Movie Review – Extraction (2020)

Principal Cast : Chris Hemsworth, Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Pankaj Tripathi, Randeep Hooda, Priyanshu Painyulli, Golshifteh Farahni, Siraj Rikame, David Harbour, Adam Bessa, Shataf Figar, Neha Mahajan, Manoj Bajpayee, Sam Harvgreave. Synopsis: Tyler Rake, a fearless black-market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. ******** Avengers darling Chris Hemsworth headlines this rock-’em sock-’em action romp, with the Aussie star sporting his own accent and a plainly John Wick attitude. Although nobody kills a puppy here,…

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Movie Review – 6 Underground

Principal Cast : Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona, Dave Franco, Corey Hawkins, Lior Raz, Peyman Maadi, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Kim Gold, Lidia Franco, James Murray. Synopsis: After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator. ******** There’s no mistaking it. 6 Underground is definitely a Michael Bay movie. The director, who claimed fame for Bad Boys, The Rock and Armageddon before plunging into the world of giant fighting robots with…

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Movie Review – Irishman, The (2019)

Principal Cast : Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Kathrine Narducci, Welker White, Jesse Plemmons, Jack Huston, Dominick Lombardozzi, Paul Herman, Gary Basaraba, Marin Ireland, India Ennenga, Sebastian Maniscalco, Steven Van Zandt, Jake Hoffman, Paul Ben-Victor, Jeremy Luke. Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. ******** If you ask anyone who follows cinema in any serious capacity, they’ll often recite only a handful of films by celebrated director Martin Scorsese as…

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Movie Review – King, The

Principal Cast : Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Robert Pattinson, Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Mendelsohn, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lily-Rose Depp, Dean-Charles Chapman, Thibault de Montalemert, Edward Ashley, Stephen Fewell, Tara Fitzgerald, Andrew Havill, Ivan Kaye, Steven Elder. Synopsis: Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life. ******** Period historical drama continues to prove fertile ground for filmmakers these…

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Movie Review – Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Principal Cast : Zack Galifianakis, Lauren Lupkus, Ryan Gaul, Jiavani Linayao, Edi Patterson, Rekha Shankar, Mary Scheer, Mary Holland, Matt Besser, Phil Hendrie, Paul Rust, AD Miles, Blake Clarke, Will Ferrell, Mandell Maughan. Synopsis: Zach Galifianakis “dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show Between Two Ferns and uploaded it to Funny Or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock. Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. ******** From his breakout role in The Hangover,…

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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 – 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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Movie Review – Wandering Earth, The

Principal Cast : Qui Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing, Ardaky Sharogradsky, Mike Sui, Qu Jingjing, Zang Yichi, Yang Haoyu, Li Hong Chen, Yang Yi, Jiang Zhigang, Zhang Huan. Synopsis: The sun was dying out, people all around the world built giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and to sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500 years journey came with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth…

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Movie Review – Unicorn Store

Principal Cast : Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Mamoudou Athie, Karan Soni, Mary Holland, Hamish Linklater, Annaleigh Ashford, Martha MacIsaac, Chris Witaske, Ryan Hansen. Synopsis: A woman named Kit receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfil her childhood dreams. ******** Although filmed in 2016, and shown to select festival audiences during 2017, Brie Larson’s debut directorial effort, Unicorn Store, has finally found a niche home on Netflix for us all to enjoy. It’s a sweet little film, very much living up to its “arthouse independent” tags,…

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Movie Review – Isn’t It Romantic

Principal Cast : Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Brandon Scott Jones, Tom Ellis, Jennifer Saunders, Jay Oakerson. Synopsis: A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy. ******** I’ve never hidden my general disdain for the romantic comedy subgenre. Generally, I actively avoid watching them, because I find them to be generally inane, filled with cliches and characters as obnoxious as all get out. Most of them follow one of about three archetypal plot arcs involving the boy-meets-girl (or vice versa)…

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