Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows



The world's most brilliant detective must face his nemesis - the fiendish Professor Moriarty!

When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) soon suspects the involvement of criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Realising that this is just one piece of a larger plot, Holmes tracks the clues to a gentleman's club where he and his brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry) are celebrating the last night of bachelorhood for Dr Watson (Jude Law). Here he meets gypsy fortune-teller Sim (Noomi Rapace), who has become Moriarty's next target. So begins a thrill-packed, continent-hopping and - bizarrely! - cross-dressing adventure, with nothing less than the future of western civilisation at stake! Director Guy Ritchie's follow-up to his hit 'Sherlock Holmes' reunites the brilliant double act of Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. It also introduces 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' star Noomi Rapace in her first English-language role, with the added attraction of Stephen Fry as Mycroft. 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

My Week With Marilyn

Tonight I have been to see My Week With Marilyn.


An incredible cast star in the amazing true story of Marilyn Monroe's week with a young Englishman.

It's 1956, and youthful Oxford graduate Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a lowly job on the British set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. It's directed by the legendary Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), who also stars opposite Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who is then at the height of her fame. Marilyn's new husband, playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), has to make a brief trip to Paris. So Clark gets the chance to spend a week introducing one of the world's greatest film stars to the joys of ordinary British life. Freed from the pressures of work and celebrity, Marilyn begins to open up about her own life and experiences. Judi Dench, Julia Ormond and Derek Jacobi round out the top-notch British supporting cast. Watch out too for the cameo by Emma Watson in her first post-Potter role.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

New Years Eve


An all-star cast in a romantic comedy set on the most magical night of the year.

In Times Square, preparations are afoot for New Year's Eve. For producer Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank), this is also the biggest moment of her career. Elsewhere in New York City, the lives of a variety of couples and singles intertwine. People like heavily pregnant Tess (Jessica Biel), who's about to give birth, and Harry (Robert De Niro), who's nearing the end of his life. Rock star Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) is having relationship troubles, while frustrated Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) comes up with a novel way of dealing with her unfulfilled resolutions before midnight. The A-list cast also includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron and Ashton Kutcher. From the team who gave us 'Valentine's Day', it's a funny and touching celebration of love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts as the clock counts down to midnight.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

3D - Arthur Christmas


Tonight I have been to see 3D Arthur Christmas.

The animators behind Wallace and Gromit go 3D as they reveal Santa's high-tech secret!

It's a mystery that has puzzled generations of children. How does Santa manage to visit the homes of every child in the world in just one night? Now the truth can be told, thanks to Britain's very own Aardman animation. Beneath the North Pole, there's a huge military operation staffed by 1.6 million elves, who ensure that all two billion presents are delivered on Christmas Eve. And the sleigh used by Santa (Jim Broadbent) is a massive invisible airship called the S1. But this year they've managed to miss out one little girl. It's up to Santa's son Arthur (James McAvoy) and crotchety old Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to save the day! The studio who gave us Wallace and Gromit make their first foray into 3D with this spectacular CG family adventure boasting a stellar voice cast.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

50/50

Last Thursday I went to see 50/50.

A young guy takes on the big 'C' in this funny, romantic and touching comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan.

At 27, Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has a great job and a talented, attractive girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard). But Adam's just been told he has a rare form of cancer. The doctor puts his chances at 50/50 - which, as his oafish buddy Lyle (Seth Rogan) points out, is better odds than you'll get in any casino. So now Adam has to embark on a journey that no young man should have to take as he enters the world of counselling sessions and chemotherapy clinics. Kyle, meanwhile, sees an opportunity to score medicinal marijuana and play on girls' sympathy. And Adam's overbearing mother (Anjelica Huston) gets swept up in the drama of the situation. Inspired by his own brush with cancer, writer Will Reiser's truthful and unexpectedly hilarious comedy underlines the therapeutic properties of laughter! 


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

In Time


Tonight I have been to see In Time.

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried run from the time police in this sci-fi thriller.

In the future, science has enabled humanity to stop the ageing process. But there's a catch. Although nobody gets older than 25, they're genetically programmed to live just one more year. The only way to get out of it is to buy more time. That makes the rich effectively immortal, remaining 25 forever. Everyone else has to earn or steal enough time to get through the day. And then a chance meeting leaves Will Salas (Justin Timberlake), a young man from the poor side of town, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with. Accused of murder, he teams up with a beautiful woman (Amanda Seyfried) to run from Timekeeper Raymond Leon (Cillian Murphy). Writer/director Andrew Niccol, who wrote such intriguing sci-fi films as 'The Truman Show' and 'Gattaca', delivers another frighteningly plausible future nightmare.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Wuthering Heights


Tonight I have been to see Wuthering Heights.

A bold new version of Emily Bronte's classic romantic tragedy.

Orphan Heathcliff (Solomon Glave) is plucked from the streets of Liverpool and taken to live on an isolated Yorkshire moor farm. Here he forms an intimate friendship with Catherine Earnshaw (Shannon Beer). As an adult, Catherine (Kaya Scodelario) is sent off to the local manor house to marry Edgar Linton (James Northcote). Heathcliff (James Howson), meanwhile, is abused and cast out. He eventually makes a fortune and returns - bent on revenge and yearning for Cathy. This striking new adaptation of Emily Bronte's legendary 1847 novel by 'Fish Tank' director Andrea Arnold bravely casts 'Skins' star Kaya Scodelario as Cathy, while Solomon Glave and James Howson are the first black actors to play Heathcliff (matching the character's description in the novel). And Arnold doesn't forget the dark side of Bronte, stripping away costume drama conventions for a starker take on this eternally compelling tale.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tower Heist


Tonight I have been to see Tower Heist.

It's a high-rise heist as Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller head the cast in this hilarious action-comedy.

Josh Kovas (Ben Stiller) is the proud manager of one of the most luxurious and secure high-rise blocks in New York. With his dedicated staff, he ensures that everything runs smoothly for the benefit of the rich residents. And none of them are richer than Wall Street billionaire Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), who occupies the penthouse apartment. But Shaw's under house arrest for a massive $2 billion swindle - and his victims include Josh and his team, whose pensions he was entrusted to handle. Now they want their money back - and to help get it, Josh has recruited career criminal Slide (Eddie Murphy). 'Rush Hour' director Brett Ratner puts two great comedy stars together for the first time, with Murphy making a welcome return to the odd-couple action buddy-movie genre in which he scored his earliest successes.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Contagion


Tonight I have been to see Contagion.

A lethal airborne virus decimates an A-list cast in this terrifyingly realistic thriller.
Two days after Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns from a business trip in Hong Kong, she's dead - and the medics can't tell her husband Thomas (Matt Damon) how or why. But before long, the virus that killed Beth is out of control. As panic spreads, scientists battle to control the global pandemic. Dr Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) is a researcher at the US Centers for Disease Control, working under Dr Ellis Cheever (Laurence Fishburne), while Dr Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) is an investigator for the World Health Organisation - and Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law) is a crazy blogger peddling misinformation. One of the most consistently creative directors to grace the movie mainstream, Steven Soderbergh delivers a meticulously researched disaster movie. 'Contagion' dramatises the deadly outbreak with the same scary realism that Soderbergh's classic 'Traffic' brought to the global drugs trade.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Johnny English Reborn


Last Night I went to see Johnny English Reborn.


Rowan Atkinson's unlikely super-spy returns to cause more hilarious chaos in the espionage world
Since we last saw him, secret agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) has been honing his martial arts skills in a remote region of Asia. But now the call has come through: Her Majesty's Secret Service needs him back! Summoned by Pamela Head (Gillian Anderson), the cat-loving boss of MI7, Johnny is set to work hunting down a gang of international assassins who plan to bump off the Chinese premier at a heads of state conference. With just days to prevent the world being plunged into chaos, Johnny must master the latest hi-tech gadgets and unravel a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the CIA, KGB and even MI7. Dominic West and Rosamund Pike join the cast of this eagerly-anticipated second adventure for Rowan Atkinson's phenomenally-popular comic creation. As the famously accident-prone man himself would say: "Let's kick some bottom!"

Jane Eyre


On the 27th September I went to see Jane Eyre.


A bold, atmospheric, stunningly filmed new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic love story.
After fleeing the imposing Thornfield Hall, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) runs across the eerie, foggy moor until she arrives at the door of young clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell). While recuperating, Jane reflects on the experiences that formed her, from a Dickensian childhood to her employment as governess for the cruel, cold Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Anyone who's familiar with Charlotte Bronte's much-filmed classic will recognise that this is a brave departure from the text. Director Cary Fukanaga ('Sin Nombre') frames the story as a series of flashbacks, underlining how Jane is haunted by her past. He also gets the best out of a to-die-for cast. There's a stand-out central performance by 'Alice in Wonderland' star Mia Wasikowska. Michael Fassbender makes a memorable Rochester. And the great Judi Dench is on excellent form as Thornfield's all-knowing housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

I Don't Know How She Does It


Tonight I have been to see I Don't Know How She Does It.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in a sparkling comedy about a mum juggling marriage, children and a high-powered job.
"I don't know how she does it!" That's what everyone says about Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker). Trouble is, nor does she. Hubby Richard (Greg Kinnear) is a recently 'downsized' architect, leaving Kate the family's main breadwinner while raising the couple's two children. At the Boston financial management firm where she holds down a high-powered job, her ultra-capable, child-phobic junior assistant Momo (Olivia Munn) views her as a role model to avoid. Acerbic best friend Allison (Christina Hendricks), however, performs a similar juggling act with ease. Then Kate lands a major account that entails working with seductive new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan)... Adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna ('The Devil Wears Prada') from the bestseller by top British columnist Allison Pearson, Douglas McGrath's film finds comedy gold in the stresses of modern life.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Friends With Benefits



Friendship plus S-E-X adds up to a raunchy comedy starring couple Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) are young, attractive and successful. Jamie's a New York-based headhunter. Dylan's a graphic designer she lured from LA. They get on really well, but have both been through plenty of failed relationships and are naturally wary of getting involved. So why not just have sex? After all, they both agree that love is a fantasy promoted by Hollywood romantic comedies. There's no reason why a physical relationship should be complicated and emotional. How could their experiment in casual, no-strings rumpy-pumpy possibly go wrong? Hot from her stunning performance in 'Black Swan', Mila Kunis sizzles opposite Justin Timberlake (equally hot after 'The Social Network') in this thoroughly modern relationship comedy. Director Will Gluck ('Easy A') also gives great comic supporting roles to Patricia Clarkson as Jamie's mum and Woody Harrelson as Dylan's best mate.


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Cowboys & Aliens


Last night I went to See Cowboys & Aliens

Yes, that's right - cowboys take on marauding aliens in this genre-bending sci-fi Western!
1875, New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) arrives in the sunbaked outpost of Absolution with a mysterious shackle on his wrist and no memory of his past. He soon finds that the townsfolk don't take kindly to outsiders. What's more, Absolution is ruled with an iron rod by Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). But the climate of fear gets a whole lot worse when mysterious alien invaders start to swoop down at astonishing speed, blinding residents with bright lights as they snatch them one-by-one. As the outcast gunslinger begins to recall his past, he realises that he holds the one secret that could save this desolate town from devastation. With the help of the elusive Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together former opponents - townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors - for an epic showdown.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

One Day


Tonight I have been to see One Day.
Based on the phenomenal bestseller, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in a love story spanning 20 years.
On 15 July 1988, University friends Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) graduate and go their separate ways. Their lives - and loves - take radically different directions, but they've forged a bond that's destined to last. Over the next two decades, we revisit Em and Dex on the anniversary of their graduation - but will they share a happy ending? Author David Nicholls previously wrote 'Starter For 10', adapted for the screen in 2006. His later novel, 'One Day', was a critically acclaimed bestseller, which he's adapted himself for this film version. Fans of the book will be delighted to find that Danish director Lone Scherfig's follow up to her Oscar-nominated 'An Education' retains the all-important UK setting. And as she previously demonstrated in 'Becoming Jane', US star Anne Hathaway is a dab hand at the English accent.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes


Tonight I have been to see Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Super-intelligent apes declare war on earth's human masters in this thrilling return to the classic franchise!
Scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) develops a revolutionary therapy that enables the brain to repair itself, offering hope to millions of people with a variety of debilitating conditions. But before his discovery can be marketed to humans, he's told to test it on chimpanzees. To be certain the treatment is stable, he begins with just one animal. Then something unexpected happens. Baby chimp Caesar swiftly develops advanced mental abilities. As Will's employers seek to contain the experiment, Caesar's simian mind turns to thoughts of revolution. Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel gave rise to five films in the '60s and '70s (including the 1968 classic 'Planet Of The Apes'), a hit TV series, and Tim Burton's 2001 remake. For this latest version, digital technology has advanced so far that the Oscar-winning WETA effects house have produced a legion of stunningly convincing photo-realistic apes!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Mr Popper's Penguins


Tonight I have been to see Mr Popper's Penguins
Jim Carrey stars in a family comedy about a man whose home - and life - get taken over by penguins!
Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) is a stressed-out businessman who one day learns he's inherited six penguins. Trouble is, Tom lives in a swanky New York apartment. It's not long before his new chums are creating a mess, sleeping in his bed and generally making it difficult for Tom to find time to go to work. The solution is obvious, isn't it? Turn that apartment into a snowy winter wonderland for new friends Loudy, Lovey, Bitey, Nimrod, Captain and Stinky. But Tom's snooty neighbours are less than enthusiastic about his cosseted menagerie. 'Mr Popper's Penguins' is based on the 1938 book by Richard and Florence Atwater, which has delighted generations of children. The film combines two sure-fire box office winners - Jim Carrey and penguins. And yes, you do get to see them dance! 

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Zookeeper


Tonight I have been to see Zookeeper.
Family comedy about a bunch of zoo animals who speak up to help their favourite keeper's love life!
When slobby Griffin Keyes (Kevin James) proposed to the lovely Stephanie (Leslie Bibb), she turned him down because she couldn't stand the thought of him working as a zookeeper. Five years on, lonely Griffin gets a second chance. Offered a new job in a car dealership, which he's assured is a shortcut to impressing the ladies, he sets out to woo Kate once again. But Griffin reckons without the animals of the Franklin Park Zoo, who aren't about to lose the world's most devoted zookeeper without a fight. So they decide to speak up. And once they start talking, they simply won't stop! What's more, the zookeeper's beastly chums are eager to share the details of their mating rituals. Soon Griffin's putting these tips to good use - but will he succeed or make an ass of himself?

Friday, 5 August 2011

Super 8



This afternoon in Llandudno I have been to see Super 8.
A group of young friends making a super 8 film witness a spectacular event that changes their lives forever in this thrilling yet heart-warming blockbuster.
In the summer of 1979, young Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his school friends are making a super 8 zombie movie in their small Ohio town. While shooting, they witness a catastrophic collision between a truck and a speeding train. Barely escaping themselves, the teens soon discover that what they saw was no accident. Questions about the train's mysterious cargo arise as the town is plagued by animal and human disappearances and a series of inexplicable events. Joe's father, local Deputy Jack Lamb (Kyle Chandler), challenges the military authorities as he launches an investigation. But the truth turns out to be far more astonishing than anyone could have imagined. Two of the greatest creative minds in modern filmmaking - writer/director JJ Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg - have joined forces to deliver one of the most eagerly-anticipated and original films of the summer blockbuster season.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

2D - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows PT 2


This Afternoon in Llandudno I have been to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in 2D.

The wait is over - Harry Potter's amazing adventure concludes!
The thrilling, epic climax to the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) have embarked on a quest to find and destroy the Horcruxes that would give evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) immortality. In Part 1, this kept the trio away from Hogwarts for what was supposed to be their final year, during which time they also uncovered the secret of the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility. But now Voldemort has raised the stakes by acquiring the unbeatable Elder Wand and is about to launch a full assault on Hogwarts. The trio's only hope is to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. Returning to Hogwarts, they prepare for a last stand against the forces of darkness threatening the Muggles and Wizarding worlds alike.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Horrible Bosses


Tonight I have been to see Horrible Bosses.
Three downtrodden workers plot to kill their ghastly employers in this near-the-knuckle comedy.
Everybody's had an awful boss they've dreamed about killing. But nobody actually plots to do the evil deed - apart from these guys. Mind you, they've been pushed to their limits. Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) is a humble dental assistant whose sexually aggressive boss, Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston), is determined to have her way with him. Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) endures the world's most demanding, sarcastic and unfeeling boss in the unappealing form of Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey). Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) seems to have a relatively easy life under kindly Jack Pellitt (Donald Sutherland). Until, that is, Pellitt's annoying, cocaine-addled son, Bobby (Colin Farrell), takes over. But to pull off the perfect murders, the trio need expert help. On the seedy side of town, they recruit murder consultant Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx), little suspecting he's a con artist.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

3D - HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT 2


Last night i went to see 3D - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows PT 2
The wait is over - Harry Potter's amazing adventure concludes in stunning 3D!
The thrilling, epic climax to the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) have embarked on a quest to find and destroy the Horcruxes that would give evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) immortality. In Part 1, this kept the trio away from Hogwarts for what was supposed to be their final year, during which time they also uncovered the secret of the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility. But now Voldemort has raised the stakes by acquiring the unbeatable Elder Wand and is about to launch a full assault on Hogwarts. The trio's only hope is to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. Returning to Hogwarts, they prepare for a last stand against the forces of darkness threatening the Muggles and Wizarding worlds alike.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Tree Of Life


Tonight I have been to see The Tree Of Life.

One of the world's greatest directors stages a haunting meditation on the meaning of life through the prism of an ordinary man's quest for knowledge.
Both intimate and epic, writer/director Terrence Malick's impressionistic hymn to life begins in the 1950s and centres on the O'Brien family from the US Midwest. It follows the journey of Jack from childhood innocence to disillusioned adulthood as he tries to reconcile a difficult and complicated relationship with his father. Played as an adult by Sean Penn, Jack finds himself spiritually adrift in the modern world. As he seeks answers to big questions about the origin and meaning of life, and struggles with the nature of faith, Malick takes us on an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic cosmic trip towards the infinite reaches of space and time. Along the way, he explores how brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only individuals and families, but all life.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bridesmaids


Tonight I have been to see Bridesmaids again.
The ladies make more mayhem than the men ever could in this wedding comedy!
For Annie (Kristen Wiig) life has become a bit of a mess. With a failed bakery business behind her, she now has a job in a jewellery shop. Her sleazy boyfriend Ted (John Hamm) ranks her as a lowly number three on his 'friends with benefits' list. The only people she can confide in are her mother (Jill Clayburgh) and best friend, Lilian (Maya Rudolph). But now Lilian has announced that she's marrying her boyfriend and Annie simply must be the maid of honour. Suddenly, our miserable, emotionally needy heroine finds herself in charge of four new friends - Disney-loving Becca (Ellie Kemper), drunken housewife Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), overweight motormouth Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and wealthy perfectionist Helen (Rose Byrne), who's determined to be Maid of Honour herself. Next stop is a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. And we all know 'what happens in Vegas...'

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Bridesmaids


Tonight I have been to see Bridesmaids.
The ladies make more mayhem than the men ever could in this wedding comedy!
For Annie (Kristen Wiig) life has become a bit of a mess. With a failed bakery business behind her, she now has a job in a jewellery shop. Her sleazy boyfriend Ted (John Hamm) ranks her as a lowly number three on his 'friends with benefits' list. The only people she can confide in are her mother (Jill Clayburgh) and best friend, Lilian (Maya Rudolph). But now Lilian has announced that she's marrying her boyfriend and Annie simply must be the maid of honour. Suddenly, our miserable, emotionally needy heroine finds herself in charge of four new friends - Disney-loving Becca (Ellie Kemper), drunken housewife Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), overweight motormouth Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and wealthy perfectionist Helen (Rose Byrne), who's determined to be Maid of Honour herself. Next stop is a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. And we all know 'what happens in Vegas...'

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

3D - The Green Lantern


Tonight I have been to see The Green Lantern.

A human is given cosmic superpowers to help defeat an intergalactic foe.
Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a cocky test pilot with the US Air Force. But his destiny lies beyond the earthly realm. For millennia, the Green Lantern Corps has championed the cause of intergalactic peace and justice. Each member of the brotherhood wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But now a deadly new enemy has emerged. Known as Parallax, it threatens to disrupt the balance of the universe. The squadron has never had much respect for humans, but this time they have no choice. As their first-ever human recruit, Hal finds the future of the earth itself is in his hands. With the support of his fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), he sets about mastering his amazing new powers and embarks on a road that will see him become the greatest Green Lantern of them all.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Bad Teacher


Tonight I have been to see Bad Teacher.
Cameron Diaz stars as a foul-mouthed, gold-digging schoolteacher in this outrageous comedy.
Meet Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz). She's single-handedly redefining the word 'inappropriate'. Scantily dressed, swearing like the proverbial trooper, frequently hungover and often high on drugs, she's the worst role model imaginable for her class of teenagers. But Elizabeth doesn't give a fig, because she's about to marry her sugar-daddy and will never need to work again. Alas, her plans are thrown into disarray when he dumps her. Enter handsome, wealthy new substitute teacher Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake). Unfortunately, he's already dating Elizabeth's relentlessly perky colleague Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch). But when our scheming anti-heroine discovers that his previous girlfriend was especially well-proportioned, she concludes that the way to win his heart is with expensive breast implants. Luckily, there's a bonus on offer to the teacher whose pupils score the highest class average. And Elizabeth's chief rival is - you guessed it! - Amy.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Mothers Day


Last Night I went to see Mothers Day.

Rebecca De Mornay is the Mum you don't want to mess with in this nerve-shredding horror thriller.
After a bank robbery gone wrong, the violent, criminal Koffin Brothers head for home, only to discover that their mother lost the house in a foreclosure. The new owners are having a birthday party, but they soon become hostages to the sadistic brothers. When their mother and sister arrive, it becomes clear that Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) will do absolutely anything to protect her boys. As Mother takes control of the situation and begins to plan her sons' escape, the hostages realise they're up against an almost unbelievably evil adversary. Two decades after she terrified audiences as the psychopathic nanny in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Rebecca De Mornay is once again playing an against-type villain in this edgy horror thriller from Darren Lynn Bousman, director of SAW II, III and IV.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

X-Men First Class


Today I have been to see X-Men First Class.
The amazing origins of super-mutant Professor X - and his arch-nemesis Magneto!
It's 1963, and the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lansherr (Michael Fassbender) are beginning to discover their superpowers. Against a backdrop of civil unrest and the Cuban Missile Crisis, they join forces with other mutants to take on the greatest threat the world has even known. The international Hellfire Club boasts among its membership some of the most wealthy and influential members of society, including Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and Emma Frost (January Jones). But as they attempt to thwart the Club's world domination plans, a rift develops between Charles and Erik that will lead to them becoming bitter enemies as Professor X and Magneto. So begins the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, 'X-Men: First Class' is the first film in a projected new trilogy tracing the origins of the hugely popular Marvel superheroes.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Hangover Part II



Tonight I have been to see The Hangover Part II.
The hungover quartet are in exotic Bangkok for this sequel to the massive comedy hit.
How do you top the debauchery of 2009's runaway hit 'The Hangover'? Find somewhere even more debauched than Las Vegas, that's how. So Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are off to Thailand for Stu's wedding. This time, of course, Stu vows that it's going to be different. Rather than a big drunken blowout, he's opted for a civilised pre-wedding brunch. What could possibly go wrong? Well, after a quick drink, the friends awake to find the groom's future brother-in-law is missing. Then there's Stu's facial tattoo, Alan's shaved head, and their new monkey friend to explain as they struggle to find out what happened and get to the wedding in time. Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) and Mike Tyson return, while joining the cast are Liam Neeson and Jamie Chung, who plays Stu's long-suffering fiancee.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

3D - Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides



Tonight I have been to see 3D - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Captain Jack's back, and this time he's in search of the fountain of youth - in 3D!
For the fourth instalment in the mega-popular saga, Disney have refined all the elements that audiences loved most about first three 'Pirates of the Caribbean' adventures. Johnny Depp's lovable, scheming Captain Jack Sparrow now takes centre stage as he embarks on a new quest. This time his foe is the most notorious pirate of them all - the dastardly and fearsome Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane). As if that wasn't enough, Jack also has to contend with a mysterious woman from his past, the alluring Angelica (Penelope Cruz) - a con artist, mistress of disguises and tenacious swordfighter. But is she on his side or out to trick him? Has Captain Jack finally met his match? One thing's for sure, all those zombies and mermaids he encounters along the way aren't going to make his mission any easier. 

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Something Borrowed


Tonight I have been to see Something Borrowed.

This romantic comedy asks 'What do you do when you've just hit 30, and the man you've always loved is about to marry your best friend?'
Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), a talented attorney with a New York law firm, has a long-standing crush on Dex (Colin Egglesfield). But Dex is about to marry Rachel's best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). In fact, on one terrible night just after Rachel and Dex had finished law school together, a fatal hesitation from Rachel led to Dex and Darcy getting together. Rachel has always managed to hide her feelings, but after drinking too much on her 30th birthday, she wakes up to find that she has slept with Dex. Meanwhile, Rachel's longtime confidant Ethan (John Krasinski) is harbouring a few secrets of his own... It all adds up to a funny yet heartwarming look at the ways true love can test even the strongest friendship.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Attack The Block


Tonight I have been to see Attack The Block.
When aliens invade South London, only a teenage street gang can stop them!
From 'Paul' to 'Battle: Los Angeles' and 'Mars Needs Moms', alien invasion has been one of the big cinematic themes of the year. Writer/director Joe Cornish (of 'Adam and Joe' fame) puts a distinctively British spin on the genre with his feature debut, set on the mean streets of an inner city council estate. While five youths are mugging a passing nurse (Jodie Whittaker), a fiery object plummets from the sky. Inside is a space alien, which they promptly polish off. But they reckon without the rest of the invasion force and soon find themselves becoming unlikely heroes as everybody pulls together to battle savage monsters for control of their tower block. Openly inspired by the likes of 'Gremlins', this riot of gory fun also benefits from a pounding Basement Jaxx soundtrack and a terrific supporting role for Nick ('Shaun of the Dead') Frost.