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  • RED 2

    RED 2

    ★★½

    RED 2 mistakingly hires double the amount of retirees and twice the bombastic action. "Bigger is better", so they say. Whilst that may apply to a variety of situations (televisions, equipment for after dark usage (if you catch my cold...) and Nicolas Cage raging his heart out), it doesn't necessarily work for sequels. Here we have a prime example of that ethos backfiring, with so much *stuff* happening that it becomes a clustered, splintered and hefty mess of global political…

  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

    ½

    Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance attempts to avenge its predecessor on a flat tyre. Continuity. It may just be the most valuable asset to a franchise. In fact, it's the only quality that a sequel should uphold. Whether the films be a couple of years apart or even a decade, they *should* resemble some sort of common ground. Aside from the titular anti-hero making his demonic presence for a grand total of five minutes, Spirit of Vengeance is essentially a…

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    If Beale Street Could Talk gently explores racial discrimination and eternal love through expressionistic drama. Nuance. It's an approach that very few directors decide to take. The ability to fabricate raw emotions through minimal effort, whether that be literary or theatrically, producing a subdued aura that surrounds the characters. Jenkins' follow-up to the masterpiece that is 'Moonlight' is one that is riddled with expectations. A question of delivering such towering content consecutively. Whilst not in the same league, Beale Street…

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★½

    It: Chapter Two clowns around attempting to adapt a seemingly unadaptable second half. There's a cruel irony that haunts the now all grown-up Bill, a screenplay writer, that represents my opinion of King's infamous conclusive half. "The ending kinda sucked". Having read the novel, watched the original miniseries and survived my own nightmares, I came to the conclusion that the adult section of 'It' is terribly written and highlights the very worst of King's writing techniques. It's balls-to-the-walls insanity with…