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Trailer: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part 2

The first trailer for the conclusion to the Hunger Games series has been released, and it promises a rousing finale! May the odds be ever in your favour of seeing us at the cinema when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is released on 19th November!

Review: Ender’s Game

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Suraj Partha.

Rating:   Running Time: 114 mins.

Based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is set in the future on an Earth where years earlier, mankind was attacked by an alien race known as the Formics. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), an unusually gifted student has been entered into a military school where the most intelligent young minds are trained in warfare ready to defeat the Formics, After an encounter with a bully at the school, and how Ender reacts to it, he is chosen by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as being the kind of mind they are looking for, Ender is advanced rapidly to an orbital training platform, where he joins other like-minded students, to see if he will be the one to lead their military force, and save humanity. Read the rest of this entry

Review: World War Z

Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Fana Mokoena.

Rating:   Running Time: 116 mins.

Following Gerry Lee (Brad Pitt), his wife Karin (Mireille Enos) and their two daughters in the city of Philadelphia, stuck in traffic when all of a sudden panic breaks out. News on the radio incorrectly reports an outbreak of zombies as a spread of rabies, as the streets are quickly overrun by zombies in a matter of minutes. Running away in the chaos, Gerry is contacted by his former boss from the U.N. and evacuated from the city by helicopter to a fleet of naval vessels out at sea that have been made into a makeshift command base. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures ReviewDirected by: Richard LaGravenese.

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum.

Rating:   Running Time: 124 mins.

There are no less than four movies this year that seem to be vying to fill the void left this year after the final instalment in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, all based on young adult novels with similar themes of a romance mixed in with a supernatural element. We’ve already had Warm Bodies, which featured the backdrop of zombies for the supernatural element, next month sees another of Stephanie Meyer’s book’s adapted in The Host , which has the story set amid a body snatchers invasion, and later this year we have The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones which features angels and demons. Beautiful Creatures, based on the novel by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, fits similarly into the category of these genres with the supernatural element being witchcraft. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Jack Reacher

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney.

Rating:   Running Time: 130 mins.

Based on the book ‘One Shot’ by Lee Child, the movie starts with a particularly unsettling opening scene where a sniper shoots five people in Pittsburg. Within hours police have a suspect, James Barr, a discharged army sharpshooter who is arrested and held in custody in an apparently open and shut case. For 16 hours in police interrogation Barr says nothing, and then writes down three words on a notepad – ‘Get Jack Reacher’ – a former Army investigator who is as close to being a ghost without actually being dead. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Life Of Pi

Directed by: Ang Lee.

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adil Hussain.

Rating:  BBFC-PG Running Time: 127 mins.

Based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel’s the movie starts with an adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan), living in Canada and approached by an unnamed novelist (Rafe Spall) after being told that Pi will be able to tell him an incredible story. Pi tells him of when he was younger, growing up in India with his family who owned a zoo until, when Pi was 16 (played by Suraj Sharma), a dispute over the land forced them to sell off the zoo’s animals to a Canadian zoo, and relocate to Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: Warm Bodies

Yes, it’s another zombie movie, but… here’s the thing – it looks very similar in style to one of the better recent ones, Zombieland. Based on the book by Isaac Marion, the movie stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) centre stage as… a zombie, with an interesting twist on the usual zombie movie. Also starring John Malkovich. Warm Bodies is due for release in the U.S. on 1st February next year, with the U.K. release a week later on the 8th.

Trailer: Life Of Pi

From Ang Lee comes an adventure based on the book by Yann Martel about the amazing adventure a boy undertakes when his family relocates their zoo.

This looks like an amazing visual movie, lets hope that Ang Lee makes it as captivating story wise.

Trailer: Jack Reacher

Based on the book ‘One Shot’ by Lee Child and starring Tom Cruise in the title role with Rosamund Pike also starring and Werner Hertzog – yes, director Werner Hertzog! – playing the villain.

First Impressions: Christopher McQuarrie (writer of The Usual Suspects & writer/director of The Way Of The Gun) both wrote the screenplay and is directing, so expecting this to be good. Fans of the book have made issue with Cruise’s casting as he does not match the book’s description of Reacher at all, but as someone who’s never read the book, I’m interested in seeing this. Hertzog cast as the villain also has me interested, plus loving the guitar music on the trailer, no idea where it’s from yet, hopefully it’s from the soundtrack! Jack Reacher is released on 26th December.

Review: Lawless

Directed by: John Hillcoat.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska.

Rating:   Running Time: 116 mins.

Based on the book The Wettest Country In The World by Matt Bondurant, Lawless tells the supposed true story of Jack Bondurant (Shia Labeouf) and his brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke), a family of bootleggers producing and selling moonshine alcohol in the Virginia countryside during the prohibition of the 1930’s. Things are going well for the brothers, running things out of their bar which masquerades as a diner, and with Jack making a deal with mobster Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman) to supply him with regular shipments of moonshine, business is very good. Read the rest of this entry