J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars Episode VII

Hope you like your lightsabers with lens flares because many online magazines and trade reporters have announced, the director or Star Trek and Super 8 is taking on the huge role of directing the new Star Wars film set for release in 2015.

The creator of LOST originally said that he wasn’t a huge fan of taking on the role because of the big influence the series has had on his life. But the burden seems to be not as big of an issue as originally thought.

J.J. Abrams’ new film Star Trek into Darkness hits theatres May 17.

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This Is 40 – Review

A Judd Apatow movie that I actually liked.

This Is 40 claims to be a sort of sequel to Knocked Up. If it is a sequel it is definitely better than it predecessor.

The film follows husband an wife, Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) in the week that they both turn 40 (or 38 if you believe Debbie). They go through a lot of things you’d expect to happen over a few months rather than a week. Financial trouble, rebellious children, fights with each other, fights with parents at their children’s school (just one of the highlights in this film and a reason to stick around for the credits) and issues with their parents who both have second families.

Filled with heaps of pop-culture references including digs at John Goodman and J.J. Abrams, This Is 40 had me laughing for most of the film (and like I usually say, there is only one good rom-com a year… Shame this one was so early on).

Average

Gangster Squad – Review

The last good gangster movie that made much success in recent years was Public Enemies, set in Chicago, the traditional gangster setting. But Gangster Squad adds the Hollywood Flare in more ways than one. Set in LA in the 1940’s Gangster Squad is based on the real-life story of the secret task force of LAPD cops who formed the Gangster Squad Unit to take down Mickey Cohen and his stranglehold on the city.

The gangster squad unit is started by John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and is subsequently joined by four other detectives (played by Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña and Robert Patrick) the squad gains it’s final reluctant member after a hit on Mickey Cohen’s illegal casino goes wrong in Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling). Throw in Emma Stone as the typical female character in these sorts of films, the bad girl, turned damsel in distress when she gets caught up in the cross-fire between the two sides and you’ve got your stereotypical story that doesn’t do all that much to enrich the mind.

In saying that, the visuals are appealing and it is a nicely shot film. There’s a lot of colour that gangster films tend to leave out. This can probably be attributed to this film being set in LA, where the life was a little more glamourous than the windy city. Perfect example of the appealing and colourful visuals can be seen when Emma Stone is on the screen… y’know… just as a reference.

Overall the movie has a somewhat interesting story line but you only really feel connections to some of the minor characters when their lives are in danger (a young boy and a pregnant woman), you don’t feel much for the main characters… even the ones they spend time on making sure you realise that they have a family and that they are putting them in danger as well. It just didn’t do it for me. But it looked pretty.

Average

Marvel’s Untitled Movie Moves From May To August

The secret Marvel film for 2014 has been moved from it’s original release date of May 16, 2014 to August 1, 2014. This is an unusual move for Marvel Studios but nevertheless, was done for a reason. What that resin might have been? Well the Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be out the week before and the new Ninja Turtles film also looks slated for that date as well.

The film could be anything from Ant Man to Black Panther or The Guardians of the Galaxy but rest assured it will be Marvel which, given past track record, will be pretty epic. Marvel have a big couple of years ahead of them: Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor 2 on November 15, 2013 and Captain America 2 on April 4, 2014.