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with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

February 14 th, 2019

x"Alita Battle Angel"

American cyberpunk action film Battle Angel Alita, known in Japan as Gunnm, is a Japanese cyberpunk manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990 and originally published in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine. Two of the nine-volume comics were adapted into two anime original video animation episodes This film adaptation is strictly eye-candy. The story struggles to keep up with its special effects, but fans of futuristic sci-fi action may still find themselves more than sufficiently entertained.

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.

The Players: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson

Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis
Released by


GLASS is the third and final entrey in Shyamalan's trilogy whihcbegan with the horrific train crash in UNBREAKABLE that killed every single passenger with the strange exception of David Dunn, who left the disaster without a single scratch or bruise. Where UNBREAKABLE was a Mystery and SPLIT a Horror Film, GLASS tries its best to rise above the former filsm and become a sort of X-Men climactic adventure.

Willis's portrayal of Dunn's solid stoicism, Jackson's Glass's articulate didacticism, and McAvoy's amazing multiple-personality disorder all shine and Paulsen's concerned psychologiist all are sharply defined characxters - and then as the plot thickens and Glass strats to manipulate everyone, it seems that a showdown is immenent. Then - a big twist - the key ingredient in a Shyamalan film. It either leaves you stunned or very confused and disappointed. No spoilers here. But one way or another, this is a shocker.

The Players: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy, Sarah Paulson, Charlayne Woodard, and Spencer Treat Clark.

Directed by M. Nigfht Saymalan
Screenplay by M. Night Shymalan
Released by Universdal Pictures


x"Mary Poppins Returns"

Dick Van Dyke is the only actor from the original to return, portraying the son of one of his original characters.

Set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy. Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier.

Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins -- the beloved nanny from their childhood -- arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.

The Players: Emily Blunt Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw Dick Van Dyke, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep Colin Firth, Daviud Warner and Angela Landsbury

Directed by Rob Marshall
Screenplay by David McGee
Released by Disney

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