Wolverine is the first character specific spin-off from the popular X-Men film series. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the claw-bearing Logan/Wolverine and is joined by Liev Schreiber as his mutant sibling Victor Creed – later known as Sabretooth in the first X-Men film. The film introduces us to these two characters as they fight through each of the main wars in history, inevitably ending up as part of a mutant taskforce headed by William Stryker, played by Danny Huston. Logan walks off on the taskforce after disagreeing with the team’s code of behaviour and finds a peaceful life in the Canadian Rockies with love interest Kayla, played by Lynn Collins. Once Logan’s secluded existence is disrupted by a visit from Victor, he enlists in the Weapon X program, setting off the vendetta between the two mutants over the course of the film.
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Deserted Island Movie Collection: The films of Quentin Tarantino.
Best Movie Snack: Nachos.
Iron Maiden is a heavy metal band formed in England in the mid-seventies. The band have been one of the most successful and influential bands on the heavy metal scene over the years and are still going strong thirty-plus years later (the band has sold over seventy million albums with little to no radio airplay over their career).
The Dark Knight is the follow up film to the smash hit Batman Begins and it improves on that film and the Batman franchise in leaps and bounds.
Superhero Movie is a comedy send-up of several superhero films such as Spiderman, X-Men and the Fantastic Four. It is from the creators of Scary Movie and The Naked Gun, however it does not quite match the caliber of comedy of those films.
One of the most anticipated movies in film history has finally arrived after eighteen years and countless number of episodes on television, pop-culture’s most watched family The Simpsons, have graced our screens in The Simpsons Movie; and it doesn’t disappoint.
Black Book is a war drama based around the last couple of years of World War II. It follows the story of Jewish singer Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) who becomes a spy for the Dutch resistance after being taken in to hide from German forces.
The Fantastic Four return to take on one of their biggest rivals in the Silver Surfer and his master, the planet destroying Galactus.
Flyboys is a re-telling of the story of the first aviation combat squad during WW1, known as “The Lafayette Escadrille”.
In Déjà Vu, ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is called upon to solve a major bombing of a ferry in post-Katrina New Orleans. It is when the body of Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton) washes ashore that Carlin begins to unravel clues to a connection between Kuchever and the suspected bomber. Carlin is assigned by FBI agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) to solve the mystery and takes him to a secret high-tech ‘time-window’ lab – created by the FBI as a surveillance system, allowing them, through satellite imagery to re-create events occurring four days in the past. The chase for the bomber begins, both in real – and past time dimensions.
Set in London’s infamous King’s Cross, Breaking and Entering is an emotional story about the intertwining of two different socio-economic classes and the family struggles faced in both.
The Pursuit of Happyness is a rags-to-future-riches story of exceptional perseverance starring Will and son Jaden Smith. After an erroneous investment into a large stock of bone density scanners, Chris Gardner’s (Smith Sr.) life starts spiralling down when he discovers that his investment is hard to sell and is barely making ends meet. Chris’s life really hits the pits when wife Linda (Thandie Newton) leaves him and he is left with his son Chris (Smith Jr.) and no money. Chris’s inspiration for success comes in the form of a six-month internship at brokerage firm Dean Witter, where he is accepted but to his dismay finds out that it is unpaid and his chances of selection are one in twenty. During this period Chris is forced to live in shelters, toilets and dodgy motels as he struggles to keep himself and his son happy and inspired.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest hits the ground running in stupendous fashion in Gore Verbinski’s follow up to Disney’s smash hit of 2003 – Curse of the Black Pearl. The action sequences, special effects and overall epic elements have been raised a notch in the middle installation of the planned Pirates trilogy. Most of the cast of the first film return in the same roles with a few new faces, human and alien alike.
American Dreamz is a multi-layered comedy that satires American politics, talent search shows and the way in which the media moulds and represents its talent through clever marketing and manipulation. The film is effective in achieving this and laughs can be found aplenty, but on occasion it feels like the story drags on.