Movie Review – Jumanji: The Next Level

Principal Cast : Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Awkwafina, Nick Jonas, Rory McCann, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman, Colin Hanks, Rhys Darby, Bebe Neuwirth. Synopsis: The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world’s most dangerous game. ******** Given the success of the 2017 Jumanji reboot, it was only natural a sequel would…

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Movie Review – Charlie’s Angels (2019)

Principal Cast : Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Nat Faxon, Chris Pang, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Noah Centineo, David Schutter, Hanna Hoekstra, Marie-Lou Sellem, Robert Clotworthy. Synopsis: When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all. ******** Proto-feminist action franchise Charlie’s Angels returns with a vengeance in Elizabeth Banks’ enthusiastic but strangely inert entry rebooting the property for the modern age.…

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Movie Review – Seven Samurai

Principal Cast : Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Daisuke Kato, Isao Kimura, Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Bokuzen Hidari, Yukiko Shimazaka, Kamatari Fujiwara, Keiko Tsushima, Kokuten Kodo, Yoshio Kosugi, Shinpei Takagi. Synopsis: A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. ******** Revered as one of the greatest films ever made, Seven Samurai for the longest time formed a significant gap in my career in film appreciation. I have, of course, seen many a film for which Seven Samurai is the…

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Movie Review – Superman: Red Son

Principal Cast : Jason Isaacs, Amy Acker, Deidrich Bader, Vanessa Marshall, Phil Morris, Paul Williams, Phil LaMarr, Jim Meskimen, Sasha Roiz, WIlliam Salyers, Roger Craig, Jason Spisak, Tara Strong, Travis Willingham, Winter Ave Zoli. Synopsis:  What if baby Kal-El’s rocket landed, not in Kansas, but in the Soviet Union? ******** Based on Mark Millar’s rather excellent Elseworlds DC Comic from 2003, Superman: Red Son takes a look at what might have happened had baby Kal-El, who would grow up to become the Man Of Steel, crash-landed in Soviet Russia rather than…

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Movie Review – Nixon

Principal Cast : Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Annabeth Gish, Marley Shelton, James Woods, JT Walsh, Paul Sorvino, Powers Boothe, EG Marshall, David Paymer, David Hyde Pierce, Kevin Dunn, Saul Rubinek, Fyvush Finkel, James Karen, Mary Steenbergen, Tony Goldwyn, Tom Bower, Sean Stone, Ed Harris, Brian Bedford, Madeline Kahn, Edward Herrmann, Dan Hedaya, Bridgette Wilson, Ric Young, Larry Hagman, Sam Waterston, Boris Sichkin, George Plimpton. Synopsis: A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame. ******** Off…

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Movie Review – Midway (2019)

Principal Cast : Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss, Jake Weber, Brennan Brown, Alexander Ludwig, David Hewlett, Keenan Johnson, Mark Rolston, Tadanobu Asano, Etsushi Toyokawa, Jun Kunimura, Peter Shinkoda, Nobuya Shimamoto, Hiromoto Ida, Mandy Moore, Rachael Perrell Fosket, Christie Brooke. Synopsis: The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it. ******** I can’t for the life of me tell which is the worse film: Michael Bay’s cloyingly stupid Pearl Harbor, or Roland…

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Movie Review – A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Principal Cast : Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Wendy Makkena, Tammy Blanchard, Christine Lahti, Noah Harpster, Carmen Cusack, Jessica Hecht, Maddie Corman. Synopsis: Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel. ******** As somebody who grew up outside of America, it’s easy to overlook a film like A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood in many respects. It focuses on the influence and legacy of legendary children’s television host Fred Rogers, who for nearly four decades gently…

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Movie Review – Frozen II

Principal Cast : Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, Jeremy Sisto, Ciaran Hinds, Aurora. Synopsis: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. ******** Disney really dropped the ball with Frozen. Oh, I don’t mean they didn’t capitalise on the 2013 film’s gargantuan pop-culture success, the generational…

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Movie Review – Host, The (2006)

Principal Cast : Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Go Ah-sung, Oh Dai-su, Lee Jae-eung, Lee Dong-ho, Yoon Je-moon, Yim Pil-sung, Scott Wilson, Paul Lazar, Brian Lee. Synopsis: A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and begins attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. ******** An endearing, loopy, bizarre creature-feature, Bong Joon-ho’s The Host is as cool now as it was back in 2006, the year of its release. Hard as it is to imagine the Academy Award-winning director…

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Movie Review – Knives Out

Principal Cast : Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Frank Oz, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, K Callan, Noah Segan, Christopher Plummer, M Emmet Walsh, Marlene Forte. Synopsis: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. ******** When he’s not being pilloried by butthurt fanbois, director Rian Johnson is a thoughtful, considered, exceptionally talented director whose works weave a tapestry of wonder and intelligence. Whether it’s his formative feature Brick,…

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