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Born in a life of poverty, P.T Barnum had nothing but hope. One day, after marrying his dream girl & being made redundant at work, he sets up a museum celebrating history.........which then leads to the invention of the circus. But will he win over the crowd who despise the "freaks" performing on his show?

The Greatest Showman is one of those films that divided the world immensely. Audiences seemed to be smitten by it, while professional critics hated it. I seem to fall into the latter, but I wouldn't say it is the worst. For starters, the song & dance numbers are fucking spectacular. Most of the actors have powerhouse singing voices & the choreography is mind-blowing (virtually on-par with a stage show). So what could possibly prevent me from liking this film completely. The main story didn't grab me as much as I wanted it to. The idea of a nobody creating something revolutionary is inspiring, but the execution relies on clichés, predictable beats & questionable decisions. I won't spoil anything, but some stuff (like the angle given to the Swedish Nightingale) should've been removed from the screenplay. But the film is really guilty of glossing over some interesting angles like protests & the "freaks" getting ridiculed by the public. As far as the characters are concerned, they're not interesting either. P.T Barnum is portrayed with a lot of glee by Hugh Jackman, but I sometimes struggled to route for him when he started his circus routine & the rest of the characters are just bland. Philip & Anne have decent chemistry, but their romance subplot didn't leave an outstanding impression because Barnham's plot took the centre of attention & the "freaks" should've been the main stars of the movie (& I did sympathise with them a few times), but they leave the best impressions during the musical numbers.

overall, The Greatest Showman is a mediocre musical with an iffy story & amazing musical numbers. If you want to watch it, I will allow you to & if you liked it, that's fine with me. But I do feel that the best musicals are the ones that can completely get me invested 100%. The talking scenes are just as important as the singing bits.

RATING:Chi's Sweet Home - Chi Pacing back and forth 
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2010: out of all of Shyamalan's disasters, this is easily the most despised & infamous of the bunch. For those of you who don't know, Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated series that aired on Nickelodeon & it's was one of the channel's best shows. It perfectly balanced humour with action, drama & gave audiences a large cast of loveable characters. In fact, it even spawned a worthy sequel with The Legend Of Korra. But a big-budget summer blockbuster movie would've been perfect for a cartoon with a huge lore behind it. Unfortunately, The Last Airbender is one of the worst movies to come out in 2010. In fact, it deserved all of its Razzie nominations. The biggest problem is that it tries to squeeze in an entire season's worth of episodes into a 1 hour runtime & it doesn't work in the slightest. The movie feels rushed at times & it feels more like a best scenes compilation than a movie with a beginning, middle & end. As for the characters, they've been turned into boring cardboard cutouts who can't last one minute without spewing exposition. What makes things even worse is that the acting is embarrassingly wooden. But surely the action scenes make the film worth it. Nope. The stunts are choreographed so poorly, it makes bending look like a dance. But surely there must be some good things in this flick. Well, the production design is decent. The CGI effects on Appa, Momo & the elements were well spent despite having iffy moments & the costumes truly look like the cartoon came to life. Overall, The Last Airbender is a tedious mess that gives Nickelodeon & summer blockbusters a bad name.

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2017: the positive feedback of The Visit could've easily been a fluke, but the release of this psychological thriller proved that Shyamalan was hitting a new winning streak. The basic premise is that three teenage girls are kidnapped by a mental patient who has a severe case of split personalities. What makes this film gripping to watch is the performance from James McAvoy. Whenever he's on screen, there is no chance of predicting what he's going to do. One minute he could have the personality of Barry, then he could have the personality of Dennis, & then he could have the personality of Hedwig. He's a genuinely scary character who is guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Also, the constant foreshadowing to "The Beast" made me fear the possible outcomes. As for the teenage girls he kidnapped, they're ok. They're not exactly gripping as characters, but audiences get to know the quiet one (Casey) thanks to some much needed flashbacks. Another important character is the patient's nurse, who helps provide the important exposition. Overall, Split is a great thriller which proves that the scariest films are usually the ones that play with your mind.

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2009: with the overwhelming box-office success of Michael Bay's Transformers, it seemed inevitable that other Hasbro boy-toys would get the same treatment. With its military aesthetics, G.I. Joe was the perfect choice for a loud, action-packed, big-budget summer blockbuster. Unfortunately, the film is not that good. The storytelling is pretty weak as the characters are flat & one-dimensional, despite the charismatic & solid performances from the actors. As far as the well known characters are concerned, Destro & Cobra Commander aren't even in it as the characters you know & love. Instead, they're some boring generic baddies that act as before-they-were-these-faces bullshit that would disappoint longtime fans. But the Baroness & Storm Shadow are alright...probably because the film allows them to shine thanks to prominent screen-time. I would separated the Joes, but Duke, Ripcord & Scarlett fit the same category of wise-cracking military men who never give up during a mission. But the best character is easily Snake Eyes, the Joes silent ninja. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the martial art of Ninjitsu. But I will admit that this film is fun to watch. The action scenes are thrilling & crazy to witness & I think it's because the filmmakers went nuts. The vehicles & weapons remind me of toys & the chaotic destruction is almost on-par with Team America: World Police (I'm not kidding). As for the special effects, I do appreciate the competence on display, but some of the CG does not age well. Overall, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is a weak, but enjoyable blockbuster that I will happily recommend one viewing for the fans.

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2011: it's no secret that Romeo & Juliet is one of the most famous plays in all of existence. It's iconic storytelling & characters have resonated with people for generations. So at the very least, I could see some sort of purpose when a newly-forming animation studio decided to make a kid-friendly version with lawn gnomes. The end result is unfortunately nowhere near the scale of greatness. To start things off, the characters are very weak. Gnomeo & Juliet themselves are very bland & uninteresting, making their romance not that engaging to watch. But I'd rather stomach them instead of the clichéd archetypes & annoying comic reliefs. It also doesn't help that the humour is very lacklustre. As far as the story is concerned, it does follow the iconic story, but it has its differences & problems. Some moments are missing, but it's not too much of a problem. The real problem is that the feud is handled very poorly. Instead of going for a Red-VS-Blue dynamic (like the original play did), the Capulets are portrayed as boo-hiss villains while the Montagues are seen as straight-up good guys. It pretty much misses the point of the original play. Overall, Gnomeo & Juliet is a mediocre kids movie that did its job, but I wouldn't recommend multiple places.

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When Bionicle kicked the bucket, millions of fans were upset. It even got to the point that they instantly hated its replacement. If you wanna know what I think of Hero Factory, the toys were pretty good. Some were well designed, some weren't. It was a nice theme in terms of the figures. But I'm especially grateful for the improved endoskeleton in 2011 that wasn't prone to breaking. But regardless on what I thought of the toys, the cartoons did not represent them well. The 2010 storyline started off solid because of an episodic structure that gave the writers a little bit of time to build things up. Although the characters were hardly three-dimensional (especially the villains), I warmed up to some of the heroes (especially Stormer). When the cartoons started to tell the waves' different stories in one-off specials, that's when they started going downhill. The storytelling felt rushed as scenarios happen way too quickly & it even affected the structure of the episodes. For example, Breakout is a series of battles going on simultaneously. Although action scenes are vital, it would be nice to take a huge break once in a while. But we can all agree that the worst animated special for the toy line was Invasion From Below. Bad acting, poor writing, nothing worked here. Overall, Hero Factory is a mixed bag of an animated series that started off decent, but ended in mediocrity.

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When it comes to 2016, one thing that Lego decided to do was to expand its marketing strategy by putting some shows on Netflix. They started off with two shows targeting each gender. First, here's a Lego Friends mini-series that will be satisfying for fans of the previous CG instalments of the franchise. True, it's not breaking any grounds, but I don't think it needed to be. The writers somehow manage to make up for standard & cliché writing by keeping the main group's believable chemistry intact. Once again, the characters aren't exactly three-dimensional, but their individual traits helped make them stand out a little bit & I actually got hooked when watching each episode back to back. If I could think of something serious to criticise, I would not recommend this show as an introduction. Granted, this issue isn't too huge, but the girls knowing & socialising with a famous pop star will make unfamiliar audiences wonder how this relationship started. Overall, Lego Friends: The Power Of Friendship is a solid TV series for girls that I would instantly recommend to fans of the toyline.

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2008: when it comes to the musical industry, I'm not a fan of the idea of jukebox musicals. I personally prefer original songwriting because the storytelling feels like the first priority. But if they resonate with people, I'm not going to complain. But I'm not going to deny that Mamma Mia is one of the most famous & successful stage shows of all time. Using the awesomeness of Abba, the production is still going to this day & its been successful enough to spawn a movie adaptation. Although the movie doesn't have its fans, I will confess that the feel-good nature is not 100% successful. For starters, the pacing is awful. The movie can't last one second without spontaneously bursting into song & whilst the Abba showtunes are very catchy & enjoyable, they don't give audiences a chance to catch a break, resulting in an exhausting experience. Also, I wasn't convinced that all the songs fitted with the narrative of a girl trying to find out who her biological father is (Dancing Queen being a guilty example). As far as the performances go, it's a mixed bag. The acting constantly shifts from genuine to insufferably over-the-top & the singing mostly has some good talents (like Meryl Streep), but Colin Firth sounded auto tuned & some of the actors couldn't sing even if their lives depended on it (Julie Walters & Pierce Brosnan). As far as the storytelling goes, it feels like it lacks stakes because it's trying to maintain an endlessly happy tone & the characters feel one-dimensional because the writers were more interested in weaving different songs in the film. But the cinematography on display is really nice. True, the colour saturation is unrealistically bright, but it does make Greece look like a country worth travelling to. Overall, Mamma Mia does have the potential to be a feel-good laugh, but it ultimately becomes proof that a stage show can't always work on the big screen.

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An ordinary boy keeps having extraordinary visions about evil villains, heroic gunmen & an enormous tower in the centre of everything. When the evil villains hunt him down because a child's mind is important, the boy gets thrown into an adventure where he teams up with the last of the gunslingers to protect the tower.

Out of all the books Stephen King has ever written, The Dark Tower series is what he considers his magnum opus. The cycle of events has spawned seven books & Stephen has used them to connect all of his books together to make one massive universe. In order to make a movie out of it, it would have a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, the movie adaptation of The Dark Tower is one of the worst blockbusters to come out during the 2017 summer season. Despite the fact that it has a exposition-heavy script, I did not care about anything that was going on. The first few minutes was a hodgepodge of familiar teenage boy tropes, but the lack of mystery & intrigue resulted in a lot of bland characters that aren't worth getting invested in. Hell, even the A-list cast couldn't save them from being uninteresting. I'll admit, Matthew McConoughay was terrific as the slimy Man In Black, but Idris Elba was phoning it in as the gunslinger & Tom Taylor was very flat as Jake. As far as the plot is concerned, it is a generic blockbuster-friendly adventure without three-dimensional characters & gripping action scenes. If I could find the biggest redeeming quality, it would have to be the special effects. Sure, it is debatable on wether the VFX team did a good job, but the end result looked gorgeous & spectacular. As far as the Stephen King universe is concerned, I did notice Easter Eggs to his other projects, mainly The Shining because that ability becomes an important plot point later on.

overall, The Dark Tower is a tediously dull quest that I don't think even the most hardcore Stephen King fans will enjoy. Since this was the first of four adaptations released in 2017, I would recommend that you stick to the better ones like It & Gerald's Game.

RATING:Paranoia Agent - Tsukiko I'm Out. 
One night, infamous communist Joseph Stalin collapsed. When the Russian council of ministers find out, widespread panic occurs as the members struggle to figure out who will take his place. Chaos ensues.

When it comes to directors slowly making their name in the world, Armando Innaucci is one of the most quirky in the film industry. He somehow knows how to make fun comedies out of unsuitable ideas like terrorism & communism. Because of this factor, there's a part of me that just can't see the funny side of Stalin's reign. But the humour this film offers is really charming as I got plenty of chuckles from the witty dialogue & spectacular performances from the all-star cast. Now, none of the characters are interesting as fleshed out people, but the actors help make them fun to watch. In fact, they pretty much make the film as charming as it is. The most interesting thing about the cast is that they don't bother trying to make a fake Russian accent. Instead they stick to their natural accents which are mostly British, with the exception of Steve Buscemi. It's a little bit distracting, but it's very easy to get used to.

overall, The Death Of Stalin is a charming romp that somehow works as a feel-good comedy that's fun for its audience, despite the subject matter. If there's someone who doesn't consider this his/her thing, I'm not gonna stop you.

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Ever since the dawn of man, men have been on missions. In this latest mission, a space colony go on a search for Jupiter. But what could possibly go wrong? It's not as if an Artificial Intelligence computer will go rogue or something?

I might've gave an innacurate summary of this movie & I don't really blame myself. This is one of the most mesmerising, complex works of art I've ever seen. First of all, the cinematography is beautiful. The outer space experience is truly immersive from the slow space travel to the gorgeous space station. In fact, this is probably the only movie to feel like men have travelled to outer space. Another thing that I liked was the soundtrack. I know, it seems like a poor reason for enjoying a movie, but the classical music perfectly accompanied the wide atmosphere of space travel & they're still memorable in pop culture to this day. As for the visual effects, they are phenomenal. In an age where practical effects in old movies are not appreciated by millennials, it is nice to see some spaceships & practicals that truly looked believable & timeless. If I could think of one thing to criticise, it's the characters. I have nothing against them, but the humans are not really that interesting. Who knows, maybe it had something to do with the fact that they all got outshines by HAL 9000, one of the best computer villains in the history of cinema.

overall, 2001: A Space Odyssey is an irrisistable masterpiece that I would instantly recommend to those who love artistic cinema. Those who have really short attention spans & would only watch lowest-common-denominator fluff would probably find this tedious & dull.

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Eleanor Shellstrop is dead. As a reward for a good life on Earth, she gets to live in an eternal paradise at The Good Place. There's just one problem, she was a rotten excuse for a human being when she was alive. So she tries to learn philosophy & ethics in order to become a better person or it's eternal torture at The Bad Place.

I have never seen any of Michael Schur's work before, but this is a terrific introduction. When it comes to the comedy, it is hit-&-miss thanks to the usual annoying characteristics, like assuming that naming something automatically equals a joke. But there are plenty of funny moments in each episode, resulting in a show with a lot of charm. Since the show is set in the afterlife, the writers embrace the absurdity of the concept as so many crazy things happen. But the show doesn't just succeed with jokes. The characters are superbly executed thanks to super-sharp writing. The characters are multi-layered & very endearing. Eleanor may have been a douche on Earth, but her quest to become a better person makes her routable & well developed. But the other residents like the indecisive Chidi, the loveably dumb Jianyu & the flawed Tahani all fit the well-developed & interesting praise categories. This also helps makes the stories engaging as scenarios & circumstances in each episode are unpredictable & gripping. Outside of the writing, the lighting is superb, helping make The Good Place look like the paradise it is & the special effects are surprisingly good despite expectations for a TV budget.

overall, The Good Place is a triumphant sitcom which proves that shows with the intent to ribtickle the audience can do more like make them think like a smart person. If you like Michael Schur's work, this is a must-watch. In fact, I don't think this sitcom is likely to offend any religious beliefs of the afterlife.

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When it comes to the Summer season, July seems to be the most exciting month for many people. It could be because the sun is getting hotter, but I think it's because the biggest movies are saved for it. It looks like this July is no exception as I have plenty to talk about. Once again, no 2017 leftovers are allowed, so let's dive right in, shall we.

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You know, I'm impressed that The Purge has now reached its fourth instalment. Although I've never seen each of them, I will say that this is an instalment worth greenlighting. There's so much potential in how people will react to the first annual Purge that I'm actually curious about the end result. Granted, I'd actually have to watch them first, but I could get into a new franchise just so I won't be missing out.

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There's no denying that Whitney Huston was one of the greatest singers who ever graced the 1980s. From the looks of things, this documentary looks like it will be an amazing tribute to her legacy as well as exploring her personal life. It has the potential to be gripping & fascinating stuff. Who knows, it could be one of the best movies of the entire year.

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Well, this looks........serviceable. There were a couple of times where I cringed at the jokes on display, but it looks harmless enough for Basketball fans. I guess all it needs to do is live up to its promise of not being a typical sports flick that intends to inspire its audience.

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I dig the idea of Margot Robbie as a deadly femme fatale, but this film looks terrible. The trailer looks like it's advertising a generic plot that's trying way too hard to be stylish. It's such a shame because there's an interesting cast of actors (including the resurfacing Mike Myers) & not too long ago, Margot was showered in awards nominations because of I'Tonya.

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Looks like we've gone from one bland looking action film to another. This flick doesn't seem to be phasing me at the moment. I have no clue what's going on & an attitude like that will result in a box-office bomb. So it looks like I might be skipping this one.

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I would've seen this as too late for a UK July release date, but I'm honestly glad it's the case with this. I don't mind a film about imperfect families, but I don't like the homosexuality jokes on display. In my eyes, a positive representation of a homosexual relationship should not have any jokes based on the subject. It should instead be treated like a normal marriage. Who knows, maybe this film will be charming & harmless, but I'm not taking any chances with this one.

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Wowzers, a British comedy with a lot of bare chests. The plot sounds like it has a typical & formulaic sports underdog approach, but the execution looks charming as hell. There's actually a chance that I might be 100% supportive of this film. Unfortunately, I'm 94% supportive. Some of the jokes seem to be based on a negative attitude towards the idea of men swimming with other men. I don't see the harm, so neither should homophobic wankers. I'll watch it, but I hope it's doesn't become too uncomfortable with my one concern.

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If you analysed the poster above long enough, you may have noticed the mathematical error the graphic designer has pulled. Joking aside, I don't know how to feel about this. Dwayne Johnson is an capable leading star & the idea of a city inside an enormous building is incredible & inventive. But all I'm seeing is an imitation of Die Hard. Who knows, maybe it can be good, but it's gonna have to overcome a lot of generic obstacles.

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The horror industry has been blessed with two smart gems with A Quiet Place & Hereditary, but I can't decide if this will follow in their footsteps. It looks atmospheric & I love the UK trailer's misleading approach at the beginning. But it looks like it could be a victim of cheap jump scares. At this point, it's a wait-&-see, but I do hope this wins me over.

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I have not seen the first Escape Plan movie, but this looks like a mixed bag. On one hand, I am intrigued by the idea of a prison/colosseum. But on the other hand, I'm convinced that this will be mindless fluff that will be forgotten about pretty quickly. If you liked the first Escape Plan, go for it. But I probably wouldn't be booking a ticket anytime soon.

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Why does this film exist? The universally beloved stage play Mamma Mia did not get a sequel, so why should it's 2008 film adaptation warrant a follow-up? The prequel aesthetic isn't going to stop convincing me that all I'm seeing is a pointless cash-in, especially since most of Abba's tracklist has already been used up.

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Would you look at that, original cinema that looks incredibly exciting. Granted, I don't really want my hopes too high regarding the plot, but everything else looks exhilarating, stylish & genuinely cool. If I had the chance to see it at the cinema, I'd probably go in a heartbeat.

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Despite the fact that I'm a huge fan of Genndy Tartakovsky's work, I've never liked the Hotel Transylvania films. The first one was a lazy, by-the-books experience while the second one was one of the most insulting pieces of shit I've ever seen in my life. At this point, the chances of an actual good one is pretty slim, especially since the novelty of the monsters on vacation is pretty weak (since that's the point of a hotel) & the unbearably fast animation is still agonising to watch. But maybe the idea of a Van Helsing being the villain can work out in the end.

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I think the world really needs to see the reason behind Warner Bros' most embarrassing visual effect in a blockbuster (the Annoying Orange mouth plastered on Henry Cavill's face in Justice League). Joking aside, this is a film that only fans can decide if it's good or not. From what I can see, looks like it could be a generic film that could have one possible chance of being a fun ride. But I would actually need to be a expose myself to the entirety of the franchise before giving this a chance.

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I may be a blind Pixar fan, but nothing is stopping me from being excited for this movie. Granted, I have no idea why The Incredibles was the one Pixar film that people wanted a sequel for, but it looks like the awesomeness remains intact & the plot on display can have potential for great laughs & superb action scenes. However, I am aware of the epilepsy warnings, so if any of you are prone to seizures, I'd prefer it if you think before you book.

So that's all I have to say about July 2018. Feels a bit rough considering what we come to expect during the summer, but at least there's still something to look forward to, so we're not at a total loss. In the correct order, the most anticipated films of the month are:
The Incredibles 2
Hotel Artemis
Whitney
The First Purge
Anyway, join me next time when we will witness a giant shark, one of PC gaming's most iconic killers, a bear with little brains & a big heart, a music festival, Muppet mutilation & pint-size superheroes kicking large ass.
Normally, the death of a loved one would cause grief among loved ones. But when a mother of one & a grandmother of two passes away, a series of disturbing events are triggered which drive a family to the brink of breaking point.

Hereditary is a horror movie that really made me appreciate what it was trying to do. Everything has been executed with an artistic flair from the editing to some neat camera tricks. But as far as being scary goes, it doesn't rely on cheap jump scares. Instead, there's a more naturalistic sense to the suspense & buildup, which got me questioning what was real & what wasn't real plenty of times. The scary stuff also helped flesh out the family. They all felt like genuine human beings thanks to sensational performances from the actors & seeing the mother go mad through grief was upsetting to witness. In fact, the writers even manage to create a decent teenage boy who didn't feel like a stock stereotype. I'm not gonna spoil anything, but the pacing of the story is on-par with Studio Ghibli. The events felt long, but not too slow & when things get meaty, audiences wiwill not be able to look away from it. Also, the special effects team deserve to win an award because the practical effects are flawlessly brilliant. If I could pick something to criticise, I don't think Alex Wolff gave a perfect performance. He wasn't terrible, but his attempts at crying sounded like the ideal material for a spoof comedy instead of a psychologically disturbing horror.

overall, Hereditary is a brilliant horror film that is a must-watch for all horror fans. If you like seeing people lose their sanity, then this will definitely be for you. In fact, I don't think any other horror will make me shaken quite like this.

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I don't know how he did it, but Dan Schneider made a plain & boring show feel painful to watch. To be honest, I'm not a fan of the live action sitcoms that aired on Nickelodeon & Disney Channel. They just never appealed to me as a kid. This show makes me glad I don't watch them. For starters, none of the characters are endearing because they're more interested in making cheap jokes that are not funny. But every single sentence is given a stock laugh track which is irritating every. SINGLE. TIME!!! The stories are infuriatingly dull. I can hardly remember what happens & they just make me wish they would end as soon as possible. Overall, Henry Danger is an abysmal sitcom that fails to be entertaining in every sense of the word.

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2018: if anyobody deserved a cartoon, it definitely wasn't Dan Schneider. That man has no respect for the hard work animators do in order to bring products to life. With that said, it's no surprise that Dan's first toon is a brand new low for Nickelodeon's animation library. For starters, the animation is terrible. There's hardly any complex shading & the character movements are stiff & lifeless. I don't really like criticising TV animation, but there are much better looking visuals in much better cartoons. As for the storytelling, the writers seem to have a mentality that they can do whatever they want because they're making a cartoon. Random shit happens for the sake of it, like in one episode where the team encounter flirtatious witches whilst rescuing their friend from a volcano where a feet-worshiping tribe live. Just like last time, the jokes are not funny & the characters are as endearing as a sunburn. The only benefit I can give to this show is that it doesn't have a stock laugh track playing after every single sentence. Overall, The Adventures Of Kid Danger is an aggravating spin off that I wouldn't recommend to anybody.
In an ordinary gated community, a teenage boy is found dead & a teenage girl disappears after a wild house party. The girl's father goes on a manic search for her, which leads into a bigger mystery to solve.

When people talk about the best shows Netflix has to offer, they always point to American hits like Stranger Things & Orange Is The New Black. But now I'm proud to say that Britain has joined the lineup. This show is fucking spectacular in every sense of the word. The plot is gripping & completely edge-of-your-seat. You route for Tom Delaney to find his daughter because Michael C Hall gives a believable performance & you still route for him when he goes to extreme measures like look at his daughter's Facebook page. But there are other characters in this gated community worth talking about. Characters like Pete & Sophie are effective as moral support & characters like the Chahal family & the Marshall family go through their own consequences related to the unfortunate death in the incident. But what's even greater is that the mystery is completely unpredictable. Not once did I blatantly & snobbily guess what was going to happen as each & every twist got me begging to see what happens next. If I could think of one criticism, it's that Audrey Fleurot doesn't deliver her lines that well. It sounds like she's failing at pronouncing the English language.

overall, Safe is a masterpiece that viewers with a Netflix account should immediately check out. If you're a sucker for mysteries, then this show will be your cup of tea. If Britain keeps this up, then every country will have a masterpiece released on Netflix.

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Jeremy Thorpe is one of the most respected politicians in all of Great Britain. But when he started a brief romantic affair with Norman Scott, things spiral out of control. Soon, Thorpe orders for the man to be killed to protect his image & eventually, Thorpe is put on trial.

When I was about to start watching this mini-series, I thought it would be a straightforward love story & Russel T Davies is a writer who has nailed LGBTQ relationships throughout his career, so there was a lot of trust in my expectations. Although it didn't turn out to be the case, A Very English Scandal is still terrific British telly. The plot is endlessly gripping as each plot point gets started. The entire programme is constantly unpredictable & I could never tell what was going to happen next. But what's most impressive is that the show doesn't choose sides in the conflict. Audiences get to see how both Norman & Jeremy are doing in their lives & it's enough to route for both of them. It especially doesn't help that Hugh Grant & Ben Whishaw give sensational performances which once again exemplifies that they're both some of the most likeable actors in the industry. In fact, the entire show is executed through charm as they're plenty of lighthearted moments which get an effective laugh out of me. The best gags came from Andrew 'Gino' Newton, portrayed by Blake Harrison of The Inbetweeners fame providing his usual comical charisma. If I could pick out one big criticism, it's that time-skips are prominent in each episode. That's not an issue with the writing, but each time skip will be difficult to keep track of.

overall, A Very English Scandal is a charming, engaging & well-executed drama that supporters of Russel T Davies' work should check out immediately. It may not be fitting for Pride Month, but that won't stop it from being one of the best TV shows of the year.

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2000: it may have had a very simple premise, but Meet The Parents has become a classic in the comedy genre. So what do I think of it? It's passable. The titular Greg Focker is a likeable chap who is very easy to route for in his quest to earn the respect of his girlfriend's father. Unfortunately, this made a vast majority of the gags frustrating to watch. Every time he failed, I just felt sorry for him instead of laughed at his misery. But some of the gags on display were funny, so I didn't have a horrible time. Although it is debatable if Stiller is a good actor, the rest of the actors (including Owen Wilson & Robert De Niro) give great performances. De Niro in particular had a scary presence as Jack Byrnes. But the best character easily goes to Mr Jynx, the Byrnes' housecat. Every time he was on screen, he stole the show. If there was one thing that I do appreciate about this film, it's the fact that it executes its entirety through charm instead of crudeness. Overall, Meet The Parents is a likeable, if frustrating, comedy that I would say is worth at least one viewing.

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2004: well, looks like Meet The Parents was popular enough to get a sequel. Since it was about a man meeting his girlfriend's parents, there's only one way to follow this up. The boyfriend's parents are introduced to audiences & they are a colourful bunch. Dustin Hoffman & Barbera Streisand give terrific performances as they capture a sense of oppositeness to Jack Byrnes. As far as the plot is concerned, it's got the same type of simplicity & while I do think it has the same charm, there's a bit of crude humour here & there. But what might have damaged the experience for me was the scenario itself. The film perfectly captures the type of scenario I'd consider a nightmare in real life. There's so much talking to the point where it gets exhausting. But if there was one thing that did get disappointing for me, it's the lack of screentime given to Mr Jynx. Instead, the cute little sidekick is a screaming, perverted baby who's only funny moment is saying a rude word. Overall, Meet The Fockers is good for the fans, but I would recommend one viewing for casual film fans.

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Blimey, we're already in the halfway point of the entire year. Where does the time go? Anyway, it looks like a fairly uninteresting month for things coming out. But who knows, maybe there will be a few diamonds in the rough. As always no 2017 leftovers are allowed & let's dive right into what June will be offering in the theatrical, Netflix & straight-to-DVD/TV market.

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Just when I thought cinemas were finally safe from the horrors of Christian Grey, he comes back to get a local book club buzzing. Anyway, this film looks likeable enough. Didn't laugh at any of the jokes, but it doesn't look insufferably crude. Who knows, if this becomes more watchable than any of the Fifty Shades movies, than we could get a very interesting case on our hands.

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I'm usually interested in football, but this flick looks pretty charming. The idea of someone who wants to play in a poorly reputated team sounds funny & heartwarming, whilst the romance angle could be executed pretty solidly. Not expecting a masterpiece, but this could be worth watching.

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When it comes to documentaries about artists, this looks like another mixture of a tribute & an exposure of personal problems (like the film about Amy Whinehouse). Personally, I have no idea who Alexander McQueen is, but this documentary looks like it could be going in a psychological direction, so he might be an artist worth learning about.

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When Jurassic Park came back after a long hiatus in the form of Jurassic World, I was instantly excited to see John Hammond's vision come to life. The rest was passable, but I did not regret my anticipation for it. But I never demanded a sequel, which is probably why I'm struggling to get excited. I know it'll be worth it for the motherfucking T-Rex & the director has helmed two effective weepie dramas in the past, but I think a Dino rescue-op is a bad idea, the final trailer might've revealed too much & I don't know why another new genetic dinosaur has been created after the last disaster. I have a feeling I'm still gonna see it anyway, but my expectations will be really low.

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Ok, who was asking for this? The original Overboard isn't a timeless classic, but it's a funny & charming rom-com that I highly recommend. But this pointless gender-bender remake isn't doing anything new & is resorting to its gender-reversing gimmick & modern HollyWood's tired, unfunny gags. Overall, I don't plan on watching this & it's not making Anna Faris' career any more promising after The Emoji Movie.

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Now it's time for an international release & this one does look lovely.......but it could also be generic. It looks like it's trying to be a feelgood drama & I do like the country music on display, but it could also end up as disposable. It might be worth one viewing, but that could be it.

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I haven't seen any of the Race movies, so I shouldn't have a say about this instalment. But what I can say is that this looks slick, stylish & bloody awesome. In fact, I might track down the other two films before watching this flick if I get the chance.

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A reboot of a remake, who knew? When it was first announced that a gender-flipped reinterpretation of the Danny Ocean saga would happen, I instantly accused it of piggybacking on the disastrous Ghostbusters reboot. But there's still a chance it could be fun. All it has to do is prove itself as a good film that's more about the quality than the quantity.
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Am I looking at something made by someone who wants to be Edgar Wright? If that's the case, maybe it would explain why the trailer is so flamboyant & crazy. Overall, this looks like it could be fun, but hopefully it can live up to my positive expectations.

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I have not seen the first Super Troopers, so I shouldn't have really judge this sequel. Anyway, this comedy looks like it could be fun, but I still don't know if anything good will come out of this. Maybe I'll watch the first movie just so I can be sure. Maybe then, I'll catch all the in-jokes.

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Is June going to be the month of personal looks at celebrities. Anyway, this biopic (yes, we have a biopic this time) about Oscar Wilde looks like it has potential, but the trailer looks tediously generic. But I do hope that the film itself will win me over, because bad marketing can affect good films sometimes.

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What do you know, we have another international release that looks quirky & weird. Granted, I have no idea what this film is about, but it looks crazy & nonsensical in the right way. If this keeps up, it will prove that most international countries are better at marketing their films than America.

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A cheesy romance aboard a boat? What could possibly go wrong?  Anyway, the trailer for this film is a perfect example of mood whiplash. It starts off nauseatingly cheesy, but then things take a dramatic turn pretty quickly. I don't yet know what the film's overall quality will be, but I am mildly optimistic about the dramatic side of things.

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Now it's time for a straightforward romance film from China. I don't think this will be too generic, but I see the potential in this story. Although the trailer might have revealed too much, it makes the film look like it'll portray a disturbingly realistic relationship, so there's a very large chance that it might be good.

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I do remember watching the first Sicario by the director of Prisoners & I don't think I enjoyed it. But for the vast majority who did enjoy it, I hope this sequel will win them over because it is promising an amazing action spectacle. As for me, all I hope for is a plot that I can follow because that was what put me off last time.

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Hooray, something for Pride Month.........& this looks pretty solid. I don't know if it'll be a positive representation of the LGBTQ community, but the idea of someone who doesn't know which gender to fall in love with is pretty unique, so when this film hits Netflix, there's a chance that I might actually watch it.

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Well, I gotta say, this drama looks genuinely good. True, the father-child setup is nothing new, but the plot feels original & it already looks like the sentimental drama will be earned. If this comes out in my local cinema, there's a guarantee that I might give it a chance.

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Despite the fact that the jokes are a bunch of crap, I will admit that the premise is very creative. The entire premise of two assistants trying to get their bosses to hook up is something that hasn't been done on film before, so I am gonna support it on that front. But I don't know if the overall execution will be great. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait & see.

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ANOTHER quirky international film, when will it end? This period piece honestly looks genuinely charming & silly in a fun way. If I had a chance to watch independent films from another country, I could watch this in a landslide.

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So...................is Satan living among the human race? I don't know what this film is about, but it looks like it could be fun. The only problem is that I'm not necessarily excited for this. So I guess this will be another wait & see moment.

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Here's one more international film & this one looks quirky & intriguing. Granted, I have no idea where this crazy angle is going, but the end result looks like a lot of fun so you could say I'm excited. Maybe, as a bonus, I should also switch my brain off...it looks like that kind of experience.

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Holy cow, another film for Pride Month. Netflix must really care about celebrating LGBTQ relationships. However, I don't know if this is the right film to watch in celebration of it. There is a chance that the film will ultimately end up as harmless, but I am worried that some of the material (like the jokes) will be based on an old-fashioned way to see bisexual relationships. I guess this will be a wait & see, but I do hope it doesn't offend anyone in LGBTQ relationships.

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Well, all I can say about this heist flick is that it looks slick, stylish & potentially exciting. All it has to do is live up to these expectations. If not, we'll end up with something boring & generic.

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From the looks of things, this looks like a generic film about inevitable bonding & the title dog looks like he's destined to be one of the most annoying canines in cinema. But the British aesthetic looks charming, so I have no idea if I'm supposed to hate this film or not. 

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I'll admit it, I'm unsettled. This Netflix film is promising to have one unsettling take on the evil AI concept by going for the 'smart house' approach. The stakes look tense & it looks like it'll put me on the edge of my seat. If it disappoints, it will take time for me to get it over with.

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Now it's time for my most anticipated release of the month & after a fantastic, artsy trailer, I am hooked on this horror that's currently being hailed as one of the best. It looks like genes & inheritance may be the main theme, but it looks like genuine chills are going to plague this picture &'since I'm a sucker for creepy children, I simply cannot wait.

So that's all I have to say about what June will have to offer. It looks like the independent films are taking over in terms of high expectations, as mainstream cinema looks pretty underwhelming. Anyway, here's my summary list:
Hereditary
Leave No Trace
Sanju
McQueen
The Bromley Boys
Race 3
Alex Strangelove
Sicario 2: Day Of The Soldado
El Mundo Es Suyo
As always, join me next time when we will witness monsters on vacation, a spy doing his own stunts, Abba showtunes, a skyscraper attack, the first of many Purges & the long-awaited return of cinema's favourite superhero family.
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When I analysed Doctor Who's revival & The Sarah Jane Adventures, I mentioned that the first seasons didn't have much confidence. This first season is no exception. The main reason I say this is because the writing feels like two sides are at war with each other. There's a half that's devoted to telling stories that it hopes is interesting, & there's a side that's trying to take advantage of the watershed TV airing schedule. There are loads of interesting concepts & plot points, but when it wants to get bloody & sexy, it will get bloody & sexy. As far as the characters are concerned, they're mostly successful. I already know Captain Jack Harkness from his introduction in Doctor Who, but he's actually terrific as a leader who takes his job seriously & since he knows a lot about time & space, it's probably wise to listen to him. But the new characters are not too bad. Gwen Cooper is the new recruit & as someone who could be the real main character, she's fantastic. She's got the most interesting facts & her skills from the police force has its advantages. As far as the rest are concerned, Ianto Jones felt like the useless load, but he grew on me, Toshiko Sato serves a useful purpose as "the guy on the chair" archetype & Owen Harper is a mixed bag. I thought he was going to be a comic relief, but there were times where I could not stand him. As a result, he's the worst character in this season. As far as romance is concerned, I liked the fact that Gwen had a boyfriend, but the writers go for the "top secret job" cliché that could get mildly annoying, & to make matters worse, the writers go for one of the most maddening plot points in the history of romantic subplots. As far as minor criticisms are concerned, the CGI is understandably fake & some of the editing is awful. If I could find a least favourite episode, I don't really have any, & I know that The Cyberwoman is hated by many, but I'll go for "Day One" because of its hilariously dumb idea of an alien body snatcher who shags people to death. I don't hate the episode, but I can't stop laughing at such a concept. However, I have two favourite episodes. "Random Shoes" was like Doctor Who's "Love & Monsters" with a fresh, new approach & "Out Of Time" was a breath of fresh air from the usual threatening outcomes. Overall, Season 1 is flawed, but it's a solid start to the overall series.

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If Season 1 was the phase where a young teenager gets excited by accessing mature content for the first time, this season is the maturity phase. Elements like the blood, gore & sex are toned down & there are a lot more concepts for storytelling potential added in. We have a lot of things like new aliens, a bookend villain who expands the Time Agency concept, more romantic conflicts. Hell, we even get to know about Jack's past. When it comes to romance, they try to set up something with Tosh & Owen, but it doesn't go anywhere. Instead, Gwen & Rhys go to the next steps, despite the fact that Rhys continues to go through some crap by the drama & a cute romantic connection between Jack & Ianto forms. One other thing I'd like to mention is that the Doctor Who easter eggs have increased here (maybe it's due to confidence). UNIT gets mentioned a few times & 3 episodes have Freema Agyeman return as former-companion Martha Jones. If I could pick a least favourite episode, I'd probably go with "A Day In The Death" because Owen is so unlikable when he's depressed, but it had good ideas so I couldn't hate it too much. When it comes to favourite episodes, I have two of them. "Fragments" was a nice trip to the past, but "Adam" was creepy in a lot of watchable ways. Overall, Season 2 is just as solid as the first season, but I could see signs of confidence, so it's a mild improvement.

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Wow......just.........WOW............I know I've said this before, but every second of every minute of every hour of every episode kicked wibbly wobbly timey wimey ass. The endless mystery on display kept me on the edge of my seat & it ultimately proved that Torchwood, as a TV series, has grown up to its true potential. Since it's a mini-series, there's no pointless padding & it makes each event flow smoothly in an unpredictable way. Although Jack, Gwen, Ianto & Rhys are as great as ever, the writers do a great job with the new characters, from the underestimated Lois Habiba, to the stern John Frobisher, to the useful & interesting Clem McDonald. The only character I didn't like was Ianto's sister's husband, because he came off as a cheeky wanker in my eyes. But one of this season's biggest strengths is that it is scary as fuck. All of the action set pieces were tense, the moments where the children stop were unsettling & the 456 is a chilling extraterrestrial presence. Normally, I would mention a favourite & least favourite, but I simply don't have one. All 5 episodes were as good as each other. Overall, Children Of Earth is a phenomenal television event that Whovians & Torchwood fans will instantly fall in love with.

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After a few years away from TV sets, Torchwood finally returned & this time, the BBC are teaming up with American network 'Starz.' Unfortunately, this season lacks the Doctor-Who-friendly charm the other seasons had. In fact, this might be the worst season the show has had to offer. It does have an interesting concept with the entire population being unable to die, except for Captain Jack Harkness, who is somehow mortal again. Specific plot points are interesting to watch & a majority of the action scenes are exciting to watch. But I feel like I've watched a tacky international remake of Torchwood instead of a continuation. The blatant American appeal makes the season feel more like  24, Heroes & CSI & to further prove this, each episode is structured like those types of dramas. I have nothing against these types of shows, but when it intereferes with the mood of a pre-existing show, it's going to be a bit of a problem. The new characters like Rex & Esther are not interesting in the slightest because they felt like archetypes for shows about the CIA & while Oswald Daines comes close to being the only interesting new character, his arc isn't compelling enough to sit through. When it comes to the Miracle Day concept, it is effectively utilised thanks to some worrying disadvantages, most of the action scenes lacked stakes because nobody but Jack could die & the entire premise feels too huge for The Doctor himself to ignore. Since I've been mostly negative, I don't really have a favourite or least favourite episode. Maybe it's because each episode had the same type of reaction from me. Maybe they should've lessened the amount of episodes to make things go a little faster. It would've prevented potential padding. Overall, Miracle Day is a mixed bag that doesn't feel worthy of the Torchwood name. Maybe I would've liked it more if it was an entirely different show about an entirely different agency.
Bees'll buzz, kids'll blow dandelion fuzz & I'll be doing whatever nerds do in summer................sit on my ass in cinema screening rooms. It doesn't look like there'll be a lot this month will have to offer, but for the one month that always excites me, it better have a few eye catchers up its sleeve. As always, I won't be mentioning the 2017 leftovers (The Breadwinner looks amazing by the way) & let's dive right in, starting with:

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Hhhhhm, a comedy with a subject matter on appearances. This could actually be pretty good. Sure, the jokes didn't make me laugh, but I think there's potential here. However, I don't see how an exercise bike accident will make someone "hot" in the process. Maybe there's a corny, predictable message here. This film may be in the wait-&-see category, but there's a pretty high chance that I might enjoy it.

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Ok, two questions:
A) who was asking for a sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet? It wasn't very good, but it served its purpose.
B) why have they shifted from Shakespeare to Conan Doyle? This decision doesn't make any sense to me. If I were in charge of such a project, I'd go for a garden gnome Titus Andonicus. They're made out of breakable ceramic, it could work a whole lot better than what we actually have.

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You know, this thriller actually looks pretty good. The trailers have successfully captured a sense of suspense that could genuinely result in goosebumps. However, I don't quite know what the plot is about. There seems to be a hacking concept (just like Ghost In The Shell) & there's undercover work, but that's all I know at the moment. Oh well, at least there's something to be mildly excited for.

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Another day, another Melissa McCarthy comedy. This movie looks like it's got the same old college jokes, except this time, it's relying on a gimmick that McCarthy's character is older than the other students. This film looks harmless enough, but I won't be watching it in a huge hurry.

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Now it's time for another Taken-esque picture, with a bit of mom power. From the way I see things, this movie could be good or bad. It's promising to be a tense thriller, but can it be more than generic? Who knows? Guess I'll just have to wait & see.

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After the sleeper hit known as A Quiet Place, how can any other horror movie top it? This particular inclusion to the genre is using true events to sell its unusual concept. The trailers have had a pretty effective creep factor, so there is a high chance that this might be good. All it's got to do now is to not disappoint.

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A comedy about motherhood...I smell themes. The jokes may not be funny, but this film still looks incredible. It looks like it's capturing a sense of motherhood that's as naturally realistic as The Florida Project. I hope this film succeeds because I smell a future classic.

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Now it's time for the first Netflix movie of the month. What we get here is something that Italy has to offer & without subtitles, I can't have clear expectations. So I've got no choice but to put this as a wait-&-see expectation. I hope it's good because I do like hunting for hidden international gems.

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Despite the horrific true story, there's nothing about this film I can consider exciting. The trailer has done nothing but give me generic vibes & my wait-&-see criteria won't be enough to get me interested. I'm sorry, but it looks like this film will be a miss.

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Whenever filmmakers choose to make dramas all about families, they are obviously being manipulative. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the averageness of the trailer for this film doesn't give me anything worth talking about. Hopefully, the movie will be much better than I think it will. It'll just take a really long time for me to watch it.

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Here's another Netflix movie & to be honest, I have no idea if this teen comedy will be good because it's not making me cringe, but I don't know if it'll be good. So I guess this'll be another wait & see case scenario.

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Ok...........I bet we all knew that the idea of superhero high school with every DC character would bite them in the butt. Personally, I don't see why this film has to be told in Lego & I haven't seen anything that DC Superhero Girls has to offer, so I hope that this film will appeal to its fans. All I do know is that a separate high school for super villains was inevitable.

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What the............is this seriously real? Well, Warner Bros Home Entertainment are releasing this flick.............but I thought it was a student project intending to parody HollyWood's crappy reputation. Anyway, I have no idea if this film will be good, but let's not go too far in any hate because there is zero chance that this will actually be in Scooby Doo continuity. All I do know is if this becomes the best live-action Scooby Doo film, it will look humiliating on the cowardly, friendly, big-eating dog's library of mysteries.

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Another day, another true story & despite the fact that the trailer I watched had no subtitles, this film actually looks pretty good. Granted, it's mainly because the trailer was stylish, but I genuinely want to know what this film will offer & where it will go. If I found the chance (because it's not easy finding international cinema releases), I'd probably go watch it.

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Although I had no idea what was going on without subtitles, I think I can see potential here. The trailer looked like it was going for a whimsical tone, but the drama on display looks deadly serious. Even though I'm not extremely excited, I think I'll give this film a chance.....if the world lets me.

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Seriously, why do I have the rotten luck of watching foreign trailers without subtitles? Oh well, this roamance looks like it could be fun to watch, but I'm not expecting anything special. Looks like it once again has to be a wait-&-see scenario (I'm starting to get sick of these).

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Personally, Pureflix is an alien territory for me when it comes to filmmaking, so all I'm seeing is Christianity propaganda. I don't mean to be rude, but I don't think I can take it seriously as a thriller if it's going to continuously hammer in how important God is to the world. Overall, I'm probably not going to watch it, but since it's made for a Christian audience, I'll let them watch it to see if it's good or not.

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So if you're not a b-grade monster movie, your made-for-TV film will have a chance to be hotly anticipated. Over the years, HBO have been dominating TV ratings & they've been hyping this particular film up. While I do think this film would definitely belong in a cinema, I wouldn't say I'm excited for it. It looks like it has potential, but I think I'll just wait & see how it turns out.

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Time for another Cannes contender & while the trailer for this film does have a nice musical composition, it has not given me anything to get excited for. I have no idea what the plot even is & I have no clue on what the overall quality could be. Who knows, maybe it'll be a quirky kind of good, so I guess I'll just have to wait & see.

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Would you look at that, another Netflix movie. Honestly, the jokes aren't funny & this looks like yet another crude, rioutus vacation movie. If you like that sort of stuff, go ahead, but only endearing characters can make this cliché work (both Inbetweeners movies are proof).

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Just when I thought the world was safe, Raja Gosnell returns to infect the gullible minds of children once again. This movie just looks dreadful in every sense of the word. The jokes are obnoxious, the casting makes me feel embarrassed & the special effects are so obviously fake, I bet even kids will notice it. Just don't see this movie, it's not worth everybody's time.

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Hooray, a Star Wars movie in May. Shame I feel cautiously optimistic. It's had a lot of trouble with directors & the trailers lack the artistic impact of the previous theee films. But an intergalactic space heist could actually work, & the second trailer did get me excited a little bit. Hopefully, this will turn out good because I don't want another strike from the toxic side of the fanbase.

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A Batman anime with feudal Japanese elements from a guy who worked on Afro Samurai........sign me the HELL up!!! I'm always striving for different interpretations of the Caped Crusader & this definitely fits the bill. Granted, I have no idea what the plot is going to be, but if it promises to be a huge, epic action spectacle, then we could end up with the best straight-to-DVD release of the UK this year.

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Now it's time for my most anticipated film of the month & it's no surprise that the brilliantly marketed Deadpool sequel takes that spot. The trailers have repeated the predecessor's top notch ad campaign, the plot (the real one, not what's on IMDb) makes me genuinely intrigued & it looks fun as hell. You can guarantee that I will see this movie the minute it comes out. Time to make the Chimi-fucking-changas!!!

So that's all I have to say about the releases during May 2018. The amount of wait-&-see case scenarios are worrying, but at least I found a few stuff to look forward to, in a particular order:
Deadpool 2
Tully
Batman Ninja
Anon
The Strangers: Prey At Night
Raazi
Solo: A Star Wars Story
I Feel Pretty
Breaking In
Anyway, join me next time when we will witness the last days of Oscar Wilde, state troopers screwing up, a couple surviving a hurricane, cartels fighting an anti-drug war, a child inheriting a scary gene & a Dinosaur rescue-op going horribly wrong.
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I hope some of the fans into comic books are reading these because they're vital additions to the collection. No, I'm not talking about the movie adaptations, I'm talking about the exclusive content. Granted there are some underwhelming ones, like the preludes for Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Avengers: Age Of Ultron, but these comics serve a terrific purpose of tying up loose ends & preluding plot points that the films themselves don't address. If you love reading comics, these gems are worth reading, trust me on this.

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This short, included in the Blu-Ray for Thor, is mainly about a discussion between Agent Coulson & Agent Sitwell. It's a pretty tense debate overall, but I like the fact that it's addressing the events of The Incredible Hulk & it was especially nice when it turns out that the short is a prequel to the film's pre-credits sequence.

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This short, included in the Blu-Ray for Captain America: The First Avenger, introduces the world to a more badass Coulson we don't normally get to see, until Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. All Coulson does is stop at a gas station & even there, he runs into trouble. Granted, it's just common thieves, but he still kicks their butts anyway.

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Ready to meet the next generation's Bonnie & Clyde? If you are, then this short film included in the Blu-Ray for The Avengers will have you covered. Despite the fact that the two exclusive leads use a leftover alien gun from the battle of New York for bank robberies, they ended up feeling likeable on screen. But I highly appreciate the large role given to Agent Sitwell, who gets to show off his badass side & create a nice ending for everyone.

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Before the Agent Carter TV series, there was a short film included in the Blu-Ray for Iron Man 3. This short introduces audiences to the agency Peggy would eventually work for & even before the days on ABC television, she was doing secret mission work. The name Zodiac intrigued me & the entire mission once again proves how much of a badass Peggy is.

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If you hated Iron Man 3's big plot twist, chances are you won't watch this short film included in the Blu-Ray for Thor: The Dark World. As someone who defended the plot twist, I am happy to say that this short is a lot of fun. It was nice seeing Trevor adjust nicely in the prison, with his own lackey & fanbase. But the real meat of the short is the interview which reveals both some fascinating details about Trevor's early career & the possibility that the real Mandarin is at large.

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Now it's time for some appetisers Taika Waititi made during the production of Thor: Ragnarok. These mockumentary shorts, similar to the director's own What We Do In The Shadows, put the director back in his familiar local roots & while the jokes don't always land, there is a silly charm to all of them. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that The Mighty Thor (& eventually The Grandmaster) is living an ordinary surburban lifestyle. If you haven't seen them, they're included in the Blu-Rays for Captain America: Civil War (Team Thor: Part 1), Doctor Strange (Team Thor: Part 2) & Thor: Ragnarok (Team Darryl), pick them up & prepare to be mildly amused. Also, I do hope that Darryl, Thor's ordinary roommate played by Waititi himself, becomes an ensemble darkhorse.