Movie reviews

Welcome to Digital Trends’ movie reviews page, where all of our reviews are compiled for your convenience and reading pleasure. A quick note: since perspectives on movies are so varied and subjective, we don’t assign numeric scores or letter grades with our movie reviews, unlike with our assessments of, say, video games or headphones. We do our best to explain why we feel the way we do on films, but if you agree or disagree with any of our reviews, feel free to let us know in the comments. Happy reading and, of course, happy watching!

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In Avengers: Endgame, Marvel saved its best (and biggest) for last

Marvel Studios concludes its 22-film saga with Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War and the culmination of more than a decade of movies. It gives fans one of the franchise's most epic and emotional installments so far.
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Hellboy review: A gory, entertaining reboot that sells its soul for spectacle

Stranger Things star David Harbour dons the horns and right hand of doom as the demon hero of Hellboy, but the reboot of the supernatural adventure franchise puts spectacle over heart, and ends up feeling a little too hollow.
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Shazam review: A supersized mash-up of two films that just don’t work together

Warner Bros. Pictures superhero movie Shazam! never quite manages to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be, or who it's actually made for, but still offers some entertaining moments.
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Us review: Jordan Peele makes seeing double singularly terrifying

Jordan Peele follows up his Oscar-winning 2017 thriller Get Out with a more straightforward horror film in Us, but the film's blunt terror succeeds thanks to fantastic performances from the cast and clever storytelling.
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Captain Marvel review: Brie Larson’s cosmic hero makes the MCU feel new again

Captain Marvel, the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brings cosmic hero Carol Danvers to the big screen in a compelling, action-packed, and surprisingly nuanced adventure featuring Brie Larson in the title role.
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Eye-popping Alita: Battle Angel delivers a beautifully hollow cyberpunk spectacle

With Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron finally deliver a cyberpunk adventure that keeps the action high with groundbreaking visual effects, even when the story falls short.
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'Bumblebee' transforms a much-maligned film franchise into something fun

Transformers film Bumblebee puts Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight behind the camera, and the result is a heartwarming, action-packed film that draws inspiration from all the right places. And it might save a franchise, too.
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Move over Superman, Aquaman is here to save DC's live-action cinema universe

DC Comics' aquatic superhero Aquaman finally gets his solo feature with Jason Momoa in the title role, and director James Wan's adventure manages to avoid feeling waterlogged while offering up some amazing visuals and intense action.
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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is one of the hero's best movies ever

One of Spider-Man's most memorable big-screen adventures, animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse simultaneously feels like nothing we've ever seen before and a tale that feels familiar in all the best ways.
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More than just a rematch, 'Creed II' is an emotional knockout

It'd be easy to write off Creed II as a rematch of Rocky IV, but it hits hard with great performances and a surprisingly layered story that explores complicated themes while still offering cheer-worthy moments.
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'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' will seem muddled to mere muggles

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brings magizoologist Newt Scamander back for more adventures, but the sequel to 2016's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes a very deep dive into Potter-verse lore.
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'Halloween' sequel gives new life to an old killer

David Gordon Green's Halloween sequel finds the right balance between the familiar and the new with a terrifying return to the blood-soaked saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.
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'First Man' turns one small step for man into one amazing movie

First Man, Damien Chazelle's biopic of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong that chronicles the events around the famous 1969 moon landing, is another triumph for the Oscar-winning director.
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After a slow burn, 'Daredevil' season 3 erupts into an inferno

Season 3 of Marvel's Daredevil series on Netflix raises the already-high bar for the show with some of its best drama and action to date within the first six episodes, and some of its most fascinating characters - both new and familiar.
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Why so serious? Tom Hardy's head-chomping 'Venom' is pure comic book fun

In Sony Pictures' Venom, Mad Max star Tom Hardy delivers a performance so crazy that it makes a head-chomping alien a cheer-worthy hero in a film from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.
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Shane Black's 'The Predator' makes bloodthirsty aliens fun again

Filmmaker Shane Black brings the trophy-hunting alien back to the big screen in The Predator. The latest installment of the sci-fi action franchise features all of the gory action fans have come to expect, and a surprising amount of laughs…
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Netflix removes all customer reviews of shows and movies from its website

Acting on an announcement made in July, Netflix has now removed 10 years' worth of customer-contributed reviews of TV shows and movies from its website, citing declining use as the reason.
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'Slender Man' misses the mark on its meme, comes up skinny on scares

Sony Pictures' movie based on the Slender Man internet meme falls short of its source material's scary potential with a feature that's light on frightening moments and fails to invest in its titular creature character.