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  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★★

    This wasn't too bad. It's clearly Tim Burton in paycheck mode, but he's crafted a really amazing looking film, that looks much better than the standard Disney live action remake. But you can see his Burtonisms have been really pushed into the background.

    Danny Devito is great in this, kind of playing a family friendly movie version of Frank Reynolds. Colin Farrell and Eva Green are both fine, but neither are given a lot to do. There's a genuine warmth…

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★★½

    Even in its blatantly compromised form Dark Phoenix is still better than about 90% of the place the characters are headed now. This was clearly intended to be a 4 hour story and the first hour and change reflects that only to rush to a half hearted ending. However the profound humanity of the X-Men franchise still shines through here. There’s something very terrifying and very real about the government immediately setting up mutant internment camps after a single non…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Solo is the slick, entertaining and exceedingly charming lollipop Lucasfilm is giving fans after big mean The Last Jedi tore off the nostalgia band aid off Star Wars fans.

    The very concept of a Solo film for me was deathly uninteresting, it felt like Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan where pandering to a fanboy wish-list from 1992 without any real finger on the pulse of what would work today. The would be later compounded when Phil Lord and Chris Miller,…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★★½

    Deadpool 2 succeeds in all the ways where the first one does. It still doesn't overdo the meta humour and retains a small scale story just like part 1. However it stays fresh by taking the basic action movie story of the original, and replacing it with a very traditional X-Men narrative that still would've been amazing without the Deadpool veneer.

    Bringing in David Leitch as director was a masterstroke, he should absolutely be allowed to keep playing within the…