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These 3 sentence movie reviews include movies from approximately the last 6 to 12 months. I’ll update this blog post as new 3 sentence reviews roll in, so check back frequently. After a while, some of the reviews will be archived.

Chronological

Logan (March 3, 2017)

Visceral and bloody but not glorifying the violence, Logan manages to delve into the pain of this anti-hero’s existence. He’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t pretty—and there was enough humanity to make me tear up three times (!) during the film. This was a better send off for dear Wolvie than the 2014 comic The Death of Wolverine. – A.P.

Rogue One (December 12, 2016)

Although Rogue One isn’t as good as the original Star Wars trilogy, it is certainly better than the first three Episodes. The beginning is tricky to follow so pay close attention. The action and emotional wallop are well worth the price of admission. – N.B.

Moana (November 23, 2016)

Moana didn’t get as much attention as it deserved during the end of 2016. The story is entirely unique with complex, original characters. There wasn’t a prince in sight! – N.B.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18, 2016)

There’s plenty of magic but not enough story in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The story is darker than you expect, but there’s not enough of it to keep the pace up. The characters, however, are very endearing. – N.B.

Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)

Heavier than Ant-Man, but not as wham-bam as the Avengers movies. The actors give engrossing performances, especially Benedict Cumberbatch. Even though the movie focuses on mystical energy and magic, the plot was more believable and had fewer holes than most Marvel movies. – N.B.

Insecure (October 9, 2016 / HBO)

Issa (played by Issa Rae) is a twenty-something asking herself, “Is this all there is?” She struggles to find meaning in her job, romance in her relationship, and understanding with her BFF. Insecure is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy about a little-seen community: professional African Americans in Los Angeles. – L.M.

Phantasm: Ravager (October 6, 2016)

Conversation held after watching this movie: “Look, there are commentaries and blooper reels!” “If the commentary isn’t just apology after apology and the blooper reel isn’t just the entire movie shown over again, I don’t want to see them.” Just like in the Phantasms that came before it, Angus Scrimm was the best thing to be found anywhere in the film; him standing and being menacing almost made up for the rest of the nonsense. – A.P.

Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016)

What a hot mess of a film! Too much time is spent on the characters back stories and not enough time is spent winning us over. We needed to see the Suicide Squad defeat smaller enemies before taking on the big one. – N.B.

Star Trek Beyond (July 22, 2016)

The new Star Trek series finally has a movie that’s not only packed with action, but actually more believable than the others. Each of the actors finally seems comfortable in their characters, rather than portraying them as imitations of the originals. Star Trek Beyond is just fun entertainment. – N.B.

The Secret Life of Pets (July 8, 2016)

The animation is executed very well, but there’s little original style or surprises. The story is cute enough, but very forgettable. Really, I don’t see why there was such a fuss about this movie. – N.B.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (North American release: June 24, 2016)

Beautiful New Zealand scenery, check. Sam Neill as a gruff old man who learns to accept the teenager forced upon him, check. Excellent movie with both laugh-out-loud comedy and heart-felt moments, check and check! – A.P.

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)

The new cast of X-Men tells a thought-provoking story about a man with too much power. The story is well-written, with good balance of action and the characters’ own journeys. Each mutant gets a scene to show off their powers. – N.B.

Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier remains the best Marvel film to date, but Captain America: Civil War gives audiences plenty of conflict to chew. The story may seem melodramatic to some, but Marvel fans will dig it. The action and effects are amazing, with plenty of great moments for everyone in the cast. – N.B.

The Jungle Book (April 15, 2016)

The special effects are so amazing that you are never, not once, taken out of the movie by something that looks garish or fake. The scenery and the characters are lush and gorgeous. The performances are spot-on, pulling out every motion needed for this classic story. – N.B.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016)

Batman v Superman doesn’t deserve the acerbic criticism it received. It’s dark and dramatic, which audiences aren’t used to because they’ve gotten used to the Marvel format. Batman v Superman takes it time building the characters and inserting plenty of comic book Easter Eggs. – N.B.

Zootopia (March 4, 2016)

Zootopia centers around an important story that sends a wonderful message about acceptance. Plus, the animation is gorgeous and the writing is terribly clever. Zootopia is a far better animated film than The Secret Life of Pets. – N.B.

Deadpool (February 12, 2016)

Deadpool is two hours of grown-up fun, from start to finish. Ryan Reynolds is like an orchestra conductor, using every kind of comedic and acting instrument he has to create a wonderful, and raunchy, performance. The dialog is fast-paced and full of jokes, so go in with your listening ears turned on. – N.B.

Attack on Titan, Parts 1 and 2 (2015)

If you liked the anime, this isn’t for you. And if you like the manga, don’t even give it a try. This live-action movie of the popular Japanese export isn’t for people who want relatable characters or comprehensible plots. On the plus side, the Titans were damn creepy. – A.P.

Alphabetical

Attack on Titan, Parts 1 and 2 (2015)

If you liked the anime, this isn’t for you. And if you like the manga, don’t even give it a try. This live-action movie of the popular Japanese export isn’t for people who want relatable characters or comprehensible plots. On the plus side, the Titans were damn creepy. – A.P.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016)

Batman v Superman doesn’t deserve the acerbic criticism it received. It’s dark and dramatic, which audiences aren’t used to because they’ve gotten used to the Marvel format. Batman v Superman takes it time building the characters and inserting plenty of comic book Easter Eggs. – N.B.

Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier remains the best Marvel film to date, but Captain America: Civil War gives audiences plenty of conflict to chew. The story may seem melodramatic to some, but Marvel fans will dig it. The action and effects are amazing, with plenty of great moments for everyone in the cast. – N.B.

Deadpool (February 12, 2016)

Deadpool is two hours of grown-up fun, from start to finish. Ryan Reynolds is like an orchestra conductor, using every kind of comedic and acting instrument he has to create a wonderful, and raunchy, performance. The dialog is fast-paced and full of jokes, so go in with your listening ears turned on. – N.B.

Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)

Heavier than Ant-Man, but not as wham-bam as the Avengers movies. The actors give engrossing performances, especially Benedict Cumberbatch. Even though the movie focuses on mystical energy and magic, the plot was more believable and had fewer holes than most Marvel movies. – N.B.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18, 2016)

There’s plenty of magic but not enough story in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The story is darker than you expect, but there’s not enough of it to keep the pace up. The characters, however, are very endearing. – N.B.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (North American release: June 24, 2016)

Beautiful New Zealand scenery, check. Sam Neill as a gruff old man who learns to accept the teenager forced upon him, check. Excellent movie with both laugh-out-loud comedy and heart-felt moments, check and check! – A.P.

Insecure (October 9, 2016 / HBO)

Issa (played by Issa Rae) is a twenty-something asking herself, “Is this all there is?” She struggles to find meaning in her job, romance in her relationship, and understanding with her BFF. Insecure is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy about a little-seen community: professional African Americans in Los Angeles. – L.M.

The Jungle Book (April 15, 2016)

The special effects are so amazing that you are never, not once, taken out of the movie by something that looks garish or fake. The scenery and the characters are lush and gorgeous. The performances are spot-on, pulling out every motion needed for this classic story. – N.B.

Logan (March 3, 2017)

Visceral and bloody but not glorifying the violence, Logan manages to delve into the pain of this anti-hero’s existence. He’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t pretty—and there was enough humanity to make me tear up three times (!) during the film. This was a better send off for dear Wolvie than the 2014 comic The Death of Wolverine. – A.P.

Moana (November 23, 2016)

Moana didn’t get as much attention as it deserved during the end of 2016. The story is entirely unique with complex, original characters. There wasn’t a prince in sight! – N.B.

Phantasm: Ravager (October 6, 2016)

Conversation held after watching this movie: “Look, there are commentaries and blooper reels!” “If the commentary isn’t just apology after apology and the blooper reel isn’t just the entire movie shown over again, I don’t want to see them.” Just like in the Phantasms that came before it, Angus Scrimm was the best thing to be found anywhere in the film; him standing and being menacing almost made up for the rest of the nonsense. – A.P.

Rogue One (December 12, 2016)

Although Rogue One isn’t as good as the original Star Wars trilogy, it is certainly better than the first three Episodes. The beginning is tricky to follow so pay close attention. The action and emotional wallop are well worth the price of admission. – N.B.

The Secret Life of Pets (July 8, 2016)

The animation is executed very well, but there’s little original style or surprises. The story is cute enough, but very forgettable. Really, I don’t see why there was such a fuss about this movie. – N.B.

Star Trek Beyond (July 22, 2016)

The new Star Trek series finally has a movie that’s not only packed with action, but actually more believable than the others. Each of the actors finally seems comfortable in their characters, rather than portraying them as imitations of the originals. Star Trek Beyond is just fun entertainment. – N.B.

Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016)

What a hot mess of a film! Too much time is spent on the characters back stories and not enough time is spent winning us over. We needed to see the squad defeat smaller enemies before taking on the big one. – N.B.

X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27, 2016)

The new cast of X-Men tells a thought-provoking story about a man with too much power. The story is well-written, with good balance of action and the characters’ own journeys. Each mutant gets a scene to show off their powers. – N.B.

Zootopia (March 4, 2016)

Zootopia centers around an important story that sends a wonderful message about acceptance. Plus, the animation is gorgeous and the writing is terribly clever. Zootopia is a far better animated film than The Secret Life of Pets. – N.B.

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I started this page of 3 sentence movie reviews because I’ve had several people ask me why there aren’t more movie reviews on Media Medusa. Lately, my freelance writing jobs have taken up a lot more time, so I haven’t been able to post lengthy reviews. I want to! But time just does not allow.

As an alternative, I decided to at least have a page where I post super-short movie reviews. (I’m surprised and flattered that y’all truly want to know my opinion on this stuff.) Contributing writers will be invited to share their 3 sentence movie reviews as well, so look for the writer’s initials* at the end of the brief movie review.

I was going to have a really clever section called movie review haiku, but someone beat me to it.

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* N.B. = Nancy Basile; M.B. = Mike Brown; A.P. = Amy Peters; L.M. = Lou Martin