Big-screen blockbusters are back

The Scooby Doo gang are back in a new big screen adventure, Scoob!
The Scooby Doo gang are back in a new big screen adventure, Scoob!
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It’s been a looooong time since we went to the movies and we’re thrilled cinemas have finally reopened. Here’s our pick of the latest releases showing on the big screen.

After We Collided
In this sequel to the romantic drama After (2019), based on the books by Anna Todd, good-girl Tessa (Josephine Langford) and bad-boy Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) have split up after she found out he was dating her because of a bet. But now Hardin is really in love with Tess, and desperate to win her back. 

Trolls World Tour
The animated fantasy is a sequel to Trolls (2016), which is based on the popular ’90s toys, with the big colourful hair. Our heroes from the first movie, trolls Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake), find out their tribe is not the only troll clan in the world. In fact, there are six, scattered around the globe and each is devoted to a different kind of music: funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When they learn that Barb (Rachel Bloom), queen of the Hard Rock Trolls, wants to destroy all other forms of music, Poppy and Branch set off to unite the tribes to stop her.

Bill & Ted Face the Music
It’s been nearly three decades since their previous adventure, and California rockers Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are now middle-aged dads who never fulfilled their dream of writing a song that would change the world. When a messenger from the future arrives to tell them that reality will cease to exist if they don’t get their act together, they decide that rather than trying to write the song, they’ll use the time-travelling phone booth to steal the track from their future selves. Meanwhile, their daughters, Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and Thea (Samara Weaving), try to help their dads by travelling through history to assemble the greatest musicians for a super-rock band.  

Scoob!
This computer-animated reboot of the long-running Scooby-Doo! cartoon is intended to be the start of a new franchise that combines characters from Hanna-Barbera shows into a cinematic universe in the mould of Marvel. Teenagers Fred (voiced by Zac Efron), Velma (Gina Rodriguez), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried) and Shaggy (Will Forte), plus their cowardly Great Dane Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker), are back to solve another mystery. This time they’re getting in on the superhero genre by joining Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and his robotic dog, Dynomutt (Ken Jeong), to save the world from a mad scheme concocted by Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs).

The High Note
Amid all the sequels there is one original movie. Black-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross stars as legendary R&B singer Grace Davis who still sells out huge concert venues but who hasn’t released new music in a decade. Her manager (Ice Cube) wants her to take up a residency in Las Vegas, but Grace is uncertain if it’s the right move for her. Her personal assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson), might just come to her rescue. Maggie dreams of being a music producer and has been remixing Grace’s music in her free time, and her fresh take on Grace’s sound could just be the impetus Grace needs to get her creative juices flowing.

SOURCES: rottentomatoes.com, theguardian.com, heraldsun.com, cnn.com 

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