The Courier (2021) – Release News


THE COURIER is a true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history.   At the behest of the UK’s MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation  and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Benedict Cumberbatch

Merab Ninidze

Rachel Brosnahan

Jessie Buckley

Directed by

Dominic Cooke

Trailer Alert – Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove premieres on digital Feb 12 from Quiver Distribution.

This February, BAFTA Nominee Mena Suvari faces danger at Paradise Cove.

Todd Grinnell (“One Day at a Time”) and Kristin Bauer van Straten (“True Blood”) also star in the Martin Guigui-directed thriller, the story of a contractor and his wife who move to Malibu to flip his mother’s beach house and are terrorized by the deranged homeless lady living under the house.

Written and executive produced by Sherry Klein, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness, The Bronx Bull),

Looted (2019) Movie Review

Looted – Gritty & Engaging

Director: Rene van Pannevis

Writer: Rene van Pannevis, Kefi Chadwick (Screenplay)

Starring: Charley Palmer Rothwell, Thomas Turgoose, Tom Fisher, Morgane Polanski, Anders Hayward, Stephen Uppal

Plot: Rob lives his life at 100mph, carefully balancing carjacking schemes and caring for his dying father. But one risky job could bring it all crashing down.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Looted starts as we meet the group of friends in Hull Rob (Rothwell), Leo (Turgoose), Kasia (Polanski) and JP (Hayward) that roam around committing carjackings and other breaking and entry crimes with the lack of job opportunities in the area. Rob is also caring for his bedridden father Oswald (Fisher) as the two barely see any income coming from his previous job.

Rob is pushed into one more job by Leo, one that will pay better than anything they have done before, which will only lead to bigger problems and consequences for Rob.

Thoughts on Looted

Characters & Performances – Rob is a young man that has been carjacking for money while caring for his father, he spends most of his day getting up to minor crimes, he is holding in the problems he is going to face, holding the truth from his father which will continue to show how he is waiting to unleash the pain he is experiencing. Charley Palmer Rothwell does a great job in the leading role, he shows the difficult position that his character finds himself in. Leo is the friend that has the connection in the criminal world, he pushes his friends including Rob to commit the crimes, which always feels like he is using them for both friendship and to help himself out. Thomas Turgoose will always be good in British dramas about the struggle to survive, this is no different, where he shows how he has become the man to turn to in this area. Oswald is the father of Rob who has worked his whole life, but now is bedridden, he is waiting for an operation which could change his life as well as him not wanting to just rely on his son. Tom Fisher shows the pure pain his character is experiencing after a lifetime of hard work. Kasia is one of the group of friends, she is the only positive light in Rob’s life, helping him with his father. Morgane Polanski does bring us the most honest figure in the film, showing they want more in her characters life.

StoryThe story here follows a small time criminal who commits the crimes to help care for his ill father, with one big opportunity could change everything and it does. This film uses the story to highlight the struggles of the working class that will find jobs hard to come by, leaving them wanting to kill time and turning to illegal activities to get what they need out of life. We do get to focus on one young man’s decision making, which will lead to him needing to decide what is the most important thing for him in the future, which is the true aim of the story.

ThemesLooted uses the setting to show the small town that the people are from, showing they don’t have much of a chance of jobs, which leads them to the life of crime. The crimes themselves are mostly breaking and entry, which shows how the friends aren’t overly serious about what they are committing.

Looted is a powerful drama that highlights the difficult life people in the North of England can live through, showing how far they will need to go to survive.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2020 – S – Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“What bring you here Mr. Miller? What sort of English man would accept a position teaching Herr Hitler’s league of German girls?” – Miss Rocholl

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A spy is sent undercover to a British boarding school for German girls in order to try and find out what happened to another spy who disappeared while searching for secret files.

My Take on it – This is a film that I just heard about and both the cast and premise drew me in right away.

The film presents a very intriguing and unique kind of spy story that works quite well throughout.

The film has a very talented cast led by Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench.

Izzard does a wonderful job in the lead role and helps keep things so realistic in his portrayal of things.

He also co-wrote the screenplay and it’s easy to see that he plays this character so perfectly.

Dench is also great here and she plays a character very different from the kind we are use to seeing her portray.

The film’s plot is filled with some very interesting twists and turns that help keep things so fascinating to watch unfold.

The setting and timing of this film are also chosen really well and they help keep things so thrilling to watch as it progresses since we know that the war is imminent so the stakes are quite high.

Bottom Line -Really intriguing spy story that works really well. The cast is great and Izzard does a wonderful job in the lead role. He also co-wrote the story. Loved seeing Dench in a role that is a bot different than we are used to seeing her in. The plot has some great twists and turns along the way that help keep things so fascinating to play out.  The setting and timing of this story is also great and helps keep things even more taut and thrilling because of the impending war. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The main plot is loosely inspired in the real-life Augusta Victoria College, located in the also real-life coastal town Bexhill-on-Sea (county of Sussex, south-east to England). As in the movie, Augusta Victoria College was a female high school for influential and high ranking Nazi families. Its name refers Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (German: Auguste Viktoria Friederike Luise Feodora Jenny von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg), who was the last empress of Germany. The college opened in 1932 and it was closed in 1939, after the invasion of Poland by Germany that started the World War II. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Catch Up 2020 – S – The Scorpion King: Book of Souls (2018) Movie Review

Director: Don Michael Paul

Writer: David Alton Hedges, Frank DeJohn (Screenplay)

Starring: Zach McGowan, Nathan Jones, Peter Mensah, Mayling Ng, Katy Kouise Saunders, Howard Charles

Plot: The Scorpion King teams up with a female warrior named Tala, who is the sister of The Nubian King. Together they search for a legendary relic known as The Book of Souls, which will allow them to put an end to an evil warlord.

Tagline – New quest, new villains, one legend – the Scorpion King returns.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Adventure Movie

Story: The Scorpion King: Book of Souls starts as Nebserek (Mensah) gains the power of Anubis destroying the land around him, becoming desperate to hunt down the last Akkadian, Mathayus, The Scorpion King (McGowan). When Mathayus is captured, he is saved by lone warrior Tala (Thusi), daughter of Balthazar who wants him to take his throne back on the land.

Mathayus and Tala travel to the underworld in search for a way to stop Nebserek, being the only ones that bring about the stop to his evil tirade against the land.

Thoughts on The Scorpion King: Book of Souls

Characters – Mathayus the former Scorpion King is now living as a blacksmith away from the world in a small city, a place where he is encouraged to return to his warrior wars, he is left no choice when Nebserek comes for him, he must reluctantly go on a quest to defeat him and save the land. Nebserek is the new tyrant who has been looking to control the land, he is invisible in battle thanks to his weapon and people are left with little choice than to join or fight him. Tala is the daughter of Balthazar, the warrior Mathayus fought alongside in the first film, she has been searching for Mathayus believing he could bring hope back to the land, showing she is just as deadlier as her father. Amina is the guardian of the book of souls, the one thing that could finally defeat Nebserek, she is amazed by the real world, finally free from her prison. Enkidu is the clay golem guardian of Amina, he will always protect her no matter what the odds, bringing a lot of humour the film, which is much needed.

PerformancesZach McGowan is the latest name to step into the role of the Scorpion King, he does bring something fresh to the role too, not being a fierce as Dwayne Johnson, but looking like the broken man in need of redemption. Peter Mensah is great in the villainous role, showing the evil his character has through the film. Pearl Thusi brings us the fierce warrior with ease, Nathan Jones however is a complete scene stealer through the film, getting so many laughs.

StoryThe story here continues the adventures of the Scorpion King, he is trying to live away from the world, only for him to get drawn back into the battle with a new evil, forced into a quest that will one day free the land once again. The Scorpion King is now five films big of a franchise, which is amazing to think about, this is the first chapter to actually feel connected to the original though, by bringing back the daughter of one of the characters in that film to show that Mathayus was once the fierce warrior and still could be. The quest is everything we would expect, given us some moments of humour along the way. We do have a story that does feel strong, playing into the mythology that could have happened around the mysterious weapon that could bring fear to the land.

Action/FantasyThe action does give us fight scenes which are entertaining to watch without being too much bigger than we have seen before, with the fantasy being about the world Anbus and the underworld.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to keep everything looking fresh, with the open desert areas, with different people’s in it, the underworld looks great and use of lighting helps bring everything to life.

Scene of the Movie – The visit to the underworld.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough of the villains actions.

Final Thoughts This is a fun adventure that breaths new life into the Scorpion King character, much needed life too, bringing us back to the roots of the character.

Overall: Return of the King.