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Today, Disney+ revealed plans to stream Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” beginning August 3, 2022. “’Lightyear’ looks amazing on the big screen, of course, but we are so excited to bring it to Disney+,” said Angus MacLane, who helmed the film. “We devoted years of our lives to this film and we are so proud of it. We want to share it with as many people as possible. Disney+ not only gives more fans an opportunity to see ‘Lightyear,’ it gives us all the means to see it again and again.” 

ABOUT THE MOVIE
A sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda. 

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Díaz, Keira Hairston as Young Izzy and Tim Peake as Tim/Mission Control (in U.K. release). Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”), produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”) and featuring a score by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“The Batman,” “Up”), Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is in cinemas now. The film streams on Disney+ beginning Aug. 3, 2022. 

Summary:  While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  16th June 2022 (Australia), 16th June 2022 (Thailand), 17th June 2022 (UK), 17th June 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Angus MacLane

Screenwriter: Jason Headley, Angus MacLane

Cast: Uzo Aduba (Alisha Hawthorne (voice)), James Brolin (Zurg (voice)), Chris Evans (Buzz Lightyear (voice)), Bill Hader (Featheringhamstan (voice)), Keira Hairston (Young Izzy), Angus MacLane (ERIC/DERIC & Zyclops (voice)), Mary McDonald-Lewis (I.V.A.N. (voice)), Keke Palmer (Izzy Hawthorne (voice)), Efren Ramirez (Airman Diaz (voice)), Peter Sohn (SOX (voice)), Dale Soules (Darby Steel (voice)), Taika Waititi (Mo Morrison (voice)), Isiah Whitlock (Commander Burnside (voice))

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), G (Thailand), PG (UK), PG (USA)

OUR LIGHTYEAR REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Lightyear Review:

Lightyear is perhaps the origin story that you never knew you needed. When you consider that the now famous Buzz Lightyear was in fact one of the original toys in the Toy Story you would have to wonder how Disney and Pixar could make an origins story for him. But as the class saying goes where there is a will there is a way and the result has been Lightyear a film that this week we have learnt has become one of the most controversial films of 2022.

Directed and written by Angus MacLane (Finding Dory) Lightyear is supposedly the film that Andy, the main character from Toy Story, had just watched way back in 1995 when he asked his mother to buy the Buzz Lightyear toy for him.

That film’s story finds Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans – The Avengers) proudly working as a Space Ranger alongside his partner Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba – Mrs. America) as they investigate a recently discovered planet. However, when they find themselves being attacked and then crash-land as they try to escape themselves and their crew find themselves stranded.

In the years that follow Alisha tries to build a civilisation on the planet while Buzz tries to experiment with a number of ways to leave the planet. That eventually leads to him having to lead a rag-tag group of ‘space rangers’, that includes the brave but unsure Izzy Hawthorne (Keke Palmer – Hustlers), the criminally minded Darby Steel (Dale Soules – The Messenger), the nervous and out of his depth Mo Morrison (Taika Waititi – JoJo Rabbit) and a robot cat called SOX (Peter Sohn – Monsters University) in a bid to protect the planet from a ruthless invader named Zurg (James Brolin – Traffic).

Lightyear is kind of a strange film. It seems like it should be a film for children but a lot of the storyline and themes seem like it has taken a leaf out of the Anime playbook and is aimed for an older audience. There is of course the same sex kiss between Alisha and her partner but even that aside the dialogue between the characters seems to be aimed at an older audience while the time travel element of the film will go right over the head of most younger audience members.

In fact to be honest the whole time travel story that pops up three-quarters of the way into the film seems very redundant. First of all it is the simplicity of the first half of the movie that makes it warm to its audience and the time travel twist not only completely ruins that but it falls on its own face and makes no sense when you really think about it. It actually leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth of its audience which is a bit of shame because the first half of the film is a sweet delight.

The film actually works better when it is a simple fight for survival by the main characters. Buzz and the team that surrounds him and all likable, okay SOX actually steals the show and is a merchandise dream, and as an audience you not only find yourself rooting for them – you actually do like them. Each character has their own traits that make them feel special and McLane and Jason Headey’s (Onward) screenplay allows for some witty dialogue that provides laughs amongst the action ensuring that the first half of the film is a pleasurable experience.

The film is so intriguing at times that you are willing to overlook that even though the film was supposed to have been made in 1995 its animation looks nothing like the cartoons of the 90s but it is virtually impossible to overlook the poor plot turn as it becomes a time travel movie with a story that makes no sense. The best way to go into this film is to expect a finale that is going to be a bit of a fizzer.

Lightyear is well worth a glance if you a big fan of the Toy Story franchise but you do quickly realise that it could have been a lot better. The fact that the first part of the film is so much fun and action packed makes you wonder why the creative team went in a whole different direction for the later parts. It ends up being an okay film with a really disappointing finale.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

Alex First, Jacqui Hammerton and Peter Krausz’s Lightyear Review:

Alex’s rating Out Of 5

Jacqui’s rating Out Of 5

Peter’s rating Out Of 5

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You can read our review of Lightyear that appeared in The Phuket News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/lightyear-a-real-buzz-for-fans-84606.php

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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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Summary: Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Year: 2017

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th July 2017

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th October 2017

Country: United States

Director: Jon Watts

Screenwriter: John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Jonathan Goldstein, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jon Watts, Steve Ditko (original comic book), Jack Kirby (original comic book), Stan Lee (original comic book), Joe Simon (original comic book)

Cast: Isabella Amara (Sally), Tunde Adebimpe (Mr. Cobbwell), Abraham Attah (Abe), Michael Barbieri (Charles), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Garcelle Beauvais (Doris Toomes), Christopher Berry (Randy), Hannibal Buress (Coach Wilson), Michael Chernus (Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer), Kenneth Choi (Principal Morita), Kerry Condon (Friday (voice)), Jennifer Connolly (Karen/Suit Lady (voice)), Tyne Daley (Anne Marie Hoag), Ethan Dizon (Tiny), Robert Downey Jnr. (Iron Man/Tony Stark), Tiffany Espensen (Cindy), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Donald Glover (Aaron Davis), Laura Harrier (Liz), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/Vulture), Stan Lee (Gary), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Jason), Selenis Leyva (Ms. Warren), Hemke Madera (Mr. Delmar), Michael Mando (Mac Gargan), Logan Marshall-Green (Jackson Brice/Shocker #1),Nitin Nohria (Dean Crimson), Gwenyth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), John Penick (Mr. Hapgood), Tony Revolori (Flash), Angourie Rice (Betty), Martin Starr (Mr. Harrington), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), J.J. Totah (Seymour), Gary Weeks (Agent Foster), Bokeem Woodbine (Herman Schultz/Shocker #2), Zendaya (Michelle)

Runtime: 133 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Kyle McGrath’s Spider-Man: Homecoming Review:

Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the title character and his alter ego Peter Parker on his early steps of becoming the hero he yearns to be.  After being enlisted by Tony Stark/Iron Man to assist in Captain America: Civil War (2016) Peter Parker is dropped off home, given a shiny new Spider-Man costume and pretty much told “don’t call us, we’ll call you”. Ambitious to prove himself worthy of being an Avenger he sets out to fight crime wherever he can while also struggling with the pitfalls of being an otherwise normal high school kid. His enthusiasm may soon gets the better of him when he discovers an underground operation in dealing weapons made from the stolen technology leftover from previous Avengers battles.

The elephant in the room with Spider-Man Homecoming is that this is the 3rd big screen incarnation of Spider-Man since 2002. This time the web crawler officially being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The previous films each had their ups and downs but the general consensus seems to be that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were better with Tobey Maguire making a better Peter Parker whereas The Amazing Spider-Man films found a better Spider-Man performance in Andrew Garfield with some other fan preferences such as Gwen Stacy as a love interest rather than skipping straight to Mary Jane Watson and mechanical web-shooters rather than organic (a distinction I never cared about).

Spider-Man Homecoming brings some new interesting things to the table while some others feel weaker. I believe Tom Holland walks the line quite well and works quite well as the younger less experienced and still in high school Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Otherwise the films visuals and musical score felt a little generic never coming close to standing out as well as Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman did all the way back in 2002. Speaking of which the CGI of Homecoming itself looks not much better after 15 years of technological progress, often characters looking like something from a computer game or the transition between CGI to live action, such as Michael Keaton’s character leaving his “Vulture” wingsuit, appears quite jarring. Most of these large CGI sequences seem to take place at night too, it could have just been poor lighting in my cinema but it was extremely dark and felt like a possible shortcut with CGI usually looking more real with less lighting.

The film’s story itself reminded me of Kick-Ass be it without the style or comedy of Matthew Vaughn & Mark Millar with Peter trying to be a “friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man”. I found this to be an interesting new take on the character and something we’ve not yet seen in the MCU: a small time loser hero trying to do his thing in the shadow of giants like Thor, The Hulk or Captain America.

With any reboot certain changes had to be made so that the filmmakers aren’t just making the same film again. Flash Thompson Esther than being a stereotypical jock bully and symbol of everything Peter wished he could be is now a weedy little prick. The once elderly aunt May is now “hot aunt May” as the characters like to remind us and the less said about the new “MJ” the better.

Other major changes are that this is not another origin story. Rather picking up in the middle of Peter’s journey of self discovery as a super hero. An issue here is that while films like Tim Burton’s Batman or even the MCU’s The Incredible Hulk showed you don’t NEED to do an origin story to introduce your hero, you still do need to introduce them and Homecoming really does not. The feeling is that Spider-Man’s powers and back story don’t need to be given much thought because they’ve been done to death already. Well too bad. This is potentially people’s FIRST Spider-Man film and outside influences shouldn’t play any part in it. Not giving a proper set up because everyone should already know is like not introducing Harry Potter correctly in the film adaptation of Philosophers Stone because “well everyone’s read the book right?”

Peter’s character development this time comes more from his desire to prove himself than his feelings of guilt over his indirect involvement in his uncle’s death like before. This was an interesting change but to be honest the time Peter spends in this naive phase goes on way too long and most of the film seems to be him rescuing people from disasters he himself caused or his selfishly helping people in the first place only because he seeks glory and to be considered one of The Avengers. This would be like if Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins stayed in “scared angry man with a gun mode” until nearly the end of the film.

I think Peter himself is obsessed so much with the Avengers as a symptom of this film being obsessed with being considered part of the MCU. Again it’s an interesting way to approach at first but the Avengers just overshadow EVERYTHING in this film. Even the film’s title itself seems to more reference a “return home to the MCU” than anything in the film itself. The very first thing you see is a child’s drawing of them and the very last thing you’ll see is a post credits cameo from one of them and rarely 10 minutes will go by without some reference to them. Spider-Man’s motivation revolves around them, the film’s antagonist revolves around them and Tony Stark while barely making much of an appearance in the film is still focused on more than Michael Keaton as The Vulture leading to him feeling like a lackluster villain. Don’t get me wrong I’m glad he didn’t just want to turn the whole city into birds using a gas or something but when his entire scheme is spending 8 years stealing Avengers related tech, turning it into odd weapons and selling it out of the back of a van to random street thugs under bridges I have to ask “who cares?”.

The worst part of this is that the movie barely feels like it stars Spider-Man at all. Even his suit is some sort of Tony Stark designed super tech nonsense which only manages to downplay the ACTUAL superpowers Peter is supposed to have. Effectively he’s a super strong, super agile kid in a suit with a bunch of gadgets. It may as well also be what allows him to walk up walls as it does everything else for him!

If the film can’t go 10 minutes without an Avengers reference it also can’t seem to go 30 seconds without making a funny. In some kind of spray ‘n pray approach to comedy Homecoming is so afraid of being seen as taking itself too seriously that it hardly ever allows a scene to end without some gag tacked on just for the sake of it. Comedy relief only really works if you allow tension to build in the first place and when there are multiple gags happening it just drives a truck through the middle of a scene that’s designed to have you on the edge of your seat. Then when the big heavy scenes come along such as Michael Keaton trying to be intimidating they just don’t work. The film hasn’t earned that response from the audience because any other time it came close to a similar tone someone immediately then had to slip on a banana peel.

Spider-Man Homecoming unfortunately doesn’t hold a candle to Sam Raimi’s 2002 film. It’s lacking as an introduction to this new Spider-Man and feels too focused on latching on to the hugely popular MCU films to be comfortable in telling its own story and too eager to make its audience laugh to build any drama for its underdeveloped characters. As an addition to the mountain of superhero films it’s entertaining enough and different enough to warrant a viewing but not interesting enough to be very memorable.

 

 

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IMDB Rating:  Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) on IMDb

 

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Captain America Civil War

Summary: As the government asks the Avengers to be brought together under the one umbrella Tony Stark/Iron-Man (Robert Downey Jnr.) and Steve Rodgers/Captain America find themselves going to war as they both stand for their ideals.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th April 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Steven McFeely, Mark Millar (comic book), Jack Kirby (characters), Joe Simon (characters)

Cast: Gozie Agbo (Dr. Broussard), Paul Bettany (Vision), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Daniel Bruhl (Zemo), Don Cheadle (Lieutenant James Rhodes/War Machine), Kerry Condon (Friday (voice)), Hope Davis (Maria Stark), Robert Downey Jnr. (Tony Stark/Iron-Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rodgers/Captain America), Gene Farber (Karpov), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), William Hurt (Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), John Kani (King T’Chaka), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Jim Rash (M.I.T. Liaison), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), John Slattery (Howard Stark), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Solider), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Alfre Woodard (Miriam), Jane Wu (U.N. Staffer Wu)

Runtime: 147 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

So far 2016 has delivered mixed results for comic book fans right around the world. While we were very impressed with the way that Deadpool stuck to the comic itself despite the possibility of making it a cinema unfriendly film we were all disappointed that Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice didn’t live up to the dizzying heights we all wanted it to. With those results echoing in our heads we all approached Captain America: Civil War with some trepidation. Even as a series in itself Marvel’s Avengers series has been up and down. While Captain America: Winter Soldier was a brilliant film, Avengers: Age Of Ultron was a bit of a letdown. Well you can all take a big breath and relax comic book fans because Captain America: Civil War delivers with a massive payload.

For those that haven’t read the comics surrounding the Marvel Civil War series Captain America: Civil War sees Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans – Snowpiercer) go head-to-head with Tony Stark/Ironman (Robert Downey Jnr. – The Judge) after Rodgers decides that he can’t be part of the Avengers if it means they now have to answer to Government department… as he points out Governments can have agendas. With pressure mounting after a mission led by Captain America, Falcon (Anthony Mackie – The Hurt Locker), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen – Godzilla) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson- Lucy) ends in civilian casualties Stark is quick to sign the agreement but Rodgers refuses.

Tensions rise even more when the new Government led Avengers are asked to bring in Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan – The Martian) after he is blamed for a terrorist attack. Something that Rodgers believes he is innocent of. Cue the war.

When leaving the cinema after the premiere of Captain America: Civil War one thing was going through my mind, and that was that the Russo Brothers who directed this film and true action film geniuses. Trying to fit so many comic book characters into one film could have failed really badly. In their hands it doesn’t. For many directors (I’m looking at you Zack Snyder and Michael Bay) this film would have been an excuse to throw characterisation right out the window and instead just concentrate on explosions and fighting galore. That isn’t the case here, while the film not only allows fans to know exactly how each Avenger is feeling as the split happens we also get an introduction to two new Avengers – Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman – Gods Of Egypt) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland – In The Heart Of The Sea) and get a real feel for their characters despite the fact that time doesn’t allow for a huge introduction into their lives.

The characterisation really comes to the fore though with the friendship breakdown between Steve Rodgers and Tony Stark though. This isn’t just simply raised fists at twenty paces like it was in Batman vs Superman, no Civil War really allows the audience to see the pain the two men are going through as their friendship erodes and as a result it is easier to understand exactly what leads to the battles that we end up witnessing.

Having said that though the Russos have not forgotten that a movie like this needs action sequences and boy do they deliver on that level. If you were impressed with the action scenes in Winter Soldier then you are going to be blown away with what you see here. While Iron Man and Captain America’s hand-to-hand battle is something that every true comic book fan is going to savour what really steals the show here is the amazing car chase involving Falcon, Cap and Winter Solider, and then of course the epic airport battle that is truly Avenger vs Avenger with battle lines drawn. While the Russos make this scene look good, they also bring in some creative use of the environment around the characters and also manage to deliver some light hearted moments made possible by the smart-ass antics of Spider-Man and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd – Role Models). You wouldn’t think that action and comedy would gel so well together, but somehow the Russos manage to pull it off. So impressive are what the Russos seem to be able to do with action sequences it has to be said that they are now the best action directors around currently and they are doing for the genre what James Cameron did with the Terminator films all those years ago.

So good is the screenplay for Captain America: Civil War that this is one of the first times in this franchise that the actors have really had a chance to show their skills. Robert Downey Jnr. brings his acting A-Game to this film, he seriously puts as much effort in here as he did in dramatic films like The Judge. Even Chris Evans shows that he is more than just a pretty boy actor while Paul Rudd is backed up the comedic stakes by Tom Holland who brings a fresh new feel to the Spider-Man character. While it does take a bit to get used to Holland as Spider-Man his wise-cracking version of Peter Parker does grow you and by the time he exits the screen you find yourself looking forward to the forthcoming Spider-Man movie.

Captain America: Civil War is what we all dreamed it would be… it fact it goes beyond expectations. If it wasn’t just a little bit long you would have to say that it is the perfect action film. With spectacular action sequences, great suspense and a well-written screenplay this is one film I am going to watch over and over.

 

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Adam Ross:

You can hear Adam Ross’s Captain America: Civil War review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #174.

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Nick Gardener:

You can hear Nick Gardener’s Captain America: Civil War review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #174.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating: Captain America: Civil War (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Captain America: Civil War reviews: You can also listen to our full Captain America: Civil War review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #174.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘A Month Of Sundays,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ and ‘Mother’s Day’. This episode also contains interviews with Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Britt Robertson.

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The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  3. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  4. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  5. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  6. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  7. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  8. Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Amas, Aaron Burns
  9. Fargo (2014) – Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  11. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  12. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  13. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  14. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  15. Stars Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  16. Goosebumps (2015) – Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee
  17. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  18. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  19. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  20. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  21. Bridge Of Spies (2015) – Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
  22. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  23. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  24. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  25. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

The Martian

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  2. American Horro Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Jessica Lange
  3. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey
  6. The Walk (2015) – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Emilie Leclerc
  7. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  8. Gotham (2014) – Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova
  9. Pan (2015) – Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
  10. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh
  11. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Scream Queens (2015) – Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Glen Powell
  14. Quantico (2015) – Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin
  15. Crimson Peak (2015) – Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
  16. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  17. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  18. Blindspot (2015) – Sullivan Stapleton, Jamimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
  19. The Intern (2015) – Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm
  20. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  21. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  22. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane
  23. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  24. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

Black Mass

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  2. The Visit (2015) – Olivia Delonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  3. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
  4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Espositio
  5. The Jungle Book (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
  6. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson
  7. The Bastard Executioner (2015) – Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell
  8. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  9. Krampus (2015) – Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony
  10. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinkalge, Kit Harington, Lean Headey
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  12. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare
  13. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  14. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  15. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  16. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara
  18. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  19. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson
  20. The Perfect Guy (2015) – Sanaa lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, L. Scott Caldwell
  21. Supernatural (2005) – Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
  22. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Marrilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Narcos

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Narcos (2015) – Wagner Moura, Maurice Compte, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal
  2. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  3. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  4. The Visit (2015) – Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
  5. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  6. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  7. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  8. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  9. The Transporter Refueled (2015) – Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson, Lenn Kudrijawizki
  10. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  11. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurnce, Forest Whitaker
  12. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  13. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  14. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  15. Legend (2015) – Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Bettany
  16. War Room (2015) – Pricilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore
  17. Hand Of God (2014) – Garret Dillahunt, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Julian Acosta, Ron Perlman
  18. No Escape (2015) – Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Thanawut Kasro
  19. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito
  20. A Walk In The Woods (2015) – Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen
  21. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare
  22. The 5th Wave (2016) – Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe, Nick Robinson
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
  25. Everest (2015) – Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson