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Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Review: This Thrilling Spectacle is a Tremendous Triumph



In 2018, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie gave us one of the best action movies of the century, Mission Impossible: Fallout, and cemented this franchise as one of the best of all time. Since Brad Bird revived Mission Impossible with Ghost Protocol (2011) and then Christopher Mcquarrie took over, this franchise has consistently delivered top-quality spy action thrillers, with each one surpassing it’s predecessor. Naturally, expectations were high when Tom Cruise announced that he was making 2 more entries back to back with McQuarrie returning to helm both. The 5 year-long wait has finally ended and Ethan Hunt is back with another thrilling adventure.

This entry has several changes in its creative team such as JJ Abrams not being involved in any capacity, Erik Jendresen on board to write with McQuarrie, Fraser Taggart replacing Rob Hardy as the cinematographer etc. apart from some fresh faces in the cast. But these changes have proved to be spot-on as they elevated the whole experience and brought some fresh energy to the world and the narrative. There was a lot of pressure on Dead Reckoning part one’s shoulders to deliver another banger with a gigantic budget of $290m and being labeled as a “send-off” for Ethan Hunt’s character.

Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

After locking horns with Henry Cavill’s August Walker in Fallout, Ethan Hunt must now go up against a foe that he’s never faced before. A foe that can’t be seen, touched, or traced. This time the foe is an AI called “The Entity” that threatens world order. Right from the incredibly tense opening sequence, the narrative establishes the height of the stakes this time and gives us a glimpse of what this enemy is capable of. Esai Morales’ Gabriel acts as the human form of The Entity and together they make a menacing opponent for Ethan Hunt and his team. The screenplay quickly picks up the pace once the team is back together and from that point never slows down. Luther brings wisdom while Benji brings the charm and regular comic relief.

Christopher McQuarrie and Erik Jendresen’s script is utterly compelling that gives us a great balance of thrill, drama, emotion and occasional humor. However, they do take a lot of liberty to drop in some over-the-top cheesy lines that may distract some from the seriousness of the situation. The twists arrive at the right points in the journey and make sure that the viewer’s investment in the narrative is maintained and sometimes heightened. The new characters are also carefully crafted, especially Grace (Hayley Atwell). Another highlight of the script is that somehow it never slows down and only keeps on building its intensity while maintaining a grounded tone.

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

The stakes have never been higher, and you are regularly reminded of what makes this group so special, which is the fact that they are much more about just doing insane things and saving the world. Their real strength lies in their trust in each other, and their sense of companionship, loyalty and justice. These characters have somehow become more likeable with each entry and we keep getting impactful emotional moments with them regularly. There is one shocking scene in the second act which made me cry and will probably make many shed some tears as well. One minor issue that I had was the lack of physical fight sequences in the first half, but apart from that I couldn’t find a lot of issues with this stellar spectacle.

Overall, Mission Impossible: Dead reckoning part one is a stimulating experience from start to finish that executes a compelling story with style, grandeur and emotion. Tom Cruise is not slowing down with age, he is actually getting quicker and sharper. It feels like the beginning of the end, but also feels like a new beginning. Not many franchises have come close to giving us such an exhilarating product with jaw-dropping action sequences and a salient ensemble, even in its seventh installment, but Mission Impossible proves that this still has a lot of gas left in the tank and will continue to deliver unforgettable cinematic experiences just like Dead reckoning part one. Watch it on the biggest screen possible.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One releases in cinemas on July 12.

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Arthur the King is an Epic Masterpiece



Arthur the King movie poster (Lionsgate Films)

Here follows the review of Arthur the King, a story of deep connection between people and dogs. Not all heroes wear capes, some have wagging tails and would cross a river (and jungle) for you.


Desperate for one last chance to win, Michael Light convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team gets pushed to the outer limits of endurance, a dog named Arthur comes along for the ride, redefining what victory, loyalty and friendship truly means.

Arthur Foundation

Mikael Lindnord raced through a jungle in Ecuador and after feeding a few meatballs to a stray dog made a friend for life. The dog followed Mikael and his team through the rough terrain. Mikael named the dog Arthur and took him back home with him.

Arthur and Mikael Lindnord (Photo taken by Krister Goransson)

The Arthur Foundation collaborates with various organizations in different countries that work towards animal welfare.

Click on the following links to reach out to Mikael Lindnord.

Movie Review (no spoilers)

The movie is based on the memoir, Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home by Mikael Lindnord, who was the athlete who participated in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador. It is important to note in the movie they refer to him as Michael Light. Even though the original race took place in Ecuador, the movie changed the location to the Dominican Republic. The original race took place in 2014, while in the movie the race takes place in 2018.

Mark Wahlberg portrays the part of the Mikael and delivers an excellent performance alongside Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel and Ali Suliman. Ukai, a stray dog, was a real champion portraying the role of Arthur. The film takes us through picturesque locations in the Dominican Republic. The suspense was felt at every turn and corner and you are kept glued to the screen with a gripping storyline. The story balances the journey of Mikael and Arthur and eventually joins their path like a jigsaw puzzle.

Mark Wahlberg as Mikael Light (Lionsgate Films)

A fictional backstory is provided of Mikael’s competitive journey as well as the journey that Arthur took to get to Mikael. The movie successfully tells a deep story of connection between dogs and people. If you want to know more about the real story, you can check your local bookstore or Amazon for a copy of Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

This movie is a 5 out of 5 for me. The connection between Mikael and Arthur is brought to life in this epic masterpiece. Arthur found a home in the heart of Mikael and thanks to Mark Wahlberg and Ukai, this film adaptation of ‘Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home’ became a memorable movie.

The trailer doesn’t spoil any of the important scenes of the movie. Arthur the King has a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no post-credits scene so no need to wait till the end.

Arthur the King Official Trailer (Lionsgate Films)

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A Must-See Satanic Panic Horror – Late Night With the Devil




Written and directed by Cameron Cairnes & Colin Cairnes, Late Night With the Devil follows a late night TV host Jack Delroy, fighting the plummeting viewership of his show by welcoming in people from the occult in order to change that, but of course, everything doesn’t go as smooth as planned.

David Dastmalchian as Jack Delroy Late Night With the Devil (2023)

David Dastmalchian has appeared in a lot of films however always in smaller roles including The Dark Knight, Prisoners and more recently The Suicide Squad. This film allows Dastmalchian to take on the lead role of Jack Delroy, the host of the late night show at the centre of this film, and he genuinely does a great job. There’s a real range of emotions which his character goes through during the course of this film and he depicts them so well.

If you’re a fan of the horror genre, you’re going to really appreciate the use of practical effects in this. There’s plenty of stretchy and gooey gore for all of the horror fanatics that will have you shouting at the screen. 

From left to right: Laura Gordon, Ingrid Torelli, David Dastmalchian, Ian Bliss

If you want to hear my full thoughts, check out my review over on YouTube and let me know your opinions in the comments.

Late Night With the Devil will be released in cinemas from 22nd March and on Shudder on 19th April.

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‘I Love You, Guys’ Review | A Poignant Exploration of Celebrity Vulnerability and Human Resilience



We are living in an era where celebrities are worshipped like deities and sometimes, people forget that he or she is also a normal human being. If we feel happy or sad at certain moments, they do as well and even though a lot of people always surround them, they get vulnerable too. Although a lot of filmmakers forget to show that aspect of their lives, Billie Melissa Rogan takes the bold approach of showing the truth. Her directorial debut, ‘I Love You, Guys,’ is a poignant story about a celebrity fighting her inner self to maintain her celebrity image. The result is a stunning piece of art that resonates long after the end credits roll in.

The short film opens with a profound close-up of the young singing sensation named Sky (Becky Bush). She has made a name for herself by making and singing really exceptional songs. As a result, she is adored by her fans. Even though it feels like Sky has everything she wants, viewers see her submerged in a bathtub as she tries to battle her anxiety. Just then, Sky gets a phone that she’d be performing state-side. Now, that’s where we get to know about her vulnerable state for the first time. Although she says that she is really happy with the above-mentioned news, her face tells a different story. Despite her impending stardom, Sky has not started to feel the massive weight of mounting pressure, a sentiment audiences get to see in her conversations with bandmate Ryan (Pedro Leandro) and girlfriend Taylor (Celi Crossland).

Becky Bush in a still from ‘I Love You, Guys’ (Jumpcut Studios)

As the story moves forward, we get to know that ‘I Love You, Guys’ is about the fragile nature of the human spirit as much as it is about celebrity culture. It not only navigates themes of depression, it also highlights the turbulent emotional journey of Sky. One of the best aspects of the film is how Rogan masterfully brings Cory Varney’s screenplay to life. She managed to capture every minor detail of Sky’s emotions with utmost precision. Despite the fact that it is her first-ever film as a director, we get a sense that we are watching a flick helmed by a seasoned filmmaker.

Another aspect that makes this film such a compelling watch is its cinematography. Jenni Suitiala has done a phenomenal in showing expressions through vibrant colors and Rogan has made full use of the settings to give viewers a visually striking film. Whether it is heated arguments or silent moments of despair, each frame feels authentic and draws audiences into Sky’s personal life.

Apart from Rogan’s direction, Varney’s script is this film’s biggest strength. The writer has undoubtedly done a stunning job of showing the humanity of these characters. There’s a reason why Sky’s struggles feel very personal and it is because we have endured such moments in life. Moments where we doubt ourselves even when we know we are more than capable of doing a particular thing. Not every smiling person is happy. Sometimes he or she is smiling just so that no one finds out about the tough times they are going through.

A still from ‘I Love You, Guys’ (Jumpcut Studios)

Acting-wise, Becky Bush has given a performance that is surely going to open several doors for her. She delivers a magnificent performance by infusing Sky with a beautiful balance of vulnerability and strength. The way she manages to convey an innumerable amount of emotions is spectacular. I believe this is one of the most apt depictions of mental turmoil. Meanwhile, Pedro Leandro and Celi Crossland are just as spectacular. Every interaction between the characters feels genuine and nuanced.

All in all, ‘I Love You, Guys’ is a testament to how resilient a human spirit can be. In just 15 minutes, Rogan, Varney, and Bush take viewers on a journey that’s thought-provoking and talks about a subject that no one talks about. The writing, direction, and performances achieve a lot more than just viewers’ attention. The film offers a compelling examination of the human cost of pursuing fame and success. A poignant story that touches on themes of ambition, relationships, and self-discovery.

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