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The Idiot Box

Reviews & Criticisms of all things Film related.

Ghostbusters (2016)

What can I say about the new reboot of this 80’s classic? Not much honestly so here are the cliff notes.

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

It’s hard to appreciate a film when you are in a packed cinema and seated between a noisy teenager who continually elbows you as their lanky form moves about when checking their messages from bae every ten seconds, and an overzealous fan who makes loud inappropriate catcalls at Alexander Skarsgard whenever he is topless (f.y.i, this is 85% of the film). Despite this, when they both shut up, I was able to enjoy the film.

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The BFG (2016)

The latest adaptation of the classic book proves once again that the stories of Roald Dahl are as great and relevant today as when they were first written.

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Independence Day: Resurgence

Despite what the majority of critical reviews are saying, this film is quite fun to watch. I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. Despite the fact that at times it felt as if there were too many characters and the plot seemed ridiculous, this film packs a lot of explosions and some  great effects that are a joy to see play out.

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Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory is the long awaited sequel to the family favorite, Finding Nemo. Unfortunately for Dory, this sequel does not live up to its predecessor. Considering that we have been waiting around 14 years for this film, I would have expected the story to be a lot better. instead, it felt rushed, un-researched and less emotional.

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Ava’s Possessions (2015)

This movie is weird. It’s the good kind of weird though, so I like it. The title alone would make you think that it is a horror film, but it isn’t. I mean, it can certainly fit horror as a sub-genre, but I wouldn’t say it’s a full on horror. Calling this a horror film, is like calling Shaun of the Dead a horror film. There are aspects of yuck in there, but it’s more humorous than scary.

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The Nice Guys (2016)

Shane Black is one of my favourite writers/directors. His movies are always action packed and humorous, and are almost always about cops or private detectives, and his new film hasn’t disappointed me.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

The latest film from Tim Burton is pretty to look at, but otherwise dull.

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Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie is a delightfully funny show aired on Netflix. The show follows Grace, a retired cosmetic business woman, and Frankie, a hippie artist. The lives of these women are turned upside down when their husbands Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with other, and wish to divorce their wives so that they can finally be an open couple after keeping their affair a secret for twenty years. Grace and Frankie, who do not seem to like each other very much, are forced into supporting each other and move into a beach house, and together, they learn to deal with being single women once more.

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