Category Archives: Action

GEMINI MAN (2019): New trailer From Will Smith, MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong…

Gemini Man (2019), Clive Owen, Will Smith, Paramount Pictures
Gemini Man (2019), Clive Owen, Will Smith, Paramount Pictures

Starring Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong; Oscar winning director Ang Lee’s latest is an action / drama / sci-fi movie about an over-the-hill hitman who faces off against a younger clone version of himself.

I’m always intrigued by movies where one actor plays two characters who have to interact with one another. How convincingly will the execution of the creative challenge be? I definitely hope the answer is excellent.

As for the actual story line, I like the idea of facing off with a younger version of myself. Well, as long as it’s not a super-fit young me and a fifty plus year-old version of me. In fact, I think I’m more curious to find out how my opinions and attitudes willhave changed.

Douglas Hodge, Ralph Brown, Theodora Miranne, Linda Emond, Tim Connolly and David Shae also star.

Gemini Man Release Dates: October 4th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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SHADOW (2019): New Trailer From Director Yimou Zhang And Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng…

Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment
Shadow (2018), Well Go USA Entertainment

Yimou Zhang, celebrated director of Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004) has a new wuxia (martial heroes) action movie.

Starring Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng and set in a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king; the military commander has a secret weapon, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself…

The visuals in this trailer are impressive and the story has me curious. Yet, I must still confess that I’m probably most looking forward to the spectacle of the ‘bladed umbrella weapon.’ I’m ready.

Qianyuan Wang, Jingchun Wang, Jun Hu, Xiaotong Guan, Lei Wu and Bai Feng also star.

Shadow Release Dates : May 3rd, 2019 (US)…

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ANNA (2019): New Trailer From Luc Besson, Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy…

Anna (2019), Sasha Luss
Anna (2019), Sasha Luss

Anna is writer /director Luc Besson’s story of Anna Poliatova; a striking beauty with a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill. Skills to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

Key cast includes Sasha Luss, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans…

I wish that the weapon sound effects in this trailer didn’t sound quite so exaggerated. Especially for the moment at 1:10 when the neck slicing using two plate halves happens.

Regardless of my one gripe, this seems quite promising and I look forward to finding out how Anna compares to hit female assassin TV show Killing Eve (2018), Angelina Jolie’s Salt (2010) and Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017).

Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov, Nikita Pavlenko, Anna Krippa, Aleksey Maslodudov, Eric Godon, Ivan Franek and Adrian Canalso star.

Anna Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US)…

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STAR WARS – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019): NEW Trailer From Daisey Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Adam Driver…

Star Wars - The Rise Of The Skywalker (2019), Daisy Ridley
Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker (2019), Daisy Ridley

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o and Adam Driver, the trailer for Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker, the final chapter of the Star Wars saga is here.

Co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, other key cast includes Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Dominic Monaghan and Keri Russell…

Episode 9 may well be called ‘the final chapter’ but there’s without a doubt, many, many more Star wars movies to come.

A very cool trailer, of course. Also, that great jump by Ridley’s Rey really had me wanting to sign up for a gymnastics class. Granted it was a fleeting thought but for a second there, nothing was more true in my world.

Star Wars – The Rise Of Skywalker Release Dates: December 19th, 2019 (UK); December 20th, 2019, (US)…

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY (2019): New Trailer From Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Allison Janney…

The Addams Family (2019), MGM
The Addams Family (2019), MGM

Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz , Oscar Isaac and Allison Janney are the stars of the remake of the story of a peculiar, ghoulish family, Addams Family .

Directed by  Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, the story is based on the much loved characters created by Charles Addams…

I’m definitely not mad that this remake exists. However, I can’t help but feel disappointed because this is animated rather than a live action version. I’d just have loved seeing the real Charlize Theron dressed up as Morticia Addams. I’d simply have absolutely loved it!

Seeing the strangeness of the Addams family has reminded me of the almost equally strange main family in the Hotel Transylvania movies.

Nick Kroll, Aimee Garcia, Finn Wolfhard, Scott Underwood, Bette Midler and Elsie Fisher also star.

The Addams Family Release Dates: October 11th, 2019 (US); October 25th, 2019 (UK)…

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STUBER (2019): Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, KAREN GILLAN, Iko Uwais…

Stuber (2019), Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, 20th Century Fox

Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Karen Gillian and Iko Uwais are the stars of new action / comedyStuber.

Directed by Michael Dowse, Bautista plays a detective who recruits his Uber driver (Nanjiani) into an unexpected night of adventure…

The pairing of Bautista and Nanjiani looks like a great idea with very entertaining results. Just the previous day I mentioned having not seen Bautista in many roles where he’s the lead. And now we have two in a row. I’m definitely not in any way complaining.

Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Mira Sorvino, Jimmy Tatro, Joshua Mikel, Scott Lawrence and Christine Horn also star.

Stuber Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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CREED II (2018): The Things I Liked…

Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan, MGM
Creed II (2018), Michael B. Jordan, MGM

Creed II is a movie I watched because I was told it’s worthwhile. It certainly would have been a better experience overall if I were a serious a boxing fan. If like myself you’re just a fan of good movies, that’s enough because thanks to the story, dramatic performances and that rather great fight sequence near the end, I had a good time with director Steven Caple Jr.’s film.

Centred around what is arguably the most important fight of Adonis Creed’s life, I enjoyed the emotional journey and overarching tension as Creed grows into the man and the mindset required to get to where he needs to be. I also liked the rather moving moments in and outside of the boxing ring. From the time Creed learns of his opponent, to the required balancing act where his family life is concerned and the intense training in the desert which culminates in the all important biggest fight of his life.

Regarding the question of whether Creed II is better than Creed, the good news is that they’re both good. As such, definitely watch it if you’re into boxing. For everyone else, it’s beautifully shot, particularly the training and fight scenes. Lastly, you’ll be moved and the cast is great.

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AQUAMAN (2018): The Things I Liked…

Aquaman (2018), Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. Pictures
Aquaman (2018), Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. Pictures

In director James Wan’s latest, Jason Momoa is Aurthur, a.k.a Aquaman, a man who reluctantly begins a journey to take his rightful place as heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and become a hero to the world.

Considering how DC Comics’ recent films have turned out, Wonder Woman (2017) being an exception; as much as I enjoyed the Aquaman trailer, I made sure to not get too excited.

Having now seen it, even though Aquaman is not my favourite super hero movie, there is definitely some fun to be had by watching. For example, I found Momoa quite delightful, thanks to his aesthetic, physicality and charisma. If I had to choose though, it’s definitely the underwater special effects in Aquaman that I loved most. From the toothy flesh eating creatures to the beautifully lit colours of the deep, I couldn’t help but be reminded to look forward to the upcoming C.G.I-rich Avatar movies… whenever director James Cameron is ready.

Other key highlights in Aquaman include the action sequences in Sicily, Willem Dafoe’s performance and Nicole Kidman’s rather convincing fight sequences. Maybe I’m really into seeing Kidman fight because I don’t remember having seen her fight like that in a movie before. Either way, I remain impressed. 

In terms of the elements I wish weren’t quite so about Wan’s movie, that would be the romance between Aurthur and Mera. ‘Forced’ is the word because I simply didn’t buy it. I also noticed a few awkward instances regarding the placement of music as well as some less than inspiring dialogue. Lastly, we have Manta; he’s simply not the best superhero villain I’ve ever been exposed to.

By the end of Aquaman, I was just glad that I found more things to enjoy than not. Plus, I’m happy for DC Comics because things seem to be turning around.

Watch it if you’re not too Team Marvel.

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