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Split (2017)
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

James McAvoy stars in M. Night Shyamalan's incredibly intense psychological thriller Split. The story follows three teenage girls who are abducted by a man with multiple personality disorder. McAvoy gives an extraordinary performance, doing an amazing job at shifting between personalities and at making each one distinct. Additionally, the storytelling is rather impressive, developing tension and intrigue especially well, along with a mind-bending twist (a Shyamalan trademark). Still, there are a couple of plot points that are kind of left hanging and ambiguous. Yet despite a few weaknesses, Split is a solid film and a return to form for Shyamalan, whose work over the last few years has been rather lackluster.

Underworld: Blood Wars
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The fifth installment of the franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars is a contrived and pointless film. When the vampire clans face a relentless new enemy they offer renegade death dealer Selene clemency in exchange for training a new group of vampires to be death dealers. The plot is rather thin and doesn't make a lot of sense. And Kate Beckinsale phones in her performance, letting her stunt double to all the real work. Still, the fight scenes are well-choreographed and exciting (at times). Incredibly disappointing, Underworld: Blood Wars is a shallow and vapid action film that fails to revive the series.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A return to the classic lighthearted comic book style, Wonder Woman is a thrilling, pack-packed adventure film. The story follows young warrior princess Diana as she trains with the Amazons on the hidden island of Themyscira, until one day American fighter pilot Steve Trevor crashes on its shores and tells them about the World War being fought on the outside; leading Diana to team-up with Trevor and leave Themyscira in search for the god Ares, who she believes is behind the World War. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine both deliver strong performances and have good chemistry. However, the plot's a little weak, particularly the climax. And while the fight scenes are dynamic and exciting, they're kind of poorly shot; with a lot of slow motion and freeze framing that breaks up the fluidity of the action. Yet there's a raw energy and intensity to the film, which is aided by Rupert Gregson-Williams' impressive score. Wonder Woman has some problems, but it's incredibly entertaining and a solid entry in the DC Extended Universe.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
21 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Captain Jack Sparrow sails the high seas in search of adventure once again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. When Will Turner's son Henry goes looking for a way to end his father's curse he teams up with Jack Sparrow to find Poseidon's Trident, but an old advisory is soon awakened and seeks revenge on Sparrow. Johnny Depp is excellent as always, and brings a lot of charisma to the film. However, Javier Bardem makes for a rather weak villain (perhaps the weakest of the series). And the special effects for the dead crew are incredibly poor. There are also some continuity errors with the previous films that are a bit irksome. Still, the action sequences are fun; full of swashbuckling sword fights and thrilling chases. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is an entertaining ride, but it struggles to deliver something fresh and exciting.