Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Directed by Matthew Vaughn and a sequel to the hugely successful 2014 film, Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle sees Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) begin a new journey when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. As they are led to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States – the Statesman – these two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy, as the world is held hostage by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) and her drug cartel, “The Golden Circle”.

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Film Review: The Hateful Eight

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, serving as his eighth feature film, The Hateful Eight opens with a stagecoach hurtling through a wintry Wyoming landscape. Onboard are the “The Hangman” John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive “The Prisoner” Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who are heading towards the town of Red Rock to bring Domergue to justice.

On their way they encounter two strangers, “The Bounty Hunter” Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and “The Sheriff” Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), and must seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass, on account of a terrible storm. Here, the passengers meet four strangers, “The Mexican” Bob (Demián Bichir), “The Little Man” Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), “The Cow Puncher” Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and “The Confederate” General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm grows bigger, the eight travellers come to learn that they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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Top 5 Most Romantic Nicholas Sparks Moments

(Written for Filmoria)

In anticipation for the upcoming adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, we’ve decided to take a look at five of the most romantic moments in the film versions of his work so far.

Directed by George Tillman Jr., with screenplay by Craig Bolotin, The Longest Ride is an adaptation of Sparks’ 17th romance novel of the same name, which was originally published in 2013. The film, set to be released on 19th June, stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood in the leads, and follows a young couple who witness a car crash involving an older man, whose lives intertwine as he reflects back on a past love.

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Film Review: Foxcatcher

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Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher tells the peculiar true story of the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team, Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). As they train for the 1988 games in Seoul, the brothers join Team Foxcatcher, led by multimillionaire sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), in hope of receiving the best training and to change the face of wrestling as an Olympic sport. But their union isn’t quite as innocent as it once seemed, with the brothers’ suspicious union with Du Pont leading to unlikely circumstances.

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DVD Review: 10 Years

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Directed by writer Jamie Linden and serving as his directorial debut, 10 Years follows a group of friends who come together for their 10-year high school reunion. Jake (Channing Tatum) is preparing to propose to his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), his ex-highschool flame Mary (Rosario Dawson) has already married, husband and wife Cully (Chris Patt) and Sam (Ari Graynor) are stressed from their family routine, Marty (Justin Long) and AJ (Max Minghella) are trying to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins), and rock star Reeves (Oscar Isaacs) is hoping to finally talk to his high school crush Elise (Kate Mara). As tensions run high and the night progresses, the group are made to contemplate what their own lives have become as well as what they might have been.

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Film Review: Side Effects

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Serving as Steven Soderbergh’s final film, Side Effects is a psychological thriller that reunites the director with his Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. Following a troubled young woman named Emily (Rooney Mara), the film looks at the unexpected side effects that prescribed drugs can have, as Emily is prescribed Ablixa by her psychiatrist (Jude Law), a drug intended to treat anxiety but one that has a surprising effect on her relationship with her newly paroled husband Martin (Channing Tatum). As Emily’s world slowly unravels, is everything as simple as it originally seems, or are there more side effects to be uncovered?

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Feel The Side Effects Of Steven Soderbergh’s Latest

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

A brilliant new trailer for director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects has been released this week, starring an encouraging ensemble including Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, and Jude Law.

Reuniting the director with his Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, the film follows a troubled young woman named Emily (Mara) who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Law) – who prescribes her a drug intended to treat anxiety but which has unexpected side effects – and her newly paroled husband Martin (Tatum).

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Film Review: Magic Mike

(Published in Issue 12 of my publication In Retrospect)

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If you’re in the small minority of the female population that hasn’t been reading E. L. James50 Shades of Grey this month, then you’ve probably been watching this. Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, follows male stripper Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) who teaches a younger performer, teenage drop-out Adam (Alex Pettyfer), how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

From the director that brought us the Oceans trilogy and thrillers including the fairly recent Contagion and Haywire, Magic Mike is certainly an odd direction for Soderbergh to take. Fortunately, his experience means that there is still something to watch and enjoy when there are no half-naked men stripping.

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Film Review: 21 Jump Street

(Published in Issue 8 of my publication In Retrospect)

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Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 21 Jump Street is a loose sequel to the TV series of the same name, that originally starred Johnny Depp and aired in the late 80s. Centring on two police officers, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are old high school classmates who become friends during police academy and end up becoming partners. Because of their young appearances, the two are sent to work under the authority of Captain Dickson (Ice Cube), where they are then made to go undercover in a local high school to stop a new synthetic drug from spreading to other campuses by finding the supplier.

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