The director and star of the underrated THE ACCOUNTANT  reunite.
So much of THE IRISHMAN and GEMINI MAN is like watching THE POLAR EXPRESS . In many areas, de-ageing visual effects still look uncanny. Having said that, younger Samuel L. Jackson in CAPTAIN MARVEL is impressive.
(PS - THE IRISHMAN and GEMINI MAN were disappointments from two legendary directors.)
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ★★½☆☆
D: Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Diary of a Teenage Girl).
S: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper.
Tom Hanks is a solid actor, excelling in PHILADELPHIA . And now here as well. He is superb as Mr Rogers. The film starts strongly as an entry into emotional intelligence, but the ending is saccharine and unsatisfying.
On this day actor Michael Clarke Duncan was born. His top 5 films:
- KUNG FU PANDA
- SIN CITY
- TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
- THE GREEN MILE
Okay, just when you think you're all super-heroed out, a trailer like this comes along:
It is actor Judi Dench’s birthday. Her top 5 films:
- ALL IS TRUE
- CASINO ROYALE
- MRS BROWN
- SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL ★★☆☆☆
D: Jake Kasdan (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Bad Teacher, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Orange County).
S: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito.
A weak excuse for a sequel, even by Hollywood's low bar. There are barely any laughs. The whole thing feels half-arsed. At least there's a decent level of diversity.
From the director of THE SIGNAL , will this be a DEEP BLUE SEA-esque guilty pleasure?
Apart from CASINO ROYALE, the Daniel Craig Bond movies feel derivative. NO TIME TO DIE’s trailer is underwhelming (apart from that motorbike jump):
QUEEN & SLIM ★★★★★
D: Melina Matsoukas.
S: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Indya Moore, Benito Martinez, Flea.
A different kind of lovers-on-the-run thriller. A racist cop interrupts a first date. Pounding political ire, romantic chemistry, and sharp dialogue. Imagine BEFORE SUNRISE if the couple were being hunted across a nation.
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