Krull Review

Krull is a 1983 science fantasy novel written by Alan Dean Foster and published by Severn House Publishers Ltd. Based on the film of the same name and is set on the distant planet of Krull, where two warring empires join together in a deadly battle against the forces of evil led by the Beast. Positives: Good writing Likable characters Negatives: Lackluster story World doesn’t feel memorable Lackluster characters Lacks exposition Plot:  Set in the world of Krull, an alien force led by the Beast in its Black Fortress rains death and…

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Divergent Review

Divergent is a 2014 science fiction action film directed Neil Burger, starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, and Miles Teller.  Set as the first installment in the The Divergent Series and based off the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, the film is set in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic Chicago where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Beatrice Prior is warned that she is Divergent and thus will never fit into any one of the factions. She…

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The Girl With All The Gifts Review

The Girl With All The Gifts is a 2016 post-apocalyptic zombie horror thriller drama film directed by Colm McCarthy, starring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua, and Fisayo Akinade. Based on the novel of the same name written by M. R. Carey, the plot is set in a dystopian future after a fungal infection nearly wipes out humanity, and focuses on the struggle of a scientist, a teacher, and two soldiers who embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Positives: Good performance by…

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Maximum Ride – Movie Review

Maximum Ride is a 2016 science fiction film directed by Jay Martin, starring Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Lyliana Wray, and Luke Gregory.  Based on the young adult novel series by James Patterson, the film follows six genetically enhanced orphans with the ability to fly who escape from captivity and set out on a high-stakes mission to save one of their own. Positives: Good use of the camera-work Good music Negatives: Lackluster characters Lackluster performances Lackluster story Predictable twist Plot:  There is little to no buildup.  None of the characters…

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I Am Not a Serial Killer Review

I Am Not a Serial Killer is a 2016 supernatural horror thriller film directed by Billy O’Brien, starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, Laura Fraser, and Christina Baldwin.  Based on Dan Wells’ 2009 novel of the same name, the story centers around a Midwestern teenager named John, a diagnosed sociopath, who must hunt down a paranormal serial killer in his hometown. Positives: Good performances Good score Good cast Good characters Good story Negatives: Low-budget, statically look Poor CGI Plot:  Centering around a Midwestern teenager named John, a diagnosed sociopath, who must…

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Mortdecai Review

Mortdecai is a 2015 action comedy film directed by Eric Aronson starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, and Jeff Goldblum. The film is an adaptation of the book anthology Don’t Point That Thing at Me written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. The film follows eccentric art dealer, Charlie Mortdecai (Depp)and his manservant/thug Jock (Bettany) who are hired to find a famous painting with the aid of his wife, Johanna, and his rival Inspector Alistair Martland.

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Room – Movie Review

Room is a 2015 drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Based on the novel of the same written by Emma Donoghue and follows a woman (Larson) held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, and her 5-year-old (Tremblay), who finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. Positives: Great characters Great performances Great score Great direction Great script Negatives: n/a Commentary: Room is a story about a mother and her son who have been locked…

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Halo: The Flood (Halo #2) Review

Halo: The Flood is a 2003 military science fiction novel written by William C. Dietz, published by Del Rey Books, and based on the 2001 video game Halo: Combat Evolved. Set as a sequel to Halo: The Fall of Reach, the story follows a super soldier named the Master Chief and his A.I. companion, Cortana, as they explore the artificial ringworld called Halo while combating the Covenant, a group of aliens bent on mankind’s destruction. Positives: Great characters Great suspense Good story Good writing Negatives: Writing could be better Plot:…

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