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  • Assassin's Creed

    Assassin's Creed

    ★★★

    2016 looked to be a promising year for video game to movie adaptations. With Warcraft under the watchful eye of director Duncan Jones and Assassin's Creed boasting a pedigree of acting talent, it seemed certain that at least one of these films would break the video game curse. Unfortunately the Warcraft movie turned out to be less than stellar, and all hopes lay on the shoulders of Assassin's Creed, which turned out to be....passable. Which is something I guess.

    Set…

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★½

    Disney has been on a bit of a streak of late with hits like Tangled, Big Hero 6, Frozen and Zootopia. They seem to have found the secret recipe for creating instant animation classics and this holds true for Moana, the newest feature film from the House of Mouse.

    The story begins on the Pacific island of Motunui, the home of Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the 16 year old daughter of the island chief, Tui (Temuera Morrison). Moana is being groomed…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★½

    I'm not going to lie. I've been looking forward to this movie ever since I heard it was going to be made. As titbits of casting news and story details were slowly revealed, my excitement steadily grew, with the trailers building the hype up to such a frenzy that I began to worry there was no way that Guardians could live up to its potential. I mean this is a story about a relatively unknown group of heroes that features…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    There's a lot to like about Dawn. Like a lot of great sequels, the themes are a lot darker than its predecessor, and that in itself lends an emotional weight to the proceedings, adding to the feeling that there is a lot at stake to the events that unfold on-screen.

    There is a more focus on the apes this time around, and the perfect marriage of technical wizardry coupled with nuanced motion performance allows the film-maker to create scenes that…