My top 10 movies of 2017

A lot of people have been doing their end of year lists since the start of December, but I like to wait a little longer just in case there is a late entry – I thought The Greatest Showman might have made it (it didn’t) – so here are my top 10 films of 2017.

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Baby Driver: Film Review

I am a huge fan of Edgar Wright‘s films but I wasn’t initially convinced about Baby Driver, I just wasn’t feeling the trailer, but I was very wrong and the movie is probably one of the few I’ve enjoyed unequivocally this year.

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Baby Driver European premiere: My Pics

Another day, another premiere! Haven’t had two in one week in ages! Anyway, tonight the stars of Baby Driver came to London’s Leicester Square to promote the movie – check out who hit the pink and white carpet!

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Top Films for June 2017

It’s the beginning of June which can only mean one thing – monthly preview time! Here’s my regular feature where I recommend films for the coming month.

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Annie: Film Review

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I have to admit, I am not familiar with the Broadway musical or the later film adaptations and my knowledge was limited to a basic understanding of the plot (because it changes in different versions) and classic tracks Tomorrow and It’s the Hard Knock Life. So while I can’t compare it to its predecessors, I can still say that it didn’t leave me with the happy, warm feeling musicals usually do.

Quvenzhane Wallis stars as Annie Bennett in this modern-day reboot as a foster child (not orphan!) living under the guardianship of Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). One day, mobile phone businessman and wannabe mayor Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) saves her from a potential car accident and when he sees it boosts his campaign ratings, he invites her to live with him temporarily. She is mainly looked after by his assistant Grace (Rose Byrne). His campaign advisor (Bobby Cannavale) begins to hatch a plan with Hannigan to reunite Annie with her ‘parents’, whether they are the real ones or not.

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Films for December

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The movies you should be watching this month are….

St. Vincent

Critics have been raving about this film since it did the festival circuit earlier this year. Bill Murray is the unfriendly bum Vincent who befriends the boy next door and their unlikely friendship has a positive outcome on them both. I love Murray so definitely up for this. Released: 5th December

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Horrible Bosses 2: Film Review

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This is bigger, bolder and ruder than the original – but that doesn’t make it better. While it was enjoyable and pretty funny, it was too much and totally over the top. Producers clearly went for quantity over quality when it came to the jokes.

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Films for November

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Interstellar

I have been waiting for the release of this epic sci-fi movie for a long time and I am so ready to see this now. The plot is a closely guarded secret but we know that Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway embark on a space mission to save the human race from destructing Earth. I love everything Christopher Nolan does, I think he is a total genius, so I have very high hopes for this. Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain also star. Released: 7th November

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Review

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I love Spider-Man, he is my favourite of the Marvel superheroes so I was very excited about this and it did not disappoint. It was everything you could want in an action movie and perhaps a bit too much more. The only issue I have with it is how many story arcs it was trying to run at the same time but it didn’t ruin the experience and I found it really bloody enjoyable.

Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker and he is battling his feelings for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), trying to discover the truth behind his father’s death while saving New York City from evil. Standard. First up there’s electrician Max (Jamie Foxx), who turns into Electro following an unfortunate accident at Oscorp (always the way) and the return of Harry Osbourn (Dane DeHaan), an old friend who needs Spider-Man’s help to cure his illness.

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I cannot stress how enjoyable this is. The jokes come thick and fast, Garfield is hilarious and a joy to watch and Spider-Man has a lot of quips. I laughed out loud a number of times. However, it also manages to make me sad. Whenever Garfield got upset about Gwen or his father, I felt myself feeling emotional for him, like a plonker.

The chemistry between Emma and Andrew is palpable and they have such a great rapport on screen, it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of their lines are improvised. I liked that there was a lot of focus on their relationship but it did seem like other aspects were brushed to the side and the film was just trying to take on too much. I loved Electro, I loved Harry and would have loved to have seen more of them – they could have done with being the central villain in one film each. Don’t even get me started on Paul Giamatti’s The Rhino! I hope he gets a role in the next film otherwise I would be very angry if I was him. Very little screen time indeed.

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There isn’t much else to say to be honest. I loved it, although I just wanted more of each story arc but that would have made the running time well over 3 hours! Harry was brilliant and so captivating. He stole all his scenes and I could have watched much more. I’m glad he will be in the next movie. I think Andrew is much better this time around. I think he’s brilliant. The film has laughs, heart and plenty of fight scenes. It ticked all the boxes and I came out feeling more than satisfied. Big thumbs up.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: World Premiere

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Tonight the stars of The Amazing Spiderman 2 came to London’s Leicester Square for the world premiere and here’s the inside track.

Andrew Garfield 

What a sweetheart. He arrived early so he could fit everyone in but he was still running late because he was being so attentive to everyone. That sounds like I’m kissing his arse but I honestly didn’t think really highly of him before tonight but he has changed my opinion of him completely. The nicest, most genuine guy. He wanted to please everybody, he had great energy, tried his hardest to see everyone and give great answers to questions we asked even though he was under pressure, running out of time and the film was waiting for him to start.

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