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    Infinite

    PG - Action | June 10, 2021 Storyline:

    A man must unlock his hidden memories when he finds out that he is an infinite; someone who reincarnates over several lifetimes. He is pursued by a sinister adversary who wants to end the world as we all know it.

    • 2.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Antoine Fuqua's action film starts fairly well but plummets into mediocre territory with cheesy dialogue, lack of character development, and a forgettable plot.

    Starring Mark Wahlberg (looking buff as usual), Inifinite centers on a man who discovers that he has lived many lives before after a run-in with the law reunites him with an old foe (a fearsome-looking Chiwetel Ejiofor) he can't remember.

    Evan (Wahlberg) gets help from a fellow infinite, Nora (Sophie Cookson) and together they must find the location of a capsule with the power to destroy the world before it ends up in the wrong hands.

    As if the storyline isn't predictable enough, the exposition loses steam midway and even Ejiofor's commendable performance can't save the movie from its downward plunge.

    Without giving away too much away, let me say that the whole concept of the infinites and their evil counterparts is just too cheesy. You have the reluctant hero who doesn't know who he is but at some point, you know he will regain his memories and save the day. When you know the end from the beginning, the journey just ends up being boring.

    Director Fuqua has an impressive record when it comes to making interesting action films but here he falls short of expectations. The fight scenes fluctuate; they toe the line between great and lackluster.

    The special effects are not bad, the acting is okay. Wahlberg does what he does best, Ejiofor as the creepy bad guy with an even more creepy beard is charismatically evil, but the other cast members leave a lot to be desired.

    Then I had an issue with the tall girl who was a bodyguard (or whatever the heck she was) to Bathurst (Ejiofor). She was practically useless for the length of the film. When she has a confrontation with Nora, her demise is as inconsequential as her existence.

    I daresay the best part of the movie is the opening car chase sequence (look out for a cameo appearance from a talented upcoming movie star). It had this Fast & Furious vibe that just gets you hooked to the screen.

    Infinite has the potential to spawn a franchise but with Fuqua's interpretation, I doubt plans for subsequent sequels might be shelved. Wahlberg and Ejiofor make for an intriguing pair but their combo isn't enough to make this movie fail before it succeeds.

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

    Coming 2 America

    PG - Romance, Comedy, Family Drama | March 5, 2021 Storyline:

    Prince Akeem is about to become the King of Zamunda but first, he must find his son who is a street-savvy young man in Queens, New York.

    • 1.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Despite its ensemble cast and numerous references to the original film, Coming 2 America ends up being a wasted effort that should never have been made.

    Right from the moment a sequel was announced, I knew there was no way it could live up to the first movie. That line of thought prepared me for what was to come, and even with my low expectations, I was still disappointed.

    With much of the cast of Coming to America returning, the second part sees Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda made by his dying father, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) to go to America to bring his son (Jermaine Fowler) back home.

    Akeem finds the young man whose name is Lavelle Junson and seduced by the affluence of his father, he goes back to the African kingdom of Zamunda where he must face the princely tests to decide if he will be a worthy successor to the throne.

    While getting used to his sudden change of status, Lavelle is faced with marrying the daughter of a military man; a woman he doesn't know or love or decide to follow his heart and choose a Zamundan who befriended him from the moment he entered the kingdom.

    There are so many plotholes in Coming 2 America, and I will try to mention the most pertinent ones. The first one that comes to mind is how the film didn't prove in any way that Lavelle is actually Akeem's son.

    One of the burning questions I hoped would be answered when I saw the trailer was this; how on God's green earth did Akeem father a son in America when we saw that he had only ever been with Lisa (Shari Headley) while he was there?

    The answer to the above question was given and as it turns out, it was a pretty lame one (told through a flashback scene that had me cringing in irritation as the de-aging effect on Murphy there was absolutely ridiculous).

    Now, I found it strange that Prince Akeem finds out about his son, and when he sees the young man, it doesn't even occur to him to want proof that he is his son (not even a DNA test). He just takes the dude back to Zamunda.

    Wesley Snipes plays General Izzi, an antagonistic fellow who longs for an opportunity to wage war on Zamunda as a result of the wrong Akeem did to his family years ago. As the villain, the character was portrayed as a clownish and brainless man who easily changes his mind, deciding to let bygones be bygones after being outmatched and outwitted.

     Here, Lisa isn't given much to do and her character is quite different from how she was depicted in the prequel. While she was portrayed as a strong, independent, and intelligent woman in the first part, here she is pretty much a dumb person who is easily swayed and seems to have little connection to her family.

    As the prince, Fowler's acting is limited to how his character is written (which is nothing remarkable, by the way), so he isn't someone you hate or love. He just amused me a few times.

    The CGI employed here was a load of crap; cheap and unconvincing. The set pieces were laughable (so unlike the first film), the humor didn't hit the right notes most of the time, and pretty much everyone was making a fool of themselves onscreen.

    Coming to America is a classic because despite being made over 30 years ago, it still retains its magic. Among other things, it entertained and educated. It is the total package and spoke to audiences of all ages on different levels.

    Part of what made the original movie succeed was the heart in the fairytale story. Despite being a comedy, there were moments where human emotions were convincingly depicted, with the humour coming in at appropriate times.

    Those who decided to make this sequel can be forgiven for failing in their efforts to live up to the impact of its predecessor. But what is unforgivable is assuming that a stellar cast and horrible jokes make a good comedy.

    There are cameo appearances by notable stars but even those are undermined by the silly exposition which unfolds. 

    And yes, Nigerian music sensation Davido makes an appearance, giving a brief rendition of one of his most popular songs. But even that is trumped by the general buffoonery spread among the characters.

    I won't even go into Eddie Murphy's Akeem performance here. The only thing I will say about the character is that he left much to be desired.

    For me, the only person I enjoyed watching was actress KiKi Layne. As Princess Meeka, her character is what her mother was in the first film; strong, intelligent, and loyal. Too bad these are not enough to save the film from its descent into mediocrity.

    I don't enjoy writing negative reviews because the art of filmmaking is not an easy one. But when you decide to piss on a classic like Coming to America by making a lackluster sequel, you and I will definitely have issues.

    Before I saw Coming 2 America, I saw a reviewer caption his/her review something like this; Don't Try To Fix It If It Isn't Broken. That is an apt description for this unworthy sequel. It is unfortunate that an actor like Eddie Murphy's name is attached to this kind of mess.

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

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    PG - Horror, Thriller | June 4, 2021 Storyline:

    Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren find themselves involved in a case unlike any they've ever seen before. In the course of trying to solve the mystery, they become the target of a powerful individual who dabbles in the occultic world.

    • 2.6
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Despite being touted as the standout from its predecessors, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ends up falling below the standards set by the prequels.

    Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as the couple battling the metaphysical in the third film in the franchise. During the course of an exorcism, a malevolent entity is transferred from a child to an adult.

    Weeks later, the couple finds out that the case they thought was over has only just begun as they race against time to unravel the mystery behind a potent curse and unmask the one behind it.

    The trailer got me pumped and though I told myself that there was no way this part would be better than its predecessors, I still ended up being disappointed when I finished it.

    For starters, the movie is more of a thriller than a horror film. Compared to the earlier parts, this is quite tame and I missed the dread, chills, and originality of the previous ones.

    As a standalone film, it is an enjoyable movie. As a sequel to the first two films, it is a little underwhelming. This is due to issues with scene transition, editing (at times), and a largely uneven plot that takes too much time in getting to the third act.

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It opens with a scene that grabs your attention but struggles to maintain that intrigue and suspense for the better part of the first and second acts.

    As the leads, Wilson and Farmiga don't disappoint (Farmiga is clearly the standout, with a compelling performance rivaling those of the first two films).

    The special effects are top-notch but sometimes, the attempt to produce the hair-raising chills needed fails due to the continued application of formulaic elements.

    At a time when a lot of substandard so-called horror movies are being made, the third chapter of The Conjuring saga could have separated itself from the others by bringing something new to the table. Sadly, this is not the case.

    In conclusion, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is engaging and movie fans will enjoy what it has to offer. But those who have been following the adventures of Ed and Lorraine Warren will be disappointed with the latest part.

     

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    • Direction 4.0
    • Acting 4.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
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    The Water Man

    PG - Adventure, Drama | May 7, 2021 Storyline:

    A young boy embarks on a trip with a stranger to find the legendary Water Man in order to find a cure for his ailing mother.

    • 3.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    The Water Man is a touching adventure for the entire family. David Oyelowo succeeds in his directorial debut, but the real star of the film is Lonnie Chavis.

    Chavis is Gunner, a boy who finds it difficult to accept that his mother may never get well again after she is diagnosed with Leukemia. When he hears about the tale of the mysterious Water Man (an individual who is said to possess the power of immortality) he enlists the help of a girl named Jo (Amiah Miller) to help him.

    Meanwhile, Gunner's father Amos (Oyelowo) finds out his son has disappeared and sets out to find him. The problem is there is a raging wildfire in the woods and the concerned parent must get to his son before all hope is lost.

    The film is engaging and poignant, thanks to Oyelowo's directing, Chavis' performance, and a relatable plot. Gunner's strained relationship with his dad is something that is explored well.

    The relationship between Chavis and his mother (Rosario Dawson) is the heart of the film and is what fuels his quest for the Water Man. He forms an unlikely alliance with Jo, and the latter ends up being a better person for it.

    I didn't like the way the conflict was resolved in the third as one or two things didn't sit well with me. But other than that, this movie succeeds.

    Oyelowo has shown that he has what it takes to be a great filmmaker and I look forward to seeing more movies from him.

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

    Cruella

    PG - Comedy, Crime | May 28, 2021 Storyline:

    Estella is a young woman who has always had a knack for fashion. When she meets the famous Baroness, she begins to hone her designing skills in order to make a name for herself. Her life takes a remarkable turn when she finds out that her boss is connected to a tragedy that took place in her past. This leads to her unleashing her true self, the one who has always lurked deep down within.

     

    • 3.6
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Cruella is a delightful crime comedy that captures the wacky soul of a determined woman who walks the thin line between madness and genius.

    Emma Stone exudes the craziness associated with the character first played by Glenn Close years ago. Her performance as the titular character is amazing, matched only by the seasoned acting of Emma Thompson as the antagonist.

    Stone plays Estella, a girl whose tragic past leads her to the big city where a chance meeting with the devious and powerful Baroness (Thompson) sets her on the path to making her dreams come true.

    When the protagonist discovers that her boss was responsible for the demise of a loved one years ago, she hatches a plot to exact her own form of revenge, enlisting the help of her three goons.

    In order to strip the Baroness of everything she holds dear, Estella will have to go, giving way for the unhinged Cruella to take over.

    Everything about this film is outlandish, outrageous, and extraordinary. The plot is fast-paced and the two leads are compelling in their roles.

    Stone is riveting and Thompson is ravishingly delectable. Both of them take Disney's latest film to great heights and I couldn't help but smile throughout.

    The cinematography is awesome, the music phenomenal, the set pieces gorgeous, and the costumes and makeup out of this world. 

    Cruella is a feast for the eyes and one of Disney's best films in recent years.

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    • Direction 4.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
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    Wrath of Man

    PG - Action, Thriller | May 7, 2021 Storyline:

    H is a mysterious guy working for a cash truck company. When he displays amazing combat skills during a heist, those around him begin to realize that he is far more than he says he is.

    • 3.2
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham have made another remarkable movie with Wrath of Man, a bloody tale of one man's search for vengeance.

    Statham stars as H, a man recruited by an armoured truck company. He barely passes his training and resumes the job only to single-handedly foil an attempted heist by unknown gunmen. This is when his co-workers start to suspect he is not who he claims to be.

    Meanwhile, H has a reason for working at the truck company. He is looking to settle a personal score, one that fuels him like nothing else. Consumed by his goal, he begins to lay the groundwork for the ultimate showdown. And when it does come, it is one hell of a finale.

    The fact is that the plot of Wrath of Man is nothing new. It's the way the story is told that makes it appealing. The director deliberately starts at a point where things are unclear and uses a non-linear plot for the exposition. It works beautifully as past and present collide for a memorable third act.

    I've been a fan of Guy Ritchie and I'm glad to say that everything about his latest film plays a vital part to make it outstanding. As the protagonist, Statham is convincing as a man with a grudge. His cool demeanor hides his ferociousness and he is a predator on the prowl. This may not be his best performance but it is damn good to watch.

    All the supporting characters play their parts well, especially Scott Eastwood. He is part of the crew that H must face. They are not known for failure and he is the most unrelenting foe they have ever met. One way or another, one side must lose.

    The editing is seamless and the music perfect and foreboding. By the middle of the movie, all the jumbled pieces begin to come together for a coherent whole, with Statham doing what he does best.

    Wrath of Man is another triumph from Ritchie and Statham. It is a solid action thriller that is undoubtedly one of the year's best. I will definitely be watching it again.

     

     

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

    Strain

    PG - Family Drama | September 7, 2020 Storyline:

    A man and his family struggle to adapt to their new reality when their young son is diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

    • 2.8
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Despite some shortcomings, Strain is a family drama I recommend for everyone as there are lessons in it for all ages. 

    Director Uduak-Obong Patrick's movie centers on the Ezeji family whose lives are disrupted after their son Ekene (Nifemi Lawal) is diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

    Ekene repeatedly experiences crisis and his father Nnamdi (Okey Uzoeshi) begins to succumb to the pressure that comes with watching his beloved child slowly fade away.

    Nnamdi is powerless to stop the worsening medical condition of his son and vents his frustrations on his wife (Shushu Abubakar). To make matters worse, his daughter Ebere (Angel Unigwe) begins to feel unwanted as everyone seems to forget she exists.

    Things go from bad to worse when Ekene begins to contemplate suicide and his parents are left with no other option but to take action, opting for the only solution they see before them.

    Kudos to all the child actors for not disappointing as is mostly the case in Nollywood films. In this regard, Unigwe as Ebere outshines them all.

    Uzoeshi as the concerned patriarch gives a convincing performance but his onscreen partner Abubakar can't quite match his acting with her own.

    I would fault the soundtrack for being unnecessarily distracting at times and the exterior shots being needlessly repetitive. Besides these and a few more lapses, Strain turns out to be a pretty good film.

    The last part of the movie will melt hearts and the makeup department did a swell job in the physical transformation of the sickle cell patient after surgery.

    In all, Strain sends a much-needed message of hope to those living with sickle cell disease. Rather than being stigmatized, these poor souls deserve all the love, care, and medical attention in the world.

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

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    PG - Action Thriller | May 14, 2021 Storyline:

    A firefighter takes it upon herself to protect a young boy who witnessed the murder of his father. As the assassins close in on them, she must confront her inner demons and succeed where she failed in the past.

    • 3.4
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    An intriguing movie from start to finish. Angelina Jolie and the young actor named Finn Little give riveting performances, making Taylor Sheridan's film a pulse-pounding encounter.

    The action is cool, the plot suspenseful, and the cinematography stupendous. Nicolas Hoult is the genuine badass hitman; his icy cool demeanor and precision are unnervingly convincing.

    The only issue I had with the film is that its biggest question is left unanswered. Besides this, the movie is great. 

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    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 1.0
    • Visuals 2.0

    Army of the Dead

    PG - Action | May 14, 2021 Storyline:

    A group of daredevil mercenaries take on a mission to pull off a heist in Las Vegas. The problem is that the place has been overrun by zombies.

    • 2.0
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    Zack Snyder appears to have lost his magic touch as Army of the Dead turns out to be a disappointing film that is anything but a heist movie.

    From unrealistic character choices to a plot full of holes enough to make a standard soccer goal post, this is Snyder's worst movie.

    The worst thing about the film is the way the zombies are portrayed; they have a leader who has a mate and he rides a horse. Plus, these creatures keep human captives and move around with the demeanor of apes.

    The film is for the most part boring and when things start to get interesting, the below par action hinders it from being outstanding. 

    In all, this film isn't worth the hype and the director should figure out to win the hearts of audiences because this may not be good for his career at all.

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

    The Mitchells vs. the Machines

    PG - Action, Animation, Comedy | April 30, 2021 Storyline:

    A disunited family must find a way to work together in the aftermath of a robot apocalypse.

    • 3.6
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 year ago

    This film blew my mind, defying expectations and making a bold statement on the importance of staying together to battle seemingly insurmountable odds.

    The Mitchells are a family only in name; they can't seem to get along and the patriarch's relationship with his teenage daughter is the film's major conflict.

    When robots created to help humanity unexpectedly stage an uprising, capturing every human (except the titular family of course) in the world, it falls on the dysfunctional heroes to brace up, put their differences aside, and save the day.

    I wasn't particularly thrilled with the character designs but midway through this visually delightful movie, I forgot all about that and was lost in the plot.

    The humour is rib-cracking, the action engaging, and the characters totally relatable. The actors give mesmerizing vocal performances and the director, Rianda makes one heck of a fun movie in his directorial debut.

    I love the various artistic illustrations used to depict the moods at different points, and even though the villain is cheesy in a predictable way, it doesn't stop the film from being awesome.

    The Mitchells vs. the Machines is one of the best animated comedies ever made and I urge all fans of the genre to see it if they haven't.

     

     

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