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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
20 days ago via Flixster
½

James Gunn crams it all in a planet with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Jumping across the universe at a lengthy 2 hours and 15 minutes, the film delivers humor and action in heavy doses, which leaves the plot details a little light. While a little simplified at times, the story has more than enough from start to finish, and well through the closing credits, to leave an amusing after taste.

Like much of the film, the action is heavily reliant on CG. The colors are vibrant which does wonders for the eyes. Possibly seeming over reliant on the CG, Guardians of the Galaxy manages to hold everything together without getting caught up in the visual spectacle.

Chris Pratt is the life of the film. Zoe Saldana continues to fill the shoes of Gamora. Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker benefit from much more time and dialogue in the story.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 molds together into a successful adventure in the cosmos.

Ghost in the Shell
34 days ago via Flixster
½

Rupert Sanders delivers a shell with no ghost in Ghost in the Shell.

Downloading in at 100 minutes, Ghost in the Shell shelves out a visual display with a story that starts off well, but fizzles down as the film progresses. The complexities of the futuristic science fiction atmosphere and plot details lack sufficient explanation; only enough to get by.

The action is limited, which isn't a problem. The film is story driven with pieces of nicely placed action sequences to fill in some time. To top it off, the visuals are worth noting.

Scarlett Johansson, along with many other characters, are monotone in nature. A bit of a turnoff, but at the same time, fitting with the plot.

As a science fiction picture, not a remake, Ghost in the Shell delivers enough to be a worthwhile watch.

Saban's Power Rangers
48 days ago via Flixster

Dean Israelite's morphs a campy TV series into a full fledged action adventure with the Power Rangers.

Riding in at nearly 2 hours, the character buildup, at least for most of the characters, does its job. The first couple of acts of this picture takes its time morphing into shape, and this is good; the better parts of the film. The finale is where all the fun happens; however it speeds up too quickly for its own good.

The CG and action is a mixed bag, but more than tolerable. The finale showcases more than enough to go around.

RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, and Naomi Scott are the heart of this picture. Ludi Lin, Becky G, and Elizabeth Banks, while integral characters, suffer from a sufficient lack of development.

While the Power Rangers isn't perfect, it more than satiates the hunger for an action adventure.

Kong: Skull Island
2 months ago via Flixster
½

Jordan Vogt-Roberts digs out a trek across uncharted territory in Kong: Skull Island.

Nearly 2 hours goes by before the calm returns to the island. There is a pretty decent pace pushing the story along, but it hurts the character development to a certain extent. Part of it is there are too many characters to work with and follow. Another part is there are a plethora of monster scenes that there isn't enough time spent with all the humans.

The action is destructive and massive. There is no shame in showcasing Kong on screen and this is a good thing. Kong displays his power against the skullcrawlers.

Of all the human characters, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly offer up the most interesting performances. Kong gets much on love screen, probably even much more than any of the humans.

Kong: Skull Island drops the seismic charges and delivers an explosive traverse across the island.

Logan
Logan (2017)
2 months ago via Flixster
½

James Mangold crafts an action adventure, not a superhero movie, with Logan. This is a good thing.

The story drives its way to easily over 2 hours and it does feel that long. The pacing is slow, and while it works in this film's favor leaving the characters to excel with drama, it slows a bit much at times.

Yes, Logan is story driven, but it also needs its share of action. The violence is brutal and backed up with a lot of F-bombs in the dialogue. Definitely an R-rated picture in its own right.

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are all over this picture. They shoulder the load leaving everyone else in the dust. Dafne Keen does have her moments despite minimal dialogue.

Logan hits the spot as a violent action adventure. Beware the adamantium.