Blade Runner 2049 ★★★★½

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ★★★★½
IMDb Rating | 8.0
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Carla Juri, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Plot Summary: A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years. (IMDb)

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, happens upon the remains of a female replicant who died during a caesarean section, demonstrating that replicants can reproduce – previously thought impossible. Competing sides attempt to find the replicant child, which could spell chaos for the world. Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ★★★☆☆

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ★★★☆☆
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
IMDb Rating | 7.0 
Starring: Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Zoe Kravitz, Claudia Kim, Dan Fogler, Callum Turner, Jude Law and William Nadylam
Director: David Yates
Plot Summary: The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander. (IMDb)

Gellert Grindelwald – a dark and powerful wizard – escapes from the authorities and sets about gathering followers with a vision for a pure-blood wizard rule. Newt Scamander somehow finds himself entrusted with the responsibility of finding the person that is central to Grindelwald’s plans for domination – Credence. Continue reading

Deadpool 2 ★★★★☆

Deadpool 2 ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 8.1
IMDb Rating | 7.9
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T. J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Karan Soni and Leslie Uggams.
Director: David Leitch 
Plot Summary: Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable. (IMDb)

Ryan Reynolds once again produces a hilarious and exhilarating performance as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in this brilliantly funny and kick-ass action film. Continue reading

The Post ★★★☆☆

The Post (2017) ★★★☆☆
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
IMDb Rating | 7.2
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Lets, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie and Carrie Coon 
Director: Steven Spielberg
Plot Summary: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (IMDb)

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The ‘Pentagon Papers’ was a US scandal that spanned the country’s war in Vietnam from 1945 to ’67, and documents relating to the decisions made by presidents, leading military figures, and politicians within government in an unnecessary, unrelenting and disillusioning war. The Post showcases the coverage that the Washington Post did during two weeks in 1971, and also the risks that came with publishing the story for the owner of the company. Continue reading

Mission: Impossible – Fallout ★★★★½

Mission: Impossible – Fallout ★★★★½
Humpo Show Rating | 8.8
IMDb Rating | 8.4
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan and Angela Bassett
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Plot Summary: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong. (IMDb)

Tom Cruise returns as IMF agent Ethan Hunt for the sixth instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise in another high-action spy adventure that is packed with breathtaking visuals and heart-stopping stunts. Fallout also features returning characters, the trademark tongue-in-cheek moments, breathtaking sound and scores, as well as a villainous plot that always appears to be one step ahead. Continue reading

Avengers: Infinity War ★★★★½

Avengers: Infinity War ★★★★½
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
IMDb Rating | 9.1
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo. Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elzabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Plot Summary: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (IMDb)

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The culmination of a decade’s worth of build up, spanning twenty films has led to this awesome and huge blockbuster that has blitzed all the records going! Avenger: Infinity War is the second most expensive film ever made, after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and plenty of the expense has been afforded to the colossal cast that comprises of a plethora of leading characters. When the hype dies down on Infinity War, it will still be one of, if not the best film in Marvel Cinematic Universe. Action-packed, funny, and with a villain that is worthy of every single superhero.  Continue reading

Black Panther ★★★★☆

Black Panther ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 7.8
IMDb Rating | 7.7
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Director: Ryan Coogler
Plot Summary: T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake. (IMDb)

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Following on from my Marvel Short Film Ratings (Films released in 2015-17) I have recently watched 2018’s Black Panther, which is the final film leading up to Infinity War

Black Panther’s timeline continues on from the events in Captain America: Civil War, where the King of Wakanda has been assassinated and it is up to his son, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), to become what he was born to be- the new King of Wakanda and the Black Panther.  Continue reading

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)
Humpo Show Rating | 7.5
IMDb Rating | 8.2
Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward
Director: John Krasinski
Plot Summary: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. (IMDb)

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John Krasinski (The Office USA) has directed and starred in a fantastic and much-hyped horror that has received widespread acclaim from everyone, including master storyteller Stephen King, who knows a thing or two about creating incredible horror stories. Starring alongside his wife (Emily Blunt), the pair of them portray a married couple in an unspecified town in America where they have to live in silence due to the presence of monsters that hunt by sound. It is a tense and suspenseful ride.  Continue reading

Wonder Woman (2017) ★★★★★

Wonder Woman (2017) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
IMDb Rating | 8.2
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Robin Wright.
Director: Patty Jenkins
Plot Summary: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (IMDb)

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Film Review | Logan

Logan
4 / 5
IMDb Rating: 8.7
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Director: James Mangold
Plot Summary: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. (IMDb)

Billed as Hugh Jackman’s farewell to the iconic X-Men character Wolverine that he has become synonymous with over the past two decades, Logan is a gritty, bloody and fiery farewell that closes the door on Jackman’s incredible portrayal of Wolverine.  Continue reading

Suicide Squad Review

So So Squad…

Suicide Squad
3 / 5
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jay Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto and Karen Fukuhara. 
Plot Summary: Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated super-villains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, the dangerous and villainous inmates must learn to work together in a team dubbed Task Force X. The criminals must unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity. 

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War Dogs Review

War Dogs Review
3.5 / 5
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Starring: Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper and Ana de Armas.
Plot Summary: ‘Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.’ (Warner Bros)

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Jurassic World

Jurassic World Film Review

3 / 5

Disappointingly Overhyped.

Jurassic World, the biggest film of the year so far after bringing in a staggering $1.7bn through box office sales. However, despite that impressive figure, the film doesn’t live up to the billing. Predictable, cliched and with plot holes abundant, Jurassic World is a poor example of why rebooting a film franchise is not always a good idea. 

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