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Definitely, Maybe Review

Apparently dependable, Ryan Reynolds stormed the rom-com genre with sudden authority. Director Adam Brooks made one style of film within his career. Absent-minded, engaged only in the slicked-back stylings of the leading man. His gormless attitude, nearly getting hit by a car and fumbling around with an MP3 player is meant to be little character flaws that make this stunning individual one of us. He gives to the poor, listens to acceptably bland music and simply enjoys the world around him, despite figuring his way through a divorce. Definitely, Maybe is a story of reflection though. Not of how Reynolds got to where he is, but to reflect on how good it was back then. 

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Life Review

Opening on the vast expanses of space when your story depends solely on differentiating yourself from the horror classic Alien, filmmaker Daniel Espinosa struggles to set off on the right foot. His story of extra-terrestrial life exerting their powers over the six-man crew of a small explorer ship is not an original concept, nor does it need to be. With the right notes and tricks, Life can be something far better than barrel-scraping sci-fi horror. What could have been. We dare not wonder, for like the astronauts we may not reach much higher without the power of NASA. With the right blend of attitudes and atmosphere, there would have been life to Life, instead, the shoddy recriminations of the sensational six aboard the cramped spacecraft turn sour and bitter.  

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The Voices Review

Tongue-in-cheek does not quite work alongside murderous intentions. The Voices stumbles over that right out of the gate. As Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds) stuffs almost an entire slice of pepperoni pizza into his mouth, we are meant to chuckle lightly. The camera lingers there for more time than necessary. Hickfang is similar to that of a gerbil, nibbling away with bite after bite. Reynolds’ patented brand of humour falls on deaf ears once again. His puppy dog eyes can only carry him so far, and if it carried him any further than mediocrity, then colour me impressed. His role as a psychotic, accidental serial killer is ripe for his brand of entertainment but does not prevail for one crucial reason… 

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