Film Review: Joker

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker is a standalone story centring on the iconic DC character of The Joker. Set in Gotham City, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a mentally-troubled comedian who lives with his mum (Frances Conroy). A clown-for-hire by day, Arthur is disregarded and mistreated by the fractured society of Gotham and soon embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime, bringing him face-to-face with his alter-ego, “The Joker”.

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Film Review: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood follows a faded television actor, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Following multiple storylines and serving as a modern fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age, Rick also has a famous next-door neighbour, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), as their lives soon become intertwined in the least expected way.

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Film Review: The Lion King (2019)

Directed by Jon Favreau and a photorealistic live-action remake of the classic 1994 Disney film, The Lion King follows the story of a young lion, Simba (voiced by Donald Glover), who must embrace his role as the rightful king of his native African land following the murder of his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), at the hands of his uncle, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor). With the help of his friends – Nala (BeyoncĂ©), Zazu (John Oliver), Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen) – Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

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Film Review: Spider-Man 2: Far From Home

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film sees Tom Holland return as the web-slinging Peter Parker as he decides to join his best friends – Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya), and Betty (Angourie Rice) – on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks that are creating havoc across the continent.

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Film Review: Toy Story 4

The fourth instalment in Pixar‘s Toy Story series and directed by Josh Cooley, Toy Story 4 sees Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) finding himself left in the closet as the gangs new owner, Bonnie (Madeleine McGrew), doesn’t seem to need him any more. So, when Bonnie’s self-crafted and beloved Forky (Tony Hale) needs some help, Woody makes it his mission to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts), whose adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior.

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Film Review: Midsommar

Written and directed by Ari Aster, Midsommar follows a group of friends – Dani (Florence Pugh), Christian (Jack Reynor), Mark (Will Poulter), Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) – who travel to Sweden for a festival that occurs once every 90 years, only to find themselves in the clutches of a Scandinavian neopagan cult.

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Film Review: Rocketman

A true story based on the life of musician Elton John and directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman is a fantasy musical that follows John (Taron Egerton)’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). The inspirational story, set to Elton John’s most beloved songs, shows the transformation of a shy piano prodigy with unloving parents (Bryce Dallas Howard and Steven Mackintosh) to an international superstar – including all of the drugs, drink, sex, and pressuring manager (Richard Madden).

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Film Review: Aladdin (2019)

Directed by Guy Ritchie and a live-action adaptation of the 1992 animated Disney film of the same name, which itself is based on the eponymous tale from One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin follows a street rat (Mena Massoud) who frees a genie (Will Smith) from a lamp and is granted three wishes. Transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), his plans are disturbed when an evil sorcerer (Marwan Kenzari) becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

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Film Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Based on Ted Bundy‘s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall‘s memoir, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, and directed by Joe Berlinger, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is told from Kendall’s point of view as she refused for years to acknowledge that her boyfriend was a serial killer. Following the courtroom frenzy that ensued in 1970s America, headed by Judge Edward Cowart (John Malkovich), the film tells the story of when Kendall, then a young single mother (Lily Collins), met Bundy (Zac Efron) whilst he was studying law. Bundy soon became famous for committing several heinous crimes against women, despite her disbelief.

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Film Review: Avengers – Endgame

The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the fourth Avengers film, following on from last year’s Infinity War and once again directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame picks up with the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies – including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) – as they must work together to reverse the damage caused by Thanos (Josh Brolin). and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

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Film Review: Shazam!

The seventh instalment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! follows a newly fostered young boy, Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who, whilst in search of his mother, is chosen by the ancient wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) as his new champion and receives unexpected superpowers. With his newfound ability to transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) and his new friend Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), Billy must stop the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) and the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.

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Film Review: Us

Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Us follows a family – Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), Gabe (Winston Duke), Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph), and Jason (Evan Alex) – on a serene beach vacation to Santa Cruz. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.

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Film Review: Captain Marvel

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel is the twenty-first film in the MCU and the first female standalone film in the franchise. The story is set in the 1990s and follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. When Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races, Danvers meets S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as she must convince them of a threat which is far beyond anything that S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever experienced before.

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Film Review: Serenity

Directed by Steven Knight, Serenity follows Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), a fishing boat captain who leads tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. He lives a quiet, sheltered life, which is soon shattered when his ex-wife, Karen (Anne Hathaway), tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her and their young son from her new, violent husband, Frank (Jason Clarke). She offers him $10 million to take him out to sea on a fishing excursion and to throw him to the sharks. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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Weekly Sky Cinema Premieres (4th – 10th March)

Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.

Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of Fat Camp, Kissing Candice, Come Un Gatto In Tangenziale, Curvature, Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom, Patrick, and Backstabbing For Beginners. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.

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Film Review: Dumbo

A live-action adaptation of the 1941 classic Disney animation of the same name, which was based on the novel by Helen Aberson and Harold Pearl, Dumbo follows a young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly. Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo becomes the star of a struggling travelling circus owned by Max Medici (Danny DeVito). But when the circus makes an incredible comeback, it attracts the persuasive entrepreneur, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton). In his new home, Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), but he soon needs the help of his friends – Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) – when they discover dark secrets beneath Dreamland’s shiny veneer.

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Weekly Sky Cinema Premieres (25th February – 3rd March)

Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.

Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of Siren, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Redoubtable, Future World, Serenity, The First Purge, and Leave No Trace. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.

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Film Review: How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World

Directed by Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the third instalment in the DreamWorks franchise which is loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The film follows Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his beloved dragon Toothless as all seems well on the island of Berk as Vikings and dragons live together in harmony. Now a Viking leader, Hiccup finds himself increasingly attracted to Astrid (America Ferrera), while Toothless meets an enchanting creature of his own. But when the evil Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) launches a devious plan to wipe out all the dragons, Hiccup must unite both clans to find a hidden land that holds the key to saving Toothless and his flying friends.

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Weekly Sky Cinema Premieres (18th – 24th February)

Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.

Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of The Devil’s Doorway, Unlovable, The High Frontier, Victor Crowley, Ocean’s 8, Woody Woodpecker, and Gloves Off. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.

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