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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★

    Accusations of sexism at Pixar undermine Incredibles 2’s feminist message.

    See my review on Thumped: thumped.com/movies/movie-reviews/incredibles-2/

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★½

    It wears the same suit as its predecessor, but it’s an ill fit. Most of that’s down to Taylor Sheridan’s script, which comes off like ideas cast off from the first go-around, haphazardly sewn together, and with a depressingly facile right-wing bent. A red herring set-up involving Daesh-esque suicide bombers is a desperate appeal to Trump-voting racists in a way the original’s all-out bleakness never went.

    Meanwhile, in the absence of Emily Blunt’s character, or someone like her, our sympathies…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    I think there's been some misreading of Deadpool among local film critics, who appear to have watched it through the lens of 'oh not another comic-book movie' and allowed that to colour their take on its very deliberate schtick. I can't even say I blame them, as such, because Deadpool is the very definition of a movie squarely aimed at fans, even more so than, say, The Force Awakens and its fan pandering at the expense of a better story,…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★

    The embargo's finally lifted so I can share with you all my surprising take on the second Avengers flick: it's shite.

    Now calm down, I will be fair; there are some improvements on the first one, which I hated with a burning passion. The awful 'witty' dialogue has been toned down for the most part. The treatment of the characters is more sympathetic to their solo adventures, if not canon. The Hulk, written backwards from one of those oh-so-witty lines…