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: 26th March 2014 Certification: 12A Running Time: 136 minutes Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford
Another year, another installation in the Marvel saga. With Avengers: Age of Ultron set to conquer cinemas in May next year, we first have to squeeze in The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, which is out later in the year. It feels like a slight change in tempo after the mega grossing sequels to Iron Man and Thor last year: Captain America has arguably been the least entertaining of the three superheroes, and unless you read comics you’re unlikely to be familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy. So can Cap compete with the big guys in his latest adventure?
Romance is in the air this week, and unimaginative lovers everywhere are scrambling to buy tacky, over-priced nonsense from petrol stations in a mad dash to avoid an argument with their partner. Some might even go to the effort of attending a cinema, where their romantic fantasises will be played out by beautiful men and women committing to each other for life, because we all love to be lied to on a day that’s supposedly all about emotional connection. Indeed, this Valentine’s is no different, with the likes of Endless Lovebeing unleashed to give couples everywhere reasons to resent each other for not being perfect. However this year also sees the release of Her; and at first glance a story about a man falling in love with a computer system might seem a bit mad and a little creepy. However hugely to its credit, it’s actually not at all: Her is the most romantic film you’re likely to see all year, and probably will be for a while longer.
Yes, it’s true. Until last week I had never seen Psycho. The release of Sacha Gervasi’s new film, Hitchcock, was the final push I needed. How I’ve let this film pass me by, I’m not sure. Maybe I felt I knew enough – I’d certainly seen the often talked about shower scene plenty of times and I knew who the killer was. However, after finally watching Psycho, I now know there’s much more to it than I’d previously thought.