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Jurassic World
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Like its predecessors (even the original isn't perfect), Jurassic World does have its flaws. Whilst The Lost World and JPIII had few yet large problems, the latest instalment for the franchise also has some issues which are on a far smaller scale. Luckily this means that it is easier to enjoy Jurassic World without having to focus on the negatives. From incredible visuals, superb dino-action and decent performances from Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, there is plenty to enjoy and be blown away by. It is also a very different type of film as it leans towards the fast paced action blockbuster we have during this time of year. This is not necessarily a bad thing because Jurassic World doesn't try to be like the original masterpiece and contribute its own DNA to the prehistoric series. Hopefully, when we look on retrospect, we can look at the positives this film gives and not on the negatives like we have done on the previous sequels. Because it's aware that it will never be as good as Jurassic Park, it does the best with what's available and the outcome is that we have been delivered the best sequel.

Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of the strongest, if not the best, Scooby-Doo features to come about. With real monsters being introduced for the first time, the execution is perfect and creates a powerful and creepy atmosphere. Packing both a decent story and beautiful animation, these elements blend superbly in creating the darkest adventure Mystery Inc. experienced. Scott Innes, Billy West, Frank Welker (reprising his role as Fred), B.J Ward and especially Mary Kay Bergman all contribute brilliant voices which are perfect for the meddling kids and the dumb dog. This incredible comeback for Scooby-Doo led on to the making of The Witch's Ghost, Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase, for which all three are also worth watching. Even though the movies released after these lose the dark tone and gripping interest, let it not be forgotten of how strong of a comeback was made for bringing back Mystery Inc. to a new generation.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Spider-Man 2 is that extremely rare gem that manages to exceed the high qualities of its predecessor in everyway.Tobey Maguire reprises his role and maintains to present the perfect portrayal of Peter Parker. While struggling with real life and his heroic life, Parker's growing love for Mary Jane grows and flawlessly creates a strong emotional trend to this film. Alfred Molina gives audiences one of the strongest performances with a Marvel villain through his role as the notorious Doctor Octopus. From a potent script and incredible visual effects (more practical then CGI), Sam Raimi succeeds in creating an intimidating foe who is both interesting and sophisticated. Without a doubt one of the very best Marvel films to come out is cemented as my most favoured superhero film of all time.

The LEGO Movie
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Sweet, humorous and lots of fun. The LEGO movie meets and exceeds all pessimistic expectations of this feature. Whilst visually stunning, the choice of voice actors truly add to the humour and are perfect choices, particularly Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell. Every person who has watched this film has never forgotten the sweet yet ingenious lyrics to "Everything is AWESOME!!". Easy for kids to understand and great nostalgia for older Lego fans, The LEGO Movie has a safe spot on my top 10 of 2014.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Boring and tedious easily describe one of the poorer horror remakes in the 21st Century. With the lead characters doing nothing but swearing and screaming for the entire film, what's the point of trying to make the audience sympathize with them? Aside from R. Lee Ermey as the corrupted sheriff, the opening with the crime scene is the only aspect of the this feature that's worth watching.