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Batman vs Superman

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

20162 h 31 min
Overview

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Director Zack Snyder
Runtime 2 h 31 min
Release Date 23 March 2016
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Movie Rating Average
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I thought I must have missed some of the plot lines – did I momentarily fall asleep or were they so vague and contrived the story just seemed a mess?  And I was confused – I thought Superman and Batman were both the good guys.  I did enjoy the brooding intensity of Ben Affleck’s Batman, compared to the rather stilted  performance by Henry Cavill as Superman but this bloated film had me checking my watch at regular intervals and I did consider walking out at one point, I was bored!  More positively the last 30 minutes were lively and enjoyable and it was refreshing to see the lovely Holly Hunter not botox’d up to the eyeballs, but overall poor script and way too long!

10 Cloverfield Lane

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10 Cloverfield Lane

Monsters come in many forms.

20161 h 45 min
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Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he's saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.

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Director Dan Trachtenberg
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 9 March 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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I somehow missed the original, ‘found footage’ film, Cloverfield and I hadn’t read any reviews at all before I went to see 10 Cloverfield Lane so had no idea what to expect. The story revolves around Howard (the fabulous John Goodman), an American prepper who has been getting ready for any and all doomsday scenarios for years. His well stocked underground bunker is decorated like a bizarre ‘Happy Days’ set complete with 50s style juke box. He’s not alone down there.  There is also the girl he seemingly rescued from a car accident, Michelle and Emmett, a neighbour who asked to be let in when the ‘incident’ began.   We are led a merry dance as we try to decide between truth and lies and Goodman is excellently menacing and avuncular in equal measure. The claustrophobia and tension is ramped to  fever pitch and the ending is stunning. I only had a couple of reservations, first that ending for me was unexpected and disappointing..it wasn’t the ending I wanted!! Not sure that’s a legitimate reason to pout but I did!  Secondly, and this is huge (SPOILER ALERT) ….the shower curtain, the damn shower curtain, surely Howard would have missed it???

 

Don't mess with Howard!

Don’t mess with Howard!

Deadpool

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Poster for the movie "Deadpool"

Deadpool

Witness the beginning of a happy ending

20161 h 48 min
Overview

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Director Tim Miller
Runtime 1 h 48 min
Release Date 9 February 2016
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Movie Rating Excellent
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Morena Baccarin

Ahh Deadpool you had me at the opening credits.  As the list of characters we were about to encounter rolled across the screen…”British villain….moody teen…CGI character…the writers (the real superheroes!)” I knew this was going to be fun.  This is the first comedy film, since starting my movie journey in December, that I’ve laughed at all the way through.  I loved the comic styling of the anti hero and the frequent breaks in the fourth wall.  Of course this wouldn’t be a Marvel Comic film without tons of action and in this it is particularly gory albeit balletically choreagraphed.  Sexy, irreverent, sweary and hilariously funny, what’s not to love.

Star Wars

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Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Every generation has a story.

20152 h 16 min
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Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

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Director J.J. Abrams
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 15 December 2015
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Movie Rating Excellent
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My film viewing has been mediocre at best for the last few outings but that all changed today.  I am surprised to report that I absolutely loved Star Wars!  I’m not even a Star Wars fan but this was a very fine piece of entertainment.  Balletic action sequences, bright young cast with the return of a few old faces, a self-contained story which occasionally nods to the past.  Special mention for Daisy Ridley as Rey, a fabulous, feisty hero.  No plot giveaways here, suffice to say there were moments when I’m not sure if I actually clapped but if not I wanted to.  Warm, witty and non-stop.  Highly recommended.

 

 

Victor Frankenstein

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Poster for the movie "Victor Frankenstein"

Victor Frankenstein

Discover the origin of the monster and his creation.

20151 h 49 min
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Eccentric scientist Victor Von Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

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Director Paul McGuigan
Runtime 1 h 49 min
Release Date 25 November 2015
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Movie Rating Very bad
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“You know this story….” is the opening line and indeed we do.  After more than 30 films based on Mary Shelley’s book nobody can have escaped without knowing the story of the mad genius, the lightening bolt and the awful twitching of the stitched together body parts.  So with no surprises in the storyline what else did this film have to offer? Impressive, if gloomy, CGI of  Victorian London, Daniel Radcliffe as the deformed clown, Igor and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton’s Sybil) as the token woman/love interest.  Andrew Scott plays the detective hunting down Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy).  Scott is better known for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock and there was a strange double take with him now playing a Victorian detective, had he morphed into Sherlock himself?

There was overacting  galore and not even the saving grace of some humanity from the monster, he was just that.  A monster.

“Two hearts, two hearts…” shouted Frankenstein in the final fight scene to remind Igor to stab the monster again.  I’m afraid this film didn’t have one.