Movie Review – Hunt, The (2020)

Principal Cast : Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Ike Barinholtz, Wayne Duvall, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, Maxon Blair, Amy Madigan, Reed Birney, Teri Wyble, Sturgill Simpson, Jim Klock, Usman Ally, JC MacKenzie, Steve Coutler, Dean West, Steve Mokate, Sylvia Grace Crim. Synopsis: Twelve strangers wake up near a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – the hunt. ******** Marketed as a biting social satire, Craig Zobel’s The Hunt is…

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Movie Review – Onward

Principal Cast : Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Kyle Bornheimer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Greg Griffin, Tracy Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, John Ratzenberger. Synopsis: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. ******** Despite a desperately weird plot, Pixar’s Onward remains an endearing, cute, splendidly animated family film that offers some meaningful messaging and appropriate emotional themes within its dazzling visuals. There’s Pixar’s typically engaging supporting cast, a plethora of hilarious…

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Movie Review – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Principal Cast : Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor, Tony Steedman, Rod Loomis, Al Leong, Jane Wiedlin, Robert V Barron, Clifford David, Hal Landon Jr, Bernie Casey, Amy Stock-Poynton, J Patrick McNamara, Fraizuer Bain, John Karlsen, Diane Franklin, Kimberley LaBelle, Clarence Clemons, Martha Davis, Fee Waybill. Synopsis:  Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine. ******** Cult classic time-travel adventure Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure works largely because if the chemistry and screen…

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Movie Review – Cats

Principal Cast : Francesca Hayward, Judi Dench, James Corden, Jason Derulo, Edris Elba, Jannifer Hudson, Ian McKellan, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Laurie Davidson, Robbie Fairchild, Mette Towley, Steven McRae, Danny Collins, Maoimh Morgan, Ray Winstone, Les Twins, Jaih Betote, Jonadette Carpio, Daniela Norman, Bluey Robinson, Freya Rowley. Synopsis: A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. ******** The legends were true: Cats, a film directed by a man who has won Academy…

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Movie Review – Dark Waters (2019)

Principal Cast : Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Pullman, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Krause. Synopsis: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution. ******** Make no mistake: Dark Waters is very much a remake of Erin Brockovich, only without the boobs, Ed. Mark Ruffalo, now no longer assigned Avengers duty, produces and stars in this gritty true story about the legal battle with chemical manufacturer DuPont, who were accused of…

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Movie Review – Sonic The Hedgehog

Principal Cast : James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Lee Majdoub, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Neal McDonough, Tom Butler, Frank C Turner. Synopsis: After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it. ******** The Sega platform’s most enduring legacy character, Sonic The Hedgehog, comes to the life on the big-screen in this live-action adaptation that sits quite comfortably in the “good” category of game-to-movie feature films. Endearingly comedic, filled with zany Sonic…

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Movie Review – Escape From Pretoria

Principal Cast : Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter, Nathan Page, Grant Piro, Adam Ovidia, Adam Tuominen. Synopsis: Based on the real-life prison break of two political captives, Escape From Pretoria is a race-against-time thriller set in the tumultuous apartheid days of South Africa. ******** At times difficult to penetrate, at others impossibly tense, the South Australian-UK production of Escape From Pretoria skimps on character but delivers a well-made, competent prison escape film. The atmosphere of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration and the South African Apartheid-era racial divide permeates…

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Movie Review – Hamlet (1996)

Principal Cast : Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Julie Christie, Richard Briers, Kate Winslet, Nicholas Farrell, Michael Maloney, Rufus Sewell, Robin Williams, Gerard Depardieu, Timothy Spall, Reece Dinsdale, Jack Lemmon, Ian McElhinney, Far Fearon, Brian Blessed, Billy Crystal, Simon Russell Beale, Don Warrington, Ravil Isyanov, Charlton Heston, Rosemary Harris, Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Judi Dench, John Mills, Ken Dodd. Synopsis: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. ******** Few films hold a special place in…

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Movie Review – Little Women

Principal Cast : Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel. Synopsis: Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on their own terms. ******** I write this review on International Woman’s Day, having seen Greta Gerwig’s Best Picture-nominated Little Women barely 24 hours ago, and am still thinking about its beauty. Admittedly I’m not the…

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Movie Review – Bombshell

Principal Cast : Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Rob Delaney, Mark Duplass, Liv Hewson, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Katie Aselton, Bridgette Lundy-Paine, Bree Condon, Kevin Dorff, Alice Eve, Spencer Garrett, Richard Kind, Amy Landecker, Ben Lawson, Josh Lawson, Tony Plana, Alanna Ubach, Mark Evan Jackson, D’Arcy Carden. Synopsis: A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network. ******** Bombshell has multiple problems, all of which aren’t it’s fault and sure as hell are…

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