Monthly archives "April 2013"

Newsreel (W/e 31st March 2013)



Blake Lively may star in the Freddie Mercury biopic as the star’s former girlfriend Mary Austin.


Joseph Fiennes & Ian McShane have joined the cast of Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars.


Val Kilmer & Anthony Edwards reunite to lend their voices to Disney’s Planes.


Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, which is based on the comics by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons, will hit theaters November 14, 2014.


GK Films & MGM are set to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise.


Kate Mara is joining Wally Phister’s directorial debut Transcendence.


Martin Scorsese is developing his 2002 film Gangs of New York into a TV series.


Matthew McConaughey has been offered the lead in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.


The Descendants’ Judy Greer has joined the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.


Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo are officially in negotiations to reprise their roles as Clark & Ellen Griswold in reboot of Vacation.


Forest Whitaker tackling on bringing story of comic Richard Pryor to the big screen.


G.I.Joe Retaliation storms to the top of the U.S. box-office.


R.I.P. Uncle Monty (AKA Richard Griffiths)

The Croods ***


Running Time: 98 Mins Cert: U

Synopsis: Caveman Grug (Cave) is obsessed with keeping his family safe especially his daughter (Stone). But when his home is buried during an avalanche, he must guide his family with the help of a stranger (Reynolds) to a new home.


Director Chris Saunders has made some of the most memorable animated films in recent times. Both Lilo & Stitch and How To Train Your Dragon captured audiences hearts. Can he do it a third time?


Unfortunately this film is not a charm, even though it is perfectly adequate as a piece of entertainment.


The bright visuals and colourful characters are letdown by a lacklustre script, which wanders about as aimlessly as the cavemen do. Which is a shame considering it is based on an original premise by Monty Python’s John Cleese.


There is no real character development and the journey is predictable. The cast bring life and humour to an unoriginal plot, but Nicolas Cage’s voice just does not go with his character. In fact it is the usual phoned in performance by the crazy haired one.


Kids will love the bizarre creatures and the slapstick humour. But this could have been so much better considering the talent involved.


Reviewed by Paul Logan

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone



Run Time: 100 mins Cert: 15


Synopsis: Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) are successful Las Vegas magicians. When Anton is injured in a performance, Burt see off competition from a street magician called Steve Gray (Carrey) who relies on shock than cheap tricks.


There have been a few competing magician movies, notably Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Prestige. Now we have a comedy that seems to be having comedians outdoing each other.


The film has brought together an impressive cast. Each showing a variety of skills. Jim Carrey is the scene stealer of the piece as a crazy over the top concoction of David Blaine meets Penn and Teller. Steve Buscemi gives an equally memorable performance with some of the best laughs in the film. While Alan Arkin does what he does best with a showboating cameo role as a veteran magician.


Unfortunately Steve Carrell disappoints, but this is purely down to the script. The character is just so unlikeable and boring compared to the others. At no point is there any empathy shown towards Burt, even when he turns from being a smug idiot to being a protagonist who has seen the errors of his ways.


Audiences will be routing more for the shocking Steve Gray, than the lifeless Burt Wonderstone. The film is fun, but the plot is as predictable as Burt’s tricks.


Reviewed by Paul Logan