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5th April
2019
written by Adam

Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two children relocate from the hustle and bustle of Boston to rural Maine. At peace for just a moment, the family’s new home and property begins to sour with the discovery of a strange burial ground located in the woods nearby. Meanwhile, friendly neighbor, Jud (John Lithgow), offers his assistance in welcoming the new family, but also offers a warning, sometimes dead is better.Based on Stephen King’s Novel with screenplay by Matt Greenburg and directed by Kevin K├Âlsch and Dennis Widmyer, this retelling of a now classic tale brings a thorough haunt with effective terrors and startles of a rural dark ride. Aptly handled by the ensemble, the delve into King’s psychological terror induces the audience quickly, even with telegraphed punches in clear sight. And note for fans of 1989’s Pet Sematary, yes, sufficient modifications are made to obscure and a keep the creep factor high enough for a fresh return, and somehow, perhaps also a little closer to the spirit of the original text? Prepare to get uncomfortable in your seat, the evil is back to stay. Pet Sematary is rated R.

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5th April
2019
written by Adam

Runaway foster child Billy Batson (Asher Angel) appears to be the least likely candidate to inherit the traits of the Great Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), but, desperate times call for desperate measures; and, when the seven deadly sins escape back to earth through a man possessed (Mark Strong), Billy’s number is up. Presto chango, in the blink of an eye Billy becomes Shazam (Zachary Levi), a fully grown man in the best version of himself he can be; unfortunately, his mind has yet to catch up. Awkward teenage years in the body of a superhero, explaining this to the foster home should be interesting, but first, stopping the evils of the seven deadly sins before the downfall of man, simple stuff…yeah right. Written by Henry Gayden and Directed by David Sandberg, this quirky and off beat launch sits in an odd place in the halls of cinematic graphic novels, combining one part Tom Hank’s Big, with two parts DC comic lore and a dash of Roman mythology, baking up into a strangely layered cake unable to stick the landing on the laughter dismount mat; and, overstaying its welcome by quite a bit, runtime is two hours and twelve minutes. With tighter editing we could easily lose 15 minutes and be no worse for the wear. Regardless, the goof factor runs high and despite the tonal challenges otherwise, the general consensus is “it’s fun.” At least DC can laugh at themselves? Perhaps a matinee or rental later, Shazam! is rated PG-13.

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29th March
2019
written by Adam

Facing a financial crunch the Medici Family Circus has fallen on hard times, so, in an effort to bring in the crowds Ringmaster Max Medici (Danny DeVito) invests in a pregnant Jumbo Elephant. Before long it’s baby elephant time, trouble is, this baby has ginormous ears; the silver lining, these same ears make it possible for him to fly. Now the star of the show, the amazing flying baby elephant is sought out by the shifty purveyor of entertainment, V.A. Vandervere (Michael Keaton). With a promise of fame and fortune the Medici circus joins up with Vandervere at his amusement park known as Dreamland; but, before long the thin veneer wears off and not everything is as it seems. It will take the circus as a whole to set themselves free from Vandervere’s scheming ways. Directed by Tim Burton and Written by Ehren Kruger based on Helen Aberson’s novel, this Disney classic tale brings out the heavy hitters to make the magic real in this surprisingly emotional David and Goliath tale. Adding Danny Elfman in on the film’s score plus the endearing ensemble including Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, and Eva Green, the recipe is complete for a spectacle of grandiose proportions. Richly polished CGI goes on to add stunning realism to the computer generated elephant and surroundings. All round, it’s a delightful winner for the weekend, even for those already familiar with the story. Dumbo is rated PG.

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