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Posts Tagged ‘ Movies ’

The Inbetweeners 2: Up, Down And Everything Inbetween

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The last time we caught up with the lads, the fantastic foursome were all seemingly growing up and settling down into relationships, after an epic holiday in Crete to celebrate finishing their final year at school. The second film picks up nine months later and the happily ever after has been very much undone for The Inbetweeners.

None of the relationships lasted for the boys, apart from Simon who is still dating Lucy, although far from being the loveable innocent sweet girl he met on holiday Lucy has turned into the girlfriend from hell. Will has finally made it to University, which turns out to be somewhat different from the utopia he always expected it to be and he finds himself missing his mates. Neil is still the same happy go lucky Neil he has always been, except now he works in a respectable bank job. And then, of course, there is Jay… Continue reading

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The Purge: Anarchy

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The 2013 horror film The Purge came under fire from critics for its tendency to lean toward tired clichés and over the top violence simply for the sake of it. It would seem that the criticism was noted as writer and director James DeMonaco returns with The Purge: Anarchy.

Set one year after the original film, The Purge: Anarchy takes us into downtown Los Angeles to spend the purge with five people who team up to try survive the night of violence.

The group consists of a young couple (Zach Gilford and Keile Sanchez) whose car breaks down, a mysterious heavily armed sergeant (Frank Grillo) and a waitress and her teenage daughter (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). This unlikely group must stick together to try escape the roaming vicious gangs baying for blood on the fateful annual night. Continue reading

Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar

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The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Continue reading

Guardians Of The Galaxy Review

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Launched in 1969 in the January issue of ‘Marvel Super-Heroes’ Guardians of the Galaxy has been reinvented several times over the decades. This summer director/writer James Gunn and Marvel Studios bring the motley crew of intergalactic misfits back to the big screen with a brilliant 80’s soundtrack in tow.

In a universe far, far away treasure hunter Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) hops from planet to planet scavenging for loot and dancing (literally) his way through life. Mentally, and dance move wise, stuck back in the 80s he justifies his wayward and selfish behaviour on the fact that he was abducted from earth as boy.

But when he stumbles on a mysterious orb the true adventure begins as it puts him in the crosshairs of the feared Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and the fanatic Ronan (Lee Pace). Soon he has a whole slew of interstellar bounty hunters on his heels, one is even his ‘mentor’ the bandit Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). Continue reading

Earth to Echo review: ‘A potpourri of 80s classics’

Film Title: Earth To EchoDirectors Dave Green’s first feature film Earth to Echo is a Sci-Fi potpourri of 80s classics: A little bit of E.T., some Stand by Me, and a dash of Short Circuit all scrambled up together.

Three best friends Alex (Teo Halm), Astro (Tuck, as Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) are faced with family upheaval as the town they grew up in is facing destruction to make way for a new road.

But while the parents are packing up the bits and bobs of their lives something strange starts to happen, mobile phones are acting up and only the boys seem to figure out that there is a message hidden in the scramble.

Determined to find out what is happening they grab their bikes and, following the signal head out into the Nevada desert. Hear they find a broken alien robot Echo, a cross between EVE (from the 2008 WALL-E) and a mechanical, blue glowing owl.

It soon becomes clear that Echo needs help to be able to self-repair and go home, so the three boys pop him in a bag and cycle wherever he leads, scary men in black vans always in pursuit. Along the way the pick up scrap metal, cogs, appliances and their pretty classmate Emma (Ella Wahlestedt) and the true adventure begins.

The story is an old faithful, a touching tale about true friendship, first love and helping each other. But sadly it isn’t really new. And while Earth to Echo does aim to be tech savvy and very of the now it can’t sake the 80s vibe it is recreating. But the all of that could be overlooked if the video-style filming wasn’t so distracting. The images bounce and wobble across the screen, often making it hard to follow or just focus.

Earth to Echo is a family friendly film with a quirky alien hero, a bunch of fun-loving outsiders and a moral.

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

Film Review: Frank

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I have a confession to make. I’ve kept it close to my chest for a long time now, knowing that in Ireland it’s close to sacrilege. Here it is; I don’t really like Michael Fassbender. Please put down the pitchforks and hear me out. It’s not that I think he’s bad or untalented. In fact I think he’s more than capable as an actor, I just never saw the buzz around him. Yes Hunger is good but I found all his other performances either just solid or underwhelming. Or so I thought. Because now I have to admit that maybe it’s his face I have the problem with rather than his thespian abilities. In a film where he spends at least eighty percent of it in a fibreglass head I found myself enjoying his performance more than ever, no matter how bizarre he made it.

Frank is the story of an aspiring musician/songwriter who through pure chance finds himself as the keyboard player in an underground art-rock band. It’s the perfect escape from his office job and domesticated existence. However, the other members of the band are not quick to accept him, all except their masked, enigmatic lead singer Frank. Continue reading

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