Opinion 

Monster Moneymakers: 2018’s Blockbuster Year at The Movies

Never before has a calendar year yielded such phenomenal box office return for Hollywood. 2018’s return on investment, primarily driven by current behemoth industry titan Disney, is something to behold. The major draw for your cash is the American summer season of releases, from April through to the beginning of August, although this year the one aberrant standout has been Marvel’s Black Panther, which came along back in February. Gathering nearly $1.5 billion worldwide before leaping out of cinemas, Black Panther’s historic domestic and global run set the stage for…

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Movie Review 

Movie Review – Death Of Superman, The (2018)

Principal Cast : Jerry O’Connell, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Matt Lanter, Jason O’Mara, Shemar Moore, Rocky Carroll, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Patrick Fabian, Nyambi Nyambi, Toks Olagundoye, Max Mittleman, Charles Halford. Synopsis:  Superman faces down a monstrous alien creature named Doomsday, whilst girlfriend Lois Lane and the vanquished Justice League watch on. **** The 1992 comic book storyline detailing Superman’s ultimate sacrifice defending Metropolis has been adapted in animated form before, including at the conclusion of Batman Vs Superman but more specifically 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, which kinda-sorta deviated from…

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Movie Review – Rampage (2018)

Principal Cast : Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Ackerman, Jake Lacy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, PJ Byrne, Demitruis Grosse, Jack Quaid, Breanne Hill, Matt Gerald, Will Yun Lee, Urijah Faber. Synopsis:  When three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. ***** Aside from being one of the nicest guys working in Hollywood, former wrestling superstar turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is fast becoming the busiest, involved not only in hugely successful franchise instalments (Fate…

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Movie Review – Ready Player One

Principal Cast : Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Susan Lynch, Ralph Ineson, Perdida Weeks. Synopsis:  When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. ***** With a virtuoso everything-but-the-kitchen-sink directing effort from the master himself, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is a nostalgic blast of cheesy fun and overflowing production design…

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Movie Review – Zathura: A Space Adventure

Principal Cast : Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Kristen Stewart, Dax Shepard, Tim Robbins, John Alexander, Frank Oz, Derek Mears, Douglas Tait, Jeff Wolfe, Adam Wills. Synopsis:  Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing. ****** A spiritual successor to Jumanji, Jon Favreau’s pre-Iron Man family adventure flick Zathura draws a lot from its similarities, thanks to practically the same premise established by Chris Van Allsburg’s successful book (which was a a direct sequel…

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Movie Review – Hurricane Heist, The

Principal Cast : Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Melissa Bolona, Ben Cross, Jamie Andrew Cutler, Christian Contreras, Jimmy Walker, Ed Birch, Moyo Akande, James Barriscale, Mark Basnight, Keith D Evans. Synopsis:  Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities. ******* The director of the original The Fast & The Furious does his own variation on Twister – even down to the post-title “satellite orbiting America’s airspace” shot following a family tragedy cold open – and it’s both…

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