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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

January 11th, 2019
 

x"Aquaman"

In Maine, lighthouse keeper Thomas Curry rescues Atlanna, the princess of the underwater nation of Atlantis, during a storm. They fall in love and have a son, Arthur, born with the power to communicate with marine lifeforms. Atlanna is forced to abandon her family and return to Atlantis, entrusting to her loyal advisor Nuidis Vulko the mission of training Arthur. Under Vulko's guidance, Arthur becomes a skilled warrior but is rejected by the Atlanteans for being a half-breed.


One day Arthur confronts a band of sea pirates. Their leader, Jesse Kane, dies during the confrontation while his son, David, vows revenge against Arthur. Arthur's other enemy is Orm, Arthur's younger half-brother and Atlantis' king who usesfear oif an attack by lend dwellers a pretext to declare war on the surface.King Nereus of Xebel's daughter Mera aided by Vulko now are in a race to get the legendary Trident of the first King which will affrim Arthur's claiom to the throne and end the conflict. They begin inthe Sahara desert, where the trident was forged, and unlock a holographic message that leads them to Sicily, where they retrieve the trident’s coordinates. All doe snot go smoothly a vengeful David, now calling himself Black Manta,is hunting them as they try to head off a massive confrtontation that may resultin a planet-wide Apocalypse.


The Players: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe Dolph Lundgren Nicole Kidman Julie Andrews

Directed by James Wan
Screenplay by David Leslie Johnson- and Will Beall
Released by Warner Brothers


x"Replicas"

William Foster is a brilliant neuroscientist who loses his wife, son and two daughters in a tragic car accident. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, William comes up with a daring and unprecedented plan to download their memories and clone their bodies.

As the experiment begins to spiral out of control, Foster soon finds himself at odds with his dubious boss, a reluctant accomplice, a police task force and the physical laws of science.


The Players: Alice Eve, Keanu Reeves, Emily Alyn Lind

Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Screenplay by Chad St. John and Stephen Hamel
Released by Entertainment Studios

 

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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