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Logan

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Green, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook

Cert: 15

Running time: 137mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: In a crumbling America of the future with most mutants gone, Logan (Jackman) ekes out a living as a limo driver. He also cares for an ailing Charles Xavier (Stewart) who he has stashed south of the border. Into Logan’s world comes mysterious 11-year-old girl Laura (Keen), fleeing various shadowy agencies and who Charles insists Logan must protect.

What’s the verdict: For Hugh Jackman’s final outing as adamantium-skeletoned, razor wielding grumpy boots Wolverine, the strapping Aussie has used all the luminosity of his star wattage to do it his f*ck...

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Doctor Strange

doctor-strange-posterDirector: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong

Cert: 12A

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: After a serious accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange embarks upon a quest to heal his shattered body. But, he discovers the universe has many more exciting and dangerous things to offer.

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What’s the verdict: Watching Doctor Strange is similar to observing Alan Partridge ordering a cinema ticket over the phone.

“Inception. IN-ception. IN-SEP-SHUN. Inception…?”

Or is it Matrix, Matrix, Matrix? Or Batman Begins, Batman Begins, Batman Begins? Or Avatar: The Last – oh God no, not that one.

What Doctor Strange definitely i...

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Captain America: Civil War – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis talk all things Captain America – Civil War. One Rob thought it was good, the other thought it was great. But, which Rob is which?! They also riff on uncanny similarities between Civil War and Batman v Superman and look at what else is coming in the latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Blogs. Check it out (after listening to the podcast)…

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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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Deadpool and Other 2016 Superheroes – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 2 of the Electric Shadows Podcast targets Deadpool and looks forward to the now annual superhero summer jamboree.

In our own inimitable fashion, m’learned colleague Rob Wallis and myself don figurative capes and survey the current landscape of comic book heroes on the big and small screen. In an epic discussion, our journey through all things superheroic takes in R ratings, social realist movies of the 1960s, David Niven and Mary Poppins.  I also get the name of The Dark Knight Returns sequel wrong, (it’s Strikes Again, not Strikes Back), plus there is a brief segue into discussing the bizarre phenomenon that is Jai Courtney.

It makes a kind of sense.

So, hang up your cape (or put it on if that’s what makes you comfortable) and hear what we have to say.

More of Rob Walli...

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Ant-Man

Ant-Man---posterDirector: Peyton Reed

Writer: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, Paul Rudd & Adam McKay

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña

Cert: 12A

Running time: 117mins

Year: 2015

The lowdown: The Marvel juggernaut follows its most epic movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, with its smallest. The single character movie formula is now set in stone and rigidly adhered to: origins backstory, quirky cast including a Hollywood heavyweight, breezy humour, easy-on-the-eye action, cameo’ing Avenger, set up for a bigger movie, post-credit tease for what’s coming next. All pleasant enough and Paul Rudd brings his affable charm to a potentially career transforming role, but this really could have done with the stuff original director Edgar Wright would have brought to the table...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers---Age-of-Ultron---posterDirector: Joss Whedon

Writer: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (characters)

Cast: Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elisabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andy Serkis, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Thomas Kretschmann, Stellan Skarsgaard, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba

Cert: 12

Running time: 141mins

Year: 2015

 

The lowdown: The gang reassemble in this sequel to the 3rd biggest box office movie of all time. Warped A.I. in the form of tyrannical tin man Ultron is the big bad here, joined by other fan favourites, the mind-meddling Scarlet Witch and her brother, human lightning bolt Quicksilver...

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Big Hero 6

Big-Hero-6---posterDirector: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writer: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Jordan Roberts

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Genesis Rodriguez

Cert: PG

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: A superhero movie based on a Marvel comic book almost as obscure to filmgoers as Guardians of the Galaxy works a second time around in this sci-fi family adventure. When tragedy strikes teenager Hiro, his big brother’s robotic “health care companion” Baymax is there to help him pick up the pieces. But, a mysterious masked man begins terrorising the city San Fransokyo, meaning Hiro, Baymax and their goofy robotic engineering pals must suit up to protect the city...

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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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Thor: The Dark World

Thor - The Dark World - Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, quad posterDirector: Alan Taylor

Writer: Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 112 mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: By Odin’s beard! Chris Hemsworth’s Norse God Pwoar – sorry, Thor, returns to bring the hammer down on an ancient elfish race threatening to plunge the universe into darkness. Natalie Portman is back as the love interest, Anthony Hopkins brings his Shakespearean bark as Thor’s dad, and series favourite Tom Hiddleston returns as irresistible bad guy Loki, joined by new villain Christopher Eccleston...

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