Movie Review – Spies In Disguise

Principal Cast : Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled, Masi Oka, Carla Jiminez, Olly Murs. Synopsis: When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. ******** Slick, hugely enjoyable animated B-movie delivers plenty of nice gags, a halfway decent villain and a splendid take on the buddy-comedy genre with Spies In Disguise, ostensibly a Will Smith project with the inclusion of Tom Holland, who has had a…

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Movie Review – Trolls World Tour

Principal Voice Cast : Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osborne, Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Mary J Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, Icona Pop, Ron Funches, Kunal Nayyar, Jamie Dornan, Kenan Thompson, Kevin Michael Richardson, Walt Dohrn, Ester Dean, Anthony Ramos, Flula Borg. Synopsis:  Poppy, Branch and the crew discover they aren’t the only kind of Trolls in the world, and set out to meet more and save the kingdom from the evil plans of Queen Barb, leader of the Hard Rock Trolls, who wants to take…

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Movie Review – Underwater

Principal Cast : Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, TJ Miller, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr, Mamoudou Athie, Gunner Wright. Synopsis: A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company try to get to safety after a mysterious earthquake devastates their deepwater research and drilling facility located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. ******** William Eubank’s decidedly derivative creature-feature ought to be grateful. After all, when you plagiarise truly great (and not-so-great) screen classics to make your frightening modern horror film you should probably give credit to those…

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Movie Review – Drop Zone

Principal Cast : Wesley Snipes, Gary Busey, Yancy Butler, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Kyle Secor, Rex Linn, Grace Zabriskie, Corin Nemec, Claire Stansfield, Mickey Jones, Robert LaSardo, Michael Jeter, Andy Romano, Luca Bercovici. Synopsis: A tough cop teams up with a professional skydiver to capture a renegade computer hacker on the run from the law. ******** The 1990’s were a great time to be an action star, and an even better time to be Wesley Snipes. Despite not a single definable trait that his contemporaries had, Snipes starred in a number of…

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Movie Review – Call of The Wild, The (2020)

Principal Cast : Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Cara Gee, Scot MacDonald, Terry Notary. Synopsis: A sled dog struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon. ******** Jack London’s classic novel is plundered once more for Hollywood content demands, with Chris Sanders’ evocative but middling CG effort offering scant emotional investment early before trying to pay it off at the end with vexatious exasperation; despite the inclusion of a grizzled Harrison Ford in full growly-bear voice, the film’s beautiful cinematography (mostly shot…

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Movie Review – Freaks (1932)

Principal Cast : Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Rosco Ates, Henry Victor, Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, Rose Dione, Daisy & Violet Hilton, Schlitzie, Josephine Joseph, Johnny Eck, Frances O’Connor, Peter Robinson, Ola Roderick, Koo Koo, Prince Randian, Martha Morris, Elvira Snow, Jenny Lee Snow, Elizabeth Green, Angelo Rossitto, Edward Brophy, Matt McHugh. Synopsis: A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. ******** It’s hard to watch Tod Browning’s Freaks without trying…

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Movie Review – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey

Principal Cast : Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland, George Carlin, Chelicie Ross, Pam Grier, Annette Azcuy, Sarah Trigger, Hal Landon Jr, Amy Stock-Poynton, Ed Hale, Arturo Gil. Synopsis: A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals. ******** As much as I loved revisiting Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, I found sitting through Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the 1991 sequel to the original movie, a chore. Oh it had its moments, sure, but they…

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Movie Review – Bad Boys For Life

Principal Cast : Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Nunez, Jacob Scipio, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Theresa Randle, Massu Furlan, Dennis Greene, DJ Khaled Synopsis:  Miami Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride as they take on a mysterious new assassin targeting the force’s key members. ******** The last ride? Doubtful, if the closing scene is anything to go by: Bad Boys For Life is the long-in-planning third film in the ongoing action franchise that started…

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Movie Review – Emma.

Principal Cast : Anya Taylor Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Amber Anderson, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Tanya Reynolds, Connor Swindells, Oliver Chris, Chloe Pirrie. Synopsis: In 1800’s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends. ******** Perennially popular British author Jane Austen’s classic story is revisited again for the big screen, this time with Autumn de Wilde’s handsomely mounted version that offers a little more subtlety than the famous Gwyneth Paltrow version from the…

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Movie Review – Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Principal Cast : Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, Ewan McGregor, Steven Williamson, Derek Wilson. Synopsis: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. ******** The breakout star of David Ayers’ critically lambasted Suicide Squad was undeniably Margot Robbie’s performance in the role of Harley Quinn, a DC Comics’ character known in pop culture for being “the Joker’s girlfriend”. It’s a status the…

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