Movie Review – Deadpool

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I had my doubts. Usually February is a dumping ground for films unworthy of both award or blockbuster status. We’re beginning the closest thing to an offseason for Hollywood and 2016 looks typically dismal. My skepticism of Marvel Comics & 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool goes far beyond its release date. As a spin-off of the X-Men franchise, Deadpool has some pretty big shoes to fill, especially as a lesser known property. However, anyone that’s moderately familiar with ‘The Merc with the Mouth’ should be as concerned as I am that Fox could ruin this franchise in a similar fashion to ‘The Fantastic Four’. So what is it then? Did Fox sacrifice story for profits, or did they alienate a portion of the audience by making the ‘R’ rated film Deadpool needs to be. Or, is Deadpool not good enough to hang with the boys of Summer, in this increasingly crowded field of superhero films?

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Movie Review – Spy

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Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has the skills, but she remains unproven in the field as a CIA agent. Instead, Susan spends her days in the vermin-infested basement as the frumpy analyst for top agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). She’s his eyes and ears in the field while Fine is on a mission to track down an arms dealer, trying to sell a nuclear weapon on the black market. When Fine’s cover is blown by the haughty Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne); the agency is rattled. Boyanov knows the identities of all of the top agents, making her increasingly difficult to track. Without time and options, the agency chief (Allison Janney) agrees to send Susan undercover for the first time to track down Fine’s killer.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Spy”