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The Mauritanian | Average Guy Movie Review

The story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who was believed to have been involved in the planning of 9/11. He was held at Guantanamo Bay for years without trial. Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) were the lawyers who took his case, and Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) was the military lawyer assigned to prosecute. What they discovered was a a case built on flimsy, circumstantial evidence and forced confessions. Based on Slahi's book 'Guantanamo Diary' (which he wrote while still incarcerated) this is a shocking look at US counter-terrorism activities after 9/11, and how that event was used to justify "questionable" actions. In that way it would make an eye-opening double feature with The Report  starring Adam Driver - both movies are available on Amazon Prime Video. Much like The Report , this is a story that should be told. And not just for Mohamedou, but for all those who were locked up at Guantanamo for years witho

Shazam! | Average Guy Movie Review

When 14 year old Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is chosen by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Honsou) to be his successor, he is introduced to a mysterious new world, that of being a grown up. In taking on this role Billy is gifted with the ability to transform into a fully grown superhero (Zachary Levi) - one with more than a few super powers. Now he just has to figure out how to use them, luckily his new foster brother Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) is there to help. But while he adapts to life as both a kid and an adult, Billy must also face off against Doctor Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong), a man possessed by a group of demonic creatures - known as the Seven Deadly Sins - who want Billy's new found powers for themselves. Ever since Man of Steel hit cinemas in 2013, there have been complaints surrounding the tone of the DCEU. It was something that this franchise couldn't escape - despite several colourful attempts - until now. Director David F. Sandberg has managed to take that dark