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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

What’s there to like?

Well we have a fifth(!) installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The first trio was surprisingly enjoyable. And the fourth, lagging behind by a few years, pulled together a nice victory lap. Johnny Depp did his thing, and Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane brought enough pizzazz to make it fun.

And now we have a fifth, subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales. So how is it? Continue Reading

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Central Intelligence

What’s there to like?

I’m going to try and be generous here, but there’s not a ton to get excited about. Let’s see what we can say. Central Intelligence is an action comedy, so if that’s one of your genres you enjoy no matter what, go see this one. (How am I doing so far?) There are some of fans of Dwayne Johnson (like me!) and of Kevin Hart in the world, and you get to see a lot of those two here. Even Aaron Paul shows up a few times, throwing in a classic “bitch” line both to make us smile about Jesse Pinkman and to draw the unfavorable comparison of the movie to Breaking Bad. Continue Reading

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Warcraft

What’s there to like?

You may not know this, but I’m a fairly serious World of Warcraft player. That makes this is a tricky review, because my take will obviously be different than that of those coming new or relatively new to the Warcraft universe. I think we can do it, though.

There are definitely some things to like, even if you don’t know this lore. The motion-capture orcs look gritty and cool (props to Toby Kebbell as Durotan–probably the most compelling character in the movie), and the spells the mages cast are also pretty. There is a lot of rich lore here, as well, that the film draws on. The characters’ backstories are extremely filled out, which helps. Continue Reading