Author: Ross Webber

NCTJ Magazine Journalist and blogger

WATCH: First look at Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu in new Pokemon movie

Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu? Nope, you read that right – so check it out for yourself in the new trailer for Pokemon Detective Pikachu, the new live-actioner based on the game which dominated a generation.

Shark Tale director, Rob Letterman helms this interesting concept, with Reynolds voicing everyone’s favourite Pokemon, Pikachu.

Bill Nighy and Ken Watanebe also feature, with Justice Smith taking the lead. Check out the first trailer for it below, with the movie set for release next May.

REVIEW: First Man is more than just a space movie

It’s no surprise to hear that Damien Chazelle’s First Man is the Marmite movie of 2018. This was perhaps to be expected when it was announced that the Whiplash and La La Land director was to helm the project, with First Man as much a film about grief and loss as it is about Neil Armstrong taking man’s first steps on the moon.

Ryan Gosling plays the dead pan Neil Armstrong, a man burdened with grief when his daughter dies at a young age, viewing a potential mission to the moon as an opportunity at redemption. This becomes more and more apparent throughout the movie to the point where little else matters to him other than the mission at hand.

Given the main character’s insular nature, it’s perhaps just as well that Claire Foy, playing Janet Armstrong, is there to portray that emotion that is so lacking from her husband, non more so than his final evening with his family in which he would be expected to be exchanging emotional goodbyes but instead is more of a press conference with him and his children.

The movie certainly revolves around the loss of their daughter and the effect it has on its main character, perhaps dramatically so, but it makes no secret that Armstrong’s escape from Earth is his metaphorical redemption.

Where the movie will, and already has, split opinion is the balance it has between a standard space film, filled with exciting set-pieces and grand shots of the great beyond, and a deep, emotional character driven drama. Basically, if you’re expecting Apollo 13, think again.

On the whole, Chazelle does a great job of balancing the two. The movie runs much deeper than simply a mission to the moon, focusing very much on its main character and discovering his inner demons and what he is looking to overcome and ultimately as a character study, it is well judged.

That said, there is plenty to admire visually, particularly the Apollo 11 takeoff scene – boosted by its soundtrack, which its excellent judgement is to be expected of a Chazelle movie. A theremin accompanies the scenes in space perfectly signifying the loneliness in space which we will have heard many times in these types of movies, but also aligning perfectly with First Man’s themes.

Given the character’s nature, it’s almost like Gosling is unable to really show his full capacity and is at times overshadowed by the brilliant Foy. But First Man’s attention to the main themes makes for an incredibly interesting film and one that is not just about space travel which may work against it. Instead, there is a lot more deeper subjects attached to this one, making it a unique, but engaging film.

James Gunn in talks to write and possibly direct next Suicide Squad movie

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shocked the superhero world with the news that he is in discussions to write, and possibly direct the next Suicide Squad movie for DC.

Gunn was ousted from the third Guardians installment for Marvel earlier this year when inappropriate tweets of his were dug up and the director was ultimately fired.

The director received the backing of his Guardians actors, with an open letter being published, supporting Gunn and sharing the hopes that he will return as director of the third movie.

But the latest news looks to have completely disregarded this, with Gunn now looking to be in charge of the next edition of Suicide Squad, the DC movie that famously flopped in 2016.

Reports suggest that he is looking to take on a completely different take on the movie, with a remake looking to be the more likely approach as opposed to a sequel.

Little else has been announced about the film but this is certainly a huge shock to the superhero universe.

WATCH: Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly reunite for Sherlock Holmes comedy in first trailer

Many consider Step Brothers to be one of the greatest comedies of recent times and these fans can rejoice knowing that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are teaming up once more.

The pair, who also starred in the similarly but slightly less well known Talladega Nights, are reuniting for a Sherlock Holmes remake with a comedic twist.


Holmes and Watson also stars Rebecca Hall, Steve Coogan, Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie, rounding off an impressive cast for the Etan Cohen-directed comedy.

The movie hits UK cinemas this Boxing Day and you can check out the trailer below:

Michael Caine explains ending to Inception

Despite being one of the best films of modern times, not many more movies have prompted more questions than Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Well, now one of the most opinion splitting questions the movie conjures up has been revealed by none other than the great Michael Caine.

The British actor, who plays Miles in the movie, has finally revealed the truth behind the gripping ending.

If you don’t remember the ending to Inception (why the hell not?), watch below to give yourself a reminder:

So, the question at is whether or not Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) was in fact awake or still in a dream.

Despite numerous fan theories and opinions, Caine revealed that Cobb is definitely awake for the ending to the movie. He went on to explain why.

“When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him, ‘I don’t understand where the dream is. I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’ He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene it’s reality.’ So get that – if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream,” said Caine, speaking at a recent panel for Film4’s Summer Screen series at Somerset House in England.

So Cobb, looking to make it back home to see his children, successfully completes the Inception job that allows his employer, Saito, to make the relevant call to the US authorities, allowing him back into the country and seeing his kids in reality.

Case closed. Goodnight.



Watch: Robin Hood gets a dark makeover in new trailer

Remakes are all the range at the moment and here’s another one. This time, Robin Hood gets the reboot treatment and judging by the trailer, it may just be worth a watch.

Taron Egerton stars as the thieving archer, mentored by Jamie Foxx who dons the drapes of Little John as they look to pull the biggest of jobs on go-to bad guy Ben Mendelsohn.

The teaser trailer for the new Robin Hood didn’t leave much to be desired, portraying a dark yet lacklustre remake.

But the new trailer boasts some snappy comedy between Egerton and Foxx as well as some stylish stunts and set pieces.

Check it out for yourself below:

Robin Hood hits UK cinemas on the 21st November.

WATCH: Ryan Gosling takes us to the moon in trailer for First Man

Sometimes you can tell that a film is going to be epic before you’ve even seen it and this is one of those films.

First Man has all the ingredients needed to be special – one of the most talented director’s on the scene in Damien Chazelle and a lead filled by one of Hollywood’s hottest properties in Ryan Gosling.

Mix that with the incredible true story behind Buzz Aldrin and the historical journey to becoming the first man to walk on the moon and you’ve got yourself something to very much look forward to.

With the first trailer for First Man being released yesterday, we get a taste of what we’re dealing with – and it doesn’t disappoint. Check it out below:

WATCH: First look at Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic in new trailer

Freddie Mercury lives! And he lives in the body of Rami Malek who features as the exuberant Queen lead singer in the first trailer for biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek, best known for his role in Mr. Robot, will star as Mercury despite Sacha Baron Cohen originally being cast in 2010 but leaving the project in 2013 due to “creative differences” with Mercury’s former band mates. Guitarist Brian May went on to label Baron Cohen “an arse”.

The project later faced issues when original director Bryan Singer was dropped due to spending too much time away with health issues. Eddie the Eagle director, Dexter Fletcher, was then drafted in midway through production.

Despite all the troubles the movie faced, we have finally been treated to the first taste of what is to come and judging by the new trailer, Malek looks like the perfect fit for the role.

Check out the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody below, which hits UK cinemas this November!

Deadpool apologises to David Beckham for THAT joke in the first movie

One of the best things about the first Deadpool movie were the many hilarious lines, primarily delivered by the brilliant Ryan Reynolds as he portrayed the foul-mouthed superhero.

In the latest piece of marketing brilliance from the Deadpool team, with the sequel just days away, we see the title character personally apologise to David Beckham.

Reynolds famously made fun of the former England football captain in the first movie, saying: “Have you ever heard David Beckham speak? It’s like he mouth-sexed a can of helium”.

As you can see below, Deadpool personally visits Beckham to apologise specifically for that joke – but things soon take a turn…

Sherlock Holmes 3 confirmed and given release date

Warner Bros. have officially confirmed that there will be a third instalment in the Sherlock Holmes series, after announcing its release for Christmas Day in 2020.

We last saw director Guy Ritchie’s big screen edition of the famous detective, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, back in 2011 and there have been rumours aplenty over whether a third movie would be made.

Although the release date has been announced, there has yet to be confirmation that Ritchie will direct the third instalment, nor whether RDJ or Law would return as bickering partners Holmes and Watson.

That said, RDJ earlier this year announced his intentions to reprise the role when speaking to Entertainment Weekly, claiming that his wife’s production company were “still looking at doing another Sherlock Holmes.”

RDJ is currently lapping up the inevitable successes of Avengers: Infinity War and will be seen playing Doctor Doolittle later this year.

Law and Ritchie have remained silent regarding any return as yet but it’s hard to see the pair decide against the project given the successes of the first two movies.

Director Ritchie has recently been working on other movies such as King Arthur and the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin whilst recently announcing that he is working on a British gangster movie

Meanwhile, Law will soon be seen featuring as a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts sequel and is also currently filming for next year’s Captain Marvel.

But with the movie now confirmed and given a release date, fingers crossed the entire gang will return for the third Sherlock Holmes instalment that we’ve all been hungry for!