Movie reviews of Craig McKenzie

These are all the movies and series that Craig has reviewed. Read more at: Kneel Before Blog.

Number of movie reviews: 144 / 144

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Despite its flaws, Space Jam: A New Legacy is far more entertaining than it has any right to be. It succeeds in making good use of the Looney Tunes, provides some creative moments and mostly delivers on what it promises. Review

6.0

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17 july

17 jul

A strong and engaging character driven solo outing for Natasha Romanoff that deepens her considerably, delivers entertaining action beats and introduces other memorable characters. Review

8.0

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8 july

8 jul

A poor excuse for a sci-fi action film with underwhelming characters, a meandering uninteresting plot and nothing of value to say about anything it touches on. Review

2.0

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1 july

1 jul

F9

An unapologetic continuation of exactly what the franchise wants to be with delightfully ridiculous action and a flimsy plot that will satisfy hardcore fans but won’t change the minds of the uninitiated. Review

4.0

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25 june

25 jun

A beautifully animated, heart-warming story of friendship, tolerance, imagination and wonder. The focus with this film is on being heart-warming rather than heartbreaking and the central friendship that drives the narrative is constantly engaging. Review

8.0

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17 june

17 jun

A strong comedy horror film with memorable characters, a strong grasp on what it can achieve and balances the comedy with some excellent scares. Review

8.0

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11 june

11 jun

A decent sequel that doesn’t rely on replicating what made the first film successful but doesn’t always succeed in offering a suitable alternative. Review

6.0

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31 may

31 may

A compelling character study with an excellent leading performance, impressive exploration of different themes but overall plays it safe. Review

6.0

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27 may

27 may

A bloated, shallow and unfocused experience that Zack Snyder’s visual excellence fails to rescue. Mashing up the heist and Zombie concepts seems like a good idea in theory but in practice they are kept largely separate which creates a confused narrative with no clear focus on what it’s supposed to be about. Review

4.0

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23 may

23 may

A serviceable if bloated revenge/conspiracy thriller with an engaging lead performance and impressive action sequences. Review

6.0

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29 april

29 apr

Another impressive entry into the DC animated canon with excellent visuals, strong characterisation and plenty of heart to carry the story. Review

8.0

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24 april

24 apr

A bloated mess that relies too heavily on exposition rather than taking advantage of the obvious potential to be over the top, fun and silly that is locked within. Review

4.0

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24 april

24 apr

An underwhelming experience that has some clear potential that it’s unable to live up to. Everything starts off well with the main character introduction, establishing a mysterious world to be explored and outlining tangible stakes but it goes downhill by getting bogged down in pseudo-philosophical rhetoric accomplished by characters sitting around delivering exposition to one another. Review

4.0

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11 april

11 apr

A visually impressive monster mash that more than delivers on what it promises but suffers greatly from forgettable human characters. Review

6.0

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1 april

1 apr

A strong viewing experience that blends excellent visuals, compellingly detailed characterisation and a well crafted story to create a truly unique superhero blockbuster that is a worthwhile viewing experience by itself. Review

8.0

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19 march

19 mar

Archenemy is at its best when playing with the ambiguity of Max Fist’s story, exploring his cycle of nihilism and building the world out from how he perceives it. The film suffers a lot when he pulls away from that to tell a story about drug dealers that connects to his origins but it’s very watchable thanks to Joe Manganiello’s excellent performance, strong character work and an impressive display of worldbuilding. Review

6.0

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8 march

8 mar

A gut-wrenching story based on real life events manages to depict with rare beauty and clarity the lives of those left in the wake of white people’s greed in a story so little discussed or recognised. Powerful storytelling, this film is utterly compelling. Review

10

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21 february

21 feb

An at times thrilling depiction of this true life event, a little slow in places and some unnecessary appearances from the US, but overall worth a watch to understand the event that could have brought devastation to millions of people. Review

6.0

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17 february

17 feb

A thought provoking science fiction story with a compelling central concept, engaging characters, striking visuals and a really natural way of presenting the necessary information. Review

8.0

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24 january

24 jan

An entertaining film that boasts a talented cast, clearly laid out character arcs, genuinely heartfelt moments and entertaining performances. Review

6.0

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21 january

21 jan

A solid follow-up that excels in its characterisation, overall visual aesthetic and the way it tackles certain themes but fails to captivate in terms of action and has too much going on to be entirely coherent. Review

6.0

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26 december

26 dec

An excellent film that has a lot to say about life, purpose and growth with a stunning visual aesthetic, strong characterisation and full to bursting with creativity in all areas. Review

10

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26 december

26 dec

A visually stunning, narratively complex and meaningful exploration of friendship, support and finding a balance in a divided world. Review

10

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10 october

10 oct

A strong script supports their performances with wonderfully crafted characters and meaningful moments that create a fluid sense of the relationship. Review

8.0

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9 october

9 oct

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