CINDERELLA (UK CERT: U)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Music: Patrick Doyle
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter
Taking a look through Disney’s back catalogue of animation is like a lesson in film history. From Snow White to Bambi and The Lion King to The Princess & the Frog, there’s something in there for everyone to enjoy.
However, the studio has in recent times, taken to reimagining its classics as live-action adaptations with last year’s Maleficent starting a generation that will include Beauty & the Beast and a Tim Burton directed Dumbo. The latest offering is Cinderella, but does it hold a candle to its animated counterpart? Continue reading
Jurassic World is just around the corner and after a reasonably quiet few months, trailers, pictures and rumours are all firing up once again as June 12 approaches. But what can we expect? Continue reading
INSURGENT (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Robert Schwentke
Music: Joseph Trapanese
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
There hasn’t been a better time to be part of the Young Adult revolution. From Stephanie Meyer’s underwhelming Twilight saga to Suzanne Collins’ superb Huger Games trilogy and everything in between, there is something about this genre that audiences love to read and to watch.
Coming a little late to the party is Veronica Roth’s Divergent franchise. After last year’s bland debut, a new director in the shape of Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, Tattoo) takes on the second film in the series, Insurgent, but can it finally bring something to the table? Continue reading
RUN ALL NIGHT (UK CERT: 15)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Music: Junkie XL
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman
It’s fair to say Liam Neeson has picked some decidedly dodgy acting jobs since his rise to become an A-list Hollywood action hero. From a disappointing turn in the most recent A Team movie to the laughably bad Taken 3, he seems to have been turned from fan favourite to the butt of so many jokes.
After January’s poorly received Taken 3, Neeson returns to give the genre another go in Run All Night, but does Jaume Collet-Serra’s intriguing direction return him to the top of the food chain? Continue reading
CHAPPIE (UK CERT: 15)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Music: Hans Zimmer
Starring: Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman
District 9 was a tough act to follow for first-time director Neill Blomkamp. His follow up to 2009’s sci-fi sleeper hit was the mediocre Elysium that whilst having a gargantuan budget and the likes of Jodie Foster and Matt Damon, failed on the most basic of levels – storytelling.
Here, Blomkamp returns a little wiser and much richer with Chappie. But does it hark back to the brilliance of District 9? Continue reading