Terminator: Dark Fate
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Terminator: Dark Fate

Welcome to the day after Judgement Day.

27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator, for a fight for the future.

James Cameron returns to the franchise with Deadpool director Tim Miller at the helm to bring us a direct sequel to Terminator 2. Cameron has publicly dismissed the last three films as a “bad dream”, which helps undo a lot of inconsistencies that the latest films brought with them.

One of the biggest highlights for me is the return of Linda Hamilton (the original Sarah Connor). Seeing an older version of the bad-ass character we loved is going to be interesting, and I’m curious how they’ll play it with John not around. From the looks of the trailer, the new Terminator threat is able to self-replicate. It certainly seems gimmicky, but if done right, it could stand to be as threatening as the shape-shifting T-1000 was in Terminator 2.

It’s still going to be difficult to top the first two Terminator movies, but now that the franchise is back in safe hands, I’d be surprised if it’s not at least the third best film in the series.

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Rick and Morty
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Rick and Morty

Season 4

Everybody CHILL: Rick and Morty returns this November! We don’t have an exact date yet but the return of this outstanding comedy is cause for celebration!

The final episode of season 3 aired back in October of 2017, so it’s been a good long while. And to be fair, Mr Poopybutthole did warn us at the end of the last episode that that would be the case.

But for me personally, the best piece of news that came out last year during the hiatus was the announcement that Rick and Morty has been officially renewed for a staggering 70 additional episodes! So with 31 already under their belt, that will guarantee us at least 101 episodes of portal-hopping goodness to enjoy!

And maybe we’ll eventually find out what Evil Morty has been planning now that he’s the President of the Citadel of Ricks…

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Midway
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

Midway

One battle turned the tide of war.

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.

“Pearl Harbour is the greatest intelligence failure in American history.”

For some reason, I love the delivery of that line in the trailer. We’ve had movies about Pearl Harbour before, but this film looks really intense, emotional, and visually stunning. My first reaction to the trailer was how incredible and realistic the attack on Pearl Harbour looks, quickly followed by the reality-check of how horrific that attack must have been in real-life. To have that kind of reality-check within the first 30 seconds of the trailer gives me high hopes for the quality of the film.

It’s directed by Roland Emmerich, and whilst his movies are usually hit or miss, the ones that do hit (such as Independence Day), hit big. It honestly looks great and I sincerely hope it gets an IMAX release (and would ultimately be surprised if it didn’t).

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Ford v Ferrari
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

Ford v Ferrari

They took the American dream for a ride.

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this remarkable true story. Both are incredibly talented actors and the trailer to this looks riveting.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Nov
22
12:00 PM12:00

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.

My British sensibilities are having a hard time writing the word “Neighbor” instead of “Neighbour”, but as this is an American movie about an American icon, I feel it’s only respectful to let the Americans have this one.

I was never really that familiar with Mr Rogers growing up. He wasn’t someone we had on television in the UK and to this day, I’ve still not seen his show. The only recollection I really have of him is during a scene in Short Circuit 2 when Johnny 5, the robot brought to life by a bolt of lightning, is watching his show on television and Mr Rogers is talking about the difference between someone who’s alive and a puppet that is not.

Whilst I’ve never seen the show, I know he’s got a reputation for being one of the nicest people on the planet. And who better to portray him than yet another legendary American icon; Mr Tom Hanks.

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Frozen II
Nov
22
12:00 PM12:00

Frozen II

If you have children, you’ll be watching this at the cinema

Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa's magic powers and save their kingdom.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that this is going to be the biggest kid’s movie of the year.

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Jumanji: The Next Level
Dec
13
12:00 PM12:00

Jumanji: The Next Level

It’s still a jungle in there.

Four friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game.

This movie seems to have just popped up from out of nowhere!

Whilst I really didn’t find the previous movie all that good, I did enjoy the cast. I honestly don’t expect anything good from this movie, but I’m morbidly curious to see it based solely on the fact that it somehow exists. And I kind of hate myself for that…

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Superintelligence
Dec
20
12:00 PM12:00

Superintelligence

Pull the plug

Carol Peters' life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by the world's first superintelligence - a form of artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.

James Corden is playing the voice of the “superintelligence” and so that will be interesting to see what his take it. I don’t know much more about this film other than it’s a Melissa McCarthy comedy, but that in itself should give us a good enough idea on what to expect.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Dec
20
12:00 PM12:00

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Every generation has a legend.

The remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.

I’m not sure what I want to say about this film to be honest. Everyone will have their own excitement and anticipation surrounding it. I’ve enjoyed the latest trilogy a lot, which according to the internet I’m apparently wrong on, but I’ve liked it. Admittedly the previous film killed off a few characters that I was looking forward to seeing some development with, but some critical moments aside I am genuinely excited to see how the Skywalker saga ends.

But one thing that I feel certain on; I think that no matter how good or divisive the movie turns out to be for fans, I think everyone will be happily united in seeing our princess Carrie Fisher one final time…

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Spies in Disguise
Dec
25
12:00 PM12:00

Spies in Disguise

Super Spy. Super Fly.

When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world.

From the creators of Ice Age and featuring the voice talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland, this actually doesn’t look that bad. The first half of the trailer felt kind of generic but the moment Will Smith’s character gets turned into a pigeon and freaks out… I was kinda sold on it.

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1917
Dec
25
12:00 PM12:00

1917

The war to end war.

Plot unknown. The film will be set in 1917 during World War I.

Director Sam Mendes is bringing us a World War I film that’s said to be filmed in one single mocked-up long shot. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Mark Strong and Colin Firth attached, this could become quite the epic.

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Star Trek: Picard
Dec
31
12:00 PM12:00
TV

Star Trek: Picard

Series Premiere

The series is set 20 years after Jean-Luc Picard's last appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), and finds him deeply affected by the destruction of Romulus as depicted in the film Star Trek (2009).

Quite possibly the most exciting thing to happen to Star Trek in over a decade, Sir Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek to reprise his most admired role; the titular Jean-Luc Picard.

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard was monumental in trying to help the reunification of Vulcan and Romulus. The destruction of Romulus is definitely going to have taken its toll on him, especially with all of the work that he’s done to make peace with the Romulan Star Empire over the course of the show and his final feature-film; Star Trek: Nemesis.

The series will be set almost 20 years since the events depicted in Nemesis, and given that that movie came out in 2002, it will have been about the same amount of time as when we last saw Picard, which to be quite honest is somewhat marvellous to me.

Based on interviews with Sir Patrick, it doesn’t sound like he’d have been interested to return to the role if he was playing the exact same character as he did during the 80s and 90s. Playing a version of Picard who has been broken and decided to leave Starfleet sounds like a far more intriguing change of character for him, and hopefully for us too as an audience.

With all the hate thrown at Star Trek: Discovery as of late, fans are excited about the new Picard series. I am too, but I would caution anyone who’s expecting to get that nostalgic TNG feeling from the show, as this is sounding like it will be a very different in tone from what we’re used to. But that’s what makes it so exciting to me, and it will interesting to see where they take it.

There’s no official release date as of yet, but CBS Chief Creative Officer David Nevins stated that CBS expects the series to launch late in 2019.

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Doctor Who
Jan
1
12:00 PM12:00

Doctor Who

Series 12

The Doctor and her friends will land again on BBC One in 2020

I’ve genuinely loved Jodie Whittaker’s performance as the Doctor. I just wish that the season as a whole was a bit more cohesive and that her companions weren’t so underdeveloped due to them not getting enough screen time (which is one of the problems with having too many of them all at once).

The BBC have been taking some extra time to make Series 12, which I would like to think [/hope] is for them to take more time to analyze what worked and what didn’t in their first year with new showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Either way, I’m looking forward to the Doctor’s return in 2020.

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The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle
Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Listen up!

A physician discovers that he can talk to animals.

The logo alone shows that this is going to be a different outing to the one we had with Eddie Murphy back in 1998. Plus with Robert Downey Jr. helming the film alongside distinguished actors such as Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent and Ralph Fiennes, I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Plus Tom Holland is also providing one of the voices, meaning that Spidey and Iron Man shall be teaming up once again (should you care to indulge my desire to look at it that way).

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Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

See you soon

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Harley Quinn was single-handedly, in my opinion, the best part of the Suicide Squad movie. Margot Robbie absolutely nailed the role of the insane psychiatrist and so I’m glad she’s getting her own spin-off movie - which will also introduce us to a slew of female characters from Gotham City!

Jared Leto has also teased that he’ll be reprising his role as the Joker, but I would assume that’s just a cameo moment to show her splitting from him.

Given DC’s recent cinematic track record, I don’t have particularly high hopes for this film, but then that does leave me more open to being pleasantly surprised. And who doesn’t want to see more Harley Quinn, really?

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The King’s Man
Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

The King’s Man

The origin of the Kingsman Secret Service

As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

I love everything that Vaughn has done with the Kingsman series so far. My understanding for this movie (unless plot details have changed since the previous running title of Kingsman: The Great Game) is that this is a prequel that sets up how the Kingsman Secret Service came into existence.

We got a brief rundown of the history of the Kingsman in the first movie, and so I love the idea of diving deeper into that lore.

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Onward
Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

Onward

From the creator of Monsters University

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney•Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

Voiced by Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer and Chris Pratt, Onward is Pixar’s next feature film. It’s written and directed by Dan Scanlon, the creator of Monsters University. That film wasn’t as well received as the original, but Pixar do try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth. Pixar’s own website quotes Scanlon as saying “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother” and is about siblings who lost their father when they were young.

Whilst Monsters University perhaps wasn’t the prequel we envisioned or needed, this movie does likely have a lot more heart, coming from a very personal place for Scanlon.

Plus who doesn’t want more Chris Pratt and Tom Holland teaming up together post-Avengers?

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The Invisible Man
Mar
13
12:00 PM12:00

The Invisible Man

Think You're Alone? Think Again.

Plot unknown. Feature film based on one of Universal Pictures' classic monster characters.

Following the failure of the Mummy reboot, Universal Pictures has decided to scrap their Dark Universe cinematic universe and to push forward with The Invisible Man as a standalone film.

They’ve also reportedly dropped Johnny Depp from the movie now that the project is going on an entirely new direction, and that’s fine with me. I once revered him as one of the acting greats, but in his post-Pirates of the Caribbean work, his performances have been somewhat lacklustre.

But ever since I was a kid and saw the short-lived 1970’s TV series starring David McCallum, I’ve enjoyed seeing all the different takes on people becoming invisible on TV and in film. I even felt that Kevin Bacon’s Hollow Man was quite a fun take on the premise, so I’m all for seeing this latest take on the H.G. Wells classic.

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A Quiet Place 2
Mar
20
12:00 PM12:00

A Quiet Place 2

If they hear you, they’ll hunt you. Again.

Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2018 film, 'A Quiet Place'.

John Krasinski, best known for his role as Jim on The Office, delivered an excellent post-apocalyptic horror with the first film. It starred both himself and his real-life wife Emily Blunt, and at first glance it seemed like they may have borrowed the idea of the graboids from the movie Tremors, which hunt their prey by tracking sound and vibrations. But it quickly became clear that A Quiet Place had a far more ruthless premise that dialled that fear-factor all the way up to eleven.

We don’t know what to expect from the sequel at this stage, but I’m glad to hear that Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and John Krasinski are all returning to write the screenplay.

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Mulan
Mar
27
12:00 PM12:00

Mulan

This time, the princess saves the prince.

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney's 'Mulan.'

To be honest, the original Mulan is one of the few Disney animated movies that I have not seen. I recall seeing plenty of trailers for it on other Disney VHS tapes that I had years ago, but I just never really got around to it. However I’m including it on this list because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of Disney’s live-action re-imaginings so far, and part of me would like to see one of them when I’m not so familiar with the storyline.

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The New Mutants
Apr
3
11:59 PM23:59

The New Mutants

Everyone has demons.

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Although it was originally intended to be the first of a new spin-off trilogy, Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox has now made this the thirteenth and final entry in the X-Men film series.

Starring Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame and Anya Taylor-Joy from Split and Glass, The New Mutants takes a horror spin on the X-Men franchise. It was originally slated for an April 2018 release, but they opted to delay it for a couple of years to allow for reshoots to make the film more frightening.

As someone who’s loved the X-Men film series, I’m looking forward to seeing a horror-take on the mutants and hope that it serves as a good swan song of sorts for the long-running franchise before Marvel reboot it in the way they do best.

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Bond 25
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Bond 25

For the 25th time, the name’s Bond, James Bond.

Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

This film will be Daniel Craig's fifth and likely final appearance as Britain’s favourite secret service agent. Given that this movie will also be Craig's fourteenth year in the role of James Bond, this will make him the longest running actor to play the character since the late Roger Moore (although Roger Moore and Sean Connery have both had seven and six official appearances in the role respectively).

I’ve loved Craig in the role and really appreciate that they added some form of continuity in what has become somewhat of a soft reboot for the franchise. It will be a shame to see him leave the role, but given his age and the injuries he sustained from Spectre, it’s unsurprising that he now wishes to bow out gracefully.

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Westworld
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Westworld

Season 3

From executive producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and J.J. Abrams, Westworld returns for its third season. Plot details are being kept under wraps as per standard HBO operating protocol, but when we last saw Dolores and Bernard, they were beginning a new chapter outside the park.

Joining the cast is Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, who features prominently in the trailer.

I cannot even begin to explain my excitement for the return of this series — even if it doesn’t look like anything to me. ;)

There’s no official release date beyond “2020”, but given the air dates from previous seasons, their filming schedule, and the gap now left by Game of Thrones; I’m guessing we might be looking at an April 12th release for now.

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Artemis Fowl
May
29
12:00 PM12:00

Artemis Fowl

Time to believe.

Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.

I’ve read the synopsis, and I’ve read the trailer, and I’ll wholeheartedly admit that I still don’t feel like I have a good grasp about what the movie is about.

It’s based on a collection of eight science-fiction fantasy novels by Irish author Eoin Colfer, and according to Wikipedia the series has received “a very positive critical reception and generated huge sales”. So no wonder they’re making a movie.

Also, given that there are eight books, I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney are planning on at least as many movies with this one.

But even with my confusion and unfamiliarity with the series, I did notice that one of the books has the title “The Time Paradox”, and I do love myself a good time paradox. So, on my list it goes…

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Wonder Woman 1984
Jun
5
12:00 PM12:00

Wonder Woman 1984

She’s back…

Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s and finds a formidable foe by the name of the Cheetah.

Given the success of the first Wonder Woman film, I honestly can’t wait to see this one. DC’s movie offerings haven’t been great, but Wonder Woman was given the perfect cinematic treatment, and I’m excited to see how her second standalone movie does.

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Soul
Jun
19
12:00 PM12:00

Soul

From the creator of Monsters Inc, Inside Out, and Up

Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.

Academy Award-winning Pete Docter, who directed Up and Inside Out, will be directing Soul. He’s been with Pixar since the very beginning, and now serves as Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, replacing John Lasseter following his departure/ousting.

The description released thus far is somewhat cryptic, but with Docter at the helm, I’m confident that this will be one to look forward to.

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Top Gun: Maverick
Jun
26
12:00 PM12:00

Top Gun: Maverick

Feel the need.

Plot currently undisclosed.

I wasn’t always that much of a fan of Top Gun, owing mostly to the fact that I saw the spoof Hot Shots! first, making that my go-to fighter pilot flick as a kid.

Even so, I still have a remarkable respect for the original movie, especially when it comes down to Tom Cruise’s performance in it.

I don’t normally link to videos in these pieces other than to movie trailers, but as an exception I highly recommend watching [‘Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor’ author] Amy Nicholson’s video essay entitled Why You’re Wrong About Top Gun. Well worth the watch and will likely give you a newfound appreciation for the impressive subtleties of Cruise’s performance in the first film.

I’m looking forward to seeing a more experienced Maverick and finding out if he still feels the need for speed. That being said, where’s my Hot Shots!: Part Trois?!

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Free Guy
Jul
3
12:00 PM12:00

Free Guy

Are you game?

A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Ryan Reynolds is playing the NPC and will team up with an avatar controlled by Jodie Comer who’s described as being “a mousy programmer who actually created the game but was devastated when it was stolen from her.”

Interesting premise. Plus it sounds like a fitting movie for Reynolds too.

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Ghostbusters 2020
Jul
10
12:00 PM12:00

Ghostbusters 2020

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, then you know who to call.

Plot currently undisclosed

The teaser trailer for this movie brought me so much joy. Hearing the classic Elmer Bernstein score and the sound of a proton pack in the background whilst we see a brief glimpse of an aging Ecto 1 gave me shivers.

We don’t know much about the movie at this point, other than that a lot of the original cast are rumoured to return and the film is being directed by Jason Reitman, the son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman. Jason has fond memories of being on the set of the original when he was a child and obviously has his father whom he can collaborate ideas with to give us something that truly echos the feeling of the original films. And the teaser is certainly a testament to that.

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Tenet
Jul
17
12:00 PM12:00

Tenet

Christopher Nolan’s 11th feature film

The plot is currently unknown. The project is described as an action epic revolving around the world of international espionage.

There are a few details and rumours floating around about this movie, and the more I started to read up, the less I wanted to know.

What I heard is that it’s supposed to be an espionage film that’s a sort of cousin to Inception, and that there’s also a possibility that time travel might be involved too.

I don’t need to know anymore at this point. I’m sold already.

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Morbius
Jul
31
12:00 PM12:00

Morbius

A monster called… Morbius!

Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

Following on from Venom, this is Sony’s second film in their universe of Marvel characters.

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of Morbius until I saw the release announcement. In the comics he appeared as an antagonist of Spider-Man and apparently was also visible in a deleted scene of the first Blade movie (although it’s been so long since I’ve seen the DVD extras that I can’t really recall it).

But unlike vampires who are naturally born or turned by other vampires, he’s a scientist who becomes one through the wonders of science experiments gone wrong, which admittedly is an interesting take. He suffers some of their weaknesses like burning in the sun, but apparently doesn’t succumb to the usual things like garlic or crosses, etc.

Jared Leto is playing the titular role with Doctor Who’s Matt Smith playing one of the villains.

It has potential to be good, but it’s also Sony attempting to use the Marvel licence on their own, so we’ll see.

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Infinite
Aug
7
12:00 PM12:00

Infinite

Mark Wahlberg goes insane

A man discovers that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives.

I haven’t been able to find much more about the movie beyond the synopsis, but it’s a Sci-Fi film from the director of Training Day and The Magnificent Seven, and one of the writers was the director of The Founder and The Highwaymen - all of which were movies I really enjoyed. So keeping an eye out on this one as something that might potentially be quite good!

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Bill & Ted Face the Music
Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

Bill & Ted Face the Music

In time everything will be alright…

Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, two would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

For me personally, this is probably my most anticipated sequel on this list. The first two movies were huge parts of my childhood and some of my all-time favourite time-travel movies.

After years of rumours and attempts to get this film off the ground, I’m so glad that we’ll now be able to see the most triumphant Alex Winter in his first full live-action role since 1993’s Freaked returning alongside the breathtaking Keanu Reeves. This is the epitome of nostalgic heaven for me.

The first film established that the two loveable dummies we grew up watching would eventually write a song that would unite the world and end all war, hunger and poverty. But now they’re muddled-aged parents in rocky marriages and that song still hasn’t been written yet. Seeing where this takes them, especially when things haven’t quite turned out as they expected, is an interesting premise.

It’s also great to see so many other actors reprising their roles from the first two movies (including Missy, I mean Mom), but the late George Carlin will sadly be missed as Rufus. Based purely on my own conjecture, I doubt that they’ll recast him, but I hope we get some form of tribute to him as a reference at some point in the film.

Party on dudes!

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BIOS
Oct
2
12:00 PM12:00

BIOS

Because you’d do anything for your dog.

On a post-apocalyptic earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his dying creator's beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.

Tom Hanks stars as Finch, the last man on Earth. He’s an ailing inventor facing his own mortality, but because he has his priorities in check he builds a robot to keep his beloved dog safe.

If that’s not reason enough to see this movie, I don’t know what is.

Finch ultimately has to teach his creation to become "human" enough to take care of his adorable pupper, and for it to accept the robot as its new master.

I’m admittedly a sucker for any film starring Tom Hanks because he’s an incredible actor. And I love movies about robots and A.I., and then you throw dogs into the mix and it’s… it’s just everything one could ever want in a film.

The timing of the movie is interesting too. Back around 2017, Intel announced that after about 40 years, official support for the PC BIOS will be killed off in 2020, thanks to the arrival of UEFI a few years ago.

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The Witches
Oct
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Witches

Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they’ve tuned into a mouse.

Based on Roald Dahl's 1983 classic book 'The Witches', the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run in with some real life witches!

Roald Dahl was one of my favourite authors growing up, and The Witches was one of my favourites. The effects in the original 1990 movie were also hauntingly good and made me really uncomfortable as a child. My sister and I once went through a phase of quoting it, especially if we were fighting and one of us called out for mother, prompting the other to say “she can’t hear you” a la the great Anjelica Huston.

This time around one of my favourite directors Robert Zemeckis will be adapting the 1983 Ronald Dahl classic with Anne Hathaway portraying the Grand High Witch. With today’s effects and makeup and with Zemeckis at the helm, here’s hoping it remains as horrifying as the original.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3
Nov
12
12:00 PM12:00

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3

Not to be confused with Pokémon Go

The third installment of the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.

As an Englishman I’m pretty sure that it’s illegal for me not to be invested in the Potterverse. And even if it isn’t, it is difficult not to be.

The first Fantastic Beasts movie was excellent, and I find Eddie Redmayne’s eccentric portrayal of Newt to be thoroughly enjoyable. The second film, however, felt more like setup for whatever was going to come next rather than something that could stand on its own. And at first that kind of made sense with this being what I assumed was a trilogy, but I later found out through my friend Madison that there are a total of five films planned in this series. Five! That’s a lot of wizarding.

And I’m okay with that.

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Dune
Nov
20
12:00 PM12:00

Dune

A world beyond your experience, beyond your imagination.

Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

I recall trying to watch the original 1984 movie when I was a kid but struggled at the time, most likely due to my age. I’ve since seen some of the scenes featuring Sir Patrick Stewart but I’ve yet to see it the entire way through. Most of my experience with Dune comes from the 1992 PC Game Dune II by Westwood Studios, which set the format of RTS games for years to come.

Based on the book of the same name, the 1984 release of Dune was a critical failure. Visually the movie was stunning, but the book is apparently incredibly difficult to adapt to film, with several failed attempts made throughout the 70s. Oliver Harper’s Dune retrospective offers a fantastic look at the original movie and the difficulties that they had in making it.

If anything, that makes this new release even more intriguing. Given all the problems adapting the book, there’s likely going to have been many similar challenges in writing the script for this movie. Director Denis Villeneuve has also confirmed that his adaptation will be split into at least two films, in order to ensure that the original story would be "preserved and not cut into a million pieces.". How it plays out will be anyone’s guess, but we’ll no doubt find out in due time.

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Coming 2 America
Dec
18
12:00 PM12:00

Coming 2 America

Prince Akeem is coming back to America.

Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to the America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. A sequel to the 1988 comedy 'Coming to America'.

Honestly, I’m somewhat pumped that Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and James Earl Jones are all returning to make this sequel. It feels like it’s been about 20 years since Eddie Murphy made a decent comedy, especially one that wasn’t either a family film and/or Shrek.

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Untitled Indiana Jones Sequel
Jul
9
12:00 PM12:00

Untitled Indiana Jones Sequel

Aliens not included. Hopefully.

The plot is said to be based on one of the other books in the series.

"If Nazis are back, I'm back. But that's not necessarily the theme of the new Indiana Jones script. We're working on a script. And I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to work with Steven again, and revisit that character in a different story, at a different age." -Harrison Ford, 9/22/17

Hopefully they learned a lot from their previous movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Shia LaBeouf’s character isn’t set to return, and this will be the first Indiana Jones movie that doesn’t have George Lucas signed on as a writer. Spielberg is still involved, John Williams will be composing, and Harrison Ford will be reprising his role of Indy. So there are many positives to this already, though it is unclear if Short Round will be returning.


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Avatar 2
Dec
17
12:00 PM12:00

Avatar 2

Return to Pandora

Plot currently undisclosed.

James Cameron has five of these movies planned. FIVE OF THEM! Strewth.

But as ridiculous as that is, and how non-fussed I am about it, I know myself well enough to know that I’ll probably end up seeing it at the cinema. Would probably be stupid not to. Ugh. Bloody Cameron…

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Space Jam 2
Jul
16
12:00 PM12:00

Space Jam 2

They're all Tuned up for a rematch.

NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.

I’m going to be honest; I am not expecting great things from this at all. I’m barely even expecting good things. I don’t even know who LeBron James is. I loved the original film and remember how psyched I was about seeing it at the cinema. But a sequel to the beloved Space Jam…? Do I really need to see that?

No. Most likely not. But I can’t say that I’m not at least slightly morbidly curious…

I know. I’m disappointed in me too.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Disney’s evil queen is back!

Several years after Maleficent, the relationship between the horned fairy (Angelina Jolie) and the soon-to-be Queen (Elle Fanning) becomes more complex. New alliances are formed, new adversaries arise and are faced in a struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that live within.

The first movie was surprisingly good; Angelina Jolie somehow rocks the role of Maleficent and I’ve always enjoyed the take on a movie that follows the villain rather than the hero.

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Arrow
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Arrow

Season 8

Whilst we don’t have a description for season 8 yet, what we do know is that it will be the final season in the series. It will also be a shorter run at only 10 episodes.

Ever since Oliver’s identity was revealed to the world, there’s been a bit less intrigue in the show. The flashback scenes also caught up to present day, resulting in them giving us some flash-forward episodes which didn’t feel anywhere near as compelling. And the standard long season length common with a lot of US shows made it feel like it was dragging on.

Steven Amell had also expressed that he didn’t want the show to outstay its welcome, and so it’s my understanding that that’s part of the reason for ending the show’s run in Season 8. And that’s reassuring, as now is definitely the right time to do so if they want to give it a satisfactory conclusion.

Even when Arrow ends, it wouldn’t surprise me if Oliver makes a few cameo appearances within the Arrowverse he helped kickstart. But for now, I’m glad the show is ending before it truly jumps the shark, and I’m intrigued about what’s left for Oliver before he hangs up the hood.

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Zombieland: Double Tap
Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

Zombieland: Double Tap

Another Day in Zombieland

After the events of the first film, Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

The title is a reference to Columbus’s second rule for surviving Zombieland, and the film will be released exactly ten years after the original. I’m amazed it’s been that long already.

Bill Murray is also rumoured to return, and I’ll outright admit that I’ll pretty much watch anything with Bill Murray in.

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The Addams Family
Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

The Addams Family

Think your family is weird? Think again.

The Addams family's lives begin to unravel when they face-off against the 21st century and its treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.

When I first saw the trailer, I was put off by the visual art-style. I grew up with both the 1960s TV series and the 1990s movie franchise of the same name, and personally felt that I would have preferred something that looks a little more akin to the live-action characters that I grew up loving.

However that’s entirely because I look upon the franchise with the glasses of nostalgia. If I take those off for a moment and give it the credit it deserves, it turns out that the reality is quite different. I mentioned my concerns to my friend Megan (an expert on the subject, who’s nickname also happens to be “Wednesday” too), and she informed me that it’s all based on the old cartoons.

So I looked. And unsurprisingly, she was right. It’s actually quite a faithful recreation of the art style drawn in the original cartoons by creator Charles Addams. And that’s a design choice that I do respect.

So no longer can I sit here, loudly complaining like an old man that they don’t physically look like the characters that I’m familiar with, or for kids to get off my lawn, when the whole film is based on the original character designs by the original creator! They’ve done a brilliant job in that regard, and going right back to the source material is actually kind of neat.

Ultimately, given what we see in the trailer, the characters behave true to themselves, so it should be a lot of fun to see our favourite peculiar, ghoulish family back up on the big screen during this halloween season.

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The Flash
Oct
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Flash

Season 6

We don’t have a description for season 6 yet, but no doubt Eobard Thawne (the Reverse Flash) will have a pivotal role given his recent escape at the end of the last season.

The Flash has always been my favourite Arrowverse series, but recently the traditional episodic format is starting to show its age. They’ll have an overarching villain storyline that goes through the season, but not much happens until the second half, Tom Cavanagh continues to play half the roles, and most issues that crop up in episodes appear to be resolved incredibly quickly. For example; last season Barry and Iris looked like they were going to temporarily break up which brought some potentially exciting drama to their relationship, only for them to resolve everything by the episode’s end.

I’ve always loved the character of The Flash, and I adore Grant Gustin’s portrayal of him. It’s a brilliant show and I’m sure I’ll watch it right up until the series concludes, but man I wish they’d change up the formula a bit before it gets stale.

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Batwoman
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Batwoman

Series Premiere

Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence. But don't call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope.

With Arrow ending, it’s great to have another series to fill the void. I enjoyed Batwoman’s earlier appearance in Elseworlds; the fifth Arrowverse crossover event from last year.

This year’s crossover event – Crisis on Infinite Earths – isn’t set to include either Batwoman nor the Legends of Tomorrow (mostly because the character roster is too large now). However Legends showrunner Phil Klemmer hinted that the Legends will be having their own crossover with Batwoman at some point instead. We’re still waiting for season 5 to be greenlit, so either that announcement has been delayed or they could even end up being the guest stars in Batwoman?

This series will be the first live-action scripted drama series with a lesbian superhero. The character is being played by actor Ruby Rose, who is also part of the LGBTQ+ community; this is a perfect casting choice and a fantastic example of proper representation.

Judging from the trailer, the show will likely start off as an origin story, as it appears to take place prior to the events in the last crossover. I like the take that she’s mistaken for Batman (who’s been missing for a few years) but doesn’t want him getting all the credit “for a woman’s work”.

The character is also still relatively new in the DC mythos, having only been introduced back in DC’s limited series 52 back in 2006. As a result I’m not at all familiar with the character beyond what we saw in Elseworlds, but being able to see what she’s about is going to be great and should open up more possibilities for an ever-expanding Arrowverse.

There’s no official date announced yet other than it will air on Sundays “this fall”. So until we get official confirmation I’m temporarily taking an educated guess at October 6th.

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Supergirl
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Supergirl

Season 5

We don’t have a description for season 5 yet, but in the Season 4 finale, The Monitor brought Ma'alefa'ak, the twin brother and arch-nemesis of Martian Manhunter, to Earth. The Monitor then paid a visit to supervillain Lex Luthor, seemingly about to bring him back to life.

I’ve been quite surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed Jon Cryer’s performance as Lex Luthor. Given that he played Lex’s annoying nephew Lenny in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, it’s not only a nice cameo, but I also like how it was his chance to correct the mistakes of the past.

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Gemini Man
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Gemini Man

Who will save you from yourself

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

The film sounds like a cross between 'The 6th Day' and 'Looper'. However, unlike the latter film where the main character was played by both Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Will Smith will be playing both roles with CGI being employed to make his clone appear as a younger-looking version of himself. Initially when I first heard about it, I figured that given Will Smith ages almost as slowly as Sir Patrick Stewart, the de-aging CGI being used will likely look quite convincing. After seeing the trailer, it turns out that I was not wrong.

Until we get to see it, I'm potentially billing this as "Deadshot goes on the hunt to kill The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".

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Joker
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Joker

Put on a happy face

A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.

Back in 1989 Warner Bros. created our first cinematic Joker by throwing him into a vat of chemical waste. This time around they appear to have created him merely by throwing him into society. But this rather unique cinematic origin for the Joker seemingly works and intrigues me to no end.

There’s obviously a distinct lack of Batman, but for this specific story they’re trying to tell, that appears to work more in its favour. Batman’s absence is also not really much of a surprise as DC/Warner Bros haven’t been all that keen on the idea of an extended universe (to the extent that they themselves don’t officially endorse the term ”DCEU”) and have been trying to focus mainly on standalone movies - a trend they appear to be doubling-down on as of late.

The visual style of the Joker is brilliant and I love how the face paint is reminiscent of the mask worn by the Joker in the opening scene to The Dark Knight (both designs I believe are based on serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who became known as the “Killer Clown” because of his career entertaining [or possibly terrifying] children by dressing up as ‘Pogo the Clown’). Joaquin Phoenix certainly looks as though he’s going to give us a psychologically intense and stellar performance that will no doubt become a worthy addition to the roster of actors who have portrayed the character thus far.

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Ad Astra
Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Ad Astra

The answers we seek our just outside our reach.

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

This looks like it’s set to be an excellent Sci-Fi thriller set in space, though part of me is erring on the side of caution..

In the trailer we see Brad Pitt successfully following in the footsteps of his father, Tommy Lee Jones. His father just happens to also have been in charge of some secret mission that’s suddenly relevant, and Pitt is tasked with heading deep into space to find his father. Narratively speaking, that all just seems very convenient and I worry that the father/son relationship is thrown in there purely for forced emotional tension like a lot of hollywood blockbusters tend to do, and may ultimately distract from the story rather than add to it.

But if I put those concerns aside, what’s left looks like it could be a very good film. Alongside some superb-looking action scenes and visual effects, it appears as though there’s some form of mystery to unravel. I do like that the technology looks very close to NASA’s current designs, setting the movie not too far in the future, and judging from the synopsis I’m pretty sure that they’re hoping that this will be the next Interstellar.

And if it turns out that it is, then that’s not a bad thing.

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Good Boys
Aug
16
12:00 PM12:00

Good Boys

One Bad Decision Leads to Another

Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

This looks downright hilarious. Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan are producing the film, so it’s no wonder that the humour is in line with what we saw from Superbad and Sausage Party.

I also love that when this movie got its R rating they had to specifically state that it contained “strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language throughout - all involving tweens”.

This is one of those comedies that I really want to see at the cinema with a full-house.

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Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood
Jul
26
12:00 PM12:00

Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood

The 9th film from Quentin Tarantino

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Straight up, the cast is terrific. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt look like they play off each other perfectly, and Margot Robbie is always great in everything I’ve seen her in thus far. And when you look at the rest of the ensemble cast; there’s so much talent lined up for this film.

The Hollywood Golden Age is also an era that I love, and placing the film right at the end of that is an intriguing setting. And whilst I’m admittedly not a huge Tarantino fan, the era just seems very fitting to his style of work.

This is definitely one that’s high on my list of films to see.

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The Lion King
Jul
19
12:00 PM12:00

The Lion King

The King has returned.

Simba, the son of Mufasa and the Prince of the Pride Lands, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps. Mufasa's brother, Scar, plots to betray Mufasa and take over the Pride Lands, forcing Simba into exile, where he meets Timon and Pumbaa. Simba has to make an alliance and rebuild himself fully to take what is rightfully his.

The Lion King is the latest instalment in the latest live-action re-imaginings of Disney’s classics. Are they necessary? Probably not. But for me they’re still entertaining, and it’s interesting seeing a live-action spin on things. The CGI shown in the trailer is also incredibly well done, with remarkably realistic fur.

As a Brit, I’m actually thrilled with the casting of John Oliver as Zazu. It’ll make for an intriguing contrast to the work that Rowan Atkinson did in the 1994 original. Donald Glover and Beyoncé lending their voices to Simba and Nala is no doubt going to result in an amazing soundtrack, but nothing has me more excited than the return of James Earl Jones as Mufasa. In the same way he captured the voice of Darth Vader as something almost irreplaceable, it’s hard to envision anyone else having the gravitas to pull off Mufasa in the way that he did. So his return is somewhat magnificent, and has probably helped to keep the internet mobs at bay.

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Stuber
Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

Stuber

A Five-Star Driver Becomes A Five-Star Hero.

A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up Vic, a grizzled detective who is hot on the trail of a sadistic, bloodthirsty terrorist. Stu soon finds himself thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, avoid danger, and work with his passenger while maintaining his high customer service rating.

Dave Bautista has gone from playing a character that can’t be seen to one that has difficulty seeing, but is still performing alongside the wonderful Karen Gillan. Kumail Nanjiani from Silicon Valley plays Stu, the titular Uber driver, and all-in-all this film looks like a good fun buddy cop romp for the summer.

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Armstrong
Jul
12
12:00 PM12:00

Armstrong

The mission you know. The man you don’t.

Dramatic, moving and deeply human, ARMSTRONG offers the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: from his childhood in Ohio to his first steps on the Moon, and beyond.

I’ve always been interested in the Apollo moon missions, and this documentary, narrated by Harrison Ford, appears set to be an absolutely fantastic look at one of the most important moments in human history.

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Love, Death & Robots
Jul
3
8:00 PM20:00

Love, Death & Robots

Volume 2

A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy.

We don’t know exactly what to expect from the second volume of Love, Death & Robots, but Oscar-nominated Jennifer Yuh Nelson has been enlisted to serve as supervising director. She’s mostly known for her work on the Kung-Fu Panda trilogy, Spawn, and The Darkest Minds.

I really enjoyed a large number of the shorts in Volume 1. They weren’t all at the same level, so I’m really hoping that Jennifer brings more consistency to the quality in that regard. But nevertheless, it’s definitely a series I’m absolutely looking forward to.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home
Jul
2
12:00 PM12:00

Spider-Man: Far From Home

You’ll want to watch Avengers: Endgame first

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

It’s a Marvel movie, it’s Spider-Man, and it’s set in London. I am rather thrilled about this.

Plus for years I’ve been wanting to see Mysterio in a live action movie. Given that he’s all about visual effects, live-action is probably the most fitting medium for him to be portrayed, so it’s surprising it hasn’t happened yet.

One interesting piece of trivia I’ve found out about the film is that Peter's passport lists August 10th as his birthday. Spider-Man's first appearance was in Amazing Fantasy #15, released August 10th, 1962. It really goes to show how much attention to detail the guys at Marvel continue to craft into these films.

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