Cinema Forecast: June 29th, 2017

The House

Scott and his wife Kate team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement to earn money, after they destroy their daughter’s college fund.

Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Cast: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TRAILER IS A ‘RED BAND’. THIS TRAILER HAS ADULT THEMES.

The First Girl I Loved

Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton – who has always harbored a secret crush – he does his best to get in the way.

Director: Kerem Sanga
Cast: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand

Monsieur Chocolat

From the circus to the music hall, from anonymity to glory, this is the incredible story of Monsieur Chocolat, the first black artist of the French stage.
The duo he formed with Footit met with huge and popular success in Belle Epoque Paris, before fame, easy money, gambling, and
discrimination wore out their friendship and Monsieur Chocolat’s career. The film retraces the story of this remarkable artist.

Director: Roschdy Zem
Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierree, Clotilde Hesme

Cinema Forecast: June 22nd, 2017

Transformers: The Last Knight

In the absence of Optimus Prime, a war has commenced between the human race and the Transformers. To save their world, Cade Yeager forms an alliance with Bumblebee, an English lord, and an Oxford professor to learn the secrets of why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth.

Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

You can read my review here.

Cars 3

Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Director: Brian Fee
Cast: Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt

Una

Una follows a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years
earlier, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was
arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past. Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It will shake them both to the core. Una gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.

Based on Scottish playwright David Harrower’s much celebrated, Olivier
Award-winning play Blackbird, Benedict Andrews’ UNA stars Academy
Award-nominated Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and Emmy-nominated Ben Mendelsohn (television’s Bloodline, Animal Kingdom, Starred Up, Star Wars: Rogue One) as protagonists Una and Ray.

Director: Benedict Andrews
Cast: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday as a cover for what he really wants: to attend a nearby gamer convention. Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan and Heffley family antics ensue.

Director: David Bowers
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Alexa Blair Robertson

Cinema Forecast: June 8th, 2017

The Mummy

An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

This film will hopefully mark beginning of a re-invigorated Universal Monsters franchise, bringing back old favourites like The Mummy, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein’s Monster etc. They’re bringing some big names to this franchise. I think this is one to watch!

Director: Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe

Churchill

A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson

My Cousin Rachel

A young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, Pierfrancesco Favino

 

Cinema Forecast: June 1st, 2017

Wonder Woman

An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.

This film is set in the ‘DCEU’ (DC Comics Extended Universe), the same universe as Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While having seen Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman before might be beneficial, I wouldn’t say that it would be required. I have not seen this film yet but I have heard that this will be one to watch.

Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Baywatch

Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Director: Seth Gordon
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING TRAILER IS A ‘RED BAND’. THIS TRAILER HAS ADULT THEMES.

Batman & Robin – Review

PART FOUR: Batman & Robin

Directed By: Joel Schumacher

Written By: Bob Kane and Akiva Goldsman

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone and Michael Gough

Gross: $238,207,122

Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures(Worldwide)

Release Date: 26 June 1997 (Australia)

Runtime: 125 min

Although, in my opinion not as bad as Batman Forever (story-wise), this movie ultimately failed the Batman franchise and is yet another reason why Joel Schumacher is blamed for so much. Batman & Robin is full of disappointing one-liners and really obvious continuity errors as well as poor acting from almost the entire cast. The film opens with Batman and Robin (George Clooney (who should never have been Batman) and Chris O’Donnell respectively) going toe to toe with Mr. Freeze (played by Arnie), a new villain in Gotham City. Then in a “Meanwhile in South America” type scene the two other villains, Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) and Bane are introduced. After a series of events with Ivy causing the dynamic duo to fight over her affection and Mr. Freeze stealing a vast amount of diamonds, the evil pair team up and plot to freeze Gotham and allow Ivy’s plants to rule the world. Also on the scene is Alfred (Michael Gough) ‘s niece Barbra Wilson (Alicia Silverstone), who becomes Batgirl.

All in all the storyline in this move was better than the one in Batman Forever, however the rest of the movie was rueful. Alicia Silverstone won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. For those who don’t know the Golden Raspberry (or the Razzie’s) is an awards organisation for the worst movies of the year. Other nominations at the Razzie Awards included Schumacher (Worst Director), George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell (Worst Screen Couple), Akiva Goldsman (Worst Screenplay), both Chris O’Donnell and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Worst Supporting Actor), Uma Thurman (Worst Supporting Actress), and Billy Corgan (Worst Song for “The End Is the Beginning Is the End”). Batman & Robin also received nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Ultimately, out of 11 nominations, this movie garnered only one Razzie Award, a disappointing feat in it’s own right. Clooney said himself, that he might have killed the franchise and that Batman & Robin was a waste of money.

1.5 Stars

Batman & Robin is available on DVD and BluRay and can also be bought in a Batman Anthology with the other three “80′s & 90′s” Batman Films (Batman, Batman Returns and Batman Forever).