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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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The Notebook Review

Soppy stories that’ll latch themselves to the brains of a generation like a sick leech, The Notebook holds within it the sensibilities that passive audiences love. Great looking leads, a noble cause for them to cling to and commendable performances from boring faces featured throughout. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams would go on to fine performances later on in their careers. For McAdams, the pitch-perfect quality of time travel rom-com About Time. For Gosling, a feature where he marries a sex doll. Pinnacles, people, pinnacles. The Notebook is not a pinnacle for either performer, but their fine chemistry is a pleasure to watch. A solvable part of the larger, passive project. Why do audiences love films like this? The Notebook is a step in the right direction to solving that.

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Sherlock Holmes Review

Those grotty streets of London town have been traipsed by so many greats wishing to adapt the role of Sherlock Holmes to the big screen. As unlikely a candidate Robert Downey Jr. may be, his eponymous role as Sherlock Holmes under the watchful eye of director Guy Ritchie is well-rounded and realised with a love for the source material. It takes certain leniencies with the broad stylings of Arthur Conan Doyle, and represents them with a cluttered, comfortable iconography. With such a dedication to the role, it is unsurprising that Sherlock Holmes, while not the most faithful of adaptations, is still a tremendous turn for all included. Characters and casting choices that feature around the titular role make for an effective crash of Doyle’s best bits.  

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