Robert Downey Jr’s ‘Avengers’ interview walkout is far from a triumph for journalism

26 Apr

Robert Downey Jr walked out of an interview with Channel 4 News when promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron

The internet lit up this week when Robert Downey Jr, one of the stars of latest Marvel movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, walked out of an interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Channel 4 News. The actor took exception to questions posed by Guru-Murthy about his time in prison and and history of drug addiction.

It seems that the Channel 4 anchor has learnt no lessons from his disastrous 2013 interview with Quentin Tarantino, promoting Django Unchained.

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Review – Fast & Furious 7

26 Apr

Poster for 2015 action sequel Fast & Furious 7

Genre: Action
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 3rd April 2015
Runtime: 137 minutes
Director: James Wan
Writer: Chris Morgan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel
Synopsis: The crew, trying to live a quiet life, are pursued by the highly trained, homicidal brother of the man they crippled in the last film.

 

 

The Fast & Furious franchise was riding high off the back of two resounding successes when tragedy struck. In 2013, central cast member Paul Walker was killed in a single-vehicle car accident, midway through filming the franchise’s latest entry, Fast & Furious 7. Production was put on hold for script rewrites and reshoots, but the franchise came revving its way back into cinemas, just as it always does.

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Review – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

26 Apr

Poster for 2015 comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: U
UK Release Date: 27th March 2015
Runtime: 93 minutes
Director: Paul Tibbitt, Mike Mitchell
Writer: Glenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel
Starring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Antonio Banderas, Mr Lawrence, Matt Berry, Alan Carr, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence
Synopsis: SpongeBob and his friends go on a crazy journey, through time and above the surface, as they attempt to find the stolen Krabby Patty formula.

 

 

To anyone familiar with children’s television, SpongeBob SquarePants is a hugely recognisable face. The character has already reached the big screen once, in 2004, and now returns with an ambitious sequel that combines the TV series’ trademark animation with live action sequences set above the sea. For kids, and slightly bigger kids, this is a real treat.

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Review – Get Hard

26 Apr

Poster for 2015 comedy Get Hard

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 27th March 2015
Runtime: 100 minutes
Director: Etan Cohen
Writer: Etan Cohen, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts
Starring: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Edwina Findley, Craig T Nelson, T.I.
Synopsis: A wealthy businessman seeks advice on how to survive behind bars from a black car washer when he learns he is to serve time in prison.

 

 

It appears Hollywood R-rated comedies have finally decided what that ‘R’ stands for. Unfortunately, for those with anything resembling taste, the ‘R’ seems to stand for either “racism” or “rape jokes” depending on the film. Get Hard – which stars the comedy double-whammy of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart – manages to include an incredibly liberal supply of both.

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Review – Cinderella

25 Apr

Poster for 2015 fantasy drama Cinderella

Genre: Fantasy
Certificate: U
UK Release Date: 27th March 2015
Runtime: 113 minutes
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Chris Weitz
Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgård, Rob Brydon 
Synopsis: A mistreated young woman gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she is visited by her magical Fairy Godmother.

 

 

Cinema loves remaking fairytales at the moment. Everything, from Snow White to Sleeping Beauty has been remixed and altered in revisionist fashion. Already this year, Sondheim musical Into the Woods took a wry glance at a variety of classic tales. Against that backdrop, Kenneth Branagh’s steadfastly traditional adaptation of Cinderella is positively innovative in its lack of innovation.

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Review – Wild Card

25 Apr

Poster for 2015 fantasy movie Seventh Son

Genre: Action
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 20th March 2015
Runtime: 92 minutes
Director: Simon West
Writer: William Goldman
Starring: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis
Synopsis: A hard-nosed gambling addict takes a series of odd jobs around Las Vegas, being drawn deep into the city’s seedy, criminal underbelly.

 

 

There’s a certain welcoming feeling to the release of a new Jason Statham film into multiplexes. The Brit action man’s output is like a macho comfort blanket; you know exactly what you’re getting from his rock hard anti-heroes. With that in mind, it’s a little bizarre when something different comes along, like his newest film Wild Card, which has a real lack of identity.

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Review – Seventh Son

22 Apr

Poster for 2015 fantasy movie Seventh Son

Genre: Fantasy
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 27th March 2015
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Writer: Charles Leavitt, Steven Knight
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, Kit Harington
Synopsis: A young man is taken under the wing of a supernatural defender as he attempts to battle an evil, and incredibly powerful, witch.

 

 

Around the time of the Oscars, there were some concerns that Eddie Redmayne could lose out on the Best Actor prize following his terrible performance in Jupiter Ascending. This notion of the “Norbit Effect” also applied to Best Actress winner Julianne Moore, who had just starred in Seventh Son – which is an absolute stinker.

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