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Mark Wahlberg to star in new comedy

Daddy’s Home star Mark Wahlberg is set to continue his ventures into comedy by starring in and producing ‘Instant Family’.

The man behind Daddy’s Home, Sean Anders, is set to direct, teaming back up with Wahlberg.

Paramount are set to fast-track the project, aiming to start shooting early next year.

The film follows a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented.

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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

Patriots Day – Review

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Director Peter Berg for a while has been on the brink of producing something special. He may have had a number of blips with the likes of Hancock and Battleship, but he has also produced some impressive docudramas including The Kingdom, Lone Survivor and last year’s Deepwater Horizon. His latest venture, Patriots Day, sees him take on the story of the 2013 Boston bombings – and it is the movie that takes Berg’s directing prowess to next level.

The film follows the true events of the bombings as well as the incredible subsequent events when two brothers, Damerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, target the finish line of the Boston marathon with a pair of homemade bombs, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. Detective Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg, who is also the only fictional character in the movie) was on duty at the time of the explosions and is seemingly our main protagonist throughout the movie.

All other characters in the film (barring Michelle Monaghan’s role as Tommy’s despairing wife) are real life accounts from victims Jessica Kensky (Rachel Brosnahan) and her partner Patrick Downes (Christopher O’Shea) to all police officials including Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) and Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K Simmons). Along with FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), they play huge roles in the aftermath of the bombings, searching tirelessly for the two brothers in quite an amazing few days in Boston. The movie ends with touching interviews and images from the day which you can’t help but feel moved by.

Berg has a knack of mixing together devastation and sentimentality. We are introduced to Boston on the morning of the bombings as a quirky, lazy place with a number of wise cracks from all the characters – an easy going opening to the movie. But as a result, we are immediately invested in the characters, including the two brothers with whom we ascertain their motives and background of throughout – discovering more about the antagonists is another admirable trait of Berg’s.

The scene of the explosions isn’t over-egged by Berg, but from this moment on the audience is gripped by the pure tension the subsequent events exploit. And these said events are quite incredible – it’s almost best to go into the movie without knowing too much of what happened in the days that followed.

Berg doesn’t struggle with the high number of character profiles – in fact Wahlberg’s role isn’t necessarily outdoing anyone else, he is just one of the many heroes that Berg is patriotically portraying. As a result, Patriots Day is some of his best work. It’s a captivating watch, incredibly moving and a true homage to all the victims and heroes of the tragic events of those few days.

Ted 2 – Review

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Since Ted was released in 2012, becoming the most successful R-rated movie ever, Seth McFarlane hasn’t had the best of times. His Oscar hosting attempt was humiliatingly forgettable and A Million Ways to Die in the West was quite unremarkable. Returning to a successful, loveable character would have been the easy way back into the game for McFarlane, but Ted 2 certainly does itself justice.

McFarlane returns as the voice of the potty-mouthed bear, again accompanied by stoner buddy John (Mark Wahlberg). The two have had a polar opposite time recently though with John’s marriage to Lori ending just as Ted and girlfriend Tami-Lynn tie the knot.

Married life is proving difficult for the newlyweds, but Ted has the perfect solution to their problems: to have a baby. This proves more problematic when the government tell Ted that he must first prove that he is a real “person” in order to keep his marriage and have a child.

The couple, with help from John, seek legal advice, firstly from rookie lawyer Samantha L. Jackson (Amanda Seyfried) and then from civil rights lawyer Patrick Meighan (Morgan Freeman).

Laughs of the offensive variety are a plenty in this sequel, ranging from flat out stoner comedy to clever gags being played throughout. The film itself is a mess and the novelty factor may have worn off – but who cares?

Ultimately, it is more of the same, which is exactly what everyone wants when they go to see it – more scandalous gags, more swearing and more of the foul-mouthed teddy bear.

Beyond the jokes, McFarlane makes time for sentiment in the majority of his projects. Ted 2 is no different as one moment Ted and John are making wisecracks about 9/11, the next they’re bromancing over John’s failed marriage.

Some suggest McFarlane is funnier than he thinks, and perhaps there are occasions when he tries too hard with his comedy. But ultimately, he never fails with a crude joke or two and both Ted movies are perfect examples of that.

2 Guns fires – Review

Michael ‘Stig’ Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Trent (Denzel Washington) are two undercover officers from the DEA and the Navy who are ordered to investigate each other. Unaware of each other’s true identities, both are tasked to infiltrate a multi-million dollar drug cartel led by Mexican gangster Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). When their respective bosses abandon Stig and Bobby, the pair discovers whom they both truly are and that they were set up to perform the robbery.

After some initial trust issues, the pair work together – or “in the same vicinity” – in order to take down the cartel as well as clearing their own names. James Marsden and Bill Paxton offer slimy cameos as Stig and Bobby’s superiors, but the protagonist pairing have learned many a trick being under cover for so long.

Washington and Wahlberg offer the perfect “buddy-cop” combination with a successful dosage of stunts and humorous one-liners. Wahlberg in particular has demonstrated his comical prowess in recent years and Washington’s talents have always been undoubted (despite his age now starting to show). What 2 Guns offers is a strong cast combined with a clever, action fuelled and quick-witted script.

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has previously worked with Wahlberg on last year’s crime thriller Contraband, and is making a comfortable start to life as a Hollywood director.

2 Guns produces just as many laughs as it does entertaining action scenes and there are plenty of both. Originally a 2008 comic, 2 Guns also offers emotional elements, which illustrate just how versatile both headlining actors truly are.

The film is charming, cheeky, explosive and entertaining and is so much more than the typical buddy-cop feature. Washington and Wahlberg are perfect for the two roles as are the supporting cast while the crew also make the most of some elegant locations and set pieces

8/10 #WebbersRatings