Film Review: Serenity

Directed by Steven Knight, Serenity follows Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), a fishing boat captain who leads tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. He lives a quiet, sheltered life, which is soon shattered when his ex-wife, Karen (Anne Hathaway), tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her and their young son from her new, violent husband, Frank (Jason Clarke). She offers him $10 million to take him out to sea on a fishing excursion and to throw him to the sharks. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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Film Review: Glass

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass follows on from 2017’s Split as Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and the multiple identities who reside within him have taken more girls hostage. Using his supernatural abilities, 2000’s Unbreakable David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is trying to track him down. When both are arrested and sent to a psychiatric hospital run by Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), they meet the wheelchair-bound Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) who holds secrets critical to both men.

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Film Review: Life Itself

Written and directed by Dan Fogelman, Life Itself sees a young New York couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) go from college romance to marriage and parenthood, as the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and lifetimes. A multi-generational saga set in New York and Carmona, Spain – focusing on Vincent (Antonio Banderas), Javier (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), Isabel (Laia Costa) and Rodrigo (Alex Monner) – the film is a celebration of the human condition laced with humour, poignancy and love.

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Film Review: Bird Box

Directed by Susanne Bier and based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, Bird Box sees an ominous unseen presence spread across the world, as it drives most of society to commit suicide. Pregnant Malorie (Sandra Bullock) finds safety with others – including Tom (Trevante Rhodes), Douglas (John Malkovich), Greg (BD Wong), Cheryl (Jacki Weaver), and Olympia (Danielle Macdonald). Five years later, however, she must make it through a forest and river blindfolded, along with her two children (Vivien Lyra Blair and Julian Edwards), in a desperate bid to reach safety.

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Film Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie and the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series, Mission: Impossible – Fallout sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar ally Elsa (Rebecca Ferguson) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. With the help of CIA’s August Walker (Henry Cavill), the team find themselves faced with Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) once again, two years after his capture, as the remnants of The Syndicate reorganise as a rogue terrorist group called the Apostles.

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Film Review: Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom

Directed by J.A. Bayona, Fallen Kingdom sees the return of Jurassic World bigwig Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) as Isla Nublar’s previously dormant volcano is now very much active. With the de-extinct residents in serious danger of being wiped out all over again, Claire – who now heads up a dinosaur protection group – convinces a reluctant Owen to help mount a daring rescue mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

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Film Review: Tully

Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Tully follows a mother of two (Charlize Theron) who is about to have her third child. Overwhelmed and desperate, she accepts the offer of a “night nanny” from her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass). Tully (Mackenzie Davis) is sharp, sexy and slickly efficient, looking after the baby while Marlo and her husband (Ron Livingston) sleep. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the Tully, leading her to wonder: where’s the catch?

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