Month: April 2018

REVIEW: Marvel crank it up in Avengers: Infinity War

For 10 years, Disney and Marvel have dominated the cinematic universe and now, after the backstories, the sequels, the assembling movies, a Civil War and an incredible amount of money making, it has come down to this.

One concern going into Avengers: Infinity War is just how the directing Russo brothers, who had also helmed the previous two Captain America movies, would manage so many protagonists culminating together to tackle the ultimate enemy. Well, 160 minutes of exhilarating superhero nerdiness, it’s safe to say they have passed that particular test with flying colours.

In fact, not every Marvel champion features despite the number of heroes involved estimating around the 30 mark. So again, it seems the Russo brothers will have a similar challenge on their hands going into the 4th and final Avengers movie.

Back to Infinity War however, and with all our favourite heroes scattered across various areas of the universe, they must assemble once more to take on a foe who has threatened to make a dramatic entrance since the first Avenger movie, Thanos (Josh Brolin).

As any Marvel nerd will know, Thanos is seeking a collection of jewels known as Infinity Stones, each one giving him more power and bringing him closer to universal domination. Standing in his way? The remnants of the Avenger initiative, a hammerless Asgardian God, a wizard, a king and the Guardians of the Galaxy – overall a group squabbling, egotistical individuals who must come together to deny Thanos.

Something that works in the Russo brothers’ favour is that there’s no desperate need to engage us with so many characters. Thanks to the many individual movies before it, we already have this emotional attachment to them all and thanks the charisma fuelled cast, there’s a character to care about in every scene.

In addition, much of the movie is surrounded by sacrifice and tragedy as many expected, while as with any Avenger movie, we are treated to a barrel of laughs and lighter moments. The Russo brothers must be credited for managing to find a perfect balance of hilarious, heartbreaking and exhilarating.

Brolin as Thanos is genuinely terrifying as an old school villian – twice the size of your average human with giant arms, constantly voicing his intentions of wiping out half of the universe. Another potential concern was the overuse of CGI for this particular character, as we’ve seen so much of in superhero movies of late, but Brolin isn’t masked too much and remains visually genuine.

Skipping from one world to another and cutting from one group of superheroes to another, Infinity War flies by and by the end, it doesn’t feel like you have been sat in the cinema for two and a half hours. In fact, the end of the movie is potentially the weakest and most underdeveloped, but it certainly sets the fourth and final instalment of the Avengers franchise up nicely.

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UK Summer Movie Guide 2018

Summer is often the time for huge blockbusters and numerous amounts of superhero movies. It’s no surprise that this year isn’t any different, but this looks set to be a summer to remember for film with plenty of big titles to check out, as well as a few smaller releases which you definitely need to keep an eye out for. Here comes the sun!

Avengers: Infinity War – 26th April

Okay, so I may have jumped the gun with this one but surely the release of the latest Avengers instalment marks the actual start of summer? Little needs to be said for this one as our favourite superheroes combine once again to save all us ordinary people.

Tully – 4th May

Charlize Theron is a struggling single mother of three in this comedy from the guys behind Juno. To help her solve her problems, she hires a nanny (Mackenzie Davis) who she forms an unlikely bond with. Definitely one for all the mums out there!

I Feel Pretty – 4th May

Amy Schumer stars in this comedy about an insecure woman who after accident, wakes up believing that she is the most attractive and most capable woman on the planet. As a result, her insecurities diminish and she is able to live fearlessly until she discovers the truth.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties – 11th May

Set in Suburban London in the 1970, a group of teenagers, led by Enn (Alex Sharp), come across an alternative party consisting of foreign exchange students from America. Or so it would seem – they are in fact aliens, one of which Enn falls for and must ultimately save. This British indie romp also stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Matt Lucas.

Life of the Party – 11th May

Melissa McCarthy is no stranger to playing the overweight, middle-aged female comedy role in movies and she’s at it again as she teams up with husband and director Ben Falcone for this romp about a single mother who decides to go back to college – the same one her daughter happens to attend (obviously).

Breaking In – 11th May

Imagine Panic Room but in reverse. Gabrielle Union must break into her deceased father’s house in order to save her children who have been taken and held hostage by robbers seeking a hidden fortune – little do they know that she is capable of beating the shit out of them.

Deadpool 2 – 15th May

Another that needs no introduction as Ryan Reynolds reprises the role of the merc with a mouth, this time to take on Josh Brolin’s Cable, his second villainous role in a Marvel film in the space of a month. What an awful man.

On Chesil Beach – 18th May

Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan stars in the periodic drama about two young lovebirds whose differing backgrounds come between them. Billy Howse and Emily Watson also star.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – 24th May

Star Wars nerds didn’t have to wait long for their latest fix of out of this world action. Alden Ehrenreich plays a young Han Solo in this coming-of-age tale alongside Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson.

Show Dogs – 25th May

It’s very rare talking animals in a live-action movie actually makes for a good film. And this doesn’t look to be any different. That said, Show Dogs is probably worth a few family laughs from Will Arnett and the voices of Ludacris and Stanley Tucci.

Book Club – 1st June

Just when you thought we were done with the whole 50 Shades phase, Book Club focuses on four elderly friends who come across the book and their lives quickly change forever. Diane KeatonJane FondaCandice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen all star in this comedy.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – 6th June

The first Jurassic World instalment currently sits as the fourth highest grossing movie of all time despite proving distinctly average. There’s more promise for its sequel though, with Chris Pratt promising a darker, scarier follow up.

Ocean’s 8 – 22nd June

In this spinoff of the original Ocean’s trilogy, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean (sister of George Clooney’s Danny) who assembles an all-star team of Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Rihanna to pull off a heist on the Met Gala in New York.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado – 29th June

No Denis Villenueve or Emily Blunt for this sequel, but Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin do return as federal agent’s looking to curb drug trafficking at the US-Mexico border.

Tag – 6th July

Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm star in this comedy based on an incredibly surreal true story about a game of grown friends who have been engaged in an elaborate game of tag since they were in school.

The First Purge – 6th July

In this prequel, the focus is on the events leading up to the first purge, a day of mayhem where any crime is permitted during a 12-hour period.

Incredibles 2 – 13th July

Pixar’s long-awaited sequel sees the return of the Parr family as Mr Incredible is left to look after his family of superheroes while his wife, Elastigirl, is out saving the world alone.

Skyscraper – 13th July

Dwayne Johnson is never far from destruction these days and he carries on that theme as he plays a building inspector attempting to save his family whilst also trying to clear his name for a crime that he didn’t commit.

Hotel Artemis – 20th July

Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, and Jeff Goldblum star in this action movie set in dystopian Los Angeles, where a nurse is running a secret hospital for criminals. Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista and Charlie Day also feature.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! – 20th July

Because who doesn’t need more ABBA in their life?! Yes, Mamma Mia makes a return as in this sequel, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds out about her mother Donna’s (Meryl Streep) romantic past. All the original cast return along with Cher and Lily James.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout – 26th July

Love him or loath him, Tom Cruise is pretty incredible. His latest outing as Ethan Hunt sees him go up against a bearded Henry Cavill. Christopher McQuarrie returns to direct after his successful outing in the last Mission: Impossible movie.

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation – 27th July

Oh yes, there’s a third one. Adam Sandler returns to voice Dracula in the latest instalment of the franchise which sees the blood sucking monster take his family on a summer vacation where he falls in love, much to the dismay of his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez).

Ant-Man & The Wasp – 3rd August

Marvel continue their summer of domination by releasing the second of the Ant-Man movies as Paul Rudd returns as the crim turned superhero, this time teaming up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp, but discovers the difficulties managing his dual-life.

The Darkest Minds – 10th August

This sci-fi thriller, from the people behind Stranger Things and Arrival, focuses on a group of teenagers with superhuman abilities on the run from the government after a plague has wiped out the majority of the country’s children.

The Meg – 10th August

Jason Statham up against a giant shark. You pretty much know what you’re getting from this one – particularly when the film’s tagline is “pleased to eat you”…

The Spy Who Dumped Me – 10th August

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon team up in this action-comedy about a pair of best friends who find themselves in the middle of an international conspiracy when it turns out one of them used to date a secret agent.

Mile 22 – 10th August

Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg team up once more for this action thriller about an American intelligence officer who is tasked with the smuggling of a mysterious police officer, who holds sensitive information, out of the country. Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich also star.

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Captive State – 17th August

John Goodman and Vera Farmiga star in this sci-fi thriller set a decade after extra terrestrial life occupied a Chicago town neighbourhood, focusing the conflict between the collaborators and the dissidents.

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Christopher Robin – 17th August

Ewan McGregor plays an adult version of the A.A. Milne character, who finds himself in a spot of bother where only a certain honey-loving bear can rekindle his youth and turn things around for him. Can’t wait for this one – even the trailer is enough to put a smile on your face!

The Equalizer 2 – 17th August

Denzel Washington stars in his first ever sequel, returning as retired agent turned hired gun, Robert McCall. When a close friend is murdered, he seeks revenge in the most American way he knows. Antoine Fuqua also returns to direct this action thriller.

White Boy Rick – 31st August

Matthew McConaughey sure loves a transformation and he’s at it again as he stars in the true story of Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

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So there you have it, the pick of what to look out for in the coming summer months! Please note that all release dates are UK based and remember to let me know what you’re looking forward to the most!

WATCH: A first for Denzel Washington in trailer for The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington has covered pretty much everything in his established career. But this year will see the legendary actor do something he has never done before.

With the second instalment of the Equalizer hitting cinemas later this year, it marks the first ever sequel in Washington’s long career.

He returns as Robert McCall, a retired agent turned hired gun, who seeks vengeance on a dangerous group of people after the murder of his friend.

Antoine Fuqua returns to direct and will hope to take the franchise up a notch after the mediocre response to the first movie.

That said, by the looks of the trailer, it looks set to be a good old fashion actioner and let’s face it, Denzel Washington never fails to deliver.

Check out the trailer for The Equalizer 2, which hits UK cinemas on the 17th August:

REVIEW: Ready Player One is a huge celebration of pop culture

Anyone with a gaming background, young and old, will rejoice at this visually remarkable virtual reality based tale from Steven Spielberg.

Adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 best-seller set in 2045, Ready Player One focuses on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a virtual reality gaming nerd living in a world where VR headsets are all the range.

Living in the Stacks, a junkyard of trailers in Columbus, Ohio, Wade is just one of many competing for an Easter Egg hidden in the virtual reality world, Oasis, designed by the late James Halliday (Mark Rylace).

The prize for finding the egg secures Halliday’s fortune as well as the Oasis itself – but the fun of the chase soon turns into something much more important when corporate head Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) attempts to get his hands on the egg.

There’s so much to enjoy in Ready Player One, none more so than the celebration of pop culture with a number of references, whether it be it’s 80’s soundtrack or the most incredible set piece based on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Visually, the movie is incredible. With much of the film based inside the virtual reality world, it relies heavily on CGI but in a much more acceptable way than Justice League, which genuinely looked more like a video game.

Ready Player One perhaps isn’t the movie the people expected from Steven Spielberg, nor is it near his best, but it definitely is one that audiences of young and old can enjoy for a number of reasons, none more so than to escape into the unimaginable.

Nicolas Cage eyeing Joker role?

If there was ever an actor to split opinion like a warm knife through butter, it’s Nicolas Cage.

An Oscar-winning actor, who also has an incredible CV of bang average performances, Cage recently claimed that he would have liked to have played The Joker, sparking rumours that he may have an outside chance of landing the role in the upcoming Batman movie.

Cage recently channeled his inner Adam West as Big Daddy in 2010’s Kick-Ass, a rare green tick in the actor’s recent career.

Speaking to JoBlo, Cage said: “I mean, I think my comic book days are kind of … I’m on to other things.

“But I always thought I’d make a great Joker and I always thought that I would’ve been a good villain in one of the Marvel [movies] like Doctor Doom (from Fantastic Four). At this point if I was to go back into the format it would probably have to be as a villain.”

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With the DC Extended Universe already treading on eggshells following a barrage of terrible movies, it seems like an incredible risk to cast Cage in the role and one that is very unlikely.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed, Jared Leto is still in line to helm the Joker as he did in the much maligned Suicide Squad.

Additionally, Joaquin Phoenix is in line to play the role in Todd Phillips’ upcoming Martin Scorsese-inspired origin movie of the Joker.

WATCH: First full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story drops

Star Wars nerds assemble! The first full trailer for the stand alone Star Wars movie, Solo, has just been released.

The Ron Howard directed movie looks pretty exhilarating as we are given a closer look at Alden Ehrenreich playing a young Han Solo alongside Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson.

The film is based on the coming-of-age story of Solo and a number of familiar characters, including Chewbacca who turns out to be 190 years old…

Check out the fresh new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story below!

Ryan Reynolds to auction pink Deadpool suit for cancer charity

No stranger to a publicity stunt, Ryan Reynolds is using the merc with a mouth alter-ego of his to do a good deed.

With the upcoming release of Deadpool 2, Reynolds will be selling a pink edition of the superhero’s suit to raise money for F*ck Cancer, in partnership with Omaze.

In typical Deadpool fashion, a hilarious video was released announcing the auction, which you can watch below.

For more information about the auction, click here.