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Men

20th May
2022
written by Adam

Following the death of her ex-husband (Paapa Essiedu), a young woman, Harper (Jessie Buckley), heads to the English countryside to settle her mind and relax. But, peace and relaxation are quite possibly the last thing she’ll receive as the process of birth, life, death and regeneration is embodied in this quaint village. Finding solace will take some deep self work.Written and Directed by Alex Garland brace yourself for rich religious overtones, exploring principles of the circle of life from the Norse and Judeo-Christian backgrounds. Unsettling, disturbing, and all together wonderful at the same time, this cinematic journey mixes just the right dashes of horror and suspense to successfully spin the audience and reflect on the evolution of men, or lack thereof. This is a mood piece and not for the faint of heart, but, worth the attempt to digest. Running one hour and 40 minutes, Men is rated R.

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6th May
2022
written by Adam

When Dr. Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) finds himself caught up with a young girl (Xochitl Gomez) from his dreams, theories and mysteries of the Multiverse start to expand and reveal themselves. Deciphering what’s coming his way will require help from not only from his own universe but from the multiverse as well– A mind bending journey that will require the lightest and darkest of magic to survive, keeping one’s sanity and purity may not be possible.Written By Michael Waldron and Directed by Sam Raimi, this dark turn into the Marvel world runs like a Coney Island rollercoaster with the brake lines cut. Which is to say, it’s almost total chaos with just the hint or suggestion of control to arrive the viewer through a spectacle that can only be described as Raimi vision, and, it’s a blast. Smattered with signature cinematography and creative guts, Raimi has been granted a lot of license to create a film that accurately blends the worlds of Horror, Fantasy, and Comic book schtick into a messy but cohesive picture. All points of the ensemble sit nicely in picture including Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. And, score from Danny Elfman puts the finer point on things to polish this ride into its frenzied peak and release. Worth seeing on the big screen, this compact by today’s standards (2 hours and 6 minutes of runtime) moves at a swift clip from start to finish. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rated PG-13.

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22nd April
2022
written by Adam

Nicholas Cage (self), is an actor in Hollywood well known for his work ethic and inability to say “no” to a role. But, when living the semi-rock-n-roll lifestyle catches up with him and the check comes due, Nicholas is forced to take an “appearance” gig at a remote estate in Spain belonging to Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal), super fan and mafia kingpin. When Nicholas shows up in Spain, the C.I.A. take notice. Before long it’s noises off, and Cage will have to act his way out of the situation to see another day and save his family; an unbearable weight for a massive talent, will this be the role of a lifetime or his last role?Written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, and Directed by Gormican this tour de force celebrating the entire catalog of Nicholas Cage, pokes unique fun at the artist raising question to the Venn Diagram of Nicholas Cage, where does the man finish and the portrayal begin? It’s hard to say. But with certainty one can say there are plenty of well placed yuks and easter eggs for fans of Cage and his body of work. And, while the gambit style plotline is easily predicted, the witnessing of art imitating life imitating art is still a fun gag none the less. Looking for deeper meaning and rich subtext, look elsewhere. With a runtime of an hour and forty seven minutes, welcomes are not overstayed and this simple escapism achieves its goal, no harm done. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is rated R.

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