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9th June
2017
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Present day, an ancient Egyptian princess erased from history, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), is awakened from her tomb/prison buried deep within the deserts of the war torn Middle East; smack dab in the center of the chaos is soldier and relic thief Nick Morton (Tom Cruise). Cursed with evil Nick and colleague Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) do their best to set things straight, but it will take the assistance of some rather strange individuals, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Russell Crowe) to make the final steps possible. Can the princess be stopped and at what cost? Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy represents Universal Pictures’ latest attempt at a franchise launch, Dark Universe, a throwback to fictional horror/monster figures of literary and cinematic history. But, oddly paced and emotionally challenged, this kickoff comes at time when theatre goers are still buzzing from last week’s Wonder Woman, tough luck and stiff competition. With a narrative driven by what feels like a pre-teen’s monster fantasy, and cinematic shortcuts this monster movie brings a few chuckles but also a handful of eye rolls with lack of imagination at the center. Still, for Universal, everything is not yet lost, perhaps there will be more redeemable as the franchise builds, more of a rental but passable as a matinee, the Mummy is rated PG-13.

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9th June
2017
written by Adam

Hidden deep within the woods, one man, Paul (Joel Egerton) along with his wife and son (Carmen Ejogo and Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are staying alive as a strange and unknown threat destroys humanity. But, what terrors may disturb this family’s peace when an even younger family discovers their refuge? Written and Directed by Trey Edward Shults, this new breed of “horror” seems less about monsters and more about inner demons and humanity’s struggle for morality in the face of intense strain; a sense one could say is horrific but not necessarily traditional horror and perhaps more based in the suspense thriller genres. Solid acting all round gives notable performances to the entire ensemble, and well paced tension, sound design, and shot composition keeps the film interesting up to its vivid completion. Clocking in at 91 minutes of runtime, welcomes are not overstayed, although equally enjoyable on the small screen this gem is best considered a rental. It Comes at Night is rated R.

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2nd June
2017
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Diana (Gal Gadot), Princess of the Amazons, trained in combat and possessing powers greater than she understands, finds herself drawn into the war to end all wars when pilot and British Spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes into her world. With a calling to help humanity Diana sets out to save the world from the corrupting powers of Ares, son of Zeus and god of war; but is she too late, and what of the chemical weapons being brewed by General Ludendorff (Danny Huston) and henchwoman Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya)? Directed by Patty Jenkins and Written by Allan Heinberg, this story of origin does faithful justice to bring one of DC’s tentpole characters to life in an unrelenting show of integrity, brawn, grace under pressure, and compassion– a much appreciated shot of relief in the arm of the DC universe. Gadot’s on screen presence is commanding, retaining the viewer’s attention from start to finish even when attention’s otherwise wain. Cinematically interesting and composed, audience’s are in for a fictional historical treat with careful attention to detail. And, while the ultimate showdown and set piece doesn’t entirely break the mold for superhero closeouts leaving audiences with a mildly melodramatic sentiment and message about love, the overall impact is still a solid one two punch and kick to leave audiences hungry for more! Wonder Woman is rated PG-13.

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