Author Mel Valentin

Mel Valentin hails from the great state of New Jersey. After attending New York University as an undergrad (politics and economics double major, religious studies minor) and grad school (law), he relocated from the East Coast to San Francisco, California, where he's been ever since. Since Mel began writing about film nine years ago, he's written more than 1,600 reviews and articles. He's a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Online Film Critics Society.

Reviews wonder woman
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The Holy Trinity. No, not the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit of Christianity, but Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, DC Comics’ oldest, most iconic superheroes. DC’s Holy Trinity debuted over a comics-redefining four-year span, Superman in 1938, Batman in 1939, and Wonder Woman two years later, but while…

Reviews baywatch
5.0
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Six writers receive onscreen credits for Baywatch, the Seth Gordon-directed (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) big-screen adaptation of the ‘90s TV-series that time forgot. Somehow those six writers, two credited for the screenplay (Damian Shannon, Mark Swift), four credited with…

Reviews alien covenan
5.5
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In the era of franchise filmmaking and shared universes, the end is never really the end. It’s a new beginning, a new beginning involving prequels, sequels to the prequels, spin-offs, and after a franchise has run aground on the infertile shores of creative bankruptcy, an inevitable reboot to restart the cycle all over again. We haven’t…

Reviews King Arthur
6.5
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After King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Guy Ritchie’s latest attempt, doomed to kickstart another franchise (see, e.g., Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), it might be time to retire the “Chosen One”/Hero’s Journey formula once and for all. Hollywood won’t, of course, not as long as moviegoers are…

Reviews snatched
5.0
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Don’t expect cultural sensitivity or the equivalent thereof from Snatched, Amy Schumer’s disappointing follow-up to Trainwreck, a critical and box-office hit just two years ago. Centered on two American women kidnapped and held for ransom in Colombia, Snatched does little to counter recurring concerns about…

Reviews Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 11.04.39 AM
8.0
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If the Fast & the Furious franchise has taught us anything – and arguably, it’s taught us a great deal in the life-lesson department – it’s that “family” comes first, second, and last. Anyone who doesn’t learn that lesson will be forced to relearn it in a seemingly never-ending series. Of course, super-cool cars, CGI-aided stunts, collisions, and crashes, all …

Reviews the promise
6.5
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The “promise” in The Promise, an unengaging, dull Doctor Zhivago meets Titanic retread starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon as the three sides of an uninteresting romantic triangle set against the Armenian genocide perpetuated by the collapsing Ottoman Empire during the First World War, isn’t a promise…

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