Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Review

He’s the leader of Earths ‘mightiest band of heroes’ and an all round bad-ass that makes villains quake in their boots and the mere sight of the red, white, and blue – but even Captain America can have meet his match.

With the events of New York’s alien invasion fresh in his mind, and still adapting to a modern day world that makes no sense, Captain America (Chris Evans) is searching for his purpose in life, other than saving the world.

Having been awoken from a cryogenic sleep that last 70 years, the last thing Steve Rogers (Evans) expected was for his past to catch up with him. But when SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is murdered by a mysterious assassin known only as the Winter Soldier, Captain Americasoon discovers a past enemy hidden within S.H.I.E.L.D itself.

Having been awoken from a cryogenic sleep that last 70 years, the last thing Steve Rogers expected was for his past to catch up with him. But when S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is murdered by a mysterious assassin known only as the Winter Soldier, Captain America soon discovers a past enemy hidden within S.H.I.E.L.D itself.

With no-one to trust, Captain America soon finds himself labelled a fugitive by the agency he’s come to trust, and along with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and new ally The Falon (Anthony Mackie), he must uncover the conspiracy before a new state-of-the-art weapon, capable of killing millions, is released.

This sequel to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger, marks the eighth film in Marvel’s multi-billion dollar franchise, that has proved unbeatable at the world-wide box-office, having already generated over $6.5 billion to date.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the perfect mix of story, suspense, and all-out action, that provides the perfect antidote to our post Avengers blues.

Devil’s Due – Review

Devil’s Due (2013), the latest horror release that combines Paranormal Activity with The Devil Inside.

We’ve all become accustomed these days to another demonic horror that steals ideas from classics such as The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007).

The home-video style shooting with hidden camera’s around the house that capture all the events as they unfold – unfortunately though for Devil’s Due, it seemed to lack any originality of its own.

This horror follows a newlywed couple who return from their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic with an unexpected addiction to their new family.

Pregnant and excited to begin their new life, little do they know that the unborn baby is not theirs, and over time as they baby grows, it becomes apparently clear that this baby may be that of the Devil’s. This truly does become the pregnancy from hell as these two battle unknown enemies, content with bringing this evil child into the world.

With the odd ‘jump out of your seat moment’ and some twists that can be seen coming from a mile away, Devil’s Due is a disappointing addition to the horror genre that provides little scares and even less resolution on exactly ‘why’ it all happened in the first place.

Last Vegas – Review

When your seventies are just around the corner, and you’re about to get married for the first time, where exactly would you choose to host your bachelor party?…Vegas of course!

Billy (Michael Douglas) has it all…fame, fortune, his health, and a 32-year-old fiance who makes him feel like its the nineteen-sixties all over again.

So when they decide to get hitched in Las Vegas, Billy’s life long pals, Sam (Kevin Kline), Archie (Morgan Freeman), and Paddy (Robert De Niro) know there’s only one place on Earth to host the ultimate bachelor party, Sin City itself.

(L-R) Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline star in Last Vegas (2014).

But when set four guys, who refuse to give into age, loose in the city of sin, carnage, partying, and life-long secrets are sure to flow as rapidly as the alcohol – and decade-old friendships are set to face their toughest tests yet as these four guys learn the true meaning of happiness.

Last Vegas is a slice of comedy heaven that teaches us that there is no greater gift in life than friendship and just because the decades are piling up, doesn’t mean your best days are behind you – age is truly only a number!

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Review

In some ways we can all relate to the story of Walter Mitty – a man who seems more focused of dreaming his life, than actually living it, until life’s adventure presents itself to him.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty follows, yes you’ve guessed it, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a photographic editor for LIFE magazine – ironic really, considering life is the one thing missing in Walter’s…well…life!

A day-dreamer at heart, Walter lives in a fantasy world full of adventure, danger, and heroism around every corner. The only problem with fantasy, is sooner or later you have to wake up in the real world.

So when his career, and the careers of those around him, are plunged into jeopardy, Walter awakens from his day dreams of heroism, romance, and adventure, and steps out into the real world in search of the missing ‘front cover’ photograph that could save his, and their, jobs – though all his dreaming could never have prepared Walter for the adventure he’s about to embark on.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a sensational piece of cinematic perfection that will have you looking at life in a whole new light, and eager to begin your own journey, exploring the magical wonders that this world has to offer you.

Iron Man 3 – Review

Following on from the Alien attacks on New York in the Avengers Assemble (2012), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is not the man he once was as he battles the memories of that day and the insomnia that has gripped his mind. And as if that wasn’t enough, he now faces his most formidable enemy to date, the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), who is looking to exact revenge on the US and it’s President.

As Tony’s obsession with the Iron Man suits borders the obsessive, it’s repercussions begin to take their tole on his relationship with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and he’s left pondering the question ‘Does the suit makes the man? Or does the man makes the suit?’.

With Iron Man 1 & 2 director Jon Favreau stepping back into just a producing and acting role this time round, top screenwriter Shane Black (the Lethal Weapon franchise) takes over the directing helm, delivering an unforgettable action-packed, blockbuster-thriller that brings to a close this ground-breaking trilogy.

With twists that keep us guessing all the way and finally a detailed look at the Iron Patriot suit, controlled by Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and made famous by the original comics, you’ll be glued to the edge of your seat.

Iron Man 3 delivers on every level and promises fans a truly epic finale to this stunning trilogy, that leaves us begging the question ‘Will Robert Downey Jr don the iconic red and gold suit again’? – I for one surely hope so.

Man of Steel – Review

The screen adaption of the oldest and most loved superhero franchise in history has always been a feat that many world-class filmmakers have struggled to overcome – so when news first broke that the mastermind behind The Dark Knight trilogy would write and produce a Superman reboot, many believed salvation had arrived.

With Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) penning the script and Zach Snyder (300) taking control of the directors helm, fans around the world started to believe that their beloved Supermanwould finally receive the big screen justice he so rightly deserved – especially after the fiasco that was Superman Returns back in 2006.

Man of Steel (2013) wastes no time delving into the core roots of Superman and the planet Krypton, the doomed world he once called home. For first time we finally uncover the real reason behind Krypton’s demise, which came about due to the planet being stripped bare of all its natural resources.

Jor-El (Russell Crowe), aware that his planet is dying, sacrifices his own life to ensure the survival of his infant son, Kal-El, by sending him to Earth, far away from the clutches of General Zod (Michael Shannon). Raised by Jonathon and Martha Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), Kal-El, known now as Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), begins to develop his powers and over time realize the true purpose of his life on Earth.

His true test of his strength comes after a chance meeting with ruthless reporter, Lois Lane (Amy Adams), in the remote snow plains of Northern Canada, which enevitably leads to the invasion of Earth by General Zod. With the prospect of re-building Krypton on Earth, but at a grave cost to humanity, Superman must decide with what species his allegiance lies, and accept his true destiny.

Man of Steel is to Superman, what The Dark Knight trilogy is to Batman – this film is a spectacle that cannot be missed. With an all-star cast that bring the characters alive like never before, and a world-class team at the controls, delivering a sensational story and out of this world special effects, Man of Steel

Oblivion – Review

Tom Cruise once again cements himself as Hollywood’s leading action hero.

Simply mind-blowing – words that are not often expressed after emerging from my local cinema after experiencing another big-budget sci-fi spectacle.

This however was the case for Tom Cruise’s new futuristic thriller, Oblivion – based in a post-apocalyptic Earth, after a war with an alien race has left the planet uninhabitable due to nuclear fallout, Jack Harper (Cruise) and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have been assigned the dangerous task of protecting Earth’s remaining water supply, which is being harvested for the remaining human population now located on Saturn’s moon, Titan.

Having had their memories wiped before undertaking the mission, to protect the human race’s most valuable secrets in case they are are captured by the remaining alien stragglers still hiding on Earth, Harper’s memories begin to return, and soon discovers things are not what they seem.

With twist after twist ensuing, Oblivion promises to leave you speechless with its non-stop action and special effects, mixed with an incredible story and top performances, that has you praying for a sequel.

Now You See Me – Review

Come in close…because the more you think you see, the easier it’ll be to fool you!”

The art of magic and illusion has captivated audiences for centuries, opening our eyes to another world full of limitless possibilities – perhaps this is why it translates to the silver screen with such ease.

Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Written by: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fischer, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Run time: 115 mins

When four of the world’s most gifted illusionists team together to showcase the greatest magic show on the planet, it’s not long before their presence and motives come to the attention of the FBI special agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), who launches a full-scale operation to outsmart and capture the ‘Four Horseman’, as they have now come to be known, after they mysteriously pull off a series of public bank heists.

(L-R) Michael Caine, Isla Fischer, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson star in Now You See Me (2013).

Guided by an unknown fifth horseman, J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fischer), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) take their gifts to the limit of what we perceive is reality.

Sleek, stylish, and utterly entertaining from start to finish, Now You See Me has quickly become a box-office smash worldwide, gripping audiences with its mind-blowing illusions and special effects, that bring the art of magic alive like never before – and with twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way to the end, this is a front row seat you cannot afford to miss.

Star Trek: Into Darkness – Review

The cultural TV phenomenon that is Star Trek has been gracing our screens for the past six decades – making it one of the most successful and loved franchises on the planet – or universe.

In 2009, visionary director and producer, J.J. Abrams, undertook the formidable task of relaunching the Star Trek franchise for the big screen, and by doing so breath new life into one of the most successful shows of all time and capture a new generation of ‘Trekies’ – well needless to say his hard work paid off and a new blockbuster franchise was born.

It’s now a few years on from their first outing and the new crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are about to come up against their most formidable foe yet, the War Criminal known only as Kahn (Benedict Cumberbatch).

It’s up to Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Enterprise to hunt down this one man weapon before it’s too late – but all is not as it seems, and Captain Kirk must trust in his fellow crew members Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Scotty (Simon Pegg), if he is to overcome this threat.

With an incredible cast, gripping story, and out of this world CGI, Star Trek: Into Darkness is a stunningly-crafted, mind-blowing spectacle that will take you on an adrenaline fueled journey to the edges of space – and leave you asking for more.

Django Unchained – Review

Tarantino breaths new life into the classic Western.

As an Academy Award-winning director, Quentin Tarantino is notorious for his gritty, violent, and blood-thirsty films that make him one of the most recognizable auteurs of the modern era – and his latest spectacle offers no doubt that he is truly one of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers.

Tarantino is no stranger when it comes to exploring difficult and, in the case of Django Unchained, sensitive subjects that may be avoided entirely by the vast majority of filmmakers.

Set during the slave era in the United States, bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) tracks down and subsequently sets free a slave known as Django (Jamie Foxx), who knows the identity and location of Dr. Schultz next bounty.

After feeling some responsibility for Django’s post-slavery future, Dr. Schultz offers to take him on as his deputy and sets about training him and passing on his wisdom and experience. As the unlikely duo’s path unravels, Django finds himself presented with the opportunity to free his wife, who is being held in slavery by the ruthless and unforgiving plantation owner, Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Django Unchained is a visually stunning, modern classic, that breaths new life into the Western genre – accompanied by an academy-award winning script and an all-star cast, including Samuel L. Jacksonand Kerry WashingtonDjango Unchained delivers on every level and promises to be a movie event that is an absolute must-see!

Flight – Review

Flight (2013) takes action-thrillers to new heights!

Denzel Washington (Training DayUnstoppable) explodes back onto the big screen in a non-stop, adrenaline fueled ride that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Flight marks director Robert Zemeckis’s (Back to the Future) return to live-action movie-making for the first time in over 13 years – since Cast Away back in 2000.

Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is an airline pilot with years of experience behind him – but is also scrapping the bottom of the barrel as an alcoholic and drug user.

He then experiences every pilots worst nightmare when his aircraft, full of passengers, begins to break apart in mid-air. Hailed a hero after pulling off a landing unlike any other, his world starts to unravel around him when the investigation into the crash takes an unexpected turn, taking him to the edge of despair.

With a stellar cast that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster not-to-be-missed, Flight delivers on every level and promises an unforgettable journey that leaves you wanting more.

Ted – Review

Thanks to Ted every man around the world is now talking to teddy bears!

When I first heard that Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, was masterminding his first feature film involving a talking teddy bear that swears a lot, I honestly thought it would result in an instant comedy classic – and I was not disappointed.

Ted tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) who, as a young boy, wishes his teddy bear would come alive so that he could have a friend. Well in true fairy tale fashion, his wish comes true, and a friendship forms unlike any other.

Twenty-five years pass and still the two are inseparable, despite Ted (Seth MacFarlane) having found worldwide fame and then lost it, and John, now in a loving relationship with Lori Collins (Mila Kunis), unsure of his life’s direction. But when there’s a talking teddy bear, carnage is not far behind, and these two end up on a journey that neither had expected.

Ted promises to send you on an hysterical, whirl-wind adventure full of sex, drugs, and bad language that will have you crying with laughter from start to finish, as well as show you the true value of love and friendship that will have you watching it again and again.

Ted is a comedy classic that must be seen to be believed.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Review

The first installment of the critically-acclaimed franchise saw the birth of a new action hero in the form of Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has officially cemented the young actress as a box-office phenomenon.

After the events of the 74th Hunger Games, that saw Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutcherson) survive a mass fight to the death, the new lovers are thrust into a world unlike anything they’ve faced yet – and the prying eyes of the Capital are following their every move.

It’s been a year, the 75th Hunger Games are fast approaching, and Katniss has become a symbol to the people against the tyranny of the Capital and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). With no time to heal from the trauma they’ve faced, Katniss and Peeta are quickly shipped off on the Victor’s Tour, a publicity journey around all 12 districts, where they soon discover a rebellion gaining momentum.

The promise of a free life, granted to all victors of the Hunger Games, is soon destroyed when President Snow plots to destroy the uprising by evoking the quarter quell, an epic battle of survival that pits all victors against one another until only one survives.

It soon becomes apparent to Katniss that these games are different, something is not quite right this time, and that to survive she will have to learn to adapt and trust those she never imagined she would.

With a phenomenal cast including Elizabeth BanksStanley Tucci, and Lenny KravitzThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a breath-taking spectacle of epic proportions that throws twist after twist, leaving you glued to the edge of your seat the entire time.