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Kingsman: The Golden Circle
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Just shy of the original's freshness and set pieces, this sequel is outstanding with very few minor flaws and issues to bring down such a good time!

War for the Planet of the Apes
47 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Aside from a few questionable character behaviors of some of the human characters, specifically how soldiers and guards should act, this film is phenomenal. The choice to center on the apes rather than the humans is truly the greatest strength to this series as a reboot. Each of the characters are relatable and wonderfully realized, especially Caesar whose story arc is always interesting to watch unfold. New characters like Bad Ape and Nova really add to the heart of the story as well.
The effects are some of if not the best CGI I've ever witnessed. You really feel like these creatures were actually filmed.
I'm not a fan of forcing a series into a trilogy and, while I hope they continue this franchise, this film left off in a natural ending place that definitely ties up the story nicely.
Go see this film!

Despicable Me 3
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I like this series. True, I didn't like Despicable Me 2 a lot because it felt like a rehash of the original and focused on the Minions too much. Then I saw the Minions movie and loved it so who knows where I'm going with this, haha!
But I LOVED this one! The characters felt like they were growing into more defined versions of themselves and the addition of two new ones worked out very well. Gru's lost twin brother Dru was hilarious in how their dynamic worked and Balthazar Bratt might be my favourite character in the series now!
There were great set pieces and gags, the voice acting and animation is always top notch, and best of all there was growth in the characters and more world building that didn't feel tacked on.
But simply, it's friggin hilarious! Go see it!

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Certainly the best DC adaptation since The Dark Knight, Wonder Woman has lots going for it. Gal Gadot is simply wonderful as Diana Prince and the supporting cast does a great job as well, particularly Chris Pine's Steve Trevor.
However, the film is not quite as bulletproof as many would have you believe. Plot holes, continuity errors, sub-par CGI, and an overuse of slow motion abound. The direction seems to be most to blame here as a lot of the choices by the director seemed either too safe or just poor judgment from the getgo.
Still, the film as a whole is quite enjoyable and I truly want to see more from Gadot as the Princess of Themyscira.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While I was highly entertained by the continued adventures of Jack Sparrow and crew, I feel like this one didn't quite get it's sea legs by the end. The new additions to the cast are great, and of course the thrilling set pieces are here and spectacular, especially in the first half of the film.
I felt the ending was a bit too rushed, cliche, and had a "tie up all loose ends" kind of feel to it.
Still, Depp is always a delight to see play Jack and that alone is worth the price of admission!