Genres: Action

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Bright

Disjointed in places, and seeming to need to embrace modern memes or pop culture references instead of better writing that would be more relevant to the alternate universe. Racial stereotypes abound in this movie, which is often common in fantasy stories but feels less appropriate in a modern setting and especially so with today’s movement towards better inclusivity.

A lot of the details seem left out also, reasons why things are happening – all the stuff you need to spend time on to build a cohesive world framework – in favour of the buddy-cops-in-over-their-heads motif which pervades the film. You have the “bent cop” sequence (human), the “ninja assassins” (elves), the “criminal gang lair” (orcs) strung together with either chase or hide-and-seek sequences.

After a disjointed start, it settles into a watchable action/thriller yet occasionally leaves you wondering what just happened only to carry on regardless. Naturally, it wraps up nicely for our heroes and sets the scene for more outings with the Brights.

Hopefully, it may spend a bit more time on each of the races, break down the stereotypes and spend more time explaining some of the details. It may then stand on the shoulders of this “welcome to Bright” movie.

Bright

20171 h 57 min
Overview

In an alternate present-day where magical creatures live among us, two L.A. cops become embroiled in a prophesied turf battle.

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Director David Ayer
Runtime 1 h 57 min
Release Date 22 December 2017
Budget $90,000,000
Revenue
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Happy Anderson, Dawn Olivieri, Matt Gerald, Margaret Cho, Joseph Piccuirro, Brad William Henke, Jay Hernandez, Enrique Murciano, Scarlet Spencer, Andrea Navedo, Kenneth Choi, Bobby Naderi, Carlos Linares, Bunnie Rivera, Bailey Edwards, Rosemary Stevens, Greg Joung Paik, Cle Shaheed Sloan, Robert Jekabson, Nadia Sloane, Chris Browning, Laura Vallejo, Brandon Larracuente, Derek Graf, John Duff, Jamal Duff, Craig Henningsen, Aaron V. Williamson, Joe Rogan, Tim Sitarz, Luis Moncada, Jos Viramontes, Aileen Burdock, Briana Henry, Lesley Shires, René Mena, Chelsea Rendon, Daryn D. Dupree, Blue Mesquita, Natalie Camunas, Regan Talley, Gabriel Ortega, Roberto Garcia, Kevin Vance, Ignacio Rodriguera, Eugene Villanueva, Adan Mendoza Jr., Hector Chavez, Raul Cuellar, Gabriel Lopez, Keenen Bray, Diane Boose
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Trust no one.

20141 h 45 min
Overview

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

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Director Kenneth Branagh
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 15 January 2014
Budget $60,000,000
Revenue $135,511,030
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Alec Utgoff, Peter Andersson, Nonso Anozie, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, Deborah Rosan, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Price Lindsey, Celine Jedidi, Ricky Rajpal, Karen David, David Paymer, David Hayman, Amy J. Kim, Bogdan Kominowski, Maggie Daniels, Annika Pergament, Seth Ayott, Andrew Byron, Derek Lea, Andy Butcher, Pat Kiernan, Ian Bonar, Elena Velikanova
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Deadpool 2

It looks like Deadpool is getting more integrated into the MCU with this instalment in the series. It kept the elements that worked in the first one and fine tuned them to feel more polished. Yes, the humour was often puerile; Yes, the violence was often graphic; Yes, the action sequences were as you’d expect. And, it gave us glimpses into mutant correction facilities we don’t hear about elsewhere (aside from maybe Agents of SHIELD on TV) which could open a new roster of villains for Phase 4, and kept a cohesive plot with developed character arcs and a grounded story of human choice which can be summarised in the old Cherokee Proverb about “The Wolf You Feed”:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

In my view, I thought this movie was better than the first and, with the post-credits scenes, we see how the events in this movie could easily tie in to Avengers 4 depending on which rumours you want to believe about how the Avengers “fix” “that” ending in Infinity War.

Deadpool 2

Prepare for the Second Coming.

20182 h 01 min
Overview

Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool battles the evil and powerful Cable and other bad guys to save a boy's life.

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Director David Leitch
Runtime 2 h 01 min
Release Date 15 May 2018
Budget $110,000,000
Revenue $734,197,230
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Eddie Marsan, Shiori Kutsuna, Stefan Kapičić, Andre Tricoteux, Randal Reeder, Nikolai Witschl, Thayr Harris, Rob Delaney, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Terry Crews, Brad Pitt, Paul Wu, Robert Maillet, Alan Tudyk, Matt Damon, Michasha Armstrong, Hayley Sales, Islie Hirvonen, Joe Doserro, Jagua Arneja, Gerry South, Mike Dopud, Luke Roessler, Andy Canete, Tanis Dolman, Eleanor Walker, Hunter Dillon, Sala Baker, Sonia Sunger, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Abiola Uthman, Tony Bailey, David Leitch, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters, Alexandra Shipp
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Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War

An entire universe. Once and for all.

20182 h 29 min
Overview

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

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Runtime 2 h 29 min
Release Date 25 April 2018
Budget $300,000,000
Revenue $2,046,239,637
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Sean Gunn, William Hurt, Letitia Wright, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Carrie Coon, Michael James Shaw, Stan Lee, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Kerry Condon, Monique Ganderton, Jacob Batalon, Tiffany Espensen, Isabella Amara, Ethan Dizon, Ariana Greenblatt, Ameenah Kaplan, Ross Marquand, Michael Anthony Rogers, Stephen McFeely, Aaron Lazar, Robert Pralgo, Olaniyan Thurmon, Blair Jasin, Matthew Zuk, Laura Miller, Kenneth Branagh, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders
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The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

Family no more

20172 h 16 min
Overview

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

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Director F. Gary Gray
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 12 April 2017
Budget $250,000,000
Revenue $1,238,764,765
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood, Corey Maher, Tego Calderón, Don Omar, Helen Mirren, Patrick St. Esprit, Eden Estrella, Janmarco Santiago, Luke Hawx, Celestino Cornielle, Olek Krupa, Alexander Babara, Andre Pushkin, Robert Jekabson, Nick Gracer, Gary Weeks, Joe Fishel, Michael W. Broomer, Theresa Cook, Kim Evans, Oleg Prudius, Connie Kincer, Yassie Hawkes, Destiny Lopez, Anita Farmer Bergman, Friday Chamberlain, Mya Levels, Yuliya Zelenskaya, Trevor Wolf, Megan Marie Wilson, Myrom Kingery, Dominick Wilkins, Shannon Marie Watts, Gary Lee Vincent, Zachary Vazquez, Ronald Joe Vasquez, Alan Tuskes, Mikhail Tot, Branislav R. Tatalovic, Doug Stroup, Eddy Stewart, Shawn Sterba, Nancy Ellen Shore, Jon Komp Shin, Darren Sheehan, Gabrielle Sebben, Ramona Schwalbach, Debbie Scaletta, Melissa Santiago, Mark Salas, Jostein Sagnes, Porche Robinson, Charlie Reyes-Torreblanca, William Cowboy Reed, Ryan Poole, Michelle Poole, Charles Poole, Anthony Vance Pierce, Carmelo Oquendo, Pauline Nowakowski, Darko Nikolic, Ryan Newton, Zoya Naumchik, Doug Meacham, Chris McCail, Faith Logan, Gary Lavard, Özcan Özdemir, Karin Boesler, Apollo GT
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Justice is Coming.

20161 h 58 min
Overview

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

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Director Edward Zwick
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 19 October 2016
Budget $60,000,000
Revenue $162,146,076
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Judd Lormand, Christopher Berry, Hunter Burke, Jason Douglas, Lizeth Hutchings, Marisela Zumbado, Alexandra Lucchesi, Madalyn Horcher, Robert Catrini, Teri Wyble, Austin Hébert, Billy Slaughter, Robert Knepper
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Justice League

As a movie, this sort-a worked out OK. Lots of big action sequences, a team of heroes and heroines, some comedic moments though not much emotion. The “good” guys spent all but an instant wrestling with the morality of resurrection hingeing on the old adage of “the greater good” for example.

Yet as a film, you have to wonder why two of the tribes (Atlanteans and Amazonians) went to extraordinary lengths to “seal” the unity/mother boxes in temples/tombs when the Steppenwolf just teleported into them, and then teleported out again. All seemed a little pointless other than to show off some set design and set pieces. And the box of Man was just buried so nobody could ever find it, yet somebody did (which was not explained) and, even if they hadn’t, these boxes send out a homing signal when they wake up so Steppenwolf would know where they are. Odd that.

We’ve seen the Green Lanterns in other incarnations, so it might have been more prudent to spread the stones far and wide and take a bit longer getting to the big endgame (assimilate earth) than rush to it in a fraction of the time that Marvel did getting to Avengers: Infinity War. Though, if they had restricted it that way there is a lot of similarity between the ideas (megalomaniac seeks multiple power stones/crystals to ensure destruction).

Justice League felt like a collection of pieces that didn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. It was still a visually good movie, and worth the runtime, but there wasn’t the payoff we have come to expect with the Marvel canon.

Justice League

20172 h 00 min
Overview

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince assemble a team of metahumans consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and the Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 15 November 2017
Budget $500,000,000
Revenue $657,924,295
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Billy Crudup, Joe Morton, Amber Heard, Michael McElhatton, Joe Manganiello, Jesse Eisenberg, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Julian Lewis Jones, Marc McClure, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Holt McCallany, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Gemma Refoufi, Kelly Burke, Paulina Boneva, Alexandra Ford, Eleanor Matsuura, Daniel Stisen, Samantha Jo, Sergi Constance, Doutzen Kroes, Dan Mersh, Peter Vo
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Black Panther

This is another good move from the Marvel stable. It may be ‘groundbreaking’ in its casting, but the story felt somewhat formulaic and many characters remained two-dimensional. The story kept good pace (though felt a little long for me). Some backstory was left to voiceover over the opening titles, and didn’t really have a huge impact when it came to leveraging this during the story. But, this is Marvel and not something like the Planet of the Apes trilogy.

Black Panther

Long live the king

20182 h 14 min
Overview

King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

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Director Ryan Coogler
Runtime 2 h 14 min
Release Date 13 February 2018
Budget $200,000,000
Revenue $1,343,859
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, Sterling K. Brown, Seth Carr, Denzel Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Sapani, Sydelle Noel, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Jénel Stevens, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Stan Lee, Sebastian Stan, Bambadjan Bamba, Jeremy Sample, Sope Aluko, Alexis Rhee, Tahseen Ghauri, Danny Chung, David S. Lee, Mark Ashworth, Shad Gaspard, William Cowboy Reed, Alex Hibbert, Lucy Hockings, Ashton Tyler, Atandwa Kani, Connie Chiume, Dorothy Steel, Marija Abney, Maria Hippolyte, Marie Mouroum, Zola Williams, Christine Hollingsworth, Nabiyah Be, Michael David Yuhl, Elizabeth Elkins, Raven Wynn, Amechi Okocha, Tony Sears, Francesca Faridany, Roland Kilumbu, Timothy Carr, Apollo GT, James Siderits, Travis Love, Lidya Jewett, Alona Leoine, Kinley Fleurejuste, Ofu Obekpa, Michael R. Ciminna, John Y Lee, Byron Coolie, William Walker, Joseph Akharoh Jr., Stanley Aughtry, Raenen Golez, Leo De Rivera, Tevin Beech, Tari Omoro, Andrea Antonio Canal, David Dunston, Emelita T. Gonzalez, Josue Louis-Charles, Isaac Phillips, Trevor Noah, Jamel Chambers
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Kingsman: Golden Circle

A good sequel to the first, continuing the over-the-top comic-book style (of its source material) with more of the same action sequences, a smattering of humour and touching moments. Although much of the process is two-dimensional and everybody gets there in the nick of time (as usual, but it is an action/thriller/comedy) it keeps you engaged and – more importantly – entertained throughout the runtime. Despite being ‘Stateside’, it didn’t feel that the ‘Britishness’ had been sucked out of it and Elton John was, well, Elton and the linking of music in the movie to action sequences backed with the same movie accentuated the comic nature of the movie. I hope they continue the franchise with another movie, though saving the world again might be a tough story to spin.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

20172 h 21 min
Overview

When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency known as the Statesman to save the world.

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Director Matthew Vaughn
Runtime 2 h 21 min
Release Date 20 September 2017
Budget $104,000,000
Revenue $394,247,609
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Elton John, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Hanna Alström, Edward Holcroft, Poppy Delevingne, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Sophie Cookson, Michael Gambon, Tobi Bakare, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Thomas Turgoose, Calvin Demba, Samantha Womack, Keith Allen, Tom Benedict Knight, Mark Arnold, Björn Granath, Lena Endre, Gordon Alexander, Jeff Ricketts, James Carroll Jordan, Samantha Coughlan, Mingus Johnston