Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – Film Review

The Fast and Furious franchise is just the gift that keeps on giving. Who would have predicted what it would become from its humble beginnings in 2001? And now we have its first spin-off – Hobbs and Shaw, which is very good fun and as ridiculous as you would expect.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: Film Review

The release of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was a confusing one at first – it seemed like perfect festive fodder for Disney so it was weird it was being released with minimal fanfare at the start of November – but it all makes sense once you see it. It’s not awful by any means, it’s just forgettable fluff.

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Fast and Furious 8: Film Review

I’ve been of the belief that the Fast & Furious films should end for a while now, especially after Furious 7 finished so beautifully. That being said, I actually really like them and find them highly entertaining so if they keep making em, I’ll keep going to watch.

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Will Smith, Helen Mirren and Naomie Harris at the Collateral Beauty premiere: Pics and gossip

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Collateral Beauty has been slated by critics but that didn’t stop the film’s cast and crew – including Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris and Edward Norton – from promoting the movie wholeheartedly at the London premiere this week.

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Helen Mirren’s going to be in Fast 8 and I’m so excited

Helen Mirren has confirmed that she is going to be in the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise and when I heard this news I couldn’t help but squeal a little inside. This is awesome news!

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Eye in the Sky: Film Review

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I assumed Eye in the Sky would follow a team of drone pilots and present a series of situations, but it doesn’t, this focuses on one sole case presented in real time as the military and politicians hash out whether to strike or not.

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Trumbo: Film Review

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I did not think Trumbo would be up my street because it seemed quite dry and very political. I didn’t particularly care for a story about Hollywood’s treatment of communists, so I was very surprised to find that Trumbo was both entertaining, hilarious and informative.

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Met Ball 2015: Best & Worst Dressed

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Forget the Oscars, forget the Grammys… The Met Ball is officially the biggest night on the fashion calendar because it is ALL about the red carpet. Nobody really cares about the fundraising that happens inside! So many stars attend and they go all out with the fashion and their bold choices really divide opinion. This what red carpets should be about! So much to discuss and debate over.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey: Film Review

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Well, isn’t this just a sumptuous little feel-good film. It is pretty forgettable and not particularly original but it leaves you with a smile on your face and a hungry stomach.

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Hitchcock: Review

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This is an enjoyable, funny and interesting look into the life of Alfred Hitchcock, played here by Anthony Hopkins. However, it barely touches on his obsessive, creepy behaviour with his leading ladies and it is nowhere near as effective as the recent BBC TV movie, The Girl.

This biopic looks at the section of Hitchcock’s life in which he is making Psycho. At the time, it was considered too big a risk so no studio would finance the picture so he and his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren) put up the money themselves. While this looks at the making of Psycho, that film-making is more of a backdrop to an exploration into Alfred and Alma’s marriage.

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I did enjoy this and if it had been released before the BBC movie, it would have been fine as I wouldn’t have known anything about Hitch. However, in the BBC version, Hitch was possessive and lecherous towards leading lady Tippi Hendren (from The Birds) and I was hoping this film would look into that as well. It did touch on these subjects but it didn’t explore them- it skimmed the surface. Knowing what I know now about Hitch, I just don’t think it is an accurate depiction of his character.

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I feel like this movie isn’t really a biopic, just an interesting movie based on real-life characters. I felt that Alma was actually the star of the film as she stood out and was given more depth than anyone else. Helen was a perfect casting choice for that role. There is one scene in which Hitch accuses Alma of having an affair and the dialogue in that is brilliant and gripping. There aren’t enough scenes like it.

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The make-up for Hopkins was remarkable and he looks unrecognisable. He changed his voice as well and the way he walked. Both Scarlett Johansson as the star of Pyscho, Janet Leigh, and Jessica Biel, as a minor character, Vera Miles, were grossly underused and I would have liked to have seen more of them. I understand that the film focussed on Hitch’s marriage rather than movie, but I would have liked more behind-the-scenes action. Also, the part at the very end in which Hopkins narrate on-screen, straight to the camera, seems silly. I didn’t like that bit at all.

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I would say that if you wanted an enjoyable, easy watch about Hitch, watch this. If you wanted an uncomfortable, accurate depiction of Hitch, then watch BBC’s The Girl.