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DUNKIRK Review

DUNKIRK Review

Posted 6 days ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Christopher Nolan is easily one of my most favorite directors of all time. He gave The Dark Knight Trilogy, and every other film of his is a near textbook example of how filmmaking should be done. He’s always able to tell a remarkable story, and shoots it with some of the best IMAX camera’s in the business. Many say that James Cameron is the Grand Master of 3D, which I agree. I also feel that Christopher Nolan is the Grand Master of IMAX. He’s been using this format ever sinc

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GIRLS TRIP Review

GIRLS TRIP Review

Posted 6 days ago By Brandon Keith Avery

We all have that group of friends that will be down for us until the end of time. Brothers and sisters from another mother, but it still feels like family. Though, as life happens and more and more time passes, the moments spent with those loved ones grows further and further apart. So what’s the best way to rekindle that long lost friendship? Take a getaway trip and kick back which is what this Girls Trip is all about. 4 women constrained by their everyday lives and want to just let loo

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VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Review

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Review

Posted 6 days ago By Brandon Keith Avery

All the professionals in the world have expressed how large the universe is, and I believe them. I’ve personally never been out of the planet, but maybe, I’ll make it someday. Though, with so much space to cover, what mind is required to gather the four corners of space into a film that gives a decent glimpse of what’s beyond the stars? Director Luc Besson did it once with The Fifth Element (1997), and now with his creative mind he’s back for Valerian and the City of A

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Review

Posted 2 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

There’s a lot riding on the third film in this new rebooted ape’s franchise, and rightfully so. It’s been a fantastic new series so far, delivering nearly everything a fan of such films would want in cinema. Rupert Wyatt was first up to bat in 2011 with a near masterpiece, then followed director Matt Reeves for the finish. One key aspect that makes each a gem is how each transitioned to the next. There’s also a real deep sense of family among the characters that makes y

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WISH UPON Review

WISH UPON Review

Posted 2 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Everyone in the history of existence has at least once wished  themselves to be in a better situation than their current state. If you say otherwise you’re most likely lying. As you’ve heard the saying before, the grass is always greener on the other side. That’s part of the premise our lead actress Joey King goes through within Wish Upon. That she could just wish her pain away, and make her desires come true. Seems innocent enough, but she may not have been paying atten

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review

Posted 3 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Sony Pictures has been all over the place when it comes to their Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004) is still arguably considered the best amongst fans, being grounded with its character depth, and now Homecoming is up for the challenge. The studio made the mistake of interfering with Spider-Man 3’s (2007) development, causing a reboot to an even bigger mess with the The Amazing Spider-Man films, causing another reboot. They should get it right the third time arou

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THE HOUSE Review

THE HOUSE Review

Posted 4 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Will Ferrell is arguably one of the funniest comedians that will ever be in the entertainment industry. This man was born to make people laugh, and he takes full advantage of it. So, having him alongside the other stars in this film, they should’ve at least had an average comedy on their hands, but this ended up being something else entirely. In this film, something has been done that’s never been done before. New ground is breaking in the realm of film firsts. The House will now b

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DESPICABLE ME 3 Review

DESPICABLE ME 3 Review

Posted 4 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Since the beginning of time the majority of people have only witnessed the hero’s side of the story in animation. So a few years ago Illumination studios wanted to turn things around and show the flipside of the coin relating to the villains. It was a smart idea that turned into a lucrative franchise that’s loved by most. If anything, these movies are aimed at children, rightfully so, and deserve their place among good forms of entertainment. There’s even a little sprinkle he

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BABY DRIVER Review

BABY DRIVER Review

Posted 4 weeks ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It was a sad timeback in April of 2014 when director Edgar Wright decided to part ways with Marvel Studios over creative differences in regard to Ant-Man (2015). With his unique stylistic approach, him overseeing that film was any comic book and film fan’s dream come true. Ant-Man was still able to be a hit for the studio. So it may have worked out for the best that Wright decided to direct Baby Driver instead. On paper, this film has been done in a few different forms a numerous amount

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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Review

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

With this being the fifth installment in the Transformers franchise, you’d probably think you’ve seen it all. That’s not meant for the better, as in a captivating script praised for its detail or some new technical achievement that will change the game of filmmaking. That’s meant for the studio’s bold approach of not caring about any cohesiveness and rubbing it in your face. This time Paramount Pictures insisted on going bigger, badder, and louder, throwing so muc

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ALL EYEZ ON ME Review

ALL EYEZ ON ME Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When you have an artist as popular as Tupac Shakur, it would be a great disservice to fans across the world to not tell his side of the story. He impacted so many lives throughout his reign, and still does twenty plus years after his untimely death. There was heavy debate over the last few years, until production started, on how his life should be told, and Lionsgate decided to take a crack at this legendary icon. The best parts of All Eyez on Me is the casting. At times, it felt as if the rea

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CARS 3 Review

CARS 3 Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Back in 2016, Pixar made one of the most memorable animations in quite some time with Cars. It was full of heart and passion that made you feel like a better soul after watching it. Cars 2 wasn’t as well received as its predecessor by both critics and fans from all around. While I did think it was a step down, I still had some fun with it. This steady decline continues with Cars 3, to the point you can’t nearly wait until it’s all over. It’s not clear what’s going

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47 METERS DOWN Review

47 METERS DOWN Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

A vacation is supposed to be one of the many highlights of your life. Whether you’re down in the dumps, or a general happy person, it’s meant to be your getaway to live freely with no worries. That’s not the case when two sisters decide to take a trip down to Mexico for some fun. 47 Meters Down flips your life upside down from the time of your life to a living nightmare. It’s a true thriller that has you at the edge of your seat in fear of what’s going to happen n

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ROUGH NIGHT Review

ROUGH NIGHT Review

Posted 1 month ago By Brandon Keith Avery

How does one of the most memorable nights of fun and pleasure that you could possibly imagine turn into a fright fest of horrors that you can’t escape? Murdering a stripper while you’re high on drugs is how, which is the pickle these five friends found themselves in! There’s been a few movies with the same premise that have debuted over the past few decades, but now first-time director Lucia Aniello wanted to take her swing at the material with all her style and flavor. With

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THE MUMMY Review

THE MUMMY Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel if it’s working. That’s the motto studios are taking on to deliver new forms of entertainment, and it looks like Universal Pictures is following suit. Just like Marvel Studios started back in 2008 with Ironman, they created a shared cinematic Universe of all their beloved characters. Warner Bros. was next, and now Universal is in the mix creating their own shared space of characters called Dark Universe. Back in 2014 they made an attempt

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IT COMES AT NIGHT Review

IT COMES AT NIGHT Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The true color of humanity emerges most when one is most desperate. There’s numerous forms of emotion that are present in this dramatic mystery, but that one stands out the most. These characters are desperate to survive, and with a sound plan, a strong will, and superb directing by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), it appears everything will come to a positive fruition. Besides the characters and the predicament they’re in, high recognition should go towards the man behind the

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Review

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The range of a child imagination is endless. That’s where the idea of Captain Underpants comes from. On the surface, when you hear such a title you’ll most likely come up with reasons on how ridiculous it sounds, thinking it won’t serve your sensibilities. You wouldn’t be alone, as most would write it off as over the top silliness. Though it is all of that plus a bit more. The series, Captain Underpants, contains 12 books, 3 spinoffs, and has sold over 70 million copies

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WONDER WOMAN Review

WONDER WOMAN Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Wonder Woman has impacted the lives of millions over the past several decades, and now she finally has her grand moment to shine on the big screen. It was a long time coming, being well deserved, and director Patty Jenkins (Monster) is one of the best in the business to take on such a property. So much is riding on this film and for departments over at Warner Bros. to deliver a great film that not only meets expectations, but jump starts a fresh launch of films that the previous 3 were divided

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EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Review

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

As we all know, life isn’t fair. No one can control the world they’re born into, and sometimes we must take the cards we’re dealt and just make the best out of it. It’s easier said than done for some. Though living a life in a box because you’re allergic to everything in the outside world is nearly imaginable. Even though similar tales like this have been told before, it’s refreshing to get a new take on slightly familiar material. That’s what director

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ALIEN: COVENANT Review

ALIEN: COVENANT Review

Posted 2 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Director Ridley Scott started something great back in 1979 with his classic hit film Alien.  Today it’s still praised by the majority, and will be for quite some time. Different directors have taken a swing at the material, with some delivering a worthy sequel continuing the story, while others had a tougher time. Scott picked things back up in the same universe with Prometheus (2012), which had mixed reviews, but showcased so much promise for the future to come. Now the original ma

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SNATCHED Review

SNATCHED Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

I would catergorize this more as a comedy with flare than an action comedy, but either way you look at it there’s enough goods to soak in. Whether you’re a fan of the recently famous Amy Schumer or legend Goldie Hawn, they both hit the ground running in this mother and daughter duo adventure. Director Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies) was able to pair up two stars and reign supreme for ninety-one minutes of pure fun regardless of your taste. With his filmography catering to more

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Review

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Back in 2014, with months leading up to James Gunn’s release of Guardians of the Galaxy, it was safe to say no one knew what to expect. Some movie goers were excited, while others thought it would be Marvel Studios’ first flop. Fortunately for all fans of entertainment, it was a solid film that blew every preexisting expectation away. Now we’re here for volume 2, and the expectations are on the rise. I thought the first film was a ton of fun, even with the nitpicks I have thr

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UNFORGETTABLE Review

UNFORGETTABLE Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

From the release of the first trailer, Unforgettable appeared to be a forgettable soap opera drama that we’ve all seen before. If you were one to roll your eyes during its marketing, know that you’re weren’t alone. These sentiments were most likely shared across the board, for it seems this story has been told an exaggerated number of times, though here there is the bonus of two prominent stars. Surprisingly, with her directorial debut, Denise Di Novi was able to craft an ent

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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Review

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Review

Posted 3 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Paying respect when and where it’s due, The Fast and the Furious franchise deserves all the praise it can take on. When you think they’ve ran out of fresh ideas, you’re humbled as they continuously surprise you, providing the next global threat of destruction. Directed by one of the greatest men behind the camera in the past twenty plus years, F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Negotiator, Straight Outta Compton) not only crafts a superb film, but easily one of the best features in th

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GOING IN STYLE Review

GOING IN STYLE Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For most of us, there will come a time when kicking the bucket is right around the corner. A time of sitting back laughing and reminiscing on all the great times from the past. Hopefully you’ll have a good friend or two to share those memories with, as these three best friends do to the fullest. From the first few moments of the film, it’s clear Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are a triple threat of comedic brilliance, as they bounce off each other like they were born

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GIFTED Review

GIFTED Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Being completely honest, Marc Webb (500 Hundred Days of Summer) is an exceptional director, but his last film, The Amazing Spiderman 2, was one of the worst experiences I ever had in a movie theater. There aren’t enough words to describe the amount of disgust I have for that piece of crap. Trying to forgive him of that sin, his previous work shows how talented he is, and so does his new film Gifted. The casting of the popular and well-known actor from the role of Captain America, Chris E

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SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Review

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

The Smurfs have been around for decades as cute little cuddly creatures with as many personalities as ten decks of cards. There’s just something about them that you can’t get enough of as they dance and sing, “La La La La La La,” repeatedly until the day is gone. Though we may get sick of them soon enough with an attempt as poor as this one. While some of the essence remained from The Smurfs, this adaptation caters only to children, unlike films from the past. Initially

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GHOST IN THE SHELL Review

GHOST IN THE SHELL Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Ghost in the Shell is arguably one of the most popular Japanese animations of all time. Ever since its original release back in 1995, fans from all around the world have raved about its excellence. For such a property, it was only inevitable that a studio would take hold of the rights to adapt it into a large blockbuster feature, and who could blame them with the technology that’s at studios disposal nowadays. If anything, this film deserves praise for its creativity as it jumps forward

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LIFE Review

LIFE Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For me there isn’t much hope when I see a movie advertised about an alien life form that grows into a menace, that may potentially harm earth. In this space adventure it seems all too familiar. My thoughts are it’s only worth it if the characters don’t make rash decisions that lead to disaster. Though with the writers being Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland), my attitude remained on the optimistic side going in. So right before its release with a cast of a fe

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POWER RANGERS Review

POWER RANGERS Review

Posted 4 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Power Rangers in the early 90’s was the show kids all around raved about, rushing to their television set right after school. It was a fun, action-packed filled extravaganza that was impossible to ignore. It was cheesy to say the least, but all was forgiven; with it at times being self-aware and fully embracing itself. There’s been countless reimagining of the original show, but nothing comes close to the original. Though in all old properties enough time passes by to warrant a reb

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GET OUT Review

GET OUT Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

My goodness! This is like a Black man’s worst nightmare, to be abducted by white people only to be forced into slavery. Jordan Peele (Key & Peele, Keanu) made a bold move when he decided to write and direct this horror laced mysterious thriller. Not only does it fit that mold, but the inclusion of comedy was a hard task that he pulled off. Initially shocked that he would take on such material given his background delving in comedy, Peele delivered a thought provoking film that not on

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LOGAN Review

LOGAN Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

For the longest time I’d given up on 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of the X-Men series (2000-2006). The first two films from Bryan Singer were fine, but the third was an abysmal mess. More films came around, like X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), which followed suit. Then Matthew Vaughn came shaking things up, rebooting the franchise with X-Men: First Class (2011). That film is beyond amazing, but Fox destroyed its potential by linking it to past films through X-Men: Days of Future

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A CURE FOR WELLNESS Review

A CURE FOR WELLNESS Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

From early looks, A Cure for Wellness appeared to be a mysterious and challenging film where you’re puzzled until the final frame. It holds your interest until the very end, but if it pays off or not is another question. Taking a closer look at director Gore Verbinski’s filmography, I was taken aback that he took on this type of material. Having started the Pirates of the Caribbean films, this just shows how far his range is in regards to interest and skill. The actor cast for the

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FIST FIGHT Review

FIST FIGHT Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When the first trailer for Fist Fight was released, I asked myself, “Why Ice Cube, why?” I’m a big fan of his, and with me having no faith in how this film would turn out it piqued my interest more and more when it came closer to release. It was hard to wrap my head around two grown men fighting in a high school parking lot around students and not going to jail. The cast fit the roles with talents like Tracy Morgan (Coach Crawford), and Charlie Day (Andy Campbell). So I thoug

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THE GREAT WALL Review

THE GREAT WALL Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

To have two cultures come together in production on the big screen makes sense in many ways. Most notably if both countries contribute the largest box office numbers worldwide, like the United States and China. So, having a Hollywood juggernaut of sorts as the main lead teaming up with one of the best directors in China is a smart business move I’d get behind. Though contributing to the reign of the “white savior” stereotype has long had its time, and needs to die. The public

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50 SHADES DARKER Review

50 SHADES DARKER Review

Posted 5 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

After the reception of 50 Shades of Grey, it was smart for director Sam Taylor-Johnson to get away from this franchise as far as possible. Whether it was an amicable decision or not, she’s better off moving along to other things. So, I have to wonder what type of incentives would have to be on the table  for any other sane individual to take rein of this monstrosity. Multiple dump trucks of money, magical pills that make you grow stronger, or a free preview of heaven with VIP access

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Review

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

You have to be pretty bad ass to shake the boots of every man, woman, and child you encounter in the streets. Never has a man been so respected and feared in the underground world of assassins. Known as “The Boogeyman,” Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick, and he’s more fierce than ever. There have been countless films over the years that delved into the world of organized crime and mayhem, but this John Wick series is rewriting all the textbooks on how straight-up hardcore rev

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Review

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Back in 2014 Warner Bros. released their first feature in the world of Lego blocks, and it was more than anyone could ask for. Tailored more for adults, it also catered to children; which was a brilliant fusion for both age groups to come together and laugh hysterically. Now they’re back with Batman, who’s arguably one of the best and most popular super heroes of all time, but in Lego form. He’s the same Dark Knight that we’ve known before, but with more comedy, sarcasm

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THE SPACE BETWEEN US Review

THE SPACE BETWEEN US Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

Who knows if we’ll ever make it to Mars. I’m not even sure I’d want to go if the opportunity presented itself. Though being alive if we ever did would be so euphoric. That term is thrown around throughout the film to describe the feeling of new beginnings. It fits the filled with fun high spirited moments, whether the main character Gardner (Asa Butterfield) is making new discoveries or experiencing the tingly feeling down below when he meets his crush Tulsa (Britt Robinson)

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RINGS Review

RINGS Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

When most people attend the movies they don’t want to see the same old rehashed concept that came before. Fresh ideas with new twists and turns will always motivate the soul to hop off the couch and run to the theater. So back in 2002, when The Ring hit theaters, it had all you could ask for in a horror film. A story you’re dying to know, a plot you can’t wait to finish, and an antagonist you can’t predict. Audiences were running through streets in anticipation to tell

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RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER Review

RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

One thing that I can say about the Resident Evil franchise is it gets the job done and never stops. There aren’t too many properties that make it to their 6th installment without losing their popularity. Based off the video game from the 90’s, fans from around the world stay loyal to this world of monsters and mayhem, regardless of how ridiculous the plot gets. That what makes Resident Evil special. It goes for the ridiculous and is beyond proud to do so. That ridiculousness still

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GOLD Review

GOLD Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

How nice it would be to wake up in the middle of your dream job every day? It’d be amazing of course by all measures. I know I’ve had a job or two that I’ve despised, and others that had their pros. But to begin each day digging for gold can be that adventure you’ve only imagined. That was the case for prospector Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), a man who’s as optimistic as can be. While his journey is inspiring, the story of how it unfolds isn’t as much.

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SPLIT Review

SPLIT Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

As writer, producer, and director, M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) has been known as both a cinematic genius and the worst creator of films in the modern day. Not too many would argue that his recent work has been on par, but his last film The Visit showed he still has some creativity left up his sleeve. It still had problems, not delivering what was promised regarding scares, but managed to give audiences a good reason to not abandon him completely. It was marketed as a horror, thriller

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xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Review

xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Review

Posted 6 months ago By Brandon Keith Avery

It’s known that each year there’s a ton of trash talk when it comes to movies released in January. Who’s to blame, with the material normally not reaching standards that are considered great? On average, they consist of cheaply made generic cash grabs that will make a profit solely on default. Though like all walks of life, it’s all about the money. So, when a film is honest about it, all can be forgiven for the sake of popcorn entertainment. That’s what makes xXx

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