A trailer has been released for historical biopic Hidden Figures, about the team of African-American women who worked for NASA. Here’s the official synopsis:
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanised the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
The film is to be released in cinemas on 24th February 2017.
Jones is back. The women who taught us it’s ok to drink alone while dancing around your bedroom and that you should never apply makeup in the back of a moving taxi has returned with a few more essential life lessons.
Played by the Oscar-winning Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones appears to finally have her life in order – having at last lost those few extra pounds and with a job as a top news producer, she is composed and happy. However, with the passing of another birthday, her complicated love life once again takes a turn leaving her in a rather unexpected situation. Now an expectant mother, Jones has to deal with a more pressing matter – who is the father? The men in Bridget’s life are once again fighting for her approval but this time, the dreamy American Jack, played by Patrick Dempsey joins Colin Firth, the collected Mr Darcy, as Jones’s potential suitors.
There has been no fluffing round the edges; our favourite, flustered Ms Jones braces our screens again with her frivolous sex life, outrageous dress sense and overcrowded, London borough flat. With excellent support from Emma Thompson, as Dr Rawlings the film provides a fitting end to the Bridget Jones franchise but leaves us questioning, can the eponymous heroine ever have a ‘happily ever after’?
Bridget Jones’s Baby in cinemas nationwide from 16 September 2016
Photography: Universal Pictures – Giles Keyte
A new trailer for forthcoming Mel Gibson thriller Blood Father. Here is the synopsis:
After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 17-year-old Lydia (Erin Moriarty) goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, John Link (Mel Gibson), who’s been a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing…
The film is released on 7th October.
A trailer for Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey has been released. Below is the film’s synopsis:
Free State of Jones is an epic drama set during the American Civil War and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight (Academy Award®-winner Matthew McConaughey), and his extraordinary rebellion against the Confederate States Army. Bringing together an unlikely band of poor white farmers and runaway slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi, to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards).
The film is released in cinemas on 30th September.
With such a ludicrous plot line it’s hard to believe that War Dogs is based on true events, throughout the film this is something that is easy to forget. Childhood friends David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), are two twentysomething Americans who manage to land a $300 million deal supplying arms to Afghan military forces.
Having started their own small arms company they are quickly onto a financial win that could solve their seemingly, rather petty, life woes. Before long however, they are quickly in way over their heads; highlighting the true danger of the business.
Todd Phillips has paid exceptional attention to detail adding a strong sense of humour to a ridiculous situation that really has us laughing in the face of violence. If nothing else this film is funny, focusing on the side of war that is never discussed, but ultimately it highlights that like most things, war is just a business deal with opposing sides doing anything for money.
Released nationwide 26 August 2016
Emma Watson is big news currently. It seems that a week doesn’t go by without a mention of her latest film work; the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer recently broke records as the most watched teaser trailer online, with over 90 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded. Similarly, her work as a UN Ambassador, and the launch of the HeForShe campaign for gender equality has also kept her in the public eye.
The Colony, also known as Colonia, is a historical thriller based on true events, starring Emma Watson (Lena) and Daniel Brühl (Daniel) as a young German couple, caught up in a Chilean Military Coup. After Daniel is captured by the secret police and imprisoned, Lena joins an infamous cult known as the Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony) to track down Daniel and escape with him.
Despite the popularity of Emma Watson, and her having top billing, I had only recently heard of The Colony as it is about to be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was originally intended to be streamed online only; perhaps this accounts for the fact that it only made £47 during its opening weekend in the UK, from showing in five cinemas! This is a stark contrast to several trailers for The Colony, which have racked up millions of views online between them.
Although not greatly publicised, I find The Colony to be a strong film, with solid performances from the cast. Watson manages to lead the film brilliantly, giving an emotional performance which captures romance, sadness and fear. Daniel Brühl is equally excellent, as he is in all of his film performances. Michael Nyqvist gives a sinister performance as Paul Schäfer, the notorious real life leader of Colonia Dignidad.
This is a true ‘edge of your seat’ drama, which will keep you wondering what will happen to Lena and Daniel until the last minute. The real story and politics behind the Colonia Dignidad is not looked at in great detail, but instead the story of those within the cult keeps the film entertaining throughout its 100 minutes’ duration.
For those who still see Emma Watson as Hermione from the Harry Potter film series, a role for which she will be most remembered, there is no doubt that her ability as an actress has grown, and her film career will not be dwindling anytime soon.
During the summer months, cinema screenings are often filled with comedies and family films. The Colony is a perfect antidote to this type of film, and provides a thoughtful drama, for those who like their films on the heavier side.
The Colony will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 22nd August 2016.
A new trailer has been released for Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol, a film based on a true story that is released in UK cinemas on Friday. It is based on the life of Mohammad Assaf, who won the 2013 series of Arab Idol. Below is the official synopsis:
A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad, dreams of singing in the Cairo Opera House and for the world to hear his voice. Somehow he manages to escape out of the prison that is Gaza and make it to the Cairo auditions of Arab Idol, the most popular talent show in the region. As he gets to the latter stages of the competition, he must confront his own fears to take control of his destiny and bring hope and happiness to an entire region. Mohammad, and the audience, will go on the journey of a lifetime.
The Idol is in cinemas on Friday 12th August.
Much maligned by the first crop of critical reviews, one might have had low expectations of such a highly anticipated movie. I, however, would recommend you go to see this with an open mind and set out to be entertained by, in what was in my opinion, a hugely fun cinematic triumph.
So the first thing we, as an audience, want to know is ‘how are these criminals, psychopaths, reprobates and general menaces to society, put together?’. And that is a question we quickly have answered in the first few fantastically sequenced, frenetic, exciting and captivating scenes, presenting each character one by one, with fast-paced, yet skilfully described introductions. All tied up neatly with an incise explanation of why they were brought together, the formidable combination of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Slipknot and El Diablo, otherwise known as the Suicide Squad, are brought together, to set up an intriguing plot.
As I previously wrote about Batman v Superman, this is a movie for the fans, which may explain why non-DC fans and some critics may not like this production. However, as a fan myself, I loved it. If you know what to expect, know what kind of storylines, characters and nuances comic books present, you’ll be enthralled by Suicide Squad. To give a prime example, a character such as Killer Croc might seem somewhat ridiculous to some and fighting a mythical witch as their main nemesis, may be overly fantastical or even kind of silly to many, but this is exactly the sort of thing a real fan would be accustomed to and the way in which writer and director David Ayer captures the DC comic world, in which the Suicide Squad reside, perfectly encapsulates what one might muster in their mind. It’s an unconventional world, yet a unique and unflinching homage to the comics.
To summarise the premise of the plot, a gang of criminals, locked up for a plethora of unmentionable crimes, are brought together for their individual and collective skills and abilities, to assist in battling the potentially catastrophic dangers presented after the appearance of Superman and the possibility of ‘unfriendly’ alien visitors. In this case, their help is required more urgently than anticipated, after Enchantress, a witch with immensely destructive powers, hell bent on world domination, recruits her brother to assist in her abominable mission. Cue the Suicide Squad to come to the rescue of planet Earth.
Some of the cast selections may have raised some eyebrows, however, there were some truly outstanding performances. Will Smith, as Deadshot, was immense in his performance as the leader of the motley crew, portraying the focused and unnervingly single-minded one-time assassin. The undoubted star performance, though, was that of Margot Robbie, as Harley Quinn. Her psychotic, demented, colourful, enticing, vibrant, alluring, sexy and all round crazy bitch portrayal will, in my opinion, go down as iconic in cinematic history. To say she was scene stealing, would be an understatement. Although only really a bit part role, Jared Leto’s Joker deserves considerable mention. In yet another unique incarnation, Leto delivers an intoxicating performance, producing grippingly sinister scenes, absolutely engrossing the audience. His role in the upcoming solo Batman project will be highly anticipated.
I’ve set aside a special tribute for the tremendous soundtrack. Soundtracks can often make a movie and in this case, the film’s musical choices were absolutely spot on. Such tracks as ‘House of the rising sun’, ‘You Don’t Own me’ and ‘Bohemiam Rhapsody’ expertly evoked and mirrored the feel and tone of certain scenes. A tip of the hat to Steven Price’s input here.
So ignore the pretentious, self-important critics and go and immerse yourself in the frenetic fun and sensory circus that is Suicide Squad. You won’t be disappointed.
Suicide Squad is in cinemas now.
A new trailer has been released for the New Zealand comedy drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Below is the official synopsis.
Ricky, a defiant young city kid, finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush after a series of misadventures befall the unlikely duo. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.
Based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, the film is written and directed by famed indie auteur Taika Waititi (What we do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarax) and stars Sam Neill (The Daughter, Long Way Down) and introduces rising star Julian Dennison.
The film is released in the UK on 16th September.
A new trailer has been released for upcoming thriller The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck. Here is the main synopsis:
Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of- the- art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
The film is released by Warner Bros. on 4th November.