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: 135 / 135

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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

A technically impressive yet hollow viewing experience overflowing with creativity but lacking in engaging characterisation. Review

6.0

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5 september

5 sep

An engaging and intimate character driven portrayal of emerging Mutant abilities as a metaphor for transitioning into adulthood. Danielle Moonstar is an engaging protagonist with a compelling perspective and is played really well by Blu Hunt. Review

8.0

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4 september

4 sep

A competently produced and entertaining adaptation of an iconic video game character. Review

6.0

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2020-03-05

2020

The film boasts excellent leading performances and a competent exploration of the issue at hand but suffers from detailing too many perspectives meaning that it is overall lacking in detail. Review

6.0

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2020-01-08

2020

A heart-warming coming of age story with a strong message about assumptions and tolerance that boasts excellent performances. Review

8.0

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2020-01-01

2020

An unsatisfying conclusion to the Skywalker Saga with messy plotting, misplaced humour and tedious subplots that does a disservice to what once was a thriving vibrant franchise therefore securing J.J. Abrams title as The Master of Mediocrity. Review

2.0

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2019-12-19

2019

It Chapter Two is a decent enough follow-up to its predecessor, but unfortunately not one that lives up to its potential, nor reaches the heights of primal dread previously induced. Review

6.0

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2019-09-17

2019

A well put together and beautifully shot character driven story that delivers a compelling take on the titular Robert the Bruce through the eyes of others. Review

8.0

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2019-07-03

2019

An excellent Spider-Man film that strikes the right balance between the characters and the superhero action while providing a strong arc for Peter Parker to follow. Review

10

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2019-07-03

2019

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