Doug Reviews: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is either daring you to see The Hobbit 3 or trying to keep you away from it.

And now, part three of the fifteen-part movie series adapting the 300-page novel, The Hobbit. What? The Battle of the Five Armies is the last one? Oh, thank God. Continue reading

Doug Reviews: X Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men_Days_of_Future_Past_(film)_poster_003If you read my X-Men Retrospective—and if you haven’t, why are you reading this first?—you’ll know that I hold the first two X-Men films by Bryan Singer in high regard. However, ever since Singer departed the franchise to go screw up Superman, the X-Men series has been on shaky ground. It took some solid steps forward with X-Men First Class and The Wolverine, but I was still nervous about X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer was back in the director’s chair, but his track record hasn’t been great lately and Fox has a habit of screwing up my X-Men. So, it’s really difficult to write this review, because I’m trying to think of a grade that can appropriately sum up how I felt about this film.

We’ll start with this: X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best X-Men film since X-Men 2. Continue reading