Monthly archives "June 2013"

Newsreel (W/e 9 June 2013)

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Benicio Del Toro joins the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

The Expendables 3 is set for a August 15, 2014 release.

 

The Wizard of Oz to return to theatres in IMAX 3D.

 

Mia Wasikowsa is in talks to replace Emma Stone in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

 

Chevy Chase will return as the repairman in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

 

Black List script The Outsider is moving forward with Audition director Takashi Miike planning to helm with Tom Hardy starring.

 

Hugh Bonneville has joined the cast of Paddington Bear, as Henry Brown, the head of Paddington’s adoptive family.

 

Tim Minchin has signed up to work on an DreamWorks Animation’s Larrikins, a comedy musical film set in the Australian outback.

 

The Purge raids the U.S. box-office.

The Big Wedding **

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Run Time: 89 mins              Cert: 15

 

Synopsis: With an all star cast, “The Big Wedding” shows the audience what happens when a dysfunctional family gets together for a wedding.

 

Set in a small American town, the movie begins when Ellie (Diane Keaton) arrives at the house lived in by her ex husband Don (Robert De Niro) and his long term girlfriend Bebe (Susan Sarandon). It is revealed she has come back for the wedding of she and Don’s adopted son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and his fiance Missy (Amanda Seyfried), who are seen meeting with a rather comic priest (Robin Williams) prior to their marriage.

 

At the same time, Ellie and Don’s oldest child Lyla (Katherine Heigl) arrives on the maternity ward where middle child and 30-year-old virgin Jared (Topher Grace) works as a doctor. Despite her fainting at the site of the babies, she and Jared head for dinner with the rest of the family and a series of comic but cringeworthy events begins.

 

Since his biological mother is arriving from Colombia and is a devout catholic, Alejandro requests his parents pretend to still be married. This results in a fallout between Don and his girlfriend Bebe, and some particularly ludricrous scenes as the family attempt to hide her existence. While the main arc does provide amusement, it just seems ridiculous from start to finish.

 

Other subplots within the movie include Jared’s quest to lose his virginity and Lyla’s infertility. Attempts by the writers to give either of the siblings depth fail miserably and while neither Grace nor Heigl is unpleasant to watch, both their stories feel somewhat like a bad soap opera mixed with a sketch show.

 

While De Niro, Keaton and Sarandon are entertaining enough to watch, none of them seem to put a lot of effort into playing their characters. Robin Williams gives a very good comic performance as Father Monighan but is under utilised while Amanda Seyfried basically reprises her “Mamma Mia” character. With a big name cast like this, performances are disappointing. However this is more down to a weak story and poor character development than the actors themselves.

 

Overall, “The Big Wedding” is disappointing. Despite a well known cast and amusing premise, the film has very little story and feels more like a stage play.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

Newsreel (W/e 2 June 2013)

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Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish is in the running to direct Star Trek 3.

 

Lionsgate have hired visual effects specialist Zach Lipovsky to direct the Leprechaun reboot with WWE’s Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl to star.

 

Josh Brolin is set to join the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.

 

Shrek Forever After’s Mike Mitchell is set to direct Dreamworks Trolls.

 

Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Shane Black & Sam Mendes are in the short list to direct Bond 24.

 

Danny Huston is in talks to join the cast of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.

 

Control’s Anton Corbijn is to direct Life, the dramatisation of James Dean & photographer Dennis Stock’s relationship.

 

Kon-Tiki’s Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg are set to direct Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

 

Glenn Close has joined the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as a leading member of the intergalactic Nova Corps. While Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan will play the villain.

 

The Flintstones will return as an animated movie featuring the voices of WWE wrestling talent in 2015.

 

Grumpy Cat the movie is on the way.

 

The Muppets’ James Bobin in talks to direct in Alice in Wonderland 2.

 

Melissa Leo is joining the cast of director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.

 

Entourage creator Doug Ellin will rewrite the current screenplay and is in line to potentially direct Bad Santa 2.

 

Forest Whitaker is in talks to take on the role of Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis.

 

Johnny Depp has left the gangster Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass.

 

Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green in talks to rewrite Blade Runner sequel.

 

Fast & Furious 6 tops, but After Earth bombs at the U.S. Box-office.

Fast & Furious 6 ***

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Run Time: 130 mins Cert: 12A

 

Synopsis: Following the revelation that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive and working for master criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team of are hired by Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to rescue her and foil Shaw’s plans.

 

After finally being successfully rebooted with Fast Five, the never ending car chase franchise makes a return with mixed results.

 

The series has gone from being about racing and gang warfare to be being about heists and family. The biggest problem with this particular episode is that everything has been revealed in the trailer, apart from the scene in the credits. There is no surprises.

 

The storyline while formulaic is entertaining. It is set before Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift’s timeline. Having a gang going against another gang is a novel twist. Unfortunately there are just too many characters with underdeveloped stories. Evans villain is a victim of this as his bad guy is just plain dull with about as much charisma as he has useful henchmen.

 

While the Letty comeback seems like it is too easy a solution, the comedic sparring between Diesel’s team and The Rock is amusing. While the dialogue is full of terrible puns and catchphrases that seem to have been left over from an 80’s action movie.

 

The action sequences are probably the most exhilarating and exciting moments of this franchise, no matter how ridiculous the scenario (how long is a runway?).

 

Over the top, edge of your seat entertainment which is flawed, but fun.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan