The Cloverfield Paradox: Film Review

I am a big fan of the previous two Cloverfield films, so I was looking forward to what was originally titled God Particle, the next instalment in the series, which was set to hit cinemas in April. So I was pretty disappointed when I learned that it was going straight to Netflix – and was in fact already there. As a big cinema supporter, I was convinced this was the wrong move, a big-budget sci-fi should be seen on the big screen, but after watching it, I kinda understand why it happened.

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Molly’s Game: Film Review

Jessica Chastain is one of my favourite actresses – she always gives an excellent performance and always picks interesting roles. She makes no exception with Molly’s Game, which tells an absolutely fascinating true story.

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Loving Vincent: LFF Film Review

Loving Vincent is an extraordinary visual masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. It is the first entirely hand painted film, everything you see onscreen is a pencil drawing or an oil painting on canvas in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

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Mascots: LFF Film Review

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The latest Christopher Guest comedy comes to Netflix this week but you can catch it earlier at the London Film Festival. Either way,  I would definitely give it a watch because it is such a fun, easy watch that should have you laughing your heads off.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Film Review

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I wasn’t THAT bothered about seeing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because it looked a bit too weird for my liking and because Tim Burton‘s most recent efforts, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Big Eyes were simply OK, but I was completely wrong – this turned out to be one of his strongest projects in years.

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The Program: Film Review

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I found The Program fascinating because I followed the Lance Armstrong doping scandal on the news just a few years ago, so it was great to go back and re-watch his Tour De France glory years knowing what we know now.

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The Martian European premiere: Pics & gossip

 

Tonight the incredible cast of sci-fi adventure The Martian turned out in London’s Leicester Square and I went down as a fan for the first time in ages so I could see Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and many, many more.

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St. Vincent: Film Review

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This movie came up a ton of times during film festival season and obviously I had to see what all the buzz is about. I love Bill Murray and I think he is fantastic in this. This may be too schmaltzy and sentimental for some, but I thought it was adorable and yes, I ended up crying happy tears.

Bill is Vincent, a lonely, broke, obnoxious man who spends his days dodging people he owes money, gambling away what little money he does have and just grumbles through life. His life is changed when newly single mother Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) move in next door. Maggie has to work all the time, so she pays Vincent to babysit for Oliver and the film basically follows their growing bond and how it changes them both for the better.

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This is 40: Review

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If you love Judd Apatow movies, then you will love this. It is written in the same style as his other movies and the dialogue is as witty as its predecessor, Knocked Up.

This “sort-of sequel” focuses on Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), who are both turning forty within the same week. You may remember their troublesome marriage from Knocked Up as Debbie was Katherine Hiegl’s sister in that movie. They were forever arguing and getting upset with each other, so you can only imagine what they are like a few years down the line. They have day-to-day struggles but the main concern in this film is their age and their financial troubles.

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The first hour was fantastic- I thought the dialogue was so realistic and the scenarios were completely plausible. They had their problems but it was funny, bickering problems. These then get worse and it just becomes a lot of shouting and swearing and gets a bit random in places. It stopped becoming funny because it looked like they may divorce and I just wasn’t enjoying the constant yelling. I would say that it was fine for the first 60-90 mins but then it gets a bit crazy.

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I think I liked this more than Knocked Up because the humour wasn’t through random happenings or characters, it was because their depiction of family life is very accurate. Things did get a bit over the top and random further into the movie, when everything descended into chaos.

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I love Judd’s writing and I think Rudd and Mann had brilliant chemistry. They were brilliant together and it just felt like some of their dialogue was improvised. Their two children were hilarious in their own right- that may be because they were both played by Leslie and Judd’s real-life daughter, Iris and Maude. There were plenty of familiar supporting characters. Jason Segel is barely in it as Debbie’s personal trainer, Megan Fox gets the biggest supporting role as Debbie’s colleague, John Lithgow as Debbie’s dad, Melissa McCarthy as a parent (I didn’t like her part) plus Chris O’ Dowd and Lena Dunham pop up as workers at Pete’s record label. I would have loved to see more of these characters.

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I really did enjoy this, for the most part. It doesn’t really relate to Knocked Up at all and Katherine Heigl makes no appearance despite them being close in that movie and there being family events in this. It did seem a bit strange. There isn’t much of a plot, just several obstacles that need overcoming. It could have been about half hour shorter as 135 minutes is a long time for a comedy. I think the dialogue and characterisation of the central family make up for that- they are spot on. I recommend.

Film Picks for November

The Sapphires

This Australian comedy looks like a right laugh. Chris O’ Dowd becomes the manager for a black girl group and grooms them to become The Sapphires- Australia’s answer to The Supremes. We see the group progress until they are taken to their first proper gig- entertaining the troops in Vietnam. This looks really funny but it also has a sad side when looking at the effects of war. Released: 7th

 

Argo

This movie is directed and starring Ben Affleck and has had rave reviews from the US. It is loosely based on an account from a CIA operative about the rescue of six US diplomats who were captured in Iran during the Iran hostile crisis in 1979. However, their mission is a bit odd- they create a phony film which they want to shoot in Iran, with the hope that they can smuggle the diplomats out as crew afterwards. It is a mixture of serious mission stuff and the hilariousness of what they are trying to do. Also starring Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Released: 7th.

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

I don’t think I need to say much on this. I absolutely cannot wait for the final instalment of the Twilight Saga. The ending is supposed to be different to the book so I’m totally intrigued. This film will focus Bella’s vampire transformation, the arrival of Renesmee and the impending arrival of the Volturi, who think the Cullens have broken the vampire code. It shall be awesome. Released: 16th

 

End of Watch

This gritty cop film is shot like The Hurt Locker- grainy and almost handheld style. Jake Gyllenhaal and Micheal Pena star as two cops who do routine traffic checks. One day they come across a serious drug deal going down and confiscate the money and weapons not realised they are messing with a notorious gang. They are now in trouble with the cartels who will stop at nothing until they are dead. Released: 23rd

 

Alex Cross

We have met Alex Cross before- he was played by Morgan Freeman in Along Came a Spider and Kiss The Girls. Now another James Patterson novel has been adapted and Tyler Perry is in the lead. The homicide detective is pushed to his limit while investigating a serial killer who specialises in torture and pain. The main reason I want to see this is because Matthew Fox (aka Jack Shepard from Lost) is playing the killer. It is such odd casting but, in the trailer, he seems believably creepy and sinister. Check out his physical transformation too! Released: 30th