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Jennifer Lawrence plays a prima ballerina-turned-Soviet secret agent in steely spy thriller ‘Red Sparrow’

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By Sam Bathe on 9 Jan 2018



Jennifer Lawrence takes the lead in Red Sparrow, a spy thriller hot off the heels of the excellent Atomic Blonde. A prima ballerina caught up in the assassination of a political enemy, Dominikia Egorova (Lawrence) is coerced into joining the Sparrow School to train to be become a Soviet secret agent. However, after graduating and placed on her first mission, when she starts to fall for her mark – an American CIA agent acting as a mole in Russia – it puts the mission and her life at risk, from both sides. With Hunger Games franchise director, Francis Lawrence, behind the camera, and a script from Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), hopefully the stunning, almost metallic visuals are backed up by tactile choreography and depth to the plot. Red Sparrow hits theatres March 2nd.

Saoirse Ronan stumbles through the last year of high school in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut ‘Lady Bird’

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By Natasha Peach on 6 Sep 2017



The solo directorial debut from Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird follows high school senior Christine McPherson – or ‘Lady Bird’ as she goes by – as she navigates a turbulent 12 months before leaving home for college. Starring the amazing Saoirse Ronan in the titular role, Lady Bird clashes horns with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), girls at school and a handful of love interests as she plots a route to the Big Apple. Gerwig’s mumblecore dramedy received rave reviews at Telluride Film Festival just last weekend, and hits theatres 3rd November in the US and 16th February 2018 in the UK.

J.J. Abrams’ cult favourite ‘Cloverfield’ gets a surprise follow-up with the Dan Trachtenberg-directed ’10 Cloverfield Lane’

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By Sam Bathe on 15 Jan 2016




Described by producer J.J. Abrmas as a “blood relative” to 2008 monster movie, Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a cramped thriller about a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who comes to trapped in an underground cellar. Fearing she has been abducted by a survivalist (John Goodman) who tells her a chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable, she decides she must escape whatever dangers she may face outside. Mirroring the release of the original Cloverfield teaser ahead of Transformers, 10 Cloverfield Lane was debuted in front of the latest Michael Bay project, 13 Hours. It was the long overdue public announcement of a previously secret Bad Robot project, codenamed Valencia. The original pitch and script was written Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken, with Whiplash‘s Damien Chazelle brought in for re-writes, presumably to make it a bit more Cloverfield-y, while Dan Trachtenberg (of The Totally Rad Show) directs. 10 Cloverfield Lane hits theatres March 11th.

Netflix gets into true crime with new documentary series ‘Making A Murderer’ about the life and crimes of Steven Avery

Posted in Film, Previews, TV
By Sam Bathe on 10 Dec 2015



After the runaway success of podcast Serial and HBO’s jawdropping finale to The Jinx, it’s no surprise Netflix is adding true crime to it’s ever-expanding roster of original programming. Examining the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsinite who served 18 years in prison for rape before he was exonerated of the crime through DNA evidence, Avery was in the process of suing the state for some $36m when he was arrested again and this time convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach. He again protests his innocence. Exploring both cases in minutiae detail, Making A Murderer will get under the skin of Avery and the injustice that may or may not have stricken him when all episodes debut for streaming on Netflix on December 18th.

Dory goes on her own adventure as Pixar return to the open sea for long-awaited sequel ‘Finding Dory’

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By Sam Bathe on 11 Nov 2015



More than a decade on from the original release, Pixar is returning to the open seas for Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. With Andrew Stanton back on board after the John Carter experiment, this time directing alongside Angus MacLane, the film is set six months after the events of Finding Nemo. Finding Dory follows the amnesiac blue fish as she finally recalls some of her childhood memeories, kickstarting an adventure to Monterey, California, with Marlin and Nemo in tow, no doubt meeting a number of colourful characters along the way. Finding Dory hits theaters 17th June 2016.

Director Adam McKay takes on more serious subject matter with financial drama ‘The Big Short’

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By Sam Bathe on 23 Sep 2015




The first drama from long-time comedy director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) and based on a true story and the best-selling book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side), The Big Short follows an all-star cast take a bet against the banks in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, the foursome look to profit from the bursting of the housing and credit bubble, navigating the dark underbelly of the banking industry for their own personal gain. The Big Short hits theatres December 11th, with eyes eager to see how McKay handles the more serious subject matter, and Gosling that bronze.

Pixar is ready to pull on your heartstrings again with a prehistoric friendship in ‘The Good Dinosaur’

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By Sam Bathe on 22 Jul 2015




Riding high on the critical and commercial success of Inside Out, Pixar have released the first full trailer for their second movie of 2015, The Good Dinosaur. Imaging a world where the asteroid missed Earth, when a young Apatosaurus named Arlo becomes separated from his family, he makes an unlikely human friend as they traverse the harsh and mysterious landscape hand-in-hand. While the overbearing music almost overshadows the trailer, the teaser features almost no dialogue, a bold move that is said to be a trait of the movie, with the almost photo-realistic backdrops apparently modeled on real locations around the world. Directed by Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy) and with a vocal cast that includes Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin and Frances McDormand, The Good Dinosaur hits theatres November 25th.

Everything’s coming to a head in the second trailer for Zach Snyder’s superhero epic ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

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By Sam Bathe on 12 Jul 2015






The talk of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, the second trailer for Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sees motives tested amid an almighty storm that’s coming to our planet. As Bruce Wayne starts to revolt against Superman’s self-appointed duties and Lex Luthor also waiting in the wings, Batman v Superman will also debut Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ezra Miller as The Flash. The first big step in Warner Bros. and DC’s plan to create a film network to rival Marvel’s interconnected universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theatres March 25th 2016.

Michael Fassbender shows he was worth the wait in Danny Boyle’s eponymous biopic ‘Steve Jobs’

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By Sam Bathe on 1 Jul 2015




One of the most fascinating Hollywood tussles to be exposed by last year’s Sony hack, it’s a minor miracle the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic is even going to make it to the screen. Changing stars and directors by the week, after Sony put the project in turnaround it was acquired by Universal, with Danny Boyle confirmed to direct and Michael Fassbender to star. Based on Walter Isaacson’s eponymous biography, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Michael Stuhlbarg are also cast, with the film set backstage at three iconic product launches. Steve Jobs hits theaters October 9th.

Matt Damon is abandoned on Mars in Ridley Scott’s deep space sci-fi thriller ‘The Martian’

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By Sam Bathe on 8 Jun 2015




Based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel of the same name, Ridley Scott’s The Martian follows astronaut Mark Watney (Damon), assumed dead and abandoned on Mars after a massive storm hits NASA’s deep space team. With their temporary base only intended for a month’s habitation, Watney is forced to make the most of his supplies and find a new way to contact his crew, or wait four years for NASA to send a new rescue team. Co-starring Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Martian hits theatres September 30th in the UK and October 2nd in the States.

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