‘No Time To Die’ Review: Daniel Craig’s Final Outing As James Bond Does Not Disappoint


What to say? What to say? No Time To Die is magnificent, that’s all there is to say. I don’t use the word masterpiece lightly, but this film deserves it. Daniel Craig’s final outing in the world of James Bond does not fail to amaze, and it deserves all the praise it can get. From the plot and the characters to the settings and the vehicles, let’s get into what’s good and what’s bad about No Time To Die.

The Bad

Safin (Rami Malek) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

Let’s get the bad over with. This should be pretty short, as there’s not much in No Time To Die that’s terrible.

Villain Problems

I think the main thing about the film that wasn’t great is that Rami Malek’s Safin was underused. I’m not going to go into specifics (as this review is spoiler-free), but every time Safin appeared it was terrifying, and he should’ve been used a LOT more than he actually was. It would’ve made for a better film, and an overall better villain.

To compare him to some of the other Bond villains in the Daniel Craig era, he was much better than Dominic Greene (Quantum of Solace) or Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Spectre). However, it’s hard to beat Le Chiffre (Casino Royale) or Silva (Skyfall). However, he had this aura of terror that surrounded him whenever he set foot on-screen, something that none of the previous villains have had, which made the film much more enjoyable (and scary).


The other minor issue with this film is it’s runtime. Clocking in at 2 hours and 43 minutes, it felt quite long at times, and I felt multiple times that it could’ve been shortened to maybe 2 hours and 20 minutes. There were at least 2 scenes where I feel the dialogue could’ve been cut or shortened a little bit.

The Good

(L-R) James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

Now, for the good, which will assuredly be a lot longer. There’s so much to cover, Ana de Armas, the action, and more.

Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas was, in short, AMAZING. Unfortunately, she was only in the movie for 10-15 minutes, but for EVERY SINGLE ONE of those minutes, she never failed to amaze in her performance as Paloma. No spoilers, but it was absolutely incredible. And, from what you know from the trailers, her fighting abilities are astounding. I daresay she could take Nomi in a fight, given the chance.

Action Sequences

The action sequences of this film are arguably the best in the franchise. Nomi, Paloma, Bond, and even Madeleine Swann have great sequences where they take turns beating the pulp out of both Spectre’s agents and Safin’s hitmen. One of the most memorable is at the club in Cuba, where Ana de Armas’ Paloma beats up Spectre agents using a combination of firearms and martial arts. Rest assured, there will be plenty of action in this Bond film.

The New 007
Nomi (Lashana Lynch) is ready for action in Cuba in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

Now, as for 007, she’s just as fit and ready as Bond, if not more. She also has the wit that’s become a trademark of 007s. She isn’t afraid to go against her superiors, when necessary, and also likes agitating Bond. Also not a bad touch, Nomi has great taste when coming to outfits and vehicles. The Aston Martin DBS is a great car, and her choice in No Time To Die.

Nomi is a double-0, but in this film seems to serve the purpose of James Bond’s sidekick. While a lot of you will immediately think this isn’t a great role for her (and I was inclined to agree with you), she actually plays that role with ease and honor. Lashana Lynch also doesn’t allow herself to get sucked up in Daniel Craig’s shadow, and manages to keep Nomi as a memorable, distinct character in the Bond franchise.

The Plot

The plot of this film is arguably the best of the franchise’s 25 films. While films like Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Dr. No, and Skyfall are up there, No Time To Die‘s plot is incredibly interesting in both its scale and nature. It focuses on a terrorist (Safin) who is trying to spread a bio-weapon throughout the planet, aiming to kill tens of millions of people. This may seem typical at first, but as we get more and more into the movie, we realize that the plot is anything but. There are also quite a few surprises in store for viewers.

A Few More Things…

(L-R) Tanner (Rory Kinnear), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and M (Ralph Fiennes) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I failed to mention these final few worthy mentions:


Before you enter the theater to go see No Time To Die, you should also try and watch the previous Daniel Craig films. This is because all 5 films have an overarching narrative, unlike the previous Bond universes, which have been independent stories, for the most part. The most important to see are Casino Royale and Spectre, though seeing Skyfall and Quantum of Solace wouldn’t hurt.

The Ending

That ending…….well, I’m not going to spoil it for you, but prepare for heavy emotions as you leave the theater. Also try to stay for the end of the credits as well, you’ll never know what you might see…


(L-R) James Bond (Daniel Craig), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and Q (Ben Whishaw) in NO TIME TO DIE. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.

All in all, No Time To Die is an extremely satisfying conclusion to the latest chapter in the Bond saga. The characters, the plot, the action, it all makes this satisfying conclusion to Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond. I would gladly see this film again and again. Outstanding job to Cary Joji Fukunaga and the entire cast and crew. Top 3 Bond film for me, and that’s saying something, as there are 25.

No Time To Die is now playing worldwide in theaters. Let us know what you thought of the film by tagging us at @ReviewedCinema.

Leaks Regarding Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 Surface

The leak comes from Reddit, where a person who claims to be an Insomniac Games employee answered some questions from eager fans. The game will reportedly allow players to play missions as either Peter Parker or Miles Morales, each having unique skills and abilities. Whoever the player doesn’t choose will be controlled by AI and provide support during the mission. Peter’s web trick system has improved to play more like Miles’ in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.  Also, the wall-crawling system has been revamped, allowing for smoother transitions between actions without hindering the player’s pace.


As for Venom and the symbiote, the employee gave some details on how they’ll factor in. Peter will reportedly gain the iconic black suit in the first part of the game, using the symbiote’s tendrils as four extra arms in combat. Rather than being an alien, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is pulling from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books where Oscorp created Venom. Finally, Peter separates himself from the suit, which takes a new host and becomes Venom. 

Kraven The Hunter

The post says that Kraven the Hunter will serve as the game’s main villain as Peter and Miles fight against his army of mercenaries. The poster does say that while they’re unsure of secondary villains, both Lizard and Mysterio appear in the game. As for heroes, no other Marvel heroes will be in the story, but the amount of Easter eggs alluding to a larger universe has significantly increased.

As with all leaks, it’s essential to take them with a grain of salt. Even though the employees’ comments sound legitimate, they have yet to verify that they work at Insomniac Games. Nevertheless, we know that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will launch as a PlayStation exclusive in 2023.

Let us know what you want to see in the new game and why by tagging us on Twitter at @ReviewedCinema

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Review: An Intriguing Sequel With Lots Of Action And Humor


After struggling to find its release date, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is finally set to arrive in theaters on October 1st. I was lucky enough to see a screening in New York on Monday, greeted by Director Andy Serkis in the theatre. Serkis was open to answering fan questions, and was even able to mutter a laugh and answer that his MCU character Ulysses Klaue could in fact take Venom in a fight. After a brief video message from Tom Hardy, it was time for the movie to begin with hundreds of fans in attendance ready to view the new Sony feature. 


Venom: Let There Be Carnage wastes absolutely no time diving into the gruesome backstory of Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady. The beginning of the film takes us into the mind of young Cletus, immediately describing visuals of a disturbed man’s twisted past. We see an action-packed screen minutes into the movie, and this doesn’t change at any point throughout. The movie is a fast paced, gore-filled thriller. 

Both Woody Harrelson and star of the film Tom Hardy provide electric performances, perfectly encapsulating the lived chaos of bonding with an alien symbiote. Hardy’s dedication and love for the character shines through, while Harrelson gives the unhinged performance we all expected and new he was capable of. The criticisms of this movie do not come with the acting, but with the story.


While the film was entertaining, the storyline lacked depth. It seemed to hit many classic sequel tropes, while giving us very little time to breath between action sequences. The film had high stakes and interesting characters, but the speed at which they progressed through these characters’ stories made it very hard to build any time of connection with any new characters. While watching the movie, it almost seemed as though they were trying to progress through at a fast pace because they had bigger and better things coming. 

The fast pace of the movie was welcomed, as it seemed to bring us to the epic post credit scene even sooner. Avoid spoilers like the plague before seeing this one, because it is absolutely worth the price of admission.

It’s not the best film of the year, but it’s a good sequel to the Venom franchise, and a fine movie to watch if you have 90 minutes to kill. Let us know how you feel about the movie by giving us a shout at @ReviewedCinema, @RCDiscussion, or @TJ_Zwarych5 on Twitter! Venom: Let There Be Carnage is in theaters on October 1, 2021.

Sony’s Spider-Man Plans Include The Sinister Six

After roughly seven years, Sony might be trying to get the Sinister Six on the big screen again! The Sinister Six have yet to appear in a Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy never showed interest in the Sinister Six. The Amazing-Spider-Man series got canceled before it could show the Sinister team in action. However, the third time’s the charm, right?

Now, Deadline’s Hero Nation Podcast (via TheDirect) has reported what Sony has planned for The Sinister Six. It seems as though they are determined to build up the team once again. This time with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro said this:

 “Because Sony’s always kept, outside of the current Spider-Man stuff they’re doing with the Disney MCU, Sony’s always kept their Marvel stuff separate, and with this Venom, they’re actually going to connect to the Spider-Man universe [that’s being set-up with the] Disney MCU. So that’s very interesting. I know one of their long-term goals is to make Sinister Six. That’s kinda the project we’re all waiting for; their version of the bad guys from the Spider-Man [universe].”

Sinister Six Members

Therefore, we all want to know which villains Sony will have in this version of the Sinister Six. The original Sinister Six team from the comics included: Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, and Doctor Octopus. Sony will likely change a few members of the Sinister Six to suit the story better. For instance, Sony already has Venom, Morbius, Kraven, and possibly Chameleon in their films. MCU already set up Vulture, Scorpion, and Shocker. It is unclear if Sony wants to use multiversal villains like in Spider-Man No Way Home or newly established villains.

Regardless, fans should be excited that Sony is incorporating the Sinister Six and even a potential Sinister Six standalone movie!

Let us know what you want to see in the Sinister Six movie and why by tagging us on Twitter at @ReviewedCinemaVenom: Let There Be Carnage premieres exclusively in theaters on October 1, 2021.

Here’s What We’ve Learned From The Brand-New Hawkeye Trailer

There’s been a TON of speculation as to what (and who) will appear in the Hawkeye TV series, and we now have SOME of the info as to what will happen in the series. Let’s break down this magnificent, Christmas-themed trailer.

Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Alaqua Cox, And More

(L-R): Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in MARVEL STUDIOS’ HAWKEYE (2021)

Kate Bishop is by far, the highlight of this trailer. Her humor combined with her action is an incredible match. Vera Farmiga has a tiny shot in this trailer as well, raising her wine glass. Maya Lopez also makes a brief cameo.

Here’s what we know from this trailer:

  • Hawkeye is a Christmas TV series.
  • Clint Barton meets Kate Bishop when she’s masquerading as Ronin.
  • Some of the bad guys are people in red jackets.
  • Lucky the Dog is adorable.
  • Kate is Clint’s sidekick.
  • The series is set in New York City, post-Blip.

Here are some details that have been reported by the trades but not confirmed by Marvel Studios:

  • Florence Pugh appears as Yelena Belova in 3-4 episodes.
  • Madame Masque plays a main villain in the series.
  • Vincent D’Onofrio will make his debut as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Episode 5.
  • Hawkeye will have a Season 2.

Watch the full trailer here:

Hawkeye premieres on Disney+ on November 24, 2021.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Coming To PS5 In 2023

Spider-Man news keeps coming! Marvel’s Spider-Man is getting a sequel. Insomniac Games released a brief teaser on Thursday at Sony’s PlayStation Showcase 2021.  

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is coming to PlayStation 5 in 2023. Peter Parker and Miles Morales will team up to defeat some deadly villains! One being Venom!

Marvel’s Spider-Man creative director Bryan Intihar endgame director Ryan Smith will return for the sequel. Also, Tony Todd will voice Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Yuri Lowenthal and Nadji Jeter will reprise their roles as Peter and Miles.

We all knew the sequel was coming. The first game ended on a cliffhanger that left many fans wondering what would come next. It was initially followed by a spinoff, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. However, the Spider-Man franchise finally gets an official sequel. 

Furthermore, the last scene of the teaser showed Venom! Venom is indeed one of the villains in the game. Miles and Peter will have to team up to defeat one of the greatest villains ever! Kraven The Hunter is also rumored to appear in the game, but no confirmation yet.

Watch the teaser now!

Let us know what you want to see in the new sequel and why by tagging us on Twitter at @ReviewedCinema! Spider-Man: No Way Home premieres exclusively in theaters on December 17, 2021.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Review: Marvel’s Newest Blockbuster Superhero

Shang-Chi is a refreshing installment to the MCU, reminding viewers just how diverse and different the MCU can be. Destin Daniel Cretton should be considered for an Avengers-level film if he can keep this up. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the best superhero film of the year. Period.

Let’s dive into this. This article is solely for the film itself, while the mid- and post-credit scenes will be saved for another article. I’ll go through everything about the movie, giving my thoughts on it. The character overview article can be found here.


The Good

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Shang-Chi is a masterpiece. There is so much good in this movie, it’s hard to decide what to go over first. Remember, I’m not going over the characters much, that’s in another article.

The Action

If I have to start somewhere, though, it’ll be with the action. The action sequences are incredible in this movie. They top Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: Ragnarok, and break even with Black Panther.

Ying Li vs. Wenwu

This is more of a dance than a battle. The grace that Tony Leung and Fala Chen play their characters with in this scene is quite obvious, as it’s gliding and jumping, almost making it look like ballet, rather than an action sequence. However, there are still some elements that are action. Wenwu uses the Ten Rings a LOT, but somehow Ying Li deflects all of them. I loved this sequence, it really set the stage for how heartwarming this film is.

SF Bus Fight
(L-R): Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

This fight was choreographed so well. Just so well. It’s when Katy discovers that Shang-Chi isn’t just a valet, he’s a trained assassin. Florian Munteanu crushes it as Razor Fist. This sequence was the one that made me think “I expected greatness, but this is on another level”. And in addition to that, it was located in SAN FRANCISCO! God, I love that city so much. It’s beautiful.

Fight Club: Shang-Chi vs. Xialing, Shang-Chi vs. Ten Rings, Shang-Chi vs. Death Dealer

Shang-Chi is getting in a LOT of fights in this part of the movie. He battles his sister, enemy soldiers, and then an enemy assassin. My favorite one was the fight with Xialing, though. She saw Shang-Chi, and didn’t hesitate to kick his ass for all he had done to her. The other 2 were better, with the fight with Death Dealer being EXTREMELY action-filled, with a lot of close-quarters combat.

Shang-Chi vs. Wenwu
(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The absolute highlight battle of the movie, Shang-Chi battling Wenwu is a glory to behold. So much action, and so many uses of the Ten Rings. This is the sequence where Shang-Chi takes on the power of the Ten Rings, and they become his weapon as Wenwu has his soul sucked by the Dweller-in-Darkness. Notice how when Wenwu uses the rings, they are blue, but when Ying Li and Shang-Chi use them, they turn gold.

Everything Else

The action and the characters were definitely the 2 most noteworthy things in this film, but I want to touch a bit more on things I felt were overlooked.

The Creatures

It’s not every day you see a giant lion walking around in a Marvel movie, or a headless cute animal (Morris is 100% my favorite thing ever). These weird-looking horses, or kind of unicorn-type things, are really underrated and underappreciated. For Marvel, I see a LOT of merch that could be made. I would also love to see these characters again.

The Settings

The settings of this movie are incredible. Like, there are 2 new potential theme parks from this movie alone. Wenwu’s compound and Ta Lo. They were established and designed to perfection. Ta Lo just is so rooted in nature, so much green, while Wenwu’s compound is the exact opposite, just gray slabs of concrete.

The Bad

(L-R): Actress Fala Chen and Shang-Chi (Jayden Tianyi Zhang) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Now, the bad. There’s not much, but there is some. Mainly, the Soul Eaters.

My only issue with the Soul Eaters is that they’re, well, demons. We had a perfectly good villain set up with Wenwu, and the weak point of the film was that Wenwu was just a puppet for these demons. I feel he could’ve been explored more had the Dweller-in-Darkness and the door never existed in this movie.

The Parallels

Finally, the parallels, because I noticed a LOT of them. This film highly resembles Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3. With the hand movements, the feet circles, it resembles the movie highly. I also noticed parallels to MGM’s Skyfall, especially the fight club scenes, and the one by the window. In addition, there were several references to Crouching Tiger, a film that Michelle Yeoh also starred in.

All in all, this movie was great, and I’d gladly see it again. Make sure that if you do, it’s in IMAX or Dolby. Our character breakdown is live NOW, and the post-credits scenes breakdowns are coming shortly. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now in theaters, and will be available to stream on Disney+ on November 12th, 2021.

‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Character Overview: How The Characters Reflect The Film

When I stepped into the theater, and the Marvel Studios intro played, I expected greatness from Marvel, but not this level of greatness. This level of greatness is so outstanding and over the top, that’s it’s hard for me to consider any Marvel Studios film that can beat it.

Let’s dive into this. This article is solely for the characters, while the mid- and post-credit scenes will be saved for another article, as will the full review of the movie.



(L-R): Actress Fala Chen and Shang-Chi (Jayden Tianyi Zhang) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021.

Let’s start at the heart of the movie. The characters of this film are all wonderfully portrayed from start to finish, one noteworthy performance being Awkwafina’s Katy, who brings her traditional banter to the movie, cracking jokes left and right.


The title character, Shang-Chi, clearly has a lot of layers to him. Brother, son, BFF, and mainly superhero. However, it seems that there’s also a dark side to him. As Shang-Chi is sitting on the rocks of Ta Lo, Katy approaches him, and he tells her that he isn’t who she thinks he is. Katy asks why, and Shang-Chi admits to killing the man that murdered his mother. He also admits to wanting to kill Wenwu, his father.

As I heard this, I sat there, wondering how a man as caring as Shang-Chi could want to kill someone. And then I realized it. Like father, like son. The same way Wenwu wished to burn down Ta Lo just to get to his wife, Shang-Chi is willing to do anything to protect his family. While this may seem a trivial detail, it creates all sorts of possibilities. For instance, in the post-credits scene, we see that Xialing has put the Ten Rings under new management, her own.

This effectively puts her at the villain stage, as the Ten Rings is a highly villainous organization. If one of the Avengers were to try and deal with the Ten Rings, Xialing could be a target. If that was to happen, Shang-Chi would be faced with a choice. The Avengers, or his sister?

(L-R): Katy (Awkwafina) and Xialing (Meng’er Zhang) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The funniest character in the movie, Awkwafina loses none of her touch when playing this humorous, ass-kicking sidekick to Shang-Chi, as well as his best friend. She brings her traditional humor to the role, cracking jokes left and right. A moment I enjoyed is when she bet against Shang-Chi in the tournament fight, and happily cashed in right in front of him when he lost.

At the beginning of the movie, Shang-Chi (then Shaun) and Katy were best friends, nothing more, nothing less. But by the end of the movie, they’ve become something more, perhaps even potential love interests. That would be a storyline I would personally love to see explored in future installments. Maybe we could also see if Katy becomes even more proficient with a bow and arrow, who knows?


It’s no surprise that Tony Leung is the hit of this movie. The famous Hong Kong actor has finally made his way over to Hollywood, where he once again is smashing records. Leung plays Wenwu like a protagonist (which he should be, albeit a misguided one), emphasizing his love for his children and spouse. Wenwu becomes enthralled by the Dweller of Darkness, which eventually leads to his demise.

It was all a misdirection by Marvel, making everyone think Wenwu was the antagonist, when he was actually almost a protagonist, and the “Soul Eaters” are the bad guys. Before he dies, he passes on the Ten Rings to Shang-Chi, a final act of love for the son he raised. He was a conflicted character, but was one I would have loved to see explored further.

(L-R): Wenwu (Tony Leung) and Ying Li (Fala Chen) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Ying Li

The mother of Xu Shang-Chi and Xu Xialing, Ying Li wasn’t actually around that much. She died pretty early on in the film. To be honest, I felt Fala Chen’s character was wasted, and could have had a better arc had she been kept alive. However, for the limited time she had on the big screen, her performance amazed.

Ying Nan

The sister of Ying Li, Michelle Yeoh’s character was woefully underused in the first installment of hopefully a Shang-Chi franchise. She was used as a transition piece, to provide a reason as to how Shang-Chi and Xialing got their suits, but was never critical to the story. However, she was played to perfection, and since she was kept alive, it will be quite fun to see her story explored in future installments.

(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Perhaps the hardest character to judge, Xialing isn’t a black and white character, but rather a gray. She loves her brother, but also runs a black market fight club. In the end credits scene, we also see that she has taken control of the Ten Rings organization, possibly pitting her against the Avengers, and by relation, Shang-Chi. However, Meng’er Zhang’s performance isn’t hard to judge.

Zhang portrays Xialing in a way that no actress has ever portrayed a character before, in a quite good way. Xialing is equally lovable and hate-able. I am so excited to see her future explored in Ten Rings spinoffs, or maybe even a Shang-Chi sequel!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters NOW!