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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    The first one was arguably was Marvel’s biggest surprise so far (and also their biggest gamble, which paid off tremendously). A fun, epic space-action-romp with wonderful, original characters and an incredible sense of fun, but also a lot of heart and soul. Thus, “Vol. 2” has some huge shoes to fill. What’s more: Where the first one came out of the blue, people’s expectations are a lot higher this time around. However, I’m glad to report that in my book,…

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★

    First of all: I won’t get into the whitewashing-debate. I understand the arguments behind it, and I got my own opinion on that, but this review will deal exclusively with the movie itself. Also, please note that so far, I haven’t seen the original (an oversight that I’ll correct on May 13th, when it will be shown at the Vienna Filmcasino). Thus, if you automatically disregard any reviews that don’t complain about the whitewashing at length and/or compare this live-action…

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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★★

    "Logan" is a prime example of what the superhero genre is capable of if a movie dares to free itself from the restrictive constraints that usually come along with the genre. It's a grim, dark and hauntingly beautiful tale of a lone, beaten and broken wolf on a desperate mission with surprisingly (and pleasantly) downscaled odds. This time, Logan isn't out to save all of humanity, but rather gets one (final?) chance to retrieve his own. With superb performances by…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Of all the screenings that I went to at last years Viennale, “Whiplash” by far got the most cheers and applause. The audience seemed to be in a real frenzy afterwards. Me? I’m afraid I wasn’t quite as taken by it as many others were. It’s a good movie, but I also had some issues with it.

    My main problem with “Whiplash” definitely lies in its ending, and the message it entails. This is one of those movies where a…