★★ – “Sofia Boutella stands out in the unfortunate first entry to the Dark Universe.”
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman and stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance.
An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. (15 cert; 110 mins) Continue reading “The Mummy (2017) – Review”
★★★ – “The evolution of Gadot’s Wonder Woman is inspiring to watch.”
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui and Ewen Bremner.
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (12A cert; 141 mins) Continue reading “Wonder Woman (2017) – Review”
★★★★ – “A fun, visually incredible, swashbuckling adventure and worthy sequel.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (originally & more fittingly; Dead Men Tell No Tales) is directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg and stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, David Wenham.
Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon. (12A cert; 129 mins)
It’s been 14 years since we first met Jack Sparrow on the big-screen. Johnny Depp handed in a truly unique and intricate performance that earned him a nomination for Best Actor at The Academy. The first film was a genuine surprise for everyone, followed up graciously with two fantastically fun sequels shot back-to-back. 6 years ago, a stand-alone sequel (On Stranger Tides) was released, with it came a disappointing response. Jack Sparrow’s solo outing was still mostly enjoyable, but the magic of the first three instalments was lost, largely due to the absence of the original cast. After years of waiting, we are able to return to the world of Pirates. Continue reading “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017) – Review”
★★★ – “Ridley Scott’s second pre-Alien entry is visually satisfying but lacks in story.”
Alien: Covenant is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir and Carmen Ejogo.
The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
After the lacklustre Prometheus in 2012, I had no good expectations going into Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. Apart from a few decently tense scenes and beautiful visuals, Prometheus was a mindless action/adventure flick set in the world of Alien. It’s worth noting that I’m not overly keen on the franchise as a whole, so I’m biased. However, I do appreciate what Ridley Scott did with the original 1979 film. Continue reading “Alien: Covenant (2017) – Review”
★★★★★ – “A truly terrifying picture.”
Schindler’s List is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle and Embeth Davidtz.
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Steven Spielberg’s horrifically harrowing Schindler’s List isn’t just a critically acclaimed, award-winning masterpiece. This is a documentary of real life events, a truly terrifying picture which chronicles The Holocaust, within the most destructive period of our time. A time that must never be repeated. Captured masterfully in black-and-white celluloid with handheld cameras, Schindler’s List follows Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German industrialist who begins to feel concerned for his Jewish workforce, leading to an emotionally captivating story that evolves continuously as Steven Zaillian’s beautiful screenplay culminates to one of Schindler’s final heartbreaking lines: “I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don’t know. If I’d just… I could have got more.” Continue reading “Schindler’s List (1993) – Review”
★★★★★ – “Guardians Vol. 2 continues Gunn’s energetic, fun & emotional formula.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written & directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Kurt Russell.
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Where to start? After the huge success of Gunn’s first instalment in the trilogy and the incredible praise it received, Guardians Vol. 2 had expectations set pretty high. The story was written beautifully and each character felt important. It was hilarious & action-packed but still left room for one of the most vital ingredients in any film; emotion. When the first film cut to black, the fans felt like they’d experienced something truly unique. It made us happy, sad, filled with adrenaline. Gunn had us hooked on these feelings. The bar was set. Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Review”
★★★★ – “Sweet Christmas; Luke Cage brings the punches.”
Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season One, created by Cheo Hodari Coker and starring Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali, Rosario Dawson and Erik LaRay Harvey.
Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.
Luke Cage is the third Marvel character to grace the small screen with their own series on Netflix, with Marvel’s Iron Fist being the last before the first season of Marvel’s The Defenders airs in August 2017. Although all are linked in some way and seem to be heading in the same direction, each series has a unique touch to set them apart.
When we last saw Luke Cage in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, he was in a bad place. As this series opens, Luke is back in Harlem looking for a fresh start; but with ruthless club owner Cottonmouth lurking in the streets, Luke is forced to hit back.
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