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Fast Five Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2016 | M | Science Fiction, Action

 We all know about Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, and how they defeated Darth Vader and brought down the Empire. But – an even longer time ago, in a galaxy further away – there was another band of heroes just as daring, whose actions helped save the galaxy. This is their story…

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Fast Five Review: Jessica Jones Season 1 (2015)


2015 | M | Action, Crime, Drama

This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Ex Machina (2015)


2015 | MA15+ | Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Reviewed by Monika

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World on DVD

Review by Naomi

1. Did you like it?


2. Why/Why not?

Jurassic World was good blockbuster fun!

The Jurassic World theme park is now 10 years old and visitor numbers are starting to fall, financial backers want a new attraction to draw people back to the park and Dinosaurs aren’t enough of a draw card anymore. They decide to create a hybrid, what could go possibly wrong? Indominous Rex, the dinosaur they create, is super smart, has unforeseen abilities and thanks to her wily ways, escapes and puts the whole park and its twenty thousand patrons under threat. Brothers Gray and Zach are visiting their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who runs the park and gives them all access passes. This places them right in harms way when the Indominous Rex escapes her enclosure. Claire enlists the help of Veloceraptor handler Owen (Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation fame) to help her rescue her nephews.

I had a ball in this film and there were a few moments when I was gasping at the turns in the plot and the thrills and spills Jurassic World afforded. This felt more like a sequel to the first movie, Jurassic Park, as it had a similar tone and I would be fine if we just forgot that the other two sequels exist. There are a few references to the first movie, but you could watch it as a stand-alone. The only real negative was that it was missing Geoff Goldblum’s glib comic relief. I missed him.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

…you loved the rest of the franchise or even if you only loved the first movie.

4. “This movie made me think…”

I want some raptor friends to ride motorbikes with.

5. Stars out of five?