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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★½

    I didn't care that much about the original film. I've seen none of the sequels other than AVP, which is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was on board for this because it's a Shane Black movie, but I was let down.

    This felt like Black trying to make someone else's film, or doing an impression of the kind of director that would make a film like this. That's not what I expected given how much…

  • Rampage

    Rampage

    Wouldn't have hurt for this to be the least bit self-aware and feature some decent rampaging. The plot wants you to think it's somewhere between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Deep Blue Sea, it's neither. The action set-pieces want you to think they're Bayhem, they're not.

    See Also: Mighty Joe Young, Kong: Skull Island, The Meg

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★½

    'You look ready.'

    This film is easily compared with The Raid, which has essentially the same setup, without the bells and whistles of futuristic drugs and sexy psychic Olivia Thirlby. The Raid, being a relatively low budget martial arts flick, impressed me more. The Raid overcame a neat but slim premise by being extremely creative with its action, not just in its fight choreography, but with the basic setups of each individual conflict. Dredd was brutal, and entertaining, but ultimately…

  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    ★★★★

    'Don't be afraid...'

    Such a good film. All the stuff up to and including Batman's first appearance is stellar and really holds up, the photography is great and the scene where the audience gets a criminal's POV of Batman is genius (emulated fairly well by The Incredible Hulk, where it makes less sense). I'm less keen on some of the stylistic choices in the latter half of the film, especially when compared with followup The Dark Knight, but it hardly…