JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

The wait is now over, and probably one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 is finally hitting aussie cinema screens; achieving a whopping $325-million-dollar release (deadline.com), a huge win for the DCEU and Warner Bros.

But with its predecessor films (not including critically acclaimed Wonder Woman), lying dead within a field of rotten tomatoes, can we be excited by DC’s hopeful, first team-up theatrical?

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The Mummy (2017)

Tom Cruise helms this re-imagining of a movie monster classic; The Mummy, in an action packed, visual ‘feast for the eyes’ Hollywood movie, complete with insane stunts and underdeveloped characters. Mummy proves that audiences will see through the flashy effects and attractive cast, with rather rotten reviews pointing fingers at Cruise’s over bearing and controlling attitude on set.

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Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island, proof yet again that no matter how big your cast, it all comes down to the screenplay, and boy, was the screenplay bad. Starring acclaimed actors John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L Jackson, and helmed by first time big budget film director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island plays out as just another basic Hollywood set up film for a future franchise that may or may not see the light of day, thought exceeding is visual direction and special effects, severely lacks in plot and dialogue that becomes almost laughable at times.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

This whimsical film is a myriad of mess and magic as the new Harry Potter spin off tale tries its best to capture the nostalgia of the original tales. Though it wows in conception and screenplay, it fails to entice viewers with complex story archs and dizzying visual effects, losing much of the raw beauty of the wizarding world portrayed in the Harry Potter films. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would have suited a 400 page novel more comfortably than a 2hr film.

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The Revenant (2016)

Critically acclaimed survivor flick, The Revenant, starring DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro Iñárritu premiered last week worldwide and has lived up to the proposed award season hype this film as been attracting. With little to expect from the short trailers and some bogus articles about bear rape, The Revenant posed as the first most anticipated movie of 2016, and what a brilliant start. With no bear rape in sight (sorry?) the story follows famed explorer Hugh Glass and his violent encounter with a grizzly, which left him near dead in the cold Alaskan winter. Left to die by his so-called comrades, Glass treks 200 miles to find his camp and seek his revenge.

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Terminator Genisys (2015)

The much anticipated fifth instalment in the multi-billion dollar franchise first created through the eyes of James Cameron, flat-lines in story and acting, to the despair of Terminator fans everywhere.

Blame it on the acting, the story, the effects, the script…whatever your beef with Terminator Genisys is, majority of us movie buffs can agree, this is not A-List summer blockbuster material. Just because you slap Arnie and Khaleesi in something doesn’t mean we’re all going to love it, although it sounds like we should. Terminator Genisys is a complicated, time warped, semi-fun ride into the lore of the Terminator world, that lacks originality and gusto, but brings us back to the franchise’s roots of 1984.

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