Movie Reviews

22nd February
2019
written by Adam

Straight outa Norwich U.K., the Bevis family including dad Ricky (Nick Frost), mom Julia (Lena Headey), brother Zak (Jack Lowden) and daughter Saraya (Florence Pugh) are a family that make their living putting on adrenaline filled semi-pro wrestling matches. Set on hitting the big time and making it to the WWE both Zak and Saraya bring it to the mat, but only Saraya will move on. With the WWE Saraya will transition to become the diva phenom known as Paige, but at what cost?

Written and Directed by Stephen Merchant and based the actual story of the Bevis family of Norwich, this endearing tale of thrills chills and spills brings hope and aims to lift up where Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008) casts a darker shadow. Told with spit, grit, and muscle, Merchant’s wit and direction keeps this merry cast of miscreants perfectly balanced on the brink between pile driver and scorpion death lock, that is to say the laughs come just as easily as the cringe and wince worthy moments. Well played from the top ropes, Fighting with My Family is rated PG-13.

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22nd February
2019
written by Adam

With years of co-existence between humans and dragons in the land of Burk a new threat moves to the forefront, the arrival of the tyrannical Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), a dragon slayer bent on killing all of the Night Furies in existence. Threatened, Chief Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) motions to move the dragons to the mythic and legendary Hidden World. On the move the Burkians will be at a disadvantage, will they ever find the hidden world, or will they lose their dragons once and for all?

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Directed by Dean DeBlois and written by DeBlois and Cressida Cowell this animated smorgasbord feast brings the crispest and most challenging textures to life in stunning beauty matched by an entertaining narrative, which, while not challenging in any regard still provides for a positive and empowering family friendly rollicking good time. And, with talented cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Kristen Wiig, the laughs and chuckles come easy enough. A family friendly matinee seems in order here, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is rated PG.

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15th February
2019
written by Adam

Many years from now a deactivated but still sentient female cyborg, Alita (Rosa Salazar), is reanimated by cyber surgeon Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz). Unable to recall her past, Alita will have to re-learn what it is to exist, survive, grow, love, and kill, all the while bounty hunters and the oppressors of society seek her out for their own gain.

Alita: Battle Angel

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, based on the graphic novel series by Yukito Kishiro, this imaginative tale of discovery is a strange assembly of superpowers in the cinema world. The well equipped and talented Rodriguez clearly appears to be a strong choice to capture the cinematic scope and action required to do justice to the script, and, James Cameron is clearly a great choice to include on the production team for his cinematic and technical pioneering vision and prowess. So what’s the catch? What’s strange or amiss? Sadly, it’s the dialogue throughout that consistently fails with groan worthy, lackluster, and half baked originality. For all the glitz and all the glamour, the actual words behind the movement fall flat and uninspired. Those looking for inspiring dogma best look elsewhere, but, for those looking for amazing visuals, stop, and look no further. Additionally, credits to the ensemble all round should be well received for doing their best with the pulp served up to work with. Perhaps, if we see a continuation of this world we’ll be able to retain the production brains overall, but install a different writing component to the mix. Worthy as a matinee for the cinematic spectacle, Alita: Battle Angel is rated PG-13.

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