Author: Sam Tremayne

Review: Ant-Man and The Wasp

I think the reason now for each of these Marvel films is to serve its own unique purpose in the market. After all, when you’ve got limitless heroes available to milk a movie out of that means ample opportunities for genre, audience and output. Where Captain America is a spy thriller or Guardians of the Galaxy is a sci-fi – Ant-Man has found his place in an unusual setting; as the PG one. Sub-genres of course, are just superhero action movies, but each with a distinctive flavour that appeals to a certain taste. In the case of the Ant-Man...

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New Jurassic flick heralds a Fallen franchise

If only an asteroid hit this franchise in 2015 there’d still be a modicum of cool left in this series, but alas like Terminator before it, Jurassic Park has been milked years beyond its use by and what we have left is just a heap of disappointment. You shouldn’t get dinosaurs and Chris Pratt wrong, but what Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom showed me is that no matter how big a movie’s budget is, if the script is bad – it’s all bad. The opening action sequence is thrilling and lays the platform akin to the horror-esque vibes of the...

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Incredibles 2 is a movie for everybody

Remember 2004? John Howard is still Prime Minister, so put that into perspective. It was an interesting time; the notion of a comic book being turned into a movie was just coming to fruition, with Spiderman and Fantastic Four already successfully in the can. Then Pixar comes along needing to follow up Finding Nemo and surprises everyone with one of the most resonating and loved films of their company – probably due to its appeal to both kids and adults – and at the time, the freshness of the concept. The Incredibles was a game changer and it’s taken...

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Ocean’s 8 an all-girl remake

I’m a sucker for a heist movie but I’m not a sucker for a cash grab – I can always smell it from the trailer. Ever since Ocean’s 8 was announced, I could sense the Hollywood boardrooms rubbing their hands together at the notion of an all-female version of the series – the three previous iterations starred mostly all dudes, so the potential for Ocean’s 8 to be a fresh, hip and modern take of the genre was rife. Unfortunately it just falls short in almost every facet to the previous installments, despite it being a passably okay movie....

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Solo suffers from Star Wars fatigue

I love Star Wars as much as the next guy, maybe more. They are quite possibly the most immersive and captivating spectacles in the cinema sphere. With decades of fanfare and a legion of followers worldwide, it comes as no surprise under the Disney umbrella that a certain ‘ramping up’ of content would be imminent. But, like its sibling Marvel, do we really need another ‘galaxy far, far away’ story not even 6 months after the last film? Short answer: No. Long answer: Maybe. Here’s why; Solo is a guaranteed eyebrow raiser, I get it. And who wouldn’t want...

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