Monthly Archives May 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow - Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt - posterDirector: Doug Liman

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Cert: 12

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Tom Cruise returns to sci-fi – the genre that gave him hits with Minority Report, War of the Worlds and (arguably) the Mission: Impossibles – for Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Cruise is a cowardly lion who literally becomes a locked-n-loaded tin man, reliving the same day over and over every time he is killed in action battling an invading alien horde. Classic sci-fi movies, computer games and attractive London locations meld for an undemanding Saturday night actioner from the director of The Bourne Identity.

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The full verdict: It’s not just Major Cage, Tom Cruise’s ve...

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla 2014 - posterDirector: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Max Borenstein

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn

Cert: 12

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: After 2010’s £400,000 budgeted Monsters, director Gareth Edwards proves he is the go-to creature feature guy for the King of Monsters, Godzilla himself. And as the 1954 original dealt with hot-button topics of the day so Edwards uses his titular leviathan to shoulder a story touching upon post-9/11 apocalypse paranoia, environmental disasters, and of course nuclear anxieties...

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The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January - Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Issac posterDirector: Hossein Amini

Writer: Hossein Amini

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Bevan

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 97 mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: For his directorial debut, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini delves into a different kind of darkness with this taut adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s tale of greed and guilt. Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac make a tantalising triangle, degenerating rapidly in the sweltering heat of Crete.

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The verdict: Since Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train,the literary works of Patricia Highsmith have been favoured source material for screenwriters. Her recurring themes of duality, deception and morally blank anti-heroes make for fascinating viewing.

Set in the 1960’s, this interpretation of a lesser known Highsmith nov...

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men - Days of Future Past, posterDirector: Bryan Singer

Writer: Simon Kinberg

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry

Cert: 12

Running time: 131mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Following the first class First Class and the wild The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past confirms the franchise has rediscovered its X-factor. A time travel save-the-world plot unites the original series with the First Class reboot, delivering a blockbuster to sink your claws, mind and mutant streak into. A high-wattage cast and Bryan Singer’s dynamic direction ensure that in a world of Avengers, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman, Superman, etc, etc, X still marks the spot where it all began.

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The full verdict: This mutant gene ...

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Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur - Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric, Roman Polanski, posterDirector: Roman Polanski

Writers: Roman Polanski, David Ives

Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

Cert: 15

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: In his 80th year, Roman Polanski shows little sign of succumbing to dull good taste with this witty, erotic and Palme D’Or nominated reworking of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s naughty 19th century tale of tall boots and long whips. Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric are on bold form as a feisty actress and self-important director condensing the sex war into a 90 minute audition. After the bitter treats of Carnage, Polanski again demonstrates his filmmaking alchemy for turning chamber-piece stage plays into silver screen delights.

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The full verdict: Those complaining about two stage adaptations in a row should remember Roman P...

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Bad Neighbours

Bad Neighbors - Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne posterDirectors: Nicholas Stoller

Writers: Andrew J. Cohen , Brendan O’Brien

Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Cert: 15

Running Time: 96 mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Iron your togas and practice your beer pong as Zac Efron’s fraternity moves next door to newly-bored parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne. Director Nicholas Stoller follows up his Five Year Engagement with a fresh approach to college comedy. The result is filthy fun that makes Old School look like Playschool; pledge your allegiance now!

Film Summer PreviewBad Neighbors - Zac Efron, shirtless

The full verdict: Comedies of this genre typically pit loveable misfits against oppressive authority figures intent on shutting them down...

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