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Paddington 2 (2018) Review

IF WE’RE KIND AND POLITE,

THE WORLD WILL BE RIGHT


 

Back at the beginning of 2015, during the same January opening weekend that Kevin Hart’s comedy film Wedding Ringer and Bradley Cooper’s bio-pic drama American Sniper were released, a little and polite bear made his first big-screen debut with the movie Paddington. First released in November of 2014 in the UK (before making his US debut a few months later), Paddington, which was based off of the book character of the same name from author Michael Bond, was directed by Paul King and the tale of a young polite bear named Paddington, who moved into the Brown family in London and learned what it meant to be a part of a family, while evading the grips of a villainous taxidermist. It was a whimsical film that featured childish fun and mischief, with the movie being targeted for the young “juice box” crowd”, but also presented a heartwarming tale of family and acceptance. Paddington went on gain mostly positive reviews from both critics and moviegoers everywhere and did gain a sizeable return on its investment, cultivating roughly $268 million against its production budget, which estimated around $50 million. This success proved strong enough for a follow-up adventure to be greenlit to be commissioned in sometime in the near future. Now, StudioCanal, Heday Films and director Paul King present the second chapter in the world’s most “polite” bear with the movie Paddington 2. Does this second installment shine bright as its predecessor or does it fail to impress and lack emotional heart and mischievous fun in this second helping of a feature? Read more

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Review

SLEEK, SEXY, AND FUN


The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was a television show that debuted back in the heyday of the 60s spy genre, where the super slick James Bond style was at the forefront of pop culture. Running for five seasons (from 1964 to 1968) followed a troublesome pair of spy super sleuths, American spy Napoleon Solo and Russian spy Illya Kuryakin, as they worked together for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) and their battle against global crises. Acting as a somewhat prequel to the original television show (or origin story), Warner Bros. Pictures and director Guy Ritchie present a theatrical reimagining of Solo and Kuryakin’s first co-op mission in the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Does the movie relive the spy glory days of old or is it just another meekly sleuth capper of a bygone age? Read more