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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker”

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The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.


Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens came out? A lot can change in just over 5 years, and that couldn’t be more true for the Star Wars universe. The new trilogy promised new characters and to finish what George Lucas started all those years ago, the proper send-off for the Skywalker family. The new trilogy has been all about family, finding out where you came from and who you truly are. This wasn’t just a Skywalker story, it was just a small piece in something much greater. Ever since this new trilogy was announced, it has divided fans like no other fandom, and to no surprise here, this conclusion will be something discussed for many years to come. Rise of Skywalker ultimately fails to deliver a proper send-off and is without a doubt the biggest disappointment for a Star Wars movie ever.

This is it, don’t get scared now. The final curtain call for the Skywalker family. Everything has been building for this moment. So many questions, so few answers us fans have gotten. There’s always hope in the Star Wars universe, no matter the stakes, no matter how tall of a task, hope is what propels these characters forward, no matter how difficult the circumstances may be. After the events of The Last Jedi and the death of Luke, the Resistance is looking towards a new savior, a new hero, Rey. Is she able to muster up the strength necessary to lead them to victory or will her enemy/friend Kylo Ren stand in her way?

This is an early review, so spoiler-free. Seeing how this is the grand conclusion to one of the most beloved stories in the history of cinema, it kind of felt rushed? Lacklustre, almost sloppy at times. When they decided to bring back Star Wars, it’s shocking that they didn’t have a better overall concrete story put in place. There is plenty of action, space battles, a Mad Max Fury Road inspired desert case. But at the end of the day, it just wasn’t enough to save the messy story, and it just felt like one long quest to find the missing piece of the puzzle. The best part about Star Wars is the lightsaber, one of the coolest weapons ever created. Simply put, there’s just not enough in this final instalment. It what separates Star Wars from every other franchise and not having one last epic dual was disappointing.

Everyone is back for one last journey and the team unlike in The Last Jedi, is together for the majority of the film. Rey and Finn and Poe all play off each other so well, and it just felt right for Finn and Rey to be together because they really are the heart and soul of the new trilogy. They started this thing, it’s only fitting they try to end it together. There are a ton of surprises awaiting any fan, and seeing old but familiar faces is always a shot of nostalgia morphine.

At the end of the day, this felt more like The Force Awakens than The Last Jedi, obviously with JJ Abrams being back behind the camera that makes sense. Disney should have never had a different director come into the scene. Not because The Last Jedi isn’t a fantastic movie, but because of how different these two men and their styles clash at times. That is the biggest flaw in this whole thing. At times this just feels like a Force Awakens sequel rather than the conclusion to everything that came before it. One thing is certain, this didn’t feel like the proper ending for something that had been cooking for 40 years.

 

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker = 45/100

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Trailer Drops!!

The first official trailer has dropped and it’s mass hysteria people, cats and dogs living together!


So a little movie called Ghostbusters came out all the way back in 1984, just a little indie film, most people have never heard of it. Well now, 36 years later the world is finally being treated to proton packs and the Ecto 1, the way it’s suppose to be intended.

Taking the mantel from his father Ivan, Jason Reitman is writing and directing the third instalment into this beloved franchise. Yes, a few years back we got the all female led movie, but that wasn’t connected to the original two movies. This is a proper sequel that looks like it’s going back to its roots and what made this franchise so wonderful. After they go broke a family has moved into the only thing they have left, a creepy old barn in the middle of nowhere that used to belong to their grandad. Well, lucky for them, that barn belongs to Egon Spangler, former collector of moulds and funguses and all around genius. Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace are suiting up as his grandchildren, while Carrie Coon is set to play their mother.

Paul Rudd is also joining in on the fun, as their teacher who just so happens to be a Ghostbusters fanatic. He is going to help guide them on the righteous path of never crossing the streams and teach them just how awesome their grandad used to be.

This trailer was way more serious than I thought it would be, and it just reminds me so much of the first Ghostbusters, there’s jokes, but not over the top comedy, everything feels like home in this trailer. It’s a small tease and this will surely be the start of a larger franchise, but this was a pretty incredible trailer, even more so if you’re a Ghostbuster purest. The originals are set to make their triumphant return and that will be a special moment, it’s just sad they all couldn’t still be a live to make it even more special.

They are even bringing back Slimer!

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First “WW84” Trailer Is Here!

The DCEU is finally rolling out it’s first sequel, Wonder Woman is back and things are much more colourful


Everyone’s favourite lasso twirling superhero is back! That’s right, after what feels like the worlds longest wait, the first footage for the highly anticipated follow-up to the massively successful Wonder Woman is here!

Her boyfriends back and it’s going to be trouble. WW84 is shaping up to be one epic sequel. What a debut trailer. Showcasing the return of Steve Trevor, who is back from the dead and we aren’t sure of how or why. One thing is certain, it’s going to come with a hefty price.

We get introduced to the two vilains of the movie, Pedro Pascal who is playing Max Lord and Kristin Wiig who is playing her arch nemesis, Barbara Minerva aka Cheetah. They didn’t reveal her final look, and that’s okay seeing how this is just a tease.

Everything is slicker and more stylish around and way more comedy. All around WW84 so far looks incredible. She’s swinging around on lightning, do you really need to see anything else?

In theatres June 5th!

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‘No Time To Die’ Trailer Is Here!

Daniel Craig returns for the final time in the conclusion to the greatest stretch of Bond films the world has ever seen.


It’s really going to be sad when the title of James Bond no longer applies to Daniel Craig. Without doubt the best to ever wear that suit and has starred in the most action-packed, and overall best Bond movies ever. Fresh off the heels of Spectre, he’s suiting up one last time and going toe-to-toe with none other than Oscar winner himself, Rami Malek.

Bond just wants to finally live the retired life. Off active duty he is thrust back into the limelight when a mysterious villain with some extremely dangerous technology comes knocking at his door. Stepping away from the camera is Sam Mendes but insert Cary Fukunaga and this could be something really eerie and special. Known for his horror, this Bond could end up being kind of scary or at least more bizarre than previous films.

Toss in Ana de Armas who just starred with Craig in Knives Out and Latasha Lynch as the newest 007 agent, this looks so promising. Even if the trailer wasn’t that well put together, there are too many impressive pieces at play here not to have this high on the most anticipated list for 2020. It’s Daniel Craig’s swan song, get excited!

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‘Mulan’ Trailer Hits!

The live action Disney adaptations just keep coming. Thing is, Mulan looks like the best one yet.


Disney just keeps on coming. Whether it’s the MCU, Disney+, Star Wars, they are always in the news and most importantly making money. Can’t hate on greatness, but some feel that it’s a Disney overload at this point. Well get used to it, and honestly, if they make films like Mulan, I’m all for it. The latest animated feature to get the live action spruce up looks simply incredible.

The thing that separates Mulan from the rest, it seems like they are going far off script from the animated version and it’s the right call. Lion King was essentially cut and paste from the original and people wanted some more originality. They want it to seem fresh, that’s why the newer ideas put in Aladdin worked. What’s the point in just rehashing old material if it’s going to be the exact same thing that everyone in the world has already seen. The new trailer is larger in scale and really showing off just how much money they have invested in this thing. Mulan will be a box-office juggernaut that is a fore gone conclusion.

The only thing everyone will miss surely is clearly Mushu, but that’s what the sequel will be for obviously.

See for yourself below. Just a really well-done trailer!

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‘Black Widow’ Trailer

Black Widow is finally getting her own movie. Just terrible timing for sweet Natasha.

What a cute and adorable family Natasha has! Fans wanted it, fans are getting it. Black Widow is actually going to get her own solo flick, too bad it couldn’t have come at a worst possible time. You know that whole her being dead thing kind of puts a damper on the thing. Everyone knows that she really bit the dust in Avengers: Endgame and this will serve as a pseudo prequel before the days she was working with Hawkeye and Nick Fury. We are heading back to the 90s!

If it wasn’t for some just terrible Russian accents, this would have been a good teaser trailer. Meet her family, Florence Pugh, 2019’s darling, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour. All fantastic actors and I’m sure will help elevate this film. After the disaster that was the Hellboy reboot, it will be nice to see Harbour in a competent comic book franchise.

This would have just been so much more effective if this came out maybe after Iron Man 2? Or after Avengers, just it’s been so long and now with her being dead, it just feels like a throwaway film for Marvel and it’s serving more as fan service then something that will add to the MCU as a whole.

Hits theatres in May 2020!

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‘Knives Out’ Review

The latest “whodunit” from Rian Johnson brings an all star cast together in one of the most entertaining movies of the year.

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family


Nothing brings family together quite like a good old fashioned murder. That’s exactly what happens in Rian Johnson’s latest film, that stars so many famous people, it’s like a buffet of Hollywood’s elite. You’ll have a ton of fun with Knives Out, it keeps you guessing until the very end, and isn’t just a run of the mill murder mystery. With top-notch performances and fantastic cast, this is the movie to see right now in theatres. Legit the perfect date night movie.

Everything is going as usual at the Thrombey residence, it’s Harlan Thrombey’s (Christopher Plummer) 85th birthday and the entire family has gathered to celebrate. He’s an extremely wealthy man, a celebrated author and has collected a vast wealth over his life span. Here’s the thing, he’s growing weary and tired of his blood-sucking family who essentially have been leaching off him for their entire lives. His children Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) Walt (Michael Shannon) and Joni, who is his daughter-in-law but treats her as his own (Toni Collette) are all after one thing, money. Even their own children have turned into money craving lunatics. There’s one person who Harlan wants to spend time with, his only true friend left on planet Earth, his nurse Marta (Ana de Armas). So when dear old dad dies, it’s a legit free for all on who is going to get what. That’s also not a spoiler, it’s in the trailer. Ana de Armas is so lovable and sweet throughout the movie. She might not be a giant household name, but she’ll be climbing those ranks after this.

So obviously with a murder it brings police. Not only that it brings world class detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) who has been tracked down and hired to help solve this case. Here’s the kicker, he is usure of who as contacted him and hired him, but he’s here none the less. Daniel Craig is so good here, he’s got this deep southern accent that gets you every time. Actually referred to as “CSI KFC” at one point. There’s so much talent on screen at all times, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield, and then the standout of the film, Captain American himself, Mr. Chris Evans. Who plays Harlan’s grandson Ransom, who is known as the black sheep of the family. Chris Evans is so awesome in this, funny, charming, bit of a prick. It’s always nice to see actors step away from the capes and turn in a memorable performance. It’s refreshing to see Evans in a role like this, complete opposite of what we are used to as an audience, and he really comes in during the second half of the film, but he fills up the box score pretty quick with limited minutes.

Movies like Knives Out are complicated to discuss because well you don’t want to ruin or spoil a single thing. This movie is just so well made, from the production design, the whole thing is basically set in the Thrombey mansion and it’s spectacular. Everyone is having so much fun “hamming” it up with their performances. We often don’t get movies like this, and it’s one of the best “whodunit” movies in recent memory. Rian Johnson just continues to impress the hell out of me. 3 movies in a row, 3 vastly different genres and they’ve all been great. That’s a hard feat to pull off.

Try to go into Knives Out knowing as little as humanly possible. Watch maybe a trailer but not even. I guess if you’re reading this review prior to seeing the movie, you know just enough. It’s just a crap load of fun at the movies, you’ll be entertained the entire time, and it keeps you guessing the entire time, I thought I knew what was up within 10 minutes, I was so wrong. Just go see this movie so we can get more like it will ya.

Knives Out = 88/100

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‘Waves’ Review

A pulse pounding, emotional roller coaster that will leave you breathless.

Traces the journey of a suburban family – led by a well intentioned but domineering father – as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together.


They don’t really make many films like this anymore. Waves is a literal gut-punch of raw and intense emotion, that tells the story of what happens when things suddenly fall apart in the lives of a perfect family. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, a millisecond, your entire life can shift from one extreme to the other. There are no guarantees in life and certainly no free passes. At times Waves can become a difficult watch, not due to the movie being bad but because of the context being presented. Certain scenes and certain moments will leave you floored, in fact the entire audience during my screening let out a collective gasp at the exact moment during one of the most emotionally driven scenes I’ve seen all year.

Trey Edward Shults writer and director has crafted something so beautiful, so powerful so well-made it’s remarkable he was just 30 years old when he filmed it. The opening scene is so beautiful and so happy, you know from the very opening moments that this experience will be something you remember. Waves is essentially two different movies in one. A Moonlight blueprint as you will, where it tells two different stories, each complimenting each other, while neither could exist without the other. The first half of the film follows Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr) in his quest to please his father Ronald (Sterling K Brown). His father is trying to push his son not because he wants to but because he has too. You see Ronald believes they have to work 1000 times harder than anyone else to get anywhere in life. Being now successful himself he wants to install that knowledge and work ethic into his son. Even if that means Tyler does almost anything to make sure he doesn’t disappoint his dad. Their relationship is a complicated one, because it appears they spend a lot of time together, yet they are never really truly bonding as a father and son should. Waves is definitely one of those films where the less you know going in the better the experience is going to be. Even the trailer does a fantastic job at providing a background but doesn’t spoil anything, the movie I thought I was going to see and the movie I ended up watching were completely different things, and I’m glad.

When tragedy strikes it’s a ripple effect for those closest to you. That’s where the second part of the movie comes in. It deals with Tyler’s sister Emily (Taylor Russell) who finds herself lost and without anyone to connect to. Waves does a fantastic job at showcasing how a tragic event can follow you not just in a personal manner, but in an online way as well. How you can’t really escape something from your past. Soon Emily meets Luke (Lucas Hedges) and they quickly bond and it’s the driving force for the second half of this film. It’s such a shift in everything we are watching in the first hour and in most cases when films do this, it just doesn’t work. For me, this works so incredibly well and really puts a nice bow on the entire thing. Hedges and Russell just have terrific chemistry, seeing Hedges act as a goofy high school kid was charming and he sweeps Emily off her feet just when she thinks all hope is lost. When a family is shattered to pieces it takes time to put it back together. It’s piece by piece but sure enough everything will fall back into place.

Waves is tricky to discuss because you don’t want to spoil anything and going in blind will lead to the most satisfying experience. Sterling K Brown is a tour de force yet again, every time he is on screen it’s a treat. I honestly can’t say enough good things about this movie and I certainly can’t wait to talk about it with anyone who sees it. There’s a 20 minute stretch that is just heart breaking material and I haven’t stopped thinking about since I walked out of the theatre. This is right now the leader in the clubhouse for my favourite movie of the year.

Waves = 96/100

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‘The Way Back’ Trailer

Ben Affleck + Basketball = recipe for success

Well, that a gut punch early on in the morning. Art imitating life. Ben Affleck is losing the cape and cowl for good and substituting it for a clip board. We all know about his own personal struggles with alcohol abuse and that’s why this movie has a real shot of being nothing short of spectacular, at least his performance.

Who would be Ben Affleck’s basketball comparison? What a question, because in The Way Back he was once a high school star and I haven’t stopped thinking about that. Ben re-teams with Gavin O’Connor director of Warrior and The Accountant, and you already know this will pack a serious emotional punch. Ben Affleck in a sports movie, love to see it. A mix between Coach Carter and Half Nelson perhaps, this overall just looks really good. The world hasn’t had a great quote on quote sports movie in a long time and hopefully this can break that streak.

You know this role probably means a lot to Affleck and him playing it close to his own chest, and I’m excited to see what he does with this material. It doesn’t look like just another cliche sports movie, because of the serious weight the trailer carries. It’s great to see Ben branching out and trying new things and more importantly being in a movie. He didn’t have a theatrical release in all of 2019.

It’s always great to have this man back in our lives, such a talent.

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New & Improved ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Trailer

Okay, sometimes maybe it is a good thing to listen to internet crybabies. This new design has everyone thinking positive thoughts about Sonic.

We all cried and they listened. It finally worked and yes I’m sure people had to work countless hours of overtime and put a ton of hard work into changing the design of Sonic, but it’s a complete success!

The trailer is pretty much the same one we got months ago, but it’s been upgraded and it even feels more fresh. Like there’s been life pumped back into this film. The voice work of Ben Schwartz always worked and everyone is excited to see what Jim Carey does in this role. Now we have almost a flawless Sonic design to go along with all of this. Could be a recipe for success. Who knows, but after all the hard work it would be cruel and rude not to reward the people by going to see their movie.

Sonic sprints into theatres this Valentines Day!