Watch Loki – the imperious God of Mischief – who, after absconding with the Tesseract, is a fish-out-of-water when he lands in a world of trouble with the bureaucratic TVA (Time Variance Authority) in the brand-new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Loki.” The all-new, original series debuts exclusively on Disney+ on June 11, 2021. 
 
Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer. 

British independent distributor Saints & Savages have confirmed that their latest title, Righteous Villains, will be available in the UK on DVD and Digital Download from 19th April. 

The film is the third title from Saints & Savages to be directed by Savvas D. Michael, following the news that the crime thriller Original Gangster will be released on 5th April and Red Rage on 12th April. Righteous Villains stars Gary Dourdan (CSI), Lois Brabin-Platt (OriginalGangster), Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and the iconic British actor, Steven Berkoff (Octopussy).  

A young conman with nothing left to lose, and desperate for his next money-making scheme, receives a mysterious invite to join the New World Order, a secret society of powerful individuals that supposedly control every aspect of the world. The further he becomes entangled, he realizes the sinister motivations of the society are born from sorcery and black magic, but when you’re in so deep, it’s not always easy to find a way out.Saints and Savages CEO, John Pavlakos was thrilled with the news.

He stated, “We’ve been delighted with the response to our first title Original Gangster, and we’re equally excited to reveal our upcoming title, Righteous Villains. Dourdan, Brabin-Platt and Deacon are hugely talented and the work of the iconic Steven Berkoff speaks for itself. Angels and Demons, Heaven and Hell, Clandestine Cults, what’s not to love?”

Righteous Villains will be available on DVD & Digital Download from 19th April

Fan Force have announced the cinema release and a series of special event screenings of Rosemary’s Way, the feature documentary that has charmed audiences at Festivals around the world.

Rosemary’s Way celebrates the remarkable Rosemary Kariuki, who is the 2021 Australian of the Year – Local Hero, and the group of vulnerable migrant women of suburban Sydney whose lives she helps transform from isolation to connection. From cultures as diverse as Iraq, the Congo and Peru, the women are taken by Rosemary on a powerful cross-cultural journey to integrate them into the homes and communities of everyday ‘Aussies’.

Directed by Ros Horin and produced by Pat Fiske, Rosemary’s Way is a story of transformation, hope and community. It is about how we all have a role to play in creating an open and welcoming Australia.

Rosemary’s Way premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last year and have since been selected for several Australian and international Festivals including Through Women’s Eyes (UN Women Film Festival), Julian Dubuque Film Festival, Docs Without Borders. Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (US), CinefestOZ and BOFA.

The film also screened in Malaysia recently as part of the Australian High Commission’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

As well as reaching cinema audiences, the film is having a powerful impact in the community. The aim of the impact campaign is to give established Australians and migrant women the means with which to connect with each other. The filmmakers are developing a roadshow screening tour and Community Activation Kit to be released in collaboration with our partners:  Country Women’s Association, Settlement Council of Australia, Settlement Services International, Community Migrant Resource Centre and The African Women’s Group.

CINEMA SEASONS

Victoria:
Cinema Nova – from 20th April
Classic Cinemas – from 20th April

NSW:
Ritz Randwick – from 21st April
Star Court Theatre – from 2nd May
Riverside Theatre & Cinema – from 14th May
Gala Twin Cinema Warrawong – date TBA

SA:
Wallis Cinemas (Mitcham & Mt Barker) – from 22nd April

Special event and Q&A screenings from 20th April – details here:
https://fan-force.com/films/rosemarys-way/

Summary:  Seven rogue soldiers launch a preemptive strike against a newly discovered alien civilization in the hopes of ending an interstellar war before it starts.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 11th March 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 1st March 2021 (UK), 12th March 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Edward Drake

Screenwriter: Edward Drake, Corey Large

Cast: Trevor Brotherton (Sam Nolan), Francis Cronin (Holo Sam), Eva De Deominici (Juda Saule), Trevor Gretzky (Felix Zand), Frank Grillo (General Ryle), Adelaide Kane (Fiona Ardene), Robert Laenen (Lt. West), Corey Large (Dash), Everly Large (Victoria), Brandon Thomas Lee (Braxton Ryle), Costas Mandylor (Marcus Bleck), Johnny Messner (Coco), Lochlyn Munro (Alex Locke), CJ Perry (Sol Cantos), Perrey Reeves (Dr. Lea Goss), Sarah May Sommers (Vezza/Lt. Hoyt), Bruce Willis (James Ford), Tabitha Woodman (Nicole (voice))

Running Time: 88 mins

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

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Summary:  A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 4th March 2021 (Australia), 11th March 2021 (Thailand), 5th March 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 2nd April 2021 (UK)

Country: USA, Canada, Hong Kong

Director: Doug Liman

Screenwriter: Christopher Ford, Patrick Ness

Cast: Olunike Adeliyi (Piper), Tyrone Benskin (Hammer), Claudia Besso (Gwen), Demian Bichir (Ben), Tomar Boyd (Farbranch), Bryce Buckbauer (Young Davy), Blane Crockarell (Young Todd), Mylene Dinh-Robic (Julie), Jazzy Ellis (Lilly), Cynthia Erivo (Hildy), Frank Fontaine (Mr Phelps), Patrick Garrow (Ivan), Francois Gauthier (Charlie), Isabelle Giroux (Jenny Hewitt), Bobby Hernandez (Captain Alvarez), Tom Holland (Todd), Oscar Jaenada (Wilf), Nick Jonas (Davy Prentiss Jnr.), Don Jordan (Tam), Vincent Leclerc (Daws), Bethany Anne Lind (Karyssa Hewitt), Ray McKinnon (Matthew), Mads Mikkelsen (Mayor Prentiss), Tara Nicodemo (Tara), Yadi Nieves (Jackie), David Oyelowo (Aaron), Petra Post (Sweet Julie), Julian Richings (Gault), Daisy Ridley (Viola), Peter Seaborn (Caleb), Kurt Sutter (Cillian)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (Thailand), 12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR CHAOS WALKING REVIEWS

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Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley! When it comes to pop culture film stars you couldn’t get two bigger. She is the face and main star of the latest batch of Star Wars adventures and he… well he is Spider-Man. The fact that the pair of them have joined forced in a film that very few people know about despite the fact it is in cinemas now is deeply astounding.

With America’s cinemas still out of commission it feels like some films are being released into cinemas without much fanfare and sadly Chaos Walking is one of those. Not just sadly because it means pop culture fans are likely to miss out on two of their favourite stars on the big screen but also sadly because this is one teenage post-apocalyptic movie that is going to appeal to people of all ages.

Set on a planet called New World Chaos Walking finds Todd (Tom Holland Spider-Man: Far From Home) living in a woman-less society. Raised by Ben (Demian Bichir – The Hateful Eight) and Cillian (Kurt Sutter – Sons Of Anarchy) Todd has been raised to believe that all woman on the planet were killed by an invading army of aliens. Now he spends the days working on the farm, trying to control his Noise (thoughts that can be heard by others) and trying to avoid a mad priest (David Oyelowo – Selma).

Todd’s fathers become worried though when he starts to find favour with the town’s fearless Mayor (Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round) but even that relationship is put to the test when Todd is the person that finds the crashed space-craft of a young woman named Viola (Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Directed by Doug Liman, the amazing filmmaker who has brought us films like The Bourne Identity and Edge Of Tomorrow, Chaos Walking goes far beyond your average teenage dystopian film and places itself in that elite side of the category that includes films like The Maze Runner and Divergent. Despite knowing the audience that this film is based at there is something edgy about the film. Todd doesn’t mind dropping the odd profanity and when the heroes do find themselves under the threat you know there is a good chance they may not get out of it alive.

The alternative nature of the film also seems to be embraced by the actors. Mads Mikkelsen brings his A-Game as he portrays a menacing Mayor with a world of secrets while the film also exposes a side of the acting of Ridley and Holland that few would have seen before. Many people have wondered whether or not Ridley has what it takes to make a career for herself outside of Star Wars and this is the film that suggests she certainly can.

The same can also be said for Holland. Unlike Ridley though Tom Holland had runs on the board before the franchise that made him a household name. Anyone who watched The Impossible, a film about the tragic Boxing Day tsunami, knew that Holland was going to become a star. Here in Chaos Walking he does what he did last year with The Current War and shows that he is going to be one of Hollywood’s best actors with or without the label of a superhero behind him.

Much of what there is to like about Chaos Walking also comes to the brilliant work of Doug Liman. Just like he did with The Bourne Identity Liman has audiences on the edge of their seat for a majority of the film and this is a film that he had to work hard to make. There were frequent re-writes and re-shoots throughout the film which of course caused major concerns with the busy schedules of the film’s stars so it really is a miracle that this film has ever made it cinemas. Those that love quality films though will be very thankful that it did.

Chaos Walking is one of the surprise hits of 2021. A step above most teenage sci-fi films this is the kind of film that will be embraced by people of all ages and once you have seen it you will be eagerly waiting to see if they decide to make more films in the franchise.

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Summary:  A mysterious creature terrorizes five teenage friends after their bus takes a shortcut on a desolate road in the wild

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 25th September 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 29th March 2021 (UK)

Country: Italy, Germany

Director: Alessio Liguori

Screenwriter: Daniele Cosci

Cast: Terence Anderson (Joseph), Mino Caprio (Giulo Sarpi), Teo Achille Caprio (Young Giulo Sarpi), Andrei Claude (Chris), Matteo De Gregori (Night Wanderer), Molly Dew (Queenie), Zander Emlano (Karl), Emma Giua (Isabelle), Jack Kane (Nolan), David Keyes (Pedro Minghella), Sophie Jane Oliver (Bess), Zak Sutcliffe (Reggie)

Running Time: 80 mins

Classification: 15 (UK), R (USA)

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Summary:  The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 25th March 2021 (Australia), 25th March 2021 (Thailand), 31st March 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (UK), 31st March 2021 (USA)

Country: USA, Australia, Canada, India

Director: Adam Wingard

Screenwriter: Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein

Cast: Demian Bichir (Walter Simmons), Millie Bobby Brown (Madison Russell), Chris Chalk (Ben), Kyle Chandler (Mark Russell), Ronnie Chieng (Jay Wayne), Julian Dennison (Josh Valentine), Eia Gonzalez (Maya Simmons), Rebecca Hall (Ilene Andrews), Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie Hayes), Kaylee Hottle (Jia), Hakeen Kae-Kazim (Admiral Wilcox), Daniel Nielson (Hayworth), Shaun Oguri (Ren Serizawa), John Pirruccello (Horace), Lance Reddick (Guillerman), Alexsander Skargard (Nathan Lind)

Running Time: 113 mins

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

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David Griffiths’ Godzilla vs Kong Review:

There is perhaps no bigger way to announce that blockbusters are back in post-COVID cinemas then to let two titans like Godzilla and King Kong go head-to-head. The Godzilla/Kong franchise has bubbled along nicely for Warner Bros over the past seven years and now it roars back to life as the two titans come to some pretty impressive blows in Godzilla vs Kong.

Directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) the film sees the giant creatures go to war after Kong expert Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall – The Town) and her adopted daughter Jia (newcomer Kaylee Hottle) are persuaded by scientist Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard – The Legend Of Tarzan) to bring Kong out of his protected environment in a bid to help with a scientific discovery that could save humanity.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world the determined Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things) and her friend Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison – Deadpool 2) have joined forces with conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry – Widows) to try and clear Godzilla’s name after it appears that he attacked a city for no apparent reason.

However, once Godzilla realises that Kong is out and in the open he proceeds to attack the giant beast in a bid to become the ‘alpha’ placing the lives of all on Earth at risk.

The plotline of Godzilla vs Kong is pretty thin but of course nobody is going into this film expecting an Oscar-worthy script – no this is a film that is designed to be a visual spectacular and that is certainly the case from start to finish. If you want action then you’ve come to the right place because Godzilla vs Kong delivers it in spades.

The one thing you do very quickly realise with this film is that it is very much a Kong film. The film is largely told through the eyes of those who surround Kong ie. Ilene Andrews, Nathan Lind and Jia, and for the most part Kong is the hero of the tale and Godzilla the villain. That also results in strong storylines developing around those characters and Kong while the interest in the team trying to ‘clear’ Godzilla at times wanes as it is mainly one dimensional.

What saves the film though is the brilliant action sequences that see the two kings of the Monsterverse go head-to-head. To the credit of the filmmakers they don’t hold back on those scenes and the two epic battles are more than enough to fulfil those who criticised Godzilla: King Of Monsters for its lack of action. And yes the rumours are true – both battles easily last longer than 10 minutes on screen each. With some amazing special effects and the brilliant eye of Wingard and cinematographer Ben Seresin (World War Z) these battle sequences come to life in a way that fans of the franchise could only dream they could. They also have the sense not to be cutting away to minor characters during the battles and instead just let the beasts host their own version of Smackdown.

When it comes to the acting side of things you get both good and bad with Godzilla vs Kong. The talented Kyle Chandler (Super 8) feels wasted with his limited screen-time but both Rebecca Hall and Kaylee Hottle shine as the carry most of the ‘human’ side of the film. You expect that someone with the experience of Hall could do that fairly easily but huge credit must be paid for Hottle for doing so. This is the first acting performance for the young hearing-impaired actress and her performance brings back memories of Drew Barrymore in E.T. or Kirsten Dunst in Interview With A Vampire. Like them she never seems to be over-awed by the scale of the film or by the experience of the actors around her and instead she makes her own mark as a star.

Godzilla vs Kong is the kind of film where you are willing to overlook some pretty obvious continuity errors and weak storyline simply because of the amazing special effects and action sequences. While the film is not likely to be an award winner it will certainly win over fans of this franchise with ease.

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Welcome to the Jam!  NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter

This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.  It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.

A new trailer for Marvel Studios’ long-awaited “Black Widow” is available now, showcasing Natasha Romanoff’s struggle to face her past and deal with unfinished business. The action-packed spy thriller will launch in cinemas July 9. Or Order It On Disney+ With Premier Access* July 9, 2021.

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow” – the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.