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American Animals | Average Guy Movie Review

In 2003, four university students - Warren Lipka (Evan Peters), Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan), Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner) -  attempted to steal several rare books from the Transylvania University Library in Lexington, Kentucky. American Animals tells the story of the heist, how it was planned and the effect it had on all those caught up in it.



Shot like a docu-drama, writer/director Bart Layton has intercut the story with interviews with the key players, as well as their parents, teachers and staff at the library. The cast's genuine performances blend and contrast with the interviews perfectly, in order to give us all the excitement and optimism before the robbery and the clarity of 20/20 hindsight that comes later. What makes this all very interesting is that Layton doesn't try to amalgamate the different perspectives. He acknowledges the fact that they all remember parts of the story differently. It could be anything from how a person look…

The Predator | Average Guy Movie Review

When a Predator crash lands on Earth, the US Government seizes the opportunity to study the alien hunter and his technology. But they're not the only ones looking for him. It seems that the Predators have been combining their DNA with that of their prey, and the result of that research is on his way here. Our only hope against this new threat comes in the form of a group of PTSD suffering veterans known as the "Loonies", an evolutionary biologist and a little boy with asperger's.



Shane Black, the writer/director behind The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has had a go at re-vamping the Predator franchise. And thank fuck the studio execs didn't want to aim for a 12 rating! Can you imagine the guy who played Hawkins in Predator, the guy who made all of those bad pussy jokes directing a 12 rated Predator movie? Look at what that did to Die Hard! Although Die Hard 4.0 sucked anyway. Don't worry, The Predator isn't anywhere near the level of Die Ha…

The Meg | Average Guy Movie Review

When scientists begin exploring a previously undiscovered part of the Marianas trench, they inadvertently unleash a prehistoric shark - known as a Megalodon - on our oceans. Now, with the "Meg" running riot, the scientists find themselves in a race against time to stop it. In order to do so, they call in the one man who can help, Jason Statham...errr Jonas Taylor.


This is what a summer blockbuster should be! Big, ridiculous fun, no thinking required. I think the scriptwriters had a list of Hollywood clichés that they ticked off as they went along. The disgraced hero, living a bum life, borderline alcoholic yet fit as an Olympic athlete. He's needed for a big job that only he can do. Don't forget the love interest who hates him at first - or at least pretends to. Those are just a few that come to mind. But it works because The Meg doesn't try to be anything more, it's a big, silly monster movie and that's it. It helps that Jon Turteltaub hasn't tried to…

The Happytime Murders | Average Guy Movie Review

In a world where people and puppets co-exist, the puppets are very much second class citizens. But when the cast of 90's TV show "The Happytime Gang" start turning up dead, both the FBI and the police make the case a high priority. Their prime suspect is puppet Private Detective Phil Phillips (Bill Barretta), an ex-cop who's brother was on the show. If Phil is going to catch the killer and clear his name, he'll have to work with his estranged ex-partner, LAPD Detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy). Get ready to see the darker side of show business...and puppets!



From Brian Henson, son of the legendary Jim Henson comes a very different kind of puppet movie. If you have seen the red band trailers, you know exactly what you're in for. Henson has clearly taken inspiration - or at least some style tips - from classic film noir/detective stories and buddy cop movies, and then put his own unique spin on things. The Happytime Murders is like a cross between Who F…

Official Response to Henry Cavill Leaving the DCEU

After The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Henry Cavill will not be returning to the role of Superman, fans have been speculating about the future of the role and the DCEU, not to mention future roles that Cavill might take on. But it's possible this report may be more rumour than news.

Since the story went viral we have had responses from both Warner Bros. and Cavill's representatives. First Dany Garcia, took to Twitter:
Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today. Not exactly definitive, yes the cape is still in his closet but that doesn't mean he will ever wear it again. And even if he does, it could be years before we see a follow up to 2013's Man of Steel. That's if we ever do with Warner Bros. shaking things up with the DCEU...sorry, Worlds of DC. But as promised, Warner Bros. did release a statement regarding the situation - not t…

Henry Cavill is No Longer Superman

According to The Hollywood Reporter Henry Cavill will no longer be playing the role of Superman. It is being said that contract talks - including a Shazam cameo - have broken down due to scheduling conflicts.



With Warner Bros. looking to change things up with their comic book movie franchise, the DCEU or DC Extended Universe was recently rebranded as "Worlds of DC". Focus on the Kryptonian front is said to be shifting to a Supergirl origin story, said to feature a teenage version of the heroine. Which would rule Cavill out because - according to DC lore - that would make Superman a toddler. 



Regardless of what you call it, in recent years DC has definitely played second fiddle to Marvel, when it comes to movies anyway. Thanks to The Dark Knight, DC held the top spot for quite a while. But with the MCU getting stronger and more popular by the day and the closing of the Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy with the disappointing The Dark Knight Rises, they quickly fell behind Marvel. With …

BlacKkKlansman | Average Guy Movie Review

During the 1970's Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) became the first black Police Officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Later he went on to become their first black Detective as well. Whilst assigned to the Intelligence Unit, Stallworth came across an ad in the paper for the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. What started as an attempt to acquire some "official literature" - with the help of fellow Detective, "Flip" Zimmerman (Adam Driver) - turned into a full blown undercover investigation into the Klan's activities, that reached all the way to the top of the organisation.


Based on Ron Stallworth's book Black Klansman, this is defintiely one of those "stranger than fiction" stories. The idea that a black guy infiltrated the KKK is as incredible as it is hilarious. And Spike Lee manages to strike the perfect balance between the two. BlacKkKlansman is an eye-opening look at how much our world has changed, and more importantly h…