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Summary: 
Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 29th July 2021 (Australia), 30th July 2021 (UK), 30th July 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: Out now in all regions

Country: USA

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Screenwriter: Glenn Ficarra, Michael Green, John Requa

Cast: Al Saif Alshad (himself), Rapheal Alejandro (Zaqueu), Emily Blunt (Lily Houghton), Dan Dargan Carter (Gonzalo), Veronica Falcon (Trader Sam), Faith Fay (Hotel Guest – Savannah), Paul Giamatti (Nilo),Quim Gutierrez (Melchor), Nicholas Ryan Hernandez (Young Aguirre), Ben Jenkin (Proxima), Dwayne Johnson (Frank Wolff), Simone Lockhart (Anna), Philipp Maximilian (Axel), Andy Nyman (Sir James Hobbs-Coddington), Jesse Plemons (Prince Joachim), Edgar Ramirez (Aguirre), Dani Roviro (Sancho), Tom Vodnik (Tanner), Jack Whitehall (MacGregor Houghton)

Running Time: 127 mins

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

OUR JUNGLE CRUISE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Jungle Cruise Review:

A film based on a Disneyland ride. Don’t laugh, remember that was the premise behind one of Disney’s highest earning franchises, The Pirates Of The Caribbean, and now Disney is hoping that lightning can strike twice as they are set to release Jungle Cruise a film that once again is based on one of their favourite theme-parks rides.

Directed by Jaume Collett-Sera (Unknown) Jungle Cruise is a mix of epic adventure and super-natural scares as rugged adventurer Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt – Edge Of Tomorrow) goes against the norms of World War II society and sets about solving the mystery behind the Tears Of Heaven legend.

In a bid to solve the mystery that her father failed to achieve Lily sets off to Brazil with her reluctant brother, MacGregor (Jack Whitehall – Mother’s Day), to head up the Amazon and solve the mystery using her father’s map. On arrival in Brazil they quickly find talented river captain and part-time scammer Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson – Moana) who is only too eager to take the job of carrying them up river if it means he can escape the clutches of shrewd businessman Nilo (Paul Giamatti – Gunpowder Milkshake) who is coming after the money that he is owed.

However, Lily and MacGregor are not the only ones eager to solve the mystery and hot on their heels is the evil Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons – The Irishman) who has recruited the undead, led by the warrior Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez – Point Break), to help in his mission to solve the mystery and use the magical tree’s petals to help Germany win the war.

Jungle Cruise is certainly a fun film to watch. It takes the best elements of films like Indiana Jones and Jumanji and mixes it with a definite Pirates Of The Caribbean super-natural vibe. Then to top it off the characters of Lily and Frank are reminiscent of the roles played by Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the Oscar winning epic The African Queen from 1951.

While the super-natural scenes created by Collett-Sera and his team of screenwriters are entertaining and suspenseful they do rest heavily on things that we have all seen before in other Disney films. The key though to the film working all comes down the amazing acting performances of its leads.

Dwayne Johnson mixes comedy and action together brilliantly well here like he has done in films like Jumanji while he shares a definite on-screen chemistry with Emily Blunt who re-creates some of the strong performances of some of the Hollywood greats like Hepburn and Fay Wray in a role that she seems like she was born to play. Like Johnson she is only too happy to deliver the odd witty line while also not afraid to put her body online in some pretty amazing stunts.

These two are also well supported by Jack Whitehall who seems to enjoy stealing the odd laugh or two as he portrays the clumsy and terrified side-kick while Jesse Plemons puts his acting skills into over-drive as he gets to play the over-zealous villain. Once again Plemons shows why he is one of the most under-rated actors in Hollywood at the moment.

Watching Jungle Cruise does feel like an adventure for the whole family, although parents should be aware that some of the supernatural themes may scare small children. Still the screen-writing team does more than enough to provide some cheap laughs for younger members, plus a very cute animal side-kick for Dwayne Johnson, while older audience members are going to love the fact that the film is a definite throw-back to some of the best action-adventures that Hollywood had to offer during its Golden Age.

Spectacular special effects and a suspenseful story-line are further enhanced by Blunt and Johnson putting in some of the best performances of their career and together this recipe has created a film that is guaranteed to become yet another family favorite from Disney.Jungle Cruise is now available on Disney+ and will be released in Phuket cinemas at a later date.

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You can check out our Phuket News review of Jungle Cruise right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/jungle-cruise-a-disney-ride-gone-right-80874.php

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Summary:  Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 15th July 2021 (Australia), 17th September 2021 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: Out in all regions.

Country: France, Germany, USA

Director: Navot Papushado

Screenwriter: Navot Papushado

Cast: Freya Allen (Young Sam), Samuel Anderson (David), Jack Bandeira (Crow), Angela Bassett (Anna May), Joanna Bobin (Rose), Billy Buff (The Mummy), David Burnell IV (Shocker), Chloe Coleman (Emily), Paul Giamatti (Nathan), Karen Gillan (Sam), Joshua Grothe (Dracula), Carla Gugino (Madeline), Lena Headey (Scarlet), Lee Huang (Wolfman), Ralph Ineson (Jim McAlester), Ivan Kaye (Yankee), Adam Nagaitis (Virgil), Hannes Pastor (Frankenstein), Michael Smiley (Dr Ricky), Konstantin Widjaja (Wolfman), Michelle Yeoh (Florence)

Running Time: 114 mins

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

OUR GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Gunpowder Milkshake Review:

People who have only just discovered my reviews over the past twelve months will probably think that I am the kind of person that loves films that are obscure and arty… and they wouldn’t be wrong. But I am also a very big cult genre film lover as well. I’m the kind of person that buys a season pass to a festival like MonsterFest simply because I don’t want to miss anything that screens there. Keeping that in mind and given my love for films like Baby Driver and the work of Quentin Tarantino there was always a good chance that I was going to like Gunpowder Milkshake.

From Israeli born cult film maker Navot Papushado (Rabies) Gunpowder Milkshake is a film that I enjoyed so much that I decided to watch it twice before it had even been released in Australia and to be honest I have shut up about it since I watched it.

It centres around deadly assassin Sam (Karen Gillan – Guardians Of The Galaxy) who does every dirty job that her employer – the criminal organisation known as The Firm – tells her to do. That loyalty comes from the fact that The Firm’s head honcho, Nathan (Paul Giamatti – Cinderella Man), took her under his wing after her own mother, Scarlet (Lena Headey – Game Of Thrones), abandoned her.

Now though Sam finds herself on the run after killing somebody she shouldn’t have. That leaves her trying to protect the life of eight year old (sorry eight and three quarters) Emily (Choe Coleman – My Spy) while turning to Scarlet’s mentors the mysterious group known as The Library – Anna May (Angela Bassett – Black Panther), Florence (Michelle Yeoh – Crazy Rich Asians) and Madeleine (Carla Gugino – Watchmen) – for help.

For me Gunpowder Milkshake has the perfect mix of style and substance. Papushado creates a noir look throughout the film that mirrors what we have seen previously in films like Baby Driver and Drive but is also skilled enough to give this film its own edge. With movies like John Wick and Nobody surfacing over the past few years the only way a director can make an ultra violent film like this and do things a little bit differently is to be creative with their fight sequences and it is here that Papushado comes to the fore.

The fight sequences in this film are creative and memorable. Yes, despite the flood of these types of films recently Papushado comes up with creative ways to kill and maim people while still making the plot viable and better still having the audience warm to Sam and of course The Library.

I’m sure I am not alone when I say that I ended up becoming so interested in the characters in this film that I started to plot ways the franchise could continue. Of course I would love to see a sequel but I also feel this franchise could benefit from a prequel that shows a younger Scarlet first teaming up with The Library. Yes despite the brilliance of Karen Gillan throughout this film, and she truly is amazing, it is Angela Bassett and Michelle Yeoh that steal the show. If a prequel was made about their characters then I would be one of those people yelling “shut up and take my money.”

The star here though is Gillan and she does enough in Gunpowder Milkshake to warrant the term ‘action star’ to be added to her resume. She delivers a powerful performance here and is well supported by young Chloe Coleman who continues to show why she is one of Hollywood’s next big things. Then there are the scenes between Gillan and Headey which again added a whole new element to the film.

If you don’t like graphic violence then Gunpowder Milkshake is not the film for you – if you do then you are in for a treat. With a serviceable plot, a noir feel and female leads putting in memorable performances this is a film that is going to wow you from start to finish.

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Stan has released the official trailer for the fifth season of the hit Showtime drama series BILLIONS, premiering on Sunday, 3 May, only on Stan. Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, the fifth season cast of BILLIONS includes new recurring guest stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).

In season five of BILLIONS, Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney (Roma Maffia). Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where Taylor must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. Margulies will play Catherine Brant, an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author. The series also stars David CostabileCondola RashadKelly AuCoin and Jeffrey DeMunn.

BILLIONS is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Billions Season 5 premieres Sunday, 3 May only on Stan, with new episodes weekly – same day as the US.

Stan has released the official trailer for the anticipated fourth season of BILLIONS, premiering on Monday, March 18 and starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis.

When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe. This is never more true than in season four of BILLIONS. Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti), former enemies, and Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counsellor to each, have come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (guest star John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat (guest star Clancy Brown). Ambition and betrayal have long been at the heart of BILLIONS, and this season all the characters find out exactly how high a price they’ll have to pay to satisfy those needs. The series also stars David CostabileCondola RashadKelly AuCoinJeffrey DeMunn and Malin Akerman, along with new guest stars Samantha MathisKevin PollakJade Eshete and Nina Arianda.

BILLIONS is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.

BILLIONS comes exclusively to Stan as part of its long-term partnership with SHOWTIME. Other shows include Jim Carrey’s KIDDING and Ben Stiller’s ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, both currently available to stream, BLACK MONDAY starring Don Cheadle, premiering January 21 with a sneak peek now available, THE CIRCUS, Season 4, premiering January 28 and SMILF, Season 2 premiering January 29.

Season Four of BILLIONS premieres exclusively on Stan on March 18 with new episodes weekly, same day as the U.S.

 

Seasons One, Two and Three are currently streaming
exclusively on Stan

Stan has today announced that the fourth season of the SHOWTIME hit drama series BILLIONS will premiere on Monday, March 18. Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis. The first three seasons of BILLIONS are available on Stan.

When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe. This is never more true than in season four of BILLIONS. Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti), former enemies, and Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counsellor to each, have come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (guest star John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Brian Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat (guest star Clancy Brown). Ambition and betrayal have long been at the heart ofBILLIONS, and this season all the characters find out exactly how high a price they’ll have to pay to satisfy those needs. The series also stars David CostabileCondola RashadKelly AuCoinJeffrey DeMunn and Malin Akerman, along with new guest stars Samantha MathisKevin PollakJade Eshete and Nina Arianda.

 

BILLIONS is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin. 

The brand-new season of BILLIONS will premiere March 18 on Stan

Seasons 1, 2 & 3 of BILLIONS are currently streaming exclusively on Stan

Love & Mercy

The music and cinemas worlds collide again on June 25 when Love & Mercy hits Australian cinemas. The film tells the story of Brian Wilson, the man behind the legendary The Beach Boys. Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti Love & Mercy is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2015 and thanks to Icon Distribution you can have a chance to see it on us.

That’s right thanks to Icon Distribution The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show has a number of passes to Love & Mercy to giveaway. Five lucky winners will also receive a The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits CD to go with their passes.

For you chance to win in our Love & Mercy giveaway simply listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #134.

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Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce that the Australian premiere of LOVE & MERCY will be held at Sydney’s State Theatre on Sunday June 7, 2015.  As announced last month, the film will be featured as part of the 2015 Sydney Film Festival with its first festival screening serving as the Australian Premiere.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.  Whilst his music shaped our lives, it would be the love of one special woman who saved his.

First time director, Bill Pohlad puts his experience as a producer on films such as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain to good use.  In LOVE & MERCY he paints an unconventional portrait of Wilson, interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) as the younger, 1960s Brian; and John Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as Wilson in the 1980s.  The film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The films shows  Brian becoming more and more isolated from his family and friends to the point where he seems to have been signed over into the care of Landy who seems determined, through overmedication and other manipulations, to keep Brian away from all real connections to the world.  When Melinda Ledbetter enters his life, their mutual attraction becomes a bond that the oppressive doctor cannot break.

As few biopics about musicians do, LOVE & MERCY offers a hopeful and happy ending – one that continues to play out in reality today.  Brian Wilson’s music continues to resonate with existing as well as new audiences every day.  Wilson’s 11th solo album, NO PIER PRESSURE was released earlier this year to critical acclaim.  One Kind of Love which is featured on the new album and also in the film has just been recognised as “Best Original Song” at the Nashville Film Festival.  More importantly (and even more rare) Brian and Melinda are still together and still in love.

LOVE & MERCY debuted to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival and has continued to garner critical acclaim including from its showings at the Berlin Film Festival and the South By Southwest Festival.

Words used to describe LOVE & MERCY include, “compelling” (Collider); “dreamy and delirious” (Indiewire); “deeply satisfying” (The Hollywood Reporter); “emotionally exhilarating” and “exquisite” (HitFix); “engrossing” (Indiewire); “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) “tender” (BBC.com) and “touching” (Screen International).

Critics have also hailed the dual performances from Dano and Cusack as, “career-topping performances”; (Indiewire); “groundbreaking” (The Washington Post); “phenomenal” (Bloody Disgusting) and “uncanny” (Mashable Australia). Best known for her work as a comedic actress, Elizabeth Banks has also attracted praise for her career-redefining dramatic performance she gives in the film.

It seems likely that its screenings at the Sydney Film Festival will no doubt attract similar accolades for LOVE & MERCY including the film’s unique style and excellent performances.
Perhaps the best reactions are those from the man who lived the story, Brian Wilson himself

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Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce the June 25 release of LOVE & MERCY starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.

The film paints an unconventional portrait of the artist by interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life, as it explores how Brian came to be who he is today.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) and Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as the film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The film was met with a standing ovation at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and critical acclaim continues to build:

“…emotionally exhilarating… The film does an exquisite job of detailing the way an artist can get lost in the act of creation.” – HitFix

“…an engrossing portrait of Wilson’s specific artistic inclinations…” – Indiewire

“A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject’s bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.” – Variety

Musicians, critics and fans alike have consistently hailed Wilson as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in music.  His songs remain as relevant and resonant today as they were over 50 years ago; continually finding new audiences as evidenced by the 2014 BBC Music All-Star cover of God Only Knows that became an internet sensation.

The teaser trailer has just debuted online and has already gone viral. A proud Brian Wilson has also posted the teaser on his own Facebook and website.

The film release will follow the April 3 launch of Wilson’s 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure.

In addition to featuring an awesome soundtrack,  LOVE & MERCY offers an intimate and unforgettable glimpse into the musical and personal evolution of one of the greatest creative minds of our time.

You can view the Love & Mercy teaser trailer below.

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TONIGHT ALIVE have today released their electrifying new single “The Edge,” written exclusively for the Australian release of the new movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro, opening in Australia on April 17th. The highly anticipated official music video for “The Edge” has just premiered on VEVO – check it out below.

Since teasing the track online since the single announcement on March 21st, Tonight Alive fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the single and accompanying video in its entirety, with the band’s social media accounts exploding and the teaser itself receiving in excess of 160K streams. The hype has been garnering the band attention not just domestically but around the world, helped along by their sold out tour across the UK with All Time Low, and throughout the US with Taking Back Sunday and The Used.

With “The Edge” being written by Tonight Alive exclusively for the movie, the song will be featured on The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland.

“The Edge” sits amongst top level global talent on the soundtrack, alongside “It’s On Again” by Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamar, written exclusively for the film by Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer and Kendrick Lamar, and produced by Pharrell Williams.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is released in Australia on Friday, April 18th on Columbia Records and Madison Gate Records, through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

With the track now available to purchase globally, Tonight Alive explain their excitement as they prepare to be launched further into the international spotlight. ““The Edge” is a song we’re really proud of and as a band we are very flattered to be a part of such a huge legacy that is The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro. It is our hope that not only Tonight Alive fans, but all fans of the comic and movies will enjoy the track too!”

About The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. Directed by Marc Webb. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner. Screen Story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro is in Australian cinemas from April 17th #SpiderMan
www.theamazingspiderman2.com.au.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise Of Electro Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available to purchase in
Australia from April 18th.