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20th July
2018
written by Adam

Former CIA operative Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) leads a life of seclusion with no trace of his violent past; but, as any man with a heart of gold, uses his talents as a killer to right the wrongs of the less fortunate or those in need of help. In this case, when McCall’s former boss and only friend, Susan (Melissa Leo), is killed during an investigation abroad, it’s time for the equalizer to do his thing, Spec. Ops killers around the world don’t stand a chance.Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk and Michael Sloan this amalgamation of Washington’s greatest hits doesn’t maintain an entirely even pace throughout, long lulls are met with fury. But, there’s something to be said about that fury, when it’s action time, the artful eye of Fuqua stages some brilliantly violent and satisfying action sequences; meanwhile, sharp cinematography works effortlessly to draw the viewer in deeper without distracting from itself. A bit preachy/father bearing at times with its message, one begins to recount dialogue from Fences (2016) for comparison, this is hardly a sin, but rather, Washington doing what he’s developed a knack for, delivering a message with meaning in a way you won’t easily forget. Fans of action you’ve got a pick for the week, even though it’s typical in every other way, for the rest, consider this a strong candidate for rental later. The Equalizer 2 is rated R.

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20th July
2018
written by Adam

Following in the footsteps of her deceased mother Donna (Lily James, Meryl Streep), Young Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns about her mother’s history, the fire behind her personality, and the men who would become her fathers. Directed by Ol Parker and written by Ol Parker and Richard Curtis this cinematic musical number stringing together a number of hits from Sweden’s ABBA, the powerhouse dance phenom of the 70’s and 80’s. Playing as a sequel to 2008’s Mama Mia, the film delves a bit deeper in the band’s catalog to pick out a handful of tunes to drive the plot forward; sadly, the large majority of the numbers chosen to drive the first act aren’t particularly memorable, but, further down the rabbit hole we go and the infectious fun of ABBA’s music cannot be resisted, by acts two and three we’ve got a rip roaring time on our hands. Simple but well thought out choreography, cinematography and overall blocking complete the picture making the end result worthy of a handful of chuckles, a number of smiles as well as a sexually positive and empowering female message. Still, perhaps more of rental when the weather turns cold and you need some color in your life, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again is rated PG-13.

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6th July
2018
written by Adam

Balancing home life and the life of a super hero, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) finds himself torn between needs, wants, and demands as Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne and Hope Van Dyne (Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Evangeline Lilly) come calling. Meanwhile the work of a dark character known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) stirs the pot further, now dropping to the sub-atomic level gains even more importance. Finding balance between big and small, this could take some work. Directed by Peyton Reed and Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari the entertainment demands for the sophomore dance of the lesser known comic hero are set sufficiently high, and, in light of recent events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (think Thanos’s hand of fate), the desire for levity is and was certainly necessary, proud to report, success. Sure, there are gimmicky tricks of shrinking and growing using “science,” but it’s still fun, the entertainment factor is still there, and the overall story is still successful in taking the viewer on a summertime popcorn chomper ride. Meanwhile, humor beats hit on a regular basis to provide the necessary chuckles to keep the ball rolling; and, the chemistry of the ensemble add extra glue to keep this picture together. Fun! Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13.

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