The Emoji Movie – Review

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By the time my viewing experience of The Emoji Movie came to an end, I genuinely came to wonder whether or not I’d died during the trailers preceding the film, and all of the subsequent 80 minutes of “cinema” I witnessed were in fact merely my brain’s synapses randomly, desperately firing in all directions, generating such a senseless, pointless, sloppy mishmash.

Full review at Flickering Myth.

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War for the Planet of the Apes – Review

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When the Planet of the Apes franchise was dubiously rebooted six years ago, it was practically impossible to consider the artistic leaps and bounds the series would subsequently take, venturing from 2011’s unexpectedly canny retooling through to 2014’s ambitious, expectation-defying Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now, perhaps finally, that rarest of things – a second sequel that incredulously improves further still.

Full review at Flickering Myth.

The Space Between Us – Review (**)

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You’ll be forgiven for assuming that this star-crossed romance is based on a popular Young Adult novel, but in fact it’s an original script from the mind of full-time cringe merchant Allan Loeb (Collateral Beauty). Even without the teen-baiting paperback to accompany it, this is a no-less cornball, fascinatingly confused and eventually quite terrible romp all by itself.

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Fifty Shades Darker – Review (*)

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Doubling down on the campy absurdity of its 2015 predecessor while refusing to take the disappointingly tame sex scenes to smutty new levels, Fifty Shades Darker is a staggering misfire only good for repressed housewives who might cower at the sight of actual human genitals, and those who can appreciate the film’s treasure trove of unintentional hilarity.

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The Lego Batman Movie – Review (*** 1/2)

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If not quite matching the high standard set by 2014’s surprisingly excellent The Lego Movie, this Bat-centric spin-off is a spry, visually lavish superhero movie that should easily satisfy frothing fanboys and casuals alike.

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Rings – Review (* 1/2)

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Every bit the cynically lazy, belated reboot most were expecting, Rings exists solely to milk the wallets of people who didn’t even exist when the 2002 U.S. remake first hit screens. Despite a few vaguely interesting ideas, it’s mostly just blandly soporific slop.

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T2 Trainspotting – Review (*** 1/2)

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Far away from the doomed belated sequel many expected but also not quite the top-notch follow-up fans were hoping for, the clunkily-titled T2 Trainspotting – because someone apparently found that Terminator 2 nod way too funny during the marketing brainstorm – is a mostly triumphant return for the central quartet, and a reliably stylish winner from Danny Boyle.

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