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BEST PICKS: SUMMER MOVIES 2018

Here are our picks of the best movies to enjoy over the summer break:

AQUAMAN
Visually spectacular with an exquisite aqua colour palette, the film is an inventive and immersive underwater fantasy firmly anchored by its larger than life star, Jason Momoa. As the heroic Aquaman, Momoa is so darned likeable, while his rippling tattooed physique leaves no doubt as to his brute strength. His long wavy hair drifts like shafts of seaweed swaying with the tide. As for that booming voice, it seems to reverberate from the depth of the ocean.

Releases December 26, 2018

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Queen's seductive music and Rami Malek's scene-stealing performance as Freddie Mercury make Bohemian Rhapsody into epic cinematic poetry. It may be a bit long, but there's much to enjoy as the film soars on the wings of its toe-tapping music, unbridled theatricality and powerful emotional heart. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men) and penned by Anthony McCarten (The Darkest Hour), credentials are immaculate with superb staging, production design and editing. Malek aside, the entire cast shines in this tale of musical and personal audacity, in which fear plays no part.
Releases November 1, 2018

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BUMBLEBEE
It's the charming relationship between Hailee Steinfeld's 18 year old protagonist, Charlie and the alien robot she names Bumblebee, that makes this Transformers prequel into a heartwarming fantasy. It's a clever reinvention of the franchise and Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight injects plenty of heart, as opposed to Michael Bay's unsubtle, overlong and overloud earlier extravaganzas. There's plenty of action of course, but the emphasis is on girl meets robot and the playful interaction between the two is delightful.
Releases December 20, 2018

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COLD WAR
As bleak as it is beautiful, Pawel Pawlikowski's melancholy film is an ode to love. It's an epic tale on a grand scale with music binding the elements together. Exquisitely shot in tantalizing black and white and set on a chilly backdrop of icy snow, the film is cinematic and poetic as it canvasses the push-pull attraction between a man and a woman and the love of country. The claustrophobic fog of the Cold War hovers throughout.

Releases December 26, 2018

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THE FAVOURITE
A wonderfully acerbic piece on a sumptuous backdrop of regal decadence, The Favourite is salacious, savage and hypnotic. Controversial director Yorgos Lanthimos pulls yet another rabbit from his hat of boundary defying films to deliver perhaps his most accessible. More about rabbits later. This handsome 18th century costume drama is as cinematically beautiful as it is disturbing; its underlying viciousness grates like sandpaper. The film also offers three sizzling roles for three superb actresses, who get to show their characters' most devious traits.
Releases December 26, 2018

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FRONT RUNNER, THE
The paradox of ethics, the press and politics comes under scrutiny in a fascinating recount of the sensational circumstances of Gary Hart's failed 1988 run for presidency. Based on Matt Bai's biography, All the Truth is Out, Jason Reitman's film skillfully takes us into the realities of all the key players as it exposes us to the pressures of life not only on the political trail, but also in the newsrooms, in the family home and beyond. ...The film is far more than a kiss and tell expose.The result effectively meshes the different worlds and leaves it to us to make our own judgments.
Releases January 24, 2019

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GREEN BOOK
Honesty, dignity and courage are the themes of one of the best films of the year - an odd couple road movie in which Viggo Mortensen delivers a performance that is note-perfect. Based on the true story of a bouncer from the Bronx who is hired as driver to a black concert pianist on a tour of the deep South in the 60s, Peter Farrelly's film explores the unlikely friendship between the two men on a backdrop of racism. Mortensen is equally matched by Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) in his portrayal of a cultured, highly educated artist lacking in street smarts. Together they are dynamite. The film is a revelation. I didn't want it to end.
Releases January 24, 2019

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS
It's magical! Even the impossible is possible is the theme of this colourful, uplifting sequel that like its central character, is almost perfect in every way. To come close to matching the original 1994 Oscar winning film is a near impossible feat and Rob Marshall's light-as-a-feather inventive film is delightful. It's a joyous, uplifting film that soars under the London sky and inspires a whole new generation to the Mary Poppins magic. If you're looking for a film that personifies happiness, this is it!

Releases January 1, 2019

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie dazzle in this powerhouse of a film. While it is Mary, Queen of Scots who is centre stage throughout this torrid dramatic tale involving war, religion, ambition and treachery, her cousin Queen Elizabeth creates a formidable shadow. This is the subject matter of director Josie Rourke's debut feature that offers a gift of a role to 24 year old Ronan. If you are interested in history or simply are a sucker for a good 16th century costume drama, don't miss this superb piece of cinema.
Releases January 17, 2019

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OLD MAN AND THE GUN, THE
You know when a film comes along that feels just right? It might even sing to you? Well, this is one of those films. Based on an 'almost true' story, and the perfect role for Robert Redford in what he says may be his last role, the film plays out like a well-oiled gun - it fires effortlessly with perfect aim, delivering an endearing tale about relationships, survival and knowing how to live as opposed to making a living. Uplifting, amusing and profoundly moving on multiple levels, this is a film for the discerning.
Releases November 15, 2018

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
Speeding on a magic carpet of imagination, this inventive buddy movie is a delight, a compelling satire of upbeat action, goofy humour and endearing characters that reinforce its central theme of friendship. Leaping from the zany universe of video games to that of the internet, the film is an explosion of colour and fun, as we look at the information highway from a hilarious new perspective. Imbued with a very sweet heart, Ralph Breaks the Internet is one for the treasure chest - along with Toy Story, The Incredibles and Monsters Inc.
Releases December 26, 2018

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STORM BOY
Simply unforgettable! With its themes of nurturing, love and survival, this beautiful film is one you must not miss. Adapted from Colin Theile's classic novel about a young boy's friendship with a pelican, Storm Boy feels as fresh as it did when it was written in 1964. Justin Monjo's uncluttered storytelling reveals a tale about passion, love for the environment and taking a stand for the issues about which we care. Gorgeous sunsets, magnificent skies, mirror clear waters and a pristine beach that extends forever are some imagery, but the film is one that relies on emotions. Involving and profoundly moving, this is a film for the whole family.
Releases January 10, 2019

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VICE
It's bold, brilliant and totally unnerving. Meticulously researched and fearless in its approach, Adam McKay has created a masterful and darkly disturbing satire that shines a light on power, ambition and corruption at the highest level. McKay's ambitious screenplay slithers like a poisonous snake as it delves into the of darkest corners, but it is the integration of real life footage with transformative performances that are simply gob-smacking in their credibility. Dense, thought provoking and blackly funny, this is a film that will keep you awake at night. The power of McKay's cutting satire should not be underrated - don't be surprised if you look at the world differently after seeing this film.
Releases December 26, 2018

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Published December 31, 2018

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