Birds of Prey (2020)

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Birds of Prey takes place after Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker have broken up. With a hit now on her head, she is wanted by Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), but ends up working with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollet-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to protect a little girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from this rising villain.

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Aquaman (2018)

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Aquaman revolves around Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) as Mera (Amber Heard) recruits him to become the king of Atlantis and to stop his half-brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), from uniting the seven seas to wage war on the surface.

Director, James Wan, previously known for horror films such as The Conjuring and Insidious brings a lighthearted, but conventional superhero flick to life. He was able to create amazing visuals which I think is the film’s greatest strength.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

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Given my previous review of Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman, I thought that it would only be fitting to pair the giant female superhero blockbuster with the people that inspired her.

Wonder Woman revolves around Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), the Princess of Themyscira, who lives on an isolated island away from mankind with Amazon warriors, all of whom are women. When Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands on the island, he alerts the Amazons of the war going on in the outside world, Diana believes that the Greek god of War, Ares, who her mother has always warned her about is behind World War I and joins Steve Trevor to the land of men in order to stop Ares once and for all.

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Justice League (2017)

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Justice League has finally arrived and all everyone wants to know after the critical failures of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad is – is it good? Well I’m here to tell you it’s certainly better than the previously mentioned DCEU movies.

Justice League takes place after Superman’s death, where Batman needs to assemble a team of heroes after run ins with an insect like creature called parademons. The League which consists of famous heroes such as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, along with Batman. Together they need to stop the villain, StepphenWolf, who is collecting power sources called Mother Boxes in order to conquer the world.

Justice League, which has certainly gone through a tough production process, is actually an enjoyable time at the theater. While its villain and plot are lacking, seeing these heroes together on the big screen makes up for that. Wonder Woman is the total standout here and deservedly so after the success of her film last June. The Flash (Ezra Miller) is also a scene stealer bringing light and comic relief to the team. And minor spoiler I guess, but if you follow these movies at all you should know this, but Superman returns from the dead and he makes a mighty fine, enjoyable entrance.

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Thor Ragnarok (2017)

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I have been excited for Thor Ragnarok ever since Taika Waititi was announced as the director of the film and I finally got the chance to see it and I loved it!!

This is by far the best of the Thor films and is the funniest Marvel movie (at least in my opinion). Thor Ragnarok revolves around Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who is exiled from Asgard after Hela (Cate Blanchett), the goddess of death, comes to conquer Asgard. Thor recruits help from his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and from the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to stop this villain from taking over his homeland.

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Baby Driver (2017)

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So this weekend I re-watched Baby Driver and I think I loved it even better than the first time. This time I was really able to pay attention to the music, easter eggs, and mise-en-scene in general. For example when Baby, played by Ansel Elgort, is walking to the coffee shop, he is listening to the song “Harlem Shuffle,” and during his walk we see lyrics of the song graffitied onto different poles and buildings behind Baby. Music is absolutely vital to this film as it captures not only the character’s mood at certain points, but it also heightens the stakes or captures the atmosphere in which the characters are in.

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