Aladdin review “Don’t let us down Guy Ritchie”

Aladdin movie posterAlong with Beauty & The Beast and The Lion King, Aladdin is one of Disney’s most-loved animated films. With Disney’s penchant for remaking their classic cartoons over the last few years, it was always going to be the case that Aladdin was going to be on the cards.

Director Bill Condon’s Beauty & The Beast was an enchanting ride that just fell short of living up to its predecessor and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau has been tasked with bringing The Lion King back to life in live-action. We’ll find out how he gets on in July. Continue reading

“Yet another misfire” Suicide Squad review

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By Adam Brannon

It’s hard to remember such a lacklustre summer blockbuster season. From unnecessary sequels to underwhelming novel adaptations, it’s been one disappointment after another.

After the criticism of spring’s Batman v Superman, DC Comics and Warner Bros. really needed a hit on their hands if they were to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Suicide Squad is their answer, but after an exhaustive marketing campaign, is the final product any good? Continue reading

“Reasonably accomplished” Focus Review

FOCUS   (UK CERT: 15)

Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa   

Music: Nick Urata

Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, BD Wong


Will Smith desperately needed a film to catapult him back onto the silver screen A-list after M. Night Shyamalan’s critical and commercial disaster After Earth.

The Hollywood favourite recently spoke about how the movie bruised his ego and made him reassess his position as a serious actor. His latest film Focus, is the first after a brief hiatus, but does it mark a return to form? Continue reading

After Earth: Review [2013]

M Night Shyamalan is a director of two-halves. On one hand we have the man who gave us the amazing blockbusters Signs, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense, which were met with commercial and critical success; and on the other hand we have the man who tortured the cinema-going public with abominations like The Lady in the Water, The Village and perhaps one of the worst films of all time, The Happening.

However, despite his recent offerings, the studios are allowing him to have another go, teaming up with Will Smith and his son Jaden in the sci-fi thriller After Earth. But can it mark a return to form for the struggling director? Continue reading

The Purge & After Earth: Coming Soon!

UPDATED: Click the link for a review of The Purge.

UPDATED: Click the link for a review of After Earth.

Keep checking on Movie Metropolis for the reviews of two left-field choices, two films that are something a little different from the constant barrage of blockbusters that summer can bring.

The Purge sees Ethan Hawke fight for survival on a night were all emergency services are suspended and all crime is legal. It promises to be a rollercoaster ride of tension, horror and action; but will it live up to the trailer? Find out here on Movie Metropolis.

After Earth stars Will Smith and his son Jaden as they team up with M. Night Shyamalan in a sci-fi adventure promising slick visuals and a tight story, no doubt turned on its head by a Shyamalan twist. However, the director’s recent work has been plagued by poor critical and commercial responses, can this end his run of bad luck?