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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

“Long Live the King”

Directed by Michael Dougherty
Starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi

As Monarch struggles to maintain autonomy and funding against governments keen to shut them down and, as it were, Destroy all Monsters, a research base led by Dr Emma Russel (Farmiga) is attacked by ecoterrorists led by Alan Jonah (Dance). She and her daughter Madison(Brown) are kidnapped, while their subject, Mothra, escapes and goes into a cocoon.

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Hellboy (2019)

“Raise some Hell”

Directed by Neil Marshall
Starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Hayden Church

In the European dark ages, a war between humanity – represented by Arthur and Merlin – and the supernatural – led by the ‘Blood Queen’ Viviane Nimue (Jovovich) – ends with the latter’s dismemberment and burial in scattered locations, as explained in a narration almost identical to the one from the New Year’s Doctor Who episode, but with more swearing. Centuries later, monster and monster-puncher Hellboy (Harbour) is sent to rescue a fellow agent of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence, only to find him turned into a vampire and gasping out final words about ‘the end.’

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Alita: Battle Angel

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“An Angel Falls. A Warrior Rises.”

Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson

Three hundred years after a war known as the Fall, a mysterious cyborg girl (Salazar) is discovered by Dr Dyson Ito (Waltz) in the discarded scrap from the last of the great sky cities, Zardem. He repairs her and gives her a name, Alita, but she has no memories.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

“The Legend You Know Has a Dark Side”

Directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston
Starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman

In Victorian London, the Stahlbaum family is struggling. Benjamin Stahlbaum (MacFadyen) is lost without his deceased wife, and trying to hold things together for his children Louise, Fritz and Clara (Foy). Clara was closest to her mother, and spurns her father’s attempts to move on as she seeks to understand her mother’s last gift, an egg-shaped box containing ‘all she will ever need,’ with the help of her godfather Drosselmeyer (Freeman). Also, it’s Christmas.

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Robin Hood (2018)

“The Legend You Know. The Story You Don’t.”

Directed by Otto Bathurst
Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin and Jamie Dornan

Nice posh boy Robin of Loxley (Egerton) has his idyllic life with working class girlfriend Marian (Hewson) interrupted when he is drafted for the Crusades against the Arabs. After five years, Robin tries to prevent the execution of an Arab civilian, and his commanding officer, Guy of Gisbourne (Paul Anderson), gives him a blighty wound which, miraculously, doesn’t develop gangrene.

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Venom (2018)

“The world has enough Superheroes.”

Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott and Jenny Slate

A spaceship owned by the Life Foundation – who are not even a little bit evil, really – cashes in Malaysia and an alien lifeform escapes, moving between individuals it uses as hosts. Life Foundation CEO Carlton Drake (Ahmed) recovers four other lifeforms and uses the homeless as subjects to experiment on. Journalist Eddie Brock (Hardy) confronts Drake on this, and Drake has Eddie and his soon-to-be-ex-fiancée Anne (Williams), a lawyer working on a Life Foundation defence case, fired.

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The Meg (2018)

“Chomp on This”

Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Starring Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis

Diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is forced to abandon two comrades in order to save a group of submariners during a deep sea rescue when a downed sub is attacked by a mysterious and powerful something. Wracked with guilt, he abandons the diving life, until his ex-wife Lori (Jessica McNamee) and her colleagues Toshi (Masai Oka) and the Wall (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) become trapped in a deep ocean trench. Joining a team including Dr Minway Zhao (Chao) and his oceanographer daughter Suyin (Bingbing), ops chief Mac (Curtis), financier Jack Morris (Wilson), designer Jaxx (Rose), mechanic DJ (Page Kennedy) and medic Dr Heller (Robert Taylor), he retrieves Lori and the Wall, but Toshi sacrifices himself to save the others from a prehistoric super-shark; a megalodon.

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Skyscraper (2018)

“Don’t Look Down”

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring Dwaye Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber and Hannah Quinlivan

Will Sawyer (Johnson) is an FBI hostage rescue agent who gets blown up, along with his partner Ben (Schreiber), a suicidal father and the man’s family (thanks, movie!) He loses a leg and his career, but gains a wife in military surgeon Sarah (Campbell). Flash forward, and Will is trying to support his family as a security consultant, and Ben has got him a job inspecting a new super-skyscraper complex – the Pearl – built by Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Long Ji (Han).

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

“Raise Some Shell”

Directed by Dave Green
Starring Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee and Tyler Perry

Leonardo (Ploszek), Raphael (Ritchson), Donatello (Howard) and Michaelangelo (Fisher) are kicking their heels in the wake of the first movie, deeply regretting the deal which left cameraman Vern ‘the Falcon’ Fenwick to take sole credit for defeating Shredder (Tee). Then Shredder escapes from prison, with the aid Dr Baxter Stockman (Perry), Karai (Brittany Ishibashi) and an alien warlord named Krang (Brad Garrett), and uses a modified version of the mutagen which created the Turtles to transform hoodlums Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Sheamus) into a monstrous, anthropomorphic rhinoceros and warthog.

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Guardians (2017)

“Squad of Soviet Superheroes”

Directed by Sarik Anreasyan
Starring Sebastien Sisak, Sanzhar Madiyev, Anton Pampushnyy, Alina Lanina, Valeriya Shkirando, Stanislav Shirin. Vyacheslav Razbegaev

When Soviet scientist August Kuratov (Shirin) is passed over in favour of a more successful colleague, he steals that colleague’s supersoldier research and uses it on human subjects while also continuing his own project, Module-1, a sort of universal control for all machines. Decades later, he steals a set of military robots and unveils an army of clones, prompting the Russian military to task Major Elena Larina (Shrikando) with assembling the nigh-immortal subjects of his experiments under the umbrella of ‘Project Patriot’ to hunt him down.

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