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Celeste and Jesse Forever Review

High school sweethearts and the dwindling romance between them that soon fizzles out, like a wet blanket thrown over a fire. Such is life, and that is what Celeste and Jesse Forever features. The death of love and the reminiscence of it. Lovely stuff, nice and light. The usual back-and-forth that Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn popularised in The Break-Up features within this Lee Toland Krieger feature. It is hard to escape the rise and fall and rise again of a couple going through the motions and falling out of love. Quick as a flash, audiences are shown an entire relationship in just a few snapshots. That is all Celeste and Jesse Forever can offer throughout, though. Snapshots of an interesting experience.

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Star Trek Beyond Review

Stagnation serves as a crucial part of Star Trek Beyond, the third feature in the rebooted Star Trek universe. It is not just the characters and their battle against stagnation, but the filmmakers too, who enlist Simon Pegg’s writing talents and the work of Fast and Furious franchise stalwart, Justin Lin, in the director’s chair. Not the worst of pairings, but the cracks are beginning to show. The strain takes hold. Let it ride. Star Trek Beyond is clutching at straws as soon as it begins without any real sense of who the villain is, how they’re going to patch over tragic omissions and where the story is going to take a group of characters that are now a little too comfortable for one another.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Review

An already established universe behind it, Star Trek Into Darkness should have an easy run of worldbuilding exercises that can help further expand this J.J. Abrams science-fiction vision. No such luck. Meandering along without much to prove and even less to show for itself, Star Trek Into Darkness is an uncomfortably predictable piece with quite a strange change in pace and tone. Bumping out some of the more established characters and gambling on the introduction of Benedict Cumberbatch as a nostalgia-pop villain, surrounded by the fairly well-established new heroes adorned in roles of a bleak and whimsical past. There is room to grow into them for these characters, and thankfully, Star Trek Into Darkness does offer that in spotty moments of discourse.

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Star Trek Review

Even with those thick, glossy atmosphere choices, the work of J.J. Abrams on Star Trek is far better than first expected. Having no love for the series that spawned it all certainly helps when engaging with what is, essentially, a remastering of the characters and varied stories at the heart of this installation. A reference here or there will go over the heads of newly approached novices to the Star Trek universe, but as long as the bulk of it is understandable, the threats obvious and the chemistry between the ensemble successful, then Star Trek will have no trouble appealing to a new generation. A desire to engage with that is quite difficult, but easily optimised by smart writing that rattles through the quick and successful portions of the Gene Roddenberry show.

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Unstoppable Review

“Luck has no business in the rail yard,” and with that, the scene for Unstoppable is set. Gaudy action has its place, but the days of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are far behind audiences. Eliciting the same explosive, tantalising action that they could once muster up without much thought is a tough task to take on. Near impossible. Considering the shifting scope of film, it is hard to think of a place Unstoppable could suitably adapt to. Action has changed, but this Denzel Washington-led feature decides to ignore the changing tides of the genre and burrows deep into what lit the flames of ingenuity all those years ago. There is no climate for this sort of entertainment, and it is a damned shame that director Tony Scott was one of the few keeping this genre mainstream.  

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Wonder Woman Review

Inconceivable it may be, Wonder Woman is the best of a bad bunch. Still rotten to its core, the DC filmmaking inexperience surely insurmountable. Their staggering inability to provide something unique and at the same time keep up with the efforts of all the other cinematic universes now making the rounds is a collaboration of poor ideas and shoddy producers looking for what the teenagers of tomorrow will enjoy. Considering this, it is no surprise that the DC Extended Universe cavalcade finds its greys and browns and tonal nonexistence to be a sham and a farce. Wonder Woman presents that well, in an era of colours and shtick, candy-stuffed, headache-inducing guff, DC follows the thought process of grim and gritty storytelling as often as it can.  

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