Gavin Grades the Movies

Review: Deadpool 2

It’s easy to forget that Deadpool is a superhero based on a real comic book character and not a parody of superhero films. I remember watching the first Deadpool and being blown away at how funny the whole thing was; however, because it was so low budget (relatively speaking with only $58 million)...
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Review: Life of the Party

Remember when Melissa McCarthy burst onto the scene? It’s hard to believe it was only seven years ago that America gave her a standing slow clap for her performance in Bridesmaids . I know she was on Mike & Molly before that but Bridesmaids was a genius comedic performance from an...
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Review: Avengers: Infinity War

On May 2, 2008, Iron Man premiered and not a single person on this planet was prepared for the road that it would lead us down. Sure, executive producer and genius Kevin Feige had hopes but not one person was actually prepared for a path that, even then, was starting us down a journey that would...
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Review: Super Troopers 2

Remember how you felt the first time you saw Super Troopers ? Wasn’t it great? I still remember seeing it in the only theater in Central Pennsylvania that ran indie films and laughing my balls off. The opening scene is still one of the funniest scenes ever made and holds up all these years later...
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Review: Rampage

When I was a kid, a friend of mine lived down the block who had arcade games in his garage. None of us were wealthy so I have no idea where they came from but it was dope AF. One of the games he had was Rampage . While everyone else was obsessed with Contra , I was fixated on Rampage . This was...
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Review: Ready Player One

Anyone who’s worth their weight in celluloid knows that Steven Speilberg is one of the greatest directors of all time. His skill is not the only thing that makes him one of the greats; it’s his versatility too. If it seems like Speilberg always has a lot of movies coming out, it’s because he does...
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Review: Pacific Rim Uprising

I saw Pacific Rim , the first one, in the movie theater. I own the movie on bluray, I think. If you were to ask me a single thing about that movie, I couldn’t answer it accurately. It was a completely and utterly forgettable movie. Was it fun? Probably. Did it look cool? Most likely. Was it a...
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Review: Tomb Raider

Remember how great it felt to rush home from school so you could fired up the Playstation and play Tomb Raider when it first came out? Man, what a great game that was. Let’s forget about how Uncharted came out a few years later and blew everything the entire Tomb Raider series ever achieved out of...
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Review: Annihilation

B efore I say anything I want to establish that writer/director Alex Garland is very good at what he does. The man has the capacity of telling really smart and challenging sci-fi and horror. He’s written some of my favorites like 28 Days Later, Sunshine , and the shockingly great reboot of Judge...
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Review: Black Panther

U sually, I can’t stand it when I go into a movie that a ton of people have already seen and have been hyping it up. In the case of Black Panther , there had never been a more-hyped Marvel film. The lead-up was epic with lines like “the greatest superhero film ever made” and “Marvel’s finest...
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