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Summary:  Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. Bored of life in the garden, Peter goes to the big city, where he meets shady characters and ends up creating chaos for the whole family.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 25th March 2021 (Australia), 7th October 2021 (Thailand), 17th May 2021 (UK), 11th June 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Australia, India, USA, UK, Canada

Director: Will Gluck

Screenwriter: Will Gluck, Patrick Burleigh

Cast: Stewart Alves (Mr. Tod (voice)), Jack Andrew (JW Rooster III (voice)), Hayley Atwell (Mittens (voice)), Jack Batchelor (Farmer Busby), Owen Beamond (Liam), Alex Blias (Hardware Clerk – Phil), Rose Byrne (Bea), Nigel Cooke (Marvin Stewart), James Corden (Peter Rabbit (voice)), Elizabeth Debicki (Mopsy (voice)), Rupert Degas (Samuel Whiskers/Little Pig Robinson/Trainer von Stauffenmouse/Kennedy St Squirrel (voice)), Simon Edds (Cheese Monger Pemberly), Andy Gatherwood (Mail Carrier – Matthias), Domhnall Gleeson (Mr Thomas McGregor), Alexandra Gluck (T. Whinosaurus Lex), Taryn Gluck (Boney Suarez), Tom Golding (Carlos), Lily Hall (Amelia), Isla Hawkins (Baby McGregor), Damon Herriman (Tom Kitten (voice)), Aimee Horne (Cotton-tail (voice)),Lennie James (Barnabas (voice)), Buckminster Kerfuffle (Tweedy Fantastic IV), Lance Kerfuffle (Sir Tweedy Fantastic III), Dave Lawson (Hardware Clerk – Chris), Ewen Leslie (Pigling Bland (voice)), Eliza Logan (Farmer Near Sawrey), Callum Macgowan (William Pemberly), Tim Minchin (Busker K. Bushy Esq.), Colin Moody (Benjamin Bunny (voice)), Sam Neil (Tommy Brock (voice)), Matt Newport (Farmer Far Sawrey), David Oyelowo (Nigel Basil-Jones), Harold Peek (Farmer Brown), Will Reichelt (JW Rooster II (voice)), Margot Robbie (Flopsy/The Narrator (voice)), Sia (Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (voice)), Shona Tough (Mail Carrier – Moira), David Wenham (Johnny Town-Mouse (voice)), Faizan Munawar Varya (Ray Rabbie), Connor Van Vuuren (Dungaree McGee), Matt Villa (Feix D’eer (voice)), Chaka Yasumura (Sara Nakamoto)

Running Time: 93 mins

Classification: G (Australia), U (UK), PG (Australia)

OUR PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY REVIEWS

David and Lee Griffiths’ Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Review:

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Summary:  An unscripted Friends reunion special.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: TBA

VOD Release Dates: 27th May (2021 (Australia), 27th May 2021 (Thailand), 27th May 2021 (UK), 27th May 2021 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Winston

Screenwriter: David Crane, Marta Kauffman

Cast: Jennifer Aniston (self), David Beckham (self), Justin Bieber (self), Kevin Bright (self), BTS (themselves), James Corden (self), David Crane (self), Cindy Crawford (self), Courtney Cox (self), Cara Delevingne (self), Elliott Gould (self), Larry Hankin (self), Lisa Kudrow (self), Lady Gaga (self), Kit Harington (self), Mind Kaling (self), Marta Kaufman (self), Matt Le Blanc (self), Thomas Lennon (self), Matthew Perry (self), Christina Pickles (self), David Schwimmer (self), Tom Selleck (self), James Michael Taylor (self), Maggie Wheeler (self), Reese Witherspoon (self), Malala Yousafzai (self)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), TV-14 (USA)

OUR FRIENDS: THE REUNION REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Friends: The Reunion Review:

It was the television event that every Friends fan wanted… except it wasn’t. There is no doubting the world domination that hit sitcom Friends had during its ten season run from 1994. This wasn’t just a show that people gathered around the water cooler to talk about at work, this was a show that popular radio shows would spend an hour talking about the morning after each episode aired.

Such was the popularity that when the show folded and its spin-off Joey died a quick death fans already started to speculate when the cast would reunite and make new episodes. There were speculations that it would happen around its tenth anniversary, while tabloid magazines wrote articles talking about networks offering huge pay-days to the cast if they wanted to return to the characters that made them famous.

Finally in 2021 fans have had the chance to see Jennifer Aniston (We’re The Millers), David Schimmer (Band Of Brothers), Courtney Cox (Scream), Matthew Perry (The Whole Nine Yards), Lisa Kudrow (Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion) and Matt Le Blanc (Lost In Space) all back together but this is not really the format that most fans would have expected for the reunion. From what fans have been saying online for the past decade it is easy to see that they wanted new episodes that answered questions like are Monica and Chandler still living happily in suburban bliss and did Rachel and Ross stay together or take another ‘break.’

That isn’t what fans got though and instead they got a sit down interview hosted by talk show host and actor James Corden which has resulted in one of the most watched television events of 2021 –Friends: The Reunion.

Now while this wasn’t the reunion that many of the fans were eagerly anticipating this was far from a letdown. A lot of the main cast have remained very private about their time on the show over the years and even despite the popularity that Aniston and Cox have found with other projects they have often remained tight-lipped during interviews about their time on Friends and whether or not there would ever be a chance of new episodes. To hear the cast talk openly about their time on the show and what was going on behind the scenes is refreshing and the style in which director Ben Winston (Carpool Karaoke) gives the show more of a documentary feeling than that of a talk show.

Watching the cast re-visit the set of the show they called home for over a decade is an emotional experience for any hardcore Friends fan. That also sets up exactly what Friends: The Reunion is going to be like. This is a special where the main cast put their hearts on the line – where they talk about the obstacles that they faced to earn a role on the show and then watch them cry as they remember the moments that made this tight-knit cast a family.

There is no denying that is the moments when the cast are talking amongst themselves on their old set and the interviews with the show’s creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman that provide the show with its most powerful moments, but that certainly doesn’t take anything away from Corden’s interview either. With his now familiar laid back style Corden throws in some tough questions while making the interview feel like a friendly chat in a pub. He gets the cast to answer whether or not we will ever see any more episodes of Friends and even exposes a behind-the-scenes romance that almost happened between two of the cast members.

The silly games and almost pointless appearances of people like Justin Bieber in the special do feel like filler but it is when Crane and Corden take this special into the documentary style that makes this something special for all fans of Friends. While this isn’t the reunion that many expected it is certainly not a waste of time for hardcore Friends fans.

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Our review of Friends: The Reunion can also be viewed on The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/friends-the-reunion-breaks-records-breaks-barriers-80319.php

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Summary: An ‘average’ woman suddenly finds herself being followed by an A.I. who informs her that by watching her he will decide whether he is going to end humanity or not.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 17th December 2020 (Australia)11th December 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 26th November 2020 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Ben Falcone

Screenwriter: Steve Mallory

Cast: Usman Ally (Sergei), Mac Alsfeld (Fletcher Dobbs), Sarah Baker (Emily), Michael Beach (General Saul Gomez), Patrick Bristow (Digitel Superintelligence (voice)), Tommy Campbell (Army Major Irvine), Bobby Cannavale (George), James Corden (Voice Of Superintelligence/himself), Nigel Crocker (Airman (Birdman) Brayton), William Daniels (KITT (voice)), Ben Falcone (Agent Charles Kuiper), Eduardo Franco (Todd), Ken Griffey Jnr. (himself), Bryan Tyree Henry (Dennis), Damon Jones (Victor), Jay Lay (Jay), Andrew Tinpo Lee (Mr. Peacock), Steve Mallory (Dean), Melissa McCarthy (Carol), John McKissic (Rico), Courtney Patterson (Carla), Jenny Perusich (Helga), Greg Puckett (Sergeant Cross), Sam Richardson (Agent John Donahue), Jean Smart (President Monahan), Karan Soni (Ahmed), Octavia Spencer (Female Superintelligence (voice)), Jessica St. Clair (Leslie), Rachel Ticoton (Director Tyson), Caroline Trahan (Waitress Debbie)

Running Time: 106 mins

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

OUR SUPERINTELLIGENCE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Superintelligence Review:

I will always be the first to admit that I am somewhat of a hard marker when it comes to comedy. I love stand-up comedy –  I can watch it for hours – yet when it comes to comedy in cinema a majority of films just don’t do it for me. For some reason most of the comedies watch don’t even get a chuckle out of me… and it is normally because they are trying too hard to get their audience to laugh.

That is why it surprises me when very, very simple comedies like Superintelligence work for me. The plot for this film is so simple it is ridiculous yet somehow the film worked for me, largely due to the fact that it never pushes too hard for a laugh yet somehow made me chuckle once or twice anyway.

Directed by Ben Falcone (Tammy) Superintelligence centres around Carol (Melissa McCarthy – Brides Maids) who since losing her job at Yahoo has done what she has can to help a number of charities. During that time she also broke up with the love of her life, the baseball mad writer George (Bobby Cannavale – Ant-Man), and that is something she deeply regrets. Despite how hard her best friend, the very kind Dennis (Brian Tyree Henry – Widows), pushes her Carol just can’t get her life back together.

Her life is then turned completely upside down though when she is suddenly stalked by an A.I (voiced by James Corden – Trolls) who announces that he is going to watch her to learn about humanity. If he likes what he sees he will spare humanity and if he doesn’t he is more than willing to wipe out the entire planet.

Despite the fact the film is a comedy Steve Mallory’s (Life Of The Party) screenplay does take the audience through a wave of emotions. Yes there are times during this film when you will laugh, but there will also be times when you are close to tears and even on the edge of your seat. While this doesn’t seem like the kind of film that I would normally describe this way – this is a very well-rounded film.

There is a really natural feel to this film and McCarthy is a good enough actress to further enhance that feeling. She doesn’t try to overact or work too hard to get a laugh here. Yes, she does her ‘talk to herself’ stick that seems to follow her into every film but for the most part she plays the well-meaning Carol exceptionally well and the scenes that she shares with Bobby Cannavale are filled with emotion. Given the circumstances that the two characters find themselves in, those are the scenes that will see you reaching for the nearest packet of tissues.

What surprised me the most about this film though was the suspense that was generated throughout the film. By the time you reach the half-way mark of this film you soon start to realise that this is not going to be a film where the ending is easily predictable. In a lot of ways that sense of suspense and emotion that this film created reminded me a lot of the Steve Carrell film Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, and yes that was another film that I fell in love with.

I guess the best way for me to sum up how I felt about Superintelligence was surprised. I expected absolutely nothing from this film but somehow it ended up giving me a delightful afternoon filled with emotion. You certainly wouldn’t be wasting your time giving this film a viewing.

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Summary: The Troll’s world changes when they learn that they are not the only kind of troll and that the hard rock trolls plan on taking over the world.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 17th September 2020 (Australia), 10th April 2020 (USA), 31st July 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 23rd December 2020 (Australia), 6th April 2020 (UK), 10th April 2020 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith

Screenwriter: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Maya Forbes, Elizabeth Tippett, Wallace Wolodarsky

Cast: Berenice Amador (Marimba (voice)), Joo-Hyun Bae (Baby Bun (voice)), J. Balvin (Tresillo (voice)), Mary J. Blige (Queen Essence (voice)), Rachel Bloom (Barb(voice)), Flula Borg (Dickory (voice)), Kelly Clarkson (Delta Dawn (voice)), George Clinton (King Quincy (voice)), James Corden (Biggie (voice)), Ester Dean (Legsly (voice)), Zooey Deschanel (Bridget (voice)), Jamie Dornan (Chaz (voice)), Gustavo Dudamel (Trollzart (voice)), Ron Funches (Cooper (voice)), Jamila Hache (Tambora (voice)), Caroline Hjelt (Chenille (voice)), Aino Jawo (Satin (voice)), Seul-gi Kang (Gomdori (voice)), Anna Kendrick (Poppy (voice)), Ye-rim Kim (Kim-Petit (voice)), Marcella Lentz-Pope (Carol (voice)), Kunal Nayyar (Guy Diamond (voice)), Ozzy Osbourne (King Thrash (voice)), Anderson Paak (Prince D (voice)), Soo-Young Park (Ari (voice)), Anthony Ramos (King Trollex (voice)), Sam Rockwell (Hickory (voice)),Son Seung-Wan (Wani (voice)), Betsy Sodaro (Clampers Buttonwillow (voice)), Karan Soni (Riff (voice)), Kenan Thompson (Tiny Diamond (voice)), Justin Timberlake (Branch (voice)), Charlyne Yi (Pennywhistle (voice))

Running Time: 90 mins

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

OUR TROLLS WORLD TOUR REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Trolls World Tour Review:

To say that 2020 has been a rough year is probably a pretty big under-statement. And yes, as we have mentioned here before one of the biggest hit industries globally was the film industry. In particular though the two films that will most likely come out of this the most impacted will be the family film Trolls: World Tour and of course Christopher Nolan’s epic Tenet.

While some films took the easy way out and were postponed to try and avoid the pandemic’s closed cinemas Tenet and Trolls: World Tour took a different path. Tenet decided to open where it could when it could… a strategy that you would have to suggest failed given its disappointing box office result. Taking a different strategy Trolls: World Tour decided to open in cinemas where it could and online in countries where it couldn’t. The result was the film did take a sizable amount at the box office but it feels like it has been ‘opening’ somewhere around the world each week. Well now it is finally open everywhere and if you missed it in cinemas you can now watch it online in Phuket.

To be honest Trolls: World Tour is exactly the kind of film that we need in 2020 – something bright and fluffy that will make you want to sing and smile without having to think too much. Story-wise the film picks up a short while after its surprisingly good predecessor. Queen Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect) still lovingly rules her subjects – leading them not in everyday life but in song and dance as well. Her loyal friend Branch (Justin Timberlake – The Social Network) is still constantly by her side and still hasn’t told her that he is madly in love with her.

Just when it looks like Branch might finally pluck up the courage to tell her all the Trolls’ lives are turned upside down when a letter arrives from Queen Barb of the Hard Rock Trolls (Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) extending an invitation to Poppy to visit her. Not only does this surprise Poppy’s Pop Trolls as they had no idea other ‘genres’ of trolls existed but they are soon stunned to learn that Barb’s plans will devastate any trolls that are not hard rock followers. Poppy, Branch and Biggie (James CordenInto The Woods) then set off to try and right the wrong.

As far as films go Trolls: world Tour doesn’t stray too far from what made the original film such a box office surprise. The plot moves along at a steady but peaceful rate while nearly every scene is laden with well-known musical tracks from past and present so that the film can be enjoyed by both kids and parents alike.

What separates the Trolls franchise from the myriad of other family films out there though are the stunning visuals. Sure the storyline is light, and let’s be honest fairly predictable for most of the adults out there, the film is made something special by the fact that directors Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith return and once again bring all the colours of the rainbow with them. At times the film resembles a psychedelic 1970s dream sequence and that grouped together with the music makes it a film that is impossible not to sing along with. If you had fun watching the original film then you have just as much fun this time around.

In some ways this Trolls franchise has created the perfect films for the whole family. Little kids become bedazzled by the sights and sounds of the film even if they don’t fully understand what is happening, older kids walk away having been taught a good moralistic lesson while be entertained and adults can have a cheeky sing-a-long to tracks they grew up listening to while trying to pick the number of voice cameos that exist during the film… even the legendary Ozzy Osbourne makes an appearance.

So sit down, put on Trolls and just relax while these lovable creates make your whole family forget about the events of 2020 with singing and laughter.

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Summary: A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December 2019

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 3rd January 2019

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States, United Kingdom

Director: Tom Hooper

Screenwriter: Les Hall, Tom Hooper, T.S. Eliot (poetry), Andrew Lloyd Webber (musical)

Cast: Jaih Betote (Coricopat), Larry Bourgeois (Socrates), Jonadette Carpio (Syllabub), Danny Collins (Mungojerrie), James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Laurie Davidson (Mr. Mistoffelees), Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), Jason Derulo (Rum Rum Tugger), Idris Elba (Macavity), Robbie Fairchild (Mukustrap), Francesca Hayward (Victoria), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Melissa Madden-Gray (Griddlebone), Ian McKellan (Gus The Theatre Cat), Steven McRam (Shimbleshanks the Railway Cat), Naoimh Morgan (Rumpleteazer), Daniela Norman (Demeter), Bluey Robinson (Alonzo), Freya Rowley (Jellylorum), Ida Saki (Electra), Zizi Strallen (Tantomile), Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Mette Towley (Cassandra), Eric Underwood (Admetus), Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots), Ray Winstone (Growltiger)

Running Time: 110 mins

Classification: G (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths’ Cats Review:

When you look back of 2019 and think of what films made the biggest impact in cinema there were perhaps none quite talked about the way Cats was. When the trailer dropped for director Tom Hooper’s (Les Miserables, The King’s Speech) version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical it made the nightly news for all the wrong reasons. For some Hooper’s cats looked strange, not-quite-human not-quite-cat, but others  (like myself) found themselves erring on the side caution wondering or not if this was going to turn out to be some kind of visual spectacular.

To be honest Cats sits somewhere in the middle. While it is not the musical masterpiece that Hooper created with Les Miserables it is also not as terrible as some would have you think. Perhaps the best way to approach Cats is to think you are about to enter a cinema to watch a theatre musical being projected onto the big screen because this feels much more like a concert than it does a cinematic experience.

Originally based on a collection of poems from T.S. Eliot Cats is told through the eyes of Victoria (Francesca Hayward The Sun Is God, Extra) a young cat who finds herself dumped in a London alleyway one night. She soon finds herself making friends with a magical cat called Mr. Mistoffelees (Laurie Davidson – Will, The Good Liar) who soon introduces her to the world of the Jellicle Cats.

On the night she arrives she finds that the Jellicles are eagerly awaiting the arrival of one of their oldest members – their matriarch Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench – Skyfall, Shakespeare In Love) who on this night every year choices which Jellicle will live the life they have always dreamed of. But not everything runs smoothly as the villainous Macavity (Idris Elba – The Losers, Star Trek Beyond) plans on eliminating all of his competition.

Surprisingly the plot of Cats does work on the big screen. It is extremely light on though and at times the film feels like an extra couple of songs have been added to pad it out to feature film length. Despite what many felt from when that first trailer surfaced you do also find yourself as an audience member connecting with the cats on screen. Each has their own persona and whether you want to admit to it or not you do find yourself barracking for a cat to win Old Deuteronmy’s approval.

The film’s biggest weakness though is the way it is put together. The stories and scenes are almost presented the way they would be if you were reading through the original collection of short stories. A certain cat will perform and point out their strengths and weaknesses and then they are spirited away by Macavity before they can have their time with Old Deuteronomy. The sequences though where Macavity and his right-hand cat Growltiger (Ray Winstone – The Departed, Beowulf) are keeping the other cats captive are more like you would expect from a pantomime though and never become as menacing as they perhaps should have been.

While the sequences of watching the Jellicles perform does at times seem magical there is none of the wow factor here that we got with other musicals like Les Miserables and Moulin Rouge. Les Miserables worked on the big screen because it was believable while Moulin Rouge was way over the top which suited the theatre world that it was set in. Cats has the disadvantage of not being believable and it feels like perhaps it would have worked a little better if Hooper had followed in the footsteps of Baz Luhrmann and made this film go more into the fantasy realm as well.

What does work for Cats though is the casting. Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellan (Gods And Monster, Lord Of The Rings) steal the show as they expertly lead their younger cast. James Corden (Trolls, Peter Rabbit) brings in just the right amount of comic relief while playing Bustopher Jones but it is Jennifer Hudson (Dream Girls, The Secret Life Of Bees) who shines the brightest with her amazing vocals in the role of Grizabella. The ballet skills of Francesca Hayward also allows her to gracefully float across the screen as she leads the audience through this strange new world.

Cats may not leave its audience in awe the way Les Miserables did but it does have its own special charm. The best way to approach the movie is to go into the cinema knowing you will be about to watch a theatre production rather than a big blockbuster film.

 

 

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