A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN (2018)

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A film by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Cast: Joe ColeVithaya PansringarmPanya Yimmumphai

The true story of Billy Moore, locked in one of the toughest prisons, Klong Prem. Refusing to die there, Billy learns Muay Thai boxing and finds a fraternity that will help him redeem himself.

The director here focuses on the life in prison instead if what happened before Billy got there. By this unique prism, we are also totally lost in a poisonous world in paradise Muay Thai, a form of boxing “religion” in Thailand. The daily – rapes, fights, drugs deals, etc. that takes place daily. The film primary beauty comes from its desire to capture the huddled bodies as if each inmate had an immense texture to form one with its  community. The energy of each shot to exalt Moore’s rage that one feels ready to explode at the slightest jostling. Then comes the strange time of appeasement, when the boxer can finally reconnect with what makes him progresses in life: his fists. It is a huge boxing film that is going to feel claustrophobic due to the fact that it is in prison but has a raw beauty that emerges. So many contradictions that lead straight to build a film that emerges bloodless and the impression of having seen an instant classic.

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SOLO: A STARS WARS STORY (2018)

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A film by Ron Howard

Cast: Alden EhrenreichWoody HarrelsonEmilia Clarke 

The adventures of a young Han Solo when he meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Here is this prequel of Han Solo, but the film is not entirely bad despite the not so formidable performances with a few surprises and it does not hits its marks. Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Where did Han Solo get his last name? How did he and Chewbacca meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? meet? What was the winning hand in the game of Sabacc that gave him possession of the Millennium Falcon? How exactly did he make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? Those are the question that we should have been asking ourselves after the first 3 Stars wars. And those answers will be revealed as you watch the film, and the film answers all those question and more.

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Han  (Alden Ehrenreich) hot wires cars and meets Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on planet carry like the burning rubber, gasoline and adolescent hormones like those teenagers films back in the 60’s. Han wants to get out of Corellia and take Qi’ra with him. Also he meets a bunch of criminals who wants to get at this big score.  Things are not as they seems most of the time and like someone says do not trust anyone. There are plenty of action scenes that are cool with some state of the art special effect. Some of the old characters of the first three Stars Wars are back and younger of course and yes it is cool to see them. Even the old ship is back. There are some tension here and there with humour. The film like I said is not entirely bad it is watchable and works but it is missing something. 

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DEADPOOL 2 (2018)

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A film by David Leitch

Cast: Josh BrolinMorena BaccarinZazie Beetz, Ryan Reynolds

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), puts together a team of mutant rogue to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from a cyborg who is a time traveler who wants the boy dead.

Here it goes the first one was fun and we got to be introduced to Wade Wilson and yes it was fun to watch. But the second one even more funny than the first one. Deadpool 2 begins with a hilarious sequence that defiantly references Logan. So that is beside the point, the thing is there is a lot of references and jokes about other films; it is one joke after an other. Deadpool here has to save a kid who is using his power to kill well that is because he is being abused by the director of the facilities he is in. Then comes a cyborg time traveler who is in search of the kid. Here Josh Brolin get in the skin of his own character so well. Deadpool is going to get some help in order to do so and the X-force is born. The most funny scenes are when jump the plane in parachutes. It is so hilarious. However who casted Reynolds carries the role very well I am not sure if other actors would have done what he did. It looks like that it was custom-made for him. Here is a sequel who is not going to be boring at all and it does stand out. Seriously if you want to have a good time do not miss this one.

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DEN OF THIEVES (2018)

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A film by Christian Gudegast

Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. are after the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws who are closing on taking down  the Federal reserved which seems to be the final heist.

An armoured truck pulls up for a coffee stop and the guards are taken by surprise when a gang steals their vehicle, resulting in a battle that is both bloody and hard boil. Cops arrived and the big shoot out is about to start. They get away with the armoured truck. An Elite unit from the sheriff department is at the scene and try to figure out who did that and why they stole an armoured truck that is empty.

Thie is a heist film but not like any other with a twist in there somewhere. It is not the great film here but it is entertaining. Gerard Butler assumes the role of the sheriff which is after this gang who is going to do one more heist; Taking down the federal reserved, so they can retire at least for a while. You see how it is plan and the sheriff that is closing on them. The game of the cat and the mouse is on. The film is for the young demographic you know those who has testosterone pumping into their veins. It is not a total bust like I said it is easy to watch and a no brainer. Have fun.

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REVENGE (2018)

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A film by Coralie Fargeat

Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Three wealthy men  in their forties’ married go to their annual hunting party in a desert area of canyons. A way for them to reconnect with their manhood and decompressed  arms in hand. But this time, one of them came with his young mistress, an ultra sexy lolita that quickly stirs up the lust of the other two … Things go wrong … the young woman left for dead ,comes back to life … And the hunting party turns into a  manhunt …

At the time that Harvey Weinstein, is accused of harassing 30 women or so here is a film that comes out a revenge film of this woman who gets rape and left for dead. A bold move from director Fargeat on her first film. It is hard to do a film like this one because of the subject matter rape and I think because the director here is a woman she gets it; She navigate thought it just right. Very few has done so. She gets into the heads of the characters and even has a few surprises along the way. Yes it is bloody in fact they run out of blood so they recycle some of it in order to finish the film. The terrain is the desert cool location for this film and brutal as well. This grindhouse tradition of the rape-revenge thriller is going where it is supposed to be going and has vivid colours. Here the director  evokes the look and spirit of classic exploitation cinema, and Quentin Tarantino should be proud. This film is not going to be for everybody due to the subject matter. After seeing the desert with the hot scorching sun and the blood flying in my face through the screen I needed a couple of beers to refresh myself from this bloody film.

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BLACK PANTHER (2018)

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

After the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to take his place on the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. But when an old enemy re-emerges, T’Challa’s courage is put to the test, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world …

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Here is to my surprise  (I resisted a bit seeing this film) a great story telling with a positive message of Africa. So it is to my surprise that this film has a positive message and an other view of Africa which by far is a beautiful country with their own set of problems that they are dealing with. There is no shortage of talent, including Forest Whitaker as the Black Panther’s mentor, Lupita Nyong’o as a free-spirited beauty, Andy Serkis as a nasty arms dealer, Martin Freeman as a CIA agent, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright as the mother and sister. Wakanda is a Black universe, a world with a tapestry of the richest, sharpest colors and textures. Rachel Morrison’s beautiful cinematography and Ruth Carter’s costumes pop so vividly that they become almost tactile. The villain here wants to rule the world what else and the good guy, the king wants to be low-key but a women in his life thinks that Wakanda can help others and she has a plan of action. Here is a bit a change this comic super hero has women that are his body guards you will see here strong women that will actually fights. The suit of the black panther is actually cool with the gadget that his sister made and updated will keep him fighting while being safe. The film is like James bond into a Sci-fi Adventure , thriller combine with action sequences nor that they are anything wrong with that. Here is a film that will surprise you.

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12 STRONG (2018)

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A film by Nicolai Fuglsig

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña

The story of 12 men from the special forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. They team up with an afghan war lord and under a new captain to taken down the Taliban .

Chris Hemsworth Capt. Mitch Nelson, never been in a war, but did his training is going to lead 12 men to Afgannistan . They  were the first American troops to set foot in Afghanistan after 9/11. Hal Spencer (Michael Shannon) the most experience, Sam Diller (Michael Pena) the joker, plus a weapon expert Ben Milo (Trevante Rhodes) and the rest of the gang. Nelson gets his orders from the Colonel Mulholland (William Fichtner) and Lt. Col. Bowers ( Rob Riggle). Their mission is to invade northern Afghanistan through Uzbekistan with the help of the Uzbek warlord General Dostum (Navid Negahban), who has his own reasons for taking on the Taliban. Dostum and his men, Nelson and his team must capture the Afghan city of Mazar-Sharif. well despite their training the American is going to ride horses in oder to get where they are going because of the rough terrain. 

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Director Fuglsig here has shown what war can be a dark place where a blood bath is going to take place. Here is 12 men who are on horses against tank and heavy artillery survived this ordeal. Amazing or pure luck. Everybody underestimate Nelson is the dynamic here and he had little experience in the field. Not only he made a promise he will come back to his wife but tells the colonel he can do it in 21 days before the snow comes otherwise they are going to be stuck there. Not the big film here but the purpose of it is entertaining and surprising that those 12 men has survived this ordeal on horses. The film here is design to make you feel good.

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