WATCH: Wands at the ready in first trailer for Fantastic Beasts sequel

The first full-length trailer for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has finally dropped.

The Crimes of Grindelwald sees Eddie Redmayne return as Newt Scamander in the second of the projected five films in the JK Rowling-scripted Harry Potter spinoff series.

Jude Law, playing a young Albus Dumbledore, locks horns with Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald in a wizarding showdown.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits cinemas this November – check out the first trailer below:


Christopher Nolan predicts surprise Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars

Sunday’s Oscar ceremony produced a number of positive talking points on an otherwise successful night celebrating the best of everything film.

One movie that was mentioned on the regular throughout the night and indeed for the last few months, is Black Panther.

The latest Marvel release received incredible critic reviews and fan reaction as well as offering a voice for diversity in film.

Furthermore, legendary director Christopher Nolan offered his thoughts on the movie on Deadline’s Oscar round-up, claiming that he believes “Black Panther will among the Best Picture nominees in 2019”.


Although a superhero movie has never been nominated for an Oscar outside of the technical awards before, Logan broke that duck this year when it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Additionally, there was plenty of suggestion that Wonder Woman would be nominated for a big prize, though that never surfaced.

Deadline claimed that a Disney executive had spoken about how hard they were pushing for Black Panther to be nominated, while another Disney contender comes in the shape of Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt.

WATCH: Wreck-It Ralph returns to break the internet in trailer for Disney sequel

One of 2012’s surprise hits was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph – the movie that followed an unlikely pair of arcade game characters searching for purpose before finding each other.

This time, they look to go one step bigger, taking on the big wide world of the internet – and judging by the new trailer Disney released today, we can expect similar fun from the sequel.

With eBay, IMDb, annoying pop-ups and click-bait headlines on show, it looks like the sequel will follow similar contemporary satire as we were treated to in the first movie.

Check out the trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2 below, which hits cinemas this November.

Chris Tucker confirms there WILL be a Rush Hour 4

Chris Tucker has confirmed the news that everyone wants to hear. There will be a Rush Hour 4!

It’s over a decade since the third instalment of the franchise and a question mark has been hanging over whether there will be a fourth film.

Last year, Jackie Chan announced his intentions to do another movie but Tucker remained quiet about the potential for a fourth film…until now.

Speaking on ESPN’s podcast, The Plug, Tucker said: “It’s happening. This is gonna be the Rush of all Rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.”

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One potential banana skin would be regarding Brett Ratner, the director of the first three movies. Ratner was recently at the centre of sexual assault claims and it is unlikely that he would return for a fourth venture anytime soon. Would it be the same without his input?

Additionally, many would suggest the third was where the series should have died, particularly with the rubbish TV reboot that barely managed to air for an entire season in 2016.

REVIEW: Black Panther isn’t perfect, but it’s the film the world needed

Aside from being one of the more important blockbusters of modern times, which it has rightfully been commended for, Black Panther also does a brilliant job of standing on its own two feet away from the Marvel universe, in more ways than one.

In fact, the only reference to the Avenger world is at the start of the movie where we see T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) inheriting the throne of Wakanda from his father who we saw die in Captain America: Civil War. Director Ryan Coogler clearly avoided any temptation to hinge it on the success of the Avengers franchise and make the most of what brilliant material was available to him.

Concealed from the rest of the world, the futuristic Wakanda is home to an out of this world material that is in danger of being taken advantage of by the modern day South African pirate, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), and then contender to the Wakandan throne, Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan), the cousin T’Challa never knew he had.

One of the most striking features of the movie is its score, composed by Ludwig Göransson and Kendrick Lamar, who combine tribal beats with the more familiar orchestral sounds, capturing the tone of the movie with pinpoint accuracy.

Not only is the sound impressive, but the film is visually fulfilling, particularly when scanning the imagined Wakanda – an advanced city concealed by great African plaines. That said, one of the best scenes of the film is far from home, consisting of a car chase brilliantly choreographed in Korea.

It’s no secret that the movie stands out for its positive representation for the black community, but it was also a pleasure to see women so positively appreciated in Black Panther. T’Challa’s tech savvy sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Okeye (Danai Gurira) are arguably the unsung heroes of the movie. Lupita Nyong’o is also one of the many brilliant actresses to play a key role in the movie.

The film hits a slight pothole by falling for the classic Marvel third-act trap, climaxing with a CGI filled battle sequence, consisting of attack rhinos which flatter to deceive. Thankfully, the rest of the film is joyous enough not to have it ruined by the typical superhero endings we’re now so used to and tired of.

As a fan of the Marvel universe, I wouldn’t go as far to saying that this is the best of the Marvel films in the franchise. But it certainly is the most remarkable of the bunch and one of the more important blockbusters you will see in modern times bearing in mind the impact it has had around the world.

New favourite for Bond 25 director role

There has been a huge new development in the Bond 25 director saga.

There was more bad news for James Bond fans earlier this week when Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan ruled himself out of helming the next Bond project.

But now, Danny Boyle is the front-runner to direct the next movie as MGM have put him top of their want list, according to Variety.


Earlier this year, Blade Runner 2049 director, Denis Villenueve, confirmed that he turned down the opportunity to direct the next Bond movie due to other commitments.

Boyle would certainly be an interesting choice given his catalogue of visually experimental projects throughout the years.

That said, he is one of the most successful directors to come out of Britain and it only seems fitting that he should be given a go at helming the most British of characters.


UK cinemas to host dog-friendly film screenings

A number of cinemas up and down the UK are hosting dog-friendly film screenings to mark the release of Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs.

It sounds like a barking mad (sorry) idea to me but various cinemas are welcoming customers to bring their well-behaved dogs to the preview screening of the movie on Sunday 25 March, including:

Crouch End Picturehouse
Picturehouse Central
East Dulwich Picturehouse
Hackney Picturehouse
Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse
City Screen
Ritzy Cinema
Greenwich Picturehouse
Exeter Picturehouse
Harbour Lights
Cameo Cinema
Picturehouse Cinema
Clapham Picturehouse
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Duke of York’s Picturehouse
The Little Theatre Cinema

The cinemas will be supplying water bowls inside and outside of the screen, as well as blankets so your dog can sit on the seat next to you.

For more information about the event that will get tails wagging, click here.

We will supply plenty of water bowls both inside and out the screen, and we will issue everything with blanket so your dog can sit on the seat next to you.


2018 BAFTA Awards – The Winners

The 2018 BAFTA Awards were held on Sunday night – here is a selection of the standout winners, along with their fellow nominees along with my verdict:

Best Film

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Verdict: Three Billboards was a deserved winner for best film and is pipped for best picture at the Oscars next month. It’s a tight category, but the film offers so much with a heartbreaking tale at the heart of it.


Best Leading Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WINNER
Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
​Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Verdict: This was fairly straight-forward. Oldman is faultless as the great Winston Churchill and was by far the best thing about Darkest Hour. It was a career best performance by the veteran actor and fully deserved.

Best Leading Actress

Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Verdict: By far the toughest category – but there can’t be too many arguments about McDormand’s win. Her performance in Three Billboards is both heartbreaking and charming and near perfect. Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan can count themselves unlucky however.

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Verdict: Again, another incredibly competitive category which could have easily gone to any of the nominees. Nevertheless, Sam Rockwell is brilliant in his role in Three Billboards, both hilarious and touching at the same time.

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney, I, Tonya – WINNER
Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Verdict: Allison Janney gave a startling performance in I, Tonya and fully deserves the prize. Her role is both shocking, forceful and right on the money. Credit must also go to the brilliant Kristin Scott Thomas and Laurie Metcalf who were both terrific also.

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water – WINNER
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Verdict: After watching Lady Bird, it’s difficult to see how Greta Gerwig wasn’t even nominated for this category bearing in mind it was her debut solo movie. Martin McDonagh can also count himself unlucky with Three Billboards, but instead it was Guillermo del Toro who took the prize for the incredulous The Shape of Water.

Three Billboards was the big winner on the night, scooping five trophies in total while Gary Oldman’s win was one of two trophies won for Winston Churchill epic, Darkest Hour.

Guillermo del Toro’s, The Shape of Water, won three awards in total despite being nominated for 12.

Sir Ridley Scott was also awarded the BAFTA Fellowship – his third honorary award despite never having won a competitve BAFTA.


WATCH: Elastigirl takes centre-stage in new Incredibles 2 trailer

Last night we were treated to the first real look at the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s Incredibles with a new trailer.

One of the year’s most anticipated movies looks set to feature around Elastigirl, as promised by director Brad Bird.

The trailer also gave us a glimpse of a slimy looking businessman who is attempting to get the superhero family back into the fold. In addition, we see more of Jack-Jack’s quite terrifying powers.

So check out the trailer for Incredibles 2 below, which carries the typically Pixar humour and charm.

REVIEW: Lady Bird flies high as Greta Gerwig makes directorial debut

The most charming aspect about Lady Bird is the idea that there is no great twist or typical structure to the movie, but instead is a catalogue of engaging moments.

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is a refreshing blend of her quirky, indie roots and commercial, mainstream familiarities which is roughly based on her own story. Yet Lady Bird is also a film that everyone can relate to and enjoy whether they are male or female and regardless of age.

The brilliant Saoirse Ronan plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a teenager growing up in Sacramento in 2002. Throughout the movie we follow her journey through the late stages of a Catholic school, her first exploits with the opposite sex, and her general coming of age growing up in a family struggling financially. Most importantly though, we are introduced to the incredibly strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), summed up in the opening scene of the movie.

It is this relationship that is the backbone of the movie, and Metcalf is the perfect counter to Ronan’s punchy character. It seems like it will be a shootout between Metcalf and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour) for Best Supporting Actress. Special mention must also go to Tracy Metts who plays Lady Bird’s gentle, depressed father.

Gerwig tells this story so genuinely and honestly that it is so relatable for so many people who would have had similar struggles at that stage of their lives. Yet there is a quirky teenage charm to it all that is very much down to her and the movie’s cast who are all on top form. Lady Bird guarantees laughs and tears, but will leave you with an overwhelming feeling of melancholic warmth.