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Venom
Venom (2018)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

You know, it has its moments. I did kinda enjoy the weird relationship between Eddie and Venom (they're lucky they managed to snag Tom Hardy -- God knows how -- because it's him that keeps this from being a complete train-wreck), and there were enough action sequences to keep you from being bored, but for the most part, it's really not good. The overall tone is like a strange mish-mash of Ang Lee's and Louis Leterrier's Hulk films (except with a little more cringe-worthy humour and dialogue thrown in for good measure -- "turd in the wind"... come on), and the story and characters are terribly written with little-to-no depth to either of them.

Yes, it's a ridiculously shallow film where it's clear the main concern was how much money it'll bring in; all it really does in the end is accentuate just how far superhero films have come since Marvel established their cinematic universe.

The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not quite as good as its predecessor (The Death of Superman) and over-stuffed with bits and pieces (and characters) that aren't really as captivating as one would hope for, but it's still a solid entry into DC's animated universe with enough action and heroic moments to satisfy, even if it does lack emotion, for the most part, and often feels like you're just waiting around for a specific event to happen.

Constantine: City of Demons
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Dark and gruesome, 'City of Demons' is a step away from DC's usual family-friendly superhero films and presents us with something that you probably shouldn't show your young kids unless you'd like to spend the foreseeable future checking under their beds for demons. As for adults, well, that's a different story. Granted, there are a few cool scenes that capture the fantastical elements pretty well, and Constantine is undoubtedly an interesting character, but unfortunately, the story isn't the most compelling thing ever written. Worse still is the poor dialogue and flat characters who have been badly woven into the story in a way that makes it difficult to form any sort of emotional connection, or to care what happens to any of them.

So, whilst it has its moments, a character like John Constantine really deserves much better.

Okja
Okja (2017)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Despite the tone being all over the place and an incredible lack of subtlety regarding the overall message, 'Okja' still manages to hit a lot of the right notes and ends up being a touching portrayal of friendship between man (or girl, in this case) and beast, delivering a timely and poignant reminder that animals are more than just meat for the shelves, and that we, as humans, need to do better when it comes to their treatment and make an effort to be aware of the difference between what companies are telling us (or letting us believe) and what actually goes on behind closed doors.

Gemini
Gemini (2018)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Despite having a lot of promising components, it's not a great film. Its first problem is that it takes a good half an hour to get going (that's quite a bit of time for a 1 1/2 hour film), but once the murder happens, it takes a turn for the better as it starts to explore those neo-noir elements.

Nevertheless, despite a wonderfully charismatic performance from Lola Kirke (Kravitz and Cho are also solid) and some nice cinematography here and there, it fails to fully capture that thrilling and engaging atmosphere you'd expect. Worse still, most of the suspects are quite badly written to the point where they seem neither suspicious nor interesting (turns out the reason for that is revealed later on, but that doesn't make for good viewing in the meantime).

Overall, I couldn't help but feel that it seems like a half-baked script, something that, with a bit more work, could have been quite brilliant. As it is, it's fairly average with a particularly frustrating ending that seemed to suggest there was something more (as there clearly should have been) and then abruptly rolls the credits.