Monthly Archives April 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Captain-America-Civil-War-posterDirector: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt

Cert: 12

Running time: 147mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: When Tony Stark backs United Nation plans to regulate the Avengers, simmering tensions between him and Captain Steve Rogers threaten to erupt. This threat becomes greater when Rogers’ friend, Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier returns, seemingly fallen back into old, murderous habits.

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What’s the verdict: For those paying attention we are now into Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

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Eye in the Sky

Eye-in-the-Sky-posterDirector: Gavin Hood

Writer: Guy Hibbert

Cast: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen, Barkhad Abdi

Cert: 15

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: A British Colonel tracks high-ranking members of a terrorist group to a house in Kenya. Her orders for a drone strike become complicated by the arrival of a girl selling bread outside.

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What’s the verdict: Drone warfare and terrorist insurgency were touched upon in director Gavin Hood’s previous film, the underrated Ender’s Game and take centre stage in Eye in the Sky.

Helen Mirren impresses as the steel-nerved Colonel Powell (a role originally intended for a man) whose long hunt for the terrorists (including a radicalised British national) seems to have borne fruit...

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Midnight Special

Midnight-Special-posterDirector: Jeff Nichols

Writer: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard

Cert: 12

Running time: 112mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Eight-year-old Alton is snatched from the cult who worship him as a messiah by his father Roy. Pursued across Louisiana by cult members and the US government, Alton demonstrates otherworldly abilities.

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What’s the verdict: Proof that a chase movie coupled with genuine emotion and well-drawn characters can steady even the wobbliest premise, Midnight Special is the most enjoyable film that essentially makes no sense you’ll see this year.

Writer/director Jeff Nichols, who handled the possible-supernatural with such confidence in 2011’s Take Shelter, never quite decides exactly what powe...

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