Monthly Archives December 2014

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

The-Woman-in-Black---Angel-of-Death---posterDirector: Tom Harper

Writer: Jon Croker

Cast: Phoebe Fox, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine

Cert: 15

Running time: 98mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: When a British horror movie does £20m, a sequel is frighteningly inevitable. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death arrives minus star Daniel Radcliffe, but with an intriguing new story concerning children evacuated to the countryside during World War 2. Unfortunately, they arrive at the most dangerous house in England, residence of one particularly stern matron. Phoebe Fox impresses in the Radcliffe “must-solve-the-mystery” role and twists on the WiB formula are about enough to justify a return journey to this Hammer house of horrors.

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The full verdict: Whatever form it takes – first rate novel, hit stage play, terrifying 1989 TV movie, crowd ...

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The Theory of Everything

The-Theory-of-Everything---Eddie-Redmayne,-posterDirector: James Marsh

Writer: Anthony McCarten, Jane Hawking (book)

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Maxine Peake, Charlie Cox

Cert: 12

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Eddie Redmayne delivers a stunning portrayal of world-acclaimed British physicist Stephen Hawking in this account of the relationship between Hawking, stricken with motor neurone disease while studying at Cambridge, and his wife Jane, (Felicity Jones). Expect Redmayne’s remarkable performance to be up for every acting award going.

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The full verdict: Stephen Hawking is renowned for his irreverent wit almost as much as his pioneering work on black holes.

Shame then that Man on Wire director James Marsh has turned in a biopic so dutiful, coy and by the numbers...

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2014 – Rewind and Re-View

With 2015 fast becoming a reality, what better time to look back at movies in the year that was 2014?

As is tradition, let’s begin with…

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
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Having sex and accidentally crying out your mum’s name. Going for a bowel movement only to look down and see blood. Jelly wrestling Eamonn Holmes. The only thing worse than these is watching all 165 minutes of the fourth instalment of the over-heated, overlong, mean-spirited toy advert franchise. It cost $210m and no-one could transform the idea into a decent script?


ONGOING INDICATIONS THESE ARE THE END OF DAYS – TRANSFORMERS & MRS BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE’S BOX OFFICE

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The only thing more depressing than a fourth Transformers movie is the fact it was 2014’s box office champion, with o...

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The Best Films of 2014

Welcome to the second annual Electric Shadows Top 10.

2014 has been a great year for movies. Here are just a few films that didn’t make our top 10 – Boyhood, 22 Jump Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Under the Skin, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Okay, 2014 also witnessed the unnecessary continuation/reboot of the Transformers franchise with Age of Extinction. We would love to say it was unwanted, but with $1bn at the global box office ($33m of that coming from the UK), it’s clear a soulless, mean-spirited THREE HOUR advert for toys, cars and Chinese milk can still earn its place in the world. We’re doomed…

But, with the good outstripping the bad, we’ll claim 2014 as a vintage year...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The-Hobbit---The-Battle-of-the-Five-Armies---posterDirector: Peter Jackson

Writer: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Guillermo Del Toro

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Lee Pace

Cert: 12

Running time: 144mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Peter Jackson brings his unexpected trilogy to a close (bar the inevitable DVD extended edition next year) with a triumphant bang. Following on literally from The Desolation of Smaug’s cut-to-black ending, this boasts a treasure trove of excitement and adventure that will leave both Tolkein-heads and action movie fans panting with delight...

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