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They Live
They Live (1988)
11 hours ago via Flixster
½

John Carpenter goes campy with They Live.

Backed with a catchy tune for 90 minutes, They Live hilariously amuses with its sci-fi thriller style plot. The buildup is a little lengthy, but serves as a great contrast for when the sunglasses are on. Plot details are thin and under explained at times; however, the subject matter and characters make up for these shortfalls.

The action is over the top and a brawl in an alleyway is excessively long, yet somehow it feels right at home in this picture. The visuals through the sunglasses is a delight when compared with the so-called real world view.

Roddy Piper is a hoot and Keith David steps in as a successful partner in crime. Those two alone are enough to make this film work.<

They Live steps out of the norm and unveils reality. Worth a check out.

Kubo and the Two Strings
13 days ago via Flixster
½

Travis Knight assembles Kubo and the Two Strings.

A 90 minute animated adventure paces itself slow and steady, perhaps a little too slow at times, but manages an interesting plot to keep the characters moving. A few twist and turns show around the bend and Kubo and the Two Strings has entertainment value for all ages.

The visual splendor of the characters and settings are the film's highest accolade, making it easy for continuous watching, even through the slowest of times.

Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, and Matthew McConaughey voice the bulk of the journey and Rooney Mara is a pleasant surprise to fill in the gaps.

Kubo and the Two Strings leaves an all around pleasant taste on the screen. Find the armor and unleash the magic.

X-Men: Apocalypse
21 days ago via Flixster
½

Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse brings the apocalypse, but never delivers the apocalypse.

Running over 2 hours and a lot of mutants to go around, X-Men: Apocalypse houses some entertainment value, but never fully busts out of its shell. Trying to find the time for each character is not an easy task and the plot has both successes and failures in this area. With that said, the moderate pace makes the film easy to follow without much drag.

With heavy reliance on CG, the visuals are a mixed bag. Certain elements look brilliant, while others are a step down. The look and design of the characters deserve some praise.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender carry the load of the cast, as expected. Oscar Isaac steps in as the mighty Apocalypse, but never stands out. Both Isaac and Jennifer Lawrence suffer from poor writing for their characters.

X-Men: Apocalypse showcases what it sets out to do with a few surprises thrown in. Unleash your super power.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
26 days ago via Flixster

Gareth Edwards steps away from the original episodes to tell Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story.

Traversing across the galaxy at 2 hours and change, scenic planets and moons come and go with a variety of characters to show the way. The pace is quick, moving from setting to setting, while at the same time, keeping plot details simple and easy follow.

The visuals are fantastic with Scarif leading the way, thanks to its tropical setting. The CG is also worth a mention.

The diversity of the characters make for an interesting watch. Felicity Jones leads the way with the likes of Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, and Ben Mendelsohn following close behind.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finds its place in the Star Wars universe. May the force be with you.

Sicario
Sicario (2015)
27 days ago via Flixster
½

Denis Villeneuve's Sicario keeps up the mystery.

While not necessarily sprinting in at nearly 2 hours, Sicario does manage to upkeep the interest for what comes down in the finale. Even while the film tones and slows itself down after its intense introduction and first act, the story pushes itself forward building to its conclusion.

The camera work and selected visuals help liven up what would be a very monotone and laborious setting. The action, while not in gigantic bundles, keep the film from becoming a bore.

While Emily Blunt takes the lead and delivers the most emotion throughout the picture, Benicio Del Toro finds himself with the more intriguing character. Not much to argue with Josh Brolin rounding out the rest of the major characters.

As an action thriller, Sicario lives up to its title. Run for the border.