War for the Planet of the Apes

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Our favourite intelligent and genetically enhanced apes are back. After two films, you would think by now apes and humans would put their differences aside and hug it out but the war between the two species still continues.

In the third instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot series, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a confrontation with an army of humans led by a merciless colonel (Woody Harrelson) over the control of Earth.

Top notch performances from the cast. Andy Serkis stands out as the leader of the ape tribe, delivering a character driven performance. A strong supporting cast featuring a solid performance from Woody Harrelson as the film’s villain.

Director Matt Reeves presents an awesome follow up to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves’ direction is superb, guiding remarkable performances from his motion-captured ape cast along with the human cast. The production design, cinematography and editing are terrific.  Fantastic action, great story and impressive special effects make War for the Planet of the Apes a worthy successor.

An entertaining blockbuster where you can go apes, War for the Planet of the Apes is one of the best sequels made. Better than the first two films with more action and tension between Apes and Humans. This latest instalment of the franchise won’t disappoint fans.

Rating: 4/5

The Big Sick

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Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick follows an interracial couple Kumail (as himself) and Emily (Zoe Kazan) dealing  with their cultural differences. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano)

A funny, heartfelt and pleasant cross-cultural film. The Big Sick is a rom-com audiences will find appealing.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Atomic Blonde

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Based on the graphic novel The Coldest City. MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. She teams up with Berlin station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through a deadly game of spies.

Atomic Blonde is pretty entertaining and action packed. Theron is explosive as the film’s lead and works well with McAvoy. The only negative is the sex scenes are too graphic.

Impressive action and a cool soundtrack, Atomic Blonde is worth a look.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Paris Can Wait

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Anne (Diane Lane), wife of a successful movie producer (Alec Baldwin) takes a car trip from the south of France to Paris with one of her husband’s associates (Arnaud Viard).

Paris Can Wait sounds like a pleasant road movie on paper but it doesn’t translate well on screen. Though Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard give likable performances and cinematography by Crystal Fournier is exquisite, it’s not enough to save the film. Writer and director Eleanor Coppola lacks character and story development. It feels cliched Lane travelling to Paris with charming and food obsessed Frenchman Viard  and practically eating throughout the film which makes it boring.

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

Dunkirk

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Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Dunkirk features an excellent ensemble cast starring Tom Hardy, James D’Arcy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Fionn Whitehead. Each actor shines in their role and gives riveting performances.

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Momento, The Dark Knight films) directs a cinematic masterpiece. As the film’s writer,  Nolan brilliantly tells an interwoven non-linear narrative through three perspectives —the land, sea, and air. With minimal dialog, the film’s action and suspense tells the story, allowing the audience to experience the journey of each character and be emotionally invested.

The film’s visual style is finely detailed. The cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema is stunning. Lee Smith’s editing outstanding along with the music score by Hans Zimmer. The production design and costumes are superb.

A powerful film by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk is a must see.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The Beguiled (2017)

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Hollywood is out it again remaking another classic film. The latest is the 1971 film The Beguiled which starred Clint Eastwood. Rare to get a remake right, this new version stars Colin Farrell works out well under the direction Sofia Coppola.

During the civil war, wounded soldier John McBurney (Colin Farrell) is taken in by a Southern girls’ boarding school. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, all the women and girls in the school are immediately fascinated by the handsome man leading to jealousy and betrayal.

The Beguiled features an outstanding ensemble cast from Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. Kidman gives a standout performance as the school’s headmistress Miss Farnsworth. She has a strong presence bringing strength and grace to the role, nurturing her students like her own daughters and nursing Farrell’s character back to health.

Farrell is perfectly cast as the male lead. Mesmerising to watch, he brings the charms of an Irishman females can’t resist. The supporting cast is solid with Dunst in tow.

Finely crafted picture by director Sofia Coppola (‘Lost in Translation’, ‘The Virgin Suicides’) audiences will find alluring. The narrative starts off slow then leads to a spellbinding film in its 94-minute run. Coppola’s direction is flawless, managing magnificent performances from her cast along with tremendous cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd and beautiful and lavish production design by Anne Ross.

A sensational melodrama with excellent direction and great performances, The Beguiled is a film worth watching. Check it out.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Baby Driver

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The film follows Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver who ditches his shady lifestyle and makes a clean break. He meets the woman (Lily James) of his dreams but gets Forced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom.

Baby Driver is a surprisingly entertaining. The cast is awesome. An original film that’s stylish, fast-paced action with humour and cool soundtrack.  Worth a look.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars