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Review 06.2017: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson has always been considered a visionary director. Would this comic book adaptation prove too hot for him to handle?

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Review 05.2017 Spider-man: Homecoming

Marvel Studios finally get their hands on the Spider-man franchise following the character’s appearance in the most recent Captain America offering. Would Tom Holland’s performance in those few scenes translate to his first stand alone movie?

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Review 04.2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

After the debacle that was ‘On Stranger Tides’, would the latest offering from Captain Jack Sparrow and the rag-tag band of ever-present misfits that make up the ensemble cast be better or worse than it’s predecessor…

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Review 02.2017 Logan

If this is the last time we see Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart as The Wolverine and Professor X, I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to their remarkable tenure as these characters than this film.

There, I’ve said it. I am setting my stall out early about ‘Logan’. I LOVED it. Not just loved it, but LOVED it!

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Review 01.2017 Assassin’s Creed

Went to see this off the back of the trailers having never played any of the games before, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

There have been a lot of reviews from die hard AC fans who have panned the movie, but personally I think it a little harsh to dismiss it based on an overwhelming love of the games.

Viewed as a popcorn action movie, it actually stands up pretty well. As you might expect there isn’t a great deal of cerebral storyline, and this is where some of the ire might swell from, given the games are rich in it.

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Review 03.2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

“I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me.”

There are many quotable lines in this film, but I think this one resonates with me (and many others) the most. The mantra of Chirrut Imwe, Guardian of the Whills, embodies the feeling that this, much like The Force Awakens last year, has brought back into the heart of all SW fans.

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Review 02.2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dipping back into the world of Harry Potter was never going to be an easy task. The world is already so rich with characters and events that it is hard to see how you could deviate from the known cannon.

A prequel is an obvious route, but making an entire film of of what is essentially a very slim grimoire of beasts from the wizarding world could be seen as an even taller order (just think about what they did with The Hobbit and that was more of a rounded story).

Being a fan of HP in the first place I was always going to be excited about new additions to the universe. And let me say that this did not disappoint!

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Review 01.2016 Dr Strange

Not as well known as some of the more popular Marvel franchises that are currently in play (anything involving The Avengers most notably), Dr Strange is one of those films that has seemingly come out of nowhere, much like Guardians of the Galaxy, and has the potential to take off in the same way.

Although the film doesn’t present many knockout punchlines that have been present in much of Marvel’s last phase (GotG, Deadpool and Ant-Man), there are still enough laughs here to have you chuckling in your seat.

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Welcome to Pen @ The Pictures!

This is a very quick blog post to say hello, and to welcome everyone to the blog.

I’ve started this because a very good friend of mine asks for reviews on movies that I go to see at the cinema every time I go. Several times both he and my girlfriend have suggested that I turn them into a blog.

So here we are!

I hope you enjoy them. I probably wont be super prolific as I am not at the cinema every week, but I will update here as often as I go. Who knows, I may start reviewing my back catalogue!

Thanks for reading. Stay geeky, my friends.

~ Pen x