‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Entertaining, But Not As Good As Its Predecessor |Movie Review

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 Action/Adventure/Comedy film that is starring Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Mark Strong. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn (who directed the first Kingsman film as well as Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy”.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has something for everyone who has been a fan of the franchise. There is plenty of action, humor and special effects and I must say visually it’s very impressive. I keep wondering why the film hasn’t been shown in 3D. I think it would have been amazing. The plot is decent, especially for a sequel, but it never quite reaches the same level as the first film. The British/American theme works well and there are some very funny cultural jokes and references.

I am a fan of Kingsman; I had looked forward to watching The Golden Circle and I’m pleased that the sequel didn’t disappoint. It sticks to everything that made the first movie such a success, including taking some big risks and thinking out of the box. The end result is an imperfect and at times messy film, but a rewarding and highly entertaining one nonetheless. Julianne Moore is a great addition as the villain, and I absolutely loved the scene where Merlin sings John Denver‘s Take Me Home, Country Roads. It was funny and sad at the same time.

I can’t hide that I have a thing for Hanna Alström, who plays Princess Tilde and I was happy to see that her story had a happy ending. I hope there are going to be more Kingsman films in the future. It was great to see Halle Berry again in a big production, as I think she is a great actress. If I were to rate this film it would get a 7 out of 10. It is entertaining enough, but not as good as its predecessor. Go and watch it and judge for yourself.

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‘Victoria And Abdul’ Has A Great Story|Movie Review

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Victoria And Abdul is a 2017 Biography/Drama/History film that is starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon and Adeel Akhtar. It is directed by Stephen Frears (most known for High Fidelity, The Queen and Philomena). A synopsis for Victoria And Abdul via IMDb reads: “Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim”.

I was immediately drawn in and pleasantly surprised by the story. The fact that the film is a biography made the story even sweeter. Judy Dench‘s acting was flawless, but by far the biggest revelation was Ali Fazal, who put in a wonderful performance from comedic through emotionally intense. I found it interesting that the film tackles an issue that is relevant to today’s society as well: the racism. I was sad to see how Abdul and his wife were treated, but this has also made me realize that racism was always present in society and it will never disappear.

The story line is fantastic and it flows beautifully. The bond between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim has to be one of the most unusual as well as greatest friendships in history. The soft and innocent friendship was enjoyable to watch from the dance scene to the walk shared in Florence.The film is a window into an interesting and rich part of history. It shed light on events that were unknown till 2010 and quite fascinating to learn and watch. The movie has nice doses of humor here and there to liven the film up. It was the meeting of two different worlds, on one side an aged ruler and on the other a low level simpleton who connected on a humane level,

Victoria And Abdul has to be one of the best motion pictures I’ve seen this year. If I were to rate this film it would get a 9 out of 10. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by everyone. I highly recommend it !

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Is Outstanding | Movie Review

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The Mountain Between Us is a 2017 Action/Adventure/Drama film that is starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. It is directed by Hany Abu-Assad (known for Paradise Now and Omar).  A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.”

I would like to start off by saying that this is an extraordinary film. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and not knowing what was going to happen next was the best thing ever. The acting of the main actors, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, was top class and they have a remarking chemistry on screen. I think this movie is so original and I can’t wait to watch it again. In my opinion, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. What makes it stand out is the fact that it’s for everybody. There’s plenty of action, drama, adventure, romance, and more. The film was emotional, and exciting to watch.

I formed a connection with its characters, I became attached to them and was rooting for them, hoping they would be rescued. Besides the main actors, I also liked the dog who brings together Ben and Alex. I didn’t know that this movie is based on the book (of the same name) by Charles Martin, so I might give it a reading to compare it to the motion picture. I loved the way the film was shot and the sights that it presented were breathtaking . What you don’t see in the trailer is that The Mountain Between Us also delivers a love story. I think this was a clever marketing idea, because it gives the viewers the chance to discover this while watching.

If I were to mark this film, it would get an 8.5 out of 10. It is really outstanding, so it’s definitely worth seeing. The Mountain Between Us is out in cinemas everywhere! Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

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‘American Made’ Is Spectacular |Movie Review

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American Made is an Action/Biography/Comedy film starring Tom Cruise, Caleb Landry Jones, Domhnall Gleeson, Jesse Plemons and Jayma Mays. It is directed by Doug Liman (most known for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Edge Of Tomorrow). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s”.

The movie is a blast from start to finish and had a ton of retro 80’s music, thing that I really enjoyed. Tom Cruise returns to form with some of his best work in the last 10 years outside the Mission Impossible franchise. It is a story inspired by real life events of Barry Seal, a pilot who plays a crucial role in the Iran-Contra Affair. In this film we see Tom Cruise return to familiar territory, where he makes us fall in love with a semi-good guy who does bad things, but this doesn’t stop the audience to root for him, because Tom Cruise is so charismatic and captivates us with his great smile. The supporting cast was quite good, but make no mistake the star is Tom Cruise and this film is meant to show everyone he still has it !

Always reliable if not exactly visionary, director Doug Liman has another entertaining outing with Tom Cruise, reinventing his charm, swagger and grin as tools for finding easy cash and marital respect when honest work doesn’t exactly get one far enough. I was fascinated by Sarah Wright,who plays Barry Seal’s wife, Lucy. I thought her acting was really good and authentic and I also have to admit that I was impressed by how beautiful she is. I look forward to seeing her in her future projects.Worth pointing out is also a stellar turn from a less prolific Domhnall Gleeson, whose ambitious CIA operator is equally blind, naive and brilliant, and Gleeson makes his oily presence wonderfully effective.

What I really love about American Made is that the action blends well with the comedy and at some occasions dramatic moments. I believe that this technique makes the film feel unpredictable, and instead of being tense, it becomes enjoyable. If you have watched and loved Narcos, then you will love this film as well, as you’ll get to see again some of  Pablo Escobar’s story from a different perspective. If i were to rate American Made, it would get a 7.5 out of 10. I highly recommend this film as it is spectacular !

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‘My Cousin Rachel’ Is A Masterpiece | Movie Review

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My Cousin Rachel is a 2017 romantic drama starring Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger and Iain Glen. It is directed by Roger Michell, who is known for Nothing Hill (1999) and Morning Glory (2010). This film is made after a book with the same title as the film and the writer is Daphne du Maurier. A synopsis for My Cousin Rachel reads: “A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.”

I want to start off by saying that this movie is a masterpiece, from the beginning till the end. The story is captivating, the acting of  Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz is top class and the way the story develops keeps its viewers wanting more. Another plus is the way this cinema piece was filmed and the sights it presented. The setting could hardly be more beautiful, with the farmland, woods, and dangerously lovely coast. Care has been taken to recreate the time period and Gothic story, aided by deft direction.

Throughout the narrative, we are presented with information which forces us as viewers to revise constantly one’s view as to whether the eponymous relative is a callous and scheming malevolent or totally misjudged and misunderstood. In a wonderful performance, Weisz enables us to be equally convinced by both interpretations.The film may seem a bit slow to some viewers not patient enough for a sophisticated period drama, but it’s actually well-paced and rich in mystery as well as colorful and charming local details. This lovely, terrific adaptation of Du Maurier’s classic work deserves high praise indeed.

I would highly recommend this film and if I were to rate it I would give it a mark of 8 out 10. My Cousin Rachel is out in cinemas everywhere! If you need more reasons to go and see this film watch below an official trailer:

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‘King Arthur : Legend Of The Sword’ Is Captivating | Movie Review

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is a 2017 action film starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey. It is directed by Guy Ritchie (known for RocknRolla and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). A synopsis for the film reads: “Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not”.

When I first watched the trailer some months ago and considering the fact that Guy Ritchie is directing this I thought one thing to be sure – this movie will NOT BE a classical King Arthur story. What happens here instead is that Ritchie took the concept of the King Arthur and Excalibur’s myths and made an original film in a way only he can. Some points I would like to raise are: Charlie Hunnam is an excellent actor with huge potential, Jude Law is at his best, this movie won’t be the same without him. Hunnam and Law were one of the reasons I wanted to watch this movie and they have a good chemistry on screen.

The soundtrack is well chosen, the overall atmosphere is excellent and the effects are spot on. A Guy Ritchie move I noticed in his films and is used in this one as well is the filming in slow motion which adds value to a brilliant story. What you should NOT expect from this movie is a regular King Arthur story. In this film is the witty dialogue and creative editing we’ve (at least some of us) have come to love from Guy Ritchie. There was never a boring scene throughout and I felt that this movie had all the elements to keep its viewers entertained. The action is good and the manner of delivery of it all brings this to greatness. The acting is solid, some characters are less developed than others, but I didn’t feel that this hurt the movie at all.

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‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’: The Pirates Are Back! |Movie Review

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a 2017 Fantasy film starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario. A synopsis for the film reads: “Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas”.

The first thing I would like to say about this film is the fact that I absolutely loved it! It is clear to see it is made for the family audiences, but nonetheless it kept me entertained for two hours! It is an action filled adventure on the high seas from when Britannia ruled the waves. It has it all: action, pirates, sailors and ghosts. If you want to take your kids to this one, you will not be sorry. I really enjoyed Mr. Bardem as Captain Salazar and I believe his acting is a little bit better than the rest, but every actor gave a hundred percent for this movie and it shows!

I can guarantee you that you will be laughing of many funny actions or the language used by the character. Johnny Depp is still the soul of the movie. He is leading all characters and is the one who is controlling the action. Besides of its perfection, this movie has some illogical scenes and some missing plot elements. Those who are not really fans of Pirates of the Caribbean movies, will have a difficulty to understand who is the real enemy and what pirates’ life is all about and what they must do to protect Jack Sparrow.

The film is brilliantly filmed and I think is perfect for IMAX. I watched it in D-Box which basically means that the chairs were moving while the action of the film was depicted on the screen. It was worth it to watch it like this and I would highly recommend this experience. I really enjoyed seeing Kaya Scodelario, whom I have been a fan of since her Skins days. Brenton Thwaites, who you may know from The Giveralso delivers a good acting. If I were to give a mark for this film I would give it a 7 out of 10.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is out in cinemas everywhere !

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Table 19 | Movie Review

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Table 19 is a 87 minute Comedy/Drama that is starring Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant and June Squibb. It is directed by Jeffrey Blitzmostly known for the TV show The Office (2006-2013)A synopsis reads: “Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19″.

What I like about this film is the fact that the story is simple, charming and it presents the raw reality and sometimes awkwardness of relationships. There are two main relationships that are depicted, and both of them have its complications: the relationship between Eloise and Teddy and the one between Bina and Jerry Kepp. Besides this, we have a young man, Rezno,  who is struggling with his confidence in asking someone to dance with him.

Nobody beautiful, rich or influential is at table 19. It turns out they are all at a turning point in their lives and the story evolves about their various crisis. These people are all amazing and their stories are interesting. I believe the soundtrack is well chosen and the spark of sensuality provided when Huck and Eloise dance is well done. I discovered a new song in this film that I now love- Roses by The Chainsmokers and ROZES

Stepehen Merchant’s character, Walter, will definitely make you laugh with his funny and awkward way of being and the way he talks. Nanny Jo is also an interesting character that gives the story a plus.This film is a combination of funny and sad moments, but I feel that it works well for its viewers. On the whole, Table 19 is a feel-good film that is definitely worth watching. If I were to rate this film I would give it a 7 out of 10.

Table 19 is out in cinemas everywhere !

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The Boss Baby| Movie Review

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The Boss Baby is a 2017 animation starring Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow. It is directed by Tom McGrath, mostly known for Madagascar (2005). A synopsis reads: “A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven year-old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Boss Baby is funny and heartwarming. It has plenty of quality laugh-out-loud moments, and has humor that will appeal to everyone, not just kids. There were also some very touching moments.. especially the boy’s bedtime routine and the relationship he develops with the boss baby. The intro scene with the baby deliveries is very cute and funny. I must say that in this film the babies seem much cuter than in real life.

Besides the conflict of the two brothers fighting for the attention of their parents, there is a separate plot line about Francis Francis trying to get people to love more puppies instead of babies-it involves creating a new breed of puppy that never grows up. The Boss baby character is hilarious. I loved the reflections on parenthood, feeding the baby, dummy sucking, milk bottles, diapers (nappies), vomit, lack of sleep, etc

The Boss Baby is an entertaining spectacle that is fun, funny, and clever at many points. This movie is certainly adorable and is the perfect family film (for all ages) . The story is simplistic and silly, and doesn’t have as much magic as a Disney film, but it’s nice to have a unique, original story that doesn’t involve making a political ordeal out of it. My personal rating for this film is 7.5 out of 10.

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Why Him? | Movie Review

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Why Him? is a 111 minutes comedy directed by John Hamburg, mostly known for I Love You, Man (2009). It is starring  Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Cedric the Entertainer, Kegan-Michael Key, Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally. A synopsis reads: “A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter’s Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question”.

Watching Why Him? I was pleasantly surprised. When entering the cinema screen I din’t think I will laugh a lot, but it happened. I must say this is a goofy movie and I would advise you not to put too much thought going in. What I would say to you is to just enjoy the show. James Franco is brilliant, he  brings his A-game here, and is once again totally hysterical. Bryan Cranston has a surprising comedic timing. Megan Mullally is a scene stealer. Kegan-Michael Key is bonkers. They all contribute to making this film enjoyable for us as spectators.

What I liked about this film is also the fact that it’s got Kaley Cuoco (one of my favourite actresses) as an awesome version of Siri,  apparently the best of Silicon Valley. Oh, and a half of the band KISS in full costume and makeup. Without saying too much I think the end of this film will warm your heart. Another thing that is worth mentioning is that the movie contains a lot of swearing and adult scenes, so I don’t recommend it to the kids.

If I were to give a rating to this film it would be a 6.5 out of 10. It’s not extraordinary, but definitely worth a watch, especially if you are a James Franco fan. Why Him? is in cinemas everywhere !

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