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Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

Brennan Dubé | @BrennanForFilms

While still taking into account each movie’s potential in the money-making department, to compile these five films I looked past just dollar signs and also looked at their potential in terms of award-winning capability, nostalgia, and the huge upside if these films turn out to be great!

5. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Main Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law

‘Captain Marvel’ is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will come out on March 8th of 2019. The film holds a budget of $150 million dollars and will definitely be a spectacle on the screen. Brie Larson stars as lead in the movie and this will mark the first time a female character will play the sole lead in an MCU movie. This is significant as it will be a great test for the untitled ‘Black Widow’ movie and may potentially open a door for Marvel. We were initially aware of the film during the post-credits scene in ‘Infinity War’ which foreshadowed her arrival. The film is said to be an origin story and will take place in the 1990s.

4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning

Director Quentin Tarantino is back, this time with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ The film is a mystery-crime movie centered around the Manson family murders which occurred in August of 1969. The film is sure to have its own flair and with an incredible cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, this film has enough intrigue already! The film is set for release on July 26th of 2019. The film definitely has award-winning potential as Tarantino has had great past success with almost every single one of his films having been at least nominated for an Academy Award.

3. Glass

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Main Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

When this trailer dropped several months ago it sent the internet in a frenzy. This movie has a downside and a massive upside. The film will act as a sequel to Shyamalan’s critically acclaimed films, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split.’ ‘Glass’ has the potential to be Shyamalan’s huge comeback, with an excellent cast this film definitely has award-winning potential if everything is conveyed perfectly. The movie has the capability to be eerily unique and twisted, as well as artistically astounding. If Jackson, Willis, and McAvoy all hit home runs, this could be one for the absolute ages.

2. The Lion King 

Director: Jon Favreau 

Main Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen

Disney’s live-action remakes continue in 2019 with ‘The Lion King’ highlighting them all. Some skeptics may doubt the necessity of live-action remakes but with the star-studded cast and the same director that brought us ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016), this film is surely going to be a hit. The trailer garnered record-breaking views for Disney on YouTube and will definitely be a massive hit at the box office next summer. The film is set for release on July 19th, 2019.

1. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Antony Russo and Joe Russo

Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson

When ‘Infinity War’ came out it was more than a superhero movie, more than just a blockbuster. It was an experience. Massive amounts of people went to see it, it was the talk of the internet for weeks following and it ended up grossing over $2 billion worldwide, only the fourth movie to do so. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is set for release April 26th. For starters, the ‘Endgame’ trailer broke the record for being the most viewed trailer on YouTube 24 hours after release with 289 million views. This film will extend that experience and give us the answers we so desperately crave after ‘Infinity War.’ The entire globe plans on seeing this and that is why it is the most anticipated film of 2019!


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The Movie of the Summer: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Movie Review

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

Tom Cruise and company have returned for a sixth installment of the long running (6 films, 22 years) ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise. Who would’ve thought they’d save their best stuff for the sixth film? Here is my review of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout.’

In the sixth film in the series we are reunited with Tom Cruise and his infamous ‘Ethan Hunt’ character, as well as the rest of the gang, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. This film is directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie. This is the second ‘Mission: Impossible’ he has directed, the first being ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ (2015). Following all the hype mustered up by this film I found myself surprisingly excited to see it. I was able to see the opening day viewing and I was not disappointed. Christopher McQuarrie is the perfect director for these films as proven by two back-to-back successful films as well as this being, in my opinion, the best film in the franchise to date. ‘Fallout’ is a sheer epic. It has everything you want in an action film and it does it all perfectly. While giving the audience some intense and top-notch barrages of action, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie balanced in a very strong and clear pointed plot. This perfect balance made for a perfect action film.

Tom Cruise yet again delivers a strong performance and his stunts continue to be jaw-dropping. McQuarrie’s direction with these action sequences are perfect and some stunning and edge-of-the-seat scenes do happen rather frequently in this film. Henry Cavill is also in this movie and it was great to finally see the now infamous-stache on the big screen. I had my slight doubts in him at times during the movie but continuously with each and every passing scene Cavill seemed to just get better and better. He brought a lot to the film and definitely served a strong purpose. Simon Pegg is entertaining as always, as is Ving Rhames. Sean Harris is also in the film and he brings a good strong presence as the films mysterious villainous character. Harris owns the role and brings genuine darkness to the film.

What puts Mission: Impossible – Fallout head and shoulders above other action flicks is the insane and pristine camera work. Some of the shots that were taken during this film are absolutely stunning and I found myself turning to the person beside me admiring these shots on several occasions. This all made for rather grand and certainly epic scenes. The moment I left the theatre I was ready to turn back around and head back in for more.

While the story isn’t necessarily fresh, Christopher McQuarrie does a good job at telling this story and unfolding a very picture-perfect spy film. There are some characters I definitely would have liked to have seen developed more. As previously stated, the brilliance in balance within the film is truly unmatched and story is not compromised at the hands of over usage of CGI or cheap jokes. This is the quintessential action movie of 2018 and the summer blockbuster we needed oh so badly.

The big plus: Stunning visuals and camera work enhance this movie and take it to the next level in every way possible.

Where it lacks: The overall story isn’t the most original but the movie makers do a good job at telling it.

Score: 89/100

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is my favourite movie of 2018, so far. It is the perfect action movie and it proves that you can make a good, engaging and entertaining blockbuster without all the crazy CGI. The stunts and major action sequences are top of their class and the performances are overall very well done. This film has the twists that will stun you and the intensity that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the perfect action movie and definitely one of the better made overall films in a while.

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The Equalizer 2: Film Review

By Brennan Dubé | United States

“The Equalizer 2” stars Denzel Washington and is the follow up to the 2014 action/thriller “The Equalizer.” Director Antoine Fuqua returns to direct the sequel and he hopes to further the story of a badass lyft driver, “Robert McCall”, played by Washington. The film has a few different plot points, but the main story is about McCall trying to seek revenge. Along the way he also keeps a neighborhood boy from falling into the hands of a local gang.

Washington is truly a badass on screen and anytime a scene is focused on him involving some ass-kicking that needs to be done, this movie shines. The action sequences were very entertaining and fun to watch, much like the original. The plot however, is not as strong. The beginning of this film lacks overall drive and focus, and there is no factor that makes the movie overly compelling. This results in the first half of the film really feeling like it dragged on with not a real intriguing end goal. As the film progresses the second half does pick up a lot and there is a scene in the middle that really excited me back into the film and was a true game changer. The scene involved Washington and Ashton Sanders and it is a strong dramatic scene that had me really feeling these characters emotions.

The rest of the supporting cast in the film does a solid acting job, but most of the characters are not very compelling or notably interesting. Washington’s portrayal keeps the movie afloat and makes for an enjoyable time as he really is great at playing these types of characters. While I don’t believe there will be a “The Equalizer 3” I am glad this film was produced.

While entertaining, the movie didn’t feel all that fresh and it simply felt like any traditional sequel. It is always good to see some R-rated gore and violence from two time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, but not even this film darkens the true shine of Denzel in the main role, serving up a strong performance as well as an entertaining one. With regards to the gore, there wasn’t a ton of jaw-droppingly gross scenes. However, the gore was strong enough to keep this film R-rated.

If the twist and inciting incident of this film happened much sooner, I would have much more enjoyed this as a fast-paced action joy-ride. Even if more focus was put onto the story of Washington and Sanders, I would have found more enjoyment in the film as those two shared some very good scenes that felt emotional, charming and real.

The big plus: Denzel. Denzel. Denzel. Fun action and some badass moments.

Where it lacks: No real strong drive and a drag of a first half hold this film down.

Score: 64/100

‘The Equalizer 2’ offers up some solid action and is a worthy, but not as stellar addition to the first film. The film lacks a true focus early on and you feel like asking yourself “where are we going with this?” in the first half. When the movie picks up later on it does feel like a really good thriller that does have a few scenes of true excitement and thrilling pleasure.

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Skyscraper: Movie Review

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

Universal Pictures presents Dwayne Johnson saving his family from a burning tower that’s over 200 stories tall… ladies and gentlemen, here is my review of ‘Skyscraper.

‘Skyscraper’ is directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber (‘Central Intelligence’, ‘We’re the Millers’). The film follows Johnson, who plays an FBI Agent and U.S army vet, and his family. Johnson’s character, ‘Will Sawyer’ is sent to examine the safety of a new tower being built in Hong Kong. Upon his travels, shenanigans ensue and he must save the day. ‘Skyscraper’ offered a very simple story line that was covered with predictable twists and clichéd villains. Despite these very clear structures within the film, ‘Skyscraper’ was actually a solid popcorn flick. I enjoyed the movie mainly due to the well inserted intensity and some very solid action sequences. The dynamic of having the film be centered around a skyscraper seemed very silly in the trailers and TV commercials but upon watching this film I can attest to it actually making for some cool scenes. I did end up seeing this film in 3D due to the great things I heard about how it looked. I was not disappointed and the 3D definitely enhanced my experience and enjoyment in ‘Skyscraper.’ That being said, 3D is not a necessity for this movie and it can still be watched and enjoyed in standard 2D.

‘Skyscraper’ has a plot that is simple enough to follow but not enough to really feel a connection with the film at all. There were times in this movie where certain dialogue was used that was absolutely unnecessary and cheesy, definitely one of the years weakest scripts. At times certain lines even took me out of the movie. One positive thing about ‘Skyscraper’ I can confidently say is that it did not go out of its way to throw silly jokes in. This is something that other summer blockbusters always go for and it can often feel very misplaced.

As previously stated, Johnson rocks in the action scenes and director Rawson Marshall Thurber did a great job at constructing some very entertaining sequences. At times I felt I had to just turn my brain off and not question some rather convenient moments but that being said I was not taken out of the action sequences all that much. The special effects were great in this movie and some of the rooms in the skyscraper look so damn cool.

Dwayne Johnson delivers a very Dwayne Johnson performance in this movie and his charisma and charm in the lead role continues to be a draw. Not much of the supporting cast did much to enhance this film but the family rescue scenario worked out pretty well. Neve Campbell is in this film and she does a swell job at portraying the mother in the family, she even does a solid job during the action scenes as well. Most of the cast does a good job especially working with the dialogue they had. The score definitely could have been better, thinking back in this film I don’t even recall hearing music at all. It’s important that a score leaves its touch and enhances intensity but Steve Jablonsky’s score in this film did not do that.

The big plus: Johnson runs the show and he looks good in some very well put together action scenes. The movie has the intensity it needs and it paces pretty well at about 102 minutes.

Where it lacks: Poor dialogue and a very basic, predictable storyline makes this yet another forgettable action flick.

Score: 63/100

‘Skyscraper’ is an entertaining film with solid special effects and a very basic plot. Its twists are predictable and the dialogue lacks but the film is still fun and it’s intense when it needs to be. This film hasn’t broken any new ground or changed the game at all, but it is an enjoyable enough time that it passes off as an okay summer popcorn flick.

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