The Grinch | Review

★★★

A third screen telling of Dr Seuss’ ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ was hardly atop many wish lists for the coming festive season but parents with hyper young tots should at least appreciate the distraction. Fiercely colourful, soft of heart and rather brilliantly animated, Illumination’s Grinch is ultimately forgettable fun and lacks the sharp edges warranted by its story. Put it this way, the Chuck Jones shorter take on the tale still tops the pile.

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‘I’m not a toy!’ – watch the new Toy Story 4 trailer

Who saw that coming?! Out of nowhere, Disney dropped their brand new, first-look teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 this morning and it’s all about a fork.

Last seen in 2010’s Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz and company are due to return to big screens for a fourth outing next Summer but they won’t be alone.

You’ll have to watch the trailer yourself to get a glimpse the new character in action but what we do know is that Toy Story 4 is to tell a story very much separate from the original trilogy.

For one thing, there’s no sign of Andy in the teaser, which you can watch here…

Toy Story 4 has been directed by Inside Out animator Josh Cooley and comes from the imaginations of John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich and scriptwriter Stephany Folsom.

Alongside Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, the film sees Annie Potts return to the role of Bo Peep for the first time since 1999. ‘Veep’ star Tony Hale joins the cast as Forky.

Toy Story 4 is out in the UK on 21 June 2019.

Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments!

10 mediocre movies people love because of their sensational soundtracks

We were kinder than many when reviewing Bohemian Rhapsody but it would be fair to say that the Queen biopic has been hit by a generally frosty critical reception.

Audiences, however, seem to love the film, leading to hearty takings being raked in across the world.

The way we see it, the critics aren’t wrong about Bohemian Rhapsody‘s faults but it’s no surprise that audiences have responded with a lot more warmth. Here are ten more examples of so-called ‘mediocre movies’ with reception-transforming soundtracks…

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Widows | Review

★★★★

Imagine a heist film in which the heist itself was conceived almost as an afterthought. That’s not a criticism, mind. No, it is a key selling point for Steve McQueen’s powerful new drama, his first since 2013’s Oscar dominating 12 Years a Slave. Widows is essentially light-hearted by comparison to that tale of slavery but still packs a powerful punch. As for genre, it matters little; in McQueen’s own words: ‘it’s all about the story.’

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Juliet, Naked | Review

★★

Charm and likability can paper over even the most bloated of gaping romcom cracks. Sleepless in Seattle, for instance, is stalkerish hokum, but people still adore it. Rose Byrne, star of Jesse Peretz’s new genre offering, Juliet, Naked, has both charm and likability in abundance, so it’s odd just how drab this all feels. Based on a contrived Nick Hornby novel, the film has a ready audience; unfortunately, they’re ready to be a little bored.

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The Exorcist | Review

This October, we’re celebrating some of the best horror films ever made. Look out for a new classic review daily across the month on The Film Blog, as well as more special treats along the way!

William Friedkin’s The Exorcist is our grand finale! To catch up on the entirety of our month of horror, click right here.

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Possum | Review

★★★★

Matthew Holness may well be best known for his comic alias Garth Marenghi but his feature debut is no laughing matter. Possum evokes an era of vintage horror nasties, not to mention some Lynchian surreality, to raise and rupture fairytale thematics of the darkest hue. Holness tells a chilling tale of childhood trauma and concludes with a genuinely frightening climax.

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