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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Hogwarts wizardry re-scripted

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Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majestic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or “No-Maj” people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt’s precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard.

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Walking into the theater, we were a bit apprehensive. Rowling’s magical world is as alluring and fun as ever! the best thing about this movie is exactly that. Exploring this world.

In the Harry Potter saga, with the exception of Deathly Hallows, most of the action was confined in Hogwarts. When we were taken out of the school, the main characters, being underage, were not allowed to do magic. The novelty in this movie is that we get to follow a fully fledged adult wizard in an entirely new environment and observe the dynamics and workings of the magical society.

Said wizard is New Scamander, a magical zoologist that traveled the world in order to find and document rare creatures, which he carries in his magical suitcase. When this suitcase gets mixed up with one that belongs to muggle Jacob, some of Newt’s creatures escape and cause problems in New York.

Eddie Redmayne shines in this movie. He plays a very clearly British, endearing and slightly awkward Newt, but the character’s kindness is obvious by the loving and friendly way that he treats his magical creatures. Dan Fogler does a great job as Jacob Kowalski, the muggle who is suddenly thrown into a world of wonder that existed beside him all along. He is the one the audience can best relate to, since he mirrors our sense of marvel. Katherine Waterstone and Alison Sudol also do a good job as the two vastly different magical sisters, who aid Newt in his adventure. If we had a small gripe, it would be that the excellent Colin Farell was in our opinion under used.

All in all, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a solid and visually stunning movie that manages to achieve three things.

First, although it takes place in the Harry Potter universe, it stands apart and has its very own story, which can be enjoyed separately from that of the famous young wizard. Second, it drops quite a few hints and names, which not only tie in nicely with the stories that we know, but also serve to set up the next installments, which are rumored to document Dumbledore’s past and connection with Grindelwald. Finally, the movie features a bustling 1926 New York, which coupled with the intriguing character dynamics, offers a brand new insight into Rowling magical world and leaves us poor muggles asking for more.

After following Harry’s adventures, many of us were left wanting to see much more of the story and luckily for us, it seems Rowling has that much more to offer. Personally, we can’t wait for the next movie, great job!

Lovers of harry potter triology would love this movie!

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

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Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  29 September 2017


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Kingsman headquarters got destroyed and the world held hostage with an insane drug virus, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day.


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This film is pure entertainment and one of the few movies with a justifiable big spend.  Mathew Vaughn has delivered yet another great movie. It begins just as the last film ends with an impressive if not opportunistic car chase in the Taxi throughout London ending with Eggsy swimming through the London sewers all so that he can see his mates in Camden one last time and set the drug-fuelled story of this film rolling.

It’s brilliant because the script did not lose its unique British vernacular that set the first film apart from so many other spy comedies. It’s still a British film dominated by British acting. This film will only hold out as long as America can laugh at its stupid stereotypes, which are meant to be funny for all, as Brits do in most Blockbuster movies.

Overcompensated CGI effects were glaringly obvious throughout the film and were slightly painful in certain scenes, but it allowed the film to create these brilliantly imagined and engaging action scenes in which the first film based it success upon. Without it, the action scenes would be gun fights like we have seen hundreds of times before. Although there is no scene on the same level as the church scene in the first film, the Diner scene at the end does come close with Pedro Pascal’s “skipping rope” as a weapon adding something new and slightly sickening as he cuts through one Italian guard like a hot knife would through butter.

Finally, this being a year for big failed celebrity cameos in movies and TV (Ed Sheeran in GOT and David Beckham in King Arthur in particular), Elton John in this film is hilarious and plays a much bigger role than expected, which was all for seeing. His Kick ass fight scene and the part scene of him and Colin Firth killing the Robot Dog is a loveable scene.

If you take this movie too seriously with some again comparing it to 007, you will be disappointed as of course, it’s not going to have the same class or sophistication as Fleming’s novels. That is what makes it different as it does not try to copy that or make a mockery of it either. The Kingsman films now stand on their own.

If you like action comedy movies, then this is a must. This movie would be great for friends, lovers but due to the vulgar and violent scene would not fit a family movie.

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Reviewed: The Emoji Movie

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Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  22 September 2017


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The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.


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If movies were reviewed only on creativity this would be a whopping 101 but considering all elements, it fell short in some aspects and the first being that anime are usually assumed to be created for family.

This one is not for the whole family, if Tim was 5 then he would be clueless or rather blank on the screenplay most of the time, and this makes the movie loose some of it’s viewers. When we saw the average rating we were not sure why but after watching the movie we sure got it. The movie started with a very interesting introduction, fifteen minutes into the movie and it became a motivational movie that encourages people to follow their hearts and not the norms. The Creativity around the cast (giving life to each emoticons) and the humors were excellent except most kids would not comprehend the level of communications.

The movie dwelled on Gene’s journey to self discovery that was followed by a stream of other hopefuls that deepens into the untouched world of spams, virus, hacks and some major red flag areas that should be filtered down. If it was created for Kids there are couple of red flags but computer geeks, phone lovers and some techy people would love it.

Out of the 12 kids at the movie, only 3 got the story-line, others were waiting for the funny scenes and lost the plot.

If you like comedy movies, you should see this. We would not call this a family movie but something for young adults and teenagers. Over protective parents would feel their Kids are being sold the mobile world and would get more clued to their cellphones.  It’s a decent watch for friends.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Laughable Action

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Release Date in South Africa Theatres –  25 August  2017


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From Summit Entertainment. The world”s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) gets a new client: a hit man who came in from the cold (Samuel L. Jackson). They”ve been on the opposite ends of a bullet for years. Now they must team up and have only 24 hours to get to The Hague to bring down a murderous dictator (Gary Oldman)


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It had been a while since an action comedy screened and Renoylds just sticks well with funny comedy action movie. This was by far the most exciting old fashion action movie seen in the past few months. It was fun, got lots of funny moments especially when we saw the interaction between Ryan Reynolds (Bryce) and Samuel L. Jackson (Kincaid). It was actually not a new recipe where two people of different background had to work together to be safe from the bad guys (a little bit similar formula in the movie Bulletproof with Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler). However, this movie was having a lot more awesome ridiculous stunts and a lot more brutal. Yes, the killings were pretty violent but not up to the level of horrifying.

The movie had got an R rating mostly I think due to the profound language (countless times we would hear the “F” word being used in here) and some of the action sequences. The main attraction in this movie was definitely the amazing chemistry between Bryce and Kincaid’s characters. It was really wonderful to see how difficult Bryce who was a methodical full of planning type had to deal with Kincaid who always did anything based on instinct. Surprisingly also, Salma Hayek’s character as a totally violent person was very fun to watch.

The money is so fun and action packed in so many scenes, there was no dull moment in the movie, except maybe the first 10 mins into the action scenes. For a movie of almost 2 hours, it sure filled us with lots of entertaining scenes. Just when you thought that it was over, there seemed to be something else again. And if you wait till the end credit scene, you can see a quite funny scene before it ended.

Another factor that made the movie so fun to see was the use of some 80s songs to accompany the “romantic” scenes such as Hello by Lionel Richie or I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. The explosion effects and the sound effects were great. All in all this film was a really entertaining movie that gave us lots and lots of fun.

If you like comedy and action type movies you should like see this. We would really recommend this one for you to see in the cinemas near you. If you are longing for a good fun comedy action movie, then you have got to see this. It’s a very decent watch for friends.

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