Tuesday, 20 December 2011
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
An incredible cast star in the amazing true story of Marilyn Monroe's week with a young Englishman.
It's 1956, and youthful
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 Oxford . So Paris 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
An all-star cast in a romantic comedy set on the most magical night of the year.
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 , 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. New York City
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
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
'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. Britain
Saturday, 3 December 2011
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
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
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 doesn't forget the dark side of Bronte, stripping away costume drama conventions for a starker take on this eternally compelling tale. Arnold
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
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
. 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. New York
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
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.