Ghost Stories: Film Review

I don’t usually do horror movies but I felt bad about missing Ghost Stories at the London Film Festival and decided to check it out. I’m normally against reviews with spoilers but they’re really needed here for you to understand my issues with it.

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Black Panther: Film Review

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I have superhero fatigue – I just can’t get excited for them anymore – so the hype surrounding Black Panther didn’t include me whatsoever. But amazingly, watching Black Panther somehow revived my interest and enthusiasm in the MCU, because it is so different and fresh.

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Top Films for April

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It is the start of April so surprise surprise here is my U.K. preview for April! There are quite a few decent-looking movies coming out this month but I’ve managed to whittle it down to just the five best. I still think Criminal, Eye in the Sky and Miles Ahead look pretty decent, but in terms of excitement, the ones below are where it’s at.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Film Review

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I will be the first to say that these are not my type of films. I watch them because I should rather than because I am genuinely excited for them. To prove my point: I watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time this year, and I only began The Hobbit prequels this week. However, I am surprised by how much I like them.

It picks up where Desolation of Smaug left off: the dragon has broken out of the Lonely Mountain and is on its way to destroy Laketown. Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his kingdom but he now has dragon sickness – his greed over the gold has made him crazy and he is on the verge of killing members of the Company to locate the Arkenstone. That is not their only problem – both the people of Laketown (lead by Bard, played by Luke Evans) and the Woodland Elves (lead by Thranduil, played by Lee Pace) want their share of the riches inside the mountain and Oakenshield refuses to let a single gold coin leave this kingdom. War is imminent, and an army of Orcs are heading to Erebor to reclaim the mountain for themselves.

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Top Films for December

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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Now this looks like a sweet romance story. Rashisa Jones is Celeste (and she also co-wrote the movie) and Andy Samberg is Jesse- they are separated but they still act like best friends and like they are still a couple. Their little arrangement gets messy when Jesse meets someone else. This is basically a story of how Celeste deals with Jesse’s new relationship. From the outset, you generally know how this film will end but I want to see it anyway. Also starring Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts. Released: 7th

 

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The Man With the Iron Fists

This looks weird but I’m so intrigued by it. It is martial arts film with crazy special effects and slo-mo fighting. There is a very loose plot but I don’t think the plot is the main focus here- it is the action, the fight sequences and how badass everything looks. Lone warriors unite to defeat a common enemy and save their village. Lucy Liu looks kick ass in this and quite like her character in Kill Bill. It will be violent and ridiculous but very enjoyable. Also starring Russell Crowe and Jamie Chung. Released: 7th

 

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The Oranges

This looks like a brilliant romantic comedy with a fantastic cast. Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener are the Wallings and they are best friends and neighbours with Oliver Platt and Alison Janney, the Ostroffs. Their perfect family situation goes awry when the Ostroff’s daughter, Nina (Leighton Meester) returns home from Thanksgiving after a five year absence. Rather than date the Walling’s son Toby (Adam Brody), Nina embarks on a relationship with his father (Hugh Laurie). It looks hilarious when the families find out and I wonder what the resolution is. Released: 7th

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey … one embargo to bind them.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I’m not a fan of the LOTR franchise BUT I’m putting this in because it is going to be December’s biggest movie and therefore, it deserves a mention. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is hired by Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany a group of dwarves to reclaim stolen treasure from the Lonely Mountain guarded by a dragon. I’m sure you all know the set-up and the cast by now. This is going to be big. Released-13th

 

Pitch Perfect

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I cannot wait for this! I have been excited for this since it came out in America. It is basically a movie version of Glee but with a cappella groups. Anna Kendrick joins the Bellas, her university group and helps them break out of their mould so they stand a chance of winning a competition. You can predict the ending but this is going to be so enjoyable. I love musicals! Also starring Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. Released: 21st