Release Date: 29 March 2016 Certification: 12A Running Time: 147 mins Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie
Just over a month after Batman fought Superman in the thoughtfully titled Batman v Superman, more heroes are punching each other in the face in Marvel Studios’ latest mega-blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. There must be something in the air.
Release date: 15 April 2016 Certification: PG Running time: 105 min Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o.
The latest in a slew of re-imagined Disney classics, The Jungle Book has a bigger weight of expectation than Maleficent or Cinderella. Favreau has cannily decided to keep some of the elements that made the 1967 interpretation so memorable, including the songs, but has taken a U-turn in terms of atmosphere to give the jungle a more sinister edge. It would be easy to lump this is in with the whole ‘darker, grittier’ mantra which has dominated many more recent remakes, but to do so here would be a disservice to what is a quite remarkable piece of filmmaking.
Release date: 8 April 2016 Certification:18 Running time: 96 min Director:Ilya Naishuller Starring:Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
It was only a matter of time before the First-Person shooter was translated into film. With Hollywood desperately trying and consistently failing to cash-in on the multi-billion dollar video game industry, it makes sense to try and pursue a different avenue to exploit its popularity. On the surface this seems like a fun premise which, if done right, could at least make for some daft entertainment, and even perhaps allow for some unique story-telling. The result however is far from the mark, and insults the video games which have utilised the format for far more inspired and absorbing material.
This month Celluloid Skeletons looks at a huge movie star of the 80s and 90s who has, through his own behaviour, fallen by the wayside a little. That’s right it’s ‘Mad’ Mel Gibson, star of action classics like Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, and Oscar winning director of films like Braveheart and Apocalypto.
Join Joe and his guests Rory Drummond and Jeff Kennedy as they talk about Gibson’s hugely successful career and skirt delicately around his later notoriety as an angry drunk. Plus, this week’s Celluloid Skeleton is based on a story idea by Bono, and was directed by art-house darling Wim Wenders, what could possibly go wrong? Listen on to found out.
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Release Date: 25 March 2016 Certification:12A Running Time:151 min Director: Zack Snyder Starring:Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot
After decades of development hell and countless fanboy arguments, pop culture icons Batman and Superman are finally squaring off on the silver screen in Zack Snyder’s sequel to the 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel. With a reportedly massive budget and hopes for a new franchise of shared universe superhero films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a lot riding on it.