Release Date: 10 February 2016 Certification: 15 Running Time: 108 min Director: Tim Miller Starring:Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Gina Carano, Karan Soni
Fifteen and a bit years after Brian Singer’s X-Men kickstarted the superhero genre and along comes Deadpool, a sweary, violent pisstake of the whole capes and tights ouevre. Most of the marketing has focused on the adult rating (R in the States, 15 here) that makes Deadpool stand out from the ever-growing crowd. It’s ironic really as this is one of the most gleefully juvenile action movies to hit cinemas in quite some time. In fact, just like a fifteen and a bit year old boy, Deadpool is obsessed with knob jokes and cartoonish ultraviolence.
Release Date: 29 January 2016 Certification:15 Running Time:128 min Director: Tom McCarthy Starring:Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci
Journalism matters. In 2002 the Boston Globe published a series of articles on child molestation in the Catholic church. They revealed not only a pattern of repeated sexual abuse but also the frequent cover-up of these crimes by senior members of the church; when allegations arose abusers were taken from their parishes and relocated somewhere new. The investigation that led to these articles forms the basis for Tom McCarthy’s Oscar nominated drama Spotlight.
After a lengthy hiatus, Celluloid Skeletons is back with an all new episode!
This month, Joe is joined by guest Liam Callander as they look at the career of Kathy Bates, a woman renowned for playing formidable female characters in the likes of Misery, Primary Colors and The Waterboy. So, what kind of skeleton could Ms Bates have lurking in the background of her filmography? How about Tyler Perry’s soapy melodrama The Family That Preys? Listen now to hear Liam and Joe wax lyrical about Misery before they try to untangle the multitude of plots found in The Family That Preys.
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Release date: 22 January 2016 Certification:15 Running time: 130 min Director: Adam McKay Starring:Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt.
The 2008 financial crisis. A huge economic crash from which America, and much of the rest of the world, has still not recovered. In hindsight you wonder why nobody saw it coming; the proliferation of irresponsible money lending was bound to have dire consequences sooner rather than later. What we’ve learned is that the banks more or less saw what was in store, but knew the government would bail them out. However they weren’t the only ones to see it coming, and it was this group outsiders who pulled off one of the riskiest gambles in history.
Release date: 15 January 2015 Certification: 12A Running time: 133 min Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Michael B. Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew, Graham McTavish, Phylicia Rashad.
With Sylvester Stalllone still headlining the same sort of action-fare he’s done for the past thirty-odd years, it’s easy to forget that the man is pushing seventy. Sure, at times he resembles an inflatable meat suit, but he’s always fiercely fought the ageing process. It’s also easy to forget that Stallone can, when the mood takes him, pull off a genuinely heart-felt performance. Creed could so easily have been the same old story; the fact that it’s a genuine joy to watch comes as a welcome surprise.