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Comedy, Sci-fi

Release Date:

March 22, 2024

Director:

Gil Kenan

Cast:

Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray

Plot Summary:

In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who’ve developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.

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Brandon started Coastal House Media, formerly, BCactionMR.com in 2012, with the intent of publishing news he found exciting about upcoming and current events in the world of comic book, action and sci-fi movies. A year later, "BC" became a Verified Creator (Paid Writer) for Movie Pilot, a large fan site, dedicated to all things pop culture. [2013-2018] After Movie Pilot closed its doors, Brandon decided he wanted to give others the opportunity to continue writing and sharing their passion and excitement for entertainment news. We now have evolved into an ever-growing community of bloggers, writers and gamers who love to share our opinions with the world. We cover everything from pop culture, indie, horror, movies, gaming and streaming, to the most recent film trailers to hit the internet. Coastal House Media is dedicated to J.S.W. Thank you for planting the seed all those years ago. RIP Brother

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Netflix’s A Family Affair: Failed Attempt to Create a Classic Rom-Com?

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Netflix's A Family Affair

How would you feel if your mom started dating your boss? Well, hardly anyone would be a fan of that relationship. Netflix’s latest movie A Family Affair is based on that very concept that you’d consider awkward if it had happened to you. The film stars Joey King, Zac Efron, and Nicole Kidman as leads with Kathy Bates, Sherry Cola, and Liza Koshy in supporting roles. Directed by Richard LaGravenese, the movie follows a surprise romance that creates turmoil in Zara’s (Joey King) personal and professional life.

The Plot

Joey King’s character, Zara, works as an assistant for a famous actor, Chris Cole (Zac Efron), hoping to make it as a producer one day. From getting breakup gifts for his girlfriends to running errands for him at midnight, she is giving her all until she cannot. She feels lost in her career and quits, which makes Cole realize that he needs her to do his daily tasks. As Cole visits Zara’s house, he finds himself alone with her mother (Nicole Kidman) and shortly they begin drinking. One thing leads to another, and Zara finds them having s*x on her mother’s bed. Her life turns upside down as her mother continues to have a relationship with her boss.

Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King in A Family Affair

Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Joey King in Netflix’s ‘A Family Affair’

What We Like

The movie begins with an interesting concept and a strong plot. It stars a stellar cast but Zac Efron shines throughout the movie. Each actor brings out their unique style and talent to enhance the story in the movie. Nicole Kidman and Kathy Bates’ relationship in the movie focuses on an important message. Their connection boasts women’s friendship and how they need to understand one another – which is easily one of the best highlights of the movie.

A Family Affair is one of those rom-com movies you might want to watch on a Friday night after a stressful week. The amazing locations and cinematography are soothing to the eyes.

What We Don’t Like

The movie starts strong but ends up falling weak in the middle. The plot becomes thin and predictable. The film makes you wonder if it’s one of those Hallmark Christmas movies, especially during its Christmas scenes. At times Kidman’s character feels unnatural to her and looks fake on the screen. There is almost zero chemistry between her and Efron which makes the romance look forced. The story seems rushed and illogical at some points. The hair and makeup department surprisingly failed to keep the movie realistic. Nicole Kidman looks older than her character’s age, she even looks older than usual with her hair and makeup like plastic.

You may even feel like giving up on the movie as it gets a little hard to watch after 30 minutes in. It starts to look similar to Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine’s The Idea of You, which makes you wonder if it’s worth watching anymore. The plot gets unrealistic, and weak with dialogues that make you cringe.

Joey King and Liza Koshy in A Family Affair

Joey King and Liza Koshy in ‘A Family Affair’

Is It Worth Watching?

The negatives outweigh the positives but in simple words – yes. If you are a fan of rom-coms or want to watch a no-brainer movie alone, or with someone then yes, the movie is worth watching. Although, it’s hard to see it as a classic rom-com movie that you’d love to often revisit in 10 years. A Family Affair is a decent watch, but it fails to stand with classics like 13 Going on 30, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Runaway Bride, etc.

A Family Affair is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Bad Boys: Ride Or Die Review – Smith and Lawrence Deliver Explosive Entertainment.

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Bad Boys: Ride or Die [credit: Sony Pictures Releasing]

Hollywood has been struggling as of late and a lot is riding on the success of the fourth installment of this beloved franchise. The directors Adil and Bilall have had a tough time after their last feature Batgirl was shelved, Sony is looking to move on from the Madame Web debacle and Smith is gearing up for his big comeback after the slap. Hollywood history also tells us that there aren’t a lot of franchises that are able to deliver blockbuster business in their fourth installments.

 

I went into this movie cautiously optimistic with Adil and Bilall returning to direct. They also directed the last entry, which turned out not only the highest-grossing movie in this franchise but also the highest-grossing movie of 2020, which are quite the achievements. This franchise is almost 30 years old now, but these two directors found a way to give it a modern touch while staying loyal to the legacy of these characters. In this entry, they take it up a notch and give us some of the most creative camera work and they never seem to run out of ideas throughout this movie.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die [credit: Sony Pictures Releasing]

The main attraction of these movies has always been the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence. Smith brings the style, and Lawrence brings the charm. As always, they are unreal together on screen and the movie is at its strongest when it is focusing on both of them. I was curious to see if the slap would affect Smith’s screen presence or his comic timing, but he seemed cool for the most part. Although, I did sense a hint of nervousness a couple of times. On the other hand, Martin Lawrence was having a blast.

 

Eric Dane is menacing as our main villain here, which is also thanks to the directors’ presentation of his character. Jacob Scipio is awesome in action sequences, while Alexander Ludwig and Vanessa Hudgens are great together. Rhea Seehorn and Ioan Gruffudd are our other new additions to this entry, but both of them seemed nowhere near their best. It was mostly due to the fact that they were portraying unlikeable, cliche, and predictable characters. But the real MVP here is Reggie. He gets his moment and it is awesome. There are also quite a few cameos which are all well-handled.

Bad Boys: Ride or Die [credit: Sony Pictures Releasing]

BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE

The story is easily the weakest part here with not a lot of character development, especially for the supporting cast. The plot is thin and doesn’t have too many layers to it and even the twists mostly fail to surprise. But that doesn’t mean that the adventure that our characters are on isn’t fun. One can clearly see that the focus in the structuring of this movie was to make it as fun as possible. There are also some questionable editing choices, but the pacing of the narrative is really good.

 

Bad Boys: Ride Or Die delivers an explosively entertaining ride in one of the franchise’s best entries. It embraces its outrageousness and gives some wild action sequences. Smith and Lawrence’s chemistry is unreal, while Adil and Bilall bring their A-game. Audiences will eat up this hilarious ride that will surely be one of the best movie-going experiences of the year. A treat for fans of the franchise. Hopefully, we get more of these.

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‘SEIZE THEM!’ Review | A Rollicking British Comedy Adventure

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This review was made possible by watching an early preview thanks to Escapes supported by the BFI and the National Lottery for organising free nationwide screenings designed to encourage everyone to rediscover the joys of independent cinema

Seize Them!” is a riotous British comedy that marries the best traits of Monty Python, Horrible Histories, Blackadder, and Carry On into a rollicking adventure with a valuable message at its core about finding your song. Director Curtis Vowell delivers a clever, fast-paced film that doesn’t hold back on sword fights, crude humour, and unexpected friendships. The Dark Ages provides us with a British comedy classic. 

The film is a comedy road movie set in the Dark Ages that follows the story of the clueless Queen Dagan (Aimee Lou Wood), an egotistical ruler who is unexpectedly overthrown and toppled from her throne by the charismatic and ruthless Humble Joan (Nicola Coughlan). As Queen Dagan embarks on a quest to reclaim her kingdom, she is joined by unlikely companions, including Shulmay, a former servant with a lot of secrets (Lolly Adefope), and Bobik, a shit-shoveler who ultimately wants more out of life (Nick Frost). Both companions add depth, warmth, and hilarity to her journey as Dagan begins her quest for justice and ultimately faces every conceivable hardship and danger as she embarks on this voyage to win back her throne. She also has to face up to the very worst parts of herself and ultimately answer if she can ever become queen again, can she become a better person while she does it? And what if she has to choose?

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At the heart of this adventure is Queen Dagan, a master of all she surveys, with an ego to match, played outstandingly with delightful arrogance by Aimee Lou Wood. who finds herself headfirst with the revolution-led Humble Joan, portrayed by the charming Nicola Coughlan. The Queen, however, becomes a fugitive in her kingdom, alongside a hefty bounty that’s been put on her head. The dynamic between these two leading ladies is electric, setting the stage for a quest filled with laughter, heart, and a surprising dose of self-discovery.

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The ensemble cast, including the hilarious Lolly Adefope and the ever-charismatic Nick Frost, adds depth and nuance to the story, creating a compelling tapestry of characters that you can’t help but root for. The chemistry between the actors is infectious, making their journey from foes to friends a joy. We also get appearances from some of the U.K. and Ireland’s best comic talent, such as Jessica Hynes as Leofwine, Paul Kaye and John MacMillan as Kings Ivarr and Guthrum, Jason Barnett as Thane Tostig, alongside James Acaster as Felix the Ironmonger. 

Visually, “Seize Them!” shines with its detailed production design and cinematography, which immersed me and the audience at my screening into the mediaeval world of the film. The practical effects and action sequences are seamlessly integrated, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already engaging plot. 

But what truly sets this film apart is its sharp, witty dialogue that harkens back to the comedic genius of its predecessors. Written by Andy Riley, the clever banter and quick wit keep the pace brisk and the laughs coming, making “Seize Them!” a thoroughly entertaining ride from start to finish. 

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Overall, “Seize Them!” is a delightful blend of humour, heart, and adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Whether you’re a fan of British comedy or simply looking for a feel-good movie with a meaningful message, this film is sure to delight you. So, seize the opportunity to watch this comedic gem and prepare to be swept away on a whimsical and hilarious journey across the Dark Ages. I applaud and give this film a high fünf! just make sure to be in a circle of safety when Big Liam arrives.

Seize them! will be in UK Cinemas from April 5th.

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