Bad Times at the El Royale: Film Review

I was so excited about Bad Times at the El Royale – the concept, the cast and the trailer were awesome and they gave me really high expectations, and I’m afraid to say I came away disappointed.

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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 October

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It’s that time of the month – movie preview time! This October isn’t a massive month for releases to be honest, but that certainly makes my job of picking my recommendations much easier. Here we go:

American Honey

This is just a wonderful character study starring newcomer Sasha Lane, who is definitely one to watch. We follow her as she joins a ‘mag crew’ who travel the country selling magazines, she gets involved in their heavy drugs and drink lifestyle and has a sort-of relationship with Shia LaBeouf, who gives his strongest performance in years. It’s a tad too long but seriously life-affirming. Review on its way. Released: 14th October

War on Everyone 

Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard star in this brilliantly un-PC comedy about two crooked cops, who basically use their badges to steal drugs, money, etc and get away with it. The dialogue is hilarious; it is sharp, witty, and so, so wrong. Theo James also stars as their main villain. Released: Friday 7th October

 

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The Girl on the Train 

Okay, so this hasn’t received the stellar reviews we had all been expecting but I would still recommend you check it out. It is still good (just not amazing) – it is gripping, shocking and features an impressive performance from Emily Blunt, who plays an alcoholic who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation. It also stars Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, with brilliant small appearances from Laura Prepon and Lisa Kudrow. Released today – you can read my review here.

Trolls

I do love a good children’s animation and I’m hoping this new musical featuring the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick is just the ticket. They play Branch and Poppy, who go on an adventure to save their town from the troll-eating bergens. I want this to be so much fun. Released: 21st October

 

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Doctor Strange 

Marvel is back WOOHOO! This time we are meeting Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a top surgeon who is put out of a job following a car accident. He encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who become his mentor in the mystic arts. It looks like an Inception-style superhero movie from the trailer and I’m very intrigued, though definitely not as excited as other MCU offerings. Released: 28th October

Keeping Up with the Joneses

The trailer for this action comedy really made me laugh so I’m hoping the rest of the movie will do the same. Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis star as the Gaffneys, a regular married couple, who end up involved in an espionage mission after discovering their neighbours The Joneses (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) are secret agents. This better be hilarious! Released: 28th October

Jon Hamm doesn’t want people staring at his “privates”

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If you’ve been reading the gossip lately, you will have learned that Mad Men’s Jon Hamm has an impressive “bulge” after being photographed obviously going commando in tight trousers.

We seem to appreciate this but Jon does not, especially as this means we will be on trouser patrol every time we see a picture. There is even a Tumblr dedicated to this phenomenon, entitled Jon Hamm’s Wang. Loves it.

Jon does not feel the same way, telling Rolling Stone magazine, “They’re called “privates” for a reason. I’m wearing pants, for f***’s sake. Lay off. I mean, it’s not like I’m a f***ing lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world.”

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You can see the full outline of his manhood if you look closely!

He also is aware of the blog, adding: “But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my c***, I feel like that wasn’t part of the deal…But whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite. Most of it’s tongue-in-cheek, but it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have – a prurience.”

I would think he what be flattered, but the 42-year-old seems more pissed off. He should be proud. Or, if is conscious about it, wear some proper underwear!

Top Films This June

LOL

This coming-of-age drama stars Miley Cyrus as Lola and Demi Moore as her mum Anne. It tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship which has become strained due to the advancement in technology. When Anne reads Lola’s racy journal, she realises how disconnected they’ve become and she tries to close the gap between herself and her daughter. On Lola’s side, we see her romances and friendships with the burden of overbearing parents. Despite the crap title, I reckon this will be a sweet little film. Released 1st June.

 

Prometheus

I have already seen this movie and you can read my full review here. It is enjoyable but certainly not as amazing as I had hoped or expected. Great cast and effects but poor characterisation, bad scripting and a very confusing plot. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan-Marshall Green and Idris Elba. Released 1st June.

 

Cosmopolis

I really want to see this purely because I’m interested in seeing Robert Pattinson star in something so bad-ass and grown-up. This feels like a gangster flick. Robert plays Eric Packer who is a multi-billionaire asset manager who gets into his ultra-fancy limo to take a journey through Manhattan to get his hair cut. He seems to encounter random events throughout his day such as a funeral procession and a riot as well as some sexual liaisons. Later in the day, things get a bit ominous as he is stalked by two men and he starts losing serious money for his clients, including his wife, ensuring his inevitable downfall. Mysterious. Released 15th June.

 

Red Lights

This film seems to have fallen under the radar but it looks really good and definitely worth a watch. The story follows psychologist Margaret (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom (Cillian Murphy) who start investigating a world renowned psychic when they start studying paranormal activity. The psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) has resurfaced years after his toughest critic passed away, making him seem very suspicious. But what is he hiding? And what will he do to people nosing around in his business? Released 15th June.

 

Rock of Ages

This looks like so much fun! Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta star as Sherrie and Drew, two employees of The Bourbon Room who fall in love during the glam-rock era of the 1980s. The story is narrated by Russell Brand’s character Lonny, the manager of the club. The main reason I want to see it is because Tom Cruise is playing Stacee Jaxx, the lead singer of a rock group called Arsenal and somewhat of a legend. It is great to see him doing something so different and less serious. The film features great songs of the 80s and it will definitely leave you feeling good! Catherine Zeta-Jones is the baddie who wants to shut the club down. The all-star cast is completed by Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and Mary J Blige. Released 15th June.

 

Friends With Kids

Two best friends (Julie and Jason) decide to have a child together and not have a relationship because they’ve seen their friends’ marriages suffer through having children. That sounds like something we’ve seen before and a bit far-fetched but the reason I want to see this is the cast. The supporting cast is made up of Bridesmaids cast members- Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm and Chris O’Dowd. They make up the friendship circle around the two friends and they definitely provide the humour. At first, their attempts at raising their kid work fine until Jason starts a relationship with Mary-Jane (Megan Fox) and Julie starts dating Kurt (Edward Burns). I’m sure it will have a predictable ending but I’m also happy to watch the humour along the way. Plus, I’m a massive Kristen Wiig fan. Released 29th June.