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: 157 / 157

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A confused mess of a film that tries to do a lot and ends up accomplishing very little but at least boasts an impressive body count for fans of the slasher genre. Review

4.0

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17 october

17 oct

An enjoyable and timely exploration of friendship in the social media age that is thought provoking, heart-warming in places and heartbreaking in others. Review

8.0

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17 october

17 oct

An entertaining watch that had the potential to be more but lacks the time to realise it. Tom Hardy’s manic energy as both Eddie Brock and Venom elevates surface level material and provides an engaging dysfunctional to the point of abusive dynamic. Review

6.0

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16 october

16 oct

A fitting swansong for Daniel Craig’s James Bond that delivers some strong emotional beats but is let down by an underused villain and a thin plot that presents as being more complex than it actually is. Review

6.0

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1 october

1 oct

An excellent entry into the MCU with great characters, strong performances, impressive worldbuilding and engaging themes. Shang-Chi is a great character wonderfully played by Simu Liu with a familiar yet engaging character arc around him finding purpose and wrestling with parental expectation. Review

8.0

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4 september

4 sep

A strong take on emergent artificial intelligence with compelling characterisation, striking animation and fascinating ideas to be found within. Review

8.0

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22 august

22 aug

A disappointment filled with missed opportunities that can’t quite be rescued by a strong lead. Snake Eyes is far too unfocused and incoherent to work because it’s trying to do so much and does so little. Review

4.0

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22 august

22 aug

A moving and uplifting story of facing adversity that doesn’t sugar-coat the difficulties associated with fighting a nasty illness. Review

10

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17 august

17 aug

Pig

A sedate and moving character study with compelling commentary on the developed world that boasts a stunning performance from Nicolas Cage. Review

10

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16 august

16 aug

An entertaining and smartly put together blockbuster with plenty of interesting ideas, excellent worldbuilding, great characterisation, a strong cast and plenty of heart. Review

8.0

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15 august

15 aug

A fun and entertaining old school adventure with engaging characters. Dwayne Johnson carries the film well along with Emily Blunt. Review

6.0

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31 july

31 jul

An expertly crafted and heartfelt viewing experience with great characters, an excellent sense of humour and a strong grasp of what it wants to be. The large cast is brilliantly utilised with many only appearing briefly to be showcased in a meaningful moment before being brutally dispatched. Review

10

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31 july

31 jul

A strong and at times inspiring character story grounded in uncomfortably harsh reality that is drowning in nihilism and viscerally thought provoking. Review

8.0

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27 july

27 jul

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

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