Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Jon Watts

Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Starring: Tom Holland,

Runtime: 129 min

Our friendly neighborhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya), and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's (Tom Holland) plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

This is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the last movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, after the climactic events of Avengers: Endgame.

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Dark Phoenix (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Dark Phoenix (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: Simon Kinberg

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain

Runtime: 114 min

This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), as she evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet.

It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Avengers: Endgame (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin

Runtime: 181 min

The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos (Josh Brolin) that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios' grand conclusion to twenty-two films, Avengers: Endgame.

One of my Most Anticipated Movies of the year (decade, century, and even of all-time) and part of one of the most successful sagas ever created: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Shazam! (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Shazam! (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Written by: Henry Gayden

Starring: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou

Runtime: 130 min

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart -inside a ripped, godlike body - Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!

Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

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Captain Marvel (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Captain Marvel (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Written by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law

Runtime: 128 min

The story follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

As a fair and impartial film critic, I need to state this: I don’t care about the controversy surrounding Brie Larson or the agendas this movie is trying to push or not. I’m not part of any hate group or factions that hate those hate groups. I just want to watch a good origin superhero film, that introduces me to a new character that I’m supposed to care about and root for. Read my review, sure, but make up your own mind. Go see the movie and be honest. Since that’s out of the way, let’s keep going …

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Glass (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Glass (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Sarah Paulson, Luke Kirby

Runtime: 129 min

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

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Unbreakable (2000) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Unbreakable (2000) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring:  Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Runtime: 107 min

M. Night Shyamalan brings us the original story of David Dunn (Bruce Willis), the sole survivor of a train crash that killed hundreds of people ... To the surprise of everyone, he managed to survive the accident without a single scratch.

When Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), an apparently crazy comic-book collector, comes to him with an unbelievable explanation to why he escaped unharmed, things change and a very mysterious story unfolds.

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