Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness


Madness may just been a state of mind for some, but Doctor Strange makes madness a myth as he plunges into the multiverse reversing reality like never before.

Benedict Cumberbatch steps into his cloaked persona once more as Doctor Stephen Strange, taking us on a journey of madness as he discovers multiple versions of himself in a mind-bending tour of the multiverse.

The premise of the film, revolves around a girl with powers not even she can control. As her story envelops the plot, Doctor Strange and his associates must devise a way to protect her throughout the many universes she is able to travel to, whilst fighting off a most unsuspecting villain, The Scarlet Witch, whose intentions aren’t exactly stereotypical of a classic power-hungry titan. 

Though the film sounds like a mind-boggling fantasy, action packed with twists and turns, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. The CGI is a little lack lustre, and pace not always as fast as one might come to expect from Marvel Studios. Coupled with the fact that the film gives a lot of weird romance vibes, it’s not perhaps the best superhero film to hit screens.

But if you’re prepared for an average superhero film, then this is probably what you’ll find yourself watching the next time you head to the big screen.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore 


A whimsical feast awaits the beholder of this film, as magical creatures collide with the  back story of one of the wizarding worlds most beloved characters: Dumbledore. 

A young professor Dumbledore, played by Jude Law, must face the catastrophe caused by the decisions of his formative years as he attempts to take down what once was an friend, but now a vengeful enemy. 

The enemy in question, Gellert Grindlewald, once played by the now disgraced Johnny Depp in the franchises previous films, has now been reassigned to the equally talented Mads Mikkelsen, who quite frankly non other than absolutely nails the position of evil wizard with such ease, it’s hard to notice the recasting at all. 

In terms of special effects, the budget must have been absolutely smashed, because every inch of the film has a magical element to it, from eccentric wand duels to the intricate details carved into the numerous beasts that grace the screen. 

Though this film certainly doesn’t have the same extensive plot as was to expected from the original Harry Potter films, there is still enough of a storyline to carry the film into a limelight of its own, with the added pleasure of not having a novel to compare it to. 

The Grinch


He’s green, he’s hairy and he’s in a bad mood; he’s The Grinch.

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This revamped version of a classic Christmas tale, let’s the animation do the talking, as CGI takes the responsibility of creating the magically splendid winter wonderland that is the Whoville The Grinch knows and hates.

Benedict Cumberbatch swipes the infamous green bodysuit from under Jim Carey’s (2000) feet as he takes on The Grinch’s persona, voicing the character with an intense concoction of sarcastic skepticism with a dash of Grooge-ish hate.

The Grinch, as always, is accompanied by his loyal dog, Max, who provides many a comedic scene throughout the film, as well as creating multiple heart-melting moments using those all-powerful puppy eyes, which somehow look even more menacing through the art of animation.

Christmas cheer may be The Grinch’s worst fear, but this reimagination of a Dr. Seuss’ classic is bound to make even the grumpiest of hearts grow three times in size.

Christopher Robin


Christopher Robin may have grown up, but his childhood never went away.

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A classic graces our screens once more, as the silly little bear, known as Winnie the Pooh, leaves the hundred ache wood to pursue an adventure in The Big smoke.

As a live action film, Disney has combined digital animation with real-life wonder to bring to A. A. Milne’s world of imagination to the screen with supreme vitality.

Every ounce of this film drips with talent, as everything from the stunning character animation to the ingenious film locations ebb away at this grossly nostalgic triumph of cinematic euphoria.

The Darkest Minds


When the adults turn against the children, nowhere is safe.

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In a world ruled by color categories to classify the level of danger a child poses, Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) is a category orange in the new regime wiping out her under 18 peers, but for the past several years she’s been able to avoid detection, that is, until now.

As a page to screen adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series, this film combines just the right amount of cinematic drama with fictional authenticity, to create a well-rounded and emotionally evoking spectacle.

Though the target audience may be a young one, the copious talent that emanates from the actors provides a maturity that is sure to please even the eldest of audience members.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again


Hollywood’s biggest musical marvel is back with a new wave of sporadically cringeworthy sing-a-long hits.

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After the loss of her mother, Sophie decides to pursue her mother’s dream and renovate her hotel into a magical haven, but not all goes to plan when some unexpected guests make an appearance at the grand opening.

Though it seemed quite possible that all the ABBA hits had already been exhausted in the first film, this new installment shows just how wrong an assumption that was, as the old songs are recycled to showcase new stories.

Despite Meryl Streep not taking the lead role in this latest film, the cast members, new and old, seem to make for an equally enjoyable presence onscreen, as their talent radiates throughout, with the likes of Cher and Andy Garcia being added to the already star-studded cast.

Whilst this film holds all the same promise as the first, it does somewhat disappoint in terms of the plot dynamic, which tends to create confusion in place of satisfaction. Donna’s (Meryl Streep’s’) death, for instance, is carelessly overlooked as no explanation as to how and or why is provided.

Incredibles 2


The most incredible family are back.

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It’s been over ten years since they were first introduced to the animation world, but now the infamous superhero family is back, and this time even the youngest family member is ready for a fight.

With all the characters now somewhat older, and maybe even a little wiser, the premise of this plot is beautifully executed to show the development of this lovable family as they save the world using their superhero capabilities.

Though the wait has been a long one, this film blows any expectation out of the water as it goes above and beyond to provide an action-packed plot fueled by high powered antics and great storytelling.

Disney and Pixar collaborations may not occur very often, but when they do, this film stands as a testament to just what a success they can be, both in terms of audience impact and innovative film-making.

Adrift


Castaway is not a strong enough description for this understated miracle of sea-ventures.

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Going overboard takes a whole new meaning when two lovers find themselves in the aftermath of an ocean storm that tears through their boat and their relationship, leaving them stranded with no land in sight.

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin make for an indispensable team as they achieve ultimate couple goals in performances that will almost certainly become award worthy.

Despite the inevitable sadness that threatens this films good nature, the plot allows for a whole host of emotions that provides both humorous relief and loving interceptions, which is an enviable achievement considering that the film is based upon a real story.

Ocean’s 8


What started as a man powered franchise, has now developed into an all woman cast, as Danny Ocean’s sister follow’s in her brother’s law-breaking footsteps.

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George Clooney and Brad Pitt are nowhere in sight as this film instead finds itself fronted by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett who take the meaning of a high end heist to whole new level as they take on the The Met Gala and all the jewels within.

Despite approaching this franchise from a different point of view, director, Gary Ross, struggles to find the right equilibrium between new and old as the characters often feel a little too rehearsed.

This being said, the film does have a lighthearted nature, which will be sure to please audiences of all ages. And more importantly still, it provides Hollywood with a prime example of women owning powerful lead roles.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


Bringing Jurassic life into the twenty first century turned out to be a little more complex than the creators of Jurassic Park could have ever envisaged.

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Following the collapse of the park’s renovation, the fate of the dinosaurs hangs in the balance as the humans responsible for their resurrection debate whether they deserve to live or die with an impending volcano due to erupt upon the island of Isla Neblar.

In an epic bid to save these animals from a second round of extinction, Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire) and Chris Pratt (Owen) return to this dinosaur driven franchise with faces old and new on a quest to preserve the live’s of these endangered species.

Despite this now being the fifth film in this ever-growing franchise, it remains a whirlwind of activity and suspense as new obstacles provide new entertainment, alongside actors whose talents are inextinguishable.