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Summary:  In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates:  6th January 2022 (Australia), 31st December 2021 (Thailand), 26th December 2021 (UK), 22nd December 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Germany, UK, ,USA, France, Italy

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Screenwriter: Matthew Vaughn, Karl Gajdusek

Cast: Ross Anderson (Corporal Johnstone), Robert Aramayo (Sergeant Major Atkins), Gemma Arterton (Polly), Lucia Jade Barker (Grand Duchess Olga), Joel Basman (Gavrilo Princip), Todd Boyce (Dupont), Daniel Bruhl (Erik Jan Hanussen), Callum Chiplin (Declan Nell), Ron Cook (Archduke Franz Ferdinand Of Austria), Max Count (Young King George), Charles Dance (Kitchener), Dora Davis (Grand Duchess Maria), Harris Dickinson (Conrad Oxford), August Diehl (Vladimir Lenin), Barbara Drennan (Sophie, Duchess Of Hohenberg), Ralph Fiennes (Orlando Oxford), Rosie Goddard (Grand Duchess Anastasia), Matthew Goode (Morton), George Gooderham (Young Tsar Nicholas), Tom Hollander (King George/Kaiser Wilhelm/Tsar Nicholas), Djimon Hounsou (Shola), Rhys Ifans (Grigori Rasputin), Neil Jackson (Captain Forrest), Branka Katic (Tsarina Alix), Ian Kelly (President Woodrow Wilson), Alexandra Maria Lara (Emily Oxford), Nigel Lister (Arthur Zimmerman), Molly McGeachin (Grand Duchess Tatiana), Kristian Wanzl Nekrasov (General Ludendorff), Emil Oksanen (Young Kaiser Wilhelm), Valerie Pachner (Mata Hari), Alexa Povah (Queen Victoria), Alexander Shaw (Young Conrad), Alexander Shefler (Tsareich Alexei), Alison Steadman (Rita), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Archie Reid), Aaron Vodovoz (Felix Yusupov), Toby Woolf (Young Conrad)

Running Time: 130 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia), 18 (Thailand), 15 (UK), R (USA)

OUR THE KING’S MAN REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The King’s Man Review:

One of the best franchises to have surfaced over the past decade has been the very British King’s Man franchise. A kind of mix between James Bond and a Quentin Tarantino film the original film not only made Taron Egerton a household name but also introduced the world of a cinema to a secret organisation that could even see Colin Firth lay waste to a room full of villains.

A second film soon followed and of course fans of the franchise soon started to ask more and more questions about this society and how it began. Well now those questions are answered as writer/director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) returns to the universe with a prequel aptly titled The King’s Man.

The film chronicles the early days of The King’s Man organisation as widely respected pacifist Orlando Oxford(Ralph Fiennes – Schindler’s List) works with his hired help, Polly (Gemma Arterton – Clash Of The Titans) and Shola (Djimon Hounsou – Guardians of The Galaxy), to investigate a cabal that he believes he is working to keep World War I continuing as long as they can.

While the cabal, which is headed by Morton (Matthew Goode – Stoker) and aided by the likes of Rasputin (Rhys Ifans – The Amazing Spider-Man), are playing out their cunning plan Orlando finds himself wanting to try and end the war anyway he can after his only son, Conrad (Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats), expresses an interest in enlisting.

The term prequel when it comes to an established franchise is often a scary notion but Vaughn has delivered an absolute classic with this film – it is easily better than the second film and gives the audience a great insight into the organisation and the characters that started it.

The power of this film though is that Vaughn is more than willing to try various things throughout the film. Yes, the traditional action sequences that made the first film so special are back, but added to that is the fact that Vaughn has a real handle on characterisation this time. Then there is also the brilliant screenplay, which is co-written by Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), which goes from tear-jerking moments to laughs with ease and is never afraid to mix genres as well. The scene in which a trio of king’s men take on Raputin has just the right mix of comedy and action and is one of the best cinematic moments of the year, as is one of the film’s biggest twists that we unfortunately can’t talk about here as it would be a spoiler for a major plot point.

The strongest point of this script though is the relationship that Vaughn stets up between Orlando and Conrad. The dynamics between the two shift from a relationship made up care and respect through to a combative nature that makes both explore their views on the Great War. Even better is the fact that Vaughn moves away from Hollywood tropes to bring a close to the storyline that is a sheer stroke of screenwriting genius.

To the credit of the screenwriting team there are no wasted characters in this film either. While a lot of focus is placed on Orlando and Conrad that doesn’t mean that that characters of Polly and Shola are left lacking. Both have enough characterisation to make them interesting enough characters and most audience members will find that the hint that there may be a follow-up film to this one very welcoming.

The brilliant acting performances here though belong to Ralph Fiennes and Rhys Ifans. Fiennes is an acting force in this film – delivering both action and dramatic scenes amazingly well and he is well matched alongside a nearly unrecognisable Ifans playing the notorious Rasputin. The fact that Ifans is able to make the character comical while remaining a fearful villain is credit to both actor and screenplay.

The King’s Man will be loved by fans of the franchise and newcomers alike. The right mix of action and characterisation make this a memorable film while the amazing screenplay and characterisation make this a worthy entry into this already brilliant franchise.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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You can read our review of The King’s Man from The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/the-king-man-excels-82570.php

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Summary: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 27th August 2020 (Australia), 27th August 2020 (Thailand), 26th August 2020 (UK), 3rd September 2020 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Out now

Country: USA, UK

Director: Christopher Nolan

Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Kenneth Branagh (Sator), Michael Caine (Crosby), Adam Cropper (Young Sator), Jack Cutmore-Smith (Klaus), Elizabeth Debicki (Kat), Martin Donovan (Fay), Fiona Dourif (Wheeler), Dimple Kapadia (Priya), Yuri Kolokolnikov (Volkov), Mark Krenik (Toby), Anthony Molinari (Rohan), Himesh Patel (Mahir), Robert Pattinson (Neil), Clemence Posey (Barbara), Laurie Shepherd (Max), Denzil Smith (Sanjay), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ives), Jeremy Theobald (Steward), John David Washington (Protagonist)

Running Time: 150 mins

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

OUR TENET REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Tenet Review:

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Kyle McGrath’s Tenet Review:

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IMDB Rating:

Tenet (2020) on IMDb

Other Subculture Tenet Reviews:

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Tom Hardy

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

 

  1. Tom Hardy
  2. Alicia Vikander
  3. Hailee Steinfeld
  4. Charlize Theron
  5. Margot Robbie
  6. Anna Kendrick
  7. Elizabeth Olsen
  8. Hugh Keays-Byrne
  9. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  10. Nicholas Hoult
  11. Melissa Benoist
  12. Emilia Clarke
  13. George Miller
  14. Riley Keough
  15. Britt Robertson
  16. Sophie Turner
  17. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  18. Asa Butterfield
  19. Rebel Wilson
  20. Alexandra Daddario
  21. Zoe Kravitz
  22. Scarlett Johansson
  23. Megan Fox
  24. Natalie Dormer
  25. Emma Stone

Tom Hardy

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Tom Hardy
  2. Elizabeth Olsen
  3. Aaron Tayor-Johnson
  4. Emilia Clarke
  5. Melissa Benoist
  6. Margot Robbie
  7. Abba Kendrick
  8. Charlize Theron
  9. Alicia Vikander
  10. Britt Robertson
  11. Scarlett Johansson
  12. Hailee Steinfeld
  13. Sofia Vergara
  14. Sophie Turner
  15. Asa Butterfield
  16. Malin Akerman
  17. Dokato Johnson
  18. Alexandra Daddario
  19. Natalie Dormer
  20. Chris Evans
  21. Emily VanCamp
  22. George Miller
  23. Paul Bettany
  24. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  25. Blake Lively

Elizabeth Olsen

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Elizabeth Olsen
  2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  3. Tom Hardy
  4. Scarlett Johansson
  5. Margot Robbie
  6. Emilia Clarke
  7. Paul Bettany
  8. Chris Evans
  9. Linda Cardellini
  10. Adrianne Palicki
  11. Chris Hemsworth
  12. James Spader
  13. Christina Hendricks
  14. Natalie Dormer
  15. Alexandra Daddario
  16. Britt Robertson
  17. Sofia Vergara
  18. Robert Downey Jnr.
  19. Blake Lively
  20. Charlie Cox
  21. Deborah Ann Woll
  22. Alicia Vikander
  23. Sophie Turner
  24. Anna Kendrick
  25. Dakota Johnson

Elizabeth Olsen

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Elizabeth Olsen
  2. Emilia Clarke
  3. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  4. Tom Hardy
  5. ScarlettJohansson
  6. Jared Leto
  7. Blake Lively
  8. Charlie Cox
  9. Deborah Ann Woll
  10. Natalie Dormer
  11. Margot Robbie
  12. Chris Evans
  13. Alicia Vikander
  14. Gal Gadot
  15. Britt Robertson
  16. Michiel Huisman
  17. Robert Downey Jnr.
  18. Chris Hemsworth
  19. Paul Bettany
  20. James Spader
  21. Scott Eastwood
  22. Sam Heughan
  23. Shailene Woodley
  24. Asa Butterfield
  25. Katheryn Winnick

Avengers; Age Of Ultron

Summary: When Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) accidentally unleash the evil that is Ultron (James Spader) onto the world it is up to themselves, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to re-group and once again try to save the world.

But as Ultron’s extra-intelligence helps him stay ahead of The Avengers as he prepares to destroy them and then mankind, he is also aided by the mysterious powers of newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 23rd April, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Joss Whedon

Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee (comics), Jack Kirby (comics)

Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Paul Bettany (Jarvis/The Vision), Linda Cardellini (Laura), Don Cheadle (Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine), Robert Downey Jnr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Lou Ferrigno (Hulk (voice)), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Anthony Henry (Charlie Nash), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L/ Jackson (Nick Fury),  Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Claudia Kim (Dr. Helen Cho), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Wolfgang von Strucker), Stan Lee (Veteran), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Nick W. Nicholson (Dr. Taryl Jenkins), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Dominique Provost-Chalkley (Zrinka), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaw), Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), James Spader (Ultron (voice)), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver)

Runtime: 141 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Joss Whedon finds himself in an unusual predicament with Avengers: Age Of Ultron. When he took the helm of the franchise with The Avengers he created an action film so perfect that many were labeling the best action film ever made. Now Whedon has the hard task of trying to match that with his latest Avengers installment… only one poor man can relate, poor Christopher Nolan who had to back up the Oscar winning The Dark Knight with The Dark Knight Rises. Adding more problems for Whedon was the fact that the Russo’s further enhanced the franchise with the epically wonderful Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Whedon hits the ground running with Avengers: Age Of Ultron starting the film mid battle which amazingly enough creatively gives each Avenger their own piece of screen time to show exactly what they are capable of. To Whedon’s credit he doesn’t muck around re-introducing the members of the Avengers, no if you haven’t seen the other films in the franchise… tough!!! From there the film is topsy-turvy though. Once again Whedon’s special effects team goes into overdrive with some amazing sequences, although he should probably hold back so many slo-mo shots though as they become tedious after awhile. Surely such a creative director could have thought of some other kinds of shots, especially seeing at times Whedon manages to take his audience right inside the battle with some pretty creative directional moves.

While Whedon does at least create a very creative way to place the Earth in peril and some of the film’s deep points on those who set out to bring peace to this world, the politics of war or those with a God-complex are quite thought provoking, other parts of the films will let down their audience. The mind-bending scenes that come as a result of Scarlet Witch messing with the brains of The Avengers seem to lack the certain something they need to really standout. The attempts of Whedon to make them artsy certainly didn’t work and many audience members will find themselves tuning out during them.

Also missing this time around is a lot of the humor that made the first Avengers movie so memorable. Yes there are the occasional funny moments and lines (thanks largely to Tony Stark) but nothing as good as the Hulk smashing Loki moment from Avengers. Now talking about Loki, that also raises the biggest fault with Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Loki was everything that you want in a bad guy – evil, cheeky and strong but here you’ll quickly find that Ultron is a little bit of a bland villain. Yes he is formidable and he is strong, but instead of making you chuckle his ‘pearls of wisdom’ threaten to make your brain explode as you try to think about. The logic behind Ultron is also strangely like the internet demon that Willow created in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the giant robot that Spike and Angel tried to build in the strange series… at least Mr. Whedon is borrowing from his own material.

The other thing that is going to peeve off comic book fans as well is the treatment of Quicksilver. Now I know that X-Men is currently owned by a different company but it does seem a little weird that the Quicksilver here in Avengers: Age Of Ultron has a very different back story to the Quicksilver we now know in the X-Men franchise. Sadly, I can’t tell you though why the two different Quicksilvers in the two different franchise is going to mess with the minds of fans even more because sadly that would be giving away a major plot point of this film… all I will say though is it will completely mess with you and have you tearing your hair out.

The one thing though that does prevent Avengers: Age Of Ultron from becoming a really bland comic book movie is that this is a movie that does have some heart. Yes it lacks the storylines that have been so strong in the pervious films in this franchise but at least it has heart. The hidden family of one the Avengers that is revealed and also the budding relationship between two Avengers almost makes up for the ludicrous lines uttered to cover up the fact that neither Gwenyth Paltrow or Natalie Portman wanted to return this time around.

It is easy to see that Avengers: Age Of Ultron will frustrate many of its fans. While Joss Whedon does need to be congratulated on the epic scale of this film (although it does pale when put alongside Captain America: Winter Solider) this film simply just doesn’t front up to the brilliance of the original The Avengers. Yes the film contains love, death and violence but you won’t be remembering this film for years to come like you did Whedon’s first journey into the Marvel universe. Oh and be prepared for a bit of a morose finale that leaves the audience with more questions than it answers, keeping in mind that it has already been announced that this is the last film that will contain this line-up of the Avengers. There might be some weeping amongst true fans of the franchise.

 

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You can hear Adam’s full Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126

 

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Greg King:

You can hear Greg’s full Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126

 

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Nick Gardener:

You can hear Nick’s full Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Avengers: Age Of Ultron reviews: You will also be able to hear our Avengers: Age Of Ultron review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #126.

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Naomi Grossman

What have been the most searched for actors and actresses on the Internet over the last week? We take a look at see.

  1. Naomi Grossman
  2. Emma Stone
  3. Jennifer Lawrence
  4. Rosamund Pike
  5. Shailene Woodley
  6. Renee Zellweger
  7. Matthew McConaughey
  8. Emily Kinney
  9. Christopher Nolan
  10. Chloe Grace Moretz
  11. Emily Brett Rickards
  12. Jessica Chastain
  13. Scarlett Johansson
  14. Evan Peters
  15. Benedict Cumberbatch
  16. Nina Dobrev
  17. Jake Gyllenhaal
  18. Tom Hardy
  19. Anne Hathaway
  20. Adrianne Palicki
  21. Brad Pitt
  22. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  23. Famke Janssen
  24. Paul Walker
  25. Keanu Reeves

Brittany Murphy

We all know that popularity is everything in the Entertainment game so what have been the Top 25 Movie and Television stars that internet users have been searching for over the past week?

  1. Brittany Murphy
  2. Shailene Woodley
  3. Chloe Grace Moretz
  4. Jennifer Lawrence
  5. Scarlett Johansson
  6. Richard Kiel
  7. Tom Hardy
  8. Charlie Hunnam
  9. Chris Pratt
  10. Sam Heughan
  11. Theo James
  12. Shannon Elizabeth
  13. Haley Joel Osment
  14. Evan Rachel Wood
  15. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  16. Emma Stone
  17. Emily Blunt
  18. Karen Gillan
  19. Joan Rivers
  20. Emmy Rossum
  21. Benedict Cumberbatch
  22. Molly Glynn
  23. Rosamund Pike
  24. Emilia Clarke
  25. Emma Watson