The Disaster Artist

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Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s book of the same name, The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult-classic The Room, widely considered one of the worst movies ever made.

Watching The Disaster Artist, it’s hard to believe this is based on a true story. Actor and director James Franco is hilarious and steals the film as Tommy Wiseau. Surprisingly entertaining and ridiculously funny, The Disaster Artist is a must see. If you like Ed Wood, then you’ll like this.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The Disaster Artist is in cinemas now!

 

 

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Paddington 2

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Everyone’s favourite friendly and marmalade-loving bear is back on the big screen.

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community. To purchase a unique pop-up book of London for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington works a series of odd jobs and saves his wages over time. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to find the thief.

The cast is marvellous. Ben Whishaw is delightful as the voice of Paddington. Hugh Grant steals the film as the antagonist with his surprising and entertaining performance. Great performances from supporting cast Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters.

Paul King (Paddington) returns to direct this fun family film. Very entertaining to watch from beginning to end. The dialogue is witty with little references to Grant’s real-life persona which he pokes fun at himself.

The CGI animation of Paddington is perfectly designed and blends well with the live action.

Just like the first film, Paddington 2 is funny and entertaining with a stellar cast. Enjoyable to watch from beginning to end and fun for the whole family, this much-anticipated sequel will not be a disappointment for fans. A must see.

Rating 5/5 Stars

‘Paddington 2’ is in cinemas everywhere from December 21.

Justice League

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It’s finally happened. After ten years in the making, Justice League has finally made it to the big screen. After last year’s bumpy start with Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad, the DC Extended Universe films seemed doomed until the success of this year’s Wonder Woman. The female superhero’s stand-alone film shined hope on the DC franchise and finally making a decent comic book film in comparison to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Does Justice League follow up on that same expectation?

The film takes place after the events of Batman Vs Superman. The world is in mourning after the death of Superman (Henry Cavill). Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), to find and recruit a team of metahumans with Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) to save the planet from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and his army of Parademons.

Director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, Batman Vs Superman) returns behind the camera. A slight improvement from Batman Vs Superman, Snyder makes a good attempt at a superhero movie delivering an action-packed film with a great ensemble cast that works well together and shares great on-screen chemistry.

The music score by Danny Elfman is phenomenal. Fans of Tim Burton’s Batman fans will enjoy the music as Elfman used elements of his “1989 Batman Theme” and also used John Williams’ “Superman Theme”.

On the negative side, Snyder seems more focused on the action than the storyline. The narrative is all over the place, the story is muddled with too many characters and tries to balance enough screen time making the film hard to focus.

The loose editing, over-the-top special effects and unnecessary slow motion of the action scenes add a headache following the film’s two-hour plot.

Though Justice League misses the mark with the story, special effects and humour, it’s a good popcorn movie. It’s an action-packed film for moviegoers and comic book fans.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Justice League is in cinemas now!

Murder on the Orient Express (2017 film)

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Hollywood continues to remake classic films. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is the latest to join this growing list. The film is the fourth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel following the 1974 film which starred Albert Finney, a 2001 TV film and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The new version stars and under the direction of Kenneth Branagh.

When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, Hercule Poirot (Branagh) a world-renowned detective must solve the case, but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer.

Murder on the Orient Express features an all-star ensemble cast. In addition to Branagh, the film also stars Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. Each actor shines in their role and gives gripping performances.

Under his direction, Branagh (Henry V, Cinderella) manages to pull off an impressive and mesmerising mystery drama film with a touch of humour while as the film’s lead star. This stylish production makes the film alluring to watch.  The film’s visual style is finely detailed. The cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos is stunning. Beautiful and lavish production design and costumes by Jim Clay. 

A well-made murder mystery film with a superb ensemble cast and stylish production is worth a look. Check it out. 

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Murder on the Orient Express is in cinemas now!

Suburbicon

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Suburbicon follows a mild-mannered father (Matt Damon) who must face his demons after a home invasion shakes his quaint neighbourhood in 1959.

A disappointing film from director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Ides of March) and writers The Coen Brothers (Intolerable Cruelty, The Hudsucker Proxy). The cast is talented but it’s not enough to save the film. The main issue is the story. The plot is a narrative mess jammed with racial issues, murder mystery and satire. It’s a dud and not worth watching.

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Thor: Ragnarok

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Imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must face his former ally and fellow Avenger,  the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator match. Thor finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilisation.

Like the other Marvel films, Thor: Ragnarok will not disappoint fans of the superhero films. It’s fun to watch. Action packed, hilarious, visually stunning and has a great soundtrack. Check it out.

Rating: 4/5 Stars