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Kingsman: The Secret Service
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Kingsman is awesome! This fun and inventive spy movie is truly entertaining. Taron Egerton, you have my attention. Matthew Vaughn's British/007 spy satire truly delivers a fun experience with fun characters, action and quips. Although, the anti-climactic ending leaves some things unresolved, and a few of the jokes fell flat. Overall, this is one of the best non-007/Bourne/Mission Impossible spy movies ever!

Ghost in the Shell
20 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

(6.5/10)
Ghost in the Shell is okay, but not quite as amazing as it could be, despite its best efforts to "honor" the original anime from a western perspective.

The film boasts beautiful visuals, okay action, a cool score, a few interesting ideas, and good performances from the cast, with Pilou Asbęk, Takeshi Kitano and Michael Pitt being the stand-outs.

However, the film also presents questionable directing, acting and script choices from Rupert Sanders, Scarlett Johansson and the screenwriters respectively (not to mention the unfortunate twist), a generic plot, underwritten side characters, and dumbed-down philosophical themes.

While the end result is not as awful as it could have been, there's still plenty of room for improvement for this film (and any possible sequels) to be incredible and to do the original anime justice. The film, much like The Major, is a shell with fragments of an otherwise compelling ghost.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

(8.5/10)
Despite the choppy first act and some weak characterizations and music choices, director Gareth Edwards gives us a war story with a surprising amount of depth and sophistication, as it is a story of hope and sacrifice. With great performances, stunning visuals, action, scale and spectacle, and an awesome third act, Rogue One is a fantastic new entry in the Star Wars mythology, and a promising first entry for the new Star Wars Story/Anthology films that breaks new narrative ground.

Moana
Moana (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Moana isn't the most original thing ever and isn't as fantastic as Zootopia, as it is derivative of other better Disney films and has pacing problems here and there. However, Moana makes up for it by offering some new likable characters in the Disney "canon", despite being not so interesting, great music (although not as grand or amazing as the music in other Disney films), amazing visuals and animation, as well as a few new fresh elements to make itself somewhat more unique from other Disney films. Moana is a satisfying new entry into Disney's new modern animation renaissance.

A Monster Calls
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A Monster Calls is a magnificent film of darkness and fantasy, grief and imagination. Director J.A. Bayona does a brilliant job with this film, everyone in the cast gives great-to-amazing performances, especially from Lewis MacDougall. The animation and visuals are astounding to witness, and the script from the book's author himself is very impressive, combining heavy themes and emotion with pure imagination and depth. A Monster Calls is an emotional, engrossing and moving masterpiece and my favourite film of 2016.