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Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle unleashes the blue rash.
Running long at 20 minutes past 2 hours, Kingsman: The Golden Circle tells an amusing tale, but fills itself with a bit more nonsense than needed. With that said, the story houses enough entertainment value.
The violence is brutal, although the blood is held in check. There is enough action to go around, backed with stylized choreography and camerawork.
Taron Egerton puts his foot through the door and takes the lead, something he couldn't do in the previous picture. Mark Strong and Julianne Moore take up a bunch of minutes with plenty of familiar faces showing up.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle has the action, the adventure, and the comedy; everything a film of this caliber needs.
Matthew Vaughn delivers the suit in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Gliding in at just past the 2 hour mark, the plot's combination of violence, humor, and style raise the entertainment and lower the seriousness. While staying grounded from time to time, the film also manages to go over the top on numerous occasions.
The action is violent and stylized, leading to candy for the eyes. The blood content is a little light considering the violence, but acceptable none the less.
While Taron Egerton does an amusing job with his character, it's Colin Firth that carries the movie. Mark Strong does what his last name suggests; provide a strong supporting character.
Kingsman: The Secret Service blends its different genres together in amusing fashion. I'll take the Big Mac.
Luc Besson goes style over substance in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Blasting in well over 2 hours, the film meanders around from start to finish. Feeling a little scattered at times, the plot details avoid explanation for elements that scream attention or exploration, while explaining things that don't need much explanation to begin with. With that said, it's difficult to get lost and there is enough story to keep things together.
The opening scenes alone are visually stunning and the eye candy continues throughout. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets definitely has meat on the bone, but with such heavy reliance on CG, there isn't enough to keep up with the visuals.
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne display good chemistry together, but both lack the extra charisma to explode off the screen. The rest of the cast fall into the background or lack sufficient screen time to stand out.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets excels in some departments while holding back in others. All in all, there's enough for a trek through the city.
Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin are seeing double with Despicable Me 3.
Running a brief, yet seemingly appropriate, 90 minutes, Despicable Me 3 manages a steady pace with its story. The laughs are too few for what transpires and the multiple characters follow segregated story lines which somehow splash together for the finale.
Nothing stands out visually, but Despicable Me 3 continues to showcase its lovable characters, backed with a great soundtrack.
Steve Carell pulls double duty nicely with Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker filling in the gaps. Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Nev Scharrel deliver as well.
Despicable Me 3 has enough entertainment value; just not enough to dance its way into greatness.
Jon Watts untangles the webs in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Web-slinging its way in a little past 2 hours, Spider-Man: Homecoming manages to tell an amusing tale without trying to build up a franchise. While lacking a whole lot of character back story, it manages to blend in with the Marvel cinematic universe as it goes through the ups and downs of being a superhero.
The CG is a mixed bag, along with the action, but for the most part, pass fly with bright red and blue colors.
Tom Holland puts on a good show. The tone of his voice and line delivery do wonders for his character. Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei also do a nice job filling in when Tom isn't doing the heavy lifting.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings along for a fun ride through the city. Shall I activate insta-kill?