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People who added this item 341 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
Game Night (2018)

This film started out pretty funny, and was very funny for a long time, but then the novelty of it started to wear out a little. Then the weird action climax happened and it suddenly wasn't very funny or interesting any longer.

Now I'll just go and crush on Rachel McAdams in slightly crazy-mode.
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I'm a sucker for witty love stories that manages to be emotionally genuine, honest and relatable, while simultaneously having a message of its own on its heart. The Big Sick is all of that and so much more. It's not often a film leaves me in such a good mood afterwards, and seeing as I can be somewhat of a cynical bastard at times, that's high praise coming from me. I adore this film.
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People who added this item 566 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Incredibles 2 (2018)

I must say that I enjoyed this slightly more than its predecessor. I found it to be a little bit more clever, a tiny bit more amusing and the final act wasn't as underwhelming as it was in the original. Like the original, it's also not as emotionally engaging as you would expect from Pixar, but it's fine for whatever it is.
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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (308 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
Bird Box (2018)

It's very similar to M. Night Shyamalan's comedic masterpiece but it's handled with a lot more care and finesse. It does a good job with Sandra Bullock's character, but the rest of them feels slightly underdeveloped. I like that it doesn't explain too much of whatever it is that is going on, but I do however feel that the film is a victim of its own narrative structure. The film jumps a lot back and forth in time, but in doing so the film only feels longer than what's really necessary without adding anything. It feels artificial. It also removes some of the unpredictability of the story.
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People who added this item 177 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.8
Skyscraper (2018)

As far as dumb action films go, Skyscraper is perfectly competent and enjoyable enough to be on the TV while you chug down a couple of beers.
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People who added this item 3973 Average listal rating (2595 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Love Actually (2003)

- Rewatched | Seventh time

One of my few Christmas traditions. It's not Christmas for me until I've heard Bill Nighy sing his horrible cover of "Love Is All Around". It's not Christmas until I've seen Hugh Grant embarrassingly dance down the stairs. Until I've seen Andrew Lincoln stand outside Keira Knightley's door with his cardboards. An overstuffed, overly sugary film. But so loveable nonetheless.

Because there are no doubts that this is a very flawed film, and if decided to, one you could very easily dissect it. But I'm not going to do that. It's a rare "chick-flick" that puts me in the mood for Christmas. I'm won over by the romantic improbabilities. I think it's hysterically funny, and I'm charmed by the cast.
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People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5

The big problem with this version of Mowgli is not necessarily it's darker tone, but more that I just found it to be dreadfully slow and boring.
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People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 4.1 IMDB Rating 5.3
Demonic (2015)

The structure and premise of Demonic is kinda interesting and refreshing when it comes to the haunted house/possession horror genre. Playing out more as a murder mystery than a straight up horror film, Demonic could have been an intriguing film. Sadly, it all starts and ends with the premise. The potential is squandered on a film that looks and feels like it was made for TV, poorly realized characters, a dumb script, lack of tension and a dull twist.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 3.7 IMDB Rating 4.5

You know, after having watched all three entries in this franchise and watched how universally hated and trashed these films are by most people, I think it's safe to say that (at least for me personally) the reactions are a bit hyperbolic. Fifty Shades Freed is not a good film, and very often it's a bad film as well, but it's not one of the worst things ever. That's just dumb to say. For that, it's too well-crafted and slickly made to be even considered as one of the worst films ever made. Even for 2018.

But it is somewhat trashy though, yet it is clearly purposely trashy. The filmmakers have embraced the ludicrous plot (or lack thereof) and turned it into a film that's just slightly fascinating to watch, just to see how bizarre it gets. Then there's Dakota Johnson. God bless her. Her performance is criminally underrated.
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People who added this item 3192 Average listal rating (2107 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula is that type of horror film they don't make that often. An occasionally beautiful film that is told by a sensual and elegant touch from a masterful director. The tone doesn't always land perfectly, ranging from very dark to awkwardly campy. Gary Oldman delivers a tour-de-force of a performance, but on the other hand, Keanu Reeves is embarrassingly bad.
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People who added this item 2858 Average listal rating (1841 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Yes Man (2008)

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Yes Man is not always as funny as it thinks it is, but as far as feel-good rom-coms go (which is typically not my favorite genre), Yes Man is pretty enjoyable. It definitively helps that Zooey Deschanel is so weirdly gorgeous.
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Occasionally, I think the slight blur of the visuals of Into the Spider-Verse are a bit too distracting, particularly during the biggest actions scenes, but apart from that minor nit-pick, this is along with Spider-Man 2 the best film adaptation of this beloved superhero. Consistently funny, surprisingly emotionally resonating and all around well-crafted.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
Mom and Dad (2018)

There's a lot of Nicolas Cage insanity here to enjoy, but I really struggled to get too invested in this. A contributing factor to that might be the consistent use of flashbacks that really messed with the flow of the film and consequently kept me pulling me out of it.
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People who added this item 541 Average listal rating (415 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 8

It's kinda sad to see that a film about a man and a band that was anything but generic, is given the very much generic biopic treatment. The film is a crowd-pleaser due to Rami Malek's outstanding performance and because of the music itself, as well as some emotionally resonating moments, but it is very far from being as insightful as it should have been. This film needed a script that, very much like Freddie Mercury, dared to go outside of its genres formulaic comfort zone.
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People who added this item 99 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9
Cam (2018)

Cam turned out to be far better and thought-provoking than it had any right to be. I was expecting a dumb and sleazy thriller, but instead I ended up with a proper mindfuck of a horror film that truly captures the fear of having your identity stolen online in the most horrific way. This it does while simultaneously being a commentary on how some people feel the need to constantly appear desirable and perfect in the eyes of others when they are online. It's genuinely creepy and disturbing, and a much recommended watch.
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People who added this item 1205 Average listal rating (759 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Suspiria (1977)

You just got to love those visuals. The inventive camera work, the gorgeous color palette and the atmospheric lightening - add to that an amazing musical score and you've got yourself a film that is just pleasing to watch in a haunting, or sort of dream like state. The story is not as layered as its 2018 remake, but it's an atmospheric masterpiece that ought to be felt more than anything else.
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People who added this item 187 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Widows (2018)

As far as feminist heist thrillers go, Widows is pretty great. With fleshed-out characters being supported by great performances, an interesting look at american politics and a gritty style that is surrounded by enough emotion and twists to keeps the genre fresh. It doesn't always succeed in blending all of its narratives in a satisfying way, but whenever it works, it works very well.
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People who added this item 259 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Suspiria (2018)

- Rewatched | Second time

You know... I've seen this film twice now and I think it's completely mesmerizing, beautiful and horrific. It's slow and heavy, but once it gets under your skin, it permanently stays there.
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People who added this item 3138 Average listal rating (2029 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Notting Hill (1999)

It's way too long, but for whatever it is, it's sweet and charming enough to justify wasting a couple of hours with a polished love fantasy.
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It's a bit of a mess. It feels very much like one of those installments that are just there to set up another film. It's far too crowded with unnecessary characters and subplots, making it overly reliant on way too much exposition in order to drive the story forward. The irony of that is that it completely kills the momentum of the film every time it seems to get going. There's quite literally a scene towards the end that is entirely dedicated to five-ten minutes of clumsily delivered exposition on characters that I couldn't care any less about.

The film is at its very best when it focuses on Grindelwald himself and his agenda. Johnny Depp is, surprisingly enough, great as the titular villain. He manages to be both charming and menacing without hamming it up. The screenplay barely hints at his relationship towards Dumbledore, and I would have loved to see that explored further instead of some of the other things the film decided to spend time on. It just adds to the overall frustration I have towards the screenplay.

Eddie Reddmayne and Katherine Waterston are cute together, yet their relationship feels a bit underutilized. Again, this also suffers from the overall lack of focus in the film. It spends far too much time on everything, that it fails to really focus on something. It's a decently entertaining film, but with some cuts in the story and a clearer focus, this could have been much better.
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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1

First things first. Don't watch the trailers for this film. Those trailers are full of spoilers. Seeing as this film has completely neglected the nuance and character driven moments that made the previous films about Lisbeth Salander so memorable and captivating, and instead opted for a low-rent plot driven crime thriller, it's unforgivable that the marketing gives so much away. It's not necessarily that it's a huge surprise, as the film vaguely hints at it very early, but still.

That being said. This is not a good film. The problem is that there's barely anything in it that resemblances the Lisbeth Salander we got to see in the original Swedish trilogy or in David Fincher's remake. This new story, with Claire Foy this time taking the lead, takes no interest in exploring Salander as a character. It doesn't do anything with her and because of that, Foy is left with a pretty thankless role. The film has essentially cut out everything that makes Salander such a fascinating character. Instead the film clumsily jumps from one plot point to another. It tries to do something about family dynamics and abuse, but it is barely touched upon. Instead it just feels cheap.

Sverrir Gudnason takes on the role as Mikael Blomkvist, and he is completely wasted. Same could be said about Lakeith Stanfield, who could easily have been cut from the entire film.

Fede Alvarez has done great work in the past and he has previously proven himself to be great when it comes to handling suspense. There are a couple of tense scenes in this film that are shot and put together really well. Yet, the overall experience is a massive let down. When you have a film that features such a strong female character, and the impression you have when it's over, is that any random character could be put in this film and not much would have changed, then there's something that's gone wrong.
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People who added this item 246 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1

So what we have here is a film that I don't know what it's going for. I have absolutely no idea what this film is trying to be. Is it supposed to be a comedy? Well, it's definitively not funny enough for that. Is it supposed to be an action film? It's not thrilling enough for that. Is it supposed to be a blend of everything? Well, then someone surely fucked up the mix.

Everything in it feels off. The tone is all over the place. There's nothing consistent about it. The characters are poorly written. We never get to understand why the two lead characters love each other. Why, because they say that they do? Well, ok then. That sucks. Character motivation is tossed straight out the window. It's hard to get emotionally invested when you spend the entire film wondering about what's happening and why it's happening, but not in a good way. But in a "my brain can't comprehend this" kinda way.
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People who added this item 220 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Mandy (2018)

Mandy was an odd film experience. The first half was something that I think would be best enjoyed while under the influence of some heavy substances, while the second half is completely bonkers in a gloriously trashy way. The visuals were mostly what I enjoyed, as I really struggled with connecting to the characters and whatever message the film wanted to get across.
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 4.4 IMDB Rating 5.2

I'm not really a huge fan of home invasion films. It's probably one of the subgenres in the realm of horror that I've never grown to appreciate that much. I was not a fan of the firs The Strangers either, so this late sequel did probably have its odds against it. That being said, I like a lot of the premise here. I'm fascinated by films that deal in killers with seemingly no motivation, but somehow The Strangers: Prey at Night fails to make it interesting. There's a huge lack of suspense. There's no emotional connection to the characters, so the act of random violence against them feels less impactful than what it should be.

There's a well-done scene with a swimming pool and did I kinda dig the soundtrack, but aside from that, there was very little in this film that managed to keep me sufficiently entertained.
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People who added this item 319 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Halloween (2018)

Aside from a rather silly twist that mostly only serves the function of moving a certain character from one location to another, Halloween is a wonderful horror film. Completely ignoring everything after John Carpenter's original film, this new entry makes Michael Myers a lot more brutal. He's the evil force of nature that he should be. Aimlessly walking around the streets of Haddonfield and brutally killing random people in their homes. After some slightly silly entries in this franchise, it's great to see Michael Myers being scary again. The suspense is top-notch, the scares work and the score from Carpenter is brilliant. It also delivers some clever nods to the original and it reverses some of the beats from the original in a neat way. I had a blast with this film.
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It's just an absolute mess. There's nothing in it that feels remotely cohesive, and it's like they shot several different films at once, and somehow they all got mixed together. It doesn't make any sense at all. I've read that most of the cast and crew behind this film have disowned it and I can totally understand why.
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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.7

I've like the three previous films in this franchise and I hold the first Insidious very close to my heart. With that film I think James Wan crafted one of the greatest horror experiences in the last ten years. Thew following films haven't managed to live up to that naturally, but they've all been good with quite a few creepy moments in them. The Last Key is however a few levels below those again. Once again written by Leigh Whannel, the film introduces us to a surprising twist half-way through, but the film is sorely lacking in suspense and thrills. Director Adam Robitel fails to infuse his scenes with the atmosphere and sense of terror that a film like this need. This also severely reduces the impact of the jump-scares that occurs far too frequently. The result is a film that got the right amount of plot and surprises in it, but is so sloppily directed that you will get bored by the end of it.
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8

This film is obviously more aimed at an international audience than for us who lives in Norway and was alive when this horrific terrorist attack took place. The film doesn't really tell us anything that we didn't already know and it doesn't entirely succeed in bringing its themes home. It does kinda feel like it's all over the place and that it can't quite grasp where its focus should be. It's more about the aftermath of the attack, than the actual attack itself, so it feels like its trying to do too much in a short time (despite it being a very long film).

The first 30 minutes, that portrays the bomb explosion in Oslo and the shooting at Utรธya are exceptional. It's just as gruesome and devastating to watch as it should be. Some people are likely to be turned off by how excessive and real it is, but I don't think its exploitative to show how awful it was. Sometimes we need to be hit in the face with a sledgehammer to fully understand something. The film struggles to keep momentum after that, but it's worthwhile nonetheless.

The most captivating thing is however Anders Danielsen Lie as Anders Behring Breivik, the man who carried out the attack. His performance is truly chilling and ranks high up on the list of excellent performances based on real people.

We've gotten two films about 22. July this year. I find the Norwegian film to be a bit better for me as a Norwegian, but I can see that this version will do well with an international audience.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.5

Hell Fest is mostly a fun time due to its very simple premise and some effective horror/suspense moments. But a lot of the enjoyment from the film is very often quickly retracted due to some awful dialogue, an instantly unlikeable cast and some really bad editing. The film feels occasionally choppy and it feels like its missing certain scenes that would make it flow much better. The moments in it that work, do work really well - but this film needed a slightly better writer.
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It's mostly just boring. A decent moment here and there, but lacking something to fill the time between those moments. It's also quite possibly the dumbest film in the franchise, which is saying something.
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People who added this item 541 Average listal rating (410 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Venom (2018)

Venom feels outdated. It feels like a film that should have come out 15 years ago. Despite it being about one of the most popular Spider-Man villains, it feels very much like a very generic and traditional superhero film. It's essentially a carbon copy of every superhero origin story. From the very beginning of the film and all the way up until its uninspired CGI-clash against the poorly written villain.

The biggest offender here is however the tone of the film. It's quite simply a mess. I'm not even sure what they were going for. Was it supposed to be funny? Was it meant to be taken seriously? Was it supposed to be kinda dark, but also kinda light-hearted? I have no idea, but it's extremely jarring and I'm constantly taken out of the film by the abrupt changes in tone that occurs throughout its entire running time.

It's pacing is decent enough and Tom Hardy is doing a fine job, I guess. There's potential for a solid film here, but it desperately needed some more thought into it and possibly a director with a clearer vision.
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People who added this item 122 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 5.2

Truth or Dare is a very dumb and lazily put together horror film. One that barely does the bare minimum of what it's required to do in order to hold the attention of impatient teenagers worldwide. Yet it is also shockingly fascinating in its portrayal of the characters. Their development makes those who are the obvious main characters consistently more unlikable as the film progress and it completely shatters their relationship with each other. It's like watching a train wreck. It's awful, but you can't stop watching. It's also occasionally hilarious. I doubt that is on purpose, but it's funny nonetheless.
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.5
Baywatch (2017)

I've rarely been as little amused or entertained by a film as I was while watching Baywatch. If it weren't for the absolutely stunning Alexandra Daddario, I would have turned this off. Thankfully, she's a goddess.
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People who added this item 217 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Nun (2018)

If somebody in the future were to ask me to think of the dumbest, laziest and most forgettable horror films I've seen in my life, I probably wouldn't even remember The Nun. The set-up for a great horror film is there. It had everything going for it, yet it is completely ruined by a dreadful script, weak acting, uninspired cinematography and pure unoriginality in its depiction of horror. The scares are spotted from miles away and there's quite simply nothing in this film that surprises you. The problem is that all of the scares are built up and unleashed in the same way. There are no moments that messes with the timing they've established and thus, you're never caught off guard. So very quickly The Nun gets trapped in a sense of repetition that it fails to escape.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Quake (2018)

The Quake is surprisingly good. A Norwegian disaster movie and special effects extravaganza that actually understands that its characters are far more important than the spectacle of its action and effects. The Quake is by all means an intense nail-biter when it comes to the action - and it is frightening to see Oslo destroyed, but the real drama in The Quake comes from the main character and his struggles with the aftermath of the events that occurred in The Wave (yes, this is a sequel) and how that has affected his relationship to his family. It's just damn solid character development and it is at times emotionally devastating.

That The Quake so successfully manages to be an emotionally engaging character drama makes the whole film so much more interesting. There's been made a countless number of disaster movies already, but so many of them fails to properly invest enough time into their own characters. Reducing them to nothing more than pawns to place the visual effects around and to be sacrificed without much thought. The fact that we're so emotionally invested in the lead character and his family gives this film a lot of stakes. We genuinely fear for them. We care about them. We want them to get out safely. It makes The Quake so much more intense and entertaining to watch.

There are certain flaws present - such as minor plot points that slightly lacks some sort of resolution. This is however not a big deal, as The Quake is an intense, well-shot disaster movie that manages to be emotionally engaging and beautiful in its human drama.
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People who added this item 5139 Average listal rating (3630 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)

- Rewatch | Third time

You can clearly see that Marvel is still following, with a few exceptions, the formula they created (and even perfected) with Iron Man. With a career-defining performance from Robert Downey Jr. at its core, Iron Man is an entertaining, funny and emotionally engaging superhero film that tells its origin story in an effective way that prioritizes character development over spectacle. It loses a few points for a slightly underwhelming final act, but Iron Man is definitively one of Marvel's better films.
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People who added this item 855 Average listal rating (604 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Dunkirk (2017)

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Check out this list, for my thoughts on Dunkirk: www.listal.com/list/christopher-nolan-best-worst
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People who added this item 252 Average listal rating (189 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Meg (2018)

The Meg is a 150 million dollar piece of garbage. It's an incredibly dumb film and the plot is exactly like something you would see in one of the many shark films from studios like The Asylum. It does have its moments, and at times, it's hilariously funny. Much of this is due to its pure stupidity, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

If there is one thing that caught me by surprise, it is how full of emotion it is. Death is given proper weight and the characters are actually mourning whenever someone dies. It's a theme that carries through the entire film and it's shocking (but appreciated) to see a film like this deal with so much emotion through its use of characters.

The first half is rather boring. For some reason, the first half is treated as some sort of mystery in which we're kinda not supposed to know what creature is attacking them. This despite the film's title and all of its promotional material? It's rather dumb and it takes a long time for things to finally get going.

The most disappointing thing with The Meg is however it's lack of blood and gore. This is probably due to the studio wanting younger audience to see the film, but it severely reduces the enjoyment of the kills. I would have loved to see kills like we see in the first Jaws, but instead the megalodon comically just swallows people whole. To put it simply, it lacks bite.
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People who added this item 585 Average listal rating (450 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.4

I could probably just write "it's fine" and that would be all there is to tell about Ready Player One. It's a film by Steven Spielberg that's based on a book I'm unfamiliar with, one that apparently is slightly popular. I can see and understand why, and I imagine that book is more involving than what the film was. The problem with Spielberg's adaptation is that isn't particularly involving once you get over its nostalgia jerk-fest, which I tend to be rather quickly. The main character is dull. The visuals are nice looking, but it's the kind of spectacle that I quickly zone out off. The story is predictable and straight-forward, and it's themes are not as interesting as the film thinks it is.

Spielberg knows how to put together a film and it's all fine, but I would love to see this in the hands of a more "sinister" director.
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People who added this item 673 Average listal rating (491 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.2

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Justice League does have enough cool and fun moments sprinkled out through its two hour long run time for it to be an entertaining film, but overall, Justice League is another disappointing entry in the DCEU.

It's strength lies in the characters. The chemistry between them works, and despite some of them not being as developed as they should have been, the characters work. Particularly Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have some great moments, while Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa offers some comedic relief. Actors like Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and J.K. Simmons are more or less wasted though.

Justice League is however brought down by ugly visuals and awful CGI. It does actually look unfinished at times. There's also occasionally some sort of tonal crash, this most likely due to parts of the film being reshot following Zack Snyder's departure and Joss Whedon finishing the film. While Whedon's influence shines through in some of the better scenes, it also makes the film tonally inconsistent. It goes from somewhat dark to goofy in a finger snap.

The plot is ridiculously simple and forgettable, with Steppenwolf being a contender for one of the worst villains in superhero history. The action is something taken straight out of a video game and everything is quite simply a mess. Yet, it's enjoyable for what it is. But it should be better.
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People who added this item 1000 Average listal rating (729 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Wonder Woman (2017)

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One of the most appreciated things with Wonder Woman is that it truly understands the importance of emotion and character development. This is a film that takes its time in letting us in on the characters. Letting us know and care for them. This gives the film an emotional core that causes the action spectacle and CGI nonsense to have some weight and soul. It's exciting to see Gal Gadot fully transform into Wonder Woman, because we have spent a huge portion of the film getting to know her character.

I do in fact think that the action scenes are the worst part of this film. They are bit too relying on that Zack Snyder-type of slow-motion and it does eventually get a bit too much. The final confrontation is also slightly disappointing as it turns into just one big mess.
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People who added this item 1067 Average listal rating (770 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.9
Suicide Squad (2016)

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Suicide Squad is the perfect example of how studio meddling can ruin a film. Batman v Superman was a mess, but at least you could kinda see what they were going for. Suicide Squad is just an awful mess. The first 40 minutes are just poorly paced introduction montages awkwardly put to out-of-place pop songs. The editing and pacing is really bad, and you can see the touches of studio executives all over it. Then once everything is finally set up to go, the film delivers a poorly conceived story with a dull villain and poorly developed characters.

There are a couple of solid moments on their own. Will Smith and Margot Robbie delivers solid performances, and especially Margot Robbie is fun as Harley Quinn. But the film is muddled by murky visuals, a Joker subplot that shouldn't be there, an over-reliance on exposition and an emotional core that doesn't work. It's a wasted opportunity.
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A rewatch didn't do this film any favors. To put it simply, it's a mess. It doesn't flow well and it's at times extremely jarring. There are a couple of great ideas in it, but none of them are given the development that is required. Ben Affleck is cool as Batman and the fight against Superman is cool once it finally happens, but the film spends far too much time on setting up Justice League and other side-plots. What's supposed to be the main event is reduced to a side course. There are a couple of attempts at emotion here, that could have worked really well in a more focused film, but unfortunately it is drowned by all the mess.

Zack Snyder is a solid director when it comes to creating a visual spectacle, but with Batman v Superman he fails at crafting a complex and cohesive story that is emotionally engaging and consistently entertaining. Instead he creates a disjointed film that is entertaining at times, but is far too meddled with for it to be properly enjoyed and appreciated.
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People who added this item 386 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Tom Cruise keeps on outdoing himself when it comes to his stunts. In the beginning of the film Tom Cruise leaps of a C-17 at 25000 feet, shot entirely in one-take by an aerial photographer with a massive IMAX camera. It's completely insane - and it makes for heart-pounding cinema. This is however just one of the many impressive action scenes that Mission: Impossible - Fallout has to offer. It's tense and brutal. Fun and involving.

Fallout doesn't add any fresh spin on the espionage genre and its plot is very traditional Mission: Impossible fare. Yet the action is amazing, the characters are well-established and the emotional core of the film so engaging, that it's easy to forgive the predictability of the plot. This is quite simply entertainment in its most spectacular form.

Then there's Rebecca Ferguson. I think I've gotten an illness that requires me to have as much of Rebecca Ferguson as it is humanly possible to have.
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You might not like Tom Cruise as a person, but as a movie star, there are not many actors like him. He's an undeniable action star with plenty of charisma and likeability in his roles, and particularly in Mission: Impossible. This shows again in Rogue Nation, and when he also gets to act against someone as fierce and mysterious as Rebecca Ferguson, you're bound for a good time. Their chemistry is magnificent, and I love how they always managed to keep her intentions unclear. Making us question whether she's good or bad.

The action set pieces in Rogue Nation are amongst the most impressive in the franchise so far. The plot of the film is fine, but it works mainly as a way to connect one action beat to another. It is however done with such skill that one never feel overburdened or exhausted, instead I felt constantly thrilled and entertained, while eagerly and curiously looking forward to the next scene.
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The plot of a disavowed agency trying to redeem themselves while simultaneously saving the world is nothing fresh, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol offers very little new when it comes to plot and structure. It can also be accused of prioritizing action and spectacle over character and emotion. Yet it does the action so wonderfully well that one can't help but to be amazed by it. Tom Cruise is one of few remaining "movie stars" and his dedication to push the limit when it comes to in-camera action stunts is something that should be celebrated. Him actually scaling Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is just extraordinary. It's probably one of the greatest action scenes ever filmed.

Huge props should also go to director Brad Bird, who manages to keep the film consistently entertaining all the way through, even if the plot points are familiar. The film is well-paced, intense, funny and perfectly captured. With a slightly better script, it would have been a fantastic film - instead of a merely good one.
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After the disappointment that was Mission: Impossible II, director J.J. Abrams brought the franchise home to solid ground again with the third installment. Ditching a lot of the cheesy elements from MI: II, Abrams brings more of a gritty feeling to the table with added brutality and intensity. It also succeeds far more than its predecessor when it comes to the emotional core of the film. Tom Cruise, who is as brilliant as he always is, shares some great chemistry with the naturally gorgeous Michelle Monaghan. It feels a lot more natural and emotionally engaging than the forced romance of MI: II.

Other than that, there's a lot of what you would expect from a film like this present. Great action scenes, intense moments, twists and double-crossings. Philip Seymour Hoffman is wonderful as the villain, though I feel he's slightly under-utilized. Still, it's great a film.
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The writing in Batman and Harley Quinn is so awful that I was seriously considering turning it off at several places. The most obvious one being a scene that has Harley Quinn farting several times in the Batmobile. Then there's some really juvenile and cringe-worthy sexualisation of Harley Quinn. I'm not opposed to filmmakers playing on that or even bringing their own perverted fantasies to their films, but it should at least mean something or add to the character in one way or another. In Batman and Harley Quinn it just rubs me the wrong way.

The plot is a farce that ultimately leads up to an ending that is beyond terrible. The film just ends abruptly in what's supposed to be a cute moment - yet the film has done absolutely nothing to build up towards it, instead betraying who the characters are for that final gag. Then there's the introduction of Swamp Thing, which is the most pointless thing ever... And don't even get me started on the two musical numbers that appear in the middle of the film.

This is probably one of the worst things to come out of DC.
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Despite a couple of solid action scenes during the second half, John Woo's attempt at a Mission: Impossible film is kinda dull. Spending far too much time on a forced romance, the first half of the film is way too slow. Things eventually starts to pick up, but while the action scenes are serviceable by themselves - things quickly starts to feel a little repetitive. The beats are never quite where they should be, and it doesn't help that the film is incredibly cheesy either. Add to that an unfitting soundtrack and a couple of lame slow-mo shots, and you've got yourself a poor film.
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