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Trailer: “Second Act” (2018)

“Second Act” (2018) Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late […]

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DVD review: “Shōgun” (1980)

“Shōgun” (1980) Television 5 Episodes Created by: James Clavell Featuring: Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Shimadav,Damien Thomasv,John Rhys-Davies Father Alvito:“You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You’re going to die.” “Shōgun” (1980) has recently been released on DVD for at least the third time, the reason is clear it was one of the defining miniseries from a time that will never […]

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DVD review: “Mum – Series 1 & 2” (2016 – 2018)

“Mum” (2016 – 2018) Television 12 Episodes Created, written and Directed by: Stefan Golaszewski Featuring: Lesley Manville, Peter Mullan, Sam Swainsbury, Lisa McGrillis English television shows about singular characters are not new or even that original especially in this day and age which means that if you are wanting to watch new similarly themed shows then they had better have […]

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DVD Review: “The Prisoner” (1967 – 1968)

“The Prisoner” (1967 – 1968) Television 17 Episodes Created by: Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein Written by: Patrick McGoohan, David Tomblin, Anthony Skene, Terence Feely, Vincent Tilsley, George Markstein Directed by: Patrick McGoohan, Pat Jackson, Don Chaffey, David Tomblin Featuring: Patrick McGoohan Number 6: “I will not make any deals with you. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, […]

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New Trailer: “A Simple Favour” (2018)

“A Simple Favour”, centres around Stephanie, a mommy 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 SIMPLE FAVOUR is directed by Paul Feig and […]

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DVD Review: “Sapphire & Steel” (1979-1982)

“Sapphire & Steel” (1979 – 1982) Television 70 Episodes Created by: Peter J. Hammond Featuring: David McCallum and Joanna Lumley Narrator: “All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been […]

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DVD & Blu-ray review: “Ready Player One” (2018)

“Ready Player One” (2018) Sci-Fi Running Time: 140 minutes Written by: Zak Penn & Ernest Cline Directed by: Steven Spielberg Featuring:  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance James Halliday: “Hello, if you’re watching this, I’m dead. I created a hidden object, an Easter egg. The first person to find the egg will inherit half a trillion […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “A Quiet Place” (2018)

“A Quiet Place” (2018) Thriller/Horror Running Time: 90 minutes Written by: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck Directed by:  John Krasinski Featuring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe Evelyn: “Who are we if we can’t protect them? We have to protect them.” Critical Commentary: Thanks to various decisions as well as new production companies, I am looking at you Blumhouse, there seems to be […]

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Trailer: “The Wife” (2018)

Trailer: “The Wife” (2018) Joan Castleman is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty — the perfect devoted wife. She has spent 40 years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband and his skyrocketing literary career, ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his art with grace and humor. Their fateful pact has […]

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DVD review: “Blockers” (2018)

“Blockers” (2018) Comedy Running Time: 102 minutes Written by: Brian Kehoe & Jim Kehoe Directed by: Kay Cannon Featuring: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena , Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon Mitchell: “I used to hold that girl in the palm of my hand.” Marcie: “Kayla’s becoming a woman; you’re going to have to deal with that.” There is no doubt […]

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DVD review: “Love, Simon” (2018)

“Love, Simon” (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 110 minutes Written by: Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger Directed by: Greg Berlanti Featuring:  Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner Simon: “Did you know?” Emily: “I knew you had a secret. When you were little, you were so carefree. But these last few years, more and more, it almost like I can […]

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Film review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018) Action Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari Directed by: Peyton Reed Featuring: Paul Rudd,  Evangeline Lilly,  Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas Scott Lang: “I do some dumb things, and the people I love the […]

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Featurette: “The spy who dumped me” (2018)

Featurette:”The spy who dumped me” (2018) Audrey and Morgan, two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, […]

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4K Blu-ray review: “Pacfic Rim: Uprising” (2018)

“Pacfic Rim: Uprising” (2018) Action/Science Fiction Running Time: 111 minutes Written by: Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, Steven S. DeKnight & T.S. Nowlin Directed by: Steven S. DeKnight Featuring: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman Voice: “What is a Jaeger? A Jaeger is the pinnacle of human invention. When the monsters came we did now wait for […]

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Film review: “Paterno” (2018)

“Paterno” (2018) Drama Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: Debora Cahn & John C. Richards Directed by: Barry Levinson Featuring: Al Pacino, Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse Sara Ganim: “Uh, I’m sorry. You said… 1976?” Movies about sports teams or personalities are a dime a dozen, every year in many formats they are released, normally very tightly controlled affairs, […]

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Trailer: “Mile 22” (2018)

“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 August 30, 2018.