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  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★★½

    It's a shame that a mid-range budgeted film like Overlord blipped and disappeared at the box office. Because this $38 million dollar feature from up and coming director Julius Avery is a lot of fun from its impressive opening until its exciting climatic sequence.

    Overlord is very violent, so perhaps this turned off the general audience. The mostly practical effects are extremely well done, with the make up effects on some characters being especially impressive. Not to mention the large…

  • Creed II

    Creed II

    ★★★

    Creed II treads where many sequels have before it: Mining similar territory while working hard to make up for the fact that the joy of discovering these characters has passed, and attempting to create developments for them which are somehow just as engaging. And, like most sequels to original hit films, it fails to scale the same heights as its superior predecessor.

    The film starts with Adonis Creed on a major high with everything seeming to fall into place in…

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  • Better Watch Out

    Better Watch Out

    ★★

    Disappointing post-modern horror which might have been far more enjoyable had the major twist in the film not been spoiled by the marketing campaign.

    From there, it aimlessly stumbles through a sleep-inducing second act before briefly coming alive in the third ... only to completely shit the bed with one of the more infuriating endings I've had the misfortune of sitting through in recent years.

    Credit to the director, however, as this single location film looks better than you might…

  • The Breaker Upperers

    The Breaker Upperers

    ★★★½

    Genuinely funny New Zealand comedy that has the good grace to be short and (not so) sweet and to the point.

    Written and directed by the two stars, Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek. The Breaker Upperers, is so Kiwi it almost hurts. From its offbeat characters to its under-stated ridiculousness, the film rarely pauses in seeking its next laugh, so when they inevitable third act "schmaltz" comes, it doesn't derail all the comedy in the films.

    Both Madeleine Sami…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    It's an all too rare event when a film lives up to the hype, but Mad Max: Fury Road proves that such a thing can and does happen.

    Co-written and directed by the creator of the original three films, George Miller, and reportedly years (beyond the norm) in the making, Fury Road is quite simply a labour of love from a 70 year old who has time and again delivered diverse, innovative films. And Fury Road may just be the…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★

    The early rumblings you've all heard through the internet are absolutely true. Captain America: Civil War is a very good comic book adaptation and a damn fine film. It manages to be well paced despite its 147 minute run time, gives good service to no less than 12 major characters from the comics, and introduces a couple of "new" characters into the MCU without feeling bloated, nonsensical, or overly fan-servicey.

    Much of the credit for this goes to the Russo…