Review – Boyhood

30 Jul

Poster for 2014 coming of age drama Boyhood

Genre: Drama 
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 11th July 2014
Runtime: 166 minutes
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater
Synopsis: The life of a young boy, from the age of six to 18, is condensed into the space of three hours as we visit him at key times in his life.



Every now and then, a film comes along that does something really special with the format. Dazed & Confused director Richard Linklater’s twelve year labour Boyhood is a prime example. Shot in brief periods over the course of more than a decade, it tracks the central character and those around him as he goes through the tumultuous process of growing up.

To put it mildly, it’s a little bit brilliant.

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Review – Transformers: Age of Extinction

29 Jul

Poster for 2014 sci-fi blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction

Genre: Sci-Fi
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 10th July 2014
Runtime: 165 minutes
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, TJ Miller
Synopsis: A mechanic and his daughter join forces with the Autobots to take on humans who are harnessing a newly discovered element to produce their own weaponised robots.



There’s a justifiable groan from the world of film criticism whenever a new Michael Bay movie is released. That groan is doubly audible when it’s a new Transformers movie. However, it seemed like Transformers: Age of Extinction could turn a corner. Shia LaBeouf was gone, replaced by Mark Wahlberg and the Dinobots were set to finally make their appearance.

Looking back, that optimism was just as stupid and unnecessary as the film itself.

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Review – Begin Again

27 Jul

Poster for 2014 dramedy Begin Again

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 11th July 2014
Runtime: 104 minutes
Director: John Carney
Writer: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Cee Lo Green
Synopsis: A heartbroken songwriter and a washed-up record producer meet at an open mic night and decide to work together on an outdoor concept album.



When we look back at the films of 2014 in five or six months’ time, Begin Again is likely to be the “other” movie about a struggling musician. It is pretty much doomed to live in the shadow of the Coen Brothers’ moody Inside Llewyn Davis. This is a real disservice to an utterly charming movie that has a real song in its heart.

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VIDEO: UK thriller K-Shop releases first teaser trailer

23 Jul

First teaser trailer for UK vigilante thriller K-Shop

“I want to know why you think it’s acceptable to behave the way you do.”

The first teaser trailer has been released for vigilante thriller film K-Shop, shot entirely in Bournemouth by local studio White Lantern Film.

The 25-second clip showcases the drunken, abusive revellers that finally tip kebab shop owner Salah (Ziad Abaza) over the edge. As the binge culture of Britain becomes too much for him, he takes matters into his own hands and begins to brutally murder those who push him too far.

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Review – Tammy

21 Jul

Poster for 2014 comedy Tammy

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 4th July 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Ben Falcone
Writer: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Kathy Bates
Synopsis: After her husband cheats, a disgruntled woman takes her boozy grandmother on a road trip.



Melissa McCarthy is a big star in the world of Hollywood comedy right now. Off the back of Bridesmaids, Identity Thief and The Heat, she’s one of the most bankable female performers in the genre. She has teamed up with her husband, Ben Falcone, to write and produce her latest film Tammy. Unfortunately, they forgot to write any jokes.

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Review – Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

20 Jul

Poster for 2014 comedy Mrs Brown's Boys

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 27th June 2014
Runtime: 94 minutes
Director: Ben Kellett
Writer: Brendan O’Carroll
Starring: Brendan O’Carroll, Eilish O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Robert Bathurst, Nick Nevern
Synopsis: When evil businessmen try to get her market stall shut down, the eponymous matriarch must fight to retain her livelihood.



One of the more baffling cultural phenomena of the last few years is the BBC sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys. The intentionally rickety production is a perfectly fine broad comedy, but the success it has received and the critical bile slung in its direction has marked it out as something that everyone has to either love or hate.

Naturally, a film adaptation was always going to happen. And, equally naturally, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is one of d’worst films of d’year.

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Review – Cold In July

19 Jul

Poster for 2014 thriller Cold In July

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 27th June 2014
Runtime: 110 minutes
Director: Jim Mickle
Writer: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici
Starring: Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell
Synopsis: A suburban Texas father is plunged into a world of darkness and crime when he accidentally shoots dead an intruder in his home.



Between William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men, the “Texas Noir” genre is really starting to spread its wings. Next up is Cold In July – an initially conventional home invasion thriller that morphs into something completely different and darker.

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