Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Dora and the Lost City of Gold walks a very fine line between entertaining the kids that would have more than a passing knowledge of the TV show and entertaining everyone else (kids and parents alike).  And surprisingly it does it really well, riffing on The Goonies, Indiana Jones and many others along the way.  The cast are obviously having fun and dora herself is endearing.  The fish out of water stuff is funny and the jungle scenes exactly what you would want.   In short: Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a fun action film, an entertaining kids films and a something that more than passes the time.  Well worth a watch.

Best Bit: The sly opening scenes

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Goonies, Raiders of The Lost Arc, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle 

 


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John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum is a marked step up from over indulgent Chapter 2 whilst still falling fault to some of the same issues.  But it also features one of the single best action sequences of the year in the knife room fight and, until the final act at least, never feels repetitive or dull as it strikes to find innovation in everyone of it’s action sequences.  Keanu is once again fully engaged and the stunt/ action work is first class but by the time the film hits the final stretch the Chapter 2 repetition issues start to weight the film down again and I was more than ready for it to end when the film finally filled credits.  Which is a shame as 20 minutes shorter this could well be one of the best films of 2019.  Flawed then but fun.

Best Bit: THAT Knife fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: John Wick: Chapter 2, John Wick, The Matrix

 


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Men In Black: International (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Men In Black: International (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Men In Black: International is pretty dull. Not for lack of trying with its everything and the kitchen sink approach, granted, but it’s lack of originality, obvious plot twists and, frankly, boring story do little to inspire. We’ve seen it all before. And better.  The films saving grace is that Thompson and Hemsworth have good chemistry but even that’s not enough to save this.

Best Bit: Thompson/ Hemsworth

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Men In Black, Men In Black 2, Thor: Ragnarok 

 


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Black Hawk Down (2001) – A Quick Capsule Review

Black Hawk Down (2001) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rewatching Black Hawk Down it still remains a truly stand out Ridley Scott movie.  It’s a film that combines an amazing cast (Piven! Hartnett! Bloom! McGreggor! Fichtner! Sizemore! Bana!) with a punishing narrative, loud bloody war action and a heart pounding true story of heroism. It’s over the top, in your face and brutal.  But it also tells one hell of a story.  Beautifully shot, expertly edited… modern war movies don’t get much better than this.

Best Bit:Little Birds & Mini Guns!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Crimson Tide, Lone Survivor, 12 Strong

 


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Escape Plan 3: The Extractors – A Quick Capsule Review

Escape Plan 3: The Extractors – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Escape Plan didn’t need a sequel.  It certainly didn’t need TWO sequels.  That said I kinda didn’t hate Escape Plan 2 (most people did) and, for me at least, The Extractors (filmed back to back with Hades) was perfect train ride movie.   Literally – I watched it on a train journey!  It’s all bullshit machismo from start to end that you’ve seen a million times before and the story is so lean it could be vegan but Stallone delivers as always and the fights/action are just about up to scratch enough to enjoy.  Look most will hate it… for me it passed the time on a very boring day.  Make of that what you will….

Best Bit: Final assault

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Escape Plan, Escape Plan 2: Hades, The Expendables

 


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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a nutshell: Special Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and former SAS Operative Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are reluctantly forced to team up with Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby) who also happens to be a rogue MI6 agent and go after a genetically and technologically enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) who is hell bent on releasing a virus that will wipe out most of humanity.

 

 

What worked: Being honest  – pretty much all of it. Johnson and Statham make a great double act and bounce off each other very well, both delivering some great one liners and trading  alot of extremely funny insults. However its Vanessa Kirby who really shines , displaying bucket loads of charisma, out acting both her hulking male co stars, and  more than holding her own in all the action scenes. In addition, despite being too good for a film like this Idris Elba is excellent as the principle baddie.

 

 

Speaking of action this film doesnt disappoint – and its virtually non stop from the get go – theres a great car/motorbike chase early on, a preposterous but extremely well handled set piece in Russia which involves enormous explosions, masses of gunfire and more than just a bit of bone crushing fisticuffs. However the best is left to last when Johnson, Kirby and Statham enlist the help of Hobbs hard as nails Samoan family for a bonkers final 20 minutes that really has to be seen to be believed.

 

 

What could have been better: Its very hard to criticize a film as mad as this – admittedly its a bit long, some of the one liners dont always land, and a theres a gratuitous Kevin Hart cameo about an hour in that didnt really work at all.

 

 

Review Summary: A great big utterly mental popcorn blockbuster, jam packed with action, pickled with funny one liners and featuring some great chemistry from its three central leads.

 

 

I loved it – Great fun

 

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek 

 


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Age of Kill (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Age of Kill (2015) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Richwater Films, the UK’s leading indie film producer, delivers another solid if unspectacular action thriller this time featuring former singer and Kray twin Martin Kemp as an ex-MI6 agent forced to kill to protect his family.  It’s a brisk sub 90 minutes through seedy London, with some reasonable action, a fast pace and driven with some good visuals.  The script could be tighter, the acting better but overall it’s worth a watch.

Best Bit: Kemp

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Vendetta, We Still Kill The Old Way, Rise Of The White Collar Hooligan

 


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Polar (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Polar (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Polar has had some very brutal review.  The ‘O’ stars kind. And whilst it’s not perfect I actually quite enjoyed this insane hitman action film and for sure it really doesn’t deserve the battering it’s had. Mads Mikkelsen does a solid job as the soon to be retiring hitman whilst Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas all provide capable support.  Lucas especially seems to relish the madness he brings to the role.  Yup it won’t be for everyone but give Polar a chance – it’s better than you’ve heard!

Best Bit: The last few minutes 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: In Bruges, The Bourne Supremacy, John Wick

 


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Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Shaft (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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So nearly 20 years after Samuel L Jackson took over the role of Shaft he’s back once again for a sequel/reboot that has more in common with 21 Jump Street and Starsky & Hutch in tone than it does the original shaft films.  Arriving in the UK direct to Netflix just weeks after its US release and with a bucket load of poor reviews, expectations were VERY low.  Which makes it a real surprise that the film was as good as it was.  Yup it won’t change the world and it certainly won’t win an awards but Jackson & Usher have great chemistry, the support cast are fine and the script knows what it has to do and when teh film finally reunites 3 generations of Shaft you cant help but smile. Yup the villains are mere cardboard cut outs, the story wafer thin and the plot you’ve seen before.  YET I laughed, I cheers and I dug it.  Well worth  watch.

Best Bit: Jackson was made for this quipping type role

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: 21 Jump Street, Shaft (2000), Starsky & Hutch

 


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John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot In a nutshell:After killing a member of the all powerful High Table on the sanctified grounds of the Continental Hotel, John Wick (Keanu Reeves plus dog) is on the run with a $14 million dollar bounty on his head and every assassin on the planet after him for the reward. Its now a race against time for John to get out of New York and somehow make good with the High Table before his deadly pursuers catch up with him.

What worked:To be honest  – just about all of it, and as long you dont take it too seriously you’re in for one hell of a ride. To say the least this film is bonkers   – which is mostly due to the utterly insane action sequences which get madder by the minute  – you name it this film has it – fisticuffs by the bucketload, bullet riddled  gun fights, knife smackdowns, sword fights, motorbike chases and in one very wince inducing scene what will now be forever known as “Horse Fu”  – no honestly you will have to see it to believe it.
Its also well acted  – Keanu is very good as Wick and deserves alot of kudos for how he throws himself into all the action scenes. Halle Berry is also impressive as an old acquaintance who is forced to help him after he cashes in a blood oath, plus Ian McShane, Lance Reddick and Lawrence Fishburne all return to their respective roles and lend the film some smooth gravitas and high quality acting chops.

 

Finally director Chad Stahelski proves once again he is one of the most accomplished action directors working today -coming up with some truly death defying camera shots and some very inventive set pieces.
What could have been better: Its at least 15 minutes too long, Halle Berry isnt in it for long enough and towards the end one does feel a bit of sensory overload with just how much endless scrapping is going on.
Best Scene:An almighty blazing gun fight that takes place in an empty Casablanca market involving Berry, Reeves, a whole swathe of bad guys plus two extremely vicious and  very well trained attack dogs.
Review Summary:A bit long but so enjoyably nuts that you wont really care – this refreshingly quirky action franchise just keeps going from strength to strength – roll on Chapter 4.

See It At the Cinema?– Definitely

Buy On DVD/Blu Ray?  –Of Course

 

 


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