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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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Review: Robocop (2014)

Directed by: José Padilha

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson.

Rating:   Running Time: 118 mins.

2029, and as Omnicorp – a division of Omni Consumer Products – provides humanoid drones and great lumbering artillery machines called ED209 to the military to provide security and patrol foreign territories, at home in the U.S. despite police struggling with levels of crime, a bill in the senate prevents their use on American soil. In Detroit, at Omnicorp’s headquaters, CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), comes up with an idea to sell the public on the idea, by using the technology of Dr Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), a doctor who works with amputees using cybernetic devices to replace their lost limbs. Read the rest of this entry

Trailer: Robocop

The first trailer for director José Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoven’s original movie about a cop, killed in the line of duty and turned into a cyborg, with The Killing actor Joel Kinnaman taking over the role of Alex Murphy originally played by Peter Weller.

First Impressions: While I like some of what I see, including the casting of Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, i have many more reservations about some of the differences they have made to the character. It does look like they are maybe trying to focus more on the question of how much of the man is left in the machine, but it’s other aspects such as the character’s wife (played by Abbie Cornish) being involved in the decision to change him into a cyborg, and his relationship with his son. Guess we’ll find out if this and any other changes made make for an improvement when Robocop is released on 7th February 2014.

Trailer: Django Unchained

Latest trailer for Quentin Tarentino’s upcoming western.

Looks fairly interesting, with the kind of impressive cast you can now expect from a Quentin Tarentino movie, Django Unchained is expected for UK release on 18th January next year.

Trailer: Django Unchained

Long mentioned, the first teaser trailer for Quentin Tatentino’s Django Unchained has now been released!

First Impressions: A western by Quentin Tarentino featuring a cast including Christoph Waltz, Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson? What’s not to like?!

Review: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffallo, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård.

Rating:   Running Time: 142 mins.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (or The Avengers depending on where you are), starts with Nick Fury arriving at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s energy project research station, as evacuation procedures are underway due to the source of the project’s research, the cosmic cube (last seen in Captain America) – referred to as the Tesseract, giving off strange energy emissions including gamma radiation. Read the rest of this entry

Monday Movie Show Catch Up (9/4/12)

Catch up with this week’s show with reviews of cinema releases The Cold Light Of Day starring new Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, comedy drama This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand, and DVD/Blu Ray releases of Texas Killing Fields starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, supernatural horror 666: The Prophecy, Annette Benning, Niome Watts and Samuel L Jackson in drama Mother And Child, and documentary If A Tree Falls about the Earth Liberation Front, plus the latest movie news, UK Box office and DVD/Blu-Ray top 10’s.

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