Film Review: Life Itself

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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

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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: Tully

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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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Film Review: Avengers – Infinity War

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The third Avengers ensemble film and the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War sees The Avengers – Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) – and The Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) – come together for the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, these new superhero allies have to sacrifice everything in an attempt to prevent the powerful Thanos (Josh Brolin) from amassing the all-powerful Infinity Stones before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

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Film Review: Ready Player One

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Based on Ernest Cline‘s 2011 novel of the same name and directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is set in the year 2045 when people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone. When the creator of the game, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg. Designed to find a worthy heir, this egg contains his immense fortune and control of the Oasis. When unlikely hero Wade Watts (Tye Shridane) conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends – including Samantha (Olivia Cooke) – are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save their world.

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Film Review: Peter Rabbit

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Directed by Will Gluck and based on the stories by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit follows the rebellious Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) finds himself up against a new young farmer, Mr. Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), who is determined to stop Peter and his sisters – Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), and Cotton-Tail (Daisy Ridley) – from raiding his vegetable patch. With the help of their rabbit loving neighbour, Bea (Rose Byrne), can they win the war against McGregor?

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Film Review: Lady Bird

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Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird follows artistically inclined seventeen-year-old Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a senior at a Catholic high school in Sacramento in 2002, who is desperate to move on from her hometown and fights against everything her deeply opinionated and strong-willed mum (Laurie Metcalf) encourages. With her mother working double shifts as a nurse and her father (Tracy Letts) having lost his job, such real-world problems aren’t really on Lady Bird’s radar, especially when there are boys like Danny (Lucas Hedges) and Kyle (Timothée Chalamet) to chase after.

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