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Summary:  Doctor Strange teams up with a mysterious teenage girl from his dreams who can travel across multiverses, to battle multiple threats, including other-universe versions of himself, which threaten to wipe out millions across the multiverse. They seek help from Wanda the Scarlet Witch, Wong and others.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  5th May 2022 (Australia), 4th May 2022 (Thailand), 5th May 2022 (UK), 6th May 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Sam Raimi

Screenwriter: Michael Waldron

Cast: Shelia Atim (Sara), Hayley Atwell (Captain Carter), Aliyah Camacho (Young America Chavez), Bruce Campbell (Pizza Poppa), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mardo), Xochiti Gomez (America Chavez), Julian Hilliard (Billy Maximoff), Adam Hugill (Rintrah), Jett Klyne (Tommy Maximoff), John Krasinski (Reed Richards), Ruth Livier (Elena Chavez), Chess Lopez (Amalia Chavaz), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Ross Marquand (Ultron (voice)), Rachel McAdams (Dr. Christine Palmer), Ako Mitchell (Charlie), Vinny Moli (Vinny), Anson Mount (Black Bolt), Eden Nathenson (Ariann), Charlie Norton (The Weasel), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch), Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Michael Stuhlbarg (Dr. Nic West), Charlize Theron (Clea), Benedict Wong (Wong), Topo Wresniwiro (Master Hamir)

Running Time: 126 mins

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

OUR DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Review:

As a studio Marvel finds them in a strange position at the moment. They should be celebrating in the afterglow of Spider-Man: No Way Home which became one of the highest grossing and best received Marvel movies of all time. But since then they have released the poorly received Morbius while their latest streaming series Moon Knight which seems to have left audiences saying “it’s a bit dark.”

Now comes their latest cinema release Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness which to be honest probably isn’t the most ideal film for Marvel to be releasing off the back of their last two releases. Firstly because the first Doctor Strange movie seemed to polarise fans – they either loved it or hated it – and secondly if people think Moon Knight is dark well wait until they realise that director Sam Raimi’s (Drag Me To Hell) influence on this film has seen it released it most markets with a ‘horror’ tag on it.

Plot-wise it begins with a nightmare experienced by Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek: Into Darkness) in which he is willing to kill a teenager named America Chavez (Xochiti Gomez – The Baby-Sitters Club) in order to save himself.

The next day while attending the wedding of the woman he loves, Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams – The Notebook), the city is suddenly attacked by a creature by the multiverse. While fighting off the creature Strange realises that it is there after America Chavez whom he immediately recognises.She then tells him that his nightmare wasn’t a dream but actually happened in another dimension and that the Strange from that dimension is now dead.

Keen for answers Strange turns to Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen – Wind River) for answers but soon himself and Wong (Benedict Wong – The Martian) find themselves in danger as they try to protect Chavez. Soon Strange and Chavez find themselves going into the multiverse and fighting for their lives.

One of the biggest issues that the Marvel universe have had with the character of Doctor Strange over the years is that he is a hard to like character. They may try to deny it but let’s be honest you see fans warning to Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man and Iron-Man, you don’t exactly see people rushing out for Doctor Strange merchandise or to dress up like him unless they are a hardcore fan.

Some of that stigma was eroded though in Spider-Man: No Way Home where the studio allowed Benedict Cumberbatch to play a more likable Strange. There we saw a Strange that cracked jokes and had a caring attitude. It is that Strange that we find here in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness and that instantly gets more fans onside.

To the credit of the team behind this film – director Sam Raimi and screenwriter Michael Waldron (Loki) – they also overcome that mystical-means-boring vibe that also hung over the original Doctor Strange film by mixing up the genres and giving a more human touch to the feel with characters such as Chavez. Genre wise you are in for a real treat – other than the obvious sci-fi fantasy that you were always going to get with this film Raimi allows the film to touch on some horror elements with a sprinkling of comedy and heart along the way as well.

What really wins you over with this film though are the surprises. First there is a major surprise with Wanda, which we can’t tell you because it is a spoiler, and then there are some truly amazing and creative cameos throughout this film that are guaranteed to have true Marvel fans gasping. At this point though we should warn you that you will get a lot more out of this film if you have watched all previous Marvel films and the Marvel series What If… and Wandavision.

Acting wise the film also produces some strong performances. Cumberbatch and Olsen carry much of this film and they do a wonderful job as their characters go through some pretty dramatic character journeys. Xochiti Gomez does a passable job as America Chavez but believe us it is the cameo performances that you are going to enjoy the most from this film

.Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is a lot better than the original Doctor Strange movie but once again if you are expecting epic battle sequences and the magic feeling of some of the other Marvel movies you aren’t going to find it here. This is one for the hardcore Marvel fans.

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Summary:  The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 3rd June 2021 (Australia), 1st July 2021 (Thailand), 26th May 2021 (UK), 4th June 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA, UK

Director: Michael Chaves

Screenwriter: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick

Cast: Charlene Amoia (Judy Glatzel), Andrea Andrade (Katie), Ingrid Bisu (Jessica), Ronnie Gene Blevins (Bruno), Keith Arthur Bolden (Sergeant Clay), Eugene Bondurant (The Occultist), Megan Ashley Brown (Young Lorraine), Ashley LeConte Campbell (Meryl), Steve Coulter (Father Gordon), Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren), Julian Hilliard (David Glatzel), Mitchell Hoog (Young Ed), Sarah Catherine Hook (Debbie Glatzel), Sterling Jerins (Judy Warren), Shannon Kook (Drew), John Noble (Kastner), Vince Pisani (Father Newman), Ruairi O’Connor (Arne Cheyenne Johnson), Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren), Paul Wilson (Carl Glatzel)

Running Time: 112 mins

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

OUR THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT REVIEWS

David and Lee Griffiths’ The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Review:

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Summary: A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th February 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United States, Malaysia, Portugal

Director: Richard Stanley

Screenwriter: Richard Stanley, Scarlett Amaris, H.P. Lovecraft (short story)

Cast: Madeleine Arthur (Lavinia), Nicolas Cage (Nathan Gardner), Tommy Chong (Ezra), Keith Harle (Hunter Jake), Julian Hilliard (Jack), Q’orianker Kilcher (Mayor Tooma), Elliott Knight (Ward), Brendan Meyer (Benny), Joely Richardson (Theresa), Josh C. Waller (Sheriff Pierce)

Running Time: 111 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths Review

Remember those old horror films that you and your friends used to sit around and watch on VHS? There is no doubt that you have seen many horror films over the past few years and walked out of the cinema wishing there was a way to flashback to that time. A time when filmmakers made horror movies because they believed in the genre and loved it, not just because a studio had asked them to make something for a quick buck.

The good news is Color Out Of Space is one of those films. Even when you are watching the film in a big cinema you find yourself transported back to your lounge room sitting in front of your TV with the VHS plugged in. Added to that is the fact that this is a film made by a filmmaker who has been in love with the work for years, and that is obvious throughout the film. Yes there is a retro feel to Color Out Of Space but this is also a film that very much holds up for audiences of today as well.

Based on a short story by HP Lovecraft Color Out Of Space finds a family trying to re-start their lives in a beautiful home in an ancient wood. The ambitious father, Nathan (Nicolas Cage – The Rock), is trying to set up an alpaca farm while trying to mend his relationship with his wife, Theresa (Joely Richardson – Event Horizon), who is recovering from cancer.

Nathan also finds his relationship with his children is strained. His teenage daughter Lavinia (Madeline Arthur – Big Eyes) is going through a rebellious stage that involves experimenting with Wicca while his teenage son, Benny (Brendan Meyer –  The Guest) is more interested in getting stoned with their hippy neighbour, Ezra (Tommy Chong – Zootopia) then he is to help out on the farm.

All of those problems pale into significance though when the family’s farm is hit by a meteor. Although strange occurrences start happening straight away they are told by the authorities that everything will be okay, with only young hydrologist Ward (Elliot Knight – Titans) warning them that he believes it has contaminated the water table.

As a filmmaker you very quickly learn that Richard Stanley (Hardware) doesn’t much around when he is telling a story like this. He doesn’t around with jump scares and the like, instead he delves straight into the story at hand focussing on characterisation to help move the story along before delving straight into the horror at hand. Perhaps some people out there may not like the ‘retro’ feel to the horror but it really does feel like Stanley has told this story the way that Lovecraft would have expected to see it on the screen.

While Stanley’s script doesn’t exactly explain what has caused the ‘being’ from the meteorite to behave the way it does the events that follow are so horrific that the audience really won’t mind. In fact not knowing all the ins and outs of what is happening actually works to the film’s audience because it places the audience in the same boat as the characters on the screen – they can’t work out what the hell is happening and neither can we. Stanley’s approach to the horror is creative and to his credit he doesn’t try and hide the brutal results from his audience.

There also seems to be a real bond and chemistry a between the cast as well. Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson are sensational together on screen, and credit must be paid to them for not shying away from starring in an alternative genre flick like this. Aside from Jack Nicholson nobody quite does ‘crazy’ on screen like Cage and here he is in his element.

Stanley also brings out the best in the younger cast and it is easy to see that both Brendan Meyer and Madelaine Arthur have big futures ahead of them in Hollywood. With her performance in Color Out Of Space Arthur really announces herself as an actress that can deliver it all. From scenes of romantic tension with Elliott Knight to extreme scenes involving self-harm she is on top of her game. Credit must also be paid to Stanley for not using Tommy Chong as a ‘joke’ in the film. His character of Ezra is one of the most interesting characters in the film and plays an important role in the story at hand… he is certainly not just there for a cameo.

While Color Out Of Space may not be the kind of film enjoyed by the casual movie goer it is destined to become a cult classic amongst the more hardcore horror and sci-fi fans. It’s retro vibe once again reminds many of us why we love cinema so much.

 

 

 

 

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