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ALL IS TRUE (2019): New Trailer From Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen…

All Is True (2019), Kenneth Branagh is William Shakespeare
All Is True (2019), Kenneth Branagh is William Shakespeare

Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, All Is True is a new drama about the last days of celebrated  playwright William Shakespeare.

Additional key cast includes Judi Dench, Ian McKellan… 

Something tells me that ‘epic’ isn’t the word for this production but I rather like Branagh and definitely appreciate Shakespeare… even though his words take take extra time to understand in these here modern times.

Kathryn Wilder, Lolita Chakrabarti, Michael Rouse, Jack Colgrave Hirst and Matt Jessup also star

All Is True Release Dates:  December 21st, 2018 (US); February 8th, 2019 (UK)…

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VICTORIA & ABDUL (2017): New Trailer From Stephen Frears Starring Judi Dench, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon…

Victoria & Abdul (2017), Judi Dench, Ali Fazal
Victoria & Abdul (2017), Judi Dench, Ali Fazal

Stephen Frears – director of The Queen (2006) which starred Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen has a new movie based on another British monarch, one who’s played by Judi Dench. Also starring Olivia Williams, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon and Tim Pigott-Smith, the story of Victoria & Abdul focuses on Victoria’s unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Dame Judi Dench and the promising humour are all the reason I need to watch. There is however, my desire to see an ageing female monarch take charge of herself and others with aplomb.

Victoria & Abdul Release Dates: September 15th, 2017 (UK); September 22nd, 2017 (US)…

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016) Movie Review: Good Story, Fun Special Effects…

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is enjoyable and well acted. Eva Green’s talents and a bunch of children with abilities different to what I’ve already seen in plenty of superhero movies were what appealed the most. I enjoyed the well imagined peculiarities of the films characters. I also loved watching Chris O’Dowd in a ‘struggling father’ role – a highlight because he did a good job.

The story is well constructed and with Tim Burton plus his rich imagination in the director’s chair, it’s unsurprising that the visual manifestations of writer Ransom Riggs’s characters is another highlight.

Contrary to my initial thoughts after watching the trailer, Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children are not quite superheroes in the traditional sense. Reason being, their main concern is saving their own particular kind rather than humanity as a whole (not a criticism, just something I realised).

There is a moment in the movie where I thought, ‘really? you went with that take?’ It was during Asa Butterfields’s character’s anguish at his grandfather’s demise. It’s not so much that there were no tears in sight since I know that not everyone cries in such predicaments. It’s just that his supposed anguish didn’t ring particularly true for me. Something about the rhythm, maybe.

Though not exactly perfect, I say watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for the story, fun adventure, special effects and refreshing difference when compared to the ‘peculiarities’ of todays well known superhero movie characters.

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TULIP FEVER (2016): New Trailer From Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz & Dane DeHaan

Tulip Fever (2016), Alicia Vikander
Tulip Fever (2016), Alicia Vikander

A well edited trailer with good music, visuals and a brilliant cast has arrived. Starring Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell and Cara Delevigne, Tulip Fever, is a drama / romance set in 17th century Amsterdam…

After Judi Dench’s first few words, my thoughts went straight to, ‘thank goodness we live in different times’. My second, third and fourth thoughts, ‘Girl In A Pearl Earing (2003)’. Lastly, ‘my goodness, isn’t Alicia Vikander’s face quite something?’

I like everything about this movie so far. May it deliver on the promise.

Tulip Fever Release Dates: July 15th, 2016 (US)…

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN (2016), New Trailer From Tim Burton, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green…

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield, Eva Green
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016), Asa Butterfield, Eva Green

From director, Tim Burton and starring Asa Butterfield and Eva Green, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is today’s trailer…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Based on a best selling book by Ransom Riggs, I’m sure fans of the story will forgive you in the event that X-Men pops into your mind while the trailer plays.

what I’m most curious about is all the peculiarities imagined by the the author. I’ll certainly be very happy if I find this movie any more original than the peculiarities of the children.

So far I don’t like the trailer song. It feels too annoyingly obvious. The instrumental is ok but the words… Sadly for me, sound is not my peculiarity.

Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney and Ella Wahlestedt also star.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Release Dates: September 30th, 2016 (US), November 3rd, 2016 (GER)…

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (2015): What Twilight Years Ought To Be Like

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Diana Hardcastle, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup

In the first movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, retired brits take residence at a hotel in India, one they thought would be quite luxurious but soon enough, they realise just how far out of reach luxury really is at the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Still, they decide to stick around and that’s when the fun begins.

Most of your favourite characters played by Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Celia Imrie return in director John Madden’s sequel to the 2011 hit.

The sequel centres around young Sonny’s (Dev Patel) dream of acquiring a second hotel. As was the case in the original film, it’s the characters played by the older cast members that are the most entertaining. Particularly Muriel, portrayed by celebrated British actress, Maggie Smith.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Maggie Smith, Dev Patel

Dev Patel’s young and enthusiastic Sonny might get a tad grating at times, but overall, like the original, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a touching and fun 2 hours. It also happens to be a great reminder of what getting older can and probably should be like.

Though I prefer the original film, this sequel is fun. Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig play two mysterious characters and of course, Maggie Smith remains in true scene stealing form. My favourite moment being the ‘incident with the tea’ at the very beginning.

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James Bond: Why CASINO ROYALE (2006) Is ‘The One’

James Bond (Daniel Craig), Casino Royal (2006)
James Bond (Daniel Craig), Casino Royal (2006)

Roger Moore was my favourite James Bond for a very long time, mainly because he’s the star of the first Bond film I ever watched. However, absolutely everything changed when my dear Mr Craig, Daniel Craig, came along.

I didn’t care that at the time, most believed him to be the wrong choice. I was too busy being excited that radical change was finally coming. Especially since like many other fans, I had fallen out of love with what the Franchise had become prior to Casino Royale.

Since Casino Royale is the very first James Bond book, one could surmise that finally, audiences would get an insight into what it was that really made Bond tick. The film certainly delivers in this regard and in several others including all the elements that makes for a great film. I.e. brilliant dialogue, to name just one.

The unapologetic brute force of Craig’s Bond is a huge part of what makes Casino Royale such a memorable comeback for the franchise, and part of the reason why the film is my favourite Bond to date.

I will not drop any spoilers for those yet to watch the film but I will say this: the first 20 minutes is brilliant, and you’ll be glad to learn that the rest of the movie continues as such.

Have you seen it? If You know it’s the best don’t you?

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