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Braven

Aquaman steps out of the water …

Braven is a film about a tree logger named Joe Braven (Jason Momoa) and his family: his wife (Jill Wagner), daughter (Sasha Rossof), and Alzheimer’s-suffering father (Stephen Lang). Joe suggests to his friend that he uses Joe’s family cabin to rest during a long ice road journey, but his friend declines. Joe and his father decide to go to the seemingly empty cabin to talk about options for dealing with his father’s Alzheimer’s disease and they encounter some unexpected guests.

Jason Momoa steps out of the fantasy realm of his Aquaman role and his successful Dothraki character in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and into the action role of Joe Braven in Braven. While this movie is a B-grade action film, it becomes evident that Momoa is a brilliant action actor. He shows a consistent commitment to protecting his family and fighting off thugs, similar to the attitude of John Wick. Momoa is not the only strong character, as the film makes room for a similarly strong female character, Braven’s wife, as she uses a bow and arrow to defend her daughter. Overall, the film has a mix of action and suspense throughout. – Bryan Turner

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Braven is available on DVD from most entertainment retail outlets. It is supplied by Ster Kinekor Home Entertainment.

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Fyre: The Greatest Festival That Never Happened

Netflix provides a behind the scenes look at the infamous unravelling of the Fyre music festival. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far from the promises.

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What was possibly the worst event in Billy McFarland and Ja Rule’s lives and the failed promises that lead up to it can now be streamed in Netflix’s latest documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

The film’s director, Chris Smith, details the music festival that was supposed to be a luxury affair for affluent kids, turning into one of the biggest jokes in the history of Twitter.

The documentary is available to stream now on Netflix and features video directly from the festival grounds, as well as first-hand accounts from those who just wanted to have fun.

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Alita: Battle Angel

Award-winning filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) have brought the heroine of the cyberpunk-themed manga comic Battle Angel: Alita to the big screen, with the title slightly transposed. The live action movie incorporates Avatar-level computer graphics, drawing on Cameron’s vast experience – and several Oscars – in this field.

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Alita: Battle Angel is set a few centuries in the future. An abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world in which she finds herself.

As she learns to navigate her new life and the dangerous streets of Iron City, Alita is shielded from her mysterious past by Ido. Her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers to help trigger her memories. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origins, Alita sets out on a journey that will see her take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives. 

The film will be released on 14 February in Nu Metro cinemas.

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