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Alien: Covenant (2017) © Fox 2017

“We don’t leave Earth to be safe.” | Alien: Covenant (2017)

From the moment Prometheus ended, I couldn’t digest it. There was something too Frankenstein-esque about how the story seemed to shoehorn and then outright bolt things on to get into the Alien universe so Ridley Scott had an excuse to do a sequel that got us closer to the first Alien film and its events. In essence, Prometheus is the film that nobody needed. So where does Alien: Covenant sit after the rancour of the first prequel? More after the jump plus NSFW trailer.

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My Best Friend's Wedding (2016)

“I promise, I can change for you!” | My Best Friend’s Wedding (2016)

Chinese remakes of American films, especially romantic comedies, have not had a great trail run. Only You with Tang Wei and Liao Fan disappeared without a trace and even the great Andy Lou and Gong Li couldn’t stop What Women Want from just existing. We’re now in the third round and the champ’s not looking so good. So can the golden girl of Chinese cinema, Shu Qi, save the remake of 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding?

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Batman vs Superman (2016)

Opinions | The Promise of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

The outsider is a figure that looms large on the horizon of most literature. The figure is both a figure of fear and one of transformation. Bad outsiders can destroy the status quo and force the hero/es to become better in order to triumph. Good ones destroy the evil that the rest of the cast cannot hope to fight as they are known quantities to the antagonists. But who gets to decide how an outsider is viewed by people on the inside? For better or worse, Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel deals with the emotional paranoia that comes with a world struggling to deal with the idea of the first son of Krypton.

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Sing Street (2016)

“Maybe you’re living in my world. I’m not living in yours.” – Sing Street (2016)

It’s painfully heartwarming to watch movies set in your home country. While the US, UK and Europe have a fine tradition of rolling their eyes at their fellow countrymen and women on screen, here in Ireland we are woefully bereft for truly Irish stories. John Carney’s Sing Street takes a different path than our normal output and yet stays true to its roots. Trailer and review after the break

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

“You can’t run from them! STAY WITH ME!” – 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Anthologies are tricky things. Studios don’t like them anymore and people have no modern experience with them so can they still work? In 10 Cloverfield Lane, producer J.J. Abrams and director Dan Trachtenberg take the DNA of the earlier smash hit and populate it into a nightmarish thriller where there is no escape, no help and no one to save the cast from itself. Trailer and review after the break

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Jem and The Holograms (2015)

“Showtime Synergy!” – Jem and The Holograms (2015)

Much maligned, scorned frequently, Universal and Hasbro’s live-action version of popular cartoon Jem arrives with a lot of baggage and more than its share of problems. Trailer and chatter after the cut.

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Creed (2015)

“It’s in the cloud? What cloud?” – Creed (2015)

[NOTE: there is a major spoiler in this review and I’ll flag it before it happens]

At its heart, Creed is a lot of things. A story of personal triumph over adversity. A great sporting film. A story of a man who never knew his father and never wanted one. A tale of a warrior who found out the hardest battles are the ones in his heart. A love story of two people who will lose something by being alone and gain something by being together. But most important of all, it’s the story of a boxer who wanted to know if, like his father and mentor before him, he can go the distance.

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Showing This Month: February 2016

So I decided to try out posting each month about the reviews and other stuff happening on Capricorn Theater Reviews as a way of keeping myself on track and keeping a steady stream of reviews (I refuse to use the word content) going while I attend college. I don’t know if this kind of post will appear every month but I’ll try my best to make it a regular thing.

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