Monday, 28 February 2022

What's on Neon in March

What's on Neon in March

Our Flag Means Death
March 4
Our Flag Means Death


Loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who experiences a midlife crisis and decides to abandon his life of privilege to become a pirate. However, he quickly learns that a pirate's life isn't for everybody. 
Starring Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), Taika Waititi (JoJo Rabbit), Dave Fane (Sione's Wedding), Joel Fry (Cruella), Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live), Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), and Rory Kinnear (No Time To Die). 

Winning Time: The Rise of the LA Lakers Dynasty
March 8

A fast-break new drama series that goes back in time to chronicle the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of basketball's most revered and dominant dynasties - a team that defined an era, both on and off the court. 
Starring: John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody, Sally Field, Dr. Solomon Hughes, Gaby Hoffman, Jason Segel, DeVaughn Nixon, Hadley Robinson, Delante Desouza, Spencer Garrett and Sean Patrick Small. 

Outlander Season 6
March 7
Outlander


Jamie and Claire navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. However, Claire knows alli too well that the country is marching towards the Revolutionary War. 
Starring Sam Heughan (Men In Kilts, SAS: Red Notice), Caitriona Balfe (Belfast, Ford V Ferrari) and Sophie Skelton (Ren, Day of the Dead). 

Shining Vale
March 15

A dysfunctional family moves from the city into an old suburban house that appears to be haunted. However, no one seems to notice except for Pat, who's convinced she's either depressed or possessed - turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same! 
Starring Golden Globe® nominee Courtney Cox (Friends, Cougar Town), Oscar nominee and Emmy® winner Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, As Good As It Gets), and Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion). 

The Rising
March 20

Neve Kelly discovers she is dead. She's scared and confused by this new existence. But, when she realises she has been murdered, she's furious. She's determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was someone she knew. 
Starring Matthew McNulty (Deadwater Fell, Misfits), and Clara Rugaard (Love Gets a Room, Press Play). 

Somebody Somewhere 
March 10

Sam is a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggles to fit the hometown mould. Grappling with loss and acceptance, she discovers herself and a community of outsiders who don't fit in but don't give up. 

Council Dads 
March 17

When Scott Perry, a loving father of five, has his entire life's plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare, he calls upon his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family - just in case he can't be there to do it himself. 

Delilah
March 16

A decade after leaving the workforce to raise her kids, principled lawyer Delilah Connolly returns to take on the cases that the big firms ignore. Now, Delilah finds herself going head-to-head with the powerful and privileged as she fights for the disenfranchised. 

Difficult People
March 23

From executive producer Amy Poehler comes Difficult People, a comedy starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as two struggling comedians in New York City who hate just about everything in the world except each other. 
As their personal and professional lives fail to meet their expectations, these aspiring comics take out their frustrations on everyone around them. Their typically irreverent and delightfully mean-spirited behaviour often lands them in some very awkward situations. 

Forbidden America 
March 24
Forbidden America


Louis Theroux meets the young and highly inflammatory figures of the latest incarnation of the American far right: a political movement born out of the internet but making its presence felt in the real world, including some of those who came to the broader public's attention through the notorious Capitol Hill riots. Louis immerses himself in a growing online community that has navigated the threats of de-platforming to gather a vast audience on phones and laptops around the world, promoting an ideology that is racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic, often packaging the most extreme views as 'irony'. 

Annika
March 30

Detective Chief Inspector Annika Stranded has just become head of a new specialist Marine Homicide Unit, tasked with solving murders that take place in and around the waterways of Scotland. In her team is the plucky and fearless DI Tyrone Clarke, the emotional DS Michael Andrews and the brilliant and witty analyst Blair Ferguson. Annika Stranded offers a unique perspective on the detective genre. By breaking down the fourth wall, Annika invites the audience in to hear her thoughts, engaging them and enticing them to solve the crimes with her. 

Atlanta 
March 26

In the midst of a European tour, Earn and the group struggle with their unfamiliar territory and newfound success. Earn and Van continue to navigate their complicated relationship. Starring Donald Glover (Community, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals, Vivo). 

Young Rock
March 18

Dwayne 'The Rock Johnson reflects on his surreal life and what shaped him into the person he is today. This is how the boy became the man. 

Charmed 
March 13

Mel and Maggie find their lives transformed by the death of their beloved sister. However, the surprising arrival of a third Charmed One gives them a renewed opportunity to fulfil their destinies. Meanwhile, a mysterious new enemy is rising in the shadows, installing fear in every corner of the magical world. 

The Walking Dead
March 1

The communities are tested on their commitment to civilisation after being introduced to the Whisperers, an extreme group of survivors who seem to have control over the dead, and Carol looks for revenge. With losses on both sides, the survivors continue to battle with the malevolent Alpha and her hoard of Whisperers. 

COMING TO MOVIES 


The King's Man
March 1

One man must race against time to stop history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they get together to plot a war that could wipe out millions of people and destroy humanity. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Harris Dickinson. 

THE HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD 
March 13

The world's most lethal odd couple - bodyguard Michael Bryce and hitman Darius Kincaid - are back for another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius's even more volatile wife. Soon, all three are in over their heads when a madman's sinister plot threatens to leave Europe in total chaos. Starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. 

The French Dispatch
March 19

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch." Staring Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson. 

Old
March 25
A vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach they are relaxing at is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. Starring Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps and Thomasin McKenzie. 

The Forever Purge
March 6

Adela and her husband Juan live in Texas, where he works as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb, but that fuels the jealous anger of his son, Dylan. On the morning after the Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tuckers, forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos. Starring Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta and Josh Lucas. 

Spiral: From the Book of Saw
March 20

Working in the shadow of his father, Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks and his rookie partner take charge of an investigation into grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer's morbid game. Starring Chris Rock, Max Minghella and Samuel L. Jackson. 

Made In Italy
March 5

A heart-warming father son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert , who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair. Starring Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson. 

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Venom: Let There Be Carnage: Blu Ray Review

Venom: Let There Be Carnage: Blu Ray Review


There's an anarchic feel to the Venom sequel, as Tom Hardy once again lets loose in the dual role as bumbling reporter Eddie Brock and alien symbiote Venom.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage: Movie Review


This time around, Brock's looking to reignite his career as local police try desperately to find the victims of serial killer Cletus Kasady (Harrelson, in a scene-chewing turn). When Kasady grants Brock an audience from on death row, Brock and Venom inadvertently infect Kasady and help him escape.

Swearing vengeance on those who wronged him, Kasady begins wreaking carnage on the city as Brock and Venom squabble over their own future.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage promises a lot, but really delivers little more than a toothless time that could have been much, much more.

Essentially a take on abusive relationships all round from Brock and Venom to Kasady and his long lost love (Harris, in a relatively wasted role), Serkis's relatively frenetic take on the Venom saga ends up in the usual CGI-muddled mess of mayhem that's nothing new or exceptional. (With parts of the resolution feeling like a repeat of both Venom and Spider-Man lore).

But there are some bravura touches.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage: Movie Review


From a stunning animation that reveals Kasady's abused past at a reform school, to Hardy's all-in performance as both Venom and Brock, there are moments that stand aloft in this occasionally loose movie. 

Certainly though, Venom appears more as a comedic foil than a dramatic necessity to Brock's personality, but sequences where he is his own beast, a petulant child who's sulking at how he's been treated are more worthy of the viewer's time than the final muddling mess of a denouement.

Ultimately, where Venom: Let There Be Carnage triumphs is in the central relationship between Brock and the symbiote. Hardy's physicality, range of tics, and vocal breadth make it a fascinating relationship to explore - and more than make up for the rest of Venom: Let There Be Carnage's mediocre execution.

Saturday, 26 February 2022

Military Wives: Neon NZ Film Review

Military Wives: Neon NZ Film Review

The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo knows exactly where he wants to go with this tale of a group of army wives who're left on base and killing time when their husbands are deployed to Afghanistan.

Military Wives: Film Review


And to be fair, he should - after all, he achieved the same level of crowd-pleasing success with The Full Monty in 1997, a tale of seemingly polar opposites and shambolic group of amateurs coming together to achieve glory under duress. (Even in Military Wives, there's someone within the group who's hopelessly out of their depth, but whose underdog enthusiasm wins through.)

Catastrophe's Horgan is Lisa, a freewheeling mum of a troubled daughter who butts heads with Scott-Thomas' prissy and uptight Kate, the wife of the base's brigadier.

Scorning the usual ideas from the icy Kate of knitting to pass the time and keep the Brit morale up ("It's a bit Little Women, innit" she decries), Lisa assembles the group into a singing group, despite opposition from Kate, who sees it more as a choir and the usual parade of stuffy numbers.

However, Lisa's more keen on drawing from the hit parade of her musical youth and the group finds a common bond - but when their boys are ambushed, tensions that have already been simmering inevitably blow over.

It seems churlish to dismiss Military Wives as anything but predictable formulaic fare, but in truth, that's exactly what Cattaneo achieves here. With a penchant for the obvious, the film falters into "could be a BBC four part drama where the wives face fractures and conflict before ultimately rising to the occasion and the bigger picture" territory.

Military Wives: Film Review


There are no surprises here and the playing safe causes a slice of tonal whiplash when the drama explodes like a well-timed bomb in the middle of proceedings - it's all very simply telegraphed and signposted early on.

And yet, underneath its fluffy fuzz and cloak of familiarity, Horgan and Scott Thomas elevate the film's penchant for predictability to a more acceptably amiable level.

From the visual cue of the opposition of their outfits (Lisa's more laissez-faire, and Kate's more buttoned up and prissy) to the acerbic banter and bickering, both Scott Thomas and Horgan turn the banalities of females fighting and picking at each other into something more humane - even as the cliches come tumbling forward in their direction. In truth, they elevate the film, and give it more credit than it is sometimes due.

It may sing a good tune for a crowdpleasing piece, and may aspire to easy (and occasionally well-earned) laughs throughout, but Military Wives, in parts, is surprisingly moving.

Just don't be surprised if at the end of all the opposition to the comfortably familiar and eye-rollingly obvious as the film follows its crowd-pleasing zero-to-hero algorithm, you leave singing from its admittedly corny songbook.

Friday, 25 February 2022

No Exit: Movie Review

No Exit: Movie Review

Cast: Havana Rose Liu, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Ramirez, Dale Dickey, David Rysdahl

Director: Andy Canny

An intimate Covid-fuelled  shoot aimed at bringing a psychological edge to a chamber piece No Exit may want to be, but what it ends up being as far from the aspirations as it is the reality of its execution.

The Sky is Everywhere’s Havana Rose Liu stars as Darby,  a struggling alcoholic, who upon receiving the news her mum is dying breaks out of rehab and blusters straight into a blizzard.

Forced to get off the road, she pulls up at a stop where she encounters former military man Ed (Dennis Haysbert), his ex-nurse wife Sandi (Dale Dickey), the jittery Lars (David Rysdahl) and confident Ash (Danny Ramirez).

Settling in for a night of being forced to get to know strangers, Darby finds her world turned upside down when she discovers a seemingly-kidnapped girl in the back of a van outside - and tries to work out who exactly is behind the young captive's plight...

No Exit could be a good thriller, a smart blast  of something that uses the setting to maximum effect, and puts its relative talent to good use.

But what it ends up doing is squandering all of that for some 60 minutes of dragging matters out, before going fully blown into overload and a psychotic final 25 minutes.  There are some clever twists within the material, the majority of which are to be honest, handled perfunctorily by a script that really only has five players to deal with.

No Exit: Movie Review

It helps less that obvious pointers as to who's involved become increasingly clear early on, leading to any tension dissipating before it's even had time to simmer and boil over. Liu's work is solid, but the script doesn't demand much from her, and with the murky work of a blizzard-set cinematographer, there are scant chances to shine.

The script borders on laughable toward the end, as the gorier elements come to the fore - and an overall feeling of predictability mixed in with a feeling it could have been more means that No Exit becomes a dead end adaptation of its 2017 source material before its 90 minutes have run out.

No Exit is streaming now on Disney+

What's new on Disney+ in March

What's new on Disney+ in March

The premiere of a brand new Pixar adventure, and a new Marvel mini series starring Oscar Isaac are just two of the highlights of what's ahead on Disney+ in March.

Here's the full round up.
What's new on Disney+ in March


Turning Red
11 March

Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

Also Don’t Miss….

Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red

"Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red is a feature documentary about the all-women team at the helm of Pixar's original feature, Turning Red. With behind-the-scenes access to Director Domee Shi and her core leadership crew, this story shines a light on the powerful professional and personal journeys that brought this incredibly comical, utterly relatable, and deeply heartfelt story to the screen."

The Dropout 
3 March

STAR Original Series

3 Episode Premiere

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. From Executive Producer Elizabeth Meriwether, “The Dropout” is the story of Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) and Theranos, an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? “The Dropout” stars Amanda Seyfried as Elizabeth Holmes and Naveen Andrews as Sunny Balwani. The eight-episode limited series also includes guest stars Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, LisaGay Hamilton, William H. Macy, Elizabeth Marvel, Laurie Metcalf, Dylan Minnette, Alan Ruck, Sam Waterson, Michaela Watkins and more.

West Side Story
2 March

Disney+ Premiere
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria.) Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.

How I Met Your Father
9 March

STAR Original Series

2 Episode Premiere

In the near future, Sophie (Hilary Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. The series stars Hilary Duff, Christopher Lowell, Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, Suraj Sharma as well as recurring stars, Kim Cattrall, Daniel Augustin, Ashley Reyes and Josh Peck.

OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)

25 March

Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo takes a familiar road trip from Salt Lake City, where she began writing her debut album “SOUR,” to Los Angeles. Along the way, Rodrigo recounts the memories of writing and creating her record-breaking debut album and shares her feelings as a young woman navigating a specific time in her life. Through new live arrangements of her songs, intimate interviews and never-before-seen footage from the making of the album, audiences will follow Olivia along on a cinematic journey exploring the story of “SOUR.” “OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u” is a Disney+ original film directed by Stacey Lee and produced by Interscope Films and Supper Club.

Fresh
March 4

A STAR Movie

“Fresh” follows Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who meets the alluring Steve (Sebastian Stan) at a grocery store and – given her frustration with dating apps – takes a chance and gives him her number. After their first date, Noa is smitten and accepts Steve’s invitation to a romantic weekend getaway. Only to find that her new paramour has been hiding some unusual appetites.


Cheaper by the Dozen
18 March

Disney+ Original Movie
Premiere

A Disney+ Original movie, “Cheaper by the Dozen” is a fresh take on the 2003 hit family comedy. It is the story of the raucous exploits of a blended family of 12, the Bakers, as they navigate a hectic home life while simultaneously managing their family business. The movie stars Gabrielle Union, Zach Braff, Erika Christensen, Timon Kyle Durrett, Journee Brown, Kylie Rogers, Andre Robinson, Caylee Blosenski, Aryan Simhadri, Leo Abelo Perry, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Christian Cote, Sebastian Cote and Luke Prael. The movie is directed by Gail Lerner, with a screenplay by Kenya Barris & Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry based upon the novel by Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Kenya Barris is producing, with Shawn Levy, Gabrielle Union, Brian Dobbins and Donald J. Lee, Jr. serving as executive producers.

The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild
25 March

Disney+ Original Movie
Premiere

“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” continues the hilarious escapades of everyone’s favourite prehistoric mammals. Desperate for some distance from their older sister Ellie, the thrill-seeking possum brothers Crash and Eddie set out to find a place of their own, but quickly find themselves trapped in a massive cave underground. They are rescued by the one-eyed, adventure-loving, dinosaur-hunting weasel, Buck Wild, and together they must face the unruly dinosaurs who inhabit the Lost World.

Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight
30 March

Disney+ Original Series

Premiere - New Episodes Weekly

The story follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt. “Moon Knight” stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Grant Curtis, Brad Winderbaum, Oscar Isaac, Mohamed Diab and Jeremy Slater are the executive producers, with Trevor Waterson and Rebecca Kirsch serving as co-executive producers. Jeremy Slater is the head writer.


Also in March…

2 March

STAR Original
Outrun by Running Man

Series
Africa's Deadliest - Season 4

Broken Karaoke - Season 1

Legion - Seasons 1-3

Malcolm in the Middle - Seasons 1-7

Mickey Mouse Funhouse - Season 1 New Episodes

Trust - Season 1

Television Specials
Virus Hunters

4 March

Movies
L.A. Confidential

The Secret Agent

Shutter

International
Long Long Time Ago 2 (Singapore)

Documentary
AKA Jane Roe

9 March

Series
Africa's Hunters - Season 3

Atlas of Cursed Places

Cake - Seasons 1-4

International
Anita: Director's Cut (China)

16 March

Series
Beyond Magic with DMC

Cupid - Season 1

Muppet Babies - New Episodes

Pikwik Pack - New Episodes

18 March

Disney+ Original Documentary
More Than Robots

STAR Original Movie
Sex Appeal

23 March

STAR Original Series
Paralleles - Season 1

Series
Grey's Anatomy - Season 18 New Episodes

Better Things - Seasons 1-4

Born in Africa

October Road - Seasons 1-2

Pet Seekers

25 March

Movies
Assassin's Creed

Brazil

Bride Wars

The Client

Daredevil

The Darkest Hour

30 March

Series
You're the Worst - Seasons 1-5

grown-ish - Season 4

Documentaries
Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes

Earthquake on Everest

Russia's Mystery Files

World's Biggest Great White?

Worst Weather Ever?


New Episodes


Abbott Elementary New Episodes Wednesdays

Ahneun Hyungnim (Men on a Mission) New Episodes Wednesdays

Single Drunk Female New Episodes Wednesdays

Spidey and His Amazing Friends - Season 1 New Episodes Wednesdays

Queens - New Episodes Wednesdays

Bob's Burgers - Season 12 New Episodes Wednesdays

This is Us - Season 6 New Episodes Thursdays

Pam & Tommy New Episodes Wednesdays

Dollface - Season 2 New Episodes Fridays

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder New Episodes Wednesdays

Rookie Cops - Season Final March 16

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Win a double pass to see BOOK OF LOVE in cinemas

Win a double pass to see BOOK OF LOVE in cinemas

To celebrate the release of the BOOK OF LOVE, in cinemas now, thanks to StudioCanal New Zealand, you can win a double pass.

About BOOK OF LOVE
Win a double pass to see BOOK OF LOVE in cinemas


Young, uptight and unsuccessful English writer Henry's novel sells to no one. 

But when his book is suddenly a surprise hit in Mexico, his publicist insists he travel there on a promotional tour. 

Upon arrival, a confused Henry discovers the reason behind his novel's popularity - Mexican translator Maria has rewritten his dull book as a steamy erotic novel. 

Henry, furious, and Maria, reluctant, must now travel together on a book tour across Mexico. As tempers flair and sparks begin to fly, the two begin to find love and lust despite themselves.

Starring Sam Claflin and Verónica Echegui

Book of Love is cinemas now

What's on Netflix in March

What's on Netflix in March

Australian actor Toni Collete  stars in Pieces of Her, where a woman tries to piece together her mother's dark past after a violent attack in their small town brings hidden threats and deadly secrets to light.

Lady Whistledown returns for Season 2 of Bridgerton. Viscount Anthony Bridgerton is deciding who to marry, only to meet his match in his intended bride's headstrong big sister. 
What's on Netflix in March


And if romance and drama from Bridgerton isn't enough, docu-soap Byron Baes will bring you the best of Australia’s influencers who flock to Byron Bay for its warm, beachy beauty and cool, creative vibe. 
Sun, surf, sound-healing, and a whole lot of drama, what more can one ask for?

This month also sees the arrival of the two seasons of Redfern Now and the telemovie, Redfern Now: Promise Me which follows contemporary issues faced by Aboriginal Australians living in the Australian suburb of Redfern. 

All titles and dates are subject to change.
ORIGINAL SERIES

The Guardians of Justice (01/03/2022)
When their seemingly fearless leader self-destructs, a team of troubled superheroes must confront festering evil in the world — and in themselves.

Savage Rhythm (02/03/2022)
The opposite worlds of two dancers in Colombia clash on and off the dance floor when their ambition to succeed leads them down a treacherous path.

Midnight at the Pera Palace (03/03/2022)
At a historic Istanbul hotel, a journalist is thrust into the past and must stop a plot that could change the fate of modern Turkey.

The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties: Season 2 (03/03/2022)
Join the Kretzes as they help clients find extraordinary homes in France and beyond, then take a peek inside their world as they work and play.

Pieces of Her (04/03/2022)
A woman pieces together her mother's dark past after a violent attack in their small town brings hidden threats and deadly secrets to light.

Making Fun (04/03/2022)
Grumpy expert maker Jimmy DiResta fields kids' ideas for delightfully pointless inventions. Then — if he's in the mood — he and his pals build 'em.

An Astrological Guide for Broken Hearts: Season 2 (08/03/2022)
As Alice continues to find steady success with her show, "Stars of Love," her own star-crossed love with Davide proves to be anything but predictable.

Last One Standing (08/03/2022)
They're comedians starring in a thrilling drama, but if their jokes don't land in the unscripted scenes, they're off the show. Let the mayhem begin!

Byron Baes (09/03/2022)
Australian influencers flock to Byron Bay for its warm, beachy beauty and cool, creative vibe. Follow these friends as they negotiate life and love.

The Last Kingdom: Season 5 (09/03/2022)
A fragile peace has reigned in England for years, but Uhtred believes that trouble is just over the horizon — and events soon confirm his suspicions.

Queer Eye Germany (09/03/2022)
Five experts in lifestyle, fashion, beauty, health and design — known as the Fab Five — dazzle a nation and transform lives in this makeover series.

Love, Life & Everything in Between (10/03/2022)
An ode to Valentine's Day in various Arab cities, this anthology series tinged with dark humour explores love at large — and relationships up close.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 4 (11/03/2022)
Twenty drivers — some veterans, some rookies — compete in another drama-filled and adrenaline-fueled season of Formula 1 racing.

Life After Death with Tyler Henry (11/03/2022)
Clairvoyant medium Tyler Henry offers clarity and closure from the beyond while searching through his own family’s past in an intimate reality series.

Once Upon a Time... Happily Never After (11/03/2022)
A couple forced to separate must find each other in another life to break a spell on their town, where no one can fall in love.

Soil (17/03/2022)
To revamp the family business, a young entrepreneur sets up a bold yet risky plan of importing soil from Morocco to bury his community’s deceased.

Eternally Confused and Eager for Love (18/03/2022)
Often (mis)guided by a cheeky imaginary wizard, an awkward and lonely 20-something struggles to get out of his own way in his quest for a girlfriend.

Alessandro Cattelan: One Simple Question (18/03/2022)
Alessandro Cattelan searches for happiness through interviews and unique experiences alongside guests such as Sorrentino, Baggio, Elio, and Vialli.

Human Resources (18/03/2022)
From the inventive minds that brought us the award winning adult animation favourite Big Mouth comes the even edgier and adult-ier Human Resources. The spin-off pulls back the curtain on the daily lives of the creatures - Hormone Monsters, Depression Kitties, Shame Wizards and many more - that help humans journey through every aspect of life from puberty to parenthood to the twilight years. It quickly becomes clear that though the protagonists are creatures, they have a lot of humanity themselves. Featuring an all-star voice cast— including Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and David Thewlis reprising their Big Mouth roles as well as Aidy Bryant, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer, and Randall Park among others — Human Resources is not your normal day at the office. The series is co-created and executive produced by Kelly Galuska, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin.

Standing Up (18/03/2022)
In Paris, four young comedians chase their dreams of stand-up glory while juggling financial pressures, family tensions and romantic adventures.

Top Boy: Season 2 (18/03/2022)
Dushane wants to expand his empire beyond the streets. But with a huge investment, partners abroad and family crises, more money means more problems.

Light the Night: Part 3 (18/03/2022)
Following the crash, the women at Light Bar continue their search for answers — but the truth is more complicated than expected.

Cracow Monsters (18/03/2022)
A young woman haunted by her past joins a mysterious professor and his group of gifted students who investigate paranormal activity — and fight demons.

Young, Famous & African (18/03/2022)
This reality series follows a crew of famed, affluent stars as they work and play, flirt and feud in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Is It Cake? (18/03/2022)
Skilled cake artists create mouthwatering replicas of handbags, sewing machines and more in a mind-bending baking contest inspired by a popular meme and hosted by Mikey Day.
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Bridgerton: Season 2 (25/03/2022)
Duty, desire and scandal collide when viscount Anthony Bridgerton decides to marry, only to meet his match in his intended bride's headstrong big sister.

Tomorrow (Coming soon)
Made half-human and half-spirit by accident, a young man joins a company of grim reapers in the underworld to carry out special life-saving missions.

NETFLIX FILM

Against The Ice (02/03/2022)
Exploring Greenland's vast landscape for a lost map, two men must fight to survive. Based on the true story of Denmark's 1909 polar expedition.

The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (02/03/2022)
A gutsy crew of Joseon pirates and bandits battle stormy waters, puzzling clues and militant rivals in search of royal gold lost at sea.

The Weekend Away (03/03/2022)
When her best friend vanishes during a girls trip to Croatia, Beth races to figure out what happened. But each clue yields another unsettling deception.

The Invisible Thread (04/03/2022)
A teenage son of two fathers makes a documentary about his parents but is surprised when a real-life plot twist occurs in his family.

Meskina (04/03/2022)
Heartbroken, jobless and in her 30s, Leyla sets out to reinvent herself and search for happiness amid her family's attempts to recouple her.

Autumn Girl (08/03/2022)
In 1960s Poland, performer Kalina Jędrusik is at the height of her popularity but must contend with a spurned official threatening to ruin her career.

The Bombardment (09/03/2022)
The fates of several Copenhagen residents collide when a WWII bombing mission accidentally targets a school full of children. Based on true events.

The Adam Project (11/03/2022)

Marilyn's Eyes (15/03/2022)
Food brings together a creative pair at a psychiatric hospital. As they turn a fictional restaurant into reality, they must find a recipe for healing.

Rescued by Ruby (17/03/2022)
Chasing his long-shot dream to join an elite K-9 unit, a state trooper partners with a fellow underdog: clever but naughty shelter pup Ruby.

Black Crab (18/03/2022)
To end an apocalyptic war and save her daughter, a reluctant soldier embarks on a desperate mission to cross a frozen sea carrying a top-secret cargo.

Windfall (18/03/2022)
A man breaks into a tech billionaire's empty vacation home, but things go sideways when the arrogant mogul and his wife arrive for a last-minute getaway.

Without Saying Goodbye (18/03/2022)
The opposite lives of a workaholic architect and a fiery artist are upended when their chance encounter in breathtaking Peru shifts their views on life.

In Good Hands (21/03/2022)
Diagnosed with a terminal illness, a single mother encounters a suave bachelor as she grapples with the future of her headstrong six-year-old.

Love Like the Falling Petals (24/03/2022)
An aspiring young photographer falls in love with a vibrant hairstylist. The future stretches before them — until a twist of fate changes everything.

All Hail (30/03/2022)
After failing to predict a destructive hail storm, a famous meteorologist flees to his hometown and soon finds himself on a journey of self-discovery.

NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIALS

Whindersson Nunes: My Own Show! (03/03/2022)
Comedian Whindersson Nunes brings his quirky impersonations and streetwise takes on different cultures to the historic stage of Teatro Amazonas.

Taylor Tomlinson: Look At You (08/03/2022)
Taylor Tomlinson returns to Netflix with her second original comedy special Look At You. Taylor hilariously shares an intimate look at her struggles with mental health, grief, and dating. Filmed at the historic Wilbur Theater in Boston, Taylor Tomlinson: Look At You premieres globally on Netflix on March 8, 2022.
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Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous. (15/03/2022)
Actress, comedian, and author Catherine Cohen makes her Netflix original comedy special debut in The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous. Catherine uses her musical expertise to hilariously divulge details about relationships, modern feminism and being the main character of her own life. Filmed at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Catherine Cohen: The Twist…? She’s Gorgeous. premieres globally on Netflix on March 15, 2022.

Jeff Foxworthy: The Good Old Days (22/03/2022)
In his first solo stand-up special in 24 years, Jeff Foxworthy is remembering the good old days.  Before cell phones diagnosed our illnesses, were used as cameras, kept us informed 24 hours a day, and before we had to have different passwords for everything.  Jeff discusses parenting (your children and your parents), texting, the joy of getting a butt dial, conversations with his wife and recalls a much simpler time (or was it?). The special is produced by Larry Burns and John Irwin, and directed by Ryan Polito. Filmed at the Pantages Theatre Minneapolis, Jeff Foxworthy: The Good Old Days premieres globally on Netflix on March 22.

Mike Epps: Indiana Mike (29/03/2022)
A new stand-up comedy special from Mike Epps.

NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES 

Worst Roommate Ever (01/03/2022)
Violent con artists. Stone-cold killers. These terrifying true stories unveil some of the worst cohabitation experiences one could ever imagine.

Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale (03/03/2022)
Elephants, lions, wolves and many more species thrive in the Kalahari Desert's Okavango Delta, but a worsening dry season threatens its future.

The Andy Warhol Diaries (09/03/2022)
After he's shot in 1968, Andy Warhol begins documenting his life and feelings. Those diaries, and this docuseries, take a peek behind his persona.

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives (16/03/2022)
From Chris Smith, the executive producer of Tiger King and director of Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened, comes BAD VEGAN: FAME. FRAUD. FUGITIVES., a wild four-part documentary series that explores how Sarma Melngailis, the celebrity restaurateur behind the glittering New York hotspot Pure Food and Wine, went from being the queen of vegan cuisine to being known as the “Vegan Fugitive.” Shortly after meeting a man named Shane Fox on Twitter in 2011, Melngailis begins draining her restaurant’s funds and funneling the money to Fox after he cons her into believing he could make her dreams — from expanding her food empire to making her beloved pitbull immortal — a reality…but only if she continues to obey his every request without question. A few years later the couple, now married and on the lam after stealing nearly $2 million from the restaurant and its staff, are found holed up in a Tennessee motel by law enforcement. Their undoing? A charge made under Fox’s real name, Anthony Strangis, for a Domino’s pizza. BAD VEGAN: FAME. FRAUD. FUGITIVES. takes viewers on a journey more bizarre than fiction.

Hei$t: The Great Robbery of Brazil's Central Bank (16/03/2022)
In 2005, thieves tunnel into a Fortaleza, Brazil, bank vault and steal over 160 million reais. This docuseries explores that spectacular, historic heist.

Animal: Season 2 (18/03/2022)
This immersive series follows the world's most magnificent creatures, capturing never-before-seen moments from the heartwarming to the outrageous.

The Principles of Pleasure (22/03/2022)
Sex, joy and modern science converge in this eye-opening series that celebrates the complex world of women's pleasure — and puts stubborn myths to rest.

Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King (30/03/2022)
When the founder of a Canadian crypto exchange unexpectedly dies in India, customers suspect there may be more to the death than meets the eye.

800 Meters (Coming soon)
In 2017, Spain suffered two terrorist attacks perpetrated by young members of its community. How could this happen? This incisive series investigates.

NETFLIX KIDS & FAMILY

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 2 (03/03/2022)
The fate of Eternos hangs in the balance as He-Man and the heroes forge new alliances — and new destinies — to outrun evil Skeletor's pursuit of power.
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Chip and Potato: Season 3 (08/03/2022)
Chip's learning even more about the great, big world with a little help from Potato — from getting her first haircut to getting on her first airplane!


Karma's World: Season 2 (10/03/2022)
New challenges inspire new songs for Karma as she starts a new job, runs for school president and works to make a difference in her community.

Team Zenko Go (15/03/2022)
No good deed is too small for this kind kid squad! Niah, Ari, Ellie and Jax go undercover to help others and squash their town’s problems in secret!

Transformers: BotBots (25/03/2022)
A new series in the "Transformers" universe.

Mighty Express: Season 6 (29/03/2022)
A team of trains and their kid friends overcome trouble on the tracks with quick thinking and teamwork in a new season!

Super PupZ (31/03/2022)
Four superpowered pups work as a pack to help their new kid pals — and a furry alien friend — in a cute and cuddly cosmic adventure!

NETFLIX  ANIME

Kotaro Lives Alone (10/03/2022)
A lonely little boy moves into a ramshackle apartment building all on his own and makes friends with the broke manga artist who lives next door.

Adam by Eve: A live in Animation (15/03/2022)
Anime, live action and music by cutting-edge artist Eve — all weave together into this dreamlike sonic experience inspired by the story of Adam and Eve.

Thermae Romae Novae (28/03/2022)
A proud bath architect in ancient Rome starts randomly surfacing in present-day Japan, where he's inspired by the many bathing innovations he finds.

NETFLIX GAMES
Shatter Remastered (Coming soon)
Shatter Remastered is a retro-inspired brick-breaking game that combines classic action with unique twists and incredible boss battles.

Into the Dead 2: Unleashed (Coming soon)
Do whatever it takes to save your family and survive the zombie apocalypse in this ultimate action shooter! How far will you go to make it out alive?

This is a True Story (Coming soon)
Explore a beautiful, hand-painted landscape in this lush narrative puzzle game that's based on actual events and interviews.

LICENSED HIGHLIGHTS

Redfern Now: Promise Me (24/03/2022)
The life-affirming drama concludes, as the two women who were raped bear the impact of the violent crimes, and their fight for justice culminates.

Redfern Now: Season 1 (24/03/2022)
Indigenous Australians who inhabit a Sydney suburb face tests of their principles, their resilience and their humanity as they tackle life's dramas.

Redfern Now: Season 2 (24/03/2022)
The residents of Redfern grapple with heartbreak, tests of faith and conflict as the dramas of their lives unfold in an Australian suburb.

Studio 666: Movie Review

Studio 666: Movie Review

Cast: The Foo Fighters, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jeff Garlin
Director: BJ McDonnell

Studio 666 is a Scooby Doo film, a vanity project without the wit, inventiveness or decency to leave when it's not welcome.

It may have a Shaggy in its long-haired hero Dave Grohl, but the only dog in this movie is the script, which calls for ham, silliness and supernatural acting that's beyond the pale in so many ways.

Based on a story by Dave Grohl (that in truth should have been aborted and sent to hell), it's the story of the Foo Fighters as they try to record their 10th album. Relocating to an Encino mansion to record their masterpiece, Grohl becomes obsessed with creating a 45 minute masterpiece. 

Studio 666: Movie Review

However, the obsession is fuelled by demons which haunt the house, after a thwarted recording session from the 90s turned deadly - and soon all the Foo Fighters are fighting for their lives and their souls.

Mixing comedy and horror should be an easy win, but Studio 666 plays so fast and loose with its goofiness, and the extreme variable quality of the acting, that most of it fails to land anything. With some truly awful dialogue as well, the whole thing runs out of steam after about 30 minutes, and then flails badly around, trying to find a narrative path that doesn't head to hell.

Grohl plays goofy (as he demonstrated years ago in the Learn to Fly video) but the level of his acting is questionable, though not as questionable as others in the group as they try to act, and fail miserably. While the whole film does feel like a hangout movie steeped in gore in some ways, the project just doesn't have enough goodwill to see it through - even with the inclusion of the likes of John Carpenter and an utterly out there Lionel Richie cameo.

There are some impressive moments - the demons of the house are wondrously realised, and a dream sequence where Grohl is haunted by the spirits is cleverly and concisely executed. But hints of Freddy Kreuger and overblown soundtracks to lame jump scares just drag the goodwill into the mire and executes them mercilessly.

Studio 666 isn't a movie for anyone who's not a Foo Fighter fan or has lost control of their senses. For everyone else it's an utter exercise in tedium and endurance - for the record, it should be dispatched to hell as soon as possible.

Cyrano: Movie Review

Cyrano: Movie Review

Cast: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Ben Mendelsohn, Kelvin Harrison Jr, 
Director: Joe Wright

Adapted from the 2019 off Broadway play of the same name, Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage takes the lead in this latest take on the tale of doomed love and Cyrano de Bergerac.

Cyrano: Movie Review

Under the helm of Atonement's Joe Wright, and making a magnificent fist of some of the Italian scenery around, Cyrano constructs some truly beautiful and tragic moments as this musical spins its tale of the fate of two long term friends, unaware of how each other feels.

Dinklage is Cyrano, a brilliant wordsmith and wit, but whose words fail him when it comes to matters of the heart concerning his long term friend Roxanne (Bennett). When Roxanne falls in love at first sight with Kelvin Harrison Jr's Christian, Cyrano must help Christian woo the woman he loves - and put aside his own feelings.

But with De Guiche (Mendelsohn, all pantomime villain sans twirling moustache) insisting that Roxanne marry him, time is running out on all quarters.

Very much an old-fashioned musical with little wizardry to update it, Joe Wright's Cyrano will wow you with spectacle. 

Cyrano: Movie Review

While Dinklage doesn't hit the right notes with his singing voice, the almost street-poet beats that he employs gives his diminutive lovestruck wordsmith an almost punkish appeal from the beginning. With some wry oneliners and some whimsical edges, Cyrano begins to cast a spell over audiences with some bravura touches here and there.

Despite music from The National, not every song lands - but when they do, they pack a powerful emotional wallop. 

A final act song Wherever I Fall, sung from the viewpoint of soldiers about to be deployed into their last battle is poignant, magnificent and utterly spinetinglingly heartbreaking. It's moments like these that Cyrano could have done more with - rather than some almost comical interludes where Cyrano dispatches a clutch of assassins, a moment which seems out of place and hardly ever mentioned again.

There's plenty of originality from this film, and even though cinema has spun countless versions of it, parts of the two hour run time feel fresh, enticing and enthralling. Beautiful production design helps to build a mood, and while not all the songs can capitalise on this, some moments hang together with yearning and heart.

Cyrano will melt your heart in ways you'd least expect, and while not every moment soars, the majority of this does when you least expect it to.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Sony reveals first look at PlayStation VR2, its new Virtual reality tool

Sony reveals first look at PlayStation VR2, its new Virtual reality tool

Sony has revealed its first look at PlayStation VR2, its new Virtual reality tool which will work with the PS5.

Sony reveals first look at PlayStation VR2, its new Virtual reality tool

Speaking on PlayStation blog, Hideaki Nishino, the Senior Vice President, Platform Experience unveiled the look as well as the first glimpse of the newly redesigned Sense controllers.

"You’ll notice the PS VR2 headset has a similar shape as the PS VR2 Sense controller, taking on a matching “orb” look. The circular orb shape represents the 360-degree view that players feel when they enter the virtual reality world, so this shape captures it nicely.

"The design of the PS VR2 headset was also inspired by the look of the PS5 family of products. When our design team created the PS5 console, they also had the next generation VR headset in mind so you’ll notice some similarities in the look and feel. The PS5 console has flat edges as it is meant to be displayed on a flat surface, while there was more emphasis on adding roundness to the design of PS VR2 headset since it is meant to have constant human contact, similar to the rounded edges of the DualSense controller and Pulse 3D headset.

Sony reveals first look at PlayStation VR2, its new Virtual reality tool

"Our goal is to create a headset that will not only become an attractive part of your living room decor, but will also keep you immersed in your game world, to the point where you almost forget you are using a headset or controller. That’s why we paid very close attention to the ergonomics of the headset and conducted extensive testing to ensure a comfortable feel for a variety of head sizes."

Read the full update on the PlayStation blog.

Flee: Movie Review

Flee: Movie Review

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen 

Jonas Poher Rasmussen's animated tale of refugees and redemption is adept at humanising the face of a section of the human populace so often demonised by shallow headlines and attention-grabbing reporting.

Focussing in on a series of animated interviews with Amin Nawabi, a refugee forced to abandon his family home in Afghanistan, Rasmussen weaves a story of lives disrupted and of families torn asunder by conflict.

Mixing animation, archival Super 8 footage and evocative songs from the 80s pop scene, Rasmussen's tale of a refugee caught out in the system is nothing short of compellingly told, and emotionally exceptional. 
Flee: Movie Review


It's a survivor's story at heart, but importantly, it's never a story about a victim - conversely, there's a feeling of empowerment throughout Rasmussen's simplistic telling of Amin's story.

There's an immersive feel to this tale as it pulls the audience into proceedings, and cleverly does it without ever once feeling like Amin's tale is being exploited for cinematic expression. In fact, it's more a shared story of resilience and of memories deeply buried and only recently excavated.

For all the feelings of uncertainty throughout, of traffickers and the horrors of trying to find stability in a home that's "somewhere safe", the film ends on a joyous note of celebration as Amin ends up going to a gay nightclub after years of being unable to tell family members. 

It's this scene which provides the undeniable qualities of family, and of evocative joy and of support from unexpected places - after all the harsher truths throughout Flee, the final feeling is hard to deny.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

What's on Amazon Prime Video in March

What's on Amazon Prime Video in March

Another month in the world of streaming and there's no sign of any let up for things for people to watch.

Amazon Prime Video is no exception either, with the likes of a new series for one of Star Trek's favourites and every single James Bond film - including Daniel Craig's finale, No Time To Die.

Here's what's streaming in March on Amazon Prime Video.

STAR TREK: PICARD S2
STAR TREK: PICARD S2

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 4 MARCH

Season two of Star Trek: Picard takes the legendary Jean-Luc Picard and his crew on a bold and exciting new journey: into the past. 

Picard must enlist friends both old and new to confront the perils of 21st century Earth in a desperate race against time to save the galaxy’s future – and face the ultimate trial from one of his greatest foes. Star Trek: Picard features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and follows this iconic character into the next chapter of his life. 

The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. For season two, Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, Terry Matalas, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Doug Aarniokoski and Dylan Massin serve as executive producers. Akiva Goldsman and Terry Matalas serve as co-showrunners for season two.
Star Trek: Picard stars Sir Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Orla Brady, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Brent Spiner. 

UPLOAD S2 
Upload S2

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 11 MARCH  

Upload is a sci-fi comedy series from Emmy Award-winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), set in a technologically advanced future where hologram phones, 3D food printers and automated grocery stores are the norm. 

Most uniquely, humans can choose to be “uploaded” into a virtual afterlife. In Upload Season Two, Nathan is at a crossroads in his (after) life… his ex-girlfriend Ingrid has unexpectedly arrived to Lakeview hoping to strengthen their relationship, but his heart still secretly yearns for his customer service angel Nora. 

Meanwhile Nora is off the grid and involved with the anti-tech rebel group “The Ludds.” Season Two is packed with new near-future concepts, including Lakeview’s newest in-app digital baby program called, “prototykes,” and other satirical glimpses of the technological advances and headaches to come.

Upload S2 stars Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Kevin Bigley, Allegra Edwards, Zainab Johnson, Owen Daniels, Josh Banday, Andrea Rosen.

DEEP WATER
Deep Water

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 18 MARCH 

From acclaimed director Adrian Lyne (Indecent Proposal, Unfaithful and Fatal Attraction) comes a tense erotic thriller about Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an affluent New Orleans couple whose marriage is crumbling under the weight of resentment, jealousy, and mistrust. 

As their mutual provocations and mind games escalate, things quickly turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse as Melinda’s extramarital dalliances start going missing. With sizzling and complex performances from Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas and helmed by one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the genre, Deep Water marks the return of the A-list erotic thriller, grabbing your attention from the start and refusing to let go as you discover just how far a person will go in the name of love.

Deep Water stars Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Dash Mihok, Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi, Finn Wittrock and Kristen Connolly

LIZZO’S WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GRRRLS
LIZZO’S WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GRRRLS

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 25 MARCH 

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is a new unscripted series following global superstar and icon Lizzo, who is on the hunt for confident, bad-ass women to join the elite ranks of the Big Grrrls and join her world tour. 

With 10 hopeful women moving into the Big Grrrls House, they must prove they have what it takes to make it to the end and join Lizzo in front of a global audience on the centre stage. Joining Lizzo to help her in the search for dynamic dancers are legendary choreographers Tanisha Scott and O.G. Big Grrrls Chawnta’ Marie Van, Shirlene Quigley, and Grace Holden, and several special guests, including choreographer Charm La’Donna, body movement expert Rashida KhanBey Miller, and multi-platinum singer/songwriter SZA.

Joining Lizzo to help her in the search for dynamic dancers are legendary choreographers Tanisha Scott and O.G. Big Grrrls Chawnta’ Marie Van, Shirlene Quigley, and Grace Holden, and several special guests, including choreographer Charm La’Donna, body movement expert Rashida KhanBey Miller, and multi-platinum singer/songwriter SZA.

THE BOYS PRESENTS: DIABOLICAL 
THE BOYS PRESENTS: DIABOLICAL

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 4 MARCH

The Boys Presents: Diabolical reveals unseen stories within The Boys universe, brought to life by some of the most creative minds and bloody brilliant minds in entertainment today, including Awkwafina, Michael Cera, Don Cheadle, Chace Crawford, Kieran Culkin, Giancarlo Esposito, Eliot Glazer, Jason Isaacs, Kumail Nanjiani, Justin Roiland, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Ben Schwartz, Elisabeth Shue, Christian Slater, Kevin Smith, Antony Starr, Nasim Pedrad, Simon Pegg, Kenan Thompson, Aisha Tyler, and Oscar-winner Youn Yuh Jung.

The Boys is based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson and was developed by executive producer and showrunner Eric Kripke.  

NO TIME TO DIE
No Time To Die

AVAILABLE FROM 30 MARCH

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology

No Time To Die stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes.

MARCH 2022 FULL TITLES (IN DATE ORDER)


LUCY AND DESI 4/03/22 (MOVIE)
THE BOYS PRESENTS: DIABOLICAL S1 4/03/22 (TV)
STAR TREK: PICARD S2 4/3/22 (TV)
READY PLAYER ONE 10/03/22 (MOVIE)
PETE THE CAT S2 11/03/22 (TV)
UPLOAD S2 11/03/22 (TV)
ROUGH NIGHT 15/03/22 (MOVIE)
WONDER (2017) 17/03/22 (MOVIE)
MASTER 18/03/22 (MOVIE)
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET 24/03/22 (MOVIE)
LIZZO'S WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GRRRLS S1 25/03/22 (TV) 
JUPITER ASCENDING 25/03/22 (MOVIE)
QUANTUM OF SOLACE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
GOLDENEYE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
DIE ANOTHER DAY 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
MOONRAKER 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
OCTOPUSSY 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
CASINO ROYALE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
A VIEW TO A KILL 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
SKYFALL 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
DR. NO 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
LIVE AND LET DIE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
THUNDERBALL 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
LICENCE TO KILL 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
GOLDFINGER 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
TOMORROW NEVER DIES 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
SPECTRE 30/03/22 (MOVIE)
OCEAN'S 8 31/03/22 (MOVIE)


Monday, 21 February 2022

The King's Man: Disney+ Review

The King's Man: Disney+ Review


The Kingsman prequel steps away from the Savile Row trappings and OTT violence of the Golden Circle and the first film, of Eggsy and Harry, and plants itself firmly in World War I territory.
The King's Man: Film Review


Following the death of his wife at the hands of a Boer insurrection, Ralph Fiennes' Duke of Oxford swears off violence into a life of pacifism. But with the war's storm clouds brewing, the Duke of Oxford struggles to win over his son Conrad's desire to do his duty and sign up.

Revealing that he has helped set up a secret organisation with moles all around the world, Oxford takes Conrad (Dickinson) into the shadowy world, showing him there are other ways to do your duty. However, at the same time, a mysterious cabal, headed up by a vengeful Scot, begins pulling the strings and manufacturing a global conflict that will become World War I....

The King's Man is an odd mix of tonal changes, of drama and comedy, of hyper-kinetic violence and incredible surprises - and a film that doesn't seem to sit as part of Vaughn's prior Kingsmen entrants.

However, in large parts, it works.

Mixing bad taste and a general raucous tone throughout with a more stoic stiff upper lip dramatic feel where Fiennes is concerned, Vaughn's The King's Man has some utterly outstanding moments.

One sequence where Ifans' Rasputin (a mix of Alan Moore, and lascivious Goth rocker) is under attack and retaliates with Cossack twirls and vengeance is a swirling mix of cinematic bravado, all soundtracked to the 1812 Overture. An opening bird's eye vista of how war will ravage the idyll of the countryside is a catch your breath moment.
The King's Man: Film Review


These are the moments where The King's Men excels - where it confounds expectations and delivers more than you'd expect from a film series which saw Elton John fighting robots.

But then it's not averse to having goats deliver a punch line when needed. It's this mix of zigzagging sensibilities that are mired with exposition-heavy sequences that slow proceedings and make portions of the 2hours plus run time feel like it's collapsing on itself.

Maybe its distinct lack of identity will not help The King's Man - is it a spy movie, is it a war movie, is it a balls to the wall don't care movie?

Possibly it's all of these things - and it's all the more luridly entertaining for it. Even if you do feel exhausted at the end by its muddled mix.




The King's Man begins streaming on Disney+ from February 23.

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