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Summary:  A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  9th December 2021 (Australia), 10th December 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 24th December 2021 (all regions)

Country: USA

Director: Adam McKay

Screenwriter: Adam McKay

Cast: Jack Alberts (Oliver), Beau Allen (Dr. Talcamont), Brian Anastasio (Olson), Ashleigh Banfield (Dalia Hensfield), Cate Blanchett (Brie Evantree), Allyn Burrows (Mr. Dibiasky), Timothee Chalamet (Yule), Michael Chikilis (Dan Pawketty), Billy Concha (Mr. Conch), Shimali De Silva (Nisha), Leonardo DiCaprio (Dr. Randall Mindy), Chris Evans (Devin Peters), Chris Everett (Chief Editor Paula Woods), Edward Flectcher (Dr. Ginnerson), Omar Ghonim (Damain), Ariana Grande (Riley Bina), Paul Guilfoyle (General Themes), Tamara Hickey (Reporter Christy), Jonah Hill (Jason Orlean), Robert Joy (Congressman Tenant), Alvin Keith (Harrison Telms), Omar Khan (Bartender Alex), Ishaan Khattar (Raghav Manavalen), Kid Cudi (DJ Chello), Tori Davis Lawlor (Mrs. Diabiasky), Jennifer Lawrence (Kate Dibiasky), Georgia Lyman (Groomer Thalia), Melanie Lynskey (June Mindy), Annette Miller (Mrs. Tanken), Rob Morgan (Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe), Dee Nelson (Dr. Lisa Inez), Sarah Nolen (Sammy Puppeteer), Erik Parillo (Sheriff Conlon), Hettienne Park (Dr. Calder), Ross Partridge (Keith Ollens), Himesh Patel (Phillip), Ron Perlman (Benedict Drask), Tyler Perry (Jack Bremmer), Robert Radochia (Evan Mindy), Janine Robinson (Senator Dennings), Mark Rylance (Peter Isherwell), Sarah Silverman (Sarah Benterman), Tomer Sisley (Adul Grelio), Richard Snee (Senator Lerner), Staci Roberts Steele (Linda Dicalio), Meryl Streep (President Orlean), Conor Sweeney (Marshall Mindy), Stephen Thorne (Benjamin), Ting (Win), Lance A. Williams (Daniel)

Running Time: 138 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR DON’T LOOK UP REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Don’t Look Up Review:

The last couple of years have been a crazy time. While many have just tried to live their lives despite the pandemic restrictions placed on them, we have also seen some truly crazy moments when it has come to world politics, people doubting scientists and of course developing their own conspiracy theories.

Now gifted filmmaker Adam McKay (The Big Short) takes all of the events of the past two years and brings them to life in a hilarious way with his new Netflix released comedy Don’t Look Up. The great news is the film works and is one of the funniest films to be released in a long time.

The film begins with a gifted young scientist, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games), discovering a brand new asteroid. But after her boss and mentor, Dr Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanici), does the maths to work out its trajectory they realise that it is heading for Earth – an event that would be catastrophic.

The pair do the right thing and soon find themselves working with NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office head Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan – Stranger Things) but when they take the news to the President of The USA (Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada) and her Chief-Of-Staff (and son), Jason (Jonah Hill – The Wolf Of Wall Street), they are surprised to find the pair don’t want to know about it and are not prepared to take action on it.

When it is suggested to Kate and Randall that they leak the news to the media they decide to do so on a morning news TV show but once again the hosts, Jack Bremmer (Tyler Perry – Gone Girl) and Brie Evantree (Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth), treat the news like a joke and soon Randall and Kate realise they are going to have to try and convince the world of the danger themselves.

It is an interesting experience watching Don’t Look Up. On the one hand you find yourself laughing out loud repeatedly throughout, but the other hand you realise the sad nature of the world that we live in has been perfectly captured by McKay as the story at hand plays out through to the end.

McKay’s screenwriting here is nothing less than sensational. The story itself plays out with true suspense and emotion while the comedy of the film also shines through with some truly memorable moments. This film is true comedy gold, but at the same time McKay finds ways to easily disguise his characters so we know who he is referring to without him having spell it out. It is very easy to see that McKay’s President, brilliantly played by Meryl Streep, is a direct swipe at who President Trump handled the Covid pandemic without him having to spell it out for his audience.

McKay’s cast also embraces the brilliant screenplay and it enhances their performances. DiCaprio is amazing as Randall Mindy and he seems to embrace the opportunity to bring some comedy to his performance. He is a true acting de force throughout the film and brings it all together with one of the most emotional cinematic scenes since the finale of Melancholia.

Likewise Jennifer Lawrence shines throughout the film, delivering true moments of drama as she sensationally portrays a scientist that nobody will listen to. The stars of the film are well-supported by Cate Blanchett who seems to enjoy the opportunity to play a ditzy, over-friendly talk-show host while Meryl Streep is also a stand-out as an uncaring President.

Don’t Look Up is a well rounded comedy that sees McKay bounce back from some of the duds he has delivered from other the years. It probably won’t be but so well written is this screenplay that it deserves to be mentioned during the awards season. That aside though this is a fantastic film that captures the past couple of years like no other.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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You can read our review of Don’t Look Up that appeared in The Phuket News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/dont-look-up-a-sublime-sideways-view-of-our-modern-world-82655.php

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Disney+ unveiled the trailer and poster for “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild,” an all-new animated adventure featuring the return of the beloved characters from the wildly successful global “Ice Age” franchise. The original movie premieres exclusively on Disney+ March 25, 2022. The “Ice Age” collection (five films and two television specials) is currently available on Disney+.
 
“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” continues the hilarious escapades of the sub-zero heroes as they create more prehistoric pandemonium. Eager for a little independence, the thrill-seeking possum brothers Crash and Eddie set out to find a place of their own but soon find themselves trapped beneath the ice in a massive cave inhabited by dinosaurs. They are rescued by the one-eyed, adventure-loving weasel Buck Wild, and together, with the help of some new friends, embark on a mission to save the Lost World from dinosaur domination.

The movie, which features the voices of Simon Pegg (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Free Guy”), Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”), Vincent Tong (“Ninjago”) and Aaron Harris, is directed by John C. Donkin (“Ice Age: Continental Drift” producer), written by Jim Hecht (“Ice Age: The Meltdown”), Ray DeLaurentis (“Fairly Odd Parents”) and Will Schifrin (“Bunsen is a Beast”) from a story by Jim Hecht, with Lori Forte (the “Ice Age” franchise) serving as executive producer.

Stan today announced that following a highly successful first two seasons, the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated comedy-drama The Great has been renewed for a third season, only on Stan.

Led by Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Nicholas Hoult (Stan’s True History of the Kelly Gang), and written by Oscar-nominated Australian writer Tony McNamara, The Great season 3 will feature a 10-episode run.

Having been a huge success with critics and fans alike, the second Season of the series sits on a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.

Season 2 saw Catherine initially take the Russian throne for herself, but if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of ‘liberating’ a country that doesn’t want to be. She battled her court, her team, even her own mother in a bid to bring the enlightenment to Russia. 

Containing occasional historical accuracy – the third season will see the return of co-stars Phoebe FoxAdam GodleyGwilym LeeCharity WakefieldDouglas HodgeSacha DhawanBayo Gbadamosi and Australia’s own Belinda Bromilow.

The Great will return exclusively to Stan. Announcement on the date to follow.

All episodes of The Great season 1 and 2 are now available to stream, only on Stan.

Summary:  A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  13th January 2022 (Australia), 19th November 2021 (UK), 19th November 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 19th November 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Screenwriter: Zach Baylin

Cast: Susie Abromeit (Robin Finn), Mikayla Lashae Bartholomew (Tunde Prince), Andy Bean (Laird Stabler), Katrina Begin (Anne (WTA CEO)), Jon Bernthal (Rick Macci), Vivienne Bersin (Stacey), Judith Chapman (Nancy Reagan), Kaitlyn Christian (Shaun Stafford), Layla Crawford (Lydrea Prince), Josiah Cross (TD), Chase Del Rey (Pete Sampras), Kevin Dunn (Vic Braden), Aunjanue Ellis (Oracene ‘Brandy’ Williams), Eman Esfandi (Barry), Tony Goldwyn (Paul Cohen), Brad Greenguist (Bud Collins), Chet Grissom (Matthew Titone), Andy Hoff (Stacey’s Dad – Trevor), Daniele Lawson (Isha Price), Dylan McDermott (George Macarthur), Erika Ringor (Ms. Strickland), Saniyya Sidney (Venus Williams), Demi Singleton (Serena Williams), Will Smith (Richard Williams), Rich Sommer (Patrick Dougherty), Craig Tate (Bells), Jessica Wacnik (Jennifer Capriati), Gjee Wade II (Og), Christopher Wallinger (John McEnroe), Marcela Zacarias (Arantxa Sanchez Vicario)

Running Time: 144 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR KING RICHARD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ King Richard Review:

One of the reasons that sports biopics often fail is because it is often obvious that the filmmakers behind the film were so in love with their subject that the view that they present in the film is that the sports’ star is a hero that had no weaknesses or faults. Or if they do they are what drove them to success.

Brand new biopic King Richard doesn’t do that though. Here director, Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters & Men), tells the story of one of US sports most recognisable cult heroes – yet he is someone that never took the court himself. The second thing that Green does is that he puts the story out on the table and then allows the audience to make up their own mind about whether the person in question is a hero or villain.

The person at hand is Richard Williams (Will Smith Bad Boys) the father of tennis greats Venus (Saniyya Sidney – Fences) and Serena Williams (Demi Singleton – Goldie). The film chronicles on Richard had a plan for his daughters before they were even born but how he and his wife, Oracene Williams (Aunjanue Ellis – Ray), worked hard to teach their daughters all the ins and outs of tennis despite the obstacles the neighbourhood placed in their way.

Determined on his mission though Richard keeps working as hard as he can to see the goals achieved even if it at times means clashing with the girl’s early coaches, including Rick Macci (Jon Bernthal – The Walking Dead).

While it may not seem so to the average cinema goer Green overcomes a lot of obstacles to make this film work. Despite the fact that we all know where the Williams sisters end up with their careers Green and his screenwriter, Zach Baylin (Come As You Are), still make the film suspenseful as Richard first of all tries to help the girls escape their environment and catch the attention of the some of the world’s best coaches. That is no mean feat, but it is something that Green manages to do well throughout the film.

The second major obstacle that the film overcomes is that society has mixed opinions on Richard Williams. While some see him as a sporting hero who helped his daughters overcome massive odds other see him an overbearing parent who was working towards his own goals and dreams and used his daughters to get there. To Green’s credit this film shows both sides of that argument, in a really natural way, and lets the audience make up their own minds on whether they think Richard was in the right or the wrong.

Green also makes this film very accessible for those that may not know a thing about tennis. In a way this is not a sporting story but a story of a family determined to work hard to make a better life for themselves. A lot of the more touching moments throughout this film happen away from the court – whether it be scenes between Richard and Oracene or moments between father and daughter, all of these scenes work throughout the film without it ever becoming something cheesy that Hallmark would like.

The film itself also brings out the best in its actors. Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton are young stars on the rise while the seasoned actors here come to the fore. Will Smith plays the often unsure yet determined Richard Williams so well that he deserves to come into Awards contention. You literally forget that you are watching Will Smith in this film and there are times throughout this film where you swear by Smith’s facial expression that he is even trying to ‘think’ like Williams.

Also bringing his A-Game to the table here is Jon Bernthal who over the past few years has shown Hollywood just what a versatile actor he really is. It seems no matter what role Bernthal finds himself playing he falls into character with ease and here we see him rise to the occasion with many of more tense scenes playing out between himself and Will Smith. The result is cinematic gold.

King Richard is one of the most intriguing sports films that I have watched over the past few years. As director Green makes a well known story suspenseful and dramatic and Will Smith delivers one of the best performances of his career.

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Silverback Touring is pleased to announce the new dates, venues and line up additions for the inaugural Uncaged Festival which will now take place in March and April 2022 due to the ongoing covid situation.

Whilst the postponement of the shows is regretful, there are silver linings with Kiwi heavyweights, Shihad joining the festival in Sydney and Brisbane, in their first Aussie shows since the release of their acclaimed new album, “Old Gods”. The iconic You Am I and Tex Perkins (and the Fat Rubber band) also now join the festival on all dates as do punk legends, The Hard Ons. The festival also serves as a festival farewell to Twelve Foot Ninja frontman, Nik “Kin Etik” Barker who has announced that he is leaving the group at the end of 2022.

They join a line up featuring the who’s who of Australian rock including WolfmotherMagic DirtKilling HeidiBodyjar28 DaysTumbleweed and lots more. The line up also features a diverse line up of Australia’s next generation of heavy rock artists.

The new dates and venues are as follows:

Melbourne – Saturday 12 March, Reunion Park

Sydney – Saturday 23 April, Hordern Pavilion & Surrounds (indoor & outdoor)

Brisbane – Sunday 24 April, Eatons Hill (Outdoor & Ballroom) – Anzac Long Weekend

Tickets are on sale now and are limited to 5,000 tickets only.

Tickets on sale now from: https://uncagedfestival.com/

Existing tickets remain valid for the new dates and venues.

*Due to scheduling difficulties, Kingswood & The Superjesus will no longer be appearing at Uncaged.

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution announced that Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” will premiere exclusively in homes worldwide on Disney+ on Friday, March 11.
 
“Disney+ subscribers around the world enthusiastically embraced Pixar’s Academy Award-winning ‘Soul’ and the critically-acclaimed “Luca” when they premiered exclusively on the service and we look forward to bringing them Pixar’s next incredible feature film ‘Turning Red’,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “Given the delayed box office recovery, particularly for family films, flexibility remains at the core of our distribution decisions as we prioritise delivering the unparalleled content of The Walt Disney Company to audiences around the world.”
 
Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins “Turning Red” releases on March 11, 2022.
 
In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced.

 Stan today released the full trailer for Bel-Air, the dramatic reimagining of the iconic 90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirBel-Air will premiere on Friday 14 February, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan.

Set in modern-day America, the brand new one-hour drama series Bel-Air imagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known. 

Executive produced by Will Smith and Quincy Jones, and inspired by Morgan Cooper’s viral trailer that reimagined the iconic, culture-defining ‘90s sitcom, Bel-Air takes a fresh and raw approach to this world of swagger, style, and aspiration, while exploring Will’s complex journey through a current lens. The new series features an ensemble cast that introduces Jabari Banks as Will and a creative team that includes Cooper, who serves as director, co-writer, and executive producer, and co-showrunners and executive producers T.J. Brady and Rasheed Newson.

The series also stars Adrian Holmes as “Phillip Banks” (At That Age, V Wars), Cassandra Freeman as “Vivian Banks” (The Enemy Within, Atlanta), Olly Sholotan as “Carlton Banks” (Run Hide Fight, Evolution of Nate Gibson), Coco Jones as “Hilary Banks” (Let it Shine, Vampires vs. The Bronx), Akira Akbar as “Ashley Banks” (We Can Be Heroes, Captain Marvel) , Jimmy Akingbola as “Geoffrey” (Most Dangerous Game, In The Long Run), Jordan L. Jones as “Jazz” (Rel, Snowfall) and Simone Joy Jones as “Lisa” (The Chair, What If).

Bel-Air is executive produced by Will Smith, Terence Carter, James Lassiter, Miguel Melendez, Malcolm Spellman, Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy & Susan Borowitz. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Westbrook Studios, a division of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s media company Westbrook Inc. 

Bel-Air premieres 14 February, same day as the U.S. and only on Stan. 

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing Portuguese death / doom duo OAK, featuring band members of label mates GAEREA. The band will release their new second full-length later this year.

OAK comment: “Back when we first started, we wanted to trace the path of a true giant. Today, following its marks carved into the ground, we have come further than we ever imagined. We came face to face with a colossus and, looking up, we now know what “giant” really means. From now on, OAK is a Season of Mist artist and we are set to release our second album this year.”

Listen to OAK‘s debut album ‘Lone’ via Bandcamp here

Metalcore shooting stars BREATHE ATLANTIS are starting the new year off right with a bang and have prominent support in tow. The busy quartet around singer Nico Schiesewitz and guitarist Jan Euler releases their brand new hit single ‘Changes‘, which surprisingly also features Nico Sallach, singer and frontman of ESKIMO CALLBOY. The already fourth single ‘Changes‘ from the as yet unannounced album offers once again everything that makes the metalcore heart beat faster and also speaks for the successful change of the Essen-based band.

“‘Changes‘ was a single candidate for us from the beginning, it shows that we have matured in songwriting and perfectly reflects our new sound. That we could convince Nico Sallach to take part in the song was of course the cherry on the cake. We’ve been friends for years and have been on tour together quite often in To The Rats And Wolves times. I love Nico’s voice and it fits wonderfully to the mood and message of ‘Changes‘”, explains guitarist Jan Euler.

After IMMINENCE frontman Eddie Berg already made his guest contribution to BREATHE ATLANTIS on the track ‘Savior‘ the band now pulls another top-class feature artist out of the hat. Sallach’s band ESKIMO CALLBOY recently made headlines with high chart placements and the application for the German representation at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
How the collaboration went down, singer Nico Schieswitz describes:

“After Jan Euler told us that Nico Sallach is in it, we were all beside ourselves. Of course we know Nico for a long time, but for us it is still an honor to get support from the singer of such a famous band. We met in the studio and worked together on the chorus and the arrangement and what can I say, we were done with everything within 4 hours, because Nico is an insanely good musician and our vibe just fit.”

“In ‘Changes‘ is shown how difficult it can be to maintain interpersonal relationships in the change of time and thus at the same time the persons themselves without some kind of problems. We all change, we have to, even if we want to evolve. And even without our intervention, sometimes it is the circumstances that transform our character without us noticing it,” describes singer Nico Schiesewitz. That change is sometimes difficult, but also necessary, should be well known to BREATHE ATLANTIS after the turbulent years. But with the current release it should be clear that the band does not have to hide from the international metalcore elite.

A success story that is hard-won and also demanded interpersonal decisions, as Nico Schiesewitz states: “Not always do 2 people change in the same direction, no matter how close, similar or the same they were at one point in their lives. ‘Changes‘ reflects exactly these ups and downs, the light and the dark sides of a relationship’s evolution, reminding us that we are all in flux and in the process our relationships can’t always hold up under these changes.”

BREATHE ATLANTIS have gained a lot of experience over the past few years; having played countless shows with big international bands like SUM 41, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, ATTILA, BURY TOMORROW, CROSSFAITH or SLAVES, plus excessive touring throughout the EU supporting ANY GIVEN DAY, TO THE RATS AND WOLVES, IMMINENCE and slots on top German festivals.  

‘Changes’ feat. Nico Sallach (Eskimo Callboy) 
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