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Movie Review – How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Principal Cast : Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, F Murray Abraham, Gerard Butler.Synopsis:  When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia, before a hired mercenary named Grimmel finds it first. ******** While Pixar continues to dominate the animated feature film landscape with hit after hit, one franchise slides well under the radar of glory and acclaim despite an absolute refusal to remain second-rate. Dreamworks’ How To Train…

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Movie Review – Aquaman

Principal Cast : Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yayah Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Randall Park, Graham McTavish, Michael Beach.Synopsis:  Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. ******** By far the breakout character from DC’s “Snyderverse” version of its cinematic universe, established by Zack Snyder through Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, as well as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and the jigsaw puzzle of Justice…

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Movie Review – Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Principal Cast : VariousSynopsis:  An American entrepreneur sets out to create the world’s coolest music festival, only to discover he’s woefully unprepared for the disaster that’s about unfold. ******** Anyone even remotely engaged with popular social media platforms such as Instagram or Twitter would be aware of the much maligned 2017 Fyre Festival debacle, a music festival that was so completely botched, so utterly mismanaged and so fragrantly fraudulent, it sent organiser and entrepreneur Billy McFarland to prison and ruined reputations, lives and careers of almost everyone involved. It’s a…

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Film Classic Movie Review 

Movie Review – Sherlock Jr

Principal Cast : Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly, Ward Crane, Ford West.Synopsis:  A yound cinema projectionist dreams of becoming a world-famous detective.  ******** You might be surprised to learn, as I was, that Buster Keaton’s 1924 comedic short film Sherlock Jr, in which its star daydreams of becoming a great detective in the mould of Conan Doyle’s eponymous Sherlock Holmes, was met with mediocre critical and popular success. It certainly wasn’t considered the masterpiece status it is afforded today, which goes a long way to understanding more how…

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Movie Review – Nutcracker & The Four Realms, The

Principal Cast : Mackenzie Foy, Jordan Fowora-Knight, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Misty Copeland, Eugenio Derbez, Richard E Grant, Matthew Macfadyen, Anna Madeley, Sergei Polunin, Ellie Bamber, Tom Sweet, Jack Whitehall, Omid Djalili.Synopsis:  A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. ******** Although lavish by design and sumptuous by Disney’s big-budget live-action feature films go, and handled by no less than two distinguished directors in Lasse Hallstrom (who did the main shoot) and Joe Johnson (who reportedly helmed a month or…

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Movie Review – Bumblebee

Principal Cast : Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Glynn Turman, Len Cariou, Gracy Dzienny, Ricardo Hoyos, Fred Dryer, Lenny Jacobsen, Voices of Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, Peter Cullen, David Sobolov, Grey Griffin, Steve Blum, Jon Bailey, Kirk Baily.Synopsis:  On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.…

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Movie Review – Hunter Killer

Principal Cast : Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Michael Nyqvist, Zane Holtz, Caroline Goodall, Alexander Diachenko, Ilia Volok, Michaeil Gorevoy, Igor Jijikine, Toby Stephens, Linda Cardellini, David Gyasi, Gabriel Chavarria.Synopsis:  An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. ******** Hilariously stupid, Hunter Killer’s submarine-based thrills plumb the depths of audience’s willingness to engage in whatever career trajectory Gerard Butler seems intent on going for – be it a spate of horrifying romantic “comedies” or, in a…

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Movie Review – A Star Is Born (2018)

Principal Cast : Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliot, Anthony Ramos, Michael Harney, Rafi Gavron, Rebecca Field, William Belli, Greg Grundberg.Synopsis:  A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. ******** There are few musical names today that offer such polarising opinions as Lady Gaga. A pop queen, a diva, a showcase of bizarre and extreme behaviour and personality, Gaga’s rise as the preeminent songstress of the last decade hasn’t come easily, but it…

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Movie Review – Reign Of The Supermen

Principal Cast : Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Rainn Wilson, Cameron Monaghan, Cress Williams, Patrick Fabian, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Nathan Fillion, Christopher Gorham, Nyambi Nyambi, Tony Todd, Charles Halford, Rocky Carroll, Trevor Devali. Synopsis:  After the death of Superman, several new people present themselves as possible successors. ******** The follow-up to 2018’s The Death of Superman animated film, Warner Bros’ latest DC flick Reign Of The Superman loosely (very loosely) retreads story points from the classic Death & Return Of Superman arc from the mid-90’s comic run, including the addition…

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Movie Review – Bookshop, The

Principal Cast : Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance, Harvey Bennett, Michael Fitzgerald, Conor Smith, Jorge Suquet, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barber, Gary Piquer, Lucy Tillett.Synopsis:  England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. ******** Period literary drama is flavour of the month at our house these days, what with The Bookshop owning some degree of tonal influence over 2018’s Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, what with its impish leading female character and…

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