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

January 18th, 2019
 

x"Glass"


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"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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