Excerpt: Barely Lethal thinks it has hopes of becoming a comic book film franchise all its own, but even with the borrowed cast from other such films (Avengers, Sin City, and X-Men: Apocalypse) and the rented elements from films past, this only comes off as a shallow parody of an homage to a film. The title itself is a warning reminding you that any more of this film is enough to kill you.
RATING: ★★ (2/10 stars)
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Excerpt: There is something to be said about how well synergized the Marvel on-screen universe is. The film opens mid assault on a base holding the Loki’s scepter (among other surprises). How they got their information or location to this is for the most part unimportant, and you quickly realize this after a few minutes into the film, there is a staged freeze frame that reminds you of comic book cover art. It is cheesy and completely over the top for a film, but it is a staple when for comic books, so it feels essential. Other essential things include the dynamic colors and costumes, comedic overtones and one-liners, and hordes of enemies and explosions. One major pitfall that is unavoidable when it comes to any film with fantasy and technologically advanced elements is the massive amounts of CGI needed to bring the universe alive. The first Avengers was a completely new cinematic experience, bringing together a huge ensemble of superheroes, each with their own backstories from their own respective world’s, and having them build up to this one explosive collaboration. That was the first Avengers. Lightning rarely strikes twice (unless you’re Thor), and Avengers: Age of Ultron proves that.
RATING: ★★★★★★(6/10 stars)
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Excerpt: The thing that makes Kingsman: The Secret Service stand out from any alternative film coming out this Valentine’s Day weekend is that you will actually enjoy this one. It does have violence, sex appeal, and a very penetrating (almost unnecessary) final scene like it’s competition, but this film has an engaging (and consensual) story and great character interactions with people obviously enjoying themselves. As the body count rises, our enjoyment rises with it. Did I mention the villain’s name is Valentine?
RATING: ★★★★★★★(7/10 stars)
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