Author: sceneit3

NCTJ Magazine Journalist, blogger and film enthusiast

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Review

Following his brief cameo in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man gets his own outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s the latest rebranding of the web-slinger following Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s 21st century efforts but given it’s affiliation with the Avengers franchise, it’s difficult to compare this modernised vision of the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

After his bout with Captain America, a 15-year-old Peter Parker (Holland) must come back down to reality and tackle his everyday teenage life of school and girls as well as his relationship with his aunt May (Melissa Tomei). This all proves tricky once he considers himself an official Avenger, pestering Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) for more involvement in the initiative.

After crossing paths with supernatural arms dealer, The Vulture (Michael Keaton), Peter can’t help but put everything else in his life on hold and find a way to prove that he is worthy of Avenger status.

Director Jon Watts brings a melancholic and indie tone to the superhero, in particular during the scenes where we see Peter step away from his Spider-Man duties. There’s plenty of charm and humour with Holland an important catalyst in that as well as the teenage based pop soundtrack playing behind it all.

Ultimately, the movie is a small component of something much bigger, with Avengers: Infinity War to come next year and that certainly modernises the Spider-Man brand, but there is still a sense of independence the movie that is refreshing to see.

There’s plenty to admire in Spider-Man: Homecoming as it does a good job of balancing it’s own world with the broader Avengers universe. With that in mind, it’s hard to compare it with Sam Raimi’s noughties trilogy and the two rather forgotten rebrandings in 2012 with Andrew Garfield. It’s a completely new reimagining of the character, which won’t blow audiences away by any means, but will charm viewers nevertheless.

Daddy’s Home 2 – Trailer #1

The Hype:

Guess what everyone! Will Ferrell is doing a comedy sequel! But to be fair, this one looks pretty funny. The follow up to 2015’s Daddy’s Home is set to be bigger, better and hopefully slightly funnier than the first, with big timers Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the original cast of Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardenelli.

The Plot:

Very similar to the first as comedy sequels often are, only this time the daddies in question are those of Ferrell and Wahlberg’s. Now both their families are in tandem, but things look to take a turn for the worse when their fathers come to stay for the holidays.

The Trailer:

The UK release date:

22nd November 2017

American Made – Trailer #1

The Hype:

Everyone loves a movie based on a true story, especially when it’s a based on a character like Barry Seal, helped further by the fact that he will be portrayed by Tom Cruise. Judging by the trailer, this money and drug fuelled crime thriller is going to be full of twists and shocks, with the man behind Bourne Identity and Mr and Mrs Smith, Doug Limen, directing.

The Plot:

American Made follows the story of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who is recruited as a drug smuggler before being approached by the DEA and CIA to find intelligence on his employers, including Pablo Escobar.

The Trailer:

The UK Release Date:

25th August 2017

Baywatch – Review

Plenty of incredible looking people, some cheap action thrills and a decent amount of comedy is exactly what you can expect from the new movie adaptation of Baywatch. It’s a movie one will go into with low expectations and leave having had a couple of chuckles, but without being left with any lasting impressions. But ultimately that is what a movie like Baywatch is specifically there for.

Dwayne Johnson plays the updated version of David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchanen, a dedicated and much-loved head lifeguard of Baywatch beach in Miami. When recruiting for new talent to join the team patrolling the bay, Mitch clashes with Matt Brody (Zac Efron), a disgraced former Olympic champion swimmer whose cocky attitude leads him to believe he can stroll into the role.

After being awarded the job, Brody soon discovers there’s a lot more to the part than just being a lifeguard as he and the rest of the team look to bring down the dangerous drug-lord, Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra), who jeopardises the future of the Bay.

Director Seth Gordon is probably best known for 2011’s Horrible Bosses, so immediately you know what kind of crass humour is going to be involved. And fortunately for Baywatch, there are a number of chuckles to be had which partially makes up for the terrible storyline and budget action sequences. Johnson and Efron have a fun on-screen relationship and along with Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach, there’s plenty to visually admire.

The movie as a whole is poor, but it certainly surpasses the lowest of expectations that audiences will be going in with. Baywatch is incredibly forgettable but a few laughs and some cheap action scenes mean it’s not the worst watch ever.

Logan Lucky – Trailer #1

The Hype:

You can be forgiven for not hearing of this one but it may just be one of the unsung movies of the year.

The man behind Ocean’s Eleven and Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh, directs an all star cast of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig as well as many more in this comedy crime caper that has turned a number of heads following the release of the first trailer.

The Plot:

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina – IMDB

The Trailer:

The UK release date:

25th August 2017

13 Huge Movies Still To Come In 2017

It has been a stellar year for film so far and we’re not even half way through it. As we approach the summer months, there’s a typical onslaught of superhero movies as Marvel and DC go head to head, Christopher Nolan’s latest feature drops, and there are a whole host of explosive blockbusters to sink your teeth into. Here are 13 of the movies that I am most looking forward to in the coming months:

Baywatch – 29th May

Hear me out with this one. It will probably be one of the most offensive movies of the year but with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron headlining, there is sure to be plenty of action and comedy involved and if you’re looking for an easy summer watch, this is it. Based on the popular 90’s series, the pair uncovers a local criminal plot which threatens the future of the Bay. The man behind Horrible Bosses, Seth Gordon, directs.

Wonder Woman – 1st June

DC will seriously have to step it up this year following the drab releases of Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. The latter of those two gave us a glimpse of Gal Gadot portraying Wonder Woman and there’s a lot of hope that her stand-alone movie will be the one that puts DC back on the map for the right reasons as we discover the back story of how Diana Prince becomes Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins directs with Chris Pine and Robin Wright also starring.

Baby Driver – 28th June

Edgar Wright returns to directing after concluding his Cornetto series (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) in 2013 with this crime caper, Baby Driver. Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a young getaway driver at his best when listening to music, who finds his life is at risk when he is coerced into working for a crime boss and taking on a hopeless task. Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx head an impressive cast and early reviews have come back positive for what should be one of this summer’s biggest hits.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – 7th July

For me, Marvel went up another level last year with the release of Captain America: Civil War. We briefly got to see Tom Holland donned as the web slinger in that, and he gets his own movie this summer as the latest Avenger is nurtured by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) whilst trying to balance that with his normal life. Throw in Michael Keaton as The Vulture terrorising New York City and old Spidey really does have himself tangled in a web.

War for the Planet of the Apes – 14th July

Though it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed, it’s widely believed this will be the conclusion to the Apes trilogy which sees another tussle between humans and their evolutionary predecessors led by Caesar. Dawn director Matt Reeves returns for this one with Woody Harrelson taking on the apes as the ruthless Colonel leading the humans.

Dunkirk – 21st July

This doesn’t need much bigging up. Christopher Nolan, the man behind the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception, returns to direct this World War II epic following the heroic evacuation of 330,000 allied troops as they were pressurised by Germans descending on the beaches of Dunkirk. Nolan is renowned for his huge blockbusters, and with such an impressive British cast including the likes of Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branaugh, expect to be blown away once again.

Atomic Blonde – 11th August

Perhaps one that many people wouldn’t have heard about but one that they will have wished they had as Charlize Theron plays a female Bond-like MI6 agent when she is sent to Berlin during the Cold-War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent as well as to track down a list of double agents. Stylish combat scenes, witty quips and plenty of blood is what to expect from director David Leitch (who is also directing next year’s Deadpool 2). James McAvoy and John Goodman also star.

The Dark Tower – 18th August

This looks to be one of the biggest adventure fantasies of the summer as Idris Elba plays a gun-slinger, roaming the old west in an alternative universe in pursuit of the man in black (Matthew McConaughey) in order to keep the real world safe. Stylish and explosive, this one also looks like one of the coolest movies of the year based on the trailer alone, mainly due to its two leading actors.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 22nd September

Matthew Vaughn’s graphic spy flick, Kingsman: The Secret Service blew people away in 2014 and as a result, its sequel is much anticipated. Taron Egerton returns and heads an impressive cast following the additions of Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Julianne Moore. After their headquarters is attacked, the Kingsman discover a similar organisation in the US and the pair must cooperate in order to take down their common enemy. Expect plenty of bloody carnage in the one.

Blade Runner 2049 – 6th October

Naturally there are some sceptics who are concerned about returning to the much loved original. But everything we know about Blade Runner 2049 suggests that it will do more than justice to the 1982 classic. Denis Villeneuve has proved that he is more than capable director with the successes of Prisoners and last year’s Arrival. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, with Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto also starring to complete a strong lineup. The latest trailer for this one dropped this week and it doesn’t look like those sceptics are going to be disappointed.

Thor: Ragnarok – 27th October

The recent trailer release raised a number of questions for the latest chapter in Thor. The third Marvel film of the year shows Thor as a slave warrior, fighting Hulk, with short hair and on top of that, Jeff Goldblum seems to be at the helm of all of this. Cate Blanchett plays the villainous Hela in this one and Benedict Cumberbatch (as Doctor Strange) is also set to make some form of an appearance. Thor: Ragnarok is set to be the penultimate movie before our favourite heroes team up again in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Justice League – 17th November

Justice League is DC’s answer to Marvel’s Avengers, where Batman seeks to build a team of superhumans including Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg to take on a greater threat. B vs S director, Zack Snyder, is at the helm of this one (which won’t fill too many people with confidence) with Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill teaming up once again.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 15th December

Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, there’s no doubt that 2015’s The Force Awakens was a thoroughly enjoyable watch and one that brought the franchise back from the dark Jar-Jar Binks era of the noughties. In the latest chapter, Rey and Finn return on their journey alongside Luke Skywalker, who we got a small glimpse of in The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill all feature again, with Looper director Rian Johnson taking charge of this one.

All release dates are UK based

Which of these movies are you looking forward to the most? What other movies are you most excited about this year? Leave a comment below and let me know

Dunkirk – Trailer #2

The Hype:

This is definitely has to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Anything involving Christopher Nolan generally is means gold dust, and this looks to be no different.

We’ve already had a taste of this WWII epic from the first trailer, and here we get a better glimpse into the storyline and devastation of a story surrounding soldiers during the Second World War. In typical Nolan fashion, he decided against the use of CGI, giving the movie that genuine touch that the subject matter deserves.

Naturally, Nolan has assembled a strong cast including his old friends Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy alongside British legends Mark Rylace, Kenneth Branagh and…Harry Styles (yes, you did read that correctly).

The Plot:

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. – IMDB

The Trailer:

The UK Release Date:

21st July 2017

The Dark Tower – Trailer #1

The Hype:

It’s looking less and less likely that Idris Elba will be given the Bond role, so he now has to go and find somewhere else to portray his coolness.

Fortunately for us, it looks like he’s found it by going toe to toe with Matthew McConaughey in the fantasy shoot-em up, ‘The Dark Tower’.

The Plot:

The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. – IMDB

The Trailer:

The UK release date:

18th August 2017


12 Actors Who Have Featured In DC And Marvel Movies

Marvel and DC are titans and main rivals when it comes to the comic book superhero universe. That rivalry is really beginning to heat up with so many future releases from both parties set to drop in the next couple of years. Naturally there is going to be some form of crossover between both worlds so here’s a list of just some of the actors and actresses who have featured in both Marvel and DC movies:

Ben Affleck – Affleck is currently portraying Batman role for DC as seen in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and briefly in Suicide Squad, but he also donned the rather forgettable Daredevil outfit for Marvel – both were fairly terrible movies. He returns as the Dark Knight later this year in Justice League.


Ryan Reynolds – Everyone now knows Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Deadpool, a distant member of the X-Men family for Marvel. He actually first played the anti-hero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity all the way back in 2004. His appearance for DC was definitely a low point in his career, playing the lead character in Green Lantern.


Halle Berry – Obviously best known for her portrayal of Storm in the X-Men series, Berry took a quick trip to the DC universe in 2004 in the painfully awful Catwoman and returned to Marvel without ever looking back.


Tommy Lee-Jones – Remember all those terrible Batman movies throughout the 90s? Lee-Jones featured in one of them, playing Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever – a role that he has since claimed he hated (as did we). Fast-forward 16 years and he appeared for Marvel, playing Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger, a slightly more commendable role.


Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix cool guy cameoed in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, playing Daily Planet editor Perry White. In 2007 he voiced the Silver Surfer in Marvel’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Spare a thought for Adewale who must have spent hours in makeup for both DC and Marvel roles. He featured in last year’s Suicide Squad as Killer Croc, so you can be forgiven for not recognising him in that. He also featured in Thor: The Dark World, playing Algrim/Kurse – again, caked in makeup and costume.


Josh Brolin & Michael Fassbender – DC’s Jonah Hex was one of Hollywood’s glorious failures, financially and critically despite an impressive cast. Many of whom have gone on to much better things and these two in particular. Fassbender of course has had a couple of outings in the X-Men series as a younger Magneto in First Class and Days of Future Past. We may have only seen Brolin portraying Thanos briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron but expect a larger role as the large headed villain in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.


James Marsden – One of Hollywood’s underrated sons, probably best known for playing Cyclops in the X-Men series before being killed off in The Last Stand. Like Berry, he jumped over to the DC world, featuring in 2006’s Superman Returns, reteaming with X-Men director Bryan Singer who made a similar leap.


J.K Simmons – One of Simmons’ most loved characters is J. Jonah Jameson, the quippy news editor of the Daily Bugel in Marvel’s Spiderman of the noughties. Since then he has starred in the likes of Whiplash and Patriots Day, the latter of which portraying a glorious moustache. He will star as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League later this year probably thanks to his fantastic facial hair.


Willem Dafoe – Dafoe featured alongside Simmons in Spiderman, playing the terrifying Green Goblin. He’ll be seen playing Nuidis Vulko in this year’s Justice League as well as the stand-alone Aquaman production in 2018.


Michael Keaton – Despite doubts over the casting, Keaton did a good job of playing Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. He re-entered the superhero world in the alternative Oscar-winning Birdman a couple of years ago, but later this year he will be starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fittingly playing the villainous Vulture.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Trailer #1

If you were a fan of Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman – The Secret Service’, than expect big things from the sequel.

An almighty cast has been assembled including five Oscar winners in the form of Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth and Elton John. In addition to that, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong return, with Channing Tatum also making an appearance.

The trailer promises twice as much spy game as the first, check it out below: