Like the majority of movies in the Rocky franchise, Creed is a crowd pleaser. The basic premise of an underdog getting a chance at the big time and defying the odds is a winning formula and the inclusion of Rocky Balboa as a mentor is a good touch and gives the feel of the Rocky reins being handed over to new blood.
Atom Egoyan’s Remember features marvelous acting by many notable and significant people but the story itself is not always consistently plotted. Canadian born Christopher Plummer plays Zev, the elderly main character who isn’t able to forgive the death of his family by the hands of the Nazis many decades ago, but can’t help but forget as he slowly loses his memory to age. An elderly friend, Max, who suffered similarly when he was younger concocts a plan that he is too feeble to personally carry out. With Max’s guidance, the more physically able Zev leaves his comfortable life and family behind to go on a journey of revenge.
Interstellar is an ambitious movie that explores the possibilities of travelling through wormholes and different time dimensions to new planets. With such complex subject matter, it was always going to be a struggle making it accessible and understandable, and often Interstellar is let down by its storytelling. However, the visuals never fails to impress and the fabulous special effects may make you forgive the film’s narrative flaws.
Currently the second-highest-grossing film in the Bond franchise, Spectre has successfully revived the beloved action-packed entertainment of the Roger Moore era. The terrifically exciting, spectacular, adventure-endorsing spy series is one difficult to uphold through the decades – though the booming success of Skyfall (2012) has put Spectre in a difficult returning position, Sam Mendes returns yet again in an attempt to pick up the death-defying story right where he left off.
Lobster is a social satire set in a dystopian future where single people are turned into an animal of their choice if they cannot find a suitable partner within 45 days. It comprises great performances from a talented cast and is a touching take on society’s obsession with coupledom and singledom.
Take a disturbing true life story, creatively spin elements of those events and write a best-selling novel, adapt that novel for the big screen, and you’ll hopefully get a movie as skillfully crafted as Room. The 2015 film has become a hit on the film festival circuit, and it’s easy to see why. It manages to take a very unsettling subject, completely avoid the sensationalism attached to the true crime story from which it is derived, and give the audience a poignant look at what happens when people are forced to find the best within themselves after being dragged through the absolute worst.
It is in a world of rapidly advancing technology, one that reshapes itself dramatically every few years, that a film like Ex Machina is best dropped into. The questions that it wrestles with, including the nature of humanity and the line between technology and sentience, help to make better sense of the sorts of fears we might have as the current AI landscape becomes more and more like Ava from the film.
The Gamechangers is a TV movie that was broadcast in England on 15th September . It follows RockStar Games, the makers of the successful video game series Grand Theft Auto, as they make the third game in the series whilst also being embroiled in a legal battle with American Lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton), who believes their video games inspire violent behaviour in young people.
In July 2011, the music world lost one of their most talented artists — soul singer Amy Winehouse, who was only 27 years old and already a already a five time Grammy award winner. Winehouse took the London music scene by storm in the mid-2000’s with her low, powerhouse vocals and signature blues-tinged sound, her neo-soul style resonating in her debut album Frank and subsequent award-winning album Back to Black.
Following the massive success of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl adaptation, high expectations were set for this summers release of Dark Places. Coming to us from director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, there’s no denying that the second feature length adaptation of one of Flynn’s books was a relative disappointment. Although the movie features renowned actors and actresses and had all the raw ingredients to make a hit, the film still failed to generate any sort of reception even comparable to its predecessor.