Toy Story 4 – Review

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4 STARS

Director: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Ally Maki, Keanu Reeves, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Madeleine McGraw

It seems that no matter your age, the Toy Story franchise has probably factored into your life in one way or another. Whether you were the parent of a child who saw the first movie back in 1995, you were the child yourself at that time or been one or the other at the time 2 or 3 were released, chances are it’s been in your life somehow. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t at least know of these movies and its famous characters. The end of each movie left little ideas that signalled potential sequels, but they also rounded stories off quite nicely so that there wouldn’t necessarily need to be any further movies. On that note, was there really any need for a fourth instalment? Does it even measure up to previous movies (particularly the first)? Is there any real potential for a fifth? Do we WANT a fifth??

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Spider-Man: Far from Home – Review

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4 STARS

Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori, Remy Hii, Cobie Smulders, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove

WARNING: Minimal spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame below. If you’ve not seen these movies yet, do so before continuing (if you’re bothered).

As the trailer for Spider-Man: Far from Home was released pre-Avengers: Endgame, it quickly became apparent that Peter Parker was going to survive the “blip”, the name given to Thanos’ “snap” that obliterated half of all life in the universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Now that the dust has more or less settled back into original form, FFH is the next and final stop of Phase 3, thus ending this chapter of the MCU, a.k.a the “Infinity Saga”. Is this movie a good end to this particular era? Was Spider-Man really the best guy for the job here? Could we have used a fresher face?

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Midsommar – Review

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4 STARS

Director: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter

It’s probably safe to say that it takes a lot to shock anyone when it comes to movies these days. High levels of gore and violence, explicit nude scenes, language that would once have had your gran threatening to wash mouths out with soap and much more is now rather par for the course. Thanks to the (arguably) visionary works of many filmmakers, we’re perhaps in danger of becoming numb to seeing and hearing things that we’d normally consider out of the ordinary in everyday life. Ari Aster is one such filmmaker, moving swiftly on from Hereditary to give his audience something that isn’t too far removed from his 2018 critical and commercial, if opinion-dividing, hit. Could Midsommar go the same way, or is it just too “out there”, even for a twenty-first century audience? And would it be such a bad thing if it were?

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Brightburn – Review

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4 STARS

Director: David Yarovesky
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Meredith Hagner, Matt Jones, Gregory Alan Williams, Emmie Hunter, Becky Wahlstrom

We’re currently in something of a Golden Age of superhero movies, with Marvel generally ruling the roost, DC in a not-so-close second, and all others bringing up the rear. More often that not, the superheroes win the day, albeit often suffering casualties and losses along the way. But what if someone whose destiny as a superhero didn’t play out in such a heroic way? This is the question asked through Brightburn, an alternative take on an origin story that closely resembles Superman’s. With plenty of input from comic book movie adaptation specialists™, the Gunn clan (written by Brian and Mark and produced by Brian, Mark and James), this movie was certainly in good hands, but does it deliver in the way the trailer promises: dark and somewhat foreboding, or is it not really a movie the world needs right now?

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What’s On – July 2019

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Although not quite so jam-packed with potential blockbusters, July is shaping up to be a huge month for releases overall, and certainly with something for everyone. From fiction to non-fiction, drama to action, comedy to romance and documentary to foreign language, virtually every cinematic taste has been catered for. If you find the weather getting too hot, or you’re just not the sunshine type, there ought to be plenty to keep you occupied and cool (providing your cinema has air conditioning) this summer.

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