I, Tonya

A terrific triumph of willpower in a doomed town of malice and spite.

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Raised by a competition addict, Tonya had no choice but to sidle into the limelight as her love for figure skating became an all-consuming and career defining movement that resulted in sizable disappointment from a young age.

Despite the underlying inevitability of ruined success, this film has a hopeful plot that allows the audience to feel optimistic for a character who has to overcome the odds to achieve her goals in spite of the world’s onlooking perceptions.

Director, Craig Gillespie, stirs away from the usual film formula, choosing instead to present this story in an interview format, which combines the stories of past and present to the give the audience a well-rounded explanation of this truly unique plot, that is, after all, based upon a true story.

Due to its unusual format, the film can feel a little lackluster at times, with the chopping of character dialogue often adding nothing but confusion to the mix.

Though these momentary lapses can act as dissuasive stints, luckily the cast, fronted by Margot Robbie, manages to steal back the attention by giving performances which are intriguingly robust throughout.


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The board game with a vengeance is back, and this time it’s gone digital.

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When a group of detention goers are tasked with the job of clearing up their schools’ basement, they come across a literal game-changer, as they are unexpectedly thrown into the world of Jumanji.

From badass teenagers to full-grown adults, somehow through the magic of this game, a young blonde girl turns into a middle-aged man, as Jack Black takes on the persona of a millennial teenage girl as each kid picks their gaming characters without much thought for the outcome. Which as is evidenced by Black’s awesomely hilarious portrayal of a young teenage girl, makes for great on-screen entertainment.

Rather than trying to restore the original Jumanji, this film pays homage to its predecessor as it keeps the magic of the story, but delivers it to a new audience with a reimagined direction.

The film is crammed with big names, from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to Karen Gillan, supplying audience goers with ample googling time, as the actors strut their stuff on the big screen in an adventure that will warm the hearts of viewers both young and old.



A Bad Moms Christmas

The nightmare before Christmas is as real as ever this holiday.

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Christmas is a time for family adventures and festivities, but this year the bad moms are finding it a little difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. And it has everything to do with the fact that their mothers have invited themselves to Christmas.

With any sequel, comes the worry that it is won’t live up to its predecessor, but this new installment brings with it just the same barrel of belly hurting hilarity, as it gets into the nitty-gritty of motherhood with unflinching honesty.

This is not, however, a film for the faint-hearted, as it takes mature content to the precipice with a full frontal waxing scene that is bound to have you rolling around on the floor in hysterics.

Moral of the story; don’t go and see this film with your parents.


Daddy’s Home 2

Christmas spirit is a little lack-luster as Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg try co-parenting this holiday season.

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Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) step up their parenting game and decide to host a Christmas like no other in a bid to reunite their two families. However, things take an unusual turn when the grandparents make an unexpected appearance, taking the limits of the co-dads to the extreme.

The child actors in this film nurture the concept of comedic timing with such ruthless charm, many of Hollywood’s greatest stars would be jealous. From impeccable line-presentation to their equally amusing acting skills, these kids certainly know their way around a comedy set.

Despite being unfathomably rude at times, Wallberg and Ferrell have created a comedy duo that is bound to warm the hearts of even the nastiest of Grinches this Christmas.


Paddington 2

Funny, furry and full of life; what’s not to love about this marmalade-loving bear?

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After being adopted by the Brown family, Paddington has found his niche in the neighborhood, however, things soon take a turn for the worst when a disgraced actor moves in across the street.

With the likes of Hugh Grant (Phoenix Buchanan) joining the already talented cast, the live-action scenes blend perfectly with the animated bear, with each interaction between the two worlds coming together in seamless orchestration.

Despite the new faces in this sequel, our favorite bear keeps his cheeky charm and lovable nature, inviting in audiences young and old as he celebrates his 60th birthday in print.


Thor: Ragnarok

Hammerless, yet unabashed; Thor’s always up for a challenge.

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As fire threatens to engulf Asgard, Thor and a band of hero’s, comprising off Hulk, Loki and a long lost Asgardian must come to its aid.

A third film about the God of Thunder may have seemed a little much for many fans, but Marvel Studios have once again pulled off the impossible to create a wondrous display of heroic camaraderie.

The film unites the most unlikely characters, by fusing a bond of acting chemistry between Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), with a little bit of added girl power from Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie).

With a talented pool of actors such as these and a whole host of bonus characters that are sure to give you a giggle, the film enthrals in its execution.


The Death of Stalin

Making light of dark situation doesn’t get much more fun than this.

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After the death of one of the soviet unions most infamous leader, his Conrad’s enter into a battle of the fittest as they go head to head to bag the top spot.

With a striking cast and an equally hilarious script, the film gives audiences something to laugh about from the offset.

Though the humour is dark, the director presents the comedic scenes with such effortless charm that you almost forget the seriousness of the scene that is being displayed before you.

Despite the film being primarily of a comedic nature, the dictator-based vengeance that lies beneath the surface brings with it a rather grim perspective, resulting in bloodied scenes of violence and torturous spitefulness.