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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016, New Zealand) *****

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016, New Zealand) *****

Spiced with plenty of humor and lots of heart, Hunt for the Wilderpeople helped restore some of my faith, that the art of storytelling via film is not yet all but lost. Two people, one a troubled city kid (Julian Dennison) who had been moved from one foster home to another, the other a wilder grieving man (Sam Neill), find themselves running together from the law, and subject to a national manhunt. These two outcasts who cannot stand each other, not so surprisingly, would learn to enjoy each other’s company. And while this outcome is somewhat predictable as it is desired, it is the road they take them there, that makes their journey worth seeing.

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Jason Bourne (2016) ***

Jason Bourne (2016) ***

I’ll state upfront that I adore the Bourne trilogy, consisting the first three Bourne films, starring Matt Damon. These embody, in my humble opinion, some of the best spy thriller films ever made. The fifth installment in this perfect trilogy, which was made into a franchise, titled simply Jason Bourne, is not bad; not bad at all. But it is also completely unnecessary. Furthermore, the plot centers around a contrived topic that replicates past themes with very little to no originality.
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Star Trek Beyond (2016) ***

Star Trek Beyond (2016) ***

What Beyond lacks in essence it makes up in action squences and effects. Thus, here lies my biggest disappointment. I remember how much I enjoyed the first installment of this reboot (Star Trek, 2009,) which had both substance and extravagance. Unfortunately, it had been mostly downhill from there, with the 2013 second installment (Into Darkness,) being just okay plot-wise, and now, with Beyond, that is outright shallow. That being said, I love the way Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin (may he rest in peace,) and other cast members slide so comfortably into the roles of Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, and the rest of the crew. The action scenes and special effects are, indeed, mesmerizing and the acting, engaging. The light humor threaded through the story is well-balanced.

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The Nice Guys (2016) ***

The Nice Guys (2016) ***

The Nice Guys is a film that could have been done much better, but at least Crowe and Gosling elevate it to a more than tolerable level. Despite the many laughs, The Nice Guys is highly uneven on multiple levels. On the upside, The Nice Guys revives the odd couple / forced-to-be-buddies genre, bringing to mind films such as Beverly Hills Cop with Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold, and Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
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Captain America: Civil War (2016) ***

Captain America: Civil War (2016) ***

At two and a half hours, Captain America: Civil War feels much like its title promises – an extended chaos. If rumors are to be believed, this film is the third and final installment in the Captain America trilogy. But given its huge success at the box-office, and being it is Hollywood; Marvel and Disney, we can rest assured “surprise” sequels are on their way...
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Hail, Caesar! (2016) ****

Hail, Caesar! (2016) ****

Was Jesus the first real Commie? (or at least the first socialist?) Hail, Caesar! is the Coen brothers amusing tribute to Hollywood's Golden Age; an homage that both honors the grandiose scale of 1950s Hollywood, while, at the same time, ridicules the actors, directors, screenwriters and producers behind the well-oiled film-producing machine. How is that possible? Leave that to the Coen brothers to manage...
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