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    Fatherhood (Review) – Kevin Hart Delivers A Wholesome Family Drama

Fatherhood (Review) – Kevin Hart Delivers A Wholesome Family Drama

DIRECTOR: Paul Weitz
CAST: Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Melody Hurd, Anthony Carrigan, Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, Deborah Ayorinde, DeWanda Wise, Teneisha Collins
RUNNING TIME: 109 mins
CERTIFICATE: PG
BASICALLY…: A widowed father (Hart) raises his young daughter (Hurd) as a single parent…
 

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Any movie is immediately tempting fate when its very first line of dialogue is simply: “This sucks”. Luckily, though, Fatherhood comes nowhere close to sucking. In fact, it’s a rather sweet little drama […]

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    The Reason I Jump (Review) – A Sensory And Sensitive Portrait Of Autism

The Reason I Jump (Review) – A Sensory And Sensitive Portrait Of Autism

DIRECTOR: Jerry Rothwell
CAST: Jim Fujiwara, David Mitchell, Jordan O’Donegan
RUNNING TIME: 82 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A first-hand look at life through the eyes of people with non-verbal autism from all over the world…

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As someone on the autistic spectrum, albeit on the much milder end, the revelatory information in The Reason I Jump isn’t so much new to me, as I had either experienced a number of its showcased characterisations myself, or witnessed first-hand […]

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    Monster Hunter (Review) – Just Another Throwaway Video Game Movie

Monster Hunter (Review) – Just Another Throwaway Video Game Movie

DIRECTOR: Paul W.S. Anderson
CAST: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Tip “T. I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung, Ron Perlman
RUNNING TIME: 103 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A group of soldiers are transported to a world overrun by enormous powerful creatures…

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If you want a movie adaptation of a popular video game that offends few and leaves an impact on even fewer, the best person to call is Paul W.S. Anderson. After all, […]

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    Luca (Review) – Pixar’s Lightest And Most Simplistic Film In Years

Luca (Review) – Pixar’s Lightest And Most Simplistic Film In Years

DIRECTOR: Enrico Casarosa
CAST: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Marco Barricelli, Saverio Raimondo, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, Sandy Martin, Giacomo Gianniotti, Marina Massironi, Sacha Baron Cohen
RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
CERTIFICATE: PG
BASICALLY…: Two young sea monsters (Tremblay and Grazer) venture to the surface for a summer of fun and friendship on the Italian Riviera…

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Because of its reputation as one of the leading animation studios in Hollywood, and given the rather strong line-up […]

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    In the Earth (Review) – How Ben Wheatley Spent His Lockdown

In the Earth (Review) – How Ben Wheatley Spent His Lockdown

DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley
CAST: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora Torchia, John Hollingworth, Mark Monero
RUNNING TIME: 107 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A scientist (Fry) has some strange, hallucinatory experiences during a routine mission deep in a forest…

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Pandemic-era movies – i.e. films that were made during lockdown, and even manage to squeeze the virus or certain lockdown measures into the plot somehow – have a tendency to either be really clever in how they […]

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    Loki: Episode 2 – The Variant (Review) – Picks Up The Pace, And Then Some

Loki: Episode 2 – The Variant (Review) – Picks Up The Pace, And Then Some

DIRECTOR: Kate Herron
CAST: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Sophia Di Martino, Sasha Lane, Tara Strong, Eugene Cordero
RUNNING TIME: 55 mins
PREVIOUSLY, ON LOKI: A “variant” of Loki (Hiddleston), having escaped with the Tesseract from 2012 New York, is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, which dedicates itself to protecting the “Sacred Timeline” and removing any variants that threaten to jeopardise it. Loki is spared from deletion by TVA agent Mobius (Wilson), who […]

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    The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Review) – How Not To Make An Over-The-Top Action Sequel

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Review) – How Not To Make An Over-The-Top Action Sequel

DIRECTOR: Patrick Hughes
CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hopper, Kristofer Kamiyasu, Gabriella Wright, Dragan Mićanović
RUNNING TIME: 99 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: Former bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is unexpectedly reunited with hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) and his equally-dangerous wife Sonia (Hayek)…

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Although it turned out to be a surprise box office hit, grossing $176 million worldwide against a $30 million budget, The Hitman’s […]

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    In The Heights (Review) – A Sunny And Cheery Slice Of Musical Cinema

In The Heights (Review) – A Sunny And Cheery Slice Of Musical Cinema

DIRECTOR: Jon M. Chu
CAST: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marc Anthony, Noah Catala, Ariana Greenblatt, Ariana S. Gomez
RUNNING TIME: 143 mins
CERTIFICATE: PG
BASICALLY…: In the New York neighbourhood of Washington Heights, a bodega owner (Ramos) and other residents dream of better lives…

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Before Hamilton made him a household name, Lin-Manuel Miranda was best known as […]

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    Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) (Review) – A Gay Love Story With Supernatural Twists

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) (Review) – A Gay Love Story With Supernatural Twists

DIRECTOR: Monica Zanetti
CAST: Sophie Hawkshaw, Zoe Terakes, Julia Billington, Marta Dusseldorp, Rachel House, Bridie Connell, Madeleine Withington, Randall Hua, Melanie Bowers, Chiara Gizzi, Olga Markovic, Patrick James, Orya Golgowsky, Ed Wightman
RUNNING TIME: 80 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A teenage girl (Hawkshaw) receives unlikely advice from the ghost of her dead aunt (Billington) when she wants to ask another girl (Terakes) to the school formal…

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We’ve all been there at some point during our youth: […]

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    Wish Dragon (Review) – It Borrows Perhaps Too Much From Aladdin

Wish Dragon (Review) – It Borrows Perhaps Too Much From Aladdin

DIRECTOR: Chris Appelhans
CAST: Jimmy Wong, John Cho, Constance Wu, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Will Yun Lee, Jimmy O. Yang, Bobby Lee, Aaron Yoo, Ronny Chieng, Ian Chen, Max Charles
RUNNING TIME: 98 mins
CERTIFICATE: U
BASICALLY…: A lovelorn young man (Wong) comes across a magical dragon (Cho) that has the power to grant three wishes…

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How can anyone not take one look at the plot synopsis for Wish Dragon, Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation’s American-Chinese co-production, […]