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July 2016

Jason Bourne is a film stuck in the past, in the glory of its predecessors.

By: Muneeb Arshid

Nine years. Well, four actually, but nine for those keeping track of the important Bourne films. At the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, everyone assumed that the series would most likely be over at that point since Bourne had pretty much learned everything about his past. However, news of a renewed Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass partnership a decade later had people excited to see what the next Jason Bourne adventure would bring. This brings us to the aptly named Jason Bourne, the next adventure.

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The Bourne Legacy is badass

By: Akram Shaban

The Bourne Legacy takes place during the events of The Bourne Ultimatum. It stars Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, and Corey Stoll (antagonist from Ant-Man) also show up. In my review of The Bourne Supremacy, I claimed that if the movie series remained consistent, it couldn’t fail. Let’s see if The Bourne Legacy is indeed legendary. Continue reading “The Bourne Legacy is badass”

Star Trek Beyond review: A surprisingly humanizing addition to the series

By: Muneeb Arshid

If you had told me a year ago that the newest addition to the Star Trek universe was actually going to be good, I would have laughed off the notion and went on my way. At that point, we were still hearing of massive problems with the script and also the fact that the director of the previous renditions, J.J. Abrams, was not helming this film seemed to strike a negative chord with fans. Continue reading “Star Trek Beyond review: A surprisingly humanizing addition to the series”

It took 3 movies, but Matt Damon finally remembers all in The Bourne Ultimatum

By: Muneeb Arshid

When The Bourne Ultimatum was initially released in 2007, it concluded a trilogy of action films that were all lauded for their relatively complex storytelling combined with the unique camera work (especially with Paul Greengrass‘ “fine” work in the last two films). The Bourne Ultimatum was, at that time, the conclusion to Jason Bourne’s story, where he learns about his past as a secret government “assassin” asset.

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The Bourne Supremacy nails shaky-cam cinematography

By: Akram Shaban

Matt Damon returns as probably-not-Jason-Bourne in the sequel to The Bourne Identity, in The Bourne Supremacy. I watched these movies for the first time specifically for the reviews. I must say that I have been missing out on some of the best action I’ve seen. It also makes me all the more excited for the upcoming Jason Bourne. Continue reading “The Bourne Supremacy nails shaky-cam cinematography”

Ghostbusters works as a remake no matter what the internet heroes would like to say.

By: Muneeb Arshid

If I was doing a review of the backlash when the trailers for the remake of Ghostbusters were released, it would end up being a stream of misogynistic comments from those heroes we all like to call trolls. We all knew that there was going to be a certain backlash to the casting choice going with an entirely female cast, but also the fact that many people did not even want a remake of a film that is beloved by many. Continue reading “Ghostbusters works as a remake no matter what the internet heroes would like to say.”

Matt Damon tries to remember who he is in The Bourne Identity

By: Muneeb Arshid

We are now two weeks away from the release of one of the most anticipated films of the summer. One that fans have been waiting since 2007 when the Bourne trilogy “ended” with The Bourne Ultimatum. Yes, yes, we had that, “Matt Damon-less” Bourne Legacyhowever, many do not really like to consider that as part of the series.

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The Secret Life of Pets is a cliche, but fun, summer animation for all

By: Muneeb Arshid

So far, we’ve had two outstanding mainstream animations this year in Zootopia and Finding Dory following on from a year where we had Inside Out and Anomalisa. Later this year, we are expecting Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika Entertainment. Continue reading “The Secret Life of Pets is a cliche, but fun, summer animation for all”

Sultan Review: Salman Khan’s tale of two halves

By: Samar Khan

After a decent hiatus, Salman Khan releases a brand new film for Eid and I end my own hiatus from Bollywood films by penning a review for our beloved TFL audience. After his hit-and-miss 2015 where he delivered the heartwarming Bajrangi Bhaijaan and the critically disappointing Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Salman Khan returns with a bang in this new flick centered on a mud pit wrestler turned MMA fighter.

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