Film Review: John Carter

(Published in Issue 8 of my publication In Retrospect)

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Directed by Andrew Stanton, John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars) is an epic science fiction action film based on the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice BurroughsBarsoom series of novels. Based on his fantasy-romance serial written in 1912, A Princess of Mars, the film tells the story of Civil War vet John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) who, at the beginning of the film, we are to believe has died. Leaving his private journal to his nephew Edgar (Daryl Sabara), Carter takes us back 13 years to the day, whilst searching for a fabled cave of gold, he was inadvertently teleported to Mars, known to its inhabitants as Barsoom.

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Brits At The Box Office: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, David Tennant, Mark Strong & More!

(Written for BritScene)

With not a lot of British-related news going on at the box office over the last couple of weeks, things are starting to heat up again with a couple of new releases this week. It’s actually quite a good week for a number of Brits including Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, David Tennant, and Irish comedy actor Chris O’Dowd, with a great selection of films for the next seven days, and we know that you will be happy to see a couple of these in particular on the big screen at last.

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Brits At The Box Office: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy & More!

(Weekly feature written for BritScene)

There’s not much going on film-wise this week, with only two films being released with a couple of British actors in and one animated re-telling of a British classic, but a couple of films have made it to the top of the Box Office from last week and we are likely to see them carry on doing well. So fear not, there’s still something for all to see at the theater this week featuring some brilliant British actors, so carry on reading to see what you can see on the big screen over the next seven days.

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New Behind-The-Scenes Footage for ‘The Woman In Black’

(Written for BritScene)

With the release of the first clip for Hammer Films’ latest horror production, The Woman In Black, earlier this week, CBS Films have now also released a really interesting two behind-the-scenes featurettes. The first titled “Creating A Classic Ghost Story”, looks at what makes a classic, atmospheric horror story, while the second, “Behind The Haunting”, features a number of the stars involved in the movie talking about their experiences on set.

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New Trailer, Image And Competition for ‘The Woman In Black’

(Written for BritScene)

This week we have a new trailer and image as well as an exciting competition for James WatkinsThe Woman In Black, starring British actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).

Directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and based on the 1983 thriller fiction novel by Susan Hill of the same name, Radcliffe plays the role of a young lawyer in the 1900s. When he travels to a remote English village, he encounters the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. On further exploration into the village’s secrets he learns that children there routinely die under mysterious circumstances, and begins to encounter fearful visions of a female figure draped in black.

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Scary Trailer for ‘The Woman In Black’ Starring Daniel Radcliffe

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The second full-length trailer for The Woman in Black has been released this week, promising that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) can do more than wizardry.

Directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake), and based on the 1983 thriller fiction novel by Susan Hill of the same name, Radcliffe plays the role of a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he encounters the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance on a small English town.

This new and extremely creepy trailer drags us deeper into the torment that Radcliffe is faced with. It looks like he works well in this horror too; it’s good to see him in a more serious film and so shortly after the end of the Harry Potter franchise as well.

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Film Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(Read this in my publication In Retrospect – Issue 2 and on BritScene)

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief.

This month has got many film critics talking about Gary Oldman and, with the release of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy this month, it’s not hard to see why. Alongside Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Tom Hardy, this film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a traditional British spy thriller based on the novel written by John le Carré in 1974.

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Film Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

It’s the end of an era, and a sad one at that. For the millions of Harry Potter fans around the world, it has all finally come to a close. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, directed by David Yates, is the latest and final instalment to the Harry Potter franchise, based on the novels by J. K. Rowling.

After a decade of filming, the magical trio of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) finish their time at Hogwarts with a fight-to-the-death war. One can’t live whilst the other survives, and the long-awaited finale is here. But will Harry succeed?

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Film Review: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise. Directed by David Yates, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) drop out of Hogwarts to seek the remaining Horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). On their journey, the trio learn about The Deathly Hallows, three sacred objects that together could also help them on their way. Following Voldemort’s return and Dumbledore’s death, they must sneak into the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts itself whilst having to remain hidden from the dark takeover of Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

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