime-colored Twinkies. These attempts at generating hype for the grand return of Ghostbusters were beginning to …

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The Secret Life of Pets MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Has More Bark Than Bite

There are animated movies that have stories of real character and those that just want to make jokes. Illumination Entertainment, best known for their success of Despicable Me and Minions and now The Secret Life of Pets, seems to only be interested in jokes. At some point in the studio, the animators started drawing up some gags based on pets. They …

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The BFG MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘The BFG’ is a Lovable Lug of a Fantasy

Steven Spielberg’s The BFG made me angry. It’s not that his movie adaption of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book was lackluster – far from it. My beef has to do with the timing. Why didn’t he make this movie when I was a kid? This is a movie I could have easily seen as a classic fantasy of my childhood. …

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The Legend of Tarzan MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Swings Low, But Roars Well

In 1999, Disney perfected the adventure and fun of Tarzan by transitioning from the man of the jungle from swinging on vines to surfing tree branches. What could possibly be accomplished from live-action adaptation The Legend of Tarzan that wasn’t already delivered in animation? While director David Yates doesn’t exactly make Tarzan’s tree hopping all that original, he does delivers a …

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Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a Dark, Beautiful & Grotesque Trip

In the hands of director Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon turns into the most surreal, atmospheric and monstrous of depictions of the fashion world. He takes a familiar story and, rather than improve upon it, coats it in a thick glaze of his visually entrancing filmmaking. Much like the world of high fashion, his picture is all about presentation …

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The Shallows MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘The Shallows’ Treads Sensibly Through Bloody Waters

It’s hard to watch The Shallows and not draw comparisons to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. All the elements are there: a murderous shark lurking in the depths, a cello theme to back him up and a scrappy survivor who gets in a good shot with a well-timed expletive. It sure does borrow a lot, but, if you’re going to make a …

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Conjuring 2 MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘The Conjuring 2’ Has Ghosts Worth The Boasts

James Wan returns to his world of hauntings with more inspiration than you’d expect for a sequel to 2013’s surprise hit The Conjuring. He has an eye for the setting of 1970s England with period dressing and a rustic motif. He has an uncanny sense of atmosphere the way he’s able to captivate the viewer with frightening new tricks in …

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