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[FILM REVIEW] THE CROODS: A NEW AGE Review (2020)

Summary: The Croods better the Betterman family but is their way of living really as good as what they believe it is.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 16th December 2020 (Australia), 26th November (Thailand), 25th November (USA), 5th February 2021 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Joel Crawford

Screenwriter: Paul Fisher, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Bob Logan

Cast: Nicolas Cage (Grug), Kailey Crawford (Sandy (voice)), Peter Dinklage (Phil Betterman (voice)), Clark Duke (Thunk (voice)), Gabriel Jack (Young Guy (voice)), Catherine Keener (Ugga (voice)), Cloris Leechman (Gran (voice)), Leslie Mann (Hope Betterman (voice)), Ryan Reynolds (Guy (voice)), James Ryan (Sash (voice)), Chris Sanders (Belt (voice)), Emma Stone (Eep (voice)), Kelly Marie Tran (Dawn Betterman (voice))

Running Time: 95 mins

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

OUR THE CROODS: A NEW AGE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Croods: A New Age Review:

The Croods! Easily the best family to come out of prehistoric times since The Flintstones and they are back in the new animated family film The Croods: A New Age. It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since the first film in the franchise was released – but then as a film itself The Croods did some pretty unbelievable things in its time.

Remember back to 2013 – The Croods was never expected to become the Oscar-nominated hit that it was. Realistically it was supposed to be an alternative to the all conquering animated series of the day – films like Toy Story and Ice Age. Those films were filled with star power, The Croods was not. This cave-dwelling family was being voiced by star on the rise Emma Stone, the man who had become a B-Grade-straight-to-video guy – Nicolas Cage – and Ryan Reynolds who was licking his wounds after the flop that was Green Lantern.

Somehow though The Croods not only became a successful film but it gained a legion of fans, received a Best Animated Film Oscar nomination and managed to make a tidy $187 million at the Box Office. A sequel was always going to arrive it was just a matter of when the three leads would find time to find work on it.

Well now the sequel has landed in cinemas and picks up pretty much straight after the events of the first film. Grug (Cage – Gone In Sixty Seconds) is still protecting his family from all matter of creatures while disapproving of the relationship that he can see developing between his teenage daughter Eep (Stone – La, La Land) and the new comer to their ‘family’ the adventurous Guy (Reynolds – Deadpool).

But the entire family’s lives changes forever when on Guy’s search for tomorrow they suddenly come across a farm being run by the more sophisticated Bettermans. And while the father, Phil (Peter Dinklage – Game Of Thrones) is eager to learn more about The Croods and his daughter, Dawn (Kelly Marie TranStars Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker), quickly becomes friends with Eep, the mother, Hope (Leslie Mann – Knocked Up) wants all of The Croods, bar Guy, gone as fast as possible.

Yes, the plot of The Croods: A New Age is pretty thin. It is a story that has been done so many times on screen that most audience members will see where it is heading pretty early on. A family from the wrong side of the tracks meets a family who believes they have it all figured out – if you’ve watched shows like Keeping Up Appearances or Married With Children you will have seen this play out a million times before.

What keeps the film interesting though is the work of the screenwriting team that is led by Kevin and Dan Hageman (the guys behind the highly successful The Lego Movie franchise) who have delivered an absolutely hilarious script that keeps the audience laughing throughout. To their credit they don’t just deliver one or two funny lines every now and then they keep the humour coming at a fast pace and that helps the audience forget that the storyline is very, very predictable.

Likewise director Joel Crawford (Trolls Holiday) appears to have learnt from his time spent in the Trolls universe as he brings bright and flashy colours to this film – a stark difference to the first film which used a much duller palate as it strove to capture the greys and browns of prehistoric times. Crawfords take on The Croods sees a lot of musical numbers and quick moving montages that move the story along nicely without ever over-staying there welcome. In a year where cinema has been all over the place it is quite refreshing to be able to once again visit the world of The Croods. While The Croods: A New Age does take the original story in a whole new direction it also reminds us all just how fun this family is and is the perfect film for people of all ages this holiday season.

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You can find our review of The Croods: A New Age that appeared in The Phuet News right here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/the-croods-make-a-comeback-78289.php

Trailer:

The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family.

The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.

The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions reach a breaking point.

Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.

The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).

 

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Few trailers have had people talking as much this year as the trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard – let’s face it if you’re an action junkie then this is going to be one of the best films of the year. The film sees Ryan Reynolds team up with action star Samuel L. Jackson.

Directed by Australian director Patrick Hughes, who showed enough with his debut film Red Hill to find himself in charge of The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard sees the legend himself Samuel L. Jackson play a character that needs to be protected by Reynolds, an actor who has shown in recent years that he is no slouch when it comes to action either – think Deadpool and Safe House for some of his best action work.

“I play a guy called Michael Bryce who suffers from extraordinary hubris,” says Reynolds with a huge grin on his face. “He is an executive protection agent, he is a self-proclaimed Triple A rated executive protection agent. Early on in the movie he loses a client and that sends him down a kind of shame spiral – his life then sort of unravels and this superficial existence that he had is all kind of lost. When we find him at the beginning of the film he is still actually believing that he is a much lower-rent protection agent, but he is still the best in the business he’s just taken a little bit of a fall from grace. He is then asked by a former flame of his, somebody that he used to be really in love with or perhaps still is, named Amelia from Interpol for help, she needs his services immediately. She’s not really asking him for his services she is telling him. So he complies, shows up and finds that his charge is a hitman who he has had a number of encounters with in the past so in a nut-shell my job is to protect a man who has spent the better part of a decade trying to kill me. These guys couldn’t be more polarised when we meet them but as we move through the film they both seem to get a begrudged love and respect for each other, and it is a love story. To me that is the story of the film – it is a love story wrapped in this whole crazy, zany action set-piece.”

Reynolds says when he first read the script he knew exactly who he wanted to have starring alongside him in the film. “Early on when I read the script the first thing I said to my agents was can we get Sam Jackson because I’d done an animated film with him years ago called Turbo and they paired us together for the junkets and we had great chemistry and I remember making a mental book note at the moment and thinking ‘oh if I ever find a kind of two-hander movie this would be a good guy to do it with and it proves in my opinion that we were right. We have a good thing going – and I think that is nice.”

Early critics screening of The Hitman’s Bodyguard has seen critics talking about the fact that this isn’t just your average action film and that is something that Reynolds agrees completely with “There is a certain heightened tone to this film and I think the audience are going to be excited to see that we embrace that tone in a wonderful way,” he explains. “You can have these amazing action sequences but they aren’t really ladened down with these depressing emotional spirals they are all kind of uplifting and fun, and you know every set-piece is very unique, it has its own beginning, middle and end and I think audiences are going to find it is one of those movies that just zips past so much that when you get to the end you’re like ‘what… I want thirty minutes more. I want to see these guys together more.’ At the end though we take them on a real adventure.”

Teaming up with Reynolds and Jackson in the film is Salma Hayek who moves away from some of the comedies that she has been doing recently – Sausage Party, Grown-Ups etc – and one again returns to the action genre. Here she plays Sonia – the wife of Samuel L. Jackson’s hit-man character, Darius.

“Sonia is a fantastic character,” says Hayek when she is asked to explain her character. “She is a married woman but her marriage is a little bit unusual because she is married to a hitman and she is not an outlaw but she is really, really tough. If anybody can handle by husband who is insane and very, very dangerous it is definitely Sonia. Everything that happens happens because Darius is in love with me, and he is so in love with me that everything he does is to prove his love for her. So it is really a love story and they have this amazing, wonderful, passionate, crazy relationship and even in the few moments where you get to see it it’s insane and romantic and full of fire in every way. You definitely get a glimpse of the fact that this woman is his match.”

For Hayek she says one of the highlights of working on The Hitman’s Bodyguard was certainly getting to work with Samuel L. Jackson. “I love Sam,” she says laughing. “I had been a fan for many, many years. He’s a legend and I was so excited that I got a chance to work with him and it ended up being so easy and it’s been fabulous to be his wife – his crazy, crazy wife – and she is very unpredictable and in a way very volatile, but he is still very solid, he is still a very stable character but with her you never know what she is going to say – you never know what is going to come out of her mouth. I think that is what makes her special. One very special trait of my character is that she has the dirtiest mouth of any character that I have ever played, and I have played characters with dirty mouths before. I say so many dirty things, bad words and I repeat them one after another and I have to say I love her. She is cuckoo but I love her.”

 

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Crushed,’ ‘Zoolander 2,’ ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘Deadpool’  and ‘Scare Campaign’. This episode also contains interviews with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Saorise Ronin, Domnhall Gleeson, Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ian Medows, Josh Quong Tart, Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes, Megan Riakos,Chris Earl (Scots Day Out) and Martin Lych (The Commitments Screening).

Also listen for your chance to win tickets to a special premiere screening of Triple 9 thanks to our good friends at Roadshow. Listen for the question that Dave G asks and then private message us the answer on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Triple 9 will be released on March 3 and stars Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejifor, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Anthony Mackie.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

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. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  4. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  5. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  6. Max Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  7. Southpaw (2015): Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forrest Whitaker
  8. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklade, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. No Escape (2015) – Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Thanawut Kasro
  11. The Transporter Refueled (2015) – Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson, Lenn Kudrjawizki
  12. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  13. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  14. We Are Your Friends (2015) – Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston
  15. Macbeth (2015) – Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris
  16. A Walk In The Woods (2015) – Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen
  17. Heroes Reborn (2015) – Jack Coleman, Gatlin Green, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay
  18. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  19. Suits (2011) – Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty
  20. War Room (2015) – Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore
  21. Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  22. The Danish Girl (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne, Matthias Schonaerts
  23. Self/less (2015) – Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Ben Kingsley
  24. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  25. Concussion (2015) – Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

 

Fantastic Four

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

 

  1. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  2. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  3. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  4. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  5. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Dbicki
  6. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  7. The Hateful Eight (2015) – Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson
  8. Pretty Little Liars (201) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  9. Deadpool (2016) – Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano
  10. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  11. Goodnight Mommy (2015) – Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz, Hans Escher
  12. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  13. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, marguerite Moreau
  14. Westworld (2016) – Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Clifton Collins Jr., Ed Harris
  15. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  16. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  17. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  18. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  19. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  20. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  21. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  22. Aloha (2015) – Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin
  23. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  24. Supergirl (2015) – Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David harewood, Mehcad Brooks
  25. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

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

  1. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  2. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  3. Deadpool (2016) – Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller
  4. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  5. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau
  6. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  7. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  8. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  9. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  10. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  11. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce Booboo Stewart Sofia Carson
  12. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  13. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  14. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jnr.
  15. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  16. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  17. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  18. Suicide Squad (2016) – Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Jared Leto
  19. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  20. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  21. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  22. 6 Years (2015) – Tarissa Farminga, Ben Rosenfield, Lindsay Burdge, Joshua Leonard
  23. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (2015) – Masako Nozawa, Ryo Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Masaharu Sato
  24. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  25. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

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

  1. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  2. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  3. Ant-Man (2015) – Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly
  4. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  5. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  6. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  7. Paper Towns (2015) – Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith
  8. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. Suicide Squad (2016) – Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Scott Eastwood
  11. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  12. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  13. Orange Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  14. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  15. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau
  16. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Marguerite Moreau, Joe Lo Truglio
  17. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  18. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  19. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  20. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallstrom
  21. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Sofia Carson
  22. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  23. Deadpool (2016) – Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, T.J. Miller
  24. Hot Pursuit (2015) – Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley
  25. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson