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Kingsman The Golden Circle Review

After the huge and somewhat surprise success of the first Kingsman movie it is no real shock to see Matthew Vaughn back in the director’s chair for this the second instalment in the franchise. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft and Sophie Cookson all reprise their roles from the first movie with Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges joining the cast as Kingsman’s American counterpart agency “Statesman”. It’s great to see Vaughn continues with his use of high energy highly explosive action scenes combined with the same crazy mix of overly exaggerated high technology gadgets that makes this movie very much a fun take on the James Bond movies.

Kingsman the Golden Circle picks up a year after the events of the last movie which saw The Kingsman agency saving the world from Richmond Valentine. This time round the agency headquarters are destroyed leaving only Eggsy and Merlin as the only surviving members. After they invoke there doomsday plan they are lead to their US sister agency known as Statesman. These two agencies must then combine in their struggle to save the world from a common enemy. Colin Firth also returns in his role as Harry Hart.

This movie certainly managed to attract a high quality cast particularly with the introduction of the new Statesman agency. Fans of the first movie with not be disappointed with same humour and gore scenes which proved popular in the past and continue in this movie. A runtime of 2 hours 20 minutes may feel a bit longer than necessary for some but that should not deter anyone from what is an entertaining high energy movie.

Rating 3/5

Bill Tubbritt

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American Made Review

American Made is a biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom Cruise The Movie is set in the 1980’s and follows the exploits  of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler at the time making more money than he knew what to do with. The Movie is based on the true story of this American super pilot and features Cruise doing what he does best in what seems like the perfect role for him to show what has kept him at the very top of the acting world for so long.The Story follows the life of Barry Seal a former TWA pilot who is initially signed up by the CIA to perform low flying photography missions for them. These missions sow the seeds that eventually lead to Seal beginning his multi-million dollar drugs and arms smuggling empire.

American Made is very entertaining to watch and has to be one of Cruises best for a while. The comparisons will of course be made with the Wolf of Wall St and that is certainly justified as both movies are true stories based on the main characters becoming filthy rich from there illegal activities. They are also both really good movies with fascinating story lines that ultimately lead to a very entertaining trip to the movies.

Rating 5/5

Bill Tubbritt

Léirmheas Everything Everything

Tá Maddie Whittier mar gach uile deagóir ar domhain ach tá rud amháin difriúil fúithi.. ní raibh sí taobh amuigh riamh. Tá fadhb sláinte aici darb ainm easpa imdhíonachta a chiallíonn nach féidir léi a bheith i dteagmhail le baictéír nóbeidh sí fíor-tinn. Níl saol úafásach aici; cónaíonn sí i dteach atá sainoiriúnaithe, is maith léi a bheith ag scríobh léirmheasanna ar scannáin agus tá an-suim aici sa léthoireacht. Is é a mórmhian atá aici ná a bheith ina ailtire.

Is léír go bhfuil Maddie tinn tuirseach leis an saol laethúil agus ag iarradh fiondar. Is é Olly an fiondar sin a bhí in easnamh ina saol. Is é Olly a comhairsean nua, buachaill óg, dáthúíl agus is é an chéad duine i shaol Maddie seachas a máthair agus banaltra a thugann aird di. Tosaíonn an bheirt acu caidhreamh rúnda ar líne. Tá a máthair buartha go bhfuil sí chun gach rud a chur i mbaol dó.

Déanann Maddie cinneadh deacair chun gach rud a chur ar an líne agus don chéad uair riamh an fharraige a fheiceáil; aisling a bhí aici ó a raibh sí an-óg. Imíonn sí ar eachtra do Haváí anseo thagann sí ar rún creathach a chasann a domhan bun os coinn.

Ni raibh aon tuairim agam faoin scannán seo sula bhfhaca mé é. Chuaigh mé le mo dheirfúir atá dhá bhliain dhéag d’aois; an aois ghrúpa atá an scannán dírthe air. Níor thaitin an scannán mórán linn. Bhí an scéalaíocht aisteach agus déacair a leanúint. D’éirigh an scannán níos fearr leath bhealach tríd mar gheall ar an ionadh sa pholta.

Ceann de na buanna den scannán ná an analach; rinne Maddie comparáid idir í féin agus spásaire. Mar tá an bheirt acu cuibhrithe agus foighneach. Cheap mé go raibh seo cliste agus suimúil, chabhraigh sé leis an lucht feachanna tuiscint níos mó a fhail ar an gcineál saol atá aici.

Atomic Blonde Review

This throwback to 1980’s cold war action thrillers Directed by David Leitch (John Wick), hits all the right notes with Charlize Theron perfectly cast in the titular role as Lorraine Broughton. She starts the movie in a bath tub of ice, battered and bruised and then heads to a debriefing of her mission, where the story begins as she proceeds to inform MI6 Agent Eric Gray (Toby Jones) & CIA Agent Emmet Kurzfeld (John Goodman) what happened on her mission in Berlin where she was tasked to find a secret file that has information about all the active agents in both the CIA & MI6, that was taken by a rouge Russian KGB Agent.

When Lorraine arrives in Berlin she meets her contact, another agent called David Percival (James McAvoy) who could or could not be a double agent. But before she has a chance to meet him, she is picked up by two KGB agents, this is where the action starts and there is very little let up of the action till the movie ends. Lorraine is very adept in fighting and uses a wide variety of objects to take out her enemies including a shoe, some rope, a hose and many others to boot.The movie is filled with beautifully choreographed fights that feel realistic and are wonderfully shot to keep you right in the action. I can’t express how much of a badass Charlize Theron is in this movie, she never lets up no matter how much she is beaten, and strives at every stop to not let anyone get in the way of her mission. I left the Cinema with a smile on my face and a banging 80’s soundtrack in my ears.

4/5 Stars

Ronan Sandford

Girls Trip Review

Girls Trip is the new hilarious comedy written by Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver and is loosely based on their own experiences with their female friends. The movie stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate and Mike Colter. The cast really gel together very well indeed with the four main characters having an excellent on screen chemistry. Extra credit needs to be given to Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith who play Dina & Lisa, providing a lot of the laughs throughout the movie and are by far a large part of what makes this movie so funny.

The movie follows the four main characters as they reunite after five years to go on a girl’s trip to New Orleans to attend the annual Essence Music Festival. There is a brilliant mix of back ground stories and personalities to the girls which set it up nicely for a wild weekend they will never forget. The Movie is almost split in two parts as the first half the humour just keeps coming at you  before slowing down just a little toward the second half as the four friends try to deal with some emotional baggage from their past and present.

The ladies of Hollywood are certainly fighting back these days as some of the biggest movies of the year so far have had mostly female leads, movies such as Hidden Figures, Wonder Women and Beauty and the Beast have already enjoyed huge success at the box office. Girl Trip looks to and deserves to continue that trend as it has to be one of the funnies comedies of the year so far with lots of laugh out loud moments.

Rating 4/5

Bill Tubbritt

Leirmheas Dunkirk

Rinne na meáin scéal mór den scannán le Christopher Nolan “Dunkirk” agus tá a fhios agam cén fáth. Leis an taithí agus rath atá ag Nolan is léir go mbeadh an scannán móréilimh seo fíor gnóthach gan dabht. Tá an scannán seo suite sa radharc coscrach den Dara Cogadh Domhanda. Tá sé bunaithe ar an smaoineamh nuair nach féidir leat dul abhaile, tá ar teacht chugat.

Is scannán ionraic, spleodrach agus glórach é a cuireann an lucht féachána ar chorr a suíocháin iad. Tugann sé radharc casta den cogadh ach dhírigh sé m’aird ar iontas an duine. Tá na híomhanna suntasacha; an bealach ina bhogann an ceamara, léirínn sé dúinn an iargúltacht a bhí ann do na fir. Níl mórán diallóg sa scannán mar sin tá orainn tarraing ó na híomhánna beoga ar an scáileán mór. Cuireann an fhuaim go mór leis chomh maith, ag scaoileadh racht mothúchán ón mbreathnóir.

 

Tugtar cúlra dúinn faoin ré staire, bhí Churchill i gceannais cé nach feictear é sa scannán. Ina  ionad cuireadh béim ar dornán fir a bhí ag scríobh stair ar an talamh, san fharraige agus san aer. Tugann sé léargas réadúil ar bhród agus scanradh na fir ó gcéad seit tosaíonn an scannán amach le “bang” mór. Níl mórán forbairt ar na carachtair, níl aon scéal grá ann. Níl aon namhaid ainmnithe seachas “am”. An t-aon rud nach bhfuil dóthain ag aon duine go háirithe na fir seo a bhí i láithreacht bhás gach lá. Bhí cur chuige éagsúil ag Nolan i leith na scéalaíochta.

Molaim duit dul agus d’aigne féin a dhéanamh ar an stiúrthóir ealaíne Nolan agus 106 nóiméid a thógáil chun breathnú ar na teicnící cinéimeatacha.

Dunkirk Review

Dunkirk is the new war movie which was written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. The Movie stars James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Filming took place in Dunkirk France in 2016 and is based on the true story of the battle of Dunkirk which began in late May 1940 in the French port city of Dunkirk, where some 400,000 Allied soldiers were penned in by the Germans. Nolan seems to have written the script to be told more visually than verbally as there is not an abundance of dialog, instead the story is portrayed via the use of amazing cinematography and visual effects as the movie really looks and sounds amazing on the big screen.

The Movie takes place just after Germany’s World War 2 invasion of Poland and tells the by now mythical story in British history of the rescue mission of 400,000 troops known as Operation Dynamo.Dunkirk is definitely a war movie but it is also a story of suffering and survival. It nice to see Nolan didn’t include any back story as it’s assumed the audience will know what the war is about and why the troop are where they are.

Dunkirk is of course based on a true story and lovers of this type of genre of movie will really enjoy the way this exciting historic story is portrayed. As I said before there is not a lot of back story or even character history and that is probably the reason this movie is not drawn out with  a 2 hour + running time. Dunkirk is more about the experiences of war rather than the strategics behind it. Christopher Nolan has definitely put his own stamp all over this movie and has made a lot of big production calls which largely has worked very well indeed.

Rating 4/5

Bill Tubbritt

Spider-Man: Homecoming Leirmheas

 

Cheapfá nach mbeafaí in ann scannán eile a chruthú as an scéal céanna ach geallaim duit cuirtear casadh úr agus spleodrach ar Spider-Man. Tá an scannán suite i suíomh ardscoil Meiriceánach tipiciúil. Is léir nach bhfuil an-ghean air Peter Parker (Tom Holland) ar scoil. Is iarmharán é agus is ball den chlub deacatlan é.

Tosaíonn Homecoming i ndiaidh an ionradh ar Nua-Eabhrac a bhí ar siúl i rith The Avengers, freagraíonn sé ceist an lucht féachana; cad a tharla den chathair tar éis an cogadh cathrach?

Tá go leor téamaí uilíocha tríd mar shampla, cairdeas faighimid léargas iontach den chairdeas idir Peter agus Ned. Is carachtar greannmhar, geanúil agus saoithín é Ned. Le linn an scannáin athraíonn a ról go dtí cúntóir nó mar a glaonn Spidey air “An fear sa chathair”. Tugann an scannán léargas úr ar fíor chairdeas.

Téama eile ná ógántacht. Ceapainn Peter go bhfuil sé réidh a bheith mar bhall den fhoireann mhór “The Avengers” ach tá Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) ag déanamh meantóireacht air agus níl sé róchinnte. Tá an caidreamh idir athair/mac míchompordach  agus greannmhar fad is a fhorbraíonn sé.

Níl sé cáilithe mar laoch go fóill, agus caitheann sé cuid mhaith den scannáin ag dhéanamh cad a dhéanann déagóirí an lae inniu; ag déanamh botúin ollmhóra agus damáiste do gach rud ina dtreo.

Tá gnéithe den bhun-plota fite fuaite tríd go cliste agus go slítheánta, leis an ngnáthphlota agus cúpla casadh curtha leis. Tá an-tóir ar an scannán seo do pháistí, déagóirí, daoine fásta, fanaiceach Marvel nó duine nach bhfuil mórán suime acu i sárlaochra. Is léir go bhfuil rud éigean go gach duine sa scannán seo a ghluaiseann go tapaidh agus atá lán de bomaite grinn.

Cloisim daoine á rá gurbh é Tom Holland an “Spider-Man is fearr” agus caithfidh mé a rá go bhfuil mé i gcomhaontú leo. Tá Marvel tar éis cinntú go bhfuil Spider-Man slán sábháilte ina lámha.

 

Claire Ní Neachtain

 

4.5/5

 

Cars 3 Review

Pixar Animation Studios are back with this the third instalment of the popular Cars animated Movies. It was looking a bit like Cars was beginning to run its course when Cars 2 came out in 2011 and It’s good to see they have gone back to basics in this one as we see Lighting McQueen who is still being voiced by Owen Wilson back in his underdog run. This was I feel why the first movie worked so well. It may or may not be the end of the road for this franchise after this movie but one thing is for sure, this is a vast improvement on the second offering.

Cars 3 sees Lighting McQueen who is now getting a bit older and seems to be falling behind the new more powerful up and coming cars. Lighting needs to revaluate his life and motivations in order to reclaim his spot at the top of the pecking order by using his smarts to outwit his rivals as he no longer can match them for speed.

Cars 3 should go down feel with the younger ones at the cinemas. Pixar seems to have come up with a type of Children’s Rocky Movie which I’m sure is one of the reasons for this movies appeal. It’s a tossup between this one and the first Cars movie as to which is the best in the series, personally I think Cars 3 might just shade it.

Rating 3.5/5

Bill Tubbritt

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