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Summary:  Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  6th July 2022 (Australia), 6th July 2022 (Thailand), 7th July 2022 (UK), 8th July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Australia, USA

Director: Taika Waititi

Screenwriter: Taika Waititi, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Samson Alston (Teenage Thor), Christian Bale (Gorr), Dave Bautista (Drax), Simon Russell Beale (Dionysus), Jonny Brugh (Rapu), Ava Caryofyllis (Young Jane), Cameron Chapek (Baby Thor), Bradley Cooper (Rocket (voice)), Russell Crowe (Zeus), Stephen Curry (King Yakan), Matt Damon (Actor Loki), Vin Diesel (Groot (voice)), Kieron L. Dyer (Axl), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Carmen Foon (Minerva), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Brett Goldstein (Hercules), Chanique Greyling (Young Frigga), Sean Gunn (Kraglin/On-Set Rocket), Bobby Holland Hanton (Habooska The Horrible), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Luke Hemsworth (Actor Thor), Tristan Hemsworth (Kid Thor), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Eliza Matengu (Grace (Axl’s Mother)), Melissa McCarthy (Actor Hela), Sam Neil (Actor Odin), Simon Paparelli (Bao, God Of Dumplings), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor), Daley Pearson (Darryl The Tour Guide), Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Carly Rees (Miek), Brooke Satchewell (Indigarrian Woman Glenda), Tessa Thompson (King Valkyrie), Taika Waititi (Korg/Old Kronan God (voice))

Running Time: 119 mins

Classification: M (Australia), u13+ (Thailand), 12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Thor: Love And Thunder Review:

So far this year we have seen Marvel Studios go on a huge film rollercoaster. While the execs at the studio are quick to point out that Spider-Man: No Way Home was a box office success, they seem to forget that Morbius and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness never reached the heights that they should of. But whenever somebody asks if the Marvel bubble has burst the answer nearly always seems to be people want to see films about the original Avengers. Well now the time has come to test that theory because the latest Marvel sees the return of one of the originals – the mighty Thor.

Thor: Love And Thunder begins with Thor (Chris Hemsworth – Spiderhead) getting back in shape and fighting alongside some very well-known Guardians. But when he hears about the rise of Gorr The God Butcher (Christian Bale – The Dark Knight) he decides that this is the right time to return back to the now earthly New Asgard which in his absence has become a tourist attraction.

Upon his arrival though he finds Asgard under attack with Gorr doing what he can do to destroy Asgard and its Gods. Thor instantly takes up arms with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson – Creed) and soon surprised to realise that there is another hero keeping Gorr at bay – his ex-girlfriend Jane (Natalie Portman – Black Swan) and she is wielding Thor’s very own hammer.

As the trio fight off Gorr he flees taking Asgard’s children with him – this soon results in the trio having to seek out the mighty Zeus (Russell Crowe – Gladiator) for help while Thor has to come to terms with the fact that Jane is in fact the new Thor.

If Marvel are hoping that Thor: Love And Thunder is going to be their next blockbuster success then they may have a nervous wait to see how it goes because the film itself is so up and down it is going to split audiences. Early on director and screenwriter Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit) infuses his style of comedy into the film and like it did in Thor: Ragnarok it at times falls flat and feels out of place with the subject matter at hand. But it feels that later on in the movie Waititi lets that fall away and the result is a fairly decent action film with some impressive battle sequences.

It does feel a shame though that Waititi persists with the comedy in the Thor films because the result sees the once powerful God from the first two Thor films reduced to a bumbling fool at times. It is so refreshing to see that we get a glimpse of the once Mighty Thor towards the end of Thor: Love & Thunder… let’s just hope that continues in the future.

There are times throughout the film that works remarkably well. We have already mentioned some of the acting sequences but there is also a great deal of suspense to keep the audience engrossed in the movie as well. The inclusion of Gorr certainly helps with that – this is one time were we get to see the origins of the villain and once it is established just how brutal he is you get a strong feeling that not all of our Marvel heroes are going to make it out of this film alive. While Marvel has struggled with bringing memorable villains to the screen over the years they certainly shrug off that issue as Gorr will certainly stay with most people for a long time after the films ends.

Some of that credit must be paid to Christian Bale who seems to forget that he is in a comic book movie and delivers a near award winning performance. His strong performance seems to life those around him and once he shrugs off the comedic elements Chris Hemsworth seems to raise his acting stakes to match those of Bale.

Natalie Portman is also a refreshing change for the Marvel franchise with the emergence of Jane as the new Thor and Portman seems to grasp her action sequences amazingly well. She is well supported by the often over-looked Tessa Thompson whose performance as Valkyrie here is so good that it leaves the audience wondering whether or not this is the right time for Valkyrie to have her own stand-alone film. Sadly the same can’t be said for Crowe’s performance as Zeus, the usually brilliant actor will leave audience members scratching their heads at what kind of accent he is trying to pull off.

Thor: Love & Thunder is not one of Marvel’s finest hours but it is well worth a look. A must-have soundtrack of rock and metal mixed with one of the Marvel’s best villains to date makes up for the fact that at times the humour at hand seems out of place. Let’s hope in the future we see more of the Mighty Thor and less of the bumbling fool we’ve put up with for awhile now.

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You can read our review of Thor: Love And Thunder that appeared in The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/for-love-and-thunder-84841.php

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Directed by Jeffrey Walker and starring Christoph Waltz, Sam Neill, Patrick Gibson, Miranda Otto, Chris Pang, Jessica DeGouw, Rachel House, Arka Das, Damon Herriman and Sophie Wilde, the Stan Original Film The Portable Door is a magical fantasy adventure and is currently in production in Queensland.

 Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced a brand new Stan Original Film, The Portable Door, a magical fantasy adventure which is currently in production in Queensland.

The film will see two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, No Time to Die) and multi-Golden Globe nominee Sam Neill (Peter Rabbit, Jurassic Park franchise) star alongside Patrick Gibson (The OA, Tolkien) and an all-star Australian cast, including Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings franchise), Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians), Jessica DeGouw (Gretel & HanselPennyworth), New Zealand’s Rachel House (Soul, Thor: Ragnarok), Arka Das (MulanLion), Damon Herriman (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Stan Original Series The Commons) and Sophie Wilde (Stan Original Series Eden, You Don’t Know Me).

Adapted from Tom Holt’s eponymous seven-book fantasy series, award-winning Australian director Jeffrey Walker (Ali’s Wedding, Stan Original Series The Commons) is directing the film from a screenplay adapted by Australian writer Leon Ford (Griff the Invisible).

Jim Henson Company and Story Bridge Films production, The Portable Door is produced by Blanca Lista from The Jim Henson Company (Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and Todd Fellman from Story Bridge Films (DaybreakersBait 3D). The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Chris Lytton are executive producing as well as Arclight Films’ Gary Hamilton, Brian Beckmann, and Ying Ye, alongside Julia Stuart and Laura Grange from Sky, and Stan’s Cailah Scobie and Shana Levine. Madman Entertainment will handle theatrical distribution, ahead of the film’s premiere on Stan.

In The Portable Door, Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) and Sophie Pettingel (Sophie Wilde) are the lowly, put-upon interns who begin working at the mysterious London firm J.W. Wells & Co. and become steadily aware that their employers are anything but conventional. Charismatic villains Humphrey Wells (Christoph Waltz), the CEO of the company, and middle manager Dennis Tanner (Sam Neill) are disrupting the world of magic by bringing modern corporate strategy to ancient magical practices, and Paul and Sophie discover the true agenda of the vast corporation where they work.

Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said: “Stan continues its strong investment and focus on premium local programs and feature films like The Portable Door as part of our strategy to create more Australian produced content. Helmed by one of Australia’s most accomplished directors in Jeffrey Walker and featuring award winning actors Christoph Waltz, Sam Neill and Patrick Gibson, alongside a stellar Australian cast, we look forward to seeing this magical film cast a spell on Stan subscribers.”

Madman Entertainment CEO and Founder Paul Wiegard said: “The film promises a joyful cinematic experience; a big screen visual feast of imagination, fantasy and humour.  Audiences will recapture, uninterrupted, that feeling from their youth of watching a truly creative work.”

Executive producer Lisa Henson said: “Director Jeffrey Walker is leading an amazing cast and creative team to bring to life the high-fantasy setting and unique humour of The Portable Door. An unexpected adventure filled with deeply funny moments; The Portable Door is poised to be the next Henson fan favourite.”

Producer Todd Fellman said: “It has been exciting to watch the diverse comedic talents of our incredible cast take this gem of a script by Leon Ford to a whole new level. We are truly creating a very special film that will be lots of fun for audiences of all ages.”

Financing and distribution partners include Sky Studios, Stan, Madman Entertainment, MEP Capital, Fulcrum Media Finance and Arclight Films International. Development and production support provided by Screen Queensland.

The Stan Original Film The Portable Door is currently in production, with further announcements to come.

Summary: A terminally ill mother arranges for her family to get together one more time before she dies.

Year: 2019

Cinema Release Dates: 25th February 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 21st September 2020 (UK)

Country: USA/UK

Director: Roger Michell

Screenwriter: Christian Torpe

Cast: Anson Boon (Jonathan), Lindsay Duncan (Liz), Sam Neil (Paul), Susan Sarandon (Lily), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Chris), Mia Wasikowska (Anna), Rainn Wilson (Michael), Kate Winslet (Jennifer)

Running Time: 97 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

BLACKBIRD REVIEWS

David Griffiths and Lee G’s Blackbird Review:

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Summary: Two warring sheep farmer brothers must decide whether they want to work together or not when a severe virus threatens both their flocks.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 29th October 2020 (Australia), 5th February 2020 (UK), 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Jeremy Sims

Screenwriter: Jules Duncan, Grimur Hakonarson (based on a film by)

Cast: Wayne Blair (Lionel), Michael Caton (Les), Leon Ford (De Vries), Asher Keddie (Angela), Hayley McElhinney (May), Travis McMahon (Fergo), Will McNeil (Jackson), Sam Neil (Colin), Miranda Richardson (Kat), Kipan Rothbury (Frenchie), Asher Yasbinek (Sally)

Running Time: 115 mins

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

OUR RAMS REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Rams Review:

There was a period of time in Australian cinema where the funding bodies decided that the way forward was for Australian film-makers to make outrageous comedies. If you discussed the idea with them it would always come back to them talking about films like The Castle. The thing they seemed to miss though was that The Castle was a very different film to something like You And Your Stupid Mate.

While the latter was idiotic to the point of stupidity The Caste mixed comedy and drama and above all had heart. If you look at the comedies that Australians have loved over the years, films like Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert, they are all movies that have heart as their major ingredient.

Somewhere along the line it feels like somebody has listened because it clearly looks like Rams will be Australia’s highest grossing local product of 2020 and having viewed the film I can say that it uses The Castle recipe to a tee. It is a film that a majority of Australians can relate to and it does indeed have heart.

A localised remake of a Scandinavian film Rams is set in a remote Western Australian town that is known for its unique bloodline of award-winning sheep. While many of the town’s local farmers, such as the determined Angela (Ahser Keddie – X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and the kind-hearted Lionel (Wayne Blair – The Sapphires) try their best to win awards for their flocks the prizes normally go to brothers Colin (Sam Neil – Jurassic Park) and Les (Michael Caton – Last Cab To Darwin).

However the relationship between the two brothers is not as it should be. They haven’t spoken to each other for decades, despite the fact they share the same farm and dog, and go out of their way to avoid each other. That war though becomes tested after local vet Kat (Miranda Richardson – The Crying Game) detects a rare disease in the sheep that leads to them having to be destroyed.

With the Government moving in and the town and its major industry on its knees Colin and Les might have to find a way to overcome their anger towards each other to ensure that their farm survives.

Despite its Scandinavian heritage there is something uniquely Australian with director Jeremy Sims’ (Beneath Hill 60) version of the film. Aided by first time feature screenwriter Jules Duncan’s screenplay the film explores the trials and tribulations of a country community in such way that as audience member I found myself laughing at one moment and close to tears the next. That screenplay gives city folk an inside look at how devastating an event like this can be on a country town in a way that we rarely get to see on the screen.

While the film does try to infuse some storylines into the film for the periphery characters the main interest here lies in the relationship between Colin and Les and the betrayal Colin feels when Kat reports the outbreak to the Government. The tension generated between those relationships carry the film along in such a way that you never lose interest in it.

Enhancing the film even further are the performances of Neil and Caton. Caton is in award winning form as he portrays the emotionally broken and alcoholic Les, while Sam Neil is at his best portraying a character that is a mess of emotion throughout the film… not that he would ever show that publicly.

Rams is easily one of the best film of 2020. It has emotion, it has heart and knows the perfect time to replace its humour with touching dramatic scenes. Jeremy Sims has just released a film that is destined to become an Aussie favourite alongside Babe and The Castle.

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Jurassic World

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

 

  1. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  2. Organge Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles
  3. Inside Out (2015) – Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
  4. True Detective (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams
  5. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklade, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
  6. Terminator Genisys (2015) – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
  7. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  8. Ted 2 (2015) – Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth
  9. Sense8 (2015) – Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  10. Sicario (2015) – Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin
  11. Jurassic Park (1993) – Sam Neil, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
  12. Mr. Robot (2015) – Raimi Malek, Michael Gill, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
  13. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
  14. Magic Mike XXL (2015) – Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez
  15. Minions (2015) – Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin
  16. Dope (2015) – Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise
  17. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  18. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  19. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
  20. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnston, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  21. A Deadly Adoption (2015) – Will Ferrell, Kristne Wiig, Jessica Lowndes, Debra Christofferson
  22. Ballers (2015) – Jazmyn Simon, Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller
  23. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  24. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  25. Hannibal (2013) – Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

Walking With Dinosaurs

Children have been fascinated with dinosaurs for years and years. Watch as a school group gets taken into a museum and see how the children’s eyes light up as they see a skeleton of these giant monsters from a time long ago. Aside from the skeletons that are there to educate the children, there will also be dinosaur toys, because let’s face it, children and adults alike are totally fascinated by dinosaurs. It’s for that reason that Hollywood (and other film industries) have also seen the benefit it making dinosaur films over the years, so let’s take a look at which dinosaur movies your kids will really enjoy.

“Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs” (2009): The successful “Ice Age” series has had its fair share of prehistoric creatures over the journey. From the cute Woolly Mammoth Manny (voiced by Ray Ramano) to the nut obsessed Scrat (whatever creature he is supposed to be) the series have always had entertaining stories, with humor to boot, that also educate young viewers about the Prehistoric Age. Then came “Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs,” which was every young dino lovers dream as Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo) finds and decides to protect some dinosaur eggs, while their parents also came along for the ride. Yes, if your kids love dinosaurs “Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs” is certainly worth a look.

“Journey To The Center Of The Earth” (2008): Remakes often suck, but that wasn’t the case when they decided to redo Jules Verne’s famous novel for the big screen. While “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” looked good, this was more than a visual spectacular full of special effects; it was more than that as it also served up a valuable lesson about father and son bonding. As it happened, the bonding between son, Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), and father, Professor Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser), happens when the pair suddenly find themselves on a journey to the center of the earth, a place where dinosaurs are still very much alive. If you ever find yourself at Movie World on the Gold Coast (Australia) and get a chance to see the film in their 4D cinema, then give it a shot watching it that way as well.

“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012): Okay, sequels often suck as well, but again that isn’t the case for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Brendan Fraser may not have been anywhere in sight but instead the filmmakers brought in Sean’s (Josh Hutcherson) step-father, Hank (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). The pair go to a mysterious island, with Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) in tow as they get stuck in another Jules Verne’s tale to find Alexander (Michael Caine) who believes all of Verne’s stories were true. Again, there were more dinosaurs (and giant lizards) along the way, meaning that once again dinosaur fans will again be very happy.

“Jurassic Park” (1993): Okay this is one that more for the older children, but nevertheless, “Jurassic Park” is the greatest dinosaur movie of all time – just remember that there are a couple of scares along the way. Based on a Michael Crichton novel, “Jurassic Park” is still very much the jewel in Steven Spielberg’s crown. Even years later, the T-Rex is still an impressive sight as it appears on the screen and chases Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and co across the island… then there are also those cheeky raptors. If you want to impress your children even more, you may even want to let them check out the 3D version of “Jurassic Park,” which will have everybody thinking that the T-Rex is jumping right off the screen.

“Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie” (2013): When directors Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale were given the task of bringing the famous BBC television series “Walking With Dinosaurs” to the big screen, there were a lot of people asking “how would that work?” The BBC series was certainly not a drama with a storyline, it was a documentary series that wowed people because of how it really made the dinosaurs come to life on the screen. The movie tells a story following Patchi (voiced by Justin Long), a young dinosaur who is an underdog, but faces the challenges of the prehistoric age alongside his brother Scowler (Skyler Stone) and friend Juniper (Tiya Sircar). “Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie” both entertains and educates children (and adults) as it mixes the storyline with facts about the various species of dinosaurs with which Patchi came into contact. The fact that the film also contains a strong lesson about never giving up on your dreams is also a good learning curve as well.

If your child loves dinosaurs, then they certainly won’t be disappointed with any of the previously mentioned films. Just remember, a love of dinosaurs can always be a great tool to a child opening up their imagination.