Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Small fry.

by Benjamín Harguindey

It’s hard to chase a movie like Avengers: Infinity War (2018) with something like Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), if nothing else because the massive superhero crossover took a franchise ten years in the making and did something relatively bold and novel with it. Of course novelty is short-lived in the realm of comic book status quo, and the boldness feels like a bluff designed to hype up the next movie. Either way there’s not a lot to care for in this Ant-Man (2015) sequel.

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Review: Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom

The dinosaurs are going to disappear.

by Iñaki Oñate

We should’ve paid more attention to Dr. Malcom’s advice. We should’ve stopped the dinos before it was too late. Now we are witnessing the downfall of one the most iconic and successful Hollywood franchises of all time.

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Review: The Incredibles 2

An incredibly sub-Parr sequel.

by Benjamín Harguindey

When Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004) ended 14 years ago with its family of superheroes springing into action nobody was actually banking on a sequel. The ending was just “here-we-go-again” routine: very much in line with the movie’s cheerfully passé zest, in which your average suburban middle-class nuclear family comprised of dad, mom, two kids and a baby17 goes through the motions of a sitcom in an effort to restrain their hero calling.

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Review: Necronomicón

At the bloopers of madness.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Subtitled “The Book of Hell” for dun dun dun effect, this Argentine attempt at homaging the mythos of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft is so misguided and tone-deaf in its execution that it makes for one embarrassing experience just waiting to be turned into a so-bad-it’s-good cult classic.

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Review: Animal

The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Animal (2018) meshes one of Argentina’s most popular narrative themes – bottled-up outrage driving the long-suffering everyman to lash out against an unhelpful system – with one of its most controversial hot buttons, which is the exploitative relationship between social strata. To suggest it goes both ways, as does this movie, is taboo in Argentina.

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Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

When Han met Chewie.

by Benjamín Harguindey

You’re in for a treat if you’ve been dying to find out the exact circumstances in which Han Solo met Chewbacca, won the Milennium Falcon off Lando Calrissian and then made the Kessel Run under 12 parsecs. If that’s the case, Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) has you covered. No sign of Boba Fett yet, and a certain Hutt only gets a passing reference. Gotta leave something for the next Star Wars Story.

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Review: Deadpool 2

In which Thanos and Green Lantern duke it out.

by Benjamín Harguindey

To say Deadpool 2 (2018) is a better movie than its 2016 counterpart is faint praise. The original movie, which broke the box office record for an R-rated release, felt less like a feature-length movie (exhausting running time notwithstanding) and more like a demo, a proof of concept. Fox asked, would audiences care for a superhero flick with this kind of offbeat moxie? Audiences voted with their wallet. And so a sequel was Kickstarted. Continue reading “Review: Deadpool 2”