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Movie Review – John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

Principal Cast : Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Mark Dacascos, Laurence Fishburne, Asia Kate Dillon, Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, Said Taghamaoui, Jerome Flynn, Cecep Arif Rahman, Randall Duk Kim. Synopsis: Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. ******** Is John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum a hitherto unknown Matrix sequel? It would seem so: the addition of Laurence Fishburn in…

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Movie Review – Aladdin (2019)

Principal Cast : Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar, Amir Boutrous. Synopsis: A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. ******** A soulless cash-grab by Disney to make profit off nostalgic Gen-Xers and a debacle of design and confused motivations, Guy Ritchie’s horrendous sledgehammer tactics bring this remake of the 1992 animated classic, Aladdin, to gargantuan, tone-deaf life. Garbled character development, a preponderance…

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Movie Review – Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Principal Cast : Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr, David Strathairn, Ken Wantanabe, Shang Ziyi. Synopsis: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. ******** The third in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse behind 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is as pure and unadulterated kaiju porn as you’ll…

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Movie Review – Secret Life Of Pets 2, The

Principal Cast : Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Harrison Ford, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Chris Renaud, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Pete Holmes, Tara Strong, Meredith Salenger, Henry Lynch, Sean Giambrone. Synopsis: Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. ******** One of Illumination Studio’s lesser franchises, 2016’s Secret Life Of Pets became a mammoth commercial success and one of that year’s biggest box-office successes; of…

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Movie Review – Rocketman

Principal Cast : Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Jason Pennycooke, Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Bennett, Jimmy Vee, Rachel Muldoon, Celinde Schoenmaker, Sharon D Clarke, Harriet Walter, Tate Donovan, Ophelia Lovibond. Synopsis: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. ****** As an anecdotal work of non-fiction, Rocketman trades heavily upon the appeal of acclaimed singer-songwriter Elton John’s astonishing early musical output, so much so that it almost becomes a default “greatest hits” music video with tiny bits…

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Movie Review – Mothra

Principal Cast : Frankie Sakai, Kyoko Kagawa, Hiroshi Koizuma, Ken Uehara, Jerry Ito, Yumi Ito and Emi Ito, Takashi Shimura, Masamitsu Tayama. Synopsis: A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of its two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors. ******** Original Godzilla director Ishiro Honda returns to the popular kaiju genre with this 1961 Japanese creature feature, Mothra, featuring – of all things – a giant moth wreaking havoc upon the poor residents of Tokyo and its surrounds. Astonishingly silly and entirely…

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Movie Review – Tolkien

Principal Cast : Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Com Meany, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Pam Ferris, James MacCallim, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Owen Teale. Synopsis: The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. ******** As arguably the greatest fictional writer of the 20th Century, few literary figures have become the focus of such unwavering public interest as professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The acclaimed fantasy author, best known for giving…

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Movie Review – Toy Story 4

Principal Cast : Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeline McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Allen, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clarke, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Jeff Pidgeon, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, John Morris, Jack McGraw, Laurie Metcalf, June Squib, Carl Weathers, Steve Purcell, Lila Sage Bromley. Synopsis: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can…

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Movie Review – Highwaymen, The

Principal Cast : Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann, William Sadler. Synopsis:  Two former Texas Rangers are sent to hunt down as stop famed outlaws Bonnie & Clyde. ****** American mythology is a strong subject for Hollywood’s insatiable creative machine. None moreseo, perhaps, than the incredibly popular true-crime subgenre, of which The Highwaymen forms a part of the pantheon. During the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker terrorised middle America as they embarked upon a violent and lengthy crime spree, notable for…

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Movie Review – Alita: Battle Angel

Principal Cast : Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earl Haley, Keenan Johnson, Jorge Lendeborg jr, Lana Condor, Idara Victor, Jeff Fahey, Eiza Gonzalez, Derek Mears, Rick Yune, Marko Zaror. Synopsis: A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is. ******** Dazzling sci-fi fare from producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez sees the future turn out to be a beautiful utopia: eschewing the dirty aesthetic of Star Wars…

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