Movie Review Spider-Man Franchise 

Movie Review – Venom

Principal Cast : Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott, Jenny Slate, Melora Walters. Synopsis:  When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life. ****** I admit, I was among the cynical horde who decried Sony’s decision to push forward with its Spider-Man-free franchise when they were effectively forced to strike a deal with Disney-held Marvel Studios for the co-rights to the famous web-slinger. What the MCU didn’t get, however, were Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, of which…

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Movie Review Predator Franchise 

Movie Review – Predator, The

Principal Cast : Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski. Synopsis:  When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race. ***** Cult director Shane Black’s return to the Predator franchise – he appeared alongside Schwarzenegger in the ’87 original – was seen by many as a return to greatness for the franchise. It legitimised Fox’s…

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Movie Review – They Shall Not Grow Old

Principal Cast : Various Synopsis:  A stunning glimpse into the life of World War I soldiers using state-of-the-art reconstructive technology and the latest cinematic effects to bring the conflict into the sharpest relief yet. **** November 11th, 2018 marked the centennial of the conclusion of the Great War, the first global conflict in which multiple nations of the Earth participated. The mark the occasion, New Zealand filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson, armed with WETA Digital’s array of digital technology, set about giving the war a modern update, by taking old film…

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Movie Review – Smallfoot

Principal Cast : Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro. Synopsis:  A young yeti discovers the existence of humans, or “smallfeet”, and throws his entire isolated community into chaos. ***** Brisk, solidly entertaining feature animation is becoming the norm for modern Hollywood, and Smallfoot is no exception. While hardly demanding in terms of premise, and fairly light on its feet with its dour subtext and pointed social commentary, Smallfoot offers charming animation and well-suited vocal talent to spare despite…

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Movie Review – Searching

Principal Cast : John Cho, Michelle La, Debra Messing, Sara Sohn, Joseph Lee, Steven Michael Eich, Ric Sarabia, Sean O’Bryan, Kya Dawn Lu, Megan Liu, Alex Jayne. Synopsis: After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. ***** Searching is a film for the digital age. It’s both a stark warning and a warm affirmation regarding the presence of technology in our lives. Echoing similarly produced features such as Open Windows and Unfriended, Aneesh Chagantry’s Searching is told through the…

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Movie Review – Quake, The

Principal Cast : Kristoffer Joner, Ana Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sandie, Hang Tran, Synopsis: In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter in the “Oslo Graben” which runs under the Norwegian capital. There are now signs that indicate that we can expect a major future earthquake in Oslo. **** It’s the kind of film that begs the question: how can the same shit happen to the same family twice? Roar Uthuag’s 2015 Norwegian thriller The Wave delighted genre audiences with…

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Movie Review – Outlaw King

Principal Cast : Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Lorne MacFadyen, Alastair Mackenzie, James Cosmo, Callan Mulvey, Paul Blair, Stephen Dillane, Steven Cree, Sam Spruell, Rebecca Robin, Stewart Brown, Jamie Maclachlan. Synopsis:  A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army. ***** Feudalism is easily my favourite period in European history, specifically the relationship between the nascent England and the battle-hardened…

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Movie Review – Basic Instinct

Principal Cast : Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn, George Dzundza, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A Young, Chelcie Ross, Dorothy Malone, Wayne Knight, Daniel von Bargen, Stephen Tobolowsky, James Rebhorn, Benjamin Mouton, Bill Cable. Synopsis:  A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive novelist could be involved. ***** This review forms part of Girl Week 2018, hosted by Dell On Movies. You can find other reviews and articles over on Dell’s site! Check it out! In the early 90’s, a little-known up-and-coming actress named Sharon Stone…

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Movie Review – Single White Female

Principal Cast : Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Frances Bay, Jessica Lundy, Ken Tobey. Synopsis:  A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in. ***** This review forms part of Girl Week 2018, hosted by Dell On Movies. You can find other reviews and articles over on Dell’s site! Check it out! Single White Female is a film that’s long been on my bucket list. I’ve always had a fascination with its…

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Movie Review – Bad Girls (1994)

Principal Cast : Madeline Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore, James Russo, James LeGros, Robert Loggia, Dermot Mulroney, Jim Beaver, Nick Chinlund, Harry Northup. Synopsis:  Four former harlots try to leave the wild west (Colorado, to be exact) and head north to make a better life for themselves. Unfortunately someone from Cody’s past won’t let it happen that easily. **** This review forms part of Girl Week 2018, hosted by Dell On Movies. You can find other reviews and articles over on Dell’s site! Check it out! In America’s Old West,…

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