THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT1 (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Music: James Newton Howard
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Liam Hemsworth
The Hunger Games series has become something of a worldwide phenomenon over the last few years, with over $1bn in takings between two films, success is a bit of an understatement.
A year after the critically acclaimed Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence returns with the first part of Suzanne Collins’ underwhelming finale – Mockingjay, but can it continue with the series’ success and improve on the lacklustre novel? Continue reading
THE GIVER (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Music: Marco Beltrami
Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard
Over the last decade, cinema-going audiences have had the treat of numerous adaptations of popular young adult novels. Some of them have been particularly great – the Harry Potter series the highlight – whilst others have been less than stellar – Twilight, I’m looking at you.
However, with The Hunger Games on the edge of its tantalising conclusion, director Phillip Noyce introduces teens and adults alike to a whole new world in The Giver, but can it seduce audiences which have already had numerous fantasy worlds to enjoy? Continue reading
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (UK CERT: PG)
Director: Dane BeBlois
Music: John Powell
Voices: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington
Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon was an example of setting your expectations low and coming out pleasantly surprised. The first film proved that the studio could create animated masterpieces and it left audiences across the globe hooked.
However, expectation has never been higher for its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, but does it soar to the dizzying heights of its predecessor? Continue reading
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Michael Bay
Music: Steve Jablonsky
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer
Michael Bay’s Transformers series has received a huge amount of criticism since the first film was released back in 2007, some of it fair, and some of it not. Now, 7 years on and three films later, Bay returns to the helm of one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with Transformers: Age of Extinction, but can it silence his critics? Continue reading
X-Men: Days of Future Past (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Bryan Singer
Music: John Ottman
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise comes at the perfect time both for the series and its director.
After last year’s poorly executed Jack the Giant Slayer, Singer needed to come back to home turf and after a string of irritating X-Men films, including the entertaining but soulless X-Men: The Last Stand and the downright offensive Wolverine origins story, it seems the superhero series needed to do the same.
But can a re-partnering 11 years after the brilliant X2 restore the magic of one of Marvel’s best comics? Continue reading