Christopher Nolan’s new movie Dunkirk has opened to rave reviews and, given its genre, impressive box office numbers. Christian Tesfaye was far less impressed, awarding the flick 7 out of 10 stars.

Baby Driver

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The War of The Planet of The Apes

The sequels seem to never stop, but this one is different. It has inspired interest from Christian Tesfaye, Fortune’s in-house film critic, instead of apathy. 8 out of 10 stars.  

Spider-Man: Homecoming

In the newest of Spiderman reboots, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel has gone to great heights to make the film truer to the comic books than previous reboots, according to Christian Tesfaye, making it a better film than expected. 7 out of 10 stars

Despicable Me 3

The third installment of the Despicable Me franchise is as silly as its prequels, lacking a sense of attitude suited to anyone that is not a child, according to Christian Tesfaye. 4 out of 10 stars

Transformers: The Last Knight

The latest in the Transformers franchise is another Michael Bay extravaganza, most pleasing perhaps to a 13-year-old teenager, according to Christian Tesfaye. 3 out of 10 stars

Pirates of the Caribbean

The latest instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is a two-hour long appeal to the cast, the studio and the world as a whole that the franchise is washed up, according to Christian Tesfaye. 4 out of 10 stars

The Mummy

Directed by Alex Kurtzeman, who does not inspire a lot of enthusiasm to begin with, The Mummy is entirely predictable and crassly ingratiating, according to Christian Tesfaye. 4 out of 10 stars

Wonder Woman

As entertaining as Wonder Woman is, it is at the end of the day a superhero movie, therefore with all its clichés and dead ends, according to Christian Tesfaye. 6 out of 10 stars

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Despite its title, ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is just as much about the other characters in the film. Visually, the screen is wide, bright and graceful, but disappoints with serious focus problems, according to Christian Tesfaye. For the topic at hand, the movie is too soft. 4 out of 10 stars

Alien: Covenant

Every inch of ‘Alien: Covenant’ is stunning, according to Christian Tesfaye, with exquisite lighting, dialogue, acting and mise en scène, and a moody but unobtrusive soundtrack. But, at the end of the day, the movie is not original and is more or less the movie ‘Alien’ with different makeup. However, Michael Fassbender’s performance is highly praiseworthy. 6 out of 10 stars

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

In its current theatrical version, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, re-cut to meet commercial viability, does not pass muster, according to Christian Tesfaye. Scenes don’t hold together, the dialogue is mostly mundane and the swordplay scenes make this film look more like a video game. The only thing going for it is the movie’s almost revolutionary soundtrack. 5 out of 10 stars.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Comic book movies are becoming popular in Ethiopia. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the Fast and the Furious with spaceships and fancier guns. As far as commerce is concerned, this second instalment will probably have mainstream audiences eating out of its hand. As far as cinema is concerned, Christian Tesfaye says, keep trying. Six out of Ten Stars

The Lost City of Z

Directed by James Gray, the Lost City of Z is based on a real-life figure who tried to do something well beyond his abilities. Although it is not an epic in the literal sense of the word, it tells the story of an avid explorer who went to the Amazon to discover a long lost civilisation existing somewhere in South America. 7 out of 10.

Going in Style

Although the movie “Going in Style” will not garner awards for outstanding performances it is a decent film. The plot of the movie could be described as About Schmidt meets Ocean’s Eleven meets The Grapes of Wrath. A group of old colleagues that have been working together for many years learn that their company is being taken over and they might lose everything. What they decide to do next is comical and naive, but desperate times calls for desperate measures. 4 out of 10 stars.

The Fate of the Furious

The new movie “The Fate of the Furious” is a sequel to the franchise Fast and Furious. Although the story pretends to be about family and loyalty, that is just a mask. It is more centered on new cars, hot girls, and action scenes. This is sure going to bag the movie big bucks. The appearance of Dwayne Johnson a.k.a “the Rock” saved the movie as he was very entertaining. 4 out of 10 stars.


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