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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

  As superhero sequels go, Wonder Woman 1984 is pretty epic, but it’s not without its flaws. Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s ‑‑ an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom, and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wigg), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility. Now, I’m not the only one who has been waiting for this movie. I loved the first Wonder Woman film, not just because Gal Gadot was breathtaking in the title role but by its brilliant execution (which the DCEU was clearly lacking) and that was enough to get me excited for the sequel. And now that I’ve finally gotten to watch it, thanks to HBO Max, I’m so happy. With a runtime of

Doctor Strange Review

Marvel’s 14th Cinematic Universe movie is a brain-melting tale that reinvigorates the genre with Doctor Strange, in theaters now.

Dr. Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Benedict Cumberbatch is just perfect in the title role, as he is just as strong and sharp as the surgical tools he uses. When we first meet him, he has that same privileged swagger of Tony Stark (IronMan). But Cumberbatch is quickly able to make the immediately least likable Marvel heroes into the most unpredictable and intriguing.

Tilda Swinton is amazing as the Ancient One, Strange’s mentor in the arts of magic. An unworldly teacher with a touch of very earthly cruelty, there’s authority to her screen presence that gives weight to Strange’s spiritual journey. Strong support from Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and Benedict Wong as Wong brings heart and humour to the story.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange is visually stunning and has something of the enchantment of the Harry Potter series. The unity of the performances is a required force as we dive into the mind-bending layers of trippy visuals. This is one film that viewers watching it in 2D instead of 3D will missing out on. Not only does the fantasy element pop out of the screen, the teeming chaos of Nepal looks phenomenal.

Two end-credit stings give a hint of things to come on our next appointment with the Doctor, suggesting that Marvel fully appreciates the invigorating transfusion of new blood that this film provides.


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