Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Five Year Engagement

Last night I went to see The Five Year Engagement.

A sparkling romantic comedy about a couple whose lives just keep getting in the way of their wedding!

It's love at first sight when Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) meet at a New Year's Eve party in San Francisco. It seems they really are the perfect couple, destined to spend the rest of their lives together. One year later, Tom proposes and Violet accepts. Next stop the fairytale wedding. But there's one small problem. Psychologist Violet has just been offered a two-year academic post in Michigan. Swallowing his disappointment, sous chef Tom advises her to go for it. With the wedding on hold, the couple go about their busy lives. But little do they suspect the obstacles that are about to be placed in the way of happy ever after! 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' director Nicholas Stoller and star Jason Segel team up with 'Bridesmaids' producer Judd Apatow for this thoroughly modern romantic comedy.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Rock Of Ages

Today I have been to see Rock Of Ages.

The film of the smash hit musical, starring Tom Cruise as a long-haired rock god!

It's 1987, and in the world of rock the hair is big and the choruses are even bigger! The epicentre of this rock universe is the Bourbon Room on LA's Sunset Strip. And its biggest star is charismatic Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). Into this heady world of dreams, ambitions and power chords come two young lovers - small town girl Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew Boley (Diego Bonita). But the Bourbon Room's very future is threatened by mayor's wife Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who disapproves of all the depravity and wants to close it down. 'Hairspray' director Adam Shankman brings the popular Broadway and West End musical to the big screen with a great cast that also includes Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige. The soundtrack features songs by a who's who of classic '80s rock, from Def Leppard to Journey.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Snow White And The Huntsman

Tonight I have been to see Snow White And The Huntsman.

Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth star in a thrilling action-adventure makeover of the classic fairytale.

Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns from her magic mirror that there is one who is fairer than

she - one who is also destined to take her throne. Discovering that her rival is Snow White (Kristen

Stewart), the Queen sends a fearless huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track down and kill her youthful rival. But what she doesn't anticipate is that the hunstman will become Snow White's protector and train her in the art of war! 'Thor' star Chris Hemsworth and Twilight's Kristen Stewart lead the cast of this imaginative, visually stunning reworking of the Grimm fairy tale, much of which was shot on location in the UK. Those legendary dwarves are portrayed by a who's who of British acting talent - Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Brian Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Johnny Harris.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Pact

Today I have been to see The Pact.

A young woman returns home to confront a sinister presence in this spine-tingling horror!

Following the death of her mother, Nicole Barlow (Agnes Bruckner) returns alone to the family home at 550 Claremont Avenue. That evening, she makes a video call to her young daughter, who asks, "Mummy - who's that behind you?" This is the last that's heard of Nicole. Now her estranged sister Annie (Caity Lotz) must reluctantly come back to the house she'd rather forget. But a series of shocking and unexplained events suggest that she is not alone in the property! With the assistance of an investigator named Creek (Casper Van Dien), she discovers a room she cannot remember. To solve the mystery of these unsettling developments, tough biker chick Annie will have to unlock her the doors of her own past. Writer/director Nicholas McCarthy has expanded his cult short film of the same title into a tense and shocking feature.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Red Tails

Today I have been to see Red Tails.

The thrilling story of World War II's first African-American fighter squadron.

It's the Second World War , and racist US top brass consider the black airmen of the 332nd Squadron to be "mentally inferior" to their white counterparts. Stationed far behind enemy lines, the frustrated pilots are stuck with dilapidated aircraft and can only pick off the remnants of German forces. But US bombers are taking a pounding from the Luftwaffe, so Colonel A.J Bullard (Terrence Howard) is reluctantly given the opportunity to show what his men can do. Under the command of Major Emmanuel Stance (Cuba Gooding Jr), the squadron provides such effective air support that they are chosen to participate in the daring first raid on Berlin. Inspired by the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, 'Red Tails' was produced and personally financed by 'Star Wars' director George Lucas. Thanks to his Lucasfilm effects team, it boasts some of the most amazing aerial battles ever seen on screen.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Tonight I have been to see Moonrise Kingdom.

Bill Murray and Bruce Willis star in Wes Anderson's brilliantly quirky tale of the hunt for two missing children.

In the summer of 1965, on a small island off the coast of New England, two 12-year-olds fall in love. Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) then make a pact to run away together into the wilderness. Now the hunt is on to track down the runaways and bring them home safely. Among those taking part are local sheriff Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) and Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) with his Khaki Scout troop. Just to make matters worse for Suzy's eccentric parents, Mr and Mrs Bishop (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand), a violent storm is brewing offshore. This latest wonderfully distinctive creation from the fertile mind of 'The Darjeeling Limited' director Wes Anderson is his sixth collaboration with deadpan Bill Murray. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton.

Monday, 4 June 2012

3D - Prometheus

Today I have been to see 3D Prometheus.

Alien' director Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi with a terrifying alien encounter in incredible 3D!

In the late 21st century, a team led by archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) discovers a 35,000 year-old cave painting on the Isle of Skye. It matches images drawn by other, unconnected early civilisations showing a distinctive star system. Shaw interprets this as an invitation, so a spacecraft is launched. After two years in cryogenic suspension, the crew awake above their target planet to be addressed by a hologram of billionaire backer Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce). Among them are Shaw, businesslike Weyland Corporation rep Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), advanced android David (Michael Fassbender) and Captain Janek (Idris Elba). But they're about to come face-to-face with a threat to the very future of mankind! 'Blade Runner' director Sir Ridley Scott's brilliant first film in 3D is a very loose prequel to his original 1979 'Alien'.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Men In Black 3

Today I have been to see Men In Black 3.

Alien-battling Agents J and K return for a hilarious time-travelling adventure to save the Earth!

Agent J (Will Smith) always felt that his older partner Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) was holding something back about the alien-monitoring business. So when he finds history has been re-written and K seems to be at the centre of the mystery, it's time to uncover those secrets. J's only hope is to travel back to groovy 1969 and team up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin). But he has just 24 hours to complete his mission or he'll be trapped in the past forever. That's not much time to save his partner and the agency - not to mention mankind itself! Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg reunite with stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones for the funniest and most spectacular film in this hugely popular sci-fi comedy series.

What To Expect When You're Expecting

Last Tuesday I went to see What To Expect When You're Expecting.

An all-star romantic comedy about the joys - and surprises! - of impending parenthood.

Five couples have very different experiences as their lives change forever with the arrival of a baby. Self-centred Jules (Cameron Diaz) and Evan (Matthew Morrison) discover that the demands of pregnancy put a brake on their celebrity lifestyles. Baby-crazy author Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) is alarmed to lose control over her body and emotions. Her hubby Gary (Ben Felcone) is intimidated by his own dad, Ramsey (Dennis Quaid), who's expecting twins with trophy wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker). Photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) wants to adopt a child, while reluctant husband Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) seeks solace in a 'dudes' support group. And rival chefs Rosie (Anna Kendrick) and Marco (Chace Crawford) are facing pregnancy before they've even had their first date! Inspired by the enduring 1984 bestseller, this sparkling, truthful comedy is a treat for parents - and prospective parents - everywhere.