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21st June
written by Adam

It’s been many years since Woody (Tom Hanks) and the rest of the toys were passed from Andy to a new owner, Bonnie (Madeline McGraw), and, with Bonnie headed off to school soon, there’s a growing sense of uneasiness with the gang. Adding to their chagrin, the introduction of Bonnie’s newest toy “Forky” (Tony Hale) signals a clear turning of the tides. Relevancy, love, mid-life crisis and keeping up with progress are just some of the challenges the toys will face, ultimately, big decisions will have to be made. Written by a team of masterful writers and Directed by Josh Cooley, Pixar continues it’s reign in emotionally intelligent, thoughtful, and hilarious storytelling, layering honest and real human ethos and pathos into lovable, relatable toys– each lead challenged with good and bad choices but ultimately a decision that must transcend their current position altogether, smart. Furthermore, the entire cast meets and beats expectations matching sentimentality with fantastic new characters and delivery to boot. And, if that isn’t enough, advances in technology have made for even more impressive animation textures and visual bang in this latest installment. Serving well as a fantastic pause point or final chapter, Toy Story 4 is on track to become a fast favorite in the franchise. Rated G.

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24th May
written by Adam

A chance encounter between thief of the streets Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and the princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) leads to an unlikely romance separated by Sultan law and Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) the City of Agraba’s second in command. If only there was a way to bend the rules, be given power beyond human comprehension, perhaps a little magic? Enter, the Genie in the lamp (Will Smith). With Aladdin’s discovery of the magic Genie there may actually be hope of a continued engagement, unless temptations of greed take over instead. It’s all fun and games until someone goes powermad, how will it ever shake out? Written by John August and Written/Directed by semi unlikely candidate Guy Ritchie, this live action remake of the 1992 Disney classic oddly enough carries forward enough of the original spirit infused with more modern hip hop sensibilities to make for a surprisingly enchanting watch. Specifically Smith embodying the creative genius of some of Robin Williams’s most beloved improv and comedic dialogue with his own Fresh Prince sensibilities feels pleasantly at home and honorable to the legacy. Meanwhile, the triple threat powers of Massoud and Scott are not lost with musical numbers just as catchy as they were 27 years ago; the overall chemical mix between the two sizzles nicely. On directing, Ritchie certainly has his arms and influence noticeable throughout, editing comes to mind in several sequences ramping and warping speed to a slight distraction, still, it’s all about fun and Aladdin delivers in healthy scoops. Aladdin is rated PG.

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17th May
written by Adam

Excommunicado from the High Table, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) finds himself in a race against death with a 14 million dollar bounty on his head. Meanwhile, the High Table has launched an investigation of their own into the shady dealings at the Continental Hotel leaving Winston (Ian McShane) and Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) exposed and soon to be replaced. It’ll be an all out bloodbath as wrongs are righted and for John Wick to return to the good graces of the High Table, if that’s even possible. Directed by Chad Stahelski and Written by Derek Solstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, this latest installment continues the reign of blood much the way the previous two films have showered audiences with a hedonistic taste for ultra violence. And let’s face it, if you’ve followed along so far, you know the drill, amped up waves of aggression, pithy one liners, and kill shot after kill shot after skull splitting kill shot, all conveniently packaged into a two hour and ten minute window, which does feel a bit on the long side by the umpteenth shotgun blast to the head, but who’s counting? Well thought out scenarios, solid execution of fight choreography, and sharp cinematography keep this whirlwind of disaster right on track and we want to ride this pain train all the way to the bitter end of the line. A bit desensitizing when the wheels eventually screech to a halt, none the less, if this is your bag baby, run with it like it’s stolen. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is rated R…for obvious reasons.

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