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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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Charlie Chaplin Movie Review 

Movie Review – Rink, The (1916)

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, James T Kelley, Henry Bergman, Lloyd Bacon, Albert Austin, Frank J Coleman, John Rand, Charlotte Mineau, Leota Bryan, Fred Goodwins. Synopsis:  After causing restaurant chaos at work, a bumbling waiter tears up the local roller rink with his skating. ***** The eighth of the Chaplin shorts made for Mutual, The Rink is yet more farcical brilliance from the little Tramp and his beautiful comic timing. Although the film spends an inordinate time in a restaurant before Chaplin gets anywhere near a roller-skating rink,…

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Movie Review – Cargo

Principal Cast : Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Caren Pistorius, David Gulpilil, Susie Porter, Kris McQuade, Bruce R Carter, Natasha Wanganeen, Simone Landers. Synopsis:  After an epidemic spread all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter. ***** In 2018, the zombie genre has been done – all the puns intended – to death. With numerous television series (The Walking Dead most prominently) and a steady stream of films (World War Z, Train To Busan, Warm Bodies), there’s very little ground the horror sub-genre hasn’t tackled. Cargo, a low-key…

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Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Bell Boy, The

Principal Cast : Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St John, Alice Lake, Joe Keaton, Charles Dudley. Synopsis:  At the Elk’s Head Hotel bellhops torment the lobby, each other and guests. The elevator is powered by a stubborn horse. A sham robbery turns into a real one. And there is a chase on a runaway trolley. **** Hilarious early short film from Fatty Arbuckle, co-starring long-time associate Buster Keaton, The Bell Boy is a spectacularly funny, inventive piece of artistic comedy. It’s a short film that defines the term “madcap”, filled…

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Movie Review – Music Lovers, The

Principal Cast : Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson, Max Adrian, Christopher Gable, Kenneth Colley, Izabella Telezynska, Maureen Pryor, Sabina Maydelle, Andrew Faulds, Bruce Robinson, Ben Aris, Graham Armitage, Georgina Parkinson, Harry Fielder. Synopsis:  Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy. ***** At a point many decades ago, there was a raft of biopics focused on classical composers; prolific director Ken Russell himself helmed no less than five of them, including 1971’s The Music Lovers, a deleterious examination –…

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Movie Review Star Wars 

Movie Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Principal Cast : Alden Ehrenriech, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo. Synopsis:  During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. **** This review contains mild spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story Plagued by behind-the-scenes production issues – including replacing original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller after the film had been almost entirely shot – there’s a sense of trepidation heading into the latest offering from Disney…

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