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Ad Astra

Director: James Gray

Writers: James Gray, Ethan Gross

Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler

Producers: Dede Gardner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan, Brad Pitt

Music: Max Richter

Cinematographer: Hoyte van Hoytema

Editors: John Axelrad, Lee Haugen

Cert: 12

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) must journey across the solar system to find his long-thought dead father (Jones), whose mission may now be threatening Earth.

What’s the verdict: Dad Astra might have been a more appropriate title for James Gray’s visually breathtaking space opera...

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The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary Special – The Electric Shadows Podcast

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight’s theatrical release, episode 47 of The Electric Shadows Podcast has gone big. Across four hours, Robs Daniel and Wallis and Bat-expert Ian Bird discuss Nolan’s landmark trilogy. Plus, a wider discussion of the Caped Crusader in comic books and on the small screen, both animated and live action.

Our trio delve deep into the Bat cave, covering a range of Bat chat. From Nolan’s career, to the making of the trilogy, Nolan’s influences, the impact of Christian Bale’s Batman, Heath Ledger’s Joker and Tom Hardy’s Bane, and the difficult-to-repeat legacy the films left behind.

Not that the discussion is just a rhapsody. Ian and the Robs discuss some of the brickbats thrown at the trilogy, particularly the divisive The Dark Knight...

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Nolanverse: 10 Ways to Spot You’re Watching a Christopher Nolan Film

Dunkirk marks Christopher Nolan’s 10th theatrical outing since debuting 19 years ago with the impressive low-budget thriller Following.

Across an extraordinary filmography, Nolan has gone into deep space, deep inside the mind, redefined the superhero movie and may have just done the same for the war film.

His films tackle different genres, but crossovers remain in the Nolanverse. Fittingly for the 10-film director, here are 10 ways to spot you’re watching a Christopher Nolan Film… (warning: contains multiple spoilers)


  1. Time Goes Screwy

Christopher Nolan is the only blockbuster filmmaker with a touch of the theoretical physicist about him. Notably, an elastic approach to time, which rarely runs linear in his movies.

The director set out his stall with Following and its old-school f...

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The Martian

The-Martian---posterDirector: Ridley Scott

Writer: Drew Goddard, Andy Weir (book)

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Donald Glover

Cert: 12

Running time: 141mins

Year: 2015




The lowdown: Gravity meets Castaway in Ridley Scott’s enjoyable sci-fier. Matt Damon turns his likeability up full wattage as Mark Watney, an astronaut thought dead and stranded on Mars after his team make an emergency getaway during a ferocious storm. While not shooting for the stars in the same way as Interstellar, or indeed Gravity, The Martian ultimately manages to break the gravitational pull of being ordinary.

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The full verdict: “I’m gonna science the shit outta this...

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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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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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