By Adam Brannon
2015 has been a great year for film. From long-awaited sequels to the conclusion of epic franchises, it’s been one of the best and most successful movie seasons in recent memory, and with Star Wars: the Force Awakens out in December, it can only finish on a high.
It also marks the first time that Pixar has released two films in the same year. Summer saw the release of instant-classic Inside Out and now animation fans get to enjoy another movie from the studio, The Good Dinosaur, but has Pixar bitten of more than it can chew? Continue reading
Written by Rob Stoakes
So, seeing as there’s been absolutely no major film release this week, let’s talk about that Warcraft trailer that came out recently.
Aficionados of video games might notice something a little odd about this trailer. Mostly, it looks like an actual video game for once. This is, in my opinion, absolutely fantastic, because the main reason video game movies are so terrible is that a lot of video games take their plots from other movies. I already know the planned Uncharted movie is going to be terrible because Uncharted is basically a cheap Indiana Jones, just like how the Hitman films were both terrible Jason Bourne knockoffs. Continue reading
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (UK CERT 12A)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Music: James Newton Howard
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore
By Adam Brannon
Over the last three years, The Hunger Games franchise has thrilled and delighted fans and newcomers to the series with its mix of wonderful special effects, a great cast and intriguing plots.
With the second instalment, Catching Fire, proving to be the best in the series, expectations for the finale, Mockingjay Part 2 were incredibly high. But is this the end we all wanted, and more importantly deserved? Continue reading
THE LADY IN THE VAN (UK CERT 12A)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Music: George Fenton
Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent
Cinema has a long lasting love of people having their homes invaded by unwanted intruders, and not just because that’s how most directors view anyone who tries to tell them their opinion on filmmaking. It’s because there’s a lot of different directions one can take with the drama and excitement of home invasion. The horror of Wait Until Dark, the brutality of Straw Dogs, the silliness of Home Alone, the potential is quite large. And now throwing in its own interpretation of this theme is The Lady in the Van, based on the somewhat true story of Alan Bennett’s relationship with a transient woman who parked her van on his driveway. So, how does he and the audience respond? Continue reading
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (UK Cert 15)
Director: Christopher B Landon
Music: Thomas Newman
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes
Written by Adam Brannon
We film-goers really can’t get enough of zombies. The brain-munching, cannibalistic horrors used to be the stuff of nightmares. But as our tastes became more extreme, the flesh-eaters managed to slip into the mainstream with genre-bending films at the forefront of zombie resurgence.
Christopher B. Landon brings zombies back to the silver screen with horror comedy, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Are we looking at a US version of Shaun of the Dead? Or something a little more dead behind the eyes? Continue reading