Category: Action

Summary: 
A family man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront the past.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  TBA

VOD Release Dates: 2nd July 2021 (Australia), 2nd July 2021 (Thailand), 2nd July 2021 (UK), 2nd July 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Chris McKay

Screenwriter: Zach Dean

Cast: Ryan Kiera Armstrong (Young Muri Forester), Rose Bianco (Rose), Piper Collins (Chelsea), Matthew Cornwell (Frank), Kiley Casciano Davis (Yoga Teacher Alexis), Patrick Fleming (Ben), Seychelle Gabriel (Sgt. Diaz), Betty Gilpin (Emmy Forester), Angel Giuffria (Veteran Susan), Caden Graham (Ted), Eric Graise (Veteran Terry), Clyde H. Harris (Larry Sutton), Amanda Hatfield (Samantha), Edwin Hodge (Dorian), Chris Holloway (Lieutenant Marks), Joshua Israel (Jayden), La’Toya Kirkland (La’Toya), Alexis Louder (Diablo), David Maldonado (Dodd), Patrick Malone (Kyle), Jasmine Mathews (Lt. Hart), Mike Mitchell (Cowan), Ashlyn Moore (Katie), Keith Powers (Major Greenwood), Chris Pratt (Dan Forester), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Norah), Sam Richardson (Charlie), Michelle Rivera (Jodie), Zachary James Rukavina (Veteran Palo), Clark Sarullo (Traci), Seth Schenall (Martin), Jared Shaw (Tank), J.K. Simmons (James Forester), Terrence Smith (MEPS Tech Officer Sams), Yvonne Strahovski (Colonel Muri Forester), Amere Stewart (Tina), Felisha Terrell (Conscription Officer Paveza), Alan Trong (Lt. Tran), Chibuikem Uche (Lt. Ikemba), Gisette Valentin (Conscription Officer Dean), Olalu Winfunke (Captain Woods)

Running Time: 138 mins

Classification: 16+ (Australia), 12 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR THE TOMORROW WAR REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Tomorrow War Review:

With cinemas still not fully opened around the world one of the biggest movies of the year has just landed straight in everybody’s lounge-rooms. At a budget that topped the $200 million dollar mark The Tomorrow War is no low-budget feature, in fact it is possibly one of the biggest blockbusters to go straight to a streaming service since the Covid outbreak started.

Directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) the film gives obvious nods back to the great action films of the 1990s with some pretty amazing similarities and visuals as films such as Starship Troopers and Waterworld. The good news is though the film also has a screenplay that is much better than the films just mentioned, thanks largely to the work of Zach Dean (24 Hours To Live).

The film itself centres around former Green Beret Dan Forester (Chris Pratt – Guardians Of The Galaxy) who finds himself working as a biology teacher as he struggles to find work within the scientific community. While de-stressing with his family after another employment knock-back he witnesses a major interruption during a World Cup broadcast that alerts today’s society to the fact that in 2051 humanity will be wiped out after a three year war with alien invaders known as Whitespike.

When it is decided that people from today will be sent to the future to help save humanity Dan finds himself drafted. His wife, Emmy (Betty Gilpin – Isn’t It Romantic) and his young daughter beg him to do anything he can to stop himself from being sent. In a last bid effort he goes to see his conspiracy theory loving, ex-military father, James Foreter (J.K. Simmons – Whiplash), to see if he can find away to prevent him from that going.

But when that fails he soon finds himself being sent off to the futuristic war where he finds himself fighting alongside his now fully grown daughter, Colonel Muri Forester (Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale), who reveals to him that they have been estranged for years.

It is hard not to notice the similarities between The Tomorrow War and Starship Troopers as you watch the film but while the 90s classic tried to create an anti-war storyline The Tomorrow War does nothing of the kind and instead in a way follows the formulas of films like Independence Day that centre around wars against some intergalactic visitors.

The thing that prevents The Tomorrow War becoming just another dull all action affair is the storyline that revolves around Dan and adult Muri. Dean’s screenplay drops little breadcrumbs throughout the film that suggests that the perfect Forester family that we saw at the start of the film have been ripped apart by something. When Muri tells Dan in 2051 that they have been estranged for years it opens up a storyline that is a lot more suspenseful than any of the alien versus human battle sequences throughout the film.

That is not to say that Chris McKay doesn’t make the action sequences quite a spectacle on the screen but to be honest there is nothing here that we haven’t seen previously, and in fact many of the battle scenes look a lot like what we saw in Monster Hunter earlier this year.

A mentioned earlier though it is the father-daughter storyline that makes this film so special though and that vision first planted by Dean in the screenplay is brilliantly brought to life by the performances of Pratt and Stahovski. We know though his work in the Marvel universe that Chris Pratt is an actor that can blend genres together seamlessly. And while the comedic skills that come into play as he portrays Star-Lord are not needed here he does show a more dramatic side to his acting as his character is faced with questions about his future that leave him completely confused. As usual Pratt also comes to the fore during the action sequences.

He is also well supported by Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski who portrays his daughter Muri. The very under-rated actress has been making a name for herself over recent years with her performance in the hit show The Handmaid’s Tale but is was her performance alongside Noomi Rapace in Angel Of Mine that revealed just how talented she is. She again brings the intensity of that role to this film as she mixes dramatic sequences with action brawn with ease.The Tomorrow War is not the most original film to be released this year but if you are looking to waste some time with a big dumb action film it will certainly fill that void. Well worth a look though for the performances of Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL’s greatest and most complex characters.

Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson, in the role of the villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage.

Based on the Marvel Comics

Publicity stills available at www.SonyPicturesPublicity.com.au

IN CINEMAS OCTOBER 21, 2021

Summary: 
Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Year: 1997

Cinema Release Dates:  5th February 1998 (Australia), 30th December 1997 (Thailand), 2nd January 1998 (UK), 7th November 1997 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Available in all regions.

Country: USA

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Screenwriter: Edward Neumeier

Cast: Curnal Achillies Aulisio (Sgt. Gillespie), Marshall Bell (General Owen), Ungela Brockman (Corporal Birdie), Clancy Brown (Sgt. Zim), Erik Bruskotter (Breckinridge), Jake Busey (Ace Levy), Christopher Curry (Mr. Rico), Denise Dowse (Sky Marshall Meru), Matt Entriken (Marco), Steven Ford (Lt. Willy), Tami-Adrian George (Djana’D), Seth Gilliam (Sugar Watins), Bruce Gray (Sky Marshall Dienes), Neil Patrick Harris (Carl Jenkins), Kaius Harrison (Cpl. Allen), Michael Ironside (Jean Rasczak), Brad Kane (Lanny), Lenore Kasdorf (Mrs. Rico), Matt Levin (Kitten Smith), Blake Lindsley (Katrina), Dina Meyer (Dizzy Flores), Patrick Muldoon (Zander Barcalow), Denise Richards (Carmen Ibanez), Anthony Ruivivar (Shujimi), Amy Smart (Pilot Cadet Stack Lumbreiser), Brenda Strong (Captain Deladier), Teo (Corporal Bronski), Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico)

Running Time: 129 mins

Classification: MA (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

OUR STARSHIP TROOPERS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Starship Troopers Review:

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For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon with Marisa Tomei

Directed by Jon Watts.

Today, Disney+ debuted the trailer and announced the Japanese and English dub voice casts for “Star Wars: Visions,” an upcoming anthology series from Lucasfilm that tells new Star Wars stories through the singular style and tradition of Japanese anime. Disney+ also released four exciting images from the trailer.

The new trailer provides a glimpse of the captivating tone and stunning visuals from each of the animated shorts, which can all be viewed both with the original Japanese voice cast or the English dub cast when the series launches on Disney+ on September 22.

“Lucasfilm is partnering with seven of the most talented anime studios in Japan to bring their signature style and unique vision of the Star Wars galaxy to this inspired new series,” says James Waugh, executive producer and Lucasfilm Vice President, Franchise Content & Strategy. “Their stories showcase the full spectrum of  bold storytelling found across Japanese animation; each told with a freshness and voice that expands our understanding of what a Star Wars story can be, and celebrates a galaxy that has been such an inspiration to so many visionary storytellers.”

The English dub cast includes the voice talents of returning Star Wars actors and talent new to the Star Wars universe:

The Duel:  
Brian Tee (Ronin), Lucy Liu (Bandit Leader), Jaden Waldman (Village Chief)

Tatooine Rhapsody:  
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Jay), Bobby Moynihan (Geezer), Temuera Morrison (BobaFett), Shelby Young (K-344), Marc Thompson (Lan)

The Twins:
Neil Patrick Harris (Karre), Alison Brie (Am), Jonathan Lipow (B-20N)

The Village Bride:
Karen Fukuhara (F), Nichole Sakura (Haru), Christopher Sean (Asu), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Valco), Andrew Kishino (Izuma),  Stephanie Sheh (Saku)

The Ninth Jedi:
Kimiko Glenn (Kara), Andrew Kishino (Juro), Simu Liu (Zhima), Masi Oka (Ethan), Greg Chun (Roden), Neil Kaplan (Narrator), Michael Sinterniklaas (Hen Jin), 

T0-B1:
Jaden Waldman (T0-B1), Kyle Chandler (Mitaka)

The Elder:
David Harbour (Tajin), Jordan Fisher (Dan), James Hong (The Elder)

Lop & Ocho: 
Anna Cathcart (Lop), Hiromi Dames (Ocho), Paul Nakauchi (Yasaburo), Kyle McCarley (Imperial Officer)

Akakiri:
Henry Golding (Tsubaki), Jamie Chung (Misa), George Takei  (Senshuu), Keone Young (Kamahachi), Lorraine Toussaint (Masago)


Disney+ also revealed a look at the cast voicing the shorts in Japanese, which includes a multitude of veteran voice actors:

The Duel:       
Masaki Terasoma (Ronin), Akeno Watanabe (Bandit Leader), Yūko Sanpei (VillageChief)

Tatooine Rhapsody:
Hiroyuki Yoshino (Jay), Kōusuke Gotō (Geezer), Akio Kaneda (Boba Fett), MasayoFujita (K-344), Anri Katsu (Lan)

The Twins:  
Junya Enoki (Karre), Ryoko Shiraishi (Am), Tokuyoshi Kawashima (B-20N)

The Village Bride: 
Asami Seto (F), Megumi Han (Haru), Yūma Uchida (Asu), Takaya Kamikawa (Vaan), Yoshimitsu Shimoyama (Izuma), Mariya Ise  (Saku)

The Ninth Jedi: 
Chinatsu Akasaki(Kara), Tetsuo Kanao (Juro), Shin-ichiro Miki (Zhima), Hiromu Mineta (Ethan), Kazuya Nakai (Roden), Akio Ōtsuka, (Narrator), Daisuke Hirakawa (Hen Jin)

T0-B1:   
Masako Nozawa (T0-B1), Tsutomu Isobe (Mitaka)

The Elder:
Takaya Hashi (Tajin), Kenichi Ogata (The Elder), Yuichi Nakamura (Dan)

Lop & Ocho: 
Seiran Kobayashi (Lop), Risa Shimizu (Ocho), Tadahisa Fujimura (Yasaburo),Taisuke Nakano (Imperial Officer)

Akakiri: 
Yū Miyazaki (Tsubaki), Lynn (Misa), Chō (Senshuu), Wataru Takagi (Kamahachi),Yukari Nozawa (Masago)

The studios creating the nine shorts include Kamikaze Douga – “The Duel”; Geno Studio (Twin Engine) – “Lop and Ochō”; Studio Colorido (Twin Engine) – “Tatooine Rhapsody”; TRIGGER – “The Twins” and “The Elder”; Kinema Citrus – “The Village Bride”; Science Saru – “Akakiri” and “T0-B1”; and Production I.G. – “The Ninth Jedi.” 

For more on “Star Wars: Visions,” visit StarWars.com.

Summary: 
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 5th August 2021 (Australia), 2nd September 2021 (Thailand), 30th July 2021 (UK), 6th August 2021 (US)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: James Gunn

Screenwriter: James Gunn

Cast: Steve Agee (John Economos/On-Set King Shark), Dee Bradley Baker (Sebastian), Ray Benitel (Coronel), Stephen Blackehart (Briscoe), Flula Borg (Javelin), Juan Diego Botto (Presidente General Silvio Luna), Alice Braga (Sol Saria), Peter Capaldi (Thinker), John Cena (Peacemaker), Joaquin Cosio (Mayor General Mateo Suarez), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Giovannie Cruz (Isabella), David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Gerardo Davila (General Vera), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Idris Elba (Bloodsport), Nathan Fillion (T.D.K.), Jared Leland Gore (Double Down), Sean Gunn (Weasel/Calendar Man), Ray Hernandez (Teniente), Quasheem D. Herring (Co-Pilot Lt. Glass), Jennifer Holland (Emilia Harcourt), Mikaela Hoover (Camila), Alexander Christopher Jones (Sgt. Chavis), Tinashe Kajese (Flo Crawley), Joel Kinnaman (Colonel Rick Flag), Maya Le Clerk (Young Cleo), Fernando Martinez (Sliced Dome Soldado), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2), Mayling Ng (Mongal), John Ostrander (Doctor Fitzgibbon), Storm Reid (Tyler), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Michael Rooker (Savant), Julio Cesar Ruiz (Milton), Natalia Safran (Kaleidoscope), Sylvester Stallone (King Shark), Freddie Stroma (Adrian Chase/Vigilante), Taiki Waititi (Ratcatcher), Victoria Paige Watkins (Tiff)

Running Time: 132 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE SUICIDE SQUAD REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Suicide Squad Review:

The original Suicide Squad movie may have ben much maligned, although the Director’s Cut version certainly didn’t deserve to be, but it did show the world that DC did know how to mix their darkness with some good times and surprising humour. But like Green Lantern before it it did split DC movie fans over whether it was a good or bad film, so much so that I doubt many people would have ever expected that there would be a follow film.

But here we are in 2021 and The Suicide Squad is back with Hollywood’s ‘he can make anything look cool’ director James Gunn (Guardians Of The Galaxy) at the helm and boy does he make a difference. It is almost like Gunn sat down and watched the original film and said to himself “right I’ll change everything this one did wrong and make this old school.” He did that and yes it works.

Remember the long character introductions from the first film Yeah well Gunn doesn’t do that here. Director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis – The Help) hastily puts together her squad which includes inmates like special force veterans Bloodsport (Idris Elba – Thor: Ragnarok) and Peacemaker (John Cena F9), the mysterious Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian – Prisoners), the sweet but dangerous Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior – Massa Fresca), the very familiar Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie – Bombshell), and then puts them in the safe hands of Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman – RoboCop) and sends them to a jungle trouble spot to bring down an evil regime and scientific experiment led by Thinker (Peter Capaldi – Doctor Who).

Gunn doesn’t muck around here he keeps the story to The Suicide Squad basic and simple but it works. Instead he engages his audience with some amazing action sequences, actual characterisation (a rarity in comic book movies… right?) and some pretty witty dialogue between the characters throughout the film. As a director Gunn also demands the attention of the audience like a teacher whacking a table with a ruler by very quickly showing that not every character is going to make it through to the end credits alive, in a twisted way he also makes these inmates likable so their deaths hit you like one of Peacemaker’s specially designed exploding bullets.

As director Gunn doesn’t only learn from past sins to make The Suicide Squad work, he also leans heavily on movies that have got it right over the years. At times during this film you can sense the throw-backs to films like Rambo or Inglorious Basterds while the whole feel of the squad at hand (and the film’s poster) feels like it is inspired by famous war films like The Dam Busters or The Bridge On The River Kwai. Whatever the inspirations it certainly does work because even when the heroes here are battling a giant starfish that wouldn’t seem out of place in Ghostbusters somehow it all works.

Then there is the quirkiness to the film. Gunn reveals himself as a visionary here by throwing in little odd bits here and there, from interesting forms of titling throughout the film to going inside the head of Harley Quinn during one of her fight sequences and showing that amidst all the violence Quinn is visualising flowers and petals instead of blood.

That leads us into the violence and action sequences throughout the film. Yes The Suicide Squad is insanely violent, if you can’t stand seeing blood and brain splatter then this isn’t the film for you, but even with that Gunn almost does it in a comical way. Like what was said earlier this film captures the darkness of a DC film but does it in a fun way. A great example being early on this film Bloodsport and Peacemaker conducting a massacre of troops while ‘competing’ to see who has the better kill. Yes The Suicide Squad is a throwback to the violent action films of the 80s but it is a hell of a fun ride as well.

That also shows in the acting side of things. Idris Elba and John Cena just take their characters and run with them, they are obviously having a fun time but when the screenplay calls for heart they deliver that is well… in spades. Likewise David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior bring a sensibleness to everything with measured performances that allow their characters to be shocked by the going ons of the supposed heroes around them. At the same time Melchior announces herself as a future star.

Viola Davis also seems to relish bringing out the darker side of Amanda Waller, almost to the point where she is one of the villains of this film, while Margot Robbie once again delivers the goods as Harley Quinn. She is witty, shows true emotion at times amongst the insanity and shows that through this franchise she has become an expert at fight sequences now.

There is little doubt that The Suicide Squad is a crazy ride. Yet somehow among a storyline that involves a giant starfish, a confused Weasel (James Gunn), a man-eating shark who walks on land (Sylvester Stallone – The Expendables) and a cute waving rat called Sebastian the audience finds a group of characters that they care about enough to want to see them get through all of us. At the same time the filmmaker at hand knows how to deliver twists and turns that will shock and stun the audience while totally engrossing them in a completely crazy world and scenario. Take your hat off Mr. Gunn because you have delivered a cult classic here.

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Today, Disney+ announced the second season of the critically acclaimed animated series “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” which will launch in 2022.  

“Fans have enthusiastically embraced the action and drama of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” and we are excited to see the Star Wars animated universe continue to expand on Disney+,” said Michael Paull, President of Disney+ and ESPN+. “As the dedicated streaming home for the Star Wars franchise, we can’t wait for the second season of this fan-favourite animated series.”
 
Commenting on the second season announcement, executive producer Dave Filoni said, “The entire Lucasfilm Animation team and I would like to thank Disney+ and our fans for the opportunity to continue telling the story of the Bad Batch.” 
 
Part 1 of the two-part finale of Season 1 of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” will be available to stream tonight, only on Disney+.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is executive produced by Dave Filoni (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Athena Portillo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Brad Rau (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Star Wars Resistance”), Jennifer Corbett (“Star Wars Resistance,” “NCIS”) and Carrie Beck (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Rebels”) with Josh Rimes (“Star Wars Resistance”) and Alex Spotswood (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) as producers. Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.
 
Visit StarWars.com for more information about the series.