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Toy Story 4 Movie Review

Having watched the original film in the lead up reaffirms the amazing amount of visual progress that has happened in the almost quarter century since the original’s release in the mid-nineties. The writers have actually keep pace with the visual progress by creating a satisfying scenario that succeeds in weaving all of the favourite characters seamlessly into the final chapter.   //   Introducing new characters both super creepy and super current (here’s looking at ...

The Clovehitch Killer Movie Review

The discovery sets Tyler into detective mode to find out more about the elusive killer who was never brought to justice. Over a decade ago, The Clovehitch Killer claimed thirteen female victims but has been dormant ever since. Joining him on his endeavour is Kassi (Madisen Beaty) a girl who has long been obsessed about the murders.   //   The film’s creepiness really comes out in how normal Tyler and his family seem on the surface. With your internal detective kicked ...

Men in Black: International Movie Review

Director F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton) shows that he can still handle a special effects driven project and keep the human elements appealing. Even the CGI characters are giving substantial personalities, especially Kumail Nanjiani as Pawny. He is used to great comic effects.   //   The storyline is rather simplistic but is given a bit of depth by the origin story of Agent M (Thompson). There are the usual super cool gadgets and weapons ...

Red Joan Movie Review

In Red Joan, that life is recast as a tale of love, ideology and the folly of youth. Judi Dench is written large on all the billboards and publicity materials for the film but it’s the actor, Sophie Cookson, who plays the character during her youthful years that enjoys the most screen time. The is largely done through extensive back stories as the film begins with Joan’s arrest.   //   Young Joan is presented as a woman of science with an active intelligence and an ...

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Movie Review

We also see Sophie Turner, she of Game Of Thrones fame, take on the role of Jean Grey who becomes Phoenix. We first meet Jean as a little girl who has no real clue about the extent of her mutant powers. When she discovers their true power, it leads to a traumatic and tragic event that becomes a life changing event.   //   The origin side of the story takes its time to develop but in the film’s last reel, the crazy ramps up to considerable heights. There is a battle ...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Movie Review

Then add all the other he’s and she’s from the monster kingdom (including but not limited to Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah) and you have one hell of a party on your hands. It brings to mind the kind of murky party that plays in your head after you did your best to over-consume and still be in a state of consciousness.   //   The story as it is revolves around big G coming back around to save the puny earthlings from themselves as well as handling all the unwanted party ...

German Film Festival – Styx Movie Review

During her journey she encounters a ship that starts out as an enigma. She can plainly see the craft but is unable to make radio contact. Upon closer inspection she discovers it is a broken down trawler filled with what appears to be refugees. In a radio call to the Coast Guard, they ask her a series of questions she cannot answer while appearing to care little about the trawler or its occupants, even warning her to stay away. She decides she must do something to help. There is morality ...

German Film Festival – Balloon Movie Review

This film follows the Strelzyk and Wetzel families and their attempt to construct a clandestine hot air balloon and fly to freedom. In a country staffed with an overabundance of police and the dreaded secret police, the Stasi. this endeavour was absolutely illegal and life threatening.   //   After a first attempt goes awry, the effort is applied again but this time the authorities are closing in and it becomes a race against time. Even knowing the ultimate outcome of ...

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion Movie Review

The wonderful French comic books featuring Astérix and his friends have fuelled many a youngster’s imagination and sense of fun both here and abroad. This animated feature, Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion continues with those traditions. It is whimsical, irreverent and at times, completely bonkers.   //   The village elder Panoramix (Bernard Alane) falls from a tree while helping a young bird return to its nest and sustains a broken foot. This decline in ...

German Film Festival – 25KM/H Movie Review

This film lays out a well trodden road to follow but that doesn’t prevent it from being very entertaining. It’s filled with humour, pathos and ultimately the bonds of brotherly love. The soundtrack is filled with great songs by T-Rex, The Cure, Yo La Tengo, Sufjan Stevens as well as others and even though the film is spoken in German (with English subtitles) it is extremely accessible. This is the kind of film that will be an audience hit as it provides all the components of a good ...