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Zaki Hasan Movie Reviews

Zaki's Review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Zaki Hasan | Posted 01.21.2017 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In today's age of studios looking to turn any dormant IP into a chance for synergized, sequelized glory, I suppose it was inevitable that we'd circle ...

Zaki's Review: Live by Night

Zaki Hasan | Posted 01.13.2017 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

One of the great Hollywood turnarounds of the last decade-and-change has been Ben Affleck's transformation from frequent punchline in the wake of such...

The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2016

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.31.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Read on to see my personal picks for my favorite cinematic experiences for the calendar year that's now closing. There were some very strong offerings...

Zaki's Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.21.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

When it comes to the mega-popular Harry Potter franchise, my personal context is having dozed through parts of the first two movies, 2001's The Sorcer...

Zaki's Review: Doctor Strange

Zaki Hasan | Posted 11.03.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

In terms of his presence in the Marvel Comics from whence he sprang, Doctor Strange is always one of those characters who worked better for me in smal...

Zaki's Review: Inferno

Zaki Hasan | Posted 10.28.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

When I reviewed The Da Vinci Code ten years ago, I found the feature adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel beset with glacial pacing and a deci...

Zaki's Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.30.2016 | Entertainment
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Sometimes it feels like the only thing MGM has on offer is James Bond movies and remakes of revered movies from its voluminous back catalogue. From Ro...

Zaki's Review: Sully

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Entertainment
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The 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson" that saw pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger land his US Airways commuter plane on the Hudson river with no fatalities...

Zaki's Review: Suicide Squad

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.03.2016 | Entertainment
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Suicide Squad is the fifth superhero spectacle to hit theaters this year, and the second set within Warners' DC Comics universe. That feels like a lot...

Zaki's Review: Jason Bourne

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Jason Bourne is back! And, to be honest, I kind of wish he'd stayed away.

Zaki's Review: Star Trek Beyond

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

As you know, I absolutely loved Paramount's Star Trek reboot in 2009. Loved it. As directed by J.J. Abrams, the film did the trick of rescuing the mor...

Zaki's Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
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I think it's fair to say that director Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters from 1984 enjoys a level of adoration that's probably disproportionate to the film ...

Zaki's Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
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It's been a rough couple of years for Edgar Rice Burroughs. First the late pulp author's "John Carter of Mars" series got a belated big screen adapta...

Zaki's Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
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I was sixteen years old when Independence Day was released in summer of 1996. I was there on opening day. And I loved it. Man, did I love it. I was ab...

Zaki's Review: 'Warcraft'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.10.2016 | Entertainment
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Full disclosure: I've never played the Warcraft or World of Warcraft video games. I've never read the novels or comics. I've never played the collecti...

Zaki's Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
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Ten years ago I took a shank to X-Men: The Last Stand, a sequel I found so disagreeable that I likened it to "studio-mandated seppuku" (which might ha...

Zaki's Review: The Nice Guys

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Summer movie season is only a few weeks old, but somehow it already feels interminable. As such, the arrival of writer-director Shane Black's The Nice Guys couldn't be a more perfectly-timed tonic to the usual onslaught of CGI mayhem we've come to expect between now and August.

Zaki's Review: Money Monster

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

As an "I'm mad as hell" screed against the oversight-free excesses of Wall Street bankers, director Jodie Foster's Money Monster certainly arrives at ...

Zaki's Review: Captain America: Civil War

Zaki Hasan | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment
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While this is nominally the third entry in the Captain America solo franchise (which began with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger), in design and function it feels much more like Avengers 2.5.

Zaki's Review: The Huntsman: Winter's War

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

How you waste a top-tier cast in a total nothing of a movie like this I'll never understand. Pity poor Jessica Chastain, who I've adored in just about everything she's done and who looks like she was forced into this project against her will.

Zaki's Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.20.2016 | Entertainment
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It's a feast for the mind and the eyes, with stunning special effects, dazzling use of 3D (seriously, go see it in 3D!), and a revelatory performance from a talented young newcomer to hold it all together.

Zaki's Review: Criminal

Zaki Hasan | Posted 04.15.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

A couple of years back, in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner tried his hand at playing a hardbitten action hero in the latter day Liam Neeson mould. While...

Zaki's Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.24.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

You may recall, I was quite effusive in my praise of director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel when it was released three years ago. I took no end of grief ...

Zaki's Review: London Has Fallen

Zaki Hasan | Posted 03.04.2016 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Here we are a scant three years later, and Gerard Butler's indomitable Secret Service agent Mike Banning has taken his act across the pond for London Has Fallen.

Zaki's Review: Deadpool

Zaki Hasan | Posted 02.10.2017 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

After sixteen years and seven movies, this is actually the first attempt by Fox to go "shared universe" with their X-Men license, and in that sense Deadpool does kind of feel like the Ant-Man of the Marvel Mutant Movies.