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The Edge of Seventeen
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While Hailee Steinfeld immensely impressed me almost six years ago in the Coen Brothers' 'True Grit'. Up till now the capacity of her capabilities and talent really shine in the 'The Edge of Seventeen' as this is literally her 'career best' performance as the estranged Nadine, going through a tough stage in her life, with the film also touching upon other coming-of-age themes such as identity and connections to others. While it's easy to recommend a film for how great an actor or character is, this film is also one of the most brilliantly written coming-of-age films of this modern era. It touches upon some incredibly visceral scenarios and themes intertwined with it's incredibly fine cast, also able to focus on the natural outcomes of everyday life within the overall sense of the film's plotting. It's also able to celebrate the humor taken from ordinary lives showing it's also never shy of being incredibly entertaining as well as endearing. I absolutely loved this film and would be terribly upset if Hailee Steinfeld doesn't get an Oscar Nomination for her outstanding performance in this film, owning every scene, carrying the film every step of the way. It gets my highest recommendation that I almost can't wait to watch it again.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I didn't know what to expect from a spin-off film like this especially occurring in the same Universe of a franchise I loved as a kid; Harry Potter. Well, this is what J.K. Rowling is creating alongside Warner Brothers just to prevent the company from buying the rights to 'Cursed Child'. After watching the film however I was both surprised and entertained by what this film had on display, a new type of Magical Journey set in 1920s New York about 70 years before Harry Potter's birth. 'Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them', is full of charming and thrilling sensations pitted against a wizard and a whole community in times of desperation and preventing their exposure to the real world or the 'No-Maj' as the Americans call 'Muggles'. Though I found it's scope to be almost on the edge of being bloated, the much more deeper endearing, charming and moments of hilarity made me like the film even more as I was watching it. There's enough thrills chills to satisfy all fans of Harry Potter both young and old as I found this film being the first in five both incredibly satisfying companion piece to the franchise overall. I commend all the cast for their performances as most of them were absolutely fantastic in their roles also to director David Yates, whose knowledge and style to this magical world is exciting as it's stunning to watch on screen, I recommend it to all Potter fans alike to experience.

Assassin's Creed
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I liked the 'Assassin's Creed' movie for the most part, as a fan of the franchise it really has what's going for it, though I wouldn't say it's great. Australian director; Justin Kurzel's direction shines within this film as it's a very taunt and mesmerising and mystifying film especially for his filmography. I can also say given the effort with the direction, aethetics, technicalities and casting the film is executed rather well, definitely showing what a cinematic vision of Assassin's Creed is capable of. Though as stylish as the director is, as lavish as the cinematography and production design looks, as exciting as most of the action is, as talented as the actors are in their roles, this is a type of film that can't escape it's obvious flaws. The scripting hardly provides enough of a fleshed out scenario for the characters to be engaged in, as much as fans know what's going on, the film will also confuse casual viewers and non-video-game-fans for the most part. Even with some added intelligence to the film's dream sequences and merging of sci-fi tech and past settings the animus sequences act more like the games than the game's past sequences act like actual films. this all comes to some unevenly handled plotting and twists that mostly occur within the film's third act. it's not all bad though, there's a lot to admire and is a little better than most film's based on video games, that'll satisfy fans of the video game will appreciate.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' is a very different type of film set within the Star Wars Universe. A Spin-Off of sorts within a new 'Anthology' series or stamps that act as their own films, separate but show their connections to the other films. Tonally and characteristically it adopts a war-like premise with a plot revolving around characters willing to redeem themselves over the bad deeds from the past, all while being a rag tag group of mercenaries coincidentally drawn together to complete a heroic task that lead to the events to 'Episode IV: A New Hope'. Gareth Edwards of 2010's 'Monsters' and 2014's 'Godzilla', shows he's a director who can handle the scope and large scale undertaking of something big such as 'Star Wars'. The film shows itself to be it's own story, although it does take a while to get used to the different approach this film takes, it does get better as it progresses with the characters growing on you and the third act battle to the very end being well worth the watch the whole way through. The visual aesthetics and effort put into the effects and world building block are nothing short of stunning, as it's wonderful to look at as it is to actually live in and experience it's dangers. The acting is very robust and impressive especially for these new players I wouldn't have expected to be in Star Wars though they actually make it work. Overall, the film's bold intentions pay off big time as it's an incredibly satisfying film and worthy entry in the Star Wars franchise. Recommended, as it shows there's never been a more exciting time to be a Star Wars fan now than ever.

Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
35 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In uncharacteristically defying antics Mel Gibson delivers his latest directorial effort with historical accuracy and epic ambitious scale to coincide being a thrilling, enthralling and entertaining film. The most significant if not the most impressive aspect of the entire film was the main character played brilliantly by Andrew Garfield shaking off his Spider-Man image and reminding us all he's an actor of a wide range. Much like other war films before it 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Black Hawk Down', 'Hacksaw Ridge' brings the out very graphic battle sequences that aren't suitable for any sensitive or squeamish viewers. Nonetheless the complex morality and and exploits of the film's main character make this film to be one of the most unique and compelling to date especially when focusing on little known history that's respectably presented on screen as it's fascinating and thrilling to witness. The end result is a film that not only reasserts Mel Gibson as a talented director but also a war film that celebrates the small victories of saving lives especially from a man whose never wanted or hasn't ever killed before. If that's not enough to recommend this film, especially given it's talented cast, outstanding cinematography and overall impact that doesn't quite make it a masterpiece but comes quite close, I don't know how else to frame it.