Ingrid Goes West


There is probably a good chance that if you have not already seen a caped crusader and his pals new outing that you will pencil it in for your movie choice of the week.

Although we don’t see the man who hangs round with bats a lot in this movie he does get quite a few honourable mentions in this movie. Might make for slightly weird movie double bill!! Well, Ingrid is seeking a new #BFF after the last one didn’t quite work out and while scrolling through Instagram she spies a hip Californian girl with a life that seems to be what’s cool, hip and happening right now – she seems to have captured the zeitgeist of the moment. I SO want be HER right now!!

Ingrid upends her life and decides that she must get to know THIS GIRL a little better and heads west. But what starts out as seeking to manufacture a random meeting with this girl and a new #BFF and also a  need to be liked, very quickly morphs into #Stalker.

Aubrey Plaza perfectly inhabits the social media following and obsessive – Ingrid and equally Elizabeth Olsen does just a good job of capturing the essence of Taylor, that girl we would SO like to follow.

At times both darkly comic and also facing up to some hard facts about how we live now in equal measure, this movie may not be everybody’s choice for a trip to the movies, but don’t let that put you off, this one is worth seeking out.

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Paddington 2


Did you like the first movie? Well if you did, you are sure to enjoy this one too.

There are many movies that claim to be a family friendly film, but they tend to stick in a few references that only the adults will get. This one actually is – from the youngest to the oldest, it’s the type of movie that we tend to remember from our childhood.

After the surprise success of the first one it would have been easy for the filmmakers to just make a by-the-numbers sequel to cash in on the audience that frequented the first one, thankfully they haven’t and it is the better for it, I might even go so far to say that even though I liked the first one, I prefer this one. It feels more like the tales from the books written by Michael Bond, rather than a cobbled together story. Though the author is no longer with us, I am sure that he would be more than happy with this film and how it sticks to why we love Paddington Bear, a bit clumsy sure but a bear that would melt the hardest of hearts.

Paddington is now not only part of the Brown family but most people in his neighbourhood now like this bear too. During a stop-off in a local antique shop, he spies a pop-up book and thinks Aunt Lucy would like it, he saves up money from odd jobs that he is doing in his local area, but before he has a chance to buy it a thief steals the book. This thief knows that this is no ordinary children’s book and there are hidden clues contained within the book and he is not allowing anyone including Paddington get his hands on the book.

Along with Paddington Bear who is voiced by Ben Whishaw, the stand out performances here are Hugh Grant(Phoenix Buchanan) and Brendan Gleeson(Knuckles McGinty), they really add to the fun of the crime caper in this movie and make sure not to get up when the credits start to role, it’s worth sticking around just for that.

This movie is sure to fill you up with more sweety goodness than a marmalade sandwich and that saying something.


Murder On The Orient Express

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Well there goes my no spoiler rule right out the window!! Sorry folks!!

Here’s a question, do you like ham & cheese? Because there’s enough in this movie to feed an army.Were this movie to be on television rather than on the big screen, it would be the perfect accompaniment to a warm fire and a mug of cocoa, it’s that type of movie.

In fact it’s previous incarnation back in 1974 is pretty much the same template for this one, spectacular scenery and as many big movie stars as the budget will allow for and I am fairly certain that it will be dusted down and re-shown by some TV station while this movie is in the cinema

Let’s be honest here even without my opening line it is pretty obvious from the start how this movie is going to work out, 1 – Murder – check, 2 – Lots of suspects – check & 3 – a detective to sort it out quite neatly by the end of the movie – check, 4 – once of the people on the train is a killer, will they kill again? – check.

Kenneth Branagh helms the director’s chair and is also the Belgian detective behind a very large moustache, in fact I am surprised it didn’t get included in the cast list in the credits also. Now there are quite a few other big stars in the movie, but a few too many to mention here, but you can see that there is a lot of British acting talent up on screen here.

If you are looking for an intricate movie with a deep and complicated plot maybe look elsewhere,looking for an enjoyable night at the movies, then this is the one for you.



Thor: Ragnarok


Third times a charm!! It is not very often that you can say this, more often than not by the time a movie series has reached No. 3 in the franchise it is starting to run out of steam and seeming somewhat tired. Thankfully this is not the case here. From the very first scene this movie knows it is a comic book movie and is not afraid to poke fun at itself and everybody feels like they are having fun being in it and directing it.

Taika Waititi – New Zealand director helms the movie this time. There are more than one or two actors from that part of the world in this movie along with the director as well and it seems to add a new spark of energy to this movie this time around that might have been missing in the previous movies and others from the Marvel Comic Universe.

I suppose I better get to the story in hand!!
We find our superhero Thor(Chris Hemsworth) on the other of the galaxy. He finds himself imprisoned and in a gladiatorial contest with fellow Avenger – Hulk(Mark Ruffalo), finally having escaped this showdown he is required to team up with his brother and foe – Loki(Tom Hiddleston) to defeat Hela(Cate Blanchett) from destroying their home and to save their civilization from destruction.

To tell you more would spoil the fun so to speak and there is quite a lot of that in this movie. Is it the Deadpool or Guardians Of The Galaxy effect exerting their influence on this movie who knows? Don’t worry about that, just enjoy the true popcorn filled fun of this movie.

P.s Keep an eye out for some unexpected cameos in this movie too!!

The Death Of Stalin


‘A Comedy Of Terrors’ goes the tagline for this movie and never more true is that statement. Do you you like your comedy dark? Well this is, about as dark as a starless Siberian night.

This movie is based around a French graphic novel and directed by Armando Iannucci.

Moscow 1953, was not a happy place – Stalin had an iron grip on power and that is an understatement. It was a case if he said jump, you would say how high – this can be seen very clearly in one of the opening scenes.  Stalin wanted a recording of a classical concert that was taking place live in the city. The question goes round the concert venue’ Did we record it? No, well don’t let anyone leave, close the doors, we go again’ – told you this comedy was dark!!

Stalin receives the recording and a note drops out, he reads it and then promptly dies. Panic now ensues, what do we do now and how do we replace him? This is at the heart of the comedy story line in this film. If it wasn’t so serious it would be funny, turns out despite yourself you will probably find yourself laughing even though you know you shouldn’t.

The stellar cast don’t even attempt a Russian accent, in fact Stalin speaks with a north of England accent and equally the American actors don’t change theirs. In a lesser movie that might grate with you, but actually this is quickly forgotten in the absurdity of it all.

While this is a historical comedy, it is more a case of making the history fit the comedy rather sticking strictly to the facts, but a bit like the accents issue I mentioned in the previous paragraph you forget that pretty quickly, if you like your comedy dark then this is the one for you, if not I hear that ‘My Little Pony’ is also out in cinemas this week!!

Blade Runner 2049


Blade Runner, a genre defining movie that set the template for how a dystopian future might look with a haunting soundtrack by Vangelis to accompany it, now comes the question did it need a sequel, well in my personal opinion, No.

That is not to say that the current movie Blade Runner 2049 is at fault, visually stunning yes, a great director attached Denis Villeneuve who respected what came before in the original, certainly and an equally haunting soundtrack, but for me at least as I left the cinema I could not shake that feeling – a movie that didn’t need a sequel. P.s The running time of this movie is longer than the original. It could have been shorter and still told it’s story adequately.

I suppose after that personal insight I better get down to telling the basic outline of this tale.Thirty years on and in place of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), we now follow the path of Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a more modern incarnation of the Blade Runners working for the L.A.P.D. While seeking down replicants to hunt down and destroy, he uncovers a secret from the past that has chance to upset the balance of the society and cause chaos in it’s wake. The more he investigates, he is lead on a quest to find Deckard, who has gone of the grid and unfound for some 30 years.

Well normally I would summarise my opening point but I think that has been said, if there might be a fault in this movie it might be that it speaks more to fans of the original film, but might not appeal enough to the younger movie goers of today and may mean that the movie may not do as well at the box office as first thought when the idea of a sequel to the original Blade Runner was muted. A classic for fans, for modern audiences maybe just their movie of the week till the next one comes out.