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Swiss Army Man: Way More Than a Just Boy and His Farting Corpse Jet Ski!

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Even before we meet the odd couple who constitute 95% of Swiss Army Man, we are given hints of the oncoming oddness through the credits as various ‘send help’ notes drift by on increasingly curious and elaborate vessels – including one that ends with the exclamation, ‘I AM SO BORED!’

Then we get to the meet incredibly uncute between suicidal castaway Hank and waterlogged corpse Manny and the fart and penis jokes commence – but if you stick with it, Swiss Army Man becomes a vehicle for existential angst, meditations on love, friendship and life itself (however twisted and insane they might be). It might even be considered a superhero spoof (but I’m not saying another word about that – Except the word superpowers…).

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The BFG is a Visual Delight but a Sluggish Movie!

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.
In Disney’s fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl’s beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

Steven Spielberg’s first film with Disney, The BFG, features three brilliant performances and a horde of delightful visuals that are dulled more than a little by the film’s tendency to meander – dropping the pace to sluggish.

It doesn’t quite capture that unique balance of whimsy, wit and darkness that Roald Dahl’s work so great, either.

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Popstar: Never Stop Stopping – Never Stop Laughing!

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The Lonely Island boys (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) are one for one in their budding movie careers(s). Popstar: Never Stop Stopping isn’t so much Spinal Tap for the 21st Century as it is Spinal Tap for the Viral Age.

Popstar is the story of a Conner4Real – who has become the world’s top pop star following the breakup of the hip hop trio, Style Boys, a group consisting of Conner and his best friends since they were tykes, Owen and Laurence. Having just destroyed the world with his first solo album, he is totally unprepared for his second to be received poorly and goes off the rails.

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TMNT: Out of the Shadows: Better – But Only Just!

Megan Fox as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes
Megan Fox as April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

The first movie in the series had one really good action sequence and a bit of clever banter but largely a waste of space.

Out of the Shadows makes a more than casual nod to the delightful animated series of the eighties and, when it gets it right is definitely an improvement. Then it squanders those improvements for a harebrained subplot that builds resentment between the brothers.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Is Snoozeworthy!

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Alice Through the Looking Glass is a collection of pretty pictures, great VFX (lovely 3D!) and a handful of moving moments, a few good laughs and some genuine wit – all enshrouded in many, many, many moments that threaten an unexpected bout of nap attack.

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Money Monster: Timely Thriller Has Ball$!

George Clooney (center) stars as Lee Gates in TriStar Pictures' MONEY MONSTER.
George Clooney (center) stars as Lee Gates in TriStar Pictures’ MONEY MONSTER.

Money Monster is a timely hostage thriller that capitalizes on people’s distrust of Wall Street.

Wall Street shenanigans (an alleged computer glitch that loses Ibis Clear Capital $800 million) push a working class stiff to take hostage the TV financial show host whose advice he followed to the loss of a small inheritance.

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Captain America: Civil War Sets a High Bar!

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Captain America: civil War is set to be one of the highest grossing films of all time because a) it’s almost an Avengers film, b) it introduces Black Panther and Tom Holland’s perfect take on Spider-Man, and c) it’s just that good.

Seriously, if I’d seen Civil War before I saw Batman v Superman, even Wonder Woman wouldn’t have raised it above an F. Everything it did wrong, Civil War does right.

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Captain America: Civil War is First Great Film of the Summer!

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I won’t go as far as to say Captain America: Civil War sets a new bar in Superhero films, but its pretty darn good. When I first walked out of the screening a few weeks ago, I was on a giddy high, thinking it was probably one of the best films of the year, but now that I’ve had a few weeks away from it, the hyperbole is a bit toned down. Of course I have a tendency to forgive a film’s obvious flaws the first few hours after an initial viewing.

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