Film Review: Bird Box

Directed by Susanne Bier and based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman, Bird Box sees an ominous unseen presence spread across the world, as it drives most of society to commit suicide. Pregnant Malorie (Sandra Bullock) finds safety with others – including Tom (Trevante Rhodes), Douglas (John Malkovich), Greg (BD Wong), Cheryl (Jacki Weaver), and Olympia (Danielle Macdonald). Five years later, however, she must make it through a forest and river blindfolded, along with her two children (Vivien Lyra Blair and Julian Edwards), in a desperate bid to reach safety.

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Film Review: Ocean’s Eight

Directed by Gary Ross and a continuation/spin-off from Steven Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s trilogy, Ocean’s Eight follows Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) as she gathers an all-female crew – Lou (Cate Blanchett), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), Daphne (Anne Hathaway), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Constance (Awkwafina), and Nine Ball (Rihanna) – to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

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Film Review: Minions

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Spinning off from the Despicable Me franchise, the minions are out on their own in with a prequel detailing their origins. Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, and written by Brian Lynch, Minions tells the story of how the minions have evolved through the ages, serving the most despicable of masters. From T. rex to Napoleon, it is their life ambition to be serving under the baddest of bosses. But when the minions find themselves without someone to serve, they fall into a deep depression. But Kevin has a plan, and he – alongside Stuart and little Bob – ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss. Recruited by Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain, alongside her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), the three minions find themselves in London facing their biggest challenge to date.

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Film Review: Gravity

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The science-fiction thriller of the year, if not the decade, and directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Gravity follows the brilliant medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission, along with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes; the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky to work together to survive after the accident leaves them completely alone and adrift in space, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

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Film Review: The Heat

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Directed by Paul Feig, and serving as his follow-up to the hugely successful comedy Bridesmaids, The Heat follows a skilled but uptight FBI Special Agent, Sarah (Sandra Bullock), who is paired with a rebellious, foul-mouthed Boston cop, Shannon (Melissa McCarthy), to take down a ruthless drug lord. Whilst the two couldn’t be more incompatible, the two soon start to realise their similarities, however, and they may just become the last thing anyone expected – friends.

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Film Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

(Published in Issue 7 of my publication In Retrospect)

Directed by Stephen Daldry with screenplay by Eric Roth, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is based on the 2005 novel of the same name written by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Focusing on a young autistic boy named Oskar (Thomas Horn), the story follows his journey when, after his father (Tom Hanks) is killed in the September 11 attack, he discovers a key that once belonged to him with the word ‘Black’ written on it. Determined to find out who Black is, Oskar searches all around New York for information about what the key could mean, whether his father was trying to deliver one final message to him and, more importantly, what it will open. His search brings him in contact with others all around the city whom he takes photographs of and listens to their stories. With the help of his mother (Sandra Bullock) and his mute neighbour The Renter (Max Von Sydow), who offers to help Oskar search the city, the message he ultimately finds isn’t what was expected, whilst the emotional journey brings with it many revelations that may help his family to cope with the tragedy back-dropped around this horrifying event.

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New International Poster for ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

(Written for HeyUGuys)

With only a week until the release of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a new poster has been released online, now emphasising the film’s two Oscar nominations for Best Film and Best Supporting Actor for Max von Sydow.

Adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel of the same name, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is an upcoming drama starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as the parents of a ten-year-old amateur inventor.

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