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    Rating Breakdown

    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
    • Visuals 2.0

    Jungle Cruise

    PG - Action, Adventure | July 30, 2021 Storyline:

    Emily Blunt is Dr.Lily Houghton, a woman who along with her brother enlists the help of Captain Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to take her to the fabled Tears of the Moon (a mythical tree whose petals can cure any illness).

    Along the way, the trio of travelers encounter different challenges and must stay ahead of the devious Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) to reach their destination.

    • 2.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 4 days ago

    If there is one that works for Jungle Cruise, it's the entertainment it brings. Besides that, it really offers nothing.

    Jaume Collet-Serra's film employs all the typical elements you would expect from a Disney movie. This is not always a bad thing when it's done right but when in this age and technology, you can't add something new to the table, then your movie is more or less a disappointment.

    Jungle Cruise is watchable, thanks to the remarkable duo of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt; their onscreen chemistry is undeniable and their constant squabbles make the plot engaging.

    Apart from the above, the film has nothing major to offer. One thing I don't like is the fact that instead of shooting on location, some scenes were done in the studio (that's quite easy to see even though CGI tries to make you believe otherwise).

    The action is disappointing and the effects used for leopard made me cringe. Even a child will know that the creature isn't real and isn't really there.

    I didn't understand some of the choices the characters make and even though they face precarious situations throughout, there was never truly this sense of danger.

    Dwayne Johnson always steals the show in most of the movies he appears in but that isn't the case here. Emily Blunt matches his charismatic performance with her scene-stealing scenes. Both of them appear to be an onscreen match made in heaven.

    Even though I was interested in the story, there were times when I lost interest and didn't care what happened to whoever. That shows that in terms of pacing and consistency, the film wavers.

    In all, Jungle Cruise is another entertaining but forgettable Disney film.

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    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 2.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
    • Visuals 2.0

    Jolt

    PG - Action | July 23, 2021 Storyline:

    A woman suffering from intermittent explosive disorder sets out to find whoever is responsible for the murder of a man she went on a date with.

    • 2.0
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 week ago

    Jolt is a mediocre movie that is anything but electrifying. Despite Kate Beckinsale's presence, it fails to leave any lasting impression.

    Starring as a woman with a medical condition that makes her basically act like the Hulk, Beckinsale plays Lindy Lewis, a lady who decides to have a social life by going on a date with Justin (Jai Courtney).

    After meeting with him twice, Lindy starts to develop strong feelings for Justin. Their romance comes to an abrupt end when he is unexpectedly murdered.

    Lindy decides to take matters into her hands by going after whoever killed Justin, making the decision to unleash her long-repressed anger on her trail of vengeance.

    The story is not bad but Jolt suffers from poor execution. Beckinsale is a joy to watch any day but she can't save this film from being a drab and predictable affair.

    The action scenes are terrible despite the slow motion used and the visual effects look cheap. The villain (when he does reveal himself) turned out to be exactly who I predicted.

    This is a film that disappoints on almost every level and it's a shame that an action star of Beckinsale's caliber got a starring role in it.

     

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
    • Visuals 4.0

    Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

    PG - Action, Animation, Adventure | July 21, 2021 Storyline:

    Human Trollhunter Jim Lake Jr. and his friends must fight to save the world from the evil Arcane Order whose goal is to use the Titans to reshape the earth.

    • 3.0
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 2 weeks ago

    This is a film that feels rushed and should have been made into a miniseries. Despite that, it doesn't disappoint in terms of spectacle, visuals, and action.

    Jim and the rest of the heroes from the series on Arcadia rally together to stop the Arcane Order after their attempt to prevent them from raising the Titans fails.

    Still struggling to come to terms with the fact that his powers as the Trollhunter are no longer with him since the destruction of the magical amulet, Jim must find a way to save earth from certain doom.

    This film doesn't play safe when it comes to the damage of the epic battles and by the time some of the major characters begin dying, you get a feeling of dread because you never know who is next.

    Three different directors helmed this and at some point, their efforts to unite their visions don't quite merge into a unifying whole. 

    The pacing is really fast and those who haven't watched the series before will have a hard time trying to keep up as events unfold.

    The action, though, enjoyable, can't be compared to that of some of the best fights in the previous series but the emotions this time make the plot all the more relatable and satisfying.

    The themes of friendship. heroism and sacrifice shine through, and even though this film isn't as monumental and remarkable as the trailer shows, it ends up being as entertaining as one would expect.

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    • Direction 1.0
    • Acting 2.0
    • Dialogue 1.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
    • Visuals 2.0

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    PG - Action Thriller | July 14, 2021 Storyline:

    A female assassin on a mission decides to go against directives to protect an 8-year-old girl and must team up with her estranged mother as she takes on the very organization she works for.

    • 1.6
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 3 weeks ago

    Without mincing words, I would say that this is one of the worst movies of 2021. It's a waste of the ensemble cast of talented female stars who put a lot of effort into this visual garbage.

    Trying to imitate John Wick and some of the most outstanding action films ever made, Gunpowder Milkshake ends up being a failure of epic proportions.

    Let's start with the protagonist; a female assassin who is recruited by The Firm to kill someone who has stolen from them. For whatever reason, she hesitates before pulling the trigger only to find out that he was only going to use the cash to pay as a ransom for his kidnapped 8-year-old daughter.

    From there on out, the film falls into ludicrous territory, with Sam (the name of the heroine) making the most unrealistic choices (one of which is deciding to be a mummy to the orphaned girl).

    As for the girl, she doesn't even react to her dad being killed and is dry-eyed as she stares at his bloodied corpse (seriously!!??).

    Another thing to note about Sam is that she has mummy issues herself (her absentee mum who is also a killer-for-hire disappeared years ago and since then poor Sam has held a grudge).

    So, it only made sense when the killer mother (played by Lena Headey) suddenly reappears to lend a helping hand when Sam is hunted down by the same organization she works for after killing the son of a mob boss.

    From one ridiculous action sequence to the next, everything about this film sucks big time. I feel so sorry for the lead star, Karen Gillan as I wanted this to work for her. Too bad it didn't.

    The director, Navot Papushado, needs to go back to the drawing board and learn from those who have successfully helmed action movies because Gunpowder Milkshake is just plain terrible from start to finish. 

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    Till Death

    PG - Thriller | July 2, 2021 Storyline:

    A married woman who is on an anniversary getaway trip with her husband unexpectedly finds herself handcuffed to her dead husband's body. She must fight to survive and outsmart two invaders who want to break into a safe in the house and dish out some payback for what she did years ago.

     

    • 2.6
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 3 weeks ago

    Till Death manages to shake off some pacing issues in its first thirty minutes, grip the attention of the viewer and explode into a nail-biting finale.

    Starring Megan Fox in the lead role, the film sees her character Emma grudgingly agree to go with her husband on a getaway trip during their marriage anniversary.

    Emma is hiding a secret and unknown to her, her spouse knows and has hatched the perfect plan to make sure she really suffers for it. He shoots handcuffs himself to her and shoots himself in the head, opening the door to a long day in which Emma must battle the surviving cold and the determined men who come after her.

    I had issues with Fox's acting early as it seemed like she was forcing herself to play the part. The actor who plays her husband can't quite decide if he wants to use an English accent or an American one.

    After being bored for more than 30 minutes following the start of the film, things finally got interesting close to the forty-minute nark and from then onwards, it was full-throttle fun.

    The suspense works well enough to sustain the interest of the viewer, and the antagonist has a really menacing presence that makes him compelling. His accomplice however makes some irrational choices in the course of the film, suddenly growing a conscience and deciding to protest when things begin to get out of hand.

    The conclusion is predictable but thrilling and by the end of it, the main character would have earned your respect.

    Till death is a pretty decent film that offers the needed entertainment. It isn't anything close to spectacular but movie lovers without high hopes will find it worth watching.

     

     

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    Black Widow

    PG - Action | July 9, 2021 Storyline:

    Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff journeys back to her home country of Russia to confront both old and new foes. She reunites with her 'family' in the fight against the rising forces in her way.

    • 3.0
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 3 weeks ago

    Finally, Natasha Romanoff's solo story arrives on the big screen, and it is a fitting farewell to a founding avenger who gave her life in the fight to save the world.

    Black Widow is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and sees Natasha travel to Budapest to be reunited with her foster sister, Yelena (Florence Pugh). Together, the ladies break the Red Guardian out of a maximum-security prison and trail Melina to her new life.

    Reconnecting with her long-lost 'family' comes with confronting the ghosts of her past; something which leads Natasha all the way back to the Red Room (the secret place where all the 'Widows' are trained) and the master puppeteer who is behind it all.

    This film is a Marvel film you would expect and at the same time, something different in that it leans more on the heroine's internal struggles than the spectacle or action.

    This is Scarlett Johansson at her best in the MCU and newcomer Florence Pugh is simply amazing. I was intrigued by her unending quips and sarcasm.

    David Harbour as the Red Guardian is also a welcome comic distraction but when it comes down to doing some damage, he is all talk and no show.

    Rachel Weisz doesn't contribute much and Ray Winstone as the villain is just your typical bad guy who enjoys hearing himself talk.

    For the most part, the action is good but I was slightly disappointed that the major showdown between Natasha and the Taskmaster never happens.

    Black Widow doesn't measure up to some of the MCU's best films but it sure doesn't disappoint on many levels. I look forward to seeing more of Pugh's Yelena in future MCU movies.

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 4.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 4.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    Fatherhood

    PG - Comedy-Drama | June 18, 2021 Storyline:

    Comedian Kevin Hart stars as a father who must raise his baby girl alone after the untimely death of his beloved wife.

    • 3.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 4 weeks ago

    In Fatherhood, we see a more dramatic side of Kevin Hart and it's a welcome change from his usual comedic outings.

    The renowned comedian plays Matthew Longelin, a man who is tasked with the challenging job of single parenthood after his wife passes away shortly after the birth of their daughter.

    Matt ignores the advice of his mother and mother-in-law, deciding to remain where he is to raise young Maddy, if anything to prove that he can do it.

    Surrounded by his two closest pals, the single dad discovers that there is far more to raising a child than he initially thought and as he is overwhelmed by parenting duties, begins to long more and more for his late partner.

    As is expected from every Kevin Hart film, Fatherhood has a lot of comedy but unlike most of the actor's previous movies, the focus here is drama, and in that aspect, the film warms its way into the viewer's heart.

    As Matt struggles to adapt to his ever-growing responsibilities, he learns a very valuable lesson; as a parent, you have to accept that you are not totally in control of your child.

    I was moved to tears, I was made to laugh, and I was won over by this charming film. Hart doesn't disappoint and the little actress who plays his onscreen daughter equally plays the character very well.

    By the film's conclusion, Hart's character has gone through some development, with the growth occurring in the most natural and realistic way.

    This is a film for everyone. The director, cast, and crew all did a good job as it is a flick I won't forget in a hurry.

     

     

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    • Direction 4.0
    • Acting 4.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    No Sudden Move

    PG - Mystery, Thriller | July 1, 2021 Storyline:

    Curt Goynes is a man looking to make some quick money. He gets his chance when he is recruited alongside two individuals to watch a man's family while one of them follows him to his workplace to retrieve an important document.

    What seems like a perfect plan begins a slow but sure descent into chaos as the man who is supposed to get the document finds out that it has been removed.

    From then on, it becomes a battle of will and wits as those involved must use their instincts and survival skills to stay alive while trying to find the paper and get the cash they were promised.

    • 3.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 4 weeks ago

    With No Sudden Move, Steven Soderbergh reminds us of his knack for making mystery films with engaging plots which gradually unfold into an unforgettable experience.

    Starring Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, David Harbour, and Jon Hamm, it revolves around two men who are paid to make sure that an important document is retrieved from an office safe.

    When the plan goes south, the men must rely on their guts and survival skills to outwit whoever hired them and get to the bottom of a betrayal that ensues.

    The ensemble cast of actors deliver and the story itself unfolds in such a way that you never want to miss anything. I pride myself in being able to predict most films, but this one has twists and turns that really challenged my intellect.

    Everything about this film works perfectly; from the pacing to the music, to the intricate plot and suspenseful finale. Movie fans will get a delight with an unexpected cameo from an uncredited actor.

    Like I always do in my reviews, I will single out the outstanding actors here; Don Cheadle for his charismatic portrayal of a man who relies more on brains than brawn, Benicio Del Toro for vividly playing a man driven by lust and greed, and Brendan Fraser who despite his limited screentime makes quite the impression as an overweight gangster.

    Steven Soderbergh fans will be pleased with this one and I also recommend it for all movie lovers.

     

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    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    The Boss Baby: Family Business

    PG - Animation, Comedy | July 2, 2021 Storyline:

    Tim Templeton and his little brother Ted are now grown men and must revert to their baby forms to stop a wacky genius from executing a sinister plan which involves taking all the parents in the world out of the picture.

    • 2.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 month ago

    Even though the animation is colourful and vibrant, this sequel just ends up having everything that made the first movie easily forgettable.

    Alec Baldwin returns as the genius baby in adult form. His relationship with his big brother Tim is now strained and they both get the surprise of their lives when they find out that Tim's last daughter, Tina, is also a talking baby genius.

    Tina informs her dad and uncle about a ploy by a deranged innovator at her sister's school and together, the brothers go on a  quest to foil the plan, learning to bond again.

    The voice acting is okay, the animation cool, but the outrageous comedy just gets in the way. Almost everything is exaggerated and the pacing almost too fast to let the viewer soak it all in.

    I enjoyed Baldwin's vocal portrayal of Ted and Jeff Goldblum as the antagonist. Other than these, The Boss Baby: Family Business doesn't have anything outstanding to offer.

    I admit that I laughed a few times but the plot and everything going on was just so silly that I didn't connect with it. Young children and maybe some teenagers will like this but a lot of adult folks will find it a bit much.

    I didn't see any need for a sequel after watching the first one and having seen this too, I can say I was justified. On the whole, the movie doesn't work because almost everything put in it is too distracting to make a coherent whole.

     

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    The Tomorrow War

    PG - Sci-fi, | July 2, 2021 Storyline:

    A biology teacher is selected among those who must fight a war against vicious aliens several decades in the future. Their goal is to stop the seemingly inevitable annihilation of the entire human population by the invaders. 

    • 2.8
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 month ago

    The Tomorrow War starts as a movie desperately trying to make the viewer like it but ends as a pulse-pounding and entertaining joyride filled with touching moments and a never-ending visual spectacle.

    It is directed by Chris McKay and stars Chris Pratt who is a husband and father who finds himself forcefully conscripted to fight for the survival of the human race.

    The plot is basically the same as almost every sci-fi movie we have seen about aliens but what sets this film apart is the humanity and the battle to change the fate of a doomed race.

    I was happy that the aliens were introduced on time and are they vicious and ugly! They are all out to extinguish the human race and nothing will stand in their way.

    As the hero, Pratt's character doesn't make the kind of impression you expect in the early goings but as the movie progresses, he develops into the kind of guy you root for.

    He meets a future version of someone close to him in the future war and together they find a weapon that could change the course of the fight for humanity.

    Those who love action will get a load of it here; the spectacle is glorious and the battle scenes are well executed. My only complaint is the lack of gore for a movie that has a lot of onscreen carnage.

    For the most part, the humour doesn't really cut it as a lot of the jokes fall flat and are unnecessary. In terms of the acting, Yvonne Strahovski excels above everyone else. She plays her role with the emotion needed and the performance is a winning one.

    J. K. Simmons plays the stereotypically estranged father and grandfather but the actor leaves quite the impression as well. He had to bulk up for the part and it was good to see.

    Most of the supporting characters end up being hollow apart from Edwin Hodge's Dorian who goes out with a bang in the final act.

    In all, The Tomorrow War is an epic action science-fiction film that works as a result of the family dynamic added to it. More than just the compelling action, it is a reminder of why we fight our battles and those we fight for.

     

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