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Review: Captain America: Civil War

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo.

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

Rating: Running Time: 147 mins.

After the events of the previous Marvel Studio movies (in particular Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the destruction of the city of Sokovia) the world has become very aware of those enhanced with super abilities and wary of the collateral damage left in the wake of such events. After a mission ends in disaster and the deaths of innocent bystanders, the United Nations agrees that independent heroes, or rather “vigilantes” should be held accountable for their actions and be forced to sign up to the Sokovian accords, a sort of registration for enhanced individuals who would then be under the command of the United Nations. Read the rest of this entry

Review: Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four 2015Directed by: Josh Trank.

Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E Cathey & Tim Blake Nelson.

Rating:Running Time: 100 mins.

The Fantastic Four, one of Marvel’s better known comic series, has had a rocky history when it comes to cinematic adaptations. The movie rights were purchased from Marvel in the 80s, and a movie was made to retain the rights which was never intended to be released to the public. Then 20th Century Fox bought the rights and made the first Fantastic Four movie to be released in 2005, closely followed by sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer two years later, both of which were directed by Tim Story and were successful box-office performers, but were panned by critics and fans alike. Now, Fox has rebooted the franchise under the direction of Chronicle director Josh Trank. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer – Deadpool

Plot – A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.

Impression – Marvel finally attempting something a little bit different instead of the cookie cutter films that we have been getting over the last few years.

This is probably one of the only Marvel films i’m actually looking forward to seeing, the only other movie that has peeked my interest from the studio is Doctor Strange.

We will find out in 2016 if Deadpool turns out to be as entertaining as the trailer or as annoying as the character might get.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Teaser Trailer

Joss Whedon brings us the second Marvel’s Avengers movie, with all the cast from the first movie returning and having to tackle the artificla intelligence Ultron, that has decided mankind may not be worthy of keeping around.

First Impressions: This looks dark, and supercharged compared to the first Avengers movie, which was action packed but also had some broad humour in it. No sign of that here, though expect some to be interjected throughout by Whedon, as well as his usual gut-punches that you normally don’t see coming. Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released in April 2015.

Trailer: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

The final trailer for the latest X-Men movie, with the original director who started the franchise with X-Men and X2 – Bryan Singer – returning to bring the story full circle with Wolverine being sent back in time from the future to prevent a war.

First Impressions: The two previous trailers didn’t do a lot to quiet concerns over the X-Men franchise, thankfully this does, and frankly now looks like Bryan Singer finally has his comic book mojo back after the lacklustre Superman Returns. X-Men: Days Of Future Past is released in the U.K. on 22nd May.

Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp.

Rating:   Running Time: 136 mins.

As a fan of the Marvel movies I was profoundly disappointed six months ago by Thor: The Dark World which suffered from lacklustre writing that dumbed down story and character in favour of action. I didn’t hate the movie, but it was my least favourite of all the Marvel movies made to date. I wondered if Marvel’s cinematic success may have ended and the series may have run its course, but if anything Captain America: The Winter Soldier has both restored my faith in the series and set the bar high for its future. I hate for things to be spoiled, so believe me when I say this will be spoiler free, and will only discuss in detail the opening 25 or so minutes.

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Trailer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The trailer for Marc Webb’s follow up to The Amazing Spider-man will see him take on multiple foes, in what is sure to be one of next year’s biggest blockbusters.

Review: Thor – The Dark World

Directed by: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander.

Rating:   Running Time: 112 mins.

We learn in the opening prologue that the title refers to the planet of the Dark Elves, where thousands of years ago a war was waged between them and Asgard. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), the leader of the Dark Elves tried to use a weapon called the Aether – capable of enveloping the universe in darkness, but Bor (Tony Curran) leader of the Asgard, defeated them and took the Aether to hide it. On present day Earth while searching for signs of Thor with her equipment, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbles upon the hiding place of the Aether, accidentally becoming host to it, and awakening Malekith and the last of the Dark Elves. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: X-Men – Days Of Future Past

Bryan Singer returns to direct the X-Men franchise, using a story from the comics that ties up the timelines of the earlier trilogy as well as the Wolverine spin-offs and First Class.

First Impressions: Though based on the comic from the X-Men series with the same name, it appears one major element that has been changed is that Wolverine is the one sent back instead of Kitty Pride. But this makes sense given the length of time involved and since Wolverine has largely been the main character whose point of view all X-Men movies have been from.

Trailer: Captain America The Winter Soldier

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Impression: You know what i’m not going to say anything as i’ll probably be shouted at, so watch the trailer and give us your thoughts