Tag Archives: Superheroes

Captain America: Civil War [2016]

A while ago I posted a list of films I’d seen and not reviewed, offering to get down to it on any that were of real interest, and Maksim asked me to “go deep” on Civil War. I recently had the … Continue reading

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Doctor Strange [2016]

When people talk about a “popcorn” film, Doctor Strange is the kind of thing they have in mind. It’s a really delicious surface confection with basically no substance and lots and lots of unintended problematic aspects. In my mind, the biggest … Continue reading

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Suicide Squad [2016]

There is exactly one great ensemble-based action-adventure: the Iliad. Achilles is clearly the main character, inasmuch as his choices shape the narrative, but the bulk of the action features the other badasses being badass – Hektor propping up the entire … Continue reading

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BvS: DoJ, -*

Polemics aside, I’ve got to admit that Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t a perfect movie, and doesn’t really deserve *****. I gave it a 7/10 on IMDB, hedging between a *** and a **** review. It does suffer from … Continue reading

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BvS: DoJ, *****

There are a couple of caveats we need to get out there before you read this spoilertastic appraisal of Zak Snyder’s masterpiece. The first is that I hate Superman – both dramatically, and as a character. I’ve always sided with … Continue reading

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Deadpool [2016]

Robbie Collins made the observation that studios were going to look at the “out of nowhere” success of Deadpool and engage in an intensive period of dissection and vivisection trying to understand how to make another one. There’s going to be a … Continue reading

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015]

One thing I always say is that all critical endeavour begins with an emotional response to a work. I felt fairly uninspired by Avengers 2, and the cause was fairly obvious: far too much time spent kicking and punching. Hardly … Continue reading

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