Category: Syndicated

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Battleship

Directed by Peter Berg. With Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna. A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. Who would have thought that this board game would make for such a fantastic military propaganda movie? Buy On Amazon!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Directed by Joss Whedon. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth. When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan. Buy On Amazon!

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed by James Gunn. With Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana. A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe. I do love this film, it looked great in 4k/hdr. Buy On Amazon!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. With Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford. As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. Arguably the least comic bookish of the MCU movies, I believe this was the movie that gave Marvel the impression that the Russo brothers could manage characters in a believable and enjoyable way. Buy On Amazon!

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Thor: The Dark World

Directed by Alan Taylor. With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd. When the Dark Elves attempt to plunge the universe into darkness, Thor must embark on a perilous and personal journey that will reunite him with doctor Jane Foster. The much maligned movie was only less maligned due to how close it was to the truly horrible Iron Man 3, there’s a lot to unpack in the story that didn’t get the time to do a proper unpacking. The worst I can say about the film is that it was a mediocre MCU movie, nothing especially bad about...

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Stuber

Directed by Michael Dowse. With Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino, Natalie Morales. A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure. Another comedy ruined by it’s marketing, the few truly funny parts were in the trailers and I saw those about 50 times due to how often I’m at the theater. That being said, if you don’t remember much from the trailers, this is a great buddy cop comedy. Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista have some great chemistry that works and the story isn’t too silly. It was also great to see Natalie Morales again, I...

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Hotel Artemis

Directed by Drew Pearce. With Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown. Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. The last time I reviewed this movie I suggested that you not look up who’s in the film, but I forgot I gave that suggestion and when I watched it again, I had my mind blown yet again. I’m not sure what it was about the original watching that made me add this to my “buy on physical media” wishlist, but I watched it in 4k/hdr...

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Thor (2011) – IMDb

Directed by Kenneth Branagh. With Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston. The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. My MCU 4k rewatch continues, this is a gorgeous film that I remember liking when I first seent it, but thought it was too small in scale. Happily the scale is something they figure out in later movies and I continue to be impressed with the initial outing of my favorite lord of thunder. Buy On Amazon!

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Iron Man 3

Directed by Shane Black. With Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle. When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. Easily the worst MCU movie to date, with inconsistent internal logic, a story structure that just never gets off the ground, and I’ll never forgive them for not including any of the previously mandatory music from ac/dc. The best thing I can say about it was the orchestral soundtrack was amazing, the acting was on point, and the special effects were what I would...

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Supermarket Shriek

Screaming Through! You’re a man. You’re a goat. You’re in a cart that is moved by you screaming. Seems like a silly premise, and it is, but it’s essentially a racing game with intentionally difficult controls, which I appreciate in concept, but I did not enjoy in practice. Buy On Amazon!