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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

In an interview with Polygon, director Sam Raimi said he hopes audiences can “use their imagination” when they step into his first Marvel outing, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. That is unheard of for the series of near-30 features so far. Another plunge into the usual formula time and time again, relying more and more on the simple tactics that have conned people into wanting the same thing over and over. More power to those who can trick audiences into trickling cash into an unchanging, unmoving product for the emotionally deficient. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness soon boils down to pop-culture jabs, cameo-stuffed filler roles for the friends of Raimi (a wasted Bruce Campbell role is offered up) and the inevitable crossover of product fighting products looking to destroy some vague entity. Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

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A Quiet Place Part II Review

An age-old adage, too much of a good thing does, indeed, hurt. A Quiet Place Part II tries to add detail to where it was never needed and never known. Director John Krasinski defies the ambiguity of the first feature and tries to implement ideas, backstory and links to the past for the Abbott family. They are now a member short, and while this gives Krasinski the chance to disappear behind the camera, his presence in flashbacks alone is a reasonable sacrifice. He is not quite ready to depart the screen but wishes to utilise his artistic endeavours as a focus on the technical merits he has to offer. He hasn’t much here, but where A Quiet Place Part II falters is more in its story and style than its direction. 

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A Quiet Place Review

Effectively utilising how we digest art, A Quiet Place adapted itself to the unremitting fears of silence. It brings with it an uncomfortable halt of the breath as its quiet characters conform to the stillness around them. Usually, stillness and tranquillity come together, but director John Krasinski does well to dispel the latter, threading unremitting fears into the stillness and platitude that should come from idyllic days of quieter living. Its utilisation of quiet streets and a broken world are immediately effective, yet upon returning to A Quiet Place, it is striking as to how little of it is all that memorable.  

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Shrek the Third Review

Detailing the fall from grace the side-villain of Shrek 2 had, Shrek the Third follows on the story of a man who believes himself to be the rightful prince. His life is tormented by that titular ogre, who has changed from swamp demon to beloved hero and royalty. Heir to the throne and not happy about such a change, much of this third in the quadrilogy of the Shrek series depicts an unhappy lifestyle for the protagonist. He is far, far away from the life he used to lead, and the toll is taking comedic mental effect. Setting out to find the next in line, Shrek (Mike Myers) and the reliable gang he has collected over the previous two instalments set off to find distant relatives who would be better suited to the royal lifestyle.

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