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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ****

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ****

Blade Runner 2049, or BR 2049 for short,  is a 2017 neo-noir sci-fi film, directed by Denis Villeneuve to a screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. With a nod to its predecessor, yet forming its own original story, BR 2049 was, for me, as a fan of the 1982 Ridley Scott Blade Runner, a pleasant surprise. Not as dark as the 1982 movie, it is still noir plenty, and maintains a good balance between old and new.

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The Lobster (2015) ***

The Lobster (2015) ***

The Lobster is a semi-surreal satire, incorporating romantic comedy elements. If this sounds complex, maybe it is because this film, much like its form, does not fall into one specific genre. Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, to a screenplay by Efthymis Filippou and Lanthimos, it is Lanthimos’ first foray into English language filmmaking.
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) ***

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) ***

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay II is the second part of the third installment in the dystopian book trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. If you have seen the earlier parts, I presume skipping the final installment is not an option. And, again, this is not a bad film. It is quite loyal to the novel. Still, something did get lost in translation.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ****

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ****

Mad Max is back and it’s a blast! Thirty years after George Miller originally conceived the first film in what had become a franchise, that same filmmaker manages to reboot the series, and quite magnificently. As with its predecessor installments, Mad Max presents a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, where savagery supersedes most other human qualities. While the earlier series in which Mel Gibson played the lead rule was focused mostly on necessities such as oil and water, Miller wisely selects to point his brain-child at a different direction.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) ****

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) ****

Making for a fun afternoon at the movies, X-Men: Days of Future Past is engaging and, for the most part is well-paced. It occasionally borderlines with some good philosophical points, the ones you may expect Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard to ask: can we really change the future? The classic conundrum of destiny versus choice.
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    Re: Logan (2017) ***

    I think, .... nothing, I haven't see the movie yet, it is c class.

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    Re: Logan (2017) ***

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    Re: Logan (2017) ***

    I agree about the relationship with Logan and Charles - added a lot of depth, especially with the next...

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