How Quiet Can You Be?

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is the perfect title for this almost silent horror movie. Centring on familial tension in a post-apocalyptic world, a world cobbled-together headlines and notes reveal the presence of an alien invader, one that hunts by sound.

A nerve-racking overture follows a family as they tiptoe stealthily through abandoned streets and stores in search of medicine. While mother Evelyn (Blunt) searches soundlessly around shelves, father Lee (Krasinski) takes a rocket toy away from the youngest of his three children just before the sound effects kick in.

We soon learn that this family had something of an edge on the mysterious creatures that have depopulated the planet: the eldest daughter, Regan (the remarkable Millicent Simmonds) is deaf. Sign language has allowed them to communicate in their remote, survivalist-friendly farm, while others have perished.

The location and different abilities bestowed by the presence of Simmons’s character locate A Quiet Place somewhere between the post-horror of The Witch, and the woke-horror of Get Out.

The film’s nail-biting tension makes for pleasing genre thrills and a conduit for parental anxiety… read more from The Irish Times

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Hilarious Dogs and a 12-year-old Boy!

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Isle of Dogs, the new animation comedy from Wes Anderson, known for The Fantastic Mr Fox movie, is about a group of hilarious dogs and a 12-year-old Japanese boy who is fed up with the status quo. The Little Pilot, as he’s called by the dogs on Trash Island, doesn’t stick to society’s rules. He misses his dog and he’s piloted his way to the island to retrieve Spots (Liev Schreiber), his prized bodyguard dog.

The comedy here isn’t in-your-face. The jokes take some thinking. They arrive at strange times, causing a hilarious mishmash of humour and sadness. Emotional moments will be punctuated by dogs sneezing, and it’s impossible not to laugh right after you were about to cry.

Set in a near-future Japan, Isle of Dogs proposes a population that’s afraid of dogs because of the diseases running rampant through canine populations. Because of the hysteria over the dog flu jumping to humans, all dogs are banished to a nearby trash island to fend for themselves.

The stunning visuals can make you forget you’re watching an overtly political movie… Read more from HJ News

80’s Memorabilia in Ready Player One

Ready Player One

If you’re a fan of the Ernest Cline novel, Ready Player One, you’ve been waiting a while for the movie adaptation. Now the wait is over.

In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. When James Halliday (Mark Rylance), the creator of this virtual reality world dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, like the source material, is chock full of references to 80s music, movies, and video games. It also throws in a few Master Chiefs, Overwatch characters, and the Iron Giant for good measure. Usually these references are surface level and fleeting, but a few carry more weight—like the appearance of Adventure for the Atari 2600… read more from Kotaku.

Parents can be such BLOCKERS

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With teens out to have fun and parents out to stop it, Blockers has the makings of a classic comedy movie. Its Prom night and three parents are determined to stop their daughters getting wrapped up in the festivities and having sex.

Blockers has laugh-out-loud moments, heart and a lot of John Cena; a winning combination that makes it an instant classic of the coming of age comedy genre.

Julie, played by Kathryn Newton, Kayla, played by Geraldine Viswanathan and Sam, played by Gideon Adlon have been best friends since they started school and are about to go to prom, their last big night together before heading off to college. Somewhere in the planning stages they decide to make a pact to lose their virginities with their respective dates, but when Julie leaves her laptop open, their parents find out what they’re planning and decide to do everything in their power to make sure they don’t see it through.

What happens next is a stream of hilarious set pieces with Mann, Cena and Barinholtz a dream team with exceptional comic timing… Read more from this RTE review

Pacific Rim Uprising – The Battle of the Giants!

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After a few years of will-they-won’t-they Pacific Rim Uprising is finally on its way to the big screen. A sequel to what many critics deemed a flop, Pacific Rim Uprising sees Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunited with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

Stories of larger-than-life humans battling colossal creatures are far from new, but Pacific Rim plays with the formula by maintaining subtle similarities between the extradimensional Kaiju and the humans’ mechanized Jaegers. “To fight monsters, we created monsters of our own,” the washed-up Jaeger pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) explains in the film’s opening. Rather than being mindless destroyers, the Kaiju are ultimately revealed to be the products of strikingly deliberate alien engineering — they walk on two legs and possess vaguely anthropomorphic bodies, and their mission is not merely to annihilate, but to facilitate the processes of colonization and resource harvesting across countless worlds… read more from filmschoolrejects.com

Alicia in action as Laura Croft in Tomb Raider

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Excited as we are to see the latest in the Tomb Raider movies hit the big screen, Alicia Vikander who plays Laura Croft told the BBC The One Show that the movie does not feature enough women.

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer.

In this edition, Alicia Vikander, flashing her washboard abs takes over the mantle of Lara Croft from Angelina Jolie. And unlike Angelina’s Lara, this one is more vulnerable, kind and compassionate, minus guns and superhuman abilities. She establishes herself as a proficient cyclist, kick-boxer, archer and at the apt moment even displays cold-blooded killer instincts.

Seven years after the disappearance of her father Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), Lara leads a reckless and carefree life, working as a courier girl. She is cash-strapped, yet she refuses to accept her vast inheritance as this would mean accepting the fact that her missing father is dead… Read more from The Day After magazine

Lady Bird… the teenager we can all relate to!

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Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson is a high school senior from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. Lady Bird follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college.

The movie everyone’s talking about – Lady Bird. Greta Gerwig’s cool and confident directorial debut is brilliant. Saorise Ronan is amazing in the lead role of Lady Bird. This coming-of-age movie captures the sugared joys and sensational adversities of adolescence more than most pop songs ever could.

Warm, funny and, occasionally, heartbreaking, it’s everything you could possibly hope for from a film about growing up. The teenagers talk like real teenagers. The pre-Twitter setting is perfect. The pretentious prat (Kyle) gets called out for being a pretentious prat. Gerwig’s delightful offering is the genuine article… read more from this Independent review