Category Archives: Adventure

DUNE (2020): New Trailer From Timothée Chalamet, Zendeya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac…

Dune (2020), Zendeya, Javier Bardem, Timothée Chalamet, Warner Bros. Pictures
Dune (2020), Zendeya, Javier Bardem, Timothée Chalamet, Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel of the same name, new adventure/drama Dune is the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Sicario (2015) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Starring Zendeya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac; the story centres around the son of a noble family who’s entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy…

I for one know very little about the dune story and the 1984 film. Nevertheless, I’m especially curious because of the director and the brilliant cast.

Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chen Chang, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Babs Olusanmokun also star.

Dune Release Dates: December 18th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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NO TIME TO DIE (2020): Trailer 2, Starring Ana De Armas, Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lunch…

No Time To Die (2020), Daniel Craig, James Bond 007
No Time To Die (2020), Daniel Craig, James Bond 007

Trailer two for new James Bond movie No Time To Die has been released.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga; the key cast includes Ana De Armas, Rami Malek, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux Lashana Lynch…

Since the original April 2nd, 2020 release date for this movie was scrapped earlier this year, November has felt so far away. But now there’s just over two months left to go. My fingers are tightly crossed that the date doesn’t change again because I’ve been super ready for this for more than a year.

The question of whether Fukunaga’s movie will join Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012) to be one of my favourite Bond films of all time is yet to be decided. I sure hope it does. Especially since I think it’s official, Ana de Armas is already one of my favourite Bond girls. Plus, Malek looks like a very promising villain indeed.

Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, Ben Whishaw, Lourdes Faberes and Ahmed Bakare also star.

No Time To Die Release Dates: November 12th, 2020 (UK); November 25th, 2020 (US)…

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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): The Things I Liked…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Starring Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren and Sam Rockwell, I was drawn to Disney’s partly-animated adventure/comedy The One and Only Ivan, because I knew that the ending was going to be a happy one. What I didn’t know until I saw the movie is that The One and Only Ivan is based on a true story.

Set in a circus at the mall, at the heart of the film is Ivan, a gorilla who’s trying to piece together his past as he and his elephant friend Stella plan to escape from captivity. Though director Thea Sharrock’s movie is quite predictable, I found that I didn’t mind too much. Especially since my main motivation for watching the film was to see a bunch of animals get their happy ending. 

There’s no denying that a faster pace would have helped my enjoyment overall. And it did prove arduous watching the animals get excited about their initial plan to escape captivity. Particularly considering how clear it was to adult viewers just how dangerous an actual escape would be for the animals. Perhaps, since The One and Only Ivan is ultimately a movie for children, it may be that the futility of the initial escape plan wouldn’t be so obvious to a young audience, meaning those scenes wouldn’t prove as taxing as they did for me.

The good news is that even with the elements that bothered me, I’m glad I stuck with The One and Only Ivan, because of the happy ending I wanted. 

As for the question of whether I’d call The One and Only Ivan a great Disney film. No. Yet it’s also not completely terrible. As such, if you’re curious enough, give it a chance. Just don’t leave your patience at the door – and remember, it is ultimately aimed at children. 

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WONDER WOMAN 1984 (2020): New Trailer Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Kristen Wiig…

Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot, Warner Bros. Pictures
Wonder Woman 1084 (2020), Gal Gadot, Warner Bros. Pictures

The new trailer for director Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman 1984 is here.

This time we get to meet the two new villains Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman has to face; Pedro Pascal’s Max Lord and Kristen Wigg as The Cheetah.

I’m very excited to see Gadot in action one more time. She really does shine during the combat action sequences.

As for Wiig’s The Cheetah character, so far I’ve tried and failed at not thinking of Cats (2019) when I saw her in full The Cheetah costume. There’s a chance I’ll completely forget about Cats when I get into the the movie of corse. Let’s hope.

Kristen Wiig, Connie Nielsen, Spencer Trinwith, Jamal Alkhaldi, Chris Silcox, Rick Kelvin Branch, Justin Sisk and Thomas Clay Strickland also star.

Wonder Woman 1984 Release Dates: October 2nd, 2020 (US)…

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ON THE ROCKS (2020): New Trailer From Sofia Coppola, Starring Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Bill Murray…

On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+
On The Rocks (2020), Bill Murray, Apple TV+

Set in New York City, the latest comedy/adventure from director Sofia Coppola stars Bill Murray, Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans.

On the Rocks follows Laura (Jones), a young mother as she reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father .

Looks like a perfect role for Murray. The humour, setting and director are the reasons I’m most interested. I’m also invested in the story and need to find out what Dean is really up to.

Jenny Slate, Jessica Henwick, Barbara Bain, Nadia Dajani, Musto Pelinkovicci, Jules Willcox, Alexandra Mary Reimer, Evangeline Young, Chase Sui Wonders, Mike Keller and Ximena Lamadrid also star.

On the Rocks Release Dates: October 2020 (US)/ Apple TV+…

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SCOOB! (2020): The Things I Liked…

Scoob! (2020), Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on the children’s TV shows about a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, one who along with his teenage human friends solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures, I found Scoob! to be a well animated, fun adventure. It’s certainly not perfect, but it does have a rather engaging, silly central story and a watchable supervillain played by Jason Isaacs.

Also starring Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried; the first twenty-five minutes of Scoob! didn’t have me as confident about how the rest of the movie would be as I expected. Thankfully though, director Tony Cervone’s film did become more watchable.

Random thoughts that went through my mind as Scoob! played include:
‘This is all quite silly, but fun.’

Why is puppy Scooby’s nose was so oversized?’

If you liked the Scooby-Doo TV shows, then you’ll probably enjoy Scoob! So give it a chance should the mood for a silly nostalgic escape surface.

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SICARIO – DAY OF THE SOLDADO (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Sicario - Day of the Soldado (2018), Isabela Merced, Benicio Del Toro
Sicario – Day of the Soldado (2018), Isabela Merced, Benicio Del Toro

Sicario – Day of the Soldado, has Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro back as US Federal agent Matt Graver and hitman Alejandro. This time the drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated and the cartels have started trafficking terrorists to the states.

Now that the talented Emily Blunt, Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve are all nowhere in sight for this sequel, I wouldn’t say I was initially concerned, but rather hopeful. I mean, the trailer did look very promising indeed.

Having now watched director Stefano Sollima’s sequel, I find myself feeling relatively neutral about it. I neither hate nor love Day of the Soldado. Yet, Alejandro remains my favourite thing about both movies. For he’s at the centre of the much loved and and notable action sequences.

Sollima’s film certainly has tension. Though, for me, it’s not quite the expertly captured, bristling tension of the first movie. The musical score and cinematography weren’t bad either. I just liked both, the story and the way it was captured better in the first movie. Additionally, I wouldn’t say that I missed Blunt’s Kate Mercer, but I missed what she added to the story. She was a person I could identify with as someone very new to the very specific, highly violent world of the film.

Is Day of the Soldado still worth watching if you liked the first movie? Yes. However, I may be shocked if anyone prefers it to the first instalment. And I’d be intrigued to find out why.

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THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (2020): New Trailer From Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren…

The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios
The One and Only Ivan (2020), Walt Disney Studios

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The One and Only Ivan (2020).


In Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and Sam Rockwell’s latest ,The One and Only Ivan, a gorilla tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella, as they work on a plan to escape from captivity.

A partly animated adventure/comedy directed by Thea Sharrock, additional key cast includes Danny DeVito, Brooklynn Prince, Phillipa Soo…

I’m certainly not the biggest fan of circuses. As such, I’m glad it looks as though by the end, this movie will put a big smile on my face. Also, it has elephants!

Ariana Greenblatt, Eleanor Matsuura, Ramon Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Betsy Graver and Owain Arthur

The one and Only Ivan Release Dates: Augustt 21st, 2020 (US)…

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