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Movie review: “Hellboy” (2019)

“Hellboy” (2019)  Horror/Action Running Time: 120 minutes Written by: Andrew Cosby Directed by: Neil Marshall Featuring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church Lady Hatton:“On an island off the coast of Scotland, something was summoned from the depths of Hell, something that would end mankind.” Hellboy:“And this thing, did it show up?” Lady Hatton:“Oh, yes. You did.” Released this week […]

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Film review: “Shazam!” (2019)

“Shazam!” (2019)  Action Running Time: 132 minutes Written by: Henry Gayden Directed by: David F. Sandberg Featuring: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer and Djimon Hounsou Freddy Freeman:“If you could have one superpower, what would you pick? Everybody chooses flight. You know why?” Billy Batson:“So they can fly away from this conversation?” These days, in particular the past five years, it seems like […]

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Film review: “Us” (2018)

“Us” (2018)  Horror Running Time: 116 minutes Written and directed by: Jordan Peele Featuring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker Adelaide Wilson:“They look exactly like us. They think like us. They know where we are. We need to move and keep moving. They won’t stop until they kill us… or we kill them.” Talk about a great […]

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Movie review: “Captain Marvel” (2019)

“Captain Marvel” (2019)  Action Running Time: 124 minutes Written by: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer Directed by: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck Featuring:  Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg and Jude Law Carol Danvers:“What is this?” Nick Fury:“It’s a shield logo.” Carol Danvers:“Does announcing your identity help with the covert part of the […]

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Film review: “Swimming with men” (2018)

“Swimming with men” (2018) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 96 minutes Written by: Aschlin Ditta Directed by: Oliver Parker Featuring: Rob Brydon, Jane Horrocks, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Thomas Turgoose, Jim Carter, Adeel Akhtar and Charlotte Riley Eric Scott:[Reading from the book of rules] “The first rule of swim club, don’t talk about swim club.” It’s remarkable the seeming ease that the British Film Industry is able to produce great independent drama, comedies and […]

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Film review: “Vice” (2018)

“Vice” (2018)  Drama Running Time: 130 minutes Written and directed by: Adam McKay Featuring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, Jesse Plemons and Justin Kirk  Dick Cheney:“I can feel your incriminations and your judgments, and I am fine with that. You want to be loved? Go be a movie star. The world is as you find it. You’ve gotta deal with that […]

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Film review: “White Boy Rick” (2018) 

“White Boy Rick” (2018)  Drama Running Time: 111 minutes Written by: Andy Weiss, Logan Miller & Noah Miller Directed by: Yann Demange Featuring: Matthew McConaughey, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie  Richard Wershe Sr.:“When I first saw you I knew you were going to be bigger than me.” The latest movie starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey […]

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Film review: “The Favourite” (2018) 

“The Favourite” (2018)  Drama Running Time: 130 minutes Written by: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Featuring:  Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss Queen Anne:“Some wounds do not close; I have many such.” It is truly amazing how quickly the critical establishment can turn against a director, then return him to favour, this is what has happened […]

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Film review: “Mortal Engines” (2018)

“Mortal Engines” (2018)  Fantasy/Young Adult Running Time: 128 minutes Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson Directed by: Christian Rivers Featuring: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang Chudleigh Pomeroy:“Sixty minutes is all it took to bring humanity to the very brink of extinction. Mankind mobilized, a new age arose. The Age of the Great Predator Cities. Survival […]

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Film review: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2019)

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2019)  Animated Running Time: 104 minutes Written & directed by: Dean DeBlois Featuring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham Astrid: “Another Nightfury.” Hiccup:“She’s more like a Bright…” Astrid:“A Lightfury.” With very little fanfare the final part of the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy has been released […]

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DVD Review: “RBG” (2018)

“RBG” (2018) Documentary Running Time: 97 minutes Directed by: Betsy West & Julie Cohen Featuring: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Ginsburg, James Steven Ginsburg, Nina Totenberg, Clara Spera, Gloria Steinem Sarah Grimké: “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” This week we see the release of one […]

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Film review: “Green Book” (2018)

“Green Book” (2018)  Drama Running Time: 130 minutes Written by: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly Directed by: Peter Farrelly Featuring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Aliand Linda Cardellini Dr. Don Shirley:” So if I’m not black enough and if I’m not white enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I?” Every year around awards time many films are released to try and […]

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Film review: “Aquaman” (2018) 

“Aquaman” (2018)  Action Running Time: 143 minutes Written by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall Directed by: James Wan Featuring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman Arthur Curry:“My father was a lighthouse keeper. My mother was a queen. But life has a way of bringing people together. They made me what I am.” After the complete failure of the “Justice […]

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Movie review: “Bumblebee” (2018)

“Bumblebee” (2018)  Sci-Fi/Action Running Time: 113 minutes Written by: Christina Hodson Directed by: Travis Knight Featuring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Dylan O’Brien, Peter Cullen, Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux  Optimus Prime: “Bumblebee, our war rages on. You must protect Earth, and its people.” This week sees the release of the latest entry into the “Transformers” (2007-present) franchise which has seen some dizzying heights as […]

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Film review: “Ghost Stories” (2017) 

“Ghost Stories” (2017)  Drama/Thriller/Horror Running Time: 98 minutes Written & directed by: Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson Featuring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Paul Whitehouse Mike Priddle:“It’s funny, isn’t it? How it’s always the last key that unlocks everything.” The new film “Ghost Stories” (2017) released this week in New Zealand cinemas is the most unusual of genre movies, one that incorporates […]

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Film review: “Halloween” (2018)

“Halloween” (2018) Horror Running Time: 105 minutes Written by: David Gordon Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride Directed by: David Gordon Green Featuring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak,Will Patton,Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle Laurie Strode: “Do you know that I prayed every night that he would escape?” Hawkins: “What the hell did you do that for?” Laurie Strode: “So I can kill him.” […]