Bastille Day

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Bastille Day

2016Duration unknown
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A young artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

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Director James Watkins
Runtime Duration unknown
Release Date 6 March 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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Good chemistry between Idris Elba and Richard Madden made this a watchable, shoot-em-up.  Elba, playing the hard bitten, playing outside the rules cop was mostly ‘Luther does France’ but none the worse for that.  An improbable story but fast paced with good action choreography.  If you’re interested in an audition piece for Idris Elba as James Bond or you just love Luther then it’s worth 90 minutes of your time.

The Huntsman – Winter’s War

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The Huntsman Winter's War

20161 h 54 min
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As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades - Eric the Huntsman - who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara, set out to stop them.

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Runtime 1 h 54 min
Release Date 6 April 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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Let’s get the accents out of the way.   One of my filmic pet hates is dodgy accents.   I’m thinking Tom Cruise in Far and Away and Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly.  I’m surprised that with all the expertise employed to create some of the most technologically advanced films ever we still struggle to either get the actor some dedicated voice coaching or if that’s not successful maybe employ someone who has the ability to do the accent for real, you know, like a native of England, Scotland or Ireland.  I wonder if film producers/directors believe that their star has an authentic accent or they decide it’s not that important.  It really IS important because it can become completely distracting and ruin a film for many of us.  Back to The Huntsman and I have to admit I didn’t see the first film in this franchise so Chris Hemsworth’s wandering accent came as a surprise. Scottish by way of Ireland and Northern England..just weird!

Accents to one side I did enjoy the spectacle of this film (I splashed out the £1.60 over and above my unlimited ticket to watch it in 3D) – the effects were stunning as were the costumes and makeup.  Casting Sheridan Smith and Rob Brydon as dwarves seems crazy and controversial, visually it worked really well and their humour and obvious chemistry added a light touch, but ethically I’m not so sure.  Did they really paste their heads on to actors with dwarfism?  Hmm. .  The storyline itself left me confused – there were obvious nods to the earlier movie so maybe it’s my fault for not watching the films in order.  Overall it was like a mash up of The Snow Queen, Frozen, Game of Thrones and a touch of Lord of the Rings but none the worse for that.  Fantasy eye candy.

 

 

Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen, Ravenna

Eddie the Eagle

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Eddie the Eagle

Win or lose, always aim high

20161 h 45 min
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Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

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Director Dexter Fletcher
Runtime 1 h 45 min
Release Date 26 February 2016
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Movie Rating Good
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This film is about as British as they come, celebrating our love for the underdog in every shape and form.  The unexpected hero of the real-life story is Michael Edwards (played by Taron Egerton), a determined ski-jumper with little chance of succeeding in his dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.  However his courage at having a go, even though he was dismissed and criticised by many of those around him is as heart warming as it is inspirational.  Keep trying even if you’re mocked, is the message that comes through loud and clear.   With his unconventional training methods and coach (played by Hugh Jackman) redefining how we measure success this is the embodiment of a ‘feel good’ movie.  There’s even a little cameo from Christopher Walken (in a winter wonderland!).  What’s not to love?

People who loved this movie also loved – Billy Elliot.

Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary

Batman vs Superman

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

20162 h 31 min
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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!