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"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" Review

Shang-Chi, the master of unarmed weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

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The Two Muses of an Assassin: The Portrayal of Two Relationships in "Kenshin The Beginning"

Rurouni Kenshin is a series I've followed since it came out in America years ago. And the live-action franchise is one of the best anime adaptions ever made. The final movie explores his past as an assassin and relationship to Tomoe. A relationship I believe that defines the series overall.

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Storytelling Through Violence: The Battle Between Blade and Nomak in "Blade II"

I was a big fan of the Blade franchise back in the day. Like with many trilogies, the second movie, "Blade II," was the best of the three. A large portion for this reason comes from the final battle of Blade and Nomak.

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Fantasia 2021: "Yakuza Princess" Review

Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in the action thriller Yakuza Princess directed by Vicente Amorim. With a promising concept and a balls out (literally) performance from Meyers, it's a shame Yakuza Princess isn't worth your while.

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Should I Watch..? 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

How can a Mad Max film be so well received by the critics? Can an all-out action film ever really be a five-star classic? Benjamin Cox had his doubts - before they were blown completely out of the water.

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Storytelling Through Violence: "Rurouni Kenshin The Final" and the Battle Between Kenshin and Enishi

In the West, sword fights and Japan are usually synonymous. Yet they often communicate an unspoken story within a story. A subtly that many Western action movie lack because of an over-emphasis on appearance. One of the best examples of this art is from the movie, "Rurouni Kenshin: The Final."

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'The Suicide Squad' Review

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

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"The Suicide Squad" - A Much-Needed Revival

While no one really asked for a sequel to the abysmal 2016 DC film, we actually got one. And it just so happens to be really good.

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Should I Watch..? 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

It's been a while since Benjamin Cox spent any time with the cinematic mutant supergroup, so he figured it was time for a catch-up. Trouble is, it feels as though he has missed out on something...

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Should I Watch..? 'Django' (1966)

While not the first Spaghetti western or the best, Sergio Corbucci's violent film became a lightning rod for controversy - and inspired countless other filmmakers to follow in his footsteps. Benjamin Cox reloads and shoots from the hip.

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"Black Widow" Review

A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films "Civil War" and "Infinity War."

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Was "Black Widow" Worth the Wait?

Marvel's first film in two years (thanks COVID) has finally arrived. But was the highly anticipated solo film for the MCU's first female Avenger worth waiting for?

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Cinematography Breakdown: "Children of Men"

The latest installment of the Cinematography Breakdown series.

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Ranking the "Fast & Furious" Franchise From Worst to First: A 20th Anniversary Celebration of Fast Cars & Family!

As of June 22nd, 2021, the Fast & Furious film series is officially 20 years old! I think it's about time we fasten our seatbelts as we speed our way to this wild finish line of a list. Ranking the entire franchise & find out exactly who's faster than the rest. Don't get too furious about who wins!

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Vault Movie Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

This is a non-spoiler review of “X-Men: Apocalypse” starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and more!

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Vault Movie Review: "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

This is a non-spoiler review of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and more!

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"The Fast and the Furious" (2001) A Twenty Year Celebratory Movie Review

As of June 22nd, 2021 the Fast & Furious franchise will officially be 20 years old! Why not celebrate this still-going movie series by taking a look back at the original. Not the Roger Corman flick. Care to join me on this ride? Let's talk about 2001's 'The Fast and the Furious' that started it all!

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The Villains Were Right: How Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy Is About the Judgment of Gotham

Most superhero and action movies are about the protagonist rising to the occasion and saving the day. While the Batman trilogy looks like it follows that formula on the surface, I would argue it actually does the opposite.

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Should I Watch..? 'The Last Airbender'

It might not be Christmas but it sure feels like turkey time! The film that almost ruined the career of M. Night Shyalaman, this wretched anime adaptation is widely hailed as one of the worst films ever and Benjamin Cox is inclined to agree.

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Vault Movie Review: "X-Men: The Last Stand"

This is a non-spoiler review of "X-Men: The Last Stand" starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'The Long Kiss Goodnight'

Sometimes, a good old-fashioned action thriller just can't be beat. And while this may borrow some themes from a more recognisable film franchise these days, Benjamin Cox has a lot of time for this under-rated effort.

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Vault Movie Review: “X2: X-Men United”

This is a non-spoiler review of “X2: X-Men United” starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'Lucy' (2014)

On paper, this should be a blast but on the screen, the combined talents of Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson can't save the film from almost tanking. So what went wrong? Benjamin Cox uses less than 10% of his brain to explain.

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Movie Review: “X-Men”

This is a non-spoiler review of “X-Men” starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and more!

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Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Captain America: Civil War” starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and more!

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Captain America and Black Panther: How Two Iconic Characters Lose and Regain Their Faith

Captain America and Black Panther are two fan favorite characters in the MCU. Their strong convictions and morality are inspirational and much of this comes from their upbringing. As the films progress though, this is turned upside down.

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Movie Review: "Zack Snyder's Justice League"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Zack Snyder's Justice League" starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, and more!

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Self-Awareness in Progressive Ideologies: How "Black Panther" Handles Just Causes With Self-Examination

Many movements seem to me so caught up in their emotions that it's getting to the point to where it's starting to harm their causes. 2018's "Black Panther" has a scene that I believe applies to today's progressive movements as both a foreshadowing and a warning.

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Should I Watch..? 'House of Flying Daggers'

So you liked 'Hero' then, did you? Looking for another martial arts epic with dazzling visuals and an engrossing story? Benjamin Cox looks back at one of the prettiest films he's ever seen and wonders where such films can go from here.

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Movie Review: “Ant-Man”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and more!

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Zack Snyder's "Justice League" (2021): A Double-Sized Epic Movie Review

In 2017 we thought the world was given the only official "Justice League" feature we would likely ever see in our lifetime. Turns out there was a production hell that kept the true vision of Zack Snyder on the shelves... until now. Is it better or worse than Joss Whedon's version? Let's find out!

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Movie Review: "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and more!

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Review: "Justice League Snyder Cut"

"Justice League" was a massive flop behind the scenes and on the big screen once Zach Snyder left, but in a big surprise, his actual vision is a much more coherent and interesting film.

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Movie Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy"

This is a non-spoiler review "Guardians of the Galaxy" starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'Birds of Prey' (2020)

Salvaging her role from the disappointing 'Suicide Squad', Margot Robbie brings us the anarchic and disturbed Harley Quinn back for a second go. And once again, she isn't alone. Benjamin Cox goes back to Gotham to investigate.

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Should I Watch..? 'Shaft' (1971)

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Richard Roundtree's iconic character proved a milestone for African-American representation in cinema. Benjamin Cox can dig it!

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Movie Review: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and more!

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Movie Review: "Thor: The Dark World"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Thor: The Dark World" starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and more!

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Movie Review: "The Avengers"

This is a non-spoiler review of "The Avengers" starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'Sudden Death' (1995)

It's safe to say that 'Die Hard' has inspired more than a few imitators over the years - including this Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle. Benjamin Cox gets onto the ice to examine this explosive but derivative effort.

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Should I Watch..? 'Django Unchained'

As controversial as ever, Quentin Tarantino's first western is an ultra-violent and bloody affair that demands your respect and attention. Benjamin Cox likes the way you subscribe, boy!

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Movie Review: “Outside the Wire”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Outside the Wire” starring Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Enzo Cilenti, and more!

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Movie Review: “Thor”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Thor” starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and more!

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Movie Review: “Iron Man 2”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Iron Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more!

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Why 'Quantum of Solace' Was Such a Letdown

In 2008, "Quantum of Solace," the sequel to the subjectively outstanding "Casino Royale," was released. Needless to say, it didn't live up to my expectations. Here's why.

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Should I Watch..? 'Last Man Standing' (1996)

Akira Kurosawa's 'Yojimbo' gets another English-language remake, albeit one a bit more official than 'A Fistful Of Dollars'. But with such an iconic movie as inspiration, can this live up to expectations? Benjamin Cox reloads and takes aim.

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Movie Review: “The Incredible Hulk”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Incredible Hulk” starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and more!

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Movie Review: "Iron Man"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Iron Man" starring Robert Downy Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and more!

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Movie Review: “Ava”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Ava” starring Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Colin Farrell, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'Jurassic Park III'

You'd think after two movies, they'd learn not to go back but here we are again! Benjamin Cox digs deep into this less heralded third trip back to Dinosaur Island and realises there isn't much more than old bones left.