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DVD/Blu-ray review: “Black Panther” (2018)

“Black Panther” (2018) Action Written by: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole Directed by: Ryan Coogler Featuring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis Ulysses Klaue: “Tell me something. What do you know about Wakanda?” Everett K. Ross: “It’s a Third-World country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits.”  Ulysses Klaue: “All a front. Explorers have searched for […]

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Film review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018)

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018) Sci-Fi Running Time: 135 minutes Written by: Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan Directed by: Ron Howard Featuring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany Han Solo: “I heard a story about you. I was wondering if it’s true.” Lando Calrissian: “Everything you’ve heard about me is true.” Was anyone really wanting a Han Solo origin story? […]

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Film review: “The Bookshop” (2018)

“The Bookshop” (2018) Drama Written & Directed by: Isabel Coixet Based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald Featuring: Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy From the novel:“Courage and endurance are useless if they are never tested.” To say that this movie represents aspects of life that are from a bygone age is an understatement, it is a period piece set in the 1950s, […]

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Official Trailer Debut: “The Happytime Murders” (2018)

Official Trailer Debut: “The Happytime Murders” (2018) No Sesame. All Street. THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast […]

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Film review: “The Strangers: Prey at Night ” (2018)

“The Strangers: Prey at Night ” (2018) Thriller/Horror Running Time: 85 minutes Written by: Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai Directed by: Johannes Roberts Featuring: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman Kinsey: “Why are you doing this?” Dollface: “Why not?” Ever since the original home invasion horror “The Strangers” (2008) burst into cinemas it was a completely unusual as well as original movie, scary as […]

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FEATURETTE: “Mowgli” (2018)

New Featurette: “Mowgli” (2018) From the creator of Gollum and Caesar comes a new telling of the story of MOWGLI. See Andy Serkis and an incredible cast bring the jungle to new life: The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India.  As he learns the often harsh rules […]

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New Trailer: “Mowgli” (2018)

New Trailer: “Mowgli” (2018) The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India.  As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their […]

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Official Trailer – “Mile 22” (2018)

Official Trailer – “Mile 22” (2018) An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. MILE 22 is directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich. MILE 22 releases in New Zealand cinemas on […]

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DVD Review: “Molly’s Game”(2017)

“Molly’s Game” (2017) Drama Running Time: 140 minutes Written & Directed by: Aaron Sorkin Featuring:  Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin, Joe Keery, and Jeremy Strong Molly Bloom: “I’ll be hosting a game in this suite every Tuesday night. The first buy-in, two hundred and fifty thousand.” Disappointment is the word that comes to mind after watching […]

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Film review: “Dark Crimes” (2018)

“Dark Crimes” (2018) Thriller Running Time: 92 minutes Written by:Jeremy Brock Directed by: Alexandros Avranas Featuring: Jim Carrey, Agata Kulesza, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski, and Marton Csokas Kozlow: “The river has an end and a beginning.”   There is undoubtedly a dark side to Jim Carrey’s professional and personal persona, which has never been fully explored on film, although he has dabbled in films that […]

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Film review: “Lucky” (2017)

“Lucky” (2017) Drama Running Time: 90 minutes Written by: Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja Directed by: John Carroll Lynch Featuring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr. and Tom Skerritt Lucky: “It’s all going to go away. You, you, you, you, me, this cigarette, everything… into blackness, the void. And nobody’s in charge, and you’re left with… […]

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Film review: “Deadpool 2” (2018)

“Deadpool 2” (2018) Action Written by: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds Directed by: David Leitch Featuring: Ryan Reynolds,  Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy Deadpool: “Sorry, I’m late. I was rounding up all the gluten in the world and launching it into space where it can’t not hurt us ever again.” Here we are after the undisputed […]

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Streaming review: “Cobra Kai Season One” (2018)

“Cobra Kai Season One” (2018) Television 10 Episodes Produced by: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald Featuring: Ralph Macchio and William Zabka Amanda: “What is going on?” Anthony: “Dad is about to fight this guy.” Daniel: “Amanda, just please go inside. This is between me and Sensei Lawrence.” Amanda: “Yeah, you two seem to have this pretty well in hand. Just a […]

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Film review: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017)

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017) Documentary Running Time: 88 minutes Directed by: Alexandra Dean Featuring: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger and many others Hedy Lamarr: “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends […]

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Film review: “Game Night” (2018)

“Game Night” (2018) Comedy Running Time: 110  minutes Written by: Mark Perez Directed by: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Featuring:   Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall and Kyle Chandler Annie: [as Annie is playing with a fake gun, she quotes Pulp Fiction] “Any of you fucking pricks move, I’m gonna execute every motherfucking last one of you!” There […]

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New Trailer: “A Simple Favour” (2018)

“A Simple Favour” (2018) A SIMPLE FAVOUR, directed by Paul Feig, centres around Stephanie, a mummy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. A […]