King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an average attempt to reboot the Arthurian myth. The movie is the journey of Arthur to take back his throne after it was taken over by his wicked uncle Vortigern by killing his entire family.

Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam, is a witty and smart guy. He grows up in a brothel, learns martial arts but, is unaware of his royal lineage. Vortigern, played by Jude Law, is hungry for power and will do anything to keep the throne.

Arthur is helped by a group a people who want the cruel Vortigern dead too. An enigmatic young woman called ‘The Mage’,  played by Astrid Frisbey is the only female character in the team. She uses her dark magic powers to help Arthur.

The most important scene of the movie where Arthur pulls out the sword ‘Excalibur’ from the big boulder isn’t that effective. It is further ruined by David Beckham’s bad acting cameo.

On an emotional level, you don’t feel much for Arthur and for his struggle to become the King. The story defies logic at many places and you just cannot ignore them. The director, Guy Ritchie brings in his stylized slow-motion action sequences which we have already seen in Sherlock Holmes.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a VFX heavy film with lots of action and dark magic creatures. Go for this film with fewer expectations and you might enjoy it.

Rating – 💋💋 and half  kisses

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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Action

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen

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13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is a drama-mystery web television series based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series revolves around the mysterious suicide of a high school student Hannah Baker(Katherine Langford). Hanna leaves behind 13 audio tapes(13 episodes) which will unravel the mystery behind her death.

The other central character is Clay Jenson(Dylan Minnette) who is a close friend of Hanna and also her secret admirer. The story is narrated through Hanna’s voice recordings played through her tapes by Clay. Each tape reveals a new chapter and a new person from Hanna’s life.

This is not a typical high school story. It is a refreshing take on the teenage high school life where topics like love, friendship, sexuality are shown in a matured way. The visuals very seamlessly connect the present with the past memories as Clay tries to solve the mystery at his hand. This approach looks similar to another Netflix series, Sense8. The writing is outstanding. All the characters are nicely fleshed out. Also, both the lead actors have done a commendable job.

As the story moves ahead, it gets a little complex and multi-dimensional. More characters and storylines get added which makes it difficult to guess the reason behind Hanna’s suicide. This takes your curiosity to another level and you just cannot stop watching it. Netflix has another winner in its collection.

Rating – 💋💋💋💋  kisses

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Genre: Drama, Mystery

Developed by: Brian Yorkey

Starring: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Miles Heizer, Ross Butler, Devin Druid, Amy Hargreaves, Derek Luke, Kate Walsh

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Prison Break (Season 5)

Prison Break is back with a bang with its 5th season after a gap of almost 9 years. The previous season ended with the death of the main character Michael Scofield and the show was never supposed to come back with any new season. But here we are reviewing season 5 for you.

This season revolves around the resurrection of Michael Scofield, played by Wentworth Miller. The story kicks off with T-Bag, played by Robert Knepper, when he gets a clue about Michael being alive which he then passes on to Lincoln, played by Dominic Purcell. Now, Lincoln and Sara,played by Sarah Wayne, decide to find out the truth and do whatever it takes to bring Michael back. This time the story takes us to Yemen which obviously involves a prison break. But it is more complex and difficult. It is surprising to see that the character of Lincoln is given more screen time and we see Dominic’s best performance till date. 

The magic of Prison Break was keeping you hooked and wondering, “how will they get out of this?” Well, this season is expected to deliver exactly the same. If you fell off the Prison Break train around season 3 or 4 don’t worry, the show is still fairly accessible. There’s a quick recap at the start that fills you in on all you need to know.

Season 5 has all the elements that made Prison Break a hit and it finally takes the show back to its roots, which last two seasons had failed to do.

Rating – 💋💋💋💋 kisses

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Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Created by: Paul Scheuring

Starring: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Paul Adelstein, Rockmond Dunbar, Robert Knepper, Amaury Nolasco, Mark Feuerstein, Inbar Lavi, Augustus Prew

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Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is a reboot to the King Kong franchise. In this monster flick, a team of scientists and army men are on an expedition to this mysterious and hidden place called ‘Skull Island’.

The story is set in the 1970’s which is aptly supported by the songs and music used in the background. Unlike the previous Kong films, the ‘King Kong’ is brought in almost immediately without keeping any suspense. The island is also inhabited by other huge creatures like spider, bat, octopus. But the real bad ones are these flesh-eating monsters, called Skullcrawlers, who come from below the ground. Kong’s only purpose is to protect the island from these monsters.

The story lacks conviction and purpose. The cast is full of big actors such as Tom Hiddleston, Samuel Jackson, John Goodman who are barely allowed to show their acting prowess. 

The action scenes where the Kong fights with the bad creatures adds excitement and energy to the film. The monsters are brilliantly designed and skillfully animated. The focus of the film is more on the ‘King Kong’ than the other characters who are just there to fill up the screen.

To sum up, Kong: Skull Island is an action fuelled film with no brains.

Rating: 💋💋 kisses

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Genre: Action

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell

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Sandy Wexler

Sandy Wexler is a satirical homage to Adam Sandler’s real-life manager, Sandy Wernick, who worked as a talent manager in Los Angeles during the 1990’s.

Sandy, played by Adam Sandler, is a weird and lonely guy with a good heart. He treats his clients like family and never gives up on them. Everything changes when Sandy falls in love with his new client Courtney, played by Jennifer Hudson, who is a talented singer. 

The story is narrated in bits and pieces by famous Hollywood actors in a fun and comic way. You will also see some familiar faces from Sandler’s other movies like Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson doing small yet important roles. 

Sandy Wexler is not a full on comedy. It is an emotional and light-hearted love story at its core. You won’t laugh your heart out but it does have a few fun moments through the mishaps of Sandy’s clients who are trying to make it big in the industry. Even though the film stays flat from start to end, Adam Sandler has tried his best to make this mediocre story entertaining.

You will need some patience and popcorn to complete this 2-hour long film. Watch it only if you are an Adam Sandler fan.

Rating:  💋💋 kisses

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Genre: Drama, Comedy

Directed by: Steven Brill

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Lamorne Morris

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Fast and Furious 8

Fast and Furious 8 is the eight installment in the Fast and Furious franchise starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and his other team members from the previous film F7. This time Dominic Toretto goes rogue while on a mission and his own team has to stop him at any cost.

For the first time in this franchise, we have a lady villain in the form of a mysterious cyber-terrorist called ‘Cipher’ played by Charlize Theron who blackmails Toretto to rob some Russian nuclear codes.

F8 has more humor and more realistic action scenes as compared to F7. Two of the action sequences are mind blowing and worth mentioning:

1.  When Cipher hacks into thousands of cars and uses them as zombies

2.  A huge iron ball blows away all the cars from the road

What may disappoint you is that the villain never engages in a physical fight or a action sequence and it’s only computers and technology along with some evilish dialogues.

Overall F8 has all the elements for which the franchise is known for. It is a thrilling and entertaining ride with lots of surprises at the end.

Rating: 💋💋💋 kisses

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Genre: Action, Thriller

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron

 
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Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell is a sci-fi action film based on the classic Japanese anime of the same name that inspired the movie ‘Matrix’. Set in the near future where the line between humans and robots is becoming blurred. The movie revolves around the main character ‘Major’, played by Scarlett Johansson, who has her brain placed in a cyborg body after meeting a dreadful accident.

The actual story starts when Major and her team are asked to hunt down an anonymous hacker who is brutally killing all the top scientists of a top robotic firm. Simultaneously, Major is also trying to find her own identity and her past. Is she a human, a robot, or just a weapon? What’s her purpose? Does she have a family? All these questions get answered as the story moves forward.

The visual effects and action sequences are stunning and even more enjoyable in 3D. Scarlett Johansson is the soul of this film and she is an absolute beauty to watch on screen. Director Rupert Sanders has successfully managed to keep the balance between technicality and human emotions which are essential for the story.

What might disappoint fans is the missing haunting background score of the original anime movie, which was used only during the end credits.

Overall, Ghost in the Shell doesn’t drag and keeps your curiosity intact till the end. If you are looking for a good sci-fi film with some exciting visual effects, you should definitely watch this!

Rating:  💋💋💋 and a half kisses.

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Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Thriller

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, Juliette Binoche

Produced by: DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Arad Productions, Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Huahua Media