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Movie Review – Upgrade

Principal Cast : Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie, Melanie Vallejo, Christopher Kirby, Clayton Jacobson, Sachin Joab, Michael M Forster, Richard Cawthorne, Linda Cropper, Simon Maiden. Synopsis:  Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. **** A bonkers-nuts sci-fi actioner from Saw franchise co-creator Lee Whannell, Upgrade’s grungy tone and pulp sensibility work superbly with its violent punctuation and freeform directorial panache.…

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Movie Review – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Principal Cast : Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Sermon, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Jason. Synopsis:  When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. ***** Dino-carnage returns to the screens with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the second instalment in a planned second trilogy in the Jurassic franchise, and in many regards it merely continues the vague monster movie archetypes we’ve…

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Charlie Chaplin Movie Review 

Movie Review – Pawnshop, The

Principal Cast : Charlie Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance, John Rand, Albert Austin, Wesley Ruggles, Eric Campbell. Synopsis:  Charlie competes with his fellow shop assistant. He is fired by the pawnbroker and rehired. He nearly destroys everything in the shop and and himself. He helps capture a burglar. He destroys a client’s clock while examining it in detail. ***** Chaplin’s sixth short under the Mutual banner sees him working at an old-style pawnshop, and getting up to his usual slapstick antics. Inventive, comedic, often raucous with pratfalls and endless mugging to camera,…

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Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – It Happened In Hollywood

Principal Cast : Richard Dix, Fay Wray, Victor Kilian, Franklin Pangborn, Charles Arnt, Granville Bates, William B Davidson, Arthur Loft, Edgar Dearing, James Donian, Bill Burrud, Zeffie Tilbury, Harold Goodwin, Charles Brinley, Zeni Vatori, Wade Boteler, Helen Brown. Synopsis:  While hospitalised young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart, but then the talkies came, destroying Bart’s career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star. **** Brisk, fluffy Hollywood comedy delivers charm and cheese in equal measure: It Happened In Hollywood is the exact kind of film…

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Movie Review – Deadpool 2

Principal Cast : Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, TJ Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Stefan Kapicic, Leslie Uggams, Karen Soni, Eddie Marsan. Synopsis:  Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-travelling cyborg, Cable. ****** Sharp-tongued merc with a mouth Deadpool returns in Deadpool 2, a sequel to original film Deadpool and featuring also-returning star Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Yeah, it’s another one, and sadly one of the…

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Mission Impossible Movie Review 

Movie Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Principal Cast : Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan, Vanessa Kirby, Frederick Schmidt, Wes Bentley. Synopsis:  Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission goes wrong. **** Note: Some spoilers within. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read on anyways…. The longer it has progressed, the more dangerous and thrill-seeking the Mission Impossible franchise has become. Star Tom Cruise, now approaching his late-50’s and looking as fit…

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Movie Review – Plunkett & Macleane

Principal Cast : Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ken Stott, Alan Cumming, Michael Gambon, Tommy Flannagan, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Ben Miller, Stephen Walters, Alexander Armstrong, Noel Fielding, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Robertson, Claire Rushbrook, Tom Ward, Terence Rigby, Christian Camargo. Synopsis:  Two gentlemen highwaymen attempt to steal a fortune, with one trying win the heart of a young local aristocratic woman. ******** On paper, Plunkett & Macleane would be blockbuster entertainment in any cinema complex around the globe. In front of the camera, the film features a who’s-who of British talent…

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Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Morocco

Principal Cast : Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt, Francis McDonald, Eve Southern, Paul Porcase, Emil Chautard, Juliette Compton, Albert Conti. Synopsis:  A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself. ***** Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Director and Best Actress), Josef von Sternberg’s 1930 romantic drama Morocco made actress Marlene Dietrich a breakout star and household name, and solidified the rising…

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Movie Review – Scarlet Empress, The (1934)

Principal Cast : Marlene Dietrich, John Davis Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, C Aubrey Smith, Gavin Gordon, Olive Tell, Ruthelma Stevens, Davison Clark, Erville Alderson, Phillip Sleeman, Marie Wells. Synopsis:  A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power. ****** This very loosely based-in-truth biopic of Russian Empress Catherine The Great may not hit the beats modern audiences expect, nor delve too deeply into the social and political evolution of Russian aristocracy, but as an example of…

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Movie Review – Dishonored (1931)

Principal Cast : Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLagen, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Warner Oland, Lew Cody, Barry Norton, Max Barwyn, F Blinn, Allan Cavan, Davison Clark. Synopsis: The Austrian Secret Service sends its most seductive agent to spy on the Russians. ****** Wartime espionage and female sexuality form the basis for this unwieldy and overly complicated pre-code romantic drama starring Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich, who came this this project off the back of an Oscar nomination a year earlier, in 1930, for the controversial Morocco. The director, Josef von Sternberg, would work with Dietrich…

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