Nature gone wrong

The Meg

Jason Statham, with his tiny face and outrageously broad shoulders, is some sort of brilliant deep-sea rescuer. He, of course, has a troubled past—a submarine rescue went wrong, and he had to leave two of his besties behind to die. Well, actually, he had to close the hatch on them because the side of the …

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Dwayne Johnson is at the height of earnestness as Davis Okoye, a primatologist in San Diego. It is hammered home that he likes animals more than people, but it is more accurate to say that he likes George, a big albino gorilla that he rescued from poachers. Luckily for us, this duo can talk to …

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47 Meters Down

Lisa and Kate (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, respectively) are sisters on vacation in Mexico, who make the ill-advised choice to go on a cage dive with a couple hot Mexican guys. See, the guys have a buddy with a rickety boat that will motor them out to a ripe spot, fill the water with …

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Now I love me a good disaster movie. What I kinda love more than a good disaster movie is a good-BAD disaster movie. Those are the ones with a certain amount of earnestness, as a usually decent actor (usually an appealing, rugged, All-American type) struggles to rise above a script that comes second to the …

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Kong: Skull Island

Set in the 1970s, Kong: Skull Island follows a team of soldiers, scientists, and explorers who join forces to determine whether a unique ecosystem exists on a remote, mysterious isle. Bill Randa (John Goodman) hypothesizes that nuclear bombs dropped on the island were not just tests, but rather a calculated effort to destroy something alarming. …

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The Legend of Tarzan

I think the screenwriter of this film must have read the bestseller King Leopold’s Ghost, which describes in fascinating and appalling detail the Belgium monarch’s greed-driven pillaging and exloitation of Africa’s Congo in the late 19th century. This provides the set up for this version of Legend of Tarzan. The Earl of Greystoke, aka John …

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