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20th August
2021
written by Adam

Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), is a private investigator of the future trained in the art and science of recalling memories for his clients. But, when the alluring and mysterious, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson), enters his world, Nick’s personal apple cart is overturned leading to an unhealthy obsession. In search of lost love and resolved dissonance, where memory takes us, can be a dark but also wonderful place. Written and Directed by Lisa Joy, one of the creative minds behind HBO’s Westworld, it should come as no surprise that much of the cast and crew of Reminiscence comes directly from the same wellspring, but lets put fears of that redundancy to rest, even though much of the DNA between the two projects is shared, the two aptly and nicely stand in their respective sci-fi corners. That being said, the influences and echos of countless other sci-fi brain exploration flicks do come to mind, which on the larger scale still makes Reminiscence rather reminiscent of many other works and therefor not entirely the freshest idea out of the box. However, on the level it stands, points can be awarded to the leads Jackman, Ferguson along with Thandiwe Newton for holding their own and with Westworld regulars Howard Cummings on Production Design, Paul Cameron on Cinematography, and Ramin Djawadi on Music the recipe is strong enough to make for an enjoyable watch as a matinee or perhaps in the home theatre as the release is also concurrently available on HBO. Reminiscence runs just shy of two hours and is rated PG-13.

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13th August
2021
written by Adam

Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a background character living a nondescript ordinary life as a bank teller in an open-world video game, until Millie (Jodie Comer), a gamer and programmer with an agenda of her own walks into his life. Awoken with a new raison d’etre, Guy’s purpose begins to change, shifting the game’s entire dynamic, much to the chagrin of owner and developer Antoine (Taika Waititi). Will Guy’s desire for freewill overpower Antoine’s desire for bigger revenues, the game is afoot!Free Guy PosterDirected by Shawn Levy and Written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn this August release of a popcorn chomper arrives as advertised, big, bold, and loud, but lacking hefty substance. Heavy hands on the CGI and distinctly duller scripting cripples what could have been a pithy and acerbic display of what Reynolds does best, but instead leaves this light PG-13 rated flick feeling particularly flat. Meanwhile, this extension of the Truman Show and Ready Player One offers little to the imagination despite the comedic power the cast is packing, whiz bang ho hum. Next!

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12th August
2021
written by Adam

Soft Rebooting the franchise of supervillains steered to do good as undercover Task Force X, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), and a host of others are dropped on the remote island of Corto Maltese to destroy a strange weapon of unknown origin. But, who will walk away? Suicide Squad Poster Written and Directed by James Gunn, this capital R rated romp splatters, splays, slices and slays in all directions, yet, somehow manages to walk the line of comedy and bad taste artfully and gloriously to its pirouette ending. Meanwhile extra points for artistry, creativity, and cinematic impact, Gunn has a winner on his hands, even with a half baked baddie, this cathartic bloodletting of tension is just what the doctor ordered. Running two hours and twelve minutes and obviously rated R….for a reason, this is The Suicide Squad.

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