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Ok, let's get this out of the way - Justice League, while a decent and lighter #DCEU movie, isn't as good as The Avengers.

There. I said it.

And I'd really hoped it would be at least as good.

The problem this time, is the bland storyline.

Much like the first #Avengers movie, we have intergalactic beings coming to conquer Earth, and it's up to Batman & Wonder Woman to band together a team of superheroes to save the world from destruction.

That's it.

Told you it was bland

Maybe if this movie had released around 5-6 years ago, it would've probably been acceptable.

But in this day and age when #Superhero films have rich & diverse storylines with great character arcs, you can't get away with a straightforward "alien invasion" narrative anymore.

And that lack of good character arcs for the new entrants in the DCEU (Aquaman, The Flash & Cyborg) is what hurts the movie, in my opinion.

Because all 3 of these characters were portrayed really well by their respective actors.

Enough so that I'm eagerly looking forward to watching their upcoming individual films.

Interestingly, this is exactly how I felt about Wonder Woman when I first saw Dawn Of Justice

I especially liked Ezra Miller's take of "Barry Allen", which is a clear parallel to "Peter Parker" in the MCU.

The returning characters (Batman, Wonder Woman & Superman) have lightened up and evolved a bit, and the whole cast has great chemistry between them.

But none of them can raise the movie from it's basic problem.

Now, some folks would say that it's still much better than Dawn of Justice, but I'm guessing I'm in the minority who'd disagree (I personally liked the Ultimate Edition of #BvS).

While #Marvel found a rhythm in creating light hearted franchises, I preferred that #DC would keep their movies a bit dark.

It fits in perfectly with some of their core characters.

Like Superman's resurrection in this movie.
It was pretty much the high point of the film in my opinion.

But ever since #BvS suffered from a critical pounding, the studio has been trying to "lighten up" their roster; to make the movies more "mainstream" like the #MCU.

And Justice League does have it's funny moments.

But those are scattered around unevenly, so you fail to fully appreciate them (unlike similar ones in The Avengers)

Also, the movie does seem to find its mojo towards the second half with all the characters working together as a team.

But, as I mentioned earlier, it's all something you've seen before.

There are instances of studio meddling as well.

Based on the initial trailers from last year, there're a lot of scenes & dialogue missing in this theatrical release.

Which I'm guessing was the result of the studio mandated 2-hour runtime and Joss Whedon's additional reshoots.

Makes me wonder if we can expect an extended version (a "Zack Snyder Cut" maybe?) at the time of the home media release.

It's unfortunate that DC & Warner Bros. are having a tough time getting their cinematic universe in order after all these years.

But if #WonderWoman has proven anything, it's that if you trust the source material and put faith in the directors, you can achieve great results.

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Director Taika Waititi pulls off what was once considered unlikely - make a #Thor movie that's thoroughly entertaining!

While the comics have always had a Shakespearean quality about them, the movies on Thor, that were established as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was, to put it mildly, just about OK.

So when the promos for the Ragnarok started doing the rounds, it seemed quite promising.

Mainly because the writers seemed to have merged storylines from the Planet Hulk comic series and Hela's origins quite interestingly.

But what I wasn't prepared for, was finding out how much fun this would turn out!

In fact, this movie's about as fun a ride as Deadpool!

Minus the profanity, gore and fourth wall breaks, of course.

And most of that credit should go to Waititi, who given his filmography (check out his previous film What We Do in the Shadows), ensures that at no point does the movie take itself too seriously.

Fun Fact: Waititi himself has fun cameo in the movie playing the rock creature Korg

The movie starts with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) imprisoned in the fire demon Surtur's lair, explaining his current predicament to a skeleton next to him.

Seems he's been searching for the remaining Infinity Stones over the nine realms for the past couple of years, because he keeps having visions of "Ragnarok" (an end-of-days like event) at Asgard.

Surtur tells Thor that Odin is no longer in Asgard and that his visions are a prophecy of the eventual fate of Asgard.

Making quick work of Surtur and his minions, Thor finally returns to Asgard, only to find that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been impersonating Odin the past 2 years.

They go in search of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and find him in Norway.

He's been waiting for his sons for a while now, as he believes that his time has come.

But before he leaves, he informs them that his first born is actually Hela (Cate Blanchett), the "Goddess of Death", and that she will be released after his passing.

He warns them she will be a formidable and unstoppable force to deal with, and someone who can bring about complete destruction wherever she goes.

Though shocked by the revelation, they have little time to mourn, as Hela's released immediately and they end up facing each other.

After declining Hela's initial offer to join her quest, Thor promptly throws his hammer Mjolnir at her.

She catches it easily with one hand crushes it!

Before they're overwhelmed, Loki calls upon Heimdall (Idris Elba) to transport them back to Asgard.

But Hela follows them through the Bifröst Bridge, and beats them out of the transfer.

Hela lands in Asgard by herself, and promptly decimates the Asgardian army single handedly.

She then resurrects her ancient dead army and plans to use the Bifröst to complete her plans of conquest of the rest of the realms.

During this time, Loki and Thor separately land in the same place - the waste planet "Sakaar" - where all of the universes lost things end up.

Before he can figure out where or how to get back to Asgard, he's quickly captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thomson), who takes him to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) as her bounty.

The Grandmaster pretty much runs the planet, and maintains a death match called "Contest of Champions" where every fighter is given an opportunity to get off the planet, if they manage to defeat the reigning champion.

It turns out that the reigning champion is none other than Earth's Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
While thrilled at seeing a familiar face, Thor quickly realizes that the Hulk doesn't recognize him.
The Hulk also seems to have evolved a little bit, being able to speak now, but he's still all rage and "smash".

After the fight ends in a stalemate (sort of), Thor decides to quickly put together his own team comprising of Hulk, Loki and Valkyrie to go back to Asgard and stop Hela from leaving.

Will they manage to stop her?
Will Loki betray them for his own selfish gains?
Will Valkyrie address her alcoholism?
WIll Hulk figure out that not everything needs to be smashed to pieces?

Most of these questions are irrelevant, because you'll be too busy enjoying yourself.

Like I mentioned earlier, despite being a Superhero movie, this is actually a proper action-comedy, unlike anything you've seen in the #MCU, so far.

And it's very evident that the whole cast is having a ball of time with their characters and lines.

The jokes keep coming thick and fast throughout its 2-hour duration.

The witty banter between Thor and Korg itself is hilarious,and one that you'll remember for quite some time.

Much like how #Deadpool showed us that #Superhero movies can also be light-hearted entertainers, rather than serious brooding character pieces (Batman is an exception here), Thor:Ragnarok is an entertainer that you won't regret watching.

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Aamir Khan started his own production company much before most of his contemporaries, nearly 18 years old today.

During this period, he's produced and released 9 films so far.

While that may not seem like much, every one of those films have created an impact (critically & commercially), with quite a few of them considered to be landmark works in Indian cinema.

Probably the most important one in that list would be Taare Zameen Par

A touching story about a dyslexic boy's difficulty in adjusting to his world, and how a teacher helps him (and his family) realise his true potential, was lauded universally, especially for the sensitive handling of the subject.

It's a movie that, I'm unashamed to admit, brings few tears every time I see it on TV.

So when promos of #AamirKhan's latest release, Secret Superstar, started doing the rounds a few months ago, I was quite eager to watch it, though I had a few apprehensions that they would just rehash #TaareZameenPar.

But those doubts were clearly unwarranted, as Secret Superstar stands tall on it's own.

The movie traces the life a teenager, Insia Malik (Zaira Wasim), who despite living in a conservative environment has aspirations of being a successful singer.

But her dreams aren't just wistful; it's also a desire to help pull her mother out of an abusive relationship from her father.

I won't go any further into the story, because that wouldn't be fair to you when watching this movie.

And watch it, you must!

Because, just like Taare Zameen Par, Secret Superstar will stay on in your mind and heart long after you've seen the film.

And much like #TZP, this movie lies on the shoulders of the child actor.

In this case being Zaira Wasim, who's given a standout performance as Insia, showcasing not only the angst of a talented teenager, but also the maturity that rises from witnessing an abusive relationship.

It's hard to believe that this is only her second film, but she's proven that her previous performance in Dangal was no flash-in-the-pan.
We can expect great things from this young actress.

Similarly, Meher Vij who plays Insia's long suffering mother was another revelation.

Fun Fact: In case you were wondering, Meher Vij played the mother of the lost child in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

The rest of the supporting cast was also excellent, with special mention to Aamir Khan's "loud" music producer, Shakti Kumar, who manages to bring in all the laughs.

The music by Amit Trivedi was equally fantastic, especially with the pitch-perfect match of Meghna Mishra's voice for Insia.

While the movie isn't without it's flaws - it handles melodrama about as subtle as a sledge hammer, & much of the resolution for Insia is what I'd call "cinematic pragmatism" - the excellent cast, brilliant music and narrative themes elevate it far above those flaws.

Don't miss this!

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Jackie Chan has been entertaining us for roughly 40 years now.

Even if that's primarily in the action-comedy genre (that's become synonymous with #JackieChan), it's still an astounding feat.

But the body can only take so much toll on the all the jumps, cuts and falls that he's endured in the line of making great films (and that's a long list, too)

So, Jackie tried experimenting with more dramatic roles over the past decade, starting with the Shinjuku Incident in 2007, and others like the 2010 reboot of The Karate Kid.

Even though he announced that he'd be retiring from action roles, he still made his trademark action-comedies over the past few years, but the stunts were fewer and less audacious than before.

But this week's release is unlike any of Jackie's older or recent films.

It actually harkens back to the classic revenge dramas that were popular between the 1970s & 1990s.

Adapted from the 1992 book The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, the movie tells the story of one father's quest to find justice for his daughter who was killed in a terror attack. No matter the cost.

Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) is a soft spoken Vietnamese immigrant that runs a Chinese restaurant in London for the past 30 years.

While out shopping with his daughter for her prom dress, the dress shop suddenly explodes killing everyone inside, injuring scores nearby.
Quan barely survived the blast because he was parking his car at the time.

Distraught and heartbroken at the loss of his only remaining family, Quan visits the office of London's anti-terror office, SO15, to find out who was responsible.

The officer in charge, tells Quan that this investigation is their top priority, but it can take time, and advices him to avoid visiting them everyday.

While watching the local news at his home, Quan sees an interview with a British official Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) regarding the bombing.

Hennessy is a former IRA member that's now working with the Brits in maintaining peace in Northern Ireland.

He brushes off suggestions that the bombing was carried out by any of the existing factions, and that they are investigating from their end on the actual culprits.

Quan suspects that Hennessy isn't being honest, and decides to contact him directly to find out the truth.

After his calls are rebuffed, Quan drives out to Northern Ireland to meet Hennessey in person, who again tells him that he doesn't know who the real culprits are.

Quan smiles and states that he will talk to Hennessey when he's ready to tell him the truth.

Before leaving Hennessey's office, Quan sets up an improvised bomb in the common toilet, and leaves before it explodes.

The explosion doesn't harm anyone, but it's intended message was clear.

He calls Hennessey again asking for the names of the perpetrators, but Hennesey again feigns ignorance.

Hennessey's men trace Quan and try to apprehend him, but he escapes.

Fearing for his & his wife's safety, Hennessey moves to one of their farms in the countryside.

But despite all the security and preparations, Quan is one step ahead of them and easily dismantles his team.
And their feeling of safety.

Realizing that they're not dealing with just a grieving father, Hennessey finds out that Quan is actually ex-special forces who was trained by Navy Seals during the Vietnam war.

It dawns on them that Quan will not stop until he gets his justice.

The movie's first half moves at a brisk pace, with focus on Quan's pursuit of Hennessey and his jungle warfare tactics.
But it slows down in the second half, mostly to establish Hennessey's side of the story and his connections to the bombings.

Jackie was brilliant in his role, making Quan both a sympathetic and fearless character at the same time, with none of his trademark humour.

It's the kind of role that you've seen more from Donnie Yen and Jet Li, but not from Jackie, so it was a pleasant surprise.

The IRA element of the story may be a bit lost to most folks outside of Europe, with little relevance in 2017, but it's important to establish some of the motives here.

But this is nothing that a quick Wikipedia reference can't fix anyways.

Like I mentioned before, the movie reminds me quite a bit of the type that Charles Bronson used to do, and the type that Bollywood pretty much built its film industry on.

I'd recommend catching this when you can, especially if you enjoyed those type of films.

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Before watching this week's release, Blade Runner 2049, I went and saw the original 1982 classic again, just to reacquaint myself to the story and characters.

Now, #BladeRunner is clearly one of those movies that you don't forget easily, but it's interesting how it still leaves a certain amount of relevance and impact on the audience, even today.

The movie (among other things) asked important questions, that are now being hotly debated - how do we regulate development and growth of artificial intelligence? Are they entitled to rights like any other human?

Loosely adapted from Philip K. Dick's seminal 1968 book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", it's influence in creating the "Sci-Fi Dystopia" genre can be directly attributed to many movies & anime that came after it.

Another interesting fact I learned about this Ridley Scott directed masterpiece, is that it actually underperformed at the box office, with many finding it's pace and themes a bit unconventional at the time.

But it soon became a cult hit, and is now considered one of the best sci-fi films ever!

So that's a tall order to overcome, when you decide to release the sequel 35 years later.

Set 30 years after the events of the previous movie, we're shown a slightly different Los Angeles in 2049, where now Wallace Industries has taken over the operations of the defunct Tyrell Corporation, and are manufacturing advanced replicants (bioengineered humans).

These new age replicants are trained as "Blade Runners" (among other tasks) and hunt for the older generation rogue models that escaped persecution after the "blackout" of 2022.

We're shown one such Blade Runner, Officer KD6 (Ryan Gosling), arriving at a farm outside the city limits, where an elderly Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista) has settled down.

Sapper realises that K has discovered his true identity and is here to "retire" him.

After a quick scuffle, K manages to kill Sapper and confirms his identity to his superior, Lt. Joshi (Robin Wright).

But before leaving the farm, K notices a flower by a large dead tree outside Sapper's home.
Suspicious, he instructs his drone to scan the tree and it's roots.

They discover an old military box, with the skeletal remains of a woman.

At the lab, they find out that the woman actually died at childbirth, but what's shocking is that the woman is actually a replicant!

A replicant capable of biologically reproducing is unheard of, and the news of the same could spark a revolt from the the other replicants, who could question their own slave-like existence.

Fearing the worst, Lt. Joshi instructs K to find out who this woman is, who were her associates and where's the child.

He's instructed to eliminate all of the parties involved.

While initially hesitant about the idea of killing someone that was born, he agrees and starts his investigation.

But he soon discovers that there may be a much deeper connection to this mystery child and himself than he realises.

Director Denis Villeneuve successfully maintains the environment and tone of the original, while still leaving his trademark style.

The narrative pace is quite similar the original and the script takes its time to build it's characters, but this allows it to expand the original movie's universe, giving you a much deeper insight into its dystopian future.

And much like the original movie, it leaves you with quite a few questions.

Regular collaborator, Roger Deakins' cinematography leaves a lasting impression, and Hans Zimmer's score is so satisfying that the movie deserves to be experienced on the big screen (avoid the 3D version though)

Performances by the cast were top notch, with every actor complementing each other to keep the story moving forward.

But before you do watch this on the big screen, I'd strongly recommend you catch up on the 3 short stories that were released online to fill in some crucial plot points between the events of the first movie & this one -

Oh, and if you're wondering whether this sequel answers the question "Is Deckard a Replicant?", well....not really.

But I think that's ok, because it leaves scope for development for another sequel, which I truly hope they do.

I just hope that they don't take another 35 years to make it.

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The #Kingsman franchise was originally a comic book series released back in 2012, written by the renowned Mark Millar.

And much like his previous series Kick-Ass, which had a different take on the "Superhero" genre, this one took a different approach to the "Spy Thriller" genre.

The books were a big hit, and quickly optioned into a fantastic big screen adaptation by director Matthew Vaughn in 2014.

Fun Fact: Vaughn was also the one at the helm for first #Kick-Ass movie adaptation

Kingsman: The Secret Service stayed quite true to the comics and served up a pretty straightforward action-comedy, that entertained us with witty dialogues, well choreographed actions sequences, fun spy gadgets, a decent villain (and henchwoman), and sh*t loads of profanity!

It's success at the box office ensured a sequel. And unlike Kick-Ass, Vaughn would return to write & direct it.

However, Kingsman: The Golden Circle faced the uphill task of the audience's expectations now.

This usually means that the studio responds with bigger stars, bigger explosions & bigger action when compared to the previous movie.

And that's now always a good thing...

The movie starts a year after the events of the first film where Eggsy (Taron Egerton) has now fully integrated into the Kingsman service using, his former mentor, Harry's (Colin Firth) handle "Galahad".

While leaving the Kingsman's tailor shop, he's confronted by former trainee Charlie (Edward Holcroft), who's apparently has become an enhanced cyborg now.

After a quick fight and a car chase around London, Eggsy manages to evade the bad guys and the cops before returning to the Kingsman's lair.

Unknown to him the cybernetic arm that was ripped off from Charlie during their fight is still in their car, and it remotely hacks into the Kingsman's servers.

While Eggsy is away in Sweden meeting his girlfriend Tilde's (Hanna Alström) royal parents, the Kingsman headquarters, shop & his home are obliterated by missiles.

The only surviving members of the Kingsman are now Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong), and they have no idea who attacked them or what to do.

Merlin was given an emergency protocol for such an event, but it was never used be any of his predecessors.

This leads them to Kentucky, USA, where they find they have a Stateside sister organization called the "Statesman".

They're also shocked to discover that Harry is there recuperating in their chambers.

Apparently, Statesman agents Ginger (Halle Berry) & Tequila (Channing Tatum) saved Harry after he was shot in the head by Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) in the previous movie.

But Harry's lost his memory (along with his left eye) and has no recollection of his days with the Kingsman.

While they try to help Harry recover his memory, the team find out that the attack in London was orchestrated by "The Golden Circle", a secret drug cartel led by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore).

Poppy longs to be famous and respected as she feels that they way she's grown and managed the businesses of her empire puts her on no less a footing as the world's most renowned business leaders.

So her plan is to infect the entire world's population of drug users (both recreational & heavy users) and hold them hostage to force all the governments to legalize all drug use, thereby legitimizing her entire operation.

Given only 48 hours, both spy agencies have to work together to quickly find the antidote and stop Poppy.

As I mentioned before, the studio pretty much doubled down on the action & explosions this time, with slightly overstuffed script.

While the first movie kept it simple, this time they fitted in a couple of unnecessary subplots, like agent Whiskey's (Pedro Pascal) hidden agenda, which distracted from the flow of the storyline.

Also Harry's survival from the previous movie was explained away a bit too conveniently, in my opinion.

Now the movie's still a fun watch, and you'll definitely get your money's worth at the theater.

It's just that it seems to lack the charm of the original.

Hope they get the recipe right for the next installment though.

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When I first saw the trailer for American Assassin a couple of months back, I was quite intrigued.

It seemed like a movie that would be similar in tone to the "Bourne" series of action thrillers.

And the similarity doesn't end there, as much like the above mentioned series, the script is inspired from the "Mitch Rapp" series books by Vince Flynn.

While the movie is an adaptation of the of the 11th book in the series, it serves as the origin story for "Mitch Rapp", CIA's top counter-terrorism operative.

Fun Fact: There's a total of 16 books in this series

So does this mark the beginning of an exciting action franchise?

Uh, not exactly.

The movie starts with Mitch (Dylan O'Brien) enjoying his break in Ibiza with his girlfriend Katrina (Charlotte Vega), when they're suddenly attacked by terrorists at the beach.

While Mitch survives the attack, Katrina is killed at the hands of the terrorists.

Cut to 18 months later, where we see that Mitch has been engaging with a terrorist cell online, convincing them that he believes in their "jihad" and wants to join them in their fight.

He's been training in various combat techniques for the past many months, in preparation to eliminate the terror cell once he meets them (it's headed by the same man that killed Katrina).

Unknown to Mitch, the CIA has been tracking his movements and have been following his contacts with this cell.

They continue monitoring him, as he's the best chance for them to reach this cell.

Mitch finally gets invited to meet the terrorists in Libya, but before he can attack them, the US Special Forces enter and eliminate all the terrorists.

Mitch is enraged at the loss of opportunity for vengeance, but is taken back to the CIA for debriefing.

After around 30 days, he's introduced to Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan), who's impressed by Mitch's tenacity to pursue a deadly terrorist cell by himself.
She offers him an opportunity to join their black operations unit, Orion.

Mitch accepts and is soon introduced to the head of Orion, Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).
Hurley has reservations about Mitch, and doesn't think he has the discipline to go through this program.

But despite that, Mitch passes through the training with flying colors.

Elsewhere, it's reported that 15kg of weapons-grade nuclear fuel has been stolen and CIA's intelligence suggests that the Iranians may have a hand in this.

While the Americans and Iranians discuss on this issue London, the plutonium is intercepted by another person in Poland.

When Hurley sees the CCTV footage on the news, he recognizes the attacker as one of his former agents, Ghost (Taylor Kitsch).

He discusses this with Kennedy, who advises him that for Ghost to assemble a nuclear bomb, he would need 3 things - the fuel, a trigger & a nuclear physicist to put it all together.

Their intelligence suggest that Ghost will attempt to procure the nuclear trigger from an arms dealer in Turkey.

Hurley goes to Turkey with 2 of his trainees, Mitch and Victor (Scott Adkins) to stop the sale and eliminate Ghost.

However, things go sideways, when Ghost identifies Victor as an agent, killing him before escaping with the trigger.

Mitch pursues the arms dealer (despite orders from Hurley to stand down) and eliminates him.

Based on the laptop Mitch picked up, they find out that Ghost will attempt to get a physicist to Rome to assemble the bomb.

The rest of the movie is how the team stops this and eliminates the threat.

While the first half of the movie keeps you engrossed, the second half becomes mundane and cliched, with very few thrills.

Performances by O'Brien and Keaton were quite good, but even they can't save the script from it's failings, despite some decent actions set pieces.

It's unfortunate, because I had high hopes for this one.

However, I do hope that they'll attempt to bring some of the other books to the big screen, preferably with the same actors.
Because this has the making of a decent action franchise, especially if they use the same grounded sense that was applied to the original Bourne Trilogy.

Worth a watch if it comes to on TV, but not enough to justify a visit to the theater.

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Tom Cruise has had a rough few years, professionally.

Other than his revitalized Mission: Impossible series none of his other films have had an impact on the viewers (or critics) the way it used to, up to even a decade ago.

Now, I'll admit that I really enjoyed #EdgeOfTomorrow & the first #JackReacher, but his last few releases have been disappointments.

Cruise would usually oscillate between big budget blockbusters and good story driven movies early on his career, but it's not a common sight these days.

However, I believe that American Made was exactly kind of role and movie that his career needed now.

Based on the true story of a TWA pilot, who ends up being one of the biggest smugglers for narcotics from South America to the United States; all the while working both for the US government and the Drug Cartels!

In 1978, Barry Seal (Cruise) is approached by Monty Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) to work for the CIA to do aerial reconnaissance over Communist rebel forces in South America.

He does such a good job, that the CIA now has him become a courier between them and General Noriega in Panama.

During one of his trips to Columbia, he's invited by the Medllin Cartel (led by Pablo Escobar) to smuggle drugs for them into USA.
While reluctant at first, the money they offer makes him change his mind.

Soon he starts making serious money, and gets on the radar of the DEA.

Before the DEA can make a move to arrest Barry, the CIA shifts him to Mena (Akransas) and sets him up with a huge private airport and all the infrastructure needed to continue his operations.

But now they have him also smuggle arms to the Nicaraguan Contras (to help them fight the Communist government there), and also smuggle some of the rebels back to America (to help them train to fight the government forces)

So at this point, Barry is working for the CIA, the drug cartels, and (unofficially) the White House!

And he's raking in serious amounts cash.
So much that he's running out of places to keep it!

His banks provide him with his own private vault, and it's still not enough!

But the law finally catches up with him and he's soon arrested.
While a squabble breaks out between the FBI, DEA, local police & Justice department on who's collar the arrest is, the attorney general gets a call telling them to let him go.

Barry walks out and is soon transported to the White House, where the President's representatives ask him to continue doing what he's doing, but to provide evidence that the Sandinistas are working with the Medellin Cartel, so as to discredit them as drug traffickers.

He gets the pictures they requested for, but they publish the ones in which Barry himself are in the photos, thereby implicating him as a double agent to the cartel.

The WH representative explains that they too were caught off guard with the photo publicity, but this was a risk that he was always aware of.

While he arranges for his family to be safely moved away, Barry starts making video logs of his business with the CIA right from 1978.

But before he can publish or hand them over to anyone, he's assassinated by the cartel.

This is clearly one of Cruise's best movies in many years.
He brings his trademark energy to a character that is tailor made for his histrionics.

Director Doug Liman keeps the narrative moving at a quick pace, and you never feel bogged down at any point in the movie.

I'd recommend catching this, especially if you're a fan of some of Cruise's earlier works.

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Christopher Nolan has been regularly referred to as the "Stanley Kubrick" of our generation.
And that's hardly undeniable, his body of work over the past 17 years has given him a unique narrative style (over multiple genres), that's unmistakably his own.

But unlike Kubrick, Nolan didn't have an impacting war movie in his filmography.

Until now.

Set during Germany's invasion of France during World War 2, the movie covers the story of how the British managed to rescue hundred of thousands of Allied soldiers who were stuck at the coastal city of Dunkirk in France.

The Germans has positioned their U-boats off the coast of Dunkirk, preventing any of the Allied ships from rescuing their men.

All the while, the German army was closing on on them from land, making it very likely that none of the soldiers would ever return home.

In typical Nolan style, we're shown three different timelines of the famous rescue.

One from the "Land", where we're shown the viewpoint from a British Private, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), who's trying to get on one of the ships at Dunkirk.

Second from the "Sea", where we're shown Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) preparing his small boat (along with the other civilians at Dover) to help with the rescue the of stranded soldiers.

Third from the "Air", where we're shown Farrier (Tom Hardy), who's part of a small squadron of 3 Spitfires, headed towards Dunkirk to help provide air support for the stranded soldiers.

It took me a while but I soon realized that all three timelines started at different points of the war, but converge together in the end.

There's nothing more I can write about the movie at this point that you may not have already read about or seen for yourself (I know, I'm a bit late with this review), but this is an astounding movie!!

And a special mention on Hardy's performance here.
Once again, Nolan puts him behind a mask for most of the movie, but the actor just delivers in spades, with just his eyes!

Shot specifically on IMAX cameras, this movie deserves to be seen on the biggest screen.
And the cinematography and sound mixing are simply mind blowing!

You'll be at the edge of your seat from the moment the first gunshot is fired.

While Dunkirk has been called an early #Oscar contender by many, I believe this will be the one that finally get's Nolan that elusive "Best Director" trophy.

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The #PlanetOfTheApes prequel trilogy will go down as one of the more underappreciated series in recent cinema.

Rarely can you talk about a series where each subsequent movie was better than the previous one.

And that too, considering that the movies primarily consisted of motion-capture & CGI based apes!

But let's take a quick history lesson here.

The series owes its origins to author Pierre Boulle's 1963 French book "La Planète des Singes"

Fun Fact: Pierre Boulle also wrote the seminal "The Bridge over the River Kwai", which was also made into an Oscar winning film

The book was adapted into the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston, that we all know so well.
Interestingly, key elements from the book were changed in the movie, especially that twist ending.

Success of that film spawned 4 back-to-back sequels and a TV series, all of which (despite some box office success) never managed to capture the respect of the original.

After many years in development hell, director Tim Burton took a stab at the series in 2001 with a remake of the original film.

While technically far superior to the original in every way, it somehow failed to earn the same level of praise.

Despite being a box office hit, Fox never developed a sequel.

Then in 2011, Fox gave us the first of the prequel - Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The movie turned out to be surprisingly good with a fantastic performance by Andy Serkis, who provided the motion capture work for "Caesar".

The sequel - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - again surprised everyone with a quality script that advanced the story of Caesar and his tribe; not to mention the brilliant performance capture work and special effects.

So with War for the Planet of the Apes, most of us were expecting a good film.

And, boy, did they deliver.

The movie's set a few years after the events of the second movie, where we start off with a paramilitary force slowly moving into the forest where the apes have settled in.

After an initially successful attack on the apes' compound, they lose their upper hand and some of the humans are captured by the apes.

Caesar has become a legendary figure by now and despite apprehensions by some of the apes, he lets the humans go, sending a message to their commanding officer that he prefers peace rather than war with the humans.

Shortly after his son returns from an expedition where they claim there's a much larger land further north where the apes can start fresh and establish a peaceful colony.

But before they can plan to move out, the apes are attacked by the same paramilitary force that ends up killing Caesar's wife and son.

Having been deceived by apes from his own clan, and filled with rage, he sends the remaining clan off to the new land while he decides hunt down his family's killers.

The filmmakers gives us a hugely satisfying conclusion to Caesar's journey, and that's something that you can't tell about many movies.

The special effects, story and background score all work brilliantly in tandem and will keep you engaged from start to finish.

If you can, this is well worth the watch 👍

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