Monthly Archives March 2015

Exhilarating Tale of Princess Kaguya sneak peek!

The-Tale-of-Princess-Kaguya---Isao-Takhata,-falling-cherry-blossomThe Tale of Princess Kaguya is out in UK cinemas from Friday 20th March and the good folk at Studiocanal have made available a clip from one of the film’s best moments.

Possibly the final movie from legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, it harks back 1,000 years into Japanese folklore for its enchanting story. A bamboo cutter discovers the Thumbelina-like Princess Kaguya in a bamboo tree and he and his kindly wife adopt her. Bestowed with riches from the magical forest, the bamboo cutter vows to provide Kaguya with a life fit for a princess, moving her into a palatial home and inviting seemingly the best of society to woo her.

But, like the best Ghibli heroines, the headstrong and independent Kaguya fights against society’s constraints...

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The-Tale-of-Princess-Kaguya---Isao-Takhata,posterDirector: Isao Takahata

Writer: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, Darren Criss (English language version), Aki Asakura, Tatasuya Nakadai, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto

Cert: U

Running time: 137mins

Year: 2013

    

The lowdown: 80 year old Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s probable swansong happens to be his finest movie. A bold, enchanting, retelling of the one thousand year old Japanese folktale The Bamboo Cutter, it’s as fresh as Frozen and as visually daring as the best of Pixar. Magical, thrilling for all ages and captivating throughout, if Studio Ghibli does shut up shop for good now Hayao Miyazaki has retired, this is a wonderful film to bow out on.

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The full verdict: Less well-known than Hayao Miyazaki, Isa...

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Run All Night

Run-All-Night---posterDirector: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Brad Ingelsby

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Vincent D’Onofrio

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2015

 

The lowdown: Liam Neeson reteams with Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra for their best outing to date. Neeson is Jimmy Conlon, a one-time hitman for Ed Harris’ mob boss, Shawn Maguire. When Maguire’s reckless son lands himself and Conlon’s estranged son into hot water, the mob boss declares war on both Conlon Sr and Jr. Efficient, undemanding entertainment, you don’t have to run to see it, but it’s further proof Neeson’s late in the day action man phase has legs.

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The full verdict: Though Run All Night describes what happens in Liam’s latest, the film is pitched as much in A Walk...

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The Gunman

The-Gunman---Sean-Penn,-posterDirector: Pierre Morel

Writers: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel)

Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2015

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The lowdown: It’s the Sean Identity, or The Bourne I-Penn-tity, with this overly-familiar, surprise free espionage actioner. Penn is Jim Terrier, an ex-Special Forces military contractor in the Congo who moonlights as an assassin for big corporations. Exiled after killing the Congolese Mining Minister, Terrier is forced back to his old life years later when his black op team mates start turning up dead. Taken director Pierre Morel is on board to do for Sean what he did for Liam Neeson, but it’s a hollow misfire.

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The full verdict: Really it should be little surpri...

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