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Pride: Stronger Together

In January 2015, it was reported that the American DVD release of the British hit Pride lacked any references to its gay content. The most stunning example was that someone had actually erased a banner with the words ”lesbian” and ”gay” written on it from the cover of the DVD. The rest of the image … Continue reading Pride: Stronger Together

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The whole gang (almost) is here for another round of love, intrigue and fun under the sun at that charming hotel for seniors near Jaipur, India. The sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) suffers from the same problems as so many others; it’s contrived, overlong and whatever points the concept has were made … Continue reading The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Total Recall

WHAT IS REAL? In the future, when the Earth is divided into two habitable territories, factory worker Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) is having strange dreams of being a secret agent… This remake of the 1990 film ditches the whole Mars setup of the original, but the really damning part is how the filmmakers abandon almost … Continue reading Total Recall

Arthur Christmas

ALL ELF BREAKS LOOSE.    Delivering Santa’s presents is a huge hi-tech operation involving hundreds of elves, but when Santa’s youngest son discovers that one of the presents was mistakenly not delivered he sets out on a mission. An animated 3D adventure that combines the financial and creative powers of one British studio and one … Continue reading Arthur Christmas

About Time

A NEW FUNNY FILM ABOUT LOVE. WITH A BIT OF TIME TRAVEL. When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his dad (Bill Nighy) tells him the family secret – the men in his family can travel back in time. It may sound like an elaborate sci-fi movie, but the time-traveling thing simply becomes another disarming … Continue reading About Time

The World’s End

PREPARE TO GET ANNIHILATED.  Ne’er-do-well Gary King (Simon Pegg) gathers his old friends for a pub crawl in their hometown of Newton Haven, little dreaming that they’ll get wrapped up in a global battle… Edgar Wright ends what he and trusted partner Pegg have labeled the “Cornetto Trilogy” (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot … Continue reading The World’s End

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Get these veteran actors together and it’s hard to fail; they play six elderly Brits who relocate to a hotel in India for various reasons, ultimately hoping to improve their lives. The dialogue and the characters they play may be clichéd, but as expected the stars perform with conviction (especially Judi Dench) and that goes … Continue reading The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Rango

Pet chameleon Rango is lost in the Mojave Desert and ends up the new sheriff in a small town called Dirt; when its water reserves turn out to be nearly empty, Rango begins to investigate… This has to be the first animated film to include a Hunter S. Thompson joke… but then, Johnny Depp voices … Continue reading Rango

Wrath of the Titans

FEEL THE WRATH. Years after defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is living a quiet life with his son as a fisherman when his father (Liam Neeson) comes to tell him that he needs his help saving the world once again. This sequel to Clash of the Titans (2010) has better 3D effects, an amusing performance by Bill … Continue reading Wrath of the Titans

Page Eight

At the same time as Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is getting to know his neighbor (Rachel Weisz) better, he receives a report with explosive contents from his long-time friend and boss, MI5 Director General Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon). Originally intended as a feature film, this intimate and quiet portrayal of an aging agent nevertheless fits television … Continue reading Page Eight

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

EVERY WAR HAS A BEGINNING. The third part of this series is a prequel that portrays the beginning of the centuries-long war between vampires and Lycans, a special breed of werewolves. The setting looks Medieval and is very darkly lit. Kate Beckinsale makes a quick appearance in the final sequence, but focus lies on the … Continue reading Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

NOWHERE IS SAFE. The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1