Oceans 8 (2018) – Review Round Up

Oceans 8 (2018) – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.  This time out: Oceans 8

 


“Ocean’s 8 is the most satisfying installment in the franchise. The all-star cast is impeccable, the shift in focus yields sharp insights, and the heist itself is wily and enjoyable”- 8.9

 

“…this is a self-satisfied exercise that’s only occasionally as much fun as it thinks it is. ” 

 

 

“It lacks the jazzy swagger of Soderbergh’s trio but delivers a fun, likeable romp built on the charm and charisma of its cast. ” – 3/5

 

 

“Sandra Bullock leads a heist caper that’s clever enough to get by and sly enough to treat its female cast as a natural spin on the ‘Ocean’s’ brand.”

 

 

 

” there’s plenty of laughs, a wardrobe to die for, and enough twists and turns that at least one should surprise you.” -4/5

 

 

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Review Round Up

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.  This time out: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

 


“It’s a brave choice to literally blow up everything that’s come before but one that definitely pays off in Fallen Kingdom”- 8.4

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom says goodbye to the park for good, not just carrying the de-extincted dinos off the island but freeing itself from the genre trappings of the previous four films. ” –

 

 

“This is a Jurassic sequel that plays it both adrenaline-pumpingly huge and thrillingly small. A summer ride that will drive kids out of their minds, and maybe even give the parents nightmares.” – 4/5

 

 

“It’s the first “Jurassic” film to come close to pretending that it isn’t a ride at all, and as a result it ends up being just a so-so ride ”

 

 

 

” Even on first watch, though, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom impresses as a brave, beautiful and fun summer popcorn flick.” -3/5

 

 

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Must Watch: Star Wars The Clone Wars (2008-14)

Must Watch: Star Wars The Clone Wars (2008-14)

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Each month we take a look at a TV show that DEMANDS to be Binge Watched.

Why?  The Clone Wars didn’t start great.  The feature length episode (released cinematically in the UK) was weak but it showed promise.  But those who stuck with it were rewarded handsomely. 

Focusing on the period between Attack of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, it was the Star Wars show that finally addresses the much mentioned Clone Wars. And whilst this kids show started as a pretty light weight affair, by the end it was taking in subjects such as betrayal, loss and PTSD.

In fact it was so dark you could easily question who the show was really aimed at.

The voice cast were good, it introduced some iconic new characters (Ashoka) and saw the return of others (Darth Maul).  It was great.

In the end it became a victim of the Disney take over of Lucasfilm and was replaced by the inferior (to start at least) and much more kid focused Rebels but whilst it lasted it offered some of the bets Star Wars since the original trilogy.

How Many Episodes? 121
Best Moment? The Darth Maul arc
Where: Google Play, Netflix
Solo: A Star Wars Story  – Review Round Up

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Solo: A Star Wars Story 

 


“Solo may not really develop its title character or justify why it needed to exist, but it still delivers a fun time.”- 7.0

 

“Far better than we had any right to expect. Thrilling set-pieces, spine-tingling iconography and a Han/Chewie bromance to savour. ” – 4/5

 

 

“A bright and breezy sideshow adventure makes up for its overly frantic pacing with a charismatic central turn from Alden Ehrenreich — strong enough to make us want to see even more of him in Solo mode.” 4/5

 

 

“The film is not the disaster its production history might suggest. In fact, it’s not even close. ”


” Solo is not a bad film, just a relentlessly average one that has no reason to exist except as a money machine. ” -3/5

 

 

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Deadpool 2 – Review Round Up

Deadpool 2 – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Deadpool 2


Overall Critics Say

 


“Although it runs short on plot, Deadpool 2 delivers a sequel that’s crasser, gorier, and funnier than its predecessor.”- 7.8

 

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“Funnier, filthier, and damn entertaining, Deadpool 2 leaves no stone un-deconstructed: the naughty man-child of the X-Men universe who manages to beat them at their own game.” – 4/5

 

“No matter how far “Deadpool 2” thinks it’s pushing boundaries, it makes sure that even when a gag falls flat, the joke is always on you.”


” But it’s, in my view at least, a downgrade on the first film, both narratively and comedically. It is, though, worth sticking through the end credits…” -3/5

 

 

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Happy Top Gun Day!

Happy Top Gun Day!

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Yup what is probably the greatest film ever (okay well one of the top 2 IMHO) has it’s own day and that is officially today!  Happy #TopGunDay world!

Not heard of Top Gun? Firstly where the hell have you been all your life!  Secondly… here’s a catch up.  Top Gun is a classic slice of 80’s action film, directed by the much missed Tony Scott.  It  gave Tom Cruise one of his most memorable roles and has been a staple of debates ever since (See Tarantino’s infamous Top Gun Gay scene).  Full of quote-able one liners (“This is what I call a target-rich environment.”) and the best arial combat ever committed to screen, Top Gun is a classic.

Okay most people don’t think so.  But I do.

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanour put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

 

For more visit the official Top Gun Day Website here

 

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Must Watch: The Wire (2002-2008)

Must Watch: The Wire (2002-2008)

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Each month we take a look at a TV show that DEMANDS to be Binge Watched.

Why? The Wire is one of the most important TV shows of the past 30 years and heralded as one of the best TV shows ever by many.  Whilst for me that would be The Sopranos, The Wire is still top 5 and it’s influence is still felt today.  From drugs to corruption, politics and education and even the media, little was safe.  It was a show that gave us street speak on TV,  Idris Elba,  Dominic West and many more.

It’s uncompromising and raw but it’s also compulsive viewing.  Set the standard for almost everything that follows and made HBO a major player.

 

How Many Episodes? 60 Episodes (5 Seasons)

Best Moment? “Shit” “Shit” “Shiiiit”

Where: HBO-GO, Google Play, Amazon

Avengers: Infinity War – Review Round Up

Avengers: Infinity War – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Avengers: Infinity War


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“Making good on Nick Fury’s promise from 10 years ago, Infinity War is fun, thrilling, and emotional.”- 9.0

 

” The Avengers latest stand feels well worth the wait. It’s not perfect, but it goes to a place most tentpole movies wouldn’t dream of, while retaining the scale, excitement, and humour you’ve come to demand from an MCU movie.” – 5/5

 

 

” Marvel has solved their third-act problem and villain problem and then some. However prepared you feel, you are not ready for Thanos. But then, neither are our heroes.” – 5/5

 

“A knowingly overstuffed Marvel mashup turns out to be bedazzling fun, despite the fact that this many superheroes means they’re all less special”


“Like an event comic, Avengers: Infinity War is epic and operatic, with scope and ambition. It’ll leave you simultaneously breathless and emotionally devastated – and when you’ve pulled yourself together, you’ll want to do it all over again. ” -5/5

 

 

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Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 2nd Edition (6th April 2018)

Phil’s Best & Worst of 2018.. So Far! 2nd Edition (6th April 2018)

All Things Film Blog Other Cr*p Year In Review

So this is my semi-regularly updated of the BEST and WORST of 2018’s movies, as well as the best films I missed from last year and the Phil’s Quick Capsule Review Sharknado Award.

All in my very humble opinion…

 

BEST Films Of 2018… So Far:

  1. Coco
  2. I, Tonya
  3. Lady Bird
  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. The Post

 

Honourable Mentions: Black Panther, Ready Player One, 12 Strong

 

WORST Films Of 2018… So Far

  1. The Cloverfield Paradox
  2. The Commuter
  3. Day Of The Dead : Bloodline
  4. Annihilation
  5. Renegades

Dis-Honourable Mentions:  Peter Rabbit, Hellraiser: Judgement, Godzilla: Planet Of The Monsters Part 1

 

 

The 2017 Sharknado Award for Films So Good (!) They Cant Be Rated:  

TBC

 


The 2018 Films I just couldn’t Finish…

TBC

Great Films Of 2017 That I saw In 2018:

The Disaster Artist, The Babysitter, Mayhem, Icarus, The Greatest Showman, The Big Sick

 

 

Rampage – Review Round Up

Rampage – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Rampage


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“Rampage is utterly ridiculous, campy, yet also self-aware enough to be kinda sorta dumb fun.”- 5.5

 

” There’s spectacle to spare in a bananas B-movie that’s dumber than, well, a rock. It may not be high art, but there’s ample fun to be had.” – 3/5

 

 

” Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. As much fun as it has with the idea of animals stomping cities to rubble, it seems shy of going completely over the top, and it’s the poorer for it.” – 3/5

 

“Though far better than ‘Doom,’ this Dwayne Johnson-starring video-game adaptation falls back on the monster-movie clichés its source overtly lampooned.”


“I struggle to call Rampage a missed opportunity, as I’m not convinced there was too much in the source material to inspire a three act story. The disappointment remains that all concerned didn’t just have a lot more fun with it. ” -2/5

 

 

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