A Monster Calls [based on the book]

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks […]

A walk among the tombstones [based on the book]

In 1991 three men robbed a bar that was known not to charge police officers for their drinks. Matthew Scudder was off duty and drinking at the time. When they shot the barmen he took off after them. He killed two and wounded the third. He also then gave up drinking and the police force. […]

Taken 2

After the events of Taken life has slowly gotten back to some form of normality for Bryan Mills and his family. But in Albania the families of the men he killed while rescuing his daughter are burying their dead. And vowing vengeance. I really enjoyed the first Taken. It came with very little buzz. It […]

Clash of the Titans

The film opens at sea, in a storm. A fisherman hauls in an ornate box and after prising it open finds a baby boy and his dead mother. He and his wife raise this child as their own, loving him just as much as their flesh and blood daughter, whom they bear some years later. We know this because Pete Postlethwaite tells us so. This boy, Perseus, does not know it, but he is a demi-god, the son of Zeus himself. And he is about to get caught up in a conflict between humanity and the Gods of Ancient Greece.

The Chronicles of Narnia: TLTW&TW [based on book]

That is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for those of you trying to figure out the abbreviation.

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  • Georgie Henley,Skandar Keynes,William Moseley,Anna Popplewell,Tilda Swinton,Liam Neeson,Ray Winstone,Dawn French,Rupert Everett – Fox (voice)

I really wanted to love this film. I can remember reading the books, and I really enjoyed the BBC version from ages ago. Trouble is that this never seemed to get the balance right. It didn’t feel slow at the start, with the build-up as the film established the children’s characters and relationships, but considering how much goes on maybe this time could’ve been put to better use later on in the film. The children’s relationship with Aslan felt rushed, imo, and lacking in emotion.

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Batman Begins [based on comics]

Ignore all the previous films, this is new Batman origin film. And we get it all, from the fall down the well to the parents being gunned down in an alley. There is the training, the gadgets, and a batmobile like you’ve never seen before

When I first saw the trailers I didn’t really care much one way or the other. After The Machinist I wasn’t really all that looking forward to seeing Bale in anything for a while. I mean his acting in that was great, but he just made me uncomfortable.

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Love Actually

Saw Love Actually on Sun evening. Was quite surprised at how enjoyable I found it. Basic plot: lots of boys meet lots of girls and all (well pretty much all) get together and may someday live happily ever after. A rom-com, in many ways similar to Four Wedings or Notting Hill I thought this was […]