Genres: Fantasy

Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).

However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!

Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Saga Continues

20172 h 32 min
Overview

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

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Director Rian Johnson
Runtime 2 h 32 min
Release Date 13 December 2017
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Amanda Lawrence, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Tim Rose, Mark Lewis Jones, Gwendoline Christie, Billie Lourd, Frank Oz, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Ben Schwartz, Bill Hader, Benicio del Toro, Adrian Edmondson, Lupita Nyong'o, Mike Quinn, Peter Mayhew, Jimmy Vee, Veronica Ngo, Justin Theroux, Lily Cole, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Warwick Davis, Gareth Edwards, Gary Barlow, Hermione Corfield, Noah Segan, Jamie Christopher, Griffin Hamill, Nathan Hamill, Chelsea Hamill, Paul Kasey, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Tom Kane, Kiran Shah, Crystal Clarke, Liang Yang, Bern Collaço, Joe Cornish, Andy Nyman, Navin Chowdhry, Shauna Macdonald, Edgar Wright, James Corden, James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Tom Hardy
Poster for the movie ""

Thor: Ragnarok

Pop comics. Worked in Ant-man, though this felt like it was a parody of Thor et al; a sort-of Thor does Fifth Element.  All the meat of the story glossed over. Pretty, but not much else. Sorry guys.

Thor: Ragnarok

No Hammer. No Problem.

20172 h 10 min
Overview

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the prophecy of destruction to his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

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Director Taika Waititi
Runtime 2 h 10 min
Release Date 25 October 2017
Details
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Tadanobu Asano, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel House, Taika Waititi, Clancy Brown, Stan Lee, Sam Neill, Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Georgia Blizzard, Amali Golden, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashley Ricardo, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Taylor Hemsworth, Cohen Holloway, Alia Seror-O'Neill, Sophia Laryea, Stephen Oliver, Hamish Parkinson, Jasper Bagg, Sky Castanho, Shari Sebbens, Richard Green, Sol Castanho, Jet Tranter, Samantha Hopper, Eloise Winestock, Rob Mayes, Tahlia Jade, Winnie Mzembe, Sean Edward Frazer, Connor Zegenhagen, Tracie Filmer, Tracey Lee Maxwell, Beatrice Ward, Donnie Baxter, Greta Carew-Johns, Adam Green, Mollie McGregor, Sophia McGregor, Scarlett Johansson
Poster for the movie "Warcraft"

Warcraft

Well, started much as a CG cut-scene might in a video game. Then carried on, so I gave up. There wasn’t anything to grab you in this movie unless watching video games is your thing. I may have persevered a few years ago but my films need to show more intelligence and finesse.

Warcraft

Two worlds. One home.

20162 h 03 min
Overview

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

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Director Duncan Jones
Runtime 2 h 03 min
Release Date 25 May 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very bad
Actors
Starring: Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Daniel Wu, Clancy Brown, Ruth Negga, Callum Keith Rennie, Ryan Robbins, Burkley Duffield, Donnie MacNeil, Michael Adamthwaite, Dylan Schombing, Mackenzie Gray, Terry Notary, Anna Galvin, Glenn Close, Dean Redman, Glenn Ennis, Elena Wurlitzer, Anna Van Hooft, Callan Mulvey, Adrian Glynn McMorran, Kyle Rideout, Mike Antonakos, Elisabeth Rosen, Patrick Sabongui, Wesley MacInnes, Mackenzie Gray, Christian Sloan, Valérie Wiseman, Dan Payne, Eugene Lipinski, Christina Jastrzembska, Travis MacDonald, Frank C. Turner, Trevor Mack, Donavon Stinson, Joel Sturrock, Jill Morrison, G. Michael Gray, Raj Lal, Donnie MacNeil, Michael Patric
Poster for the movie "Doctor Strange"

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

20161 h 55 min
Overview

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

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Director Scott Derrickson
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 25 October 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Zara Phythian, Alaa Safi, Katrina Durden, Topo Wresniwiro, Umit Ulgen, Linda Louise Duan, Mark Anthony Brighton, Meera Syal, Amy Landecker, Adam Pelta-Pauls, Sarah Malin, Eben Young, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Elizabeth Healey, Guillaume Faure, Daniel Dow, Stan Lee, Ezra Khan, Kimberly Van Luin, Pat Kiernan, Alister Albert, Moya Allen, Mairead Armstrong, Raj Awasti, Annarie Boor, Dante Briggins, Jill Buchanan, Alice Chen, Bern Collaco, Anna Elizabeth Eaton, Daniel Eghan, Juani Feliz, Cliff Ferraro, Sian Francis, Ulises Galeano, Martavious Gayles, Chris Hemsworth, Leigh Holland, Mo Idriss, Tamika Katon-Donegal, Faith Logan, Tyrone Love, Pezhmaan Alinia, Kei Miura, Cameron Moon, Shina Shihoko Nagai, Emily Ng, Emeson Nwolie, Jag Patel, Andreas Pliatsikas, Henardo Rodriguez, Samantha Russell, Michelle Santiago, Nancy Ellen Shore, Tina Simmons, Rachel Emma Slack, Clem So, Ruolan Zhang
Poster for the movie "Suicide Squad"

Suicide Squad

Another in the DCEU’s haste to get everybody together to catch up with Marvel. Why these ‘bad guys’ had to endlessly quip about their antics to make light of them, I am not sure. They could have been more serious. I think they are trying to get too close to the “comic” feel and losing the thread of being a good “movie”. Better than expected, if only for the post-credits Bruce Wayne scene linking the threads.

Suicide Squad

20162 h 04 min
Overview

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

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Director David Ayer
Runtime 2 h 04 min
Release Date 2 August 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Not bad
Actors
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Common, David Harbour, Jim Parrack, Alex Meraz, Corina Calderon, Robin Atkin Downes, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, Matt Baram, Alain Chanoine, Ted Whittall, Michael Murray, Jaime FitzSimons, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Christopher Dyson, Bambadjan Bamba, Robert B. Kennedy, Billy Otis, James McGowan, Derek Perks, Aidan Devine, Andrew Bee, Clive McLean, Frank J. Zupancic, Kent Sheridan, Roger Shank, Dwight Ireland, Amanda Brugel, Peter Tufford Kennedy, Rosemary De Los Santos, Kevin Hanchard, Joel Lacoursiere, Jameson Kraemer, Ho Chow, Birgitte Solem, Kevin Vance, Tyler Grey, Nathan Brown, Kenneth Choi, Nicolas Van Burek, Agueda Cardenas, Daniela Uruena, Nicolas Uruena, Ariane Bellamar, Murray Urquhart, Alyssa Veniece, Tim Ajro, Devlin Anderson, Briana Andrade-Gomes, Raffi Atamian, John Byers, Heather Byrne, Corey Chainey, Shak Chaudhry, James Chilli Chillingworth, Andrew Christie, Alex Chung, Gavin R. Downes, Reid Eastwood, Scott Edgecombe, Brendan Egan, Jeff Ellenberger, Mark Falvo, Tatyana Figueiredo, Gary 'Si-Jo' Foo, Tazito Garcia, Brianna Goldie, Ryan Groves, William Hainsworth, Shawn J. Hamilton, Shane Harbinson, Fatimah Hassan, Dexter Howe, Melanie Hubert, David Ingram, Shane Clinton Jarvis, Actor Sergio Kato, Kevin Kent, Martin Kessler, Melissa Lem, John MacDonald, Stephanie Manchulenko, Matthew Mease, Christopher Meneses, Valiant Michael, Sabine Mondestin, Justin Moses, Drew Moss, Afsheen Olyaie, Dan Petronijevic, Alisha Phillips, Tamina Pollack-Paris, Michael Prather, Dennisha Pratt, Asad Que, Mark Quigley, Darryl Quon, Diezel Ramos, Hugh Scott, Jasmine Sean, Attila Sebesy, Rick Silver, Connor Skific, Jamie Soricelli, Amos Stern, Goran Stjepanovic, Vivienne Taylor, Jasmine Renée Thomas, Alen Toric, Dallas Wade, Joe Warshaw, Tony Watt, James Weicht, Taylor Whittaker, Robert L. Wilson
Poster for the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

20162 h 31 min
Overview

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 31 min
Release Date 23 March 2016
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Jena Malone, Brandon Spink, Lauren Cohan, Hugh Maguire, Michael Cassidy, Alan D. Purwin, Dan Amboyer, Rebecca Buller, Harry Lennix, Christina Wren, Jade Chynoweth, Chad Krowchuk, Kevin Costner, Ezra Miller, Patrick Wilson, Michael Shannon, Charlie Rose, Vikram Gandhi, Andrew Sullivan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Stewart, Soledad O'Brien, Erika R. Erickson, Dana Bash, Nancy Grace, Anderson Cooper, Brooke Baldwin, Carla Gugino, Jason Momoa, Joe Morton, Ray Fisher, Joseph Cranford, Emily Peterson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sammi Rotibi, Hanna Dworkin, Tiffany L. Addison, Owais Ahmed, Anish Jethmalani, Tiffany Bedwell, Natalee Arteaga, Keith D. Gallagher, Jeff Dumas, Miriam Lee, Alicia Regan, Stephanie Koenig, Ripley Sobo, Richard Burden, Julius Tennon, Wunmi Mosaku, Dennis North, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Mason Heidger, Ahney Her, Kristine Cabanban, Sebastian Sozzi, Kent Shocknek, Ralph Lister, Sammy A. Publes, Jay R. Adams, David Midura, Jay Towers, Michael Ellison, Kirill Ostapenko, Rashontae Wawrzyniak, Tom Luginbill, Dave Pasch, Danny Mooney, Henry Frost III, Nicole Forester, Debbie Stabenow, Milica Govich, John Lepard, Sandra Love Aldridge, Graham W.J. Beal, Henri Franklin, Jonathan West, T.J. Martinelli, Chris Newman, Lulu Dahl, Sam Logan Khaleghi, Anne Marie Damman, Connie Craig, Henrietta Hermelin, Patrick Leahy, Albert Valladares, David Paris, Abigail Kuklis, Greg Violand, Tiren Jhames, Steve Jasgur, Jonathan Stanley, Jesse Nagy, Duvale Murchison, Thomas J. Fentress, Coburn Goss, Jeff Hanlin, Gary A. Hecker, Robin Atkin Downes, Issac Ryan Brown, Barton Bund, Bailey Chase, Patrick O'Connor Cronin, Sonja Crosby, C.T. Fletcher, Ahman Green, Diana Gaitirira, Jalene Mack, Esodie Geiger, Nene Nwoko, Scott Edward Logan, Marcus Goddard, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Alma Martinez, Sal Lopez, Marcel Shihadeh, Theo Bongani Ndyalvane, Satori Shakoor, Ele Bardha, Inder Kumar, Brandon Bautista, Laura Atwood, Debbie Scaletta, David Leach, Gordon Michaels, Brian Boland, Taras Los, Jason Hughley, Sidi Henderson, Meighan Gerachis, Nicole Santini, Axel Harney, Wayne E. Brown, Dante Briggins, Shannon Garnett, Lynch R. Travis, Carmen Gangale, Joe Cipriano, Will Blagrove, Marcelo Bem, Joe Fishel, Mark Edward Taylor
Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m on the fence about this one. It feels like a modern version of A New Hope (the first Star Wars film). It contains an almost identical through-line and very similar locations, yet wrapped in a continuity arc from the originals with descendants of the original characters. Some of it feels rushed, some paced just right. No idea why Snoke has to be so big though. And he looks too like Gollum for my liking (OK, same actor but CG folks!)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

20152 h 16 min
Overview

Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

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Director J.J. Abrams
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 15 December 2015
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Joonas Suotamo, Simon Pegg, Kiran Shah, Ken Leung, Greg Grunberg, Billie Lourd, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Brian Vernel, Tim Rose, Erik Bauersfeld, Mike Quinn, Bill Kipsang Rotich, Warwick Davis, Jessica Henwick, Anna Brewster, Cailey Fleming, Ian Whyte, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Bill Hader, Ben Schwartz, Kenny Baker, Jimmy Vee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kate Fleetwood, Emun Elliott, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Harriet Walter, Sebastian Armesto, Pip Torrens, Daniel Craig, Michael Giacchino, Nigel Godrich, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Mark Stanley, Morgan Dameron, Gerald W. Abrams, Andrew Jack, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou, Amybeth Hargreaves, Leanne Best, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Smith, J.J. Abrams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Tom Kane, Catherine Taber, Matthew Wood, Samuel Witwer, Meredith Salenger, James Arnold Taylor, Dave Filoni, Michael Donovan, Devon Libran, Elle Newlands, Terri Douglas, Robert Stambler, Verona Blue, TJ Falls, Michelle Rejwan, Eugene Byrd, Fred Tatasciore, David Collins, Amanda Foreman, Christopher Scarabosio, Patrick Correll, Karen Huie, Orly Schuchmacher, Emily Towers, Jonathan Dixon, Katie Sheridan, Mark Dodson, Christian Simpson, Liang Yang, David Acord, Rocky Marshall, Philicia Saunders, Jeffery Kissoon, Claudia Sermbezis, Jim McGrath, Tosin Cole, James McArdle, Stefan Grube, Dixie Arnold, Hannah John-Kamen, Sasha Frost, Victor McGuire, Saara Forsberg
Poster for the movie "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

20142 h 24 min
Overview

Immediately after the events of The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo and the dwarves try to defend Erebor's mountain of treasure from others who claim it: the men of the ruined Laketown and the elves of Mirkwood. Meanwhile an army of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler is marching on Erebor, fueled by the rise of the dark lord Sauron. Dwarves, elves and men must unite, and the hope for Middle-Earth falls into Bilbo's hands.

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Director Peter Jackson
Runtime 2 h 24 min
Release Date 10 December 2014
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Actors
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, John Bell, Ryan Gage, Peggy Nesbitt, Mary Nesbitt, Manu Bennett, John Tui, Billy Connolly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Kilgour, Sarah Peirse, Nick Blake, Simon London, Conan Stevens, Allan Smith, Miranda Harcourt, Thomasin McKenzie
Poster for the movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Some great dark visions in this entry into the canon. The action was solid and I was glad it was confined, either in private (mostly) or the major set-pieces in the far future. This kept the 70s segments more ‘real’ and fitting in with the Marvel universe and lack of awareness of the population at that time. Getting ready for Apocalypse …

X-Men: Days of Future Past

20142 h 11 min
Overview

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods as they join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

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Director Bryan Singer
Runtime 2 h 11 min
Release Date 15 May 2014
Details
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very good
Actors
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Kelsey Grammer, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit, Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Michael Lerner, Gregg Lowe, Mark Camacho, Bryan Singer, Brendan Pedder, Harry Standjofski, Mike Dopud, Andreas Apergis, Robert Montcalm, Jaa Smith-Johnson, Alex Ivanovici, François Paquette, Zabryna Guevara, Zehra Leverman, Angela Galuppo, Victor Cornfoot, Brent Skagford, Kyle Gatehouse, Taris Tyler, Darryl Scheelar, Thai-Hoa Le, Johnny Tran, Gregory Hlady, Julian Casey, Robert Crooks, Matt Cooke, Tim Post, Jason Deline, Karine Vanasse, Pierre LeBlanc, Jude Beny, Arthur Holden, Sean Curley, Susanna Fournier, Andrew Peplowski, Moe Jeudy-Lamour, Neil Napier, Mizinga Mwinga, Jimmy Chan