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Avatar: The Way of Water review “Cameron does it again”

How do you follow up the biggest film of all time? Good question isn’t it? And it’s clear that it’s a question director James Cameron has been asking himself hundreds of times.

You see, Avatar was released way back in 2009, and it also happened to be my first ever review on this site (ignore the rusty writing back then). It’s taken 13 years for Cameron to release The Way of Water. But is it any good? And more importantly, are people going to be at all interested in it?

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Andor review: “Star Wars’ most adult show”

With the emergence of Disney’s own streaming service in Disney +, the once distant possibility of having a live-action Star Wars TV show has become a reality. First came The Mandalorian, a solid entry into the ever expanding Star Wars universe that while being slightly overrated by die-hard fans, is a welcome addition to the small screen, still possessing the fun, large-scale storytelling and world-building that we’ve come to expect from this franchise. 

Next came The Book of Boba Fett, a disappointment in the eyes of many with a plodding narrative that seemed to care more for the other helmeted hero even side-lining the titular character for a couple episodes to effectively become The Mandalorian Season 2.5. 

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Movies that made a billion

As of September 2022, only 51 films have ever crossed the coveted $1billion mark at the global box office. And only 5 have managed to cross the even more elusive $2billion mark.

But does this achievement actually have any meaning? After all, cinema tickets are a lot more expensive than they used to be – often hitting £10 or more per person.

Nevertheless, this list showcases the movies that made a billion dollars at the box office, and whether or not you should spend your time watching them – or give them a pass.

Intrigued? You should be!

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Nope review “An enjoyable cinematic adventure”

There’s few directors that ‘burst on to the scene’ like Jordan Peele did back in 2017 with the Oscar-winning horror/thriller/satire Get Out. In his first feature film, Peele tackled the racial divide in a way audiences never saw coming and has continued to surprise audiences in unexpected ways. Two years later Peele made Us (2019), while a competent and intriguing horror/thriller with similar themes and allegory, it didn’t quite reach the narrative tightness and unexpected brilliance of Get Out. Now the former funny-man turned horror-auteur presents audiences with his latest ‘spectacle’, Nope.

The question everyone will be asking is “is it as good as Get Out?”. Honestly, that might not be achievable based on how Peele seemed to ‘catch lightning in a bottle’ with his first feature, however with Nope Jordan Peele has brought an entertaining cinematic experience to the big screen that in terms of size, scope and filmmaking in general, surpasses the achievements of Get Out and Us, fully cementing him as one of cinema’s most interesting horror filmmakers.

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Star Wars, a retrospective

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, the world was introduced to one of the most successful franchises to exist, spanning multiple genres and mediums. While its roots are grounded in Japanese cinema and the Westerns of the golden age, Star Wars over time has grown and evolved to become much more than that, opening the eyes of generations of viewers while becoming a central part in many people’s lives.

Whether it be for casual viewing or hard-core marathons, it isn’t hard to see the attraction of such a universe. If anything, it offers an escape from the sometimes bleak and depressing world we inhabit, showing fans that there can always be light found in the dark.

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Prey Review: “A breath of fresh air in a drawn-out franchise”

For anyone that saw the last Predator film, I think I speak for most when I say that expectations for a new instalment were rock bottom. The Predator franchise has had its ups and downs, with most sequels failing to capture what made the original so memorable. 

Enter Prey, the latest film in the Predator canon that is the first to not be released in cinemas, instead going straight to Disney + or Hulu in the US. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg of 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) fame, Prey is a back-to-its-roots prequel to the original 1987 film, set 300 years in the past following Naru (Amber Midthunder) a Native American who attempts to prove herself a hunter only to find that she and her tribe are being hunted themselves by the predator on what’s assumed to be its first hunt on earth. 

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Lightyear review “To infinity, but not quite beyond”

With Angus MacLane (BURN-E, Toy Story of Terror!, Toy Story Toons: Small Fry) at the helm and Chris Evans (Knives Out, Snowpiercer, Avengers: Endgame) starring as the titular space ranger, this expansion was all set to be an out of this world experience for fans and newcomers alike. While this is initially the case, a retcon appears towards the film’s third act which prevents the story from reaching hyperspace.

The story as a whole is well written, with the exception being the aforementioned franchise retcon which has been a major turn off for some fans. In addition, the bizarre choice is made to have the, in universe, merchandising for the film be based off the suits and star ship from the closing minutes of the film.

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Men review “A surreal experience that will ignite conversation”

Alex Garland’s latest folk-horror/thriller Men is one of those ‘marmite movies’. You’ll either love it, and appreciate its utter strangeness, ambiguity and tone. Or you’ll hate it for the very same reasons many will adore it. Alex Garland is no stranger to weird and existential concepts, just look at his last film Annihilation (2018), which had such a WTF- is-going-on-ending that I was quite surprised to see him out do himself with Men

Men follows the story of Harper (Jessie Buckley) a woman in need of a countryside getaway after the shocking suicide of her husband. While in this idyllic but isolated village retreat things turn nightmarish as Harper begins to encounter various men, all creepily portrayed by the brilliant Rory Kinnear, as they begin to make her confront her past trauma. 

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Jurassic World: Dominion review “How many dinosaurs would you like in your film?”

Shhh! Don’t tell the critics at The Guardian and The Times, but you are able to enjoy a popcorn blockbuster for what it is. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be saying that, but it’s true.

The critical reception to Jurassic World: Dominion has been less than stellar, with a measly 32% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Going in, I was incredibly worried that my favourite franchise was going out on a Rise of Skywalker whimper. But how good is this final chapter in the Jurassic era?

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