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Movie Review – Cujo

Principal Cast : Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone, Ed Lauter, Kaiulani Lee, Billy Jacoby, Mills Watson, Jerry Hardin, Sandy Ward, Arthur Rosenberg. Synopsis: Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. ******** The early 1980’s were ripe for adaptations of the novels of Stephen King. From the success of Brian DePalma’s seminal 70’s horror flick Carrie, King’s novels have been on high rotation in the Hollywood machine ever since, and Cujo remains among the earliest and most…

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Movie Review – Dumbo (2019)

Principal Cast : Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Joseph Gatt, Sharon Rooney, Michael Buffer, Frank Bourke. Synopsis: A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. ******** Disney’s original 1941 elephantine Dumbo is rightly considered one of the studio’s most accomplished and adored animated classics. For every moment of its brisk sub-70…

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Movie Review – Us

Principal Cast : Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahai Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon, Duke Nicholson, Kara Hayward, Nathan Harrington, Dustin Ybarra, Madison Curry, Ashley McKoy. Synopsis: A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorise them. ******** Warning: Minor spoilers may be present within. All images can be considered as spoilers. Jordan Peele’s follow-up film to his breakout 2017 hit Get Out retains the director’s assured hand behind the camera, his…

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Movie Review – Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

Principal Cast : Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr, James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton, Walter Huston. Synopsis: A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. ***** Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, John Huston’s 1941 remake of The Maltese Falcon remains perhaps the definitive potboiler noir detective picture. With Humphrey Bogart making his mark as the indelibly…

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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 – Asterix: The Mansions Of The Gods

Principal Cast : Jack Whitehall, Nick Frost, Greg Davies, Matt Berry, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield, Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood, Jim Broadbent, Richard Ian Cox, Donny Lucas, COlin Murdock, Samuel Vincent, John Innes, Scott McNiel, Elizabeth Bower, Saffron Henderson, Alan Marriott, Hannah Beth Jackson, Ron Halder. Synopsis: In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony. ******** Long before I ever got into DC or…

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Movie Review – Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

Principal Cast : Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Wantanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Rita Ora, Karan Soni, Josette Simon, Kadiff Kirwan, Rina Hoshino, Rachel Lillis, Diplo. Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. ******** I come to this review as somebody who never “got” the Pokemon craze. A generation too distant, I managed to avoid being sucked into the world of Pokemon and, as a consequence,…

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Movie Review – Gosford Park

Principal Cast : Maggie Smith, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Gambon, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Kristen Scott Thomas, Eileen Atkins, Camilla Rutherford, Charles Dance, Alan Bates, Emily Watson, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Sommerville, Tom Hollander, Natasha Wightman, James Wilby, Richard E Grant, Ryan Phillipe, Bob Balaban, Jeremy Swift, Claudie Blakley, Jeremy Northam, Laurence Fox, Trent Ford, Sophie Thompson, Stephen Fry, Ron Webster. Synopsis: The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them. ******** A…

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Movie Review – Lost World, The (1925)

Principal Cast : Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery, Arthur Hoyt, Alma Bennett, Virginia Brown, Bull Montana, Francis Finch-Smiles, Jules Cowles, Margaret McWade, George Bunny, Charles Wellesley, Nelson MacDowell, Christpin Martin, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Synopsis: The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. ******** Some references for our review were obtained from this Silent Era article about The Lost World’s reconstruction and home video history. The Lost World represents a milestone of visual effects in…

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Movie Review – War of The Worlds, The (1953)

Principal Cast : Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Bob Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Lewis Martin, Housley Stevenson Jr, Paul Frees, Bill Phipps, Vernon Rich, Henry Brandon, Jack Kruschen, Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Synopsis: A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. ******** The first of Hollywood’s big-budget feature film versions of HG Wells’ classic sci-fi story of martian invasion, Byron Haskin’s 1953 technicolor opus is immediately indelible and astoundingly iconic. It’s also wondrously inventive, showcasing then-state-of-the-art visual effects to their grandest, most effectively chilling potential. It’s…

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