spider-man: no way home – no spoiler review

Spider-Man: No Way Home is the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the third film with Tom Holland in the title role (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home). No Way Home is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Soomers, it stars Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei. Following the event of Far From Home, Peter asks Dr. Strange to let everyone forget that he’s Spider-Man, but things don’t go as planned and this opens up the multiverse allowing other Spider-man villains into this universe.

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ghostbusters: afterlife – we’re back!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the latest installment in the Ghostbusters franchise, it’s the long awaited third movie since the original in 1984. It’s directed by Jason Reitman who co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan. The film stars Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd. Afterlife is thirty two years after the second film, this time it involves a single mother and her two kids as they move out to a small town in Oklahoma, where there’s some strange things afoot, and they discover their connection to the Ghostbusters.

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r.i.p. dean stockwell

Dean Stockwell passed away on November 7, 2021.  I remember him best as Rear Admiral Albert “Al” Calavicci in Quantum Leap. Stockwell’s presence on the show was something that opened up my mind to science fiction, a hologram interacting with someone in a different time, helping guide events for the betterment of humanity.

Later on he would be Brother Cavil in the revival of Battlestar Galactica. Seems he found a nice home among the world of science fiction. I have fond memories of watching the first episode of Quantum Leap when it aired (my mom let me stay up late), and then revisiting the series when I was older as reruns on USA network.

Stockwell passed away of natural causes at the age of 85, it’s rare nowadays that you hear of natural causes being listed as the cause of death.

malignant – don’t cut this one out of the list

Malignant is the latest horror movie by James Wan. It’s got a screenplay from Akela Cooper based on a story by Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Cooper. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White and Jacqueline McKenzie. It’s about a women who starts seeing visions of murders, people think she’s crazy, but is she??

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shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings – 10 stars!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest Marvel Studios movie (25th in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). The film is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, screenplay by Cretton with Dave Callaham and Andrew Lanham, from a story by Cretton and Callaham. It stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Leung. This film is about Shang-Chi as his past comes to back into his life, he’s got to deal with family and his place in the world. It’s the first Marvel film with an Asian lead.

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black widow – in russia, movie watches you!

Black Widow is the latest installment (24th film) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Cate Shortland with a screenplay by Eric Pearson, it stars; Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz. It takes place after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, it’s part origin story, prequel, and yet stands on its own.

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luca – i live on the second floor

Luca is the latest from Pixar. The film is directed by Enrico Casarosa, written by Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones, it stars the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Saverio Raimondo, Maya Rudolph, Marco Barricelli, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sohn, Lorenzeo Crisci, Marina Massironi and Sandy Martin. It’s about a sea monster that can appear human in the Italian Riviera circa the 1950s – 1960s.

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wrath of man – man of wrath!

Wrath of Man is the latest film from Guy Ritchie. In his typical cinematic endeavors this is an action crime thriller that’s directed by Ritchie, who also co-wrote the script with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, based on the French film Cash Truck. The movie stars; Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Raul Castill, DeObia Oparei, Eddie Marsan and Scott Eastwood. Wrath of Man is about an armored truck company in Los Angeles that gets robbed, but not it all as it seems.

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a quiet place part ii – shhhh the baby’s sleeping

A Quiet Place Part II is the sequel to… you guessed it, 2018’s pre-pandemic A Quiet Place. It’s still horror and it’s still post-apolcalyptic *SPOILERS* if you haven’t seen the first movie. Part II is written co-produced and directed by John Krasinski. Returning for the sequel are; Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe. They’re joined by Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou. The film continues to follow the family as they navigate the world after the events of the first movie, especially having a weapon to use against the ever present danger.

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cruella – de vil, if this doesn’t entertain you, nothing will

Cruella is the latest live action adaptation from Disney. It’s a crime/heist comedy, based on the Dodie Smith novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film is directed by Craig Gillespie with a screenplay by Dana Fox and Tony McNamara, from a story by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel and Steve Zissis. This happens to be the third live action adaptation of the source material but is a prequel. The film stars; Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mark Strong.

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