Top 5 Worst Movies of 2014

#5 Pompeii

pompeii-pompeii-movie-reviewDirector: Paul W. S. Anderson
Starring: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kiefer Sutherland

First of all, I don’t consider Pompeii one of the worst films of the year but it’s in the list for being one of the most disappointing. Telling the story of the Vesuvius had so much potential and it was completely wasted in a lame romance, lame characters and quite horrible acting. What could have been an epic experience became one more disaster movie where, except for the eruption, not even the especial effects were that good.

#4 A Million Ways to Die in the West

a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-westDirector: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Liam Neeson

The worst thing a comedy can do is not make you laugh and A Million Ways to Die in the West not only failed to make me laugh but it made me feel treated like an idiot. The majority of the jokes were so silly and immature and I was expecting so much from Seth MacFarlane. Most of the cast was so horrible, even Liam Neeson was painful to watch.

 

#3 The Expendables 3

the-expendables-3Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson

Just because you can fit all those well-known actors into a single movie, doesn’t mean you should. Especially if you’re not going to try to tell a decent movie. If you rely just on the calibre of the actors instead of the story you’ll end up with something like The Expendables 3, a mushup of beloved action movies that border the caricature of its characters.

 

#2 Transformers: Age of Extintion

Transformers-4-Promo-Banner-2Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, NicolaPeltz, Jack Reynor

I’m so tired of Michael Bay doing the same thing over and over again and if it was actually good it might not matter as much but come on, how many horrible movies does he need to make before changing something in his filmmaking? This story is so lazy, is like he didn’t even try. And it’s so long. I was just waiting for it to end from the first fifteen minutes and it felt as if it never would.

 

#1 Transcendence

Transcendence-2014-posterDirector: Wally Pfister
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara

Transcendence occupies the top spot in my worst films of 2014 because I was actually looking forward to it. It had a nice cast, I was excited about seeing Johnny Depp going back to play a “normal” person and not a caricature as he only does these days, it had such an interesting premise… and completely blew it. The story was ridiculous, Johnny Depp did nothing with the character and worst of all, it was unbelievably boring.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Running time: 144 minutes

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom

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The final installment in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth franchise, The Battle of the Five Armies, is finally here and it brings a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, full of breath-taking scenes, fantastic special effects and an emotional ending. And yes, there is a battle. A very long, but epic, battle.

It’s called The Hobbit, but this has become Thorin’s story and Richard Armitage has outdone himself with this movie. Amazing acting. He’s the character who has gained the most with every movie and had a great arc over the course of the trilogy. Martin Freeman, I can’t pray him enough and if you’ve read my reviews for the first two movies, you’ll already know how much I love his portrayal of Bilbo. This movies wouldn’t have worked without this two actors in the center of it. Their friendship is the core of the story, especially in this movie, providing really emotional moments where is difficult to hold back the tears.

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Lee Pace was a wonderful Thranduil and I wished his back story could have been explored a bit more because he was a fascinating character. I loved how Luke Evans portrayed Bard, not as a hero, but as a regular man who finds himself being the lead of the people of Lake-Town. Ian McKellen has, as always, some of the best lines and a great scene with, Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman that had a similar vibe to Lord of the Rings.

I wasn’t a fan in The Desolation of Smaug of the love story between Kili and Tauriel and even less of the romantic triangle adding Legolas. In this film is even worse. I didn’t care about it and, without getting into spoilers, some of the dialogue at the end is very lame. Legolas, we love him for his unbelievable, actually impossible, stunts and in this movie there are a lot, but it’s so much fun to watch.

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It really angered me how, having so many wonderful characters that could have had more develop, like Thranduil, Peter Jackson decided to waste time with Alfrid. All his scenes felt like time-fillers and, what I guess was supposed to be a comic relief, actually turned out to be quite pathetic and not funny at all. At least Radagast in the previous films wasn’t so overused.

I understand how after the success of Lord of the Rings it must have been very tempting to do another trilogy but after watching all three, maybe they should have stick to two as they originally intended while filming. It’s pretty clear from the very beginning that this wasn’t suppose to be a movie on its own and therefore The Battle of the Five Armies, as epic as it is, suffers from a considerable lack of story. As a film, is the weakest of the three but is still a fun ride. The battle sequences are stunning and all the individual story-lines have a nice blending with The Fellowship of the Ring.

7’5/10

This Week’s Movie News (15-19 Dec)

Critics’ Choice Awards! King Kong!

 

J.K. Simmons joins ‘Kong: Skull Island’

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The prequel to King Kong has been retitle and added a new cast member. J.K. Simmons will join Tom Hiddleston in this Legendary Pictures’ adventure that will explore the island where King Kong is discovered in the 1933 and 2005 films. This is the official synopsis:

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.

The release date has also been changed and pushed back from November 2016 to March 10, 2017.

Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations Announced

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This past Monday the Critics unveiled their picks for their annual Critic’s Choice Awards.

Best Picture

“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“Gone Girl”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Nightcrawler”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Unbroken”
“Whiplash”

Best Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game”
Ralph Fiennes – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “Nightcrawler”
Michael Keaton – “Birdman”
David Oyelowo – “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne – “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress

Jennifer Aniston – “Cake”
Marion Cotillard – “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones – “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore – “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon – “Wild”

Best Supporting Actor

Josh Brolin – “Inherent Vice”
Robert Duvall – “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke – “Boyhood”
Edward Norton – “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo – “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons – “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette – “Boyhood”
Jessica Chastain – “A Most Violent Year”
Keira Knightley – “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone – “Birdman”
Meryl Streep – “Into the Woods”
Tilda Swinton – “Snowpiercer”

Best Young Actor/Actress

Ellar Coltrane – “Boyhood”
Ansel Elgort – “The Fault in Our Stars”
Mackenzie Foy – “Interstellar”
Jaeden Lieberher – “St. Vincent”
Tony Revolori – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Quvenzhane Wallis – “Annie”
Noah Wiseman – “The Babadook”

Best Acting Ensemble

“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Into the Woods”
“Selma”

Best Director

Wes Anderson – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay – “Selma”
David Fincher – “Gone Girl”
Alejandro G. Inarritu – “Birdman”
Angelina Jolie – “Unbroken”
Richard Linklater – “Boyhood”

Best Visual Effects

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Edge of Tomorrow”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Interstellar”

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The Lego Movie”

Best Action Movie

“American Sniper”
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Edge of Tomorrow”
“Fury”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Actor in an Action Movie

Bradley Cooper – “American Sniper”
Tom Cruise – “Edge of Tomorrow”
Chris Evans – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Brad Pitt – “Fury”
Chris Pratt – “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Actress in an Action Movie

Emily Blunt- “Edge of Tomorrow”
Scarlett Johansson- “Lucy”
Jennifer Lawrence- “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”
Zoe Saldana- “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Shailene Woodley- “Divergent”

Best Comedy

“Birdman”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“St. Vincent”
“Top Five”
“22 Jump Street”

Best Actor in a Comedy

Jon Favreau – “Chef”
Ralph Fiennes – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton – “Birdman”
Bill Murray – “St. Vincent”
Chris Rock – “Top Five”
Channing Tatum – “22 Jump Street”

Best Actress in a Comedy

Rose Byrne – “Neighbors”
Rosario Dawson – “Top Five”
Melissa McCarthy – “St. Vincent”
Jenny Slate – “Obvious Child”
Kristen Wiig – “The Skeleton Twins

Best Sci-fi/Horror Film

“The Babadook”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Interstellar”
“Snowpiercer”
“Under the Skin”

You can check out the rest of categories here.

Trailers of the Week

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Movie Review: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Title: Magic in the Moonlight

Running time: 100 minutes

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney

Summary: A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.  

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Woody Allen has become a hit and miss director and Magic in the Moonlight, despite its stellar cast, is not one of his greatest achievements. The movie is fine but not a stand out in his career. As usual, Woody Allen explores the charms of a place in a lovely way and with a beautiful soundtrack. The settings are stunning and really makes you want to spend a summer in the French Riviera, but has nothing to match Midnight in Paris, which also took place in France.

Emma Stone is very good in the character, so is Colin Firth, though at the beginning his personality felt a bit forced. Both characters a mysterious and corky and had a lot of potential, but the story overall doesn’t do anything interesting with them. Also, their chemistry was enough without adding the romantic element, which was needless.

Except for the aunt, played by Eileen Atkins, none of the supporting characters does anything particularly relevant or stands out in any way. I’ll say that the twist at the end took me by surprise though.

Overall, there’s definitely something charming about the story but doesn’t make for a great film. Despite some great dialogue and some intrigue, it’s really slow and after all, forgettable.

5,5/10

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Running time: 161 minutes

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly

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As much as I loved An Unexpected Journey, this one is way better. Everything was vastly improved. The Desolation of Smaug starts right into the action without wasting time with introductions or recaps. The pacing, which was a problem in the first one, was more fluid and action-packed instead of focusing so much on thirteen dwarves running around.

Martin Freeman is such a wonderful Bilbo and this time he had the opportunity to be a badass, already being part of the group and embracing his craftiness. He was so fun to watch, though he felt less as the main character and at some points is Thorin who steps up to be the leader of the film. Richard Armitage did an amazing job bringing more layers to the character, making some hard decisions and starting to go a bit dark by greed but he was much more likable this time around.

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-DwarvesThe barrel scene was so exciting, even though the CGI was a bit weak, but it was still so cool and playful, with Legolas dancing over the dwarves. I’m glad to see Orlando Bloom returning. It’s a great way to tie with Lord of the Rings and it totally makes sense since when Tolkien wrote The Hobbit he hadn’t created yet the character for Lord of the Rings, but being the son of Thranduil, who does appear in the book, would have been weird not to have him there. He didn’t feel forced at all and it’s always awesome to see Legolas killing some orcs.

Talking of characters that don’t appear in the book, I like the idea of creating a strong female character as Tauriel because otherwise is all male characters but, while I did like her, I don’t get the point of having her romantically involved with a dwarf. That part was so cheesy and forced, and adding Legolas to the romantic triangle only worsened it. That definitely didn’t need to be there.

the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaug-2Luke Evans was fantastic as Bard and I like that they focused a bit in the politics surrounding Lake Town with Stephen Fry as the governor. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the black arrows though, I guess I’ll have to see the next movie to have a solid opinion on it. It was sad to see Gandalf so little and not being part of the company and, because they wanted to have Ian McKellen, they kept cutting to him and his storyline felt from a different movie.

But the scene stealer of the movie was no other than Smaug himself. Benedict Cumberbatch was incredible as the voice of the dragon, so rich, mysterious and menacing. The CGI was simply perfect. His scene with Bilbo was phenomenal, everything I hoped it would be or even more.

smaug-the-hobbit-copyThe end, fading to black in that moment was so unexpected. It leaves you on the edge of your sit craving for the next one. I was quite pissed off at first but then I realized what a great way to end the movie that was. Shout out to I See Fire by Ed Sheeran, the song that plays during the credits. I still listen to it with goosebumps after a whole year.

There are so many awesome things I’m leaving out and are worth mentioning, the Spider scene, Beorn, The Forge Battle… The score, as always, was wonderful. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug turned out to be a great movie. It’s fun, exciting, I finished it the first time just wanting to sit for another 2 hours and 40 minutes to watch it all over again. Yes, it’s different from the book, but all the changes make for a great movie and a great prequel to the beloved Lord of the Rings and that is the most important thing you can ask of this trilogy.

9/10

This Week’s Movie News (8-12 Dec)

Golden Globes and SAG Awards Nominees! Inside Out Trailer!

SAG Awards Nominations Announced

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The nominees for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were revealed on Wednesday, take a look at them!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
  • Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
  • Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
  • Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a SUpporting Role

  • Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton, “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
  • J.k. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
  • Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone, “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
  • Naomi Watts, “St. Vincent”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • “Birdman”
  • “Boyhood”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “The Theory of Everything”

The award show will air on January 25 on TNT and TBS.

Golden Globes Nominees Announced!

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This Thursday, The Foreign Press Association also revealed their nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards. The ceremony will be hosted again by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and will air on January 11.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory Of Everything

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Pride
  • St. Vincent
  • Into The Woods

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay

  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
  • Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
  • Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
  • Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Jennifer Aniston, Cake
  • Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoone, Wild

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Bill Murray, St. Vincent
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  • Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
  • Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
  • Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book Of Life
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie
  • The Boxtrolls

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

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Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Title: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Running time: 154 minutes

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Maria Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley

Summary: Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. 

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Exodus: Gods and Kings is an epic and visually gorgeous movie but, while is probably Ridley Scott’s best in a long time, it still doesn’t get close to the level of Gladiator, and this re-telling of the Moses story is difficult to connect to and doesn’t take many chances.

I don’t want to get into much depth about the white-washing but I have to say that Sigourney Weaver stands out like a sore thumb. I don’t get what was so essential about casting such a pale actress when she only has two lines in the whole film and the rest is just standing in the background and the occasional close-up to remind us that she is there. It’s just pointless.

Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton are fine but don’t do anything outstanding with the characters. Also, and this seems so obvious, if you are casting actors with blue eyes who, as Egyptians, shouldn’t, try at least not to dress them in blue and white which only brings out more the color.

But besides the white-washing, Exodus: Gods and Kings still have many problems and the main one is not knowing what it wants. It makes the mistake of trying to appeal to everyone and when you have a film based on the Bible, that is just not going to happen. You can make it be God’s doing or give a scientific explanation, but you can’t explain the plagues when is convenient and give a magical answer when is too difficult. In this aspect Noah did a better job, it took more risks, it chose a path and followed it and that is why it payed off better.

Exodus: Gods and Kings lacks emotion, feels hollow and doesn’t make you sympathize with any character in particular. What was so well done about the animated version, The Prince of Egypt, was showing the brotherly relation Moses and Ramsay had and that they genuinely loved each other. Here you just accept that fact because we all know the story but we never get to really see that connection. Even when Moses comes back from exile there’s absolutely no bond between them and that takes a lot of the emotion and tension.

It gets a bit slow in the middle while Moses is away in exile and the pacing overall is not very good but you can’t deny that visually is an impressive film. Ridley Scott’s story-telling might not be as great as it used to be but at least he hasn’t lost his touch for spectacular. The sets and costumes are beautiful and the special effects, especially the wave, are mind-blowing. Definitely is a movie to experience in a big screen.

6/10

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Title: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Running time: 169 minutes

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis

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Almost ten years after The Return of the King, Peter Jackson took us back again to Middle Earth with what originally was going to be two films, and at the end of filming became another trilogy. Reviving the magic from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit immerses us again in the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand, which have truly become the real Middle Earth, and makes us once again embark in a journey with unforgettable characters and breath-taking moments.

Martin Freeman owns the character of Bilbo Baggins. He is the perfect casting choice and I cannot imagine anyone else in the role. He’s extremely likable and fun and the perfect person to take the audience in this adventure. The “riddles in the dark” scene could have lasted a whole hour and it would have never felt boring. That is also thanks to the amazing job Andy Serkis did with the motion capture coming back as Gollum.

hobbit_an_unexpected_journey_1_a_hIan McKellen is back in all his glory. I think we can all agree that Gandalf the Grey was more awesome than Gandalf the White so it was great seeing the character again and being more badass than ever. It was also so nice to go back to Rivendel with Elrond, Saruman and especially Galadriel because you get the opportunity to explore the tight connection between her and Gandalf that is hinted in The Fellowship of the Ring.

The movie did a great job at making all the dwarves look different and have diverse personalities and it was a lot of fun watching them interact. Richard Armitage wasn’t very sympathetic as Thorin, but that’s exactly how the character is supposed to be at the very beginning and he was fantastic and made Thorin a very well fleshed-out character.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEYRadagast was a bit too weird and annoying and could have dangerously become the Jar Jar Binks of Middle Earth but he is just enough not to pull you out of the movie.

It takes a bit for the story to kick off and while Tolkien fans will generally like the beginning, not die-hard audiences might find that there’s a lot of set up. I thought the songs were a great addition and a nice nod to the book. It had a powerful and emotional finale, though there were perhaps too many endings before it reached it.

Everyone feels the necessity to compare it to The Lord of the Rings and, while it is understandable because it is the prequel, it’s difficult to do so in a fair way. After all, the tone of the original trilogy was completely different, it was more serious and the stakes were higher. The Hobbit, though, is a book for kids and while the movie tries not to limit itself with that, the tone overall is more light-hearted and fun, which still makes for a great adventure.

8/10

This Week’s Movie News (1-5 Dec)

Casting News! Doctor Strange! Suicide Squad! Deadpool!

‘Suicide Squad’ Cast Announced

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Many of the actors have been rumoured for weeks though we didn’t know for sure which characters they were playing in David Ayer’s film. Now we know the complete Suicide Squad will be formed by Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.

Variety reported that Warner Bros. is still looking for Amanda Waller and they might be considering Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey for the role. There were also rumours that Jesse Eisenberg could be coming back to reprise his role of Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Benedict Cumberbatch is officially Doctor Strange

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This role has been a real rollercoaster but Marvel has finally confirmed this week that their choice to play the Sorcerer Supreme is the long-time rumoured Benedict Cumberbatch.

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity… In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character,” Kevin Feige said in the Marvel statement.

“Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”

‘Bond 24’ Title, Synopsis and Cast

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At a live-stream press conference this week, Sam Mendes revealed a lot of information about the next Bond film, which will be titled Spectre. The name stands for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.

The synopsis for the film is the following:

“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

The new cast members were also introduced. Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Andrew Scott as Denbigh, David Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra and Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann. Some of this actors had already been speculated to be involved in the film. They will join Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinneear and Ben Whishaw.

It was also revealed the new Aston Martin DB10.

Ryan Reynolds Confirmed to return as Deadpool

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It seems Ryan Reynolds has a second chance at portraying the superhero Deadpool after the awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine. His involvement in the film had already been speculated for a while after some animated footage of the movie leaked where the actor was voicing Deadpool. The movie will be directed by Tim Miller with a script that have been long in the making.

‘Fantastic Four’ Official Synopsis

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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Movie Review: The Theory of Everything (2014)

Title: The Theory of Everything

Running time: 123 minutes

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis

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The Theory of Everything is a biopic film based on the novel Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, written by Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. It tells a unique, beautiful and challenging love-story that is definitely going to be a big part of the awards conversation.

The performances from Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are just impeccable and I wouldn’t be surprise if they both get an Oscar nomination. I can’t pray Eddie Redmayne enough in this role. It’s something so different from what we’re used to seeing him in. What he did is simply mind-blowing physically, showing the progress of the disease and transforming his body, but also sounding very convincing talking about science. He is so good that Felicity Jones may run the risk of being overlooked although she is surprisingly good and deserves the proper recognition. This is the best she has ever been and is as much Jane’s life-story as it is Stephen’s. Their chemistry is perfect and they make you buy the marriage.

The pacing of the movie was very well handled by using the “home movies” montages, giving it a documentary feel and helping to move the story forwards without spending too much time in scenes that didn’t need a lot of focus. Unlike Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, the science is accessible and easy to follow.

One of the aspects that most impressed me about the movie is that it’s not afraid to also show the dark side of the relation. The Theory of Everything doesn’t Hollywoodize the lives of Jane and Stephen and still success at portraying an inspiring and touching story.

9/10