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Posts Tagged ‘ Mark Ruffalo ’

Begin Again: A Love Letter To Music And New York

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Dublin writer/director John Carney has ventured back into the arena of films about music with Begin Again. But unlike Once, his 2006 surprise international hit, a whole host of stars have joined him to tell the story.

When Greta’s (Keira Knightly) boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) finds unplanned success the two singer/songwriters travel to New York where a whole new life begins to unfold. While Dave gets sucked into the world of rock stars, Greta seeks to stay authentic.

The changes in Dave lead to a break-up and Greta find’s herself alone and a little lost. Luckily for her she has one friend, a fellow Brit and street musician, Steve (James Corden) who takes her in and forces her to perform at an open-mike night. Continue reading

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Now You See Me

Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco

Now You See Me is an intricately woven story of intrigue, deception, revenge and of course magic.

When four low-level magic performers find magical tarot cards they poll their talents and form ‘The Four Horsemen’ (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco). In front of a live crowd they convince the world they transported one of their audience members to a Parisian bank stealing €30 million in the process. Continue reading

The Avengers Assembled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marvel’s superhero mash-up The Avengers is not the best super hero film of all time, but definitely the funniest.  The story-line is simple Norse god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes to earth, steals a cosmic power-cube and wants to enslave human kind with the help of some very nasty aliens.  Not only is his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) not very happy with this idea but S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) decides it’s time to bring out the big guns and create Avengers Assemble, a group of testosterone throbbing supermen.

Of course if you put a Norse god (Thor), a doctor with severe anger-management issues (The Hulk /Mark Ruffalo), a multibillionaire with an ego bigger than his own phallic sky-scraper (Iron Man/ Robert Downey Jr) and an unfrozen WW2  hero who likes wearing silly outfits  (Captain America/ Chris Evans ) into one room fights and a lot of chest banging are bound to occur. But of course after a lot of quips, fist fights and heated arguments they pull themselves together in an attempt to save the world.

Director Joss Whedon does try to balance out this male macho party with Peppa Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) hot pants, the Black Widows  (Scarlett Johansson) breathtakingly tight black jumpsuit and Fury’s right-hand woman and stunner Maria Hill (not looking for anyone’s mother Cobie Smulders). But between fighting off the alien invasion, great one-liners and even Shakespearean lingo the superheros don’t have time for love.

The Avengers is pop-corn cinema at it’s best, there is something for everyone. The dialogues are witty and entertaining and sure to make you laugh. The special affects are brilliant, between spaceships, aliens planets, massive New York destruction, car crashes galore and the Hulk, the illusion is close to perfect, and of course it’s all in 3D. Both guys and girls have eye candy to swoon over, blonds, brunettes, red heads and even the lovers of green will find something beautiful and hunky (or hulky) to fall in love with. So put on your 3D goggles and enjoy Joss Whedon’s wonderful comic adaptation.

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