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AT THE MOVIES: Last Vegas – Review

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen In cinemas January 3rd. Four friends go to Vegas for a stag party and high jinks ensue. No it’s not The Hangover part 500 but rather a star studded offering featuring four Hollywood heavyweights of a certain age! Douglas plays Billy – the erstwhile stag. Having … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: American Hustle – Review

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Directed by: Davis O. Russell Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner In cinemas January 1st. This is a fictionalised version of a true story. That is to say the basic premise about a complicated con job by the FBI, which was used to prosecute several US senators for corruption, is used as the basis of the story which is then expanded upon for … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Reviee

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Directed by: Ben Stiller Starring: Ben Stiller, Kirsten Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Patten Oswalt, Katherine Hahn In cinemas December 26th. James Thurber’s 1939 short story about a man who lives in a fantasy world once again gets a big screen outing. Forget about the chirpy tunes in the 1947 Danny Kaye version though. This time around it gets the black comedy treatment courtesy of Mr Blue … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie – Review

Walking With Dinosaurs

Directed by: Neil Nightingale, Barry Cook Starring the voices of: John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Tiya Sircar, Skyler Stone In cinemas December 20th. Produced by BBC Earth this may share a title with their now legendary 1999 documentary series and feature dinosaurs but that is where the similarities end. Rather this takes the technology behind that TV show and delivers a narrative storyline … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – Review

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Directed by: Peter Jackson Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Aidan Turner In cinemas December 13th. Peter Jackson’s epic movies based on the legendary books by J.R.R. Tolkien are like marmite – you either love them or hate them. If you weren’t a fan of his … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: Frozen – Review

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Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Starring the voices of: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana In cinemas December 6th. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Snow Queen this sees Disney return to their classic tried and tested formula of beautiful princesses from well known tales singing catchy songs. In fairness, it has worked for … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: The Family – Review

The Family

Directed by: Luc Besson Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones, John D’Leo In cinemas November 22nd. It is often pointed out that we don’t really ever know people as well as we think we do but I doubt any of my neighbours or acquaintances are quite on a par with the Manzoni family, who are the protagonists of this film. De Niro yet again plays an … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: The Counsellor – Review

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Directed by: Ridley Scott Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Rosie Perez In cinemas November 15th. This movie boasts an all-star cast and indeed even the smaller roles are undertaken by some very well known names – a veritable who’s who really. The problem with this is that it becomes rather distracting as you find yourself trying to … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: The Butler – Review

The Butler poster

Directed by: Lee Daniels Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, Terrence Howard, Yaya DaCosta, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Jesse Williams In cinemas November 15th. As you can see this boasts an all star cast. Blink and you’ll miss most … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: Gravity – Review

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Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney In cinemas November 7th. I approached this film with great trepidation as it seems an unlikely premise to engage an audience for 90 minutes. After the lukewarm Buried, which saw Ryan Reynolds as the only screen presence locked in a box for the duration of the film, I figured there is only so much you can do with a … [Read more...]