Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Entertainingly ridiculous, and yet not quite as good as its predecessor.

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Eggsy’s (Taron Egerton) back, and so apparently is Harry (Colin Firth), despite ending the last film with a gunshot wound to the head. A new crisis befalls them in this action-packed sequel, as they must take down a crazed drug lord (Juliann Moore) in an attempt to save the world. In other words, it’s business as usual for the Kingsman, with a little help from their American cousins; The Statesman.

As is the case with most sequels, this film lacks the mystery of the first, which makes for a very predictable storyline laced with lackluster plot turns. Yet, regardless of the stunted excitement, the star-studded cast put a tremendous amount of effort into uplifting this seemingly foreseeable storyline.

With an opening scene crammed fall of computer-generated warmth, the audience is repeatedly gifted with orchestrated action throughout the film, which in some ways makes up for the unimaginative plot that must be suffered.

 

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American Assassin

Terrorist annihilation has never looked so thrilling.

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After losing his girlfriend to the deadly clutches of a terror attack, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) takes revenge to the next level as he becomes a one-man army in an attempt to infiltrate and kill those responsible for his girlfriend’s demise. Though his plan seems flawless, the CIA decides his talents would be put to better use as part of a team, and so intercept him before he gets in too much trouble.

As movie partnerships go, Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton’s on-screen chemistry is electrically on point, with both managing to bounce of one another’s talent. The duos energetic charisma keeps the plots ever-growing tension, upbeat, without seeming forced. 

With a certification of 18, the film boasts a splendid amount of violently orchestrated bloodbaths, but given the nature of the film, it was a necessary evil in order to provide the authenticity of terrorist-driven activity.

American Made

Drugs, planes and the CIA; sounds like the dulcet tones of 1970s America.

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Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) leaves his comfortable TWA pilot life for a job with a little more spontaneity as he is recruited by the CIA to gather photographic evidence of the impending communist threat in central America. However, upon stopping for a refuel, Barry is offered a life-changing amount of money to begin working for the Medellin Cartel.

Based on a real story, this film investigates the political minefield of 1970s America, all whilst providing tear-jerking drama and intoxicating entertainment in the form of shock-worthy explosions and plot twists to puzzle even the greatest of minds.

Tom Cruise tunes into his character with his same intangible grinning enthusiasm as always, keeping the film lighthearted throughout, even when death seems imminent.

 

The Dark Tower

Magnificently dangerous with just a hint of magic, and that’s just Idris Elba’s character. 

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In a world where no one sees the world as he does, Jake is as secluded as it gets. But once his futuristic visions are found by the wrong people, his life takes a turn for the worst and he must find the courage to cross worlds in search of the reality of his visions. 

Idris Elba (Roland) and Matthew McConaughey (Walter) go head to head in a game of good versus evil as they emit worryingly accurate acting talent in rival characters. 

With the addition of new acting prodigy, Tom Taylor (Jake), this film definitely gives budding actors a lesson in artistic precision. 

Though the acting is powerful, it is nothing in comparison to the visual elements apparent throughout the film. The creative department show the stark contrast between the mystical world and the ‘real’ world with out so much as a double-take, making this film an eye-bending experience.

Atomic Blonde

Badass, blonde and beautiful; in short, the perfect secret agent. And the best part? She’s a woman.

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In 1980s Berlin, MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), is set an impossible mission; collect a dossier and bring down an espionage group before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Director, David Leitch, responsible for such movies as V for Vendetta and The Bourne Legacy, injects a drive of action that is contagious, by creating a fast-paced atmosphere that sends electricity through the seats of its onlookers. With a 1980s backdrop, Leitch has excelled in directorial magnificence, using idyllic settings such as cult themed hotel rooms to frame the eerie danger of the plot.

Charlize Theron takes girl power to the next level as she steals the lead role in this film and absolutely smashes it out of the park. From her effortless control of the screen to taking on her own stunts, she manages to give even the one and only James Bond himself a run for his money.

Though wrought with violence and embedded with an excessive amount of vulgarity at times, this film is a visual pleasure and a step in the right direction for equal rights amongst men and women in the acting industry.

 

Despicable Me 3

The super-villain family headed by Gru are ready for a new mission, except this time they’re on the right side of the law, pursuing the bad guys, rather than committing the villainous crimes themselves.

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Not only has Gru changed sides, but he has found a new accomplice in the form of his long lost twin brother, Dru.

Though the creative team may not pick up any awards for original character names, they must, however, be patted on the back for keeping this franchise alive with new and exciting characters that continue to engage audiences of all ages, with a little help from the coinciding adult oriented jokes.

With the successful partnership of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios continuing to thrive, its safe to say that both Steve Carell and the Despicable Me team will be staying strong for the foreseeable future.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Even superheroes start out on training wheels and Peter Parker has only just got his.

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In this coming of age tale, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) finds a way to land of his feet with his new found mentor, non other than Iron Man himself, Tony Stark.

After so many Spider-Man flops in recent years, the accompaniment of Iron Man (and his tech) into the series has given this franchise a newfound revitalisation that was long overdue.

Tom Holland brings a new perspective to one of marvels most beloved characters, by bringing a youthful clumsiness that showcases the shortfalls of a teenage superhero. 

With webs shooting every which way and that, the special effects team certainly had their work cut out for them, but despite this mammoth task, the swinging and jumping from web to web looked as realistic as it ever could, making the film both a visual, as well as cinematic success.