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DOCTOR STRANGE (2016): Good Movie…

Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Studios
Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch, Marvel Studios

‘Fun’ and ‘good’ are the words for Doctor Strange; Marvel’s story of a brilliant neurosurgeon who’s drawn into the mystic arts while seeking physical and spiritual healing.

Starring the well-voiced Benedict Cumberbatch, director Scott Derrickson’s film is definitely a superhero movie. And as someone who was in the midst of superhero movie fatigue at time of release, I’m happy to say that the film’s different class of weaponry / enemy really worked to make the experience that little bit different and certainly more interesting.

I don’t know how great a thing this is but the impressive visual effects in Doctor Strange kind of kept my beloved Inception (2010) at front-of-mind, at least half the time. In fact, I couldn’t help but wonder about how much more amazing I’d find Marvel’s move if I hadn’t seen much of the style of effects first in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Arresting visuals aside though, the execution of the growth of Strange’s character from beginning to end; that – particularly how satisfying it was to watch the growth because he needed it is my favourite thing about Derrickson’s movie.

I absolutely took some time aside to fantasise about personally having Strange’s abilities… without the suffering that came before, of course.

Watch it if you haven’y already. It’s worthy.

Happy Film Loving

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DISOBEDIENCE (2017): New Trailer From Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola…

Disobedience (2018), Alessandro Nivola, Rachel Weisz
Disobedience (2018), Alessandro Nivola, Rachel Weisz

The boundaries of faith and sexuality are explored in Disobedience, a new drama / romance that stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

Directed and co-written by Sebastián Lelio, Weisz plays a woman who returns to the community that shunned her for her attraction to a childhood friend…

I generally enjoy the work of the stars of this movie and I can’t wait to see everything come together well creatively. I also like that Disobedience is set in England. If I’m hearing correctly, Rachel MacAdams appears to be speaking in a British accent.

Anton Lesser, Nicholas Woodeson and Alexis Zegerman also star.

Disobedience Release Dates: April 27th, 2018 (US); August 24th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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GAME NIGHT (2018): New Trailer From Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams…

Game Night (2018), Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman
Game Night (2018), Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman

In Game Night, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are part of a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights. This particular game night though, things are very different. Very different indeed and fun for the audience…

First of all, I’m really glad that Rachel McAdams is back! I haven’t seen her in a movie since Southpaw (2015). Second, I wish this movie was out already because it looks just like the kind of fun I need this weekend. Oh well.

Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris and Camille Chen also star.

Game Night Release Dates: March 2nd, 2018 (US); March 4th, 2018 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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SPOTLIGHT (2015): Great Cast, Good Movie

Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo
Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo

Directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight, simply and effectively tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of a huge child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This is a moving story that deals with the abuse of societies most vulnerable and one that rightly shook the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The main focus of McCarthy’s movie is the work of the Globe’s Spotlight team and the people they encounter as a result. It’s through their hard work that we get to learn about what happened once they dedicated themselves to the child molestation case; the obstacles they encountered and what it took to get the truth to print. All of this comes together nicely to create a good mix of tense, suspenseful and dramatic moments.

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Journalists as a group can be quite the irritant at the best of times. But then I encounter a bunch as passionate and dedicated to a worthy cause as the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and I’m reminded afresh that the heart of the journalist is almost always in the right place.

Being a winner of Best Picture at the 2016 Academy Awards is one reason I had to watch Spotlight. The others include the important story and the excellent cast attached. There’s Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery and of course, Mark Ruffalo, an actor who always seems to make great choices. – To put it another way, Spotlight is worthy of your attention. Watch it because it’s good.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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DOCTOR STRANGE (2016): New Trailer From Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams & Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch
Doctor Strange (2016), Benedict Cumberbatch

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Doctor Strange (2016)


It may not look like it at first and second glance, (at least not to me) but Doctor Strange, the latest movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton is part of  the Marvel universe…

Teaser Trailer

Trailer 2

Even though I’m over the ‘saving the world’ storyline synonymous with Marvel’s movies. I’m open to finding out how Doctor Strange will do the same thing but hopefully somehow – maybe in a new way, differently. Hmmmmm…

Some of the footage in this trailer has brought Inception (2010) to my mind. However I do know that this is unlikely to be much like that.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong also star.

Doctor Strange Release Dates: October 28th, 2016 (UK); November 4th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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SOUTHPAW (2015): Nothing New But Good Performances All Round

Southpaw (2015), Jake Gyllenhaal
Southpaw (2015), Jake Gyllenhaal

Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.

Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.

As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.

Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.

Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.

Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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ALOHA (2015): The Good & Bad Things

Aloha (2015), Bradley Cooper
Aloha (2015), Bradley Cooper

Just before I saw the trailer for Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper, I was very much on a high after watching his deservedly Best Actor, Oscar nominated performance in American Sniper (2014).

The Aloha trailer didn’t look terrible, though some of the dialogue didn’t sit as well as one would have liked. As I watched the movie a few months later, the unfortunate truth of the dialogue did come to be, because there I was cringing in parts.

I found the romance between Emma Stone’s character and Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) a tad forced and unconvincing. It didn’t help that Stone’s character was also rather annoying.

In director, Cameron Crowe’s efforts to capture the seemingly laid back pace of Hawaii, the pace of the movie suffered.

Aloha (2015), Danny McBride, Bradley Cooper
Aloha (2015), Danny McBride, Bradley Cooper

The few beautiful shots of Hawaii’s landscape in the beginning and all the scenes that feature Danny McBride are my favourite things. There were a few other good moments but not significant enough to make Aloha good or worth watching.

It’s all a big shame considering a very talented cast list that includes Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin.

Happy film loving. Now go and enjoy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and / or Jerry Maguire (1996) 🙂

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SPOTLIGHT (2015): Time To Watch The Good Guys Win

Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo
Spotlight (2015), Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci are the stars of Spotlight, a true story about abuse and a gross coverup…

Why empathy / love is key to the eradication of the ills. I’ll be watching because the cast is brilliant plus, I desperately want to see the good guys win.

Release Date (s): November 6th, 2015 (US), January 29th 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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