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The fourth Bourne movie was way better than you remember.
The Bourne Legacy, the Jeremy Renner-starring side-quel to the original trilogy of Matt Damon’s forgetful spy, was the Ghostbusters reboot of 2012. It was torn to pieces before it even entered theatres, so despite good reviews, Bourne #4 is now barely mentioned (and when it is, usually in whispered tones, as if it’s the shameful secret of the Bourne series).
Regardless of whether you think The Bourne Legacy was over- or underrated, even those who’d prefer to forget its existence will find Matt Damon’s return to the fold after nine years, Jason Bourne, the worst in the series.
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Ben Affleck has had a more tumultuous career than most. From the indie career he self-started with Matt Damon to his paycheque blockbusters of the early ‘00s, from the drought brought by post-Bennifer fatigue to his resurgence through adding “Director” to his job titles, Affleck’s seen his share of incredible highs and lows. And much like those extremes in his life — you could argue largely because of them, in fact — Affleck been in some impressive masterpieces and some rank bombs. Continue reading
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There are just four days left until the Oscars. Have you had trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major categories. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
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One is an incident; two is a coincidence; three is a pattern.
In the fall of 2013, the sci-fi masterpiece Gravity took the world by storm. In late 2014, the spectacular Interstellar did the same. Now here we are, in the first week of October 2015, and sure enough, here comes The Martian. And lo and behold, it’s absolutely brilliant.
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As a director, George Clooney tends to alternate between making alright movies and making excellent movies. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was okay, but Good Night, and Good Luck was fantastic. Leatherheads was fine, but The Ides of March was terrific. Unfortunately, the pendulum’s swung back toward just good with his fifth movie, The Monuments Men.
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When Neill Blomkamp arrived on the scene in 2009 with the impossible-to-categorize masterpiece District 9, the world was taken by surprise. After it earned over $200 million and four Oscar nominations, Blomkamp was left with the challenge of following it up. Four years later, Elysium marks his triumphant return. Continue reading