Frozen II ★★★★☆

Frozen II
IMDb Rating | 7.3
Humpo Show Rating | 8.3
Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K Brown, Alfred Molina (voices)
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Plot Summary: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. (IMDb)

Frozen II

Set three years after the events of the first film, the story follows Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven who embark on a journey beyond their kingdom of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom after a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa. Continue reading

Groan Ups ★★★★☆

Groan Ups
Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields
Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward
Cast: Dave Hearn, Bryony Corrigan, Nancy Zamit, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer

Groan Ups Mischief Theatre

Groan Ups is a comedy stage show that follows five students from year two (aged six) and emerging teenagers (13 years old) to an adult school reunion some years later when they’re hitting their thirties. Continue reading

Le Mans ’66 ★★★★½

Le Mans ’66 (also known as Ford v Ferrari)
IMDb Rating | 8.3
Humpo Show Rating | 8.5
Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Caitriona Balfe
Director: James Mangold
Plot Summary: American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. (IMDb)

Le Mans '66

Le Mans ’66 follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Continue reading

Kinky Boots ★★★★☆

Kinky Boots
Norwegian Encore

Kinky Boots Norwegian Encore

After his father’s demise, Charlie Price inherits the family business, a shoe factory in Northampton, England. He is not interested in shoes, and the factory is in such dire financial straits that he must lay off 15 employees. However a fortuitous encounter with a transvestite cabaret singer inspires Charlie to save the factory from closure by producing erotic footwear, much to the chagrin of the workers. Continue reading

The Secret Commonwealth ★★★★½

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth
Philip Pullman

Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating | 4.32
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5
Published: 2019
Publisher: Penguin and David Fickling Books

The Secret Commonwealth review

Several years after the events in The Amber Spyglass, and twenty years after what happened in La Belle Sauvage, Pullman has crafted another fascinating story about Lyra, Dust and the magical elements of the world that she inhabits. The Secret Commonwealth is the second installment in the second trilogy called The Book of Dust, and it follows a twenty-year-old Lyra, Patalaimon and Malcolm as they embark on their separate journeys that take them from Oxford to Asia. At the heart of their journeys and all the other events is…roses. Continue reading

Maigret Sets a Trap ★★★☆☆

Maigret Sets a Trap
Georges Simenon

Genre(s) | Mystery, Crime
Goodreads Rating | 3.9
Humpo Show Rating | 3.25
Published: 1955 (my edition was 2016)
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Maigret Sets a Trap

A serial killer has murdered five women in successive months in the Montmartre area of Paris without anyone witnessing the murders. The police have no leads, and Maigret worries there will be another, and soon, if he doesn’t do something. He must find a way to second guess what the killer does next and quickly. Continue reading

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ★★★★½

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Stuart Turton

Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 3.93
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5
Published: 2018
Publisher: Raven Books

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle review

Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die and Aiden Bishop will have to identify her killer by 11 p.m. the same night in order to gain his freedom from Blackheath. That is the premise for this original and atmospheric mystery that grips you from the first chapter. Continue reading

Ad Astra ★★★☆☆

Ad Astra
IMDb Rating | 7.1
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, 
Director: James Gray
Plot Summary: Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. (IMDb)

Ad Astra

Thirty years ago, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) led a voyage into deep space, but the ship and crew were never heard from again. Now his son (Brad Pitt) must embark on a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the stability of the universe. Continue reading

The Chosen One ★★★½

The Chosen One
Sam Bourne

Genre(s) | Thriller, Mystery
Goodreads Rating | 3.7
Humpo Show Rating | 3.5
Published: 2010
Publisher: Harper

The Chosen One Sam Bourne

Newly-elected US President Stephen Baker hopes to shape the United States and the world with his progressive politics, but when a series of scandalous revelations come to light, his presidency looks set to be one the shortest in history. He enlists his trusted advisor and friend Maggie Costello, to find out the source of these ‘revelations’ and to help stop any more damage to his presidency. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ★★★½

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
IMDb Rating | 8.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.0
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, 
Director: Quentin Tarantino 
Plot Summary: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (IMDb)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino cleverly blends fact and fiction into his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing for TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Continue reading

The Lion King ★★★★☆

The Lion King
IMDb Rating | 7.2
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
Starring: Donald Glover, JD McCrary, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Eliofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, 
Director: Jon Favreau
Plot Summary: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. (IMDb)

The Lion King 2019

A live-action reboot of the 1994 original film, which follows the life of a young lion called Simba. Continue reading

Spider-Man: Far From Home ★★★½

Spider-Man: Far From Home
IMDb Rating | 8.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.2
Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, and others
Director: Jon Watts
Plot Summary: Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. (IMDb)

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Peter Parker and some of his classmates go on a school trip to Venice, but for Peter – who wants nothing more than a normal life – there is a new threat to Earth that requires Peter to reprise the role of Spider-Man once again. Continue reading

The History of Europe in Bite-Sized Chunks ★★★★☆

The History of Europe in Bite-Sized Chunks
Jacob F. Field

Genre(s) | History, Nonfiction
Goodreads Rating | 3.5
Humpo Show Rating | 3.8
Published: 2019
Publisher: Michael O’Mara

The History of Europe in Bite-Sized Chunks

A readable and concise book that encompasses the histories of ancient civilisations all the way up to the modern European world, including Brexit. Jacob F. Field manages to cover thousands of years of history in an enjoyable and informative way, perfect for people who want an insight into every notable part of the continent of Europe.
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Toy Story 4 ★★★★½

Toy Story 4
IMDb Rating | 8.4
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Tim Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and others
Director: Josh Cooley
Plot Summary: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. (IMDb)

Toy Story 4

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. After losing Forky at a carnival, Woody tries his best to get the lost Forky back to Bonnie, before the RV leaves them all behind to become lost toys. Continue reading

Chernobyl ★★★★★

Channel: HBO and Sky
Starring: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, Adam Nagaitis, Con O’Neil, David Dencik, Alan Williams and others
Creator: Craig Mazin
IMDb Rating | 9.6
Humpo Show Rating | 10.0

Chernobyl review

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes. Chernobyl follows the events that preceded the disaster, the disaster itself and the cover up and lies that followed the awful event. Continue reading