Jumanji : The Next Level

Following the overwhelming success of the last film, the new Jumanji crew find themselves back inside the dangerous video game, but surely having beaten it once, the second time should be a doddle?………….

Directed by Jake Kasdan

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart & Danny DeVito


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Sonic The Hedgehog ★★★☆☆

The Blue Blur speeds back onto the big screen after a quick makeover to fix some…….problems. Sonics’ peaceful life on Earth is suddenly disrupted as he is pursued by the sinister Dr Robotnik……

Directed by Jeff Fowler

Starring Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter 


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Bad Boys For Life ★★★★☆

After almost 20 years, we have the next chapter on the Bad Boys saga………is it just a cheap cash in, or do Smith & Lawrence still have that magic? Here’s our review!

Directed by Bilall Fallah & Adil El Arbi

Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens & Joe Pantoliano


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Jojo Rabbit ★★★★★

Following the resounding success of Thor Ragnarok, Taika Waititi returns with a surprisingly emotional yet satirical adventure of Jojo Rabbit , a young German growing up in Nazi Germany. Who discovers a dark secret within his home leading to a test of his loyalty to his family and country, with a little bit of help from an imaginary friend……. A worthy winner of an Oscar!

Directed by Taika Waititi (and starring!)

Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie & Sam Rockwell


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Ready or Not ★★★★☆

What starts off as a simple family initiation ceremony with the in laws………..soon turns out to be a bit more sinister than your usual game of Monopoly. With an all star cast and plenty of dark humour to spare, it’s a nice Halloween treat! That ending though………

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett

Starring Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell


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Stuber ★★★★☆

It’s a clash of two worlds as everyday man Stu, picks up the wrong customer in his Uber. A rugged vengeful cop drags our reluctant hero into a crime fuelled escapade. It’s good honest fun!

Directed by Michael Dowse

Starring Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Natalie Morales, Iko Uwais


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MIB:International ★★☆☆☆

The Summer of Meh continues with another average remake. The latest in line is the latest chapter of the Men in Black franchise, can Hemsworth & Thompson recapture the chemistry from Thor Ragnarok?

Directed by F Gary Gray

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson


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Review / Slenderman ★☆☆☆☆

Joey King

Seeing as it’s Halloween, it’s only appropriate to look back upon one of the slew of horror movies that have come out this year, but one in particular stood out, and it was so shambolic, it’s pretty much nailed on for one of the worst films of 2018!

Slenderman was all over the internet 4-5 years ago, the myth, the memes, the buzz, about our suited up stalker in the wood was at its peak, and of course there would be a movie cash in for it.  It’s now 2018, and the chance to capitalize on this trend has long gone, and unfortunately, it’s a horrendous effort that really should have been buried away in the archive room.

A group of teenage girls decide to summon our friend from the occult after hearing the rumors going around school. After one of the group suddenly goes missing, the friends realize maybe it wasn’t a prank after all.

The main issue with Slenderman was that it was coming off the Slenderman murder case which took place in the States back in 2014. With the film being released as that case was coming to a close, meant the studio was in an awkward situation.  What ended up happening is that vast chucks of the movie were removed. The trailers for this film are far more sinister and dark, compared to the toned down mess they ended up releasing, with key scenes missing, the film simply jumps all over the place, and they don’t even bother filming even the smallest of scenes to explain the jumps. You can see in the video below just how much of the film is removed.

Our main protagonist, Hallie, is totally unlikable, even while her friends start to go missing, she is far more interested in hooking up with her crush and making sure she looks cool.  Wren, her best mate, who ends up being driven mad, does her best to at least solve things at least, but Hallie, just yells at her to move on, ignorant to the ominous threat that her close friends are suddenly dying. While another character shows signs of being stalked/possessed, and everything builds up to a particular scene at school, but nope, nothing happens, and you never see her again. From the trailers you can see there was supposed to be a moment of dread here, but its cut, and the character is never addressed again! The scares are awfully weak too, if your neighbor was checking to see if you are safe, why would they be moving around the house in a creepy murderer like fashion? For drama?

It seems like the studio only had permission to film in the woods nearby, so the film spends a large chuck in the forest. School, forest, home, forest, school, forest. It’s almost comical how often they always end up back in the woods for some other reason. Slenderman himself is ok, but once he reveals himself totally, he loses all sense of dread, and is a CGI mess by the end.. He is far more sinister as a character when he is hovering in the background, looming. The movie also thinks showing clips of the clouds in the woods is scary, and constantly uses it as a transition between scenes!

All in all, there really isn’t anything good to say about this movie, but it’s worth a watch if you really want a scare on Halloween!!

Game Night’s A Winner

Starring Patrick Bateman & Rachel McAdams, as a super competitive, game loving couple, their weekly game nights with their friends takes a turn for the worst. What was meant to start off as a murder mystery night, soon becomes entangled with smuggling, law enforcement and organised crime!

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What on paper, looks like a pretty generic comedy, turns out to be a witty & amusing ride. We have our leading couple,  Max (Bateman) & Annie (McAdams), who regularly host a weekly game night with fellow couples. you have the typical childhood sweethearts couple, Kevin & Michelle, played wonderfully by Lamorne Morris & Kylie Bunbury).  They are also joined by Ryan (Billy Magnussen), a young and charming chap, though he may not be the brightest, his the one who brings a different date every week. Following the visit of Max’s brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), whom Max feels overshadowed by, from his successful career to his lavish lifestyle. His brother decides to step things up one night, and instead of the usual board games, ups the anti to a murder mystery night. Though it’s not before long, that things end up taking a more sinister turn!

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Game Night by far surpasses any expectation you may have coming into it. All the characters play off excellently off their partner. Bateman and McAdams both have such enthusiasm in their roles,  you warm to them right away, their interactions are hilarious, especially during their impromptu backstreet surgery! Ryan’s date for the night, is not one of his usual Instagram addicted models,  but the rather well educated, and well spoken Sarah. Their polar personality clash works perfectly here.  There is also one hilarious ongoing joke that runs throughout,  between Kevin & Michelle, and a certain famous movie star.  Jess Plemons as the creepy recently divorced neighbor Gary is an absolute scene sealer whenever he appears, he by far brings the most laughs to this flick. There’s also appearances from Micheal C. Hall and Chelsea Peretti adding to the fun.

A quick shout out to the cinematography, which is surprisingly sharp for a routine comedy film.  The director makes fantastic use of tilt shift, to make the drop down shots look like pieces on a board game, and the car chases also include some pretty nifty camera work!

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While the humour is pretty much on point, the story line at times does feel for more convoluted than it really should have been. It’s OK to have one or two twists, but any more, and it starts to all look for more messy than it really should. The story would have worked perfectly fine if there was just one huge revelation, rather than the constant double bluffs. Once there are several layers to the plot, the obvious plot holes start to reveal themselves.  The film also suffers from showing pretty much all of its best jokes in the trailer. Fortunately, I never had a chance to see this trailer, so enjoyed all the jokes first time, but if I had, it probably would take away a lot of the effect.  I can understand trailers trying to sell a movie they may think is a risk, but certainly they could have cut some of the better lines and scenes out the teasers.

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Game Night is a perfect mix of comedy, wit and cringe, and works pretty much is a similar format to The Hangover, group of mates trying to figure out whats happening, with the involvement of criminals! The story-line may have become slightly entangled by the finale, but it has enough to keep you laughing throughout (Cyberdyne reference!) and is a great way to spend a night out!

 

 

 

 

 

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