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4/5 76%

We Are X (2016)

"Riveting and exhilarating, We Are X shines an overdue and definitive spotlight on the myth, madness and music of the phenomenon of X Japan, Asia's greatest rock band, that most in the west have yet to discover." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 25, 2016
3/5 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back sports a minimum of action bombast, but is still entertaining mainly due to the considerable charm of its leads" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/5 40%

Operation Chromite (2016)

"Operation Chromite's dull-witted script, lack of thrills, and unimpressive visuals wastes a great cast and tense historical setting to fail as entertainment. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
1/5 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Puerile and self-indulgent without a real laugh to be found. I have no idea how this gets released by a major studio, while Ralph Bakshi has to go to Kickstarter for a Vimeo release. Just say no. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 13, 2016
3/5 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Is Suicide Squad the worst superhero flick, ever? Not remotely. It starts with style and laughs before descending into a mud pit of clichés and dull action. Worth seeing for Viola Davis' mighty Amanda Waller as the spinoff I now want most." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3.5/5 No Score Yet

Love, Lies (2016)

"While not perfect, Love, Lies is a worthy discovery of a time and culture in Korean history not often seen on western screens. Its fine acting, heady romance and truly gorgeous visuals make it a pleasure to watch." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"While clunkier and goofier than its predecessor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows still entertains, packing in high-flying action, laughs and unabashed affection and homage to the characters we know and love." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/5 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Its ham-fisted, overemotional script, completely bereft of charm or ingenuity, its unremarkable villain and second-rate special effects make X-Men: Apocalypse the least successful of the recent Marvel entries. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 17, 2016
4/5 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"The fun and excitement of Captain America: Civil War carries it through a slow start and weak premise. It sets up great expectations for new chapters, and after this epic fracturing of their Avengers friendship, we want to know where they go from here." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 7, 2016
4.5/5 94%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"A thrilling story full of exciting action, heartfelt emotion, outstanding 3D visual effects with one of the scariest villains to prowl across a movie screen make The Jungle Book one of Disney's best live action films. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/5 17%

Rescue Dogs (2016)

"Childish and silly, but perhaps it's the kind of silly that the youngest audience members will enjoy. The rest of us can consider instead the heart and goodwill meant by Rescue Dogs' production." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 5, 2016
1.5/5 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"Reduces Hank Williams' legacy to a boring, clichéd, chicken-fried soap opera that gives us no answers or insight into either the man or his music. Why was this film was even made? I Saw the Light should've stayed in the dark." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3.5/5 89%

The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (2016)

"The Boy and the Beast's story of a child in an anthropomorphic Wonderland, finding a family with the gruff, bearlike creature, its rollicking action and humour all mark another great Hosoda animation, that sadly loses momentum in a flat second half" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 8, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

Like for Likes (2016)

"Playing like a lukewarm Korean TV drama, we're offered a charming ensemble and not one, but three, paper-thin, crowd-pleasing, romantic plots, combining for a Valentine's Day trifle perfect for first dates or girlie gatherings." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 29, 2016
2/5 33%

The Himalayas (2016)

"A formulaic glut of schmaltzy clichés and cheap-looking visuals packed into a predictable, witless, braindead script. If someone had pushed the film cans for The Himalayas off a mountain, we'd be all the better for it." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 3, 2016
4.5/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Inspiring and wonderfully acted, Concussion's embrace of spirituality and science, and its coincidental pro-immigration message makes all the more powerful the story of one man against a corporate monolith" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 26, 2015
4/5 92%

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"And just like that, the scars of 16 years and lesser trilogies were magically washed away. We've seen much of what's onscreen before, but Abrams brings a fresh energy to pacing and performances that reminds us of the joy of watching Star Wars films" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 20, 2015
5/5 No Score Yet

The Throne (2015)

"Based on one of Korea's most infamous incidents, The Throne is tense, enthralling and beautifully acted. I wish all history lessons were as engaging as this. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 89%

Veteran (2015)

"An exceptional cast, a tight, sharp script with perfect rhythm, rip-roaring comedy, and of course, the exciting action we've come to expect from director Ryoo Seung-wan, makes Veteran an excellent time at the movies." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Nov 28, 2015
3/5 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"Despite an oddly-paced, charmless script and obvious filmmaker ennui, Mockingjay Pt 2 is neither the worst film I've seen this year, nor the worst sequel. It's merely the weakest in what had been a surprisingly good series." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Nov 22, 2015
3.5/5 65%

Spectre (2015)

"A fun ride and worth seeing on big screen, Spectre doesn't linger in the mind after leaving the theatre. An oddly hollow script, increasingly rote action and staccato pacing keep it from being the engrossing, exhilarating thrill that Skyfall was." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Nov 15, 2015
5/5 87%

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"Packed with sweetness and laughs, The Peanuts Movie reminds us why the characters Schulz created 65 years ago are still so beloved, but is also so entertaining and innovative as to make us look forward to more big screen adventures." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Nov 11, 2015
4.5/5 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"Artful portrait of an era pays homage to its cinematic forebears, but reverberates powerfully on modern screens. Great performances by Hanks and Rylance, a sharp, witty script and an energised Spielberg make Bridge of Spies one of his best in years" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 18, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet

The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts (2015)

"Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but makes accessible and inspiring the real story of a man in progress, working toward rehabilitation. The heartfelt effort and brotherhood of the film's charismatic wrestling superstar subjects are its true brilliance." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Oct 13, 2015
4/5 80%

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015)

"An excellent nostalgia trip for longtime DBZ fans that manages to be exciting, witty and engaging enough for new viewers who have no idea who Goku, Frieza, or the Prince of All Saiyans is. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 31, 2015
4/5 87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"Exhilarating from its first moments, Straight Outta Compton seizes its viewer and doesn't let go. Director Gray captures the rage and electricity of the era in this portrait of rap legends, NWA. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3.5/5 83%

Runoff (2015)

"Intelligent and entertaining, Runoff moves its audience from what was perhaps a vague, wistful notion of the rural existence of family farming to witness the harsh realities of a tragically disappearing American way of life" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2.5/5 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Leadened by a dull script and lacklustre visuals, Tomorrowland cannot match its well-meaning message about the power of hope and saving the future right now with its primary mission to be an entertaining movie. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 24, 2015
4.5/5 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Mad Max: Fury Road is a glorious symphony of violence, action, and subversive wit and wisdom that goes far beyond anything its series' predecessors or any recent action film has done." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 17, 2015
2.5/5 66%

Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015)

"Dark Star gives us the world of H.R. Giger at its most intimate, yet fails to make use of the access to ask any questions or gain any insight to the late, groundbreaking artist. Giger is an enigma that this film seems determined to remain an enigma" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/5 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"Better than the average sequel, yet less sharp, fresh and energetic than I'd hoped, there's still plenty to enjoy about Avengers: Age of Ultron that makes it well worth the tons of dosh it's sure to pull in." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet

Twenty (2015)

"Unsurprisingly, Twenty is a box office hit in its native South Korea, but thanks to its sweet, slightly naughty silliness and the powerful allure of its cast, fans everywhere can enjoy this charming and hilarious coming-of-age tale" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 18, 2015
1.5/5 32%

Chappie (2015)

"Modern fairy tale, vision of sci-fi dystopia or dark comedy; like the identity crisis of the film's robot, Chappie suffers from not knowing what it wants to be and a script full of dialog for simpletons and nonsensical moments galore doesn't help" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 9, 2015
2.5/5 63%

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

"The filmmakers can't be faulted for a sequel, but they can be blamed for saddling their stunning cast with this half-baked, 80's sitcom-level, shell of a script. No one will be visiting The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel without some real renovations." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 8, 2015
1.5/5 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

"Panders to Twilight's housewives and teens demo using that story's template, but with sex! Kinky sex! The sex is incredibly boring and the alleged "romance" between a naïve college student and her stalkerish zillionaire suitor is deeply troubling" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 14, 2015
2.5/5 69%

Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015)

"Whatever room meant for discussion and insight in this film falls in favour of a puffier piece that feels more like promotion for the group's tour than an effort to make anyone truly understand their struggle. I did not want it that way. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 31, 2015
4.5/5 67%

Ode to my Father (2014)

"Heartwarming, brilliantly acted and unexpectedly funny, Ode to My Father is an epic odyssey through Korean history that feels so personal, it is impossible not to be engrossed in the emotion of the story. " ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jan 10, 2015
4/5 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"Rip-roaring, irreverent and so much fun, Guardians of the Galaxy succeeds in not only introducing and connecting these relatively unknown characters into the Marvel pantheon, but in making it one of the most enjoyable and unforgettable of the bunch" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Aug 2, 2014
3.5/5 91%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"One of Tom Cruise's best in years, Edge of Tomorrow steers clear of its source material's heaviness and just tries to entertain, which is does in spades, packing in the action and Director Liman's gallows wit approach to a Groundhog Day premise." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"Aside from being admirable as a rare girl-friendly film in a summer of boydom, if you're coming to see Maleficent it's to watch Angelina Jolie devour of the scenery in the role she was born for. The camp factor alone is worth the price of admission" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3.5/5 91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"While entertaining and bolstered by excellent pan-X-Universe performances, Days of Future Past is a grimmer, less exhilarating chapter in the saga." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 25, 2014
2/5 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"Dull and wanting with a misdirected focus on cliché human drama instead of kaiju stomping. Those unfamiliar with Godzilla might enjoy, but it's not what it should have been. After 60 years in showbiz, doesn't the King of the Monsters deserve more?" ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted May 18, 2014
4/5 89%

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Miles beyond the great 2011 chapter. Ups the ante in storyline, character development and action, while giving a thrilling setup for future installments. It's the best of the Marvel/Avengers pantheon since The Avengers movie." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Apr 8, 2014
3.5/5 94%

Journey To The West (2014)

"The cast is extremely funny and the movie will entertain viewers new to his work, but happy as I am to see anything from the multi-talented Stephen Chow, for this longtime fan, the movie feels a bit empty without his comedic onscreen presence." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 60%

Non-Stop (2014)

"Non-Stop is no more than one would expect from a B-movie actioner; some thrills and a small bit of action. Despite its deficiencies and lack of inspiration and thanks to the steady and winning presence of Liam Neeson, it's also no less." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1/5 49%

RoboCop (2014)

"It's been a while since I've wanted to throw a shoe at a movie screen, and it's been never since I've wanted to hug Paul Verhoeven. Damn you, terrible RoboCop remake for making me wish for both occurrences." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 17, 2014
0.5/5 23%

That Awkward Moment (2014)

"Crude, stupid, shallow and infantile; towards the end of That Awkward Moment, a taxi hits one of the characters, obviously for "comic" effect. I gave that cab a standing ovation and was bereft to discover it didn't finish the job." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"Lighter on action and futuristic visuals, Catching Fire is superior to the first film by virtue of notable performances and more compelling storyline. If the quality of the filmmaking continues into Mockingjay, I'll be thrilled to see how it ends." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/5 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"Nearly three hours of repeated debauchery and nasty deeds fails to bring Goodfellas-style bite and tension to a situation where the worst that can happen to the film's unlikable characters is the possibility of serving time in a cushy jail." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/5 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"An incongruous jumble, American Hustle's supporting cast and Lawrence's stellar turn lingers in the eye, not the movie as a whole. For a film that perhaps attempted to break a mold, it suffers from simply not knowing what it wanted to be." ‐TheDivaReview.com
Posted Dec 27, 2013
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