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Movie Review – I Am Mother

Principal Cast : Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne (Voice). Synopsis: A teenage girl is raised underground by a kindly robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news. ******** It may very well be an entirely fair statement to suggest that everything in great cinematic science fiction has been thought of or accomplished. After all, it’s a genre saturated by clones and homages to stories and ideas that have been done before,…

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Asterix The Gaul Movie Review 

Movie Review – Asterix: The Mansions Of The Gods

Principal Cast : Jack Whitehall, Nick Frost, Greg Davies, Matt Berry, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield, Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood, Jim Broadbent, Richard Ian Cox, Donny Lucas, COlin Murdock, Samuel Vincent, John Innes, Scott McNiel, Elizabeth Bower, Saffron Henderson, Alan Marriott, Hannah Beth Jackson, Ron Halder. Synopsis: In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony. ******** Long before I ever got into DC or…

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Movie Review – Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

Principal Cast : Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Wantanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Rita Ora, Karan Soni, Josette Simon, Kadiff Kirwan, Rina Hoshino, Rachel Lillis, Diplo. Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. ******** I come to this review as somebody who never “got” the Pokemon craze. A generation too distant, I managed to avoid being sucked into the world of Pokemon and, as a consequence,…

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Movie Review – Gosford Park

Principal Cast : Maggie Smith, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Gambon, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Kristen Scott Thomas, Eileen Atkins, Camilla Rutherford, Charles Dance, Alan Bates, Emily Watson, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Sommerville, Tom Hollander, Natasha Wightman, James Wilby, Richard E Grant, Ryan Phillipe, Bob Balaban, Jeremy Swift, Claudie Blakley, Jeremy Northam, Laurence Fox, Trent Ford, Sophie Thompson, Stephen Fry, Ron Webster. Synopsis: The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. ******** A…

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Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Lost World, The (1925)

Principal Cast : Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery, Arthur Hoyt, Alma Bennett, Virginia Brown, Bull Montana, Francis Finch-Smiles, Jules Cowles, Margaret McWade, George Bunny, Charles Wellesley, Nelson MacDowell, Christpin Martin, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Synopsis: The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. ******** Some references for our review were obtained from this Silent Era article about The Lost World’s reconstruction and home video history. The Lost World represents a milestone of visual effects in…

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Movie Review – War of The Worlds, The (1953)

Principal Cast : Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Bob Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Lewis Martin, Housley Stevenson Jr, Paul Frees, Bill Phipps, Vernon Rich, Henry Brandon, Jack Kruschen, Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Synopsis: A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. ******** The first of Hollywood’s big-budget feature film versions of HG Wells’ classic sci-fi story of martian invasion, Byron Haskin’s 1953 technicolor opus is immediately indelible and astoundingly iconic. It’s also wondrously inventive, showcasing then-state-of-the-art visual effects to their grandest, most effectively chilling potential. It’s…

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Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Charade (1963)

Principal Cast : Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Thomas Chelimsky. Synopsis: Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust? ******** Sheer star wattage is the order of the day in Stanley Donen’s classic mystery-thriller Charade, once described as “the greatest Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made”; as true a statement about a film I don’t think I’ve read, for Charade…

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Movie Review – Transformers, The: The Movie

Principal Cast : Peter Cullen, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Susan Blu, Lionel Stander, Frank Welker, John Moschitta Jr, Buster Jones, Paul Eiding, Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Michael Bell, Scatman Crothers, Casey Kasem, Dan Gilvezan, Lenoard Nimoy, Roger C Carmel, Don Messick, Eric Idle, Clive Revill, Orson Welles, Hal Rayle. Synopsis: The Decepticons and the Autobots continue their war for Energon, bringing into play the battle for Cybertron from the destructive power of planet-sized transformer Unicron. ******** It’s amazing how nostalgia boosts ancient intellectual properties for Gen X-ers. Take the Transformers…

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Movie Review – Cold Pursuit

Principal Cast : Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Michael Eklund, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman, William Forsythe, Julia Jones, Domenick Lomardozzi, Raoul Trujillo, Benjamin Hollingsworth, John Doman, David O’Hara, Aleks Paunovic, Christopher Logan, Nathanial Arcand, Ben Cotton, Tom Jackson, Micheāl Richardson. Synopsis: When his son is murdered by a local drug crime syndicate, a snowplow driver goes on a vengeance-fuelled killng spree, unwittingly setting off a grisly chain of events that will result in countless deaths. ******** What this? An American remake of a foreign-language film directed by the original filmmaker with…

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Movie Review – High Life (2018)

Principal Cast : Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Andre Benjamin, Mia Goth, Agata Buzek, Lars Eldinger, Claire Tran, Ewan Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Victor Banerjee, Jessie Ross. Synopsis: A man attempts to raise an infant child aboard a space-station conducting experiments on genetic reproduction as it flies through space towards imminent destruction. ******** I want to talk to you about High Life. It’s a film that will, and has, divided critics in many spheres, from those who whisper adoration into the social media ether to others, of which I am among their…

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