Dora and the Lost City of Gold: Film Review

I have never seen Dora the Explorer and I had to laugh when a live-action film adaptation was announced – another animation jumping on the live-action bandwagon – but I have to put my hands up and admit Dora and the Lost City of Gold has been done really well and is the perfect adventure movie for young children.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Film Review

I’m definitely feeling the superhero fatigue – I wasn’t excited about Ant-Man and the Wasp at all, even though I loved the original and his appearance in Captain America: Civil War. It was kinda what I expected though – a lot of fun but ultimately just good. I couldn’t stretch any better than ‘good’.

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War on Everyone: Film Review


War on Everyone is a buddy cop film like no other. It is gloriously dark, unapologetically un-PC and very, very funny, which is kinda what we’ve come to expect from director John Michael McDonagh.

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The Martian: Film Review


I have been excited for The Martian for such a long time and I even read the book in time for release, and this is even better than Andy Weir’s novel, which is something I NEVER say. My favourite thing about it is the humour – it is possibly one of the funniest sci-fis I have ever seen and the most feel-good film Ridley Scott has ever made.

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Michael Pena & Michael Douglas talk Ant-Man


Michael Pena, who is a total scene stealer in the upcoming Ant-Man, talked to us at this week’s London premiere about being preparing for the part of Scott Lang’s crime partner Luis and potential sequels.

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Ant-Man: Film Review


I have to admit my expectations for Ant-Man were the lowest they have ever been for a Marvel movie. The concept was laughable, the trailers did not excite me and I just could not see how it would work. Well, colour me well and truly surprised. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man was unexpectedly amazing and I encourage everyone to watch it.

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Pictures from the Ant-Man London premiere



Tonight the stars of Marvel’s latest superhero movie Ant-Man arrived on the ant carpet – yes, you read that right – ANT CARPET, in London’s Leicester Square. Paul Rudd was obviously there plus his co-stars Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and director Peyton Reed. Evangeline Lilly was not there but she is eight months pregnant, so that’s okay.

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Fury: Film Review


War movies are not usually my thing – and it is rare for me to find one that I actually enjoy. This film is great. It is no Saving Private Ryan nor does it reinvent the genre but it offers a fresh perspective and was superbly cast.

Brad Pitt is ‘Wardaddy”, a sergeant who leads a five-man tank team sweeping through German towns during the tail end of World War II in 1945. The film opens the crew heading back to camp as one of their men has died and they need a replacement. They are given Norman (Logan Lerman), who is young, naive and afraid. The roughened team – consisting of ‘Bible’ (Shia LaBeouf), ‘Gordo’ (Michael Pena) and ‘Coon Ass’ (Jon Bernthal) – give him a tough time to harden him to the brutal reality of war.

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Fury: Film Festival Press Conference


So on Sunday, I was lucky enough to attend the London Film Festival press conference for the closing film Fury. It stars Brad Pitt (in the middle of the panel) as Wardaddy, the leader of a five men manning a tank during World War II. All in attendance (from L-R) were: director David Ayer, Michael Pena, Brad, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal.

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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



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