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The BFG

For most of us, the witching hour is a time to be fast asleep, tucked up in our beds. For Sophie, it’s the time when the adventure of a lifetime begins!

Director Steven Spielberg brings Roald Dahl’s BFG to life in this beautifully magical movie. Travel from an orphanage in the streets of London, to Giant Land and back again with Sophie as she learns all about giants (both the mean and nasty ones, and the Big Friendly one).

With scary giants, new friends, ucky snozzcumbers, drinks the bubble backwards, fascinating dreams and so much more, this is a very cute movie for anyone who has read the book or those who haven’t.

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Now You See Me 2

Do you enjoy being able to trust your own eyes? If so, this probably isn’t the movie for you.

Now Your See Me 2 brings back the magic from its predecessor in a spectacular manner. With nearly non-stop, blink-and-you-miss-it action, the Horsemen take on their next mission.

Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman’s original characters are joined this time by Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Capman. The major personality differences between these characters creates quite a fun chemistry on the screen.

As a whole, the best way I can think to describe this film would be like a jigsaw puzzle with no edge pieces. Each time you think you’re getting close to having the whole picture, you find more pieces and it changes the entire image.

Even though the story line is really just finely choreographed chaos (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing), the movie as a whole flows quite nicely. With the huge range of magic tricks and illusions that are pulled off, you should never look away!

It has to be acknowledged that this sequel has quite a lot to live up to; and while it may not surpass the original, it still holds its own. So check it out but be prepared to be on the edge of your seat.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Our favourite heroes in a half shell are back! Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo have been living in the shadows, until the Shredder decides to make his comeback. Add some new foes to the mix and it’s time to step up their game if they want to save New York City.

Voice actors Pete Ploszek (Leo), Alan Ritchson (Raph), Jeremy Howard (Donnie), and Noel Fisher (Mickey) bring their talents back for this second installment. Megan Fox and Will Arnett as April O’Neil and Vernon Fenwick round out this group of unlikely heroes as they prepare to go toe-to-toe with the Shredder and his Foot Clan again.

New guy on the team is none other than Casey Jones. Stephen Amell (CWs Arrow) plays the head strong, idealistic, police officer who is just as determined as the turtles when it comes to taking down the Shredder. He puts up a good fight, armed with his signature hockey mask and stick. 

The effects used to create the turtles are truly amazing. The range of emotions they show on their animated faces definitely help the over all feelings of joy, excitement, sadness, and hilarity that make up this film.

If you’re a fan of the late 80s television series, you’ll be familiar with a couple of the new characters. And even if you’re not, this action packed flick is still one to check out. 

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Finding Dory

It’s been thirteen years but the fish that taught us to just keep swimming is back on the big screen. Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, as she, Marlin, and Nemo embark on their next adventure.

The cuteness of baby Dory is outweighed only by the heartbreak of realizing how her short term memory loss has effected her all her life. Despite having loving parents who doted on her and protected her as best they could, little Dory gets separated from them. Jumping forward to where life has brought her now, Dory has a little home of her own next door to Marlin and Nemo. Both clown fish do their best to help their forgetful friend as she becomes accustomed to life on the reef.

It’s interesting how Dory’s forgetful nature, used as such a comedic thing in Finding Nemo, is portrayed differently in the sequel. They really strive to show how it affects Dory’s life and those around her, while still showing that Dory never let it stop her from living.  

With wonderful animation, full of colour, plenty of characters form the original movie, and even more new friends, Finding Dory is a great school holidays movie. So if you’ve been waiting years for the sequel to Nemo, or if this is totally new to you, check it out. 

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The Nice Guys

Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, and 70s fashion? It’s as good as it sounds.

Jackson Healy (Crowe) and Holland March (Gosling) are two very different guys with one common goal. Throw March’s daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) into the mix and you’ve got a solid crime fighting team.

With old fashioned detective drama, nice cars, fist fights, and bad guys with guns, its nonstop laughs and action as Healy and March try to solve their mystery while staying alive. A task made all the harder with the killer, John Boy (Matt Bomer), on their tails.

While the trailer does seem to show you who these men are and what’s going to happen, there are still a few unexpected twists to keep you watching.

The Nice Guys is filled with wit and sarcasm and plenty of moments that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe will definitely leave you entertained.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass

“The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it’s possible.”

Join Alice as she is, once again, drawn into the magical insanity that is Wonderland to accomplish the impossible. When the Mad Hatter becomes ill, it’s up to Alice to take on Time himself in an effort to save her truest friend and his world.As Lewis Carroll’s world is brought forth from its pages, his characters given fresh life, it’s hard not to feel a sense of child-like wonder. The colour, magic, and all-round brilliance that made Wonderland so spectacular in the first movie is well and truly back again.

Of course, Wonderland would not be complete without its unusual inhabitants. Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter are just as outrageous as the first time they brought the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts to the screen.

Sacha Baron Cohen is a new addition to the cast with his amusingly quirky role of Time. It’s an unusual role to see him in as it is both a typical character of his while being unlike his usual crass personas. Whatever you opinion of his other movies, this is definitely a role to check out.

Attempting to change the past changes Alice’s perceptions of the future, and her time in Wonderland affects her life in our world. So it’s time to go down the rabbit hole again, or rather, through the looking glass as we join Alice and her friends as things get curiouser and curiouser on this wonderfully hectic adventure. 

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Angry Birds

At first, I was unsure how they could possibly make a feature length film form an addictive mobile game. Key points you may recognize from the game, such as the oversized slingshot, teetering towers, and birds with unusually destructive abilities are fit into the story without seeming anymore outlandish than you’d expect from an animated movie.

Angry Birds, while appearing to be aimed at kids, definitely has a great many thinly veiled adult jokes. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is amusing in his own cynical way that many people can probably relate to.

The entire movie, in the end, is really just a bunch of animated skitz layered over a pretty basic storyline. If you’re after a quick giggle that doesn’t require much thought or attention, give this a go.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

The newest in the X-Men saga (or perhaps only the third? I’m still confused after Days of Future Past) takes us to the early days of some of our favourite mutants.

With the re-opening of Professor Charles Zavier’s (James McAvoy) school, comes the students. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) just want to learn how to control their powers. Unfortunately for them, there’s another new threat to the world and they get dragged into the fight.There are more mutants in this movie than you can poke a stick at. Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, and Michael Fassbender return to their roles of Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, and Magneto. We also get a couple new additions, with Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Storm just to mention a couple.

With so many characters playing pivotal roles, you’d think things would get a little crowded. But even with so many characters and the cutting between the good guys and bad ones, you don’t get too overwhelmed.

With so much story to tell, it’s quite impressive how much information is squeezed into this movie, without it feeling like you’ve been given too many unnecessary facts.

As you’d expect from a film titled Apocalypse, most of it is quite serious. But there are still a few giggles to be had. Whether it be from the quick wit provided by quick-talking Quicksilver, or the few hidden inside jokes that you have to pay a little more attention to.

If you’re familiar with the original three X-Men films (2000-2006), the sides that some of the mutants take in this battle may surprise you. But it all boils down to the same final point. That hate breeds hate. People fear what they do not understand. Whether it be humans fearing mutants, mutants fearing humans, or mutants fearing each other. And as Raven so simply puts it, “just because there’s not a war, that doesn’t mean there’s peace.”

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Bad Neighbours 2

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron are at it again, pitting neighbour against neighbour for our entertainment.

For Teddy Sanders (Efron) the glory days of college are over and it’s time to grow up. Meanwhile, Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) are expecting their second child and have decided it’s time to sell up and move to a bigger house.Of course, it wouldn’t be a comedy if things all went to plan. Enter Shelby. Chloe Grace Mortez plays this excited, young college student who moves in next door to Mac and Kelly to start her own sorority. And things go downhill from there.
With Seth Rogen, you can assume it’s going to be a funny movie. But when all’s said and done, it seems like there was more effort put into the jokes, one liners, and physical comedy than anything else, with the story line being thrown in to tie them all together. But that’s not necessarily a terrible thing.
It does its best to pull together a sappy, happy ending to finish it on a good note. So if you’re in for a giggle, check it out.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

Based on the life of the woman herself, Florence Foster Jenkins is a must see. With Meryl Streep as the title character, the world of the 1940s wealthy music patrons is opened up for us.

Everyone has their calling and Florence has found hers; although, perhaps not quite in the way she expected. Her amazing enthusiasm and brilliant courage come forth in her love of music. Meryl Streep is truly commendable in her portrayal of this wonderfully eccentric woman.Staring alongside Streep is Simon Helberg, most widely known for his role as Howard in TVs Big Bang Theory. Helberg plays Cosme McMoon, a young concert pianist who is hired to accompany Jenkins in her performances.
As is expected of the wealthy class, the costumes and jewelry shown off are quite beautiful, adding to the glitz and glamour with which these patrons of the arts enjoyed surrounding themselves. From the prestigious Verdi Club, founded by Jenkins to the exciting parties attended by some of the younger, more rambunctious characters, it all paints a rather captivating picture.
Florence Foster Jenkins will take you through many highs and lows as you laugh and cry with these uniquely interesting people.