Movie Reviews

3rd May
written by Adam

Reporter Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a writer with a cause and a conscience, quits his job when the newspaper he writes for sells out to Parker Wembley (Andy Serkis). Oddly enough, out on the town and trying to up his spirits Fred runs into his old babysitter, the strong and savvy Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron). As luck would have it, Charlotte is eyeballing a run for the presidency in 2020 and in need of a speech writer, knowing Fred’s off beat writing style, maybe he’s the right guy for the job? Add a dash of ugly duckling romance and you’ve got a Long Shot! Directed by Jonathan Levine, and Written by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah this simple romantic comedy does little to challenge the norms of established pattens, but, laughs from many angles come quick, and, maintaining a street smart duck, duck, jab, and punch offense keeps the funny bone on high alert…That’s a good thing. Ultimately, it’s Rogen and Theron’s chemistry that sells the show, and through some innocent mystic beard power, the likability factor here is high. It’s pleasant enough, it’s endearing enough, I just wish is was about twenty minutes shorter, with a runtime of 2 hours and 5 minutes, plenty could have met the editors blade and we’d be no worse for the wear. You win some and you don’t, perhaps a matinee for your dollar, Long Shot is rated R.

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26th April
written by Adam

Okay, so in a universe/world where Thanos (Josh Brolin), the ultimate baddie, has vanished 50% of all living things, the remaining Avengers must team together to attempt to restore order in the universe, trouble is, they may be too late, could this in fact be the end?Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and written by a small army of writers, this heartfelt love letter to the Marvel Universe ties up many loose ends and places tidy bows on multiple storylines to a satisfying conclusion…Kind of like attending a high school reunion, and, surprisingly emotional at a number of points, the Russo brothers take great care to pay respects across multiple franchises offering call backs and hat tips throughout the entire three hour runtime. Yes, you read that correctly, three hours, not exactly the film to play bladder busters with a thirsty two ouncer of your favorite carbonated beverage. Pro tip, start the film mildly dehydrated, a take just a few sips of water before “go time.” Solid delivery from the entire ensemble, you already know the drill, which is also to say, if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the heck out of this film, if you’re a newcomer, you’ve got some catching up to do, but note, this isn’t a film one can walk into cold and expect to “get” everything. Might I advise viewings of the first Iron Man, The Avengers, Captain America, and Avengers: Infinity War as the short list to get you primed? That said, go enjoy, it’s fun for fun’s sake! Avengers: Endgame is rated PG-13.

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19th April
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Documenting what appears to be a year in the life of Antarctic Penguins, this is the anthropomorphized story of Steve, voiced by Ed Helms, a penguin looking to live his #bestpenguinlife, find a girl, settle down, have some kids, and become “the man,” in a good way. But, life on the ice and in the sea isn’t easy and certainly not very forgiving, keeping his family together will take more grit he could ever imagine. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson with story by David Fowler this “documentary,” while not hard hitting certainly does manage to contain enough educational strength to inform even the hardest of critics. More impressive yet, the footage and commitment to capturing this waddle up close and personal provides for some absolutely stunning cinematography and truly awe inspiring moments. So, while not exactly “David Attenborough” in caliber for its cognitive qualities, the overall charm makes for a breezy 76 minute watch that kids of all ages will still enjoy. Penguins is rated G.

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