Mortal Engines roars into action with so exhilarating, if wildly chaotic, an opening that expectation cannot help but hit an early high. This is, after all, a production billed as being from the makers of Lord of the Rings. Whereas such vibrance is retained in the film’s pace and visual spectacle, however, the fluctuating energy of its storytelling can’t help but slightly disappoint.
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Lynne Ramsay doesn’t do straightforward when it comes to adapting books to film. It’s why we will never see her take on ‘The Lovely Bones’, latterly hashed from Alice Sebold by Peter Jackson, and explains how You Were Never Really Here can so lyrically draw from the eponymous novella of Jonathan Ames without recourse to exposition or, often, dialogue. The result is sensory cinema that is as concerned with imparting to audiences an experience as it is telling a story.
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We love our animated films here at The Film Blog and 2019 looks set to be a great one for the medium.
Without further ado, here are fifteen coming to a cinema near you in the next twelve months…
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Not ten months since Sebastián Lelio walked away from February’s Oscars with an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language, the Chilean-Argentine director returns to UK screens with another tremendous feature, this one his English language debut. Thought provoking but no less thoroughly cinematic, Disobedience continues A Fantastic Woman’s explorations of sexuality and normative entrapment, whilst adding concerns of religious liberty and expectation. A sublime trio of leading performances make for an elegant cherry on the cake.
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You’d expect an uplifting Dolly Parton soundtrack to be more effective at saving a film like Dumplin’. This is the story of a plus sized young woman who enters a beauty pageant in a burst of body positive rebellion. It’s twee, syrupy and as flat as a gluten, lactose and flavour free pancake.
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After a game-changing decade of cinema, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it will climax with…Avengers: Endgame.
Rumours had been circulating all week that today could be the day superhero fans get their first glimpse at the trailer and Marvel did not disappoint.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Endgame will – hopefully – resolve the devastating cliffhanger that closed Avengers: Infinity War and saw fifty per cent of the franchise’s heroes turned to dust by Josh Brolin’s Thanos.
Many of the MCU’s mammoth cast are believed to be bowing out with this fourth Avengers blockbuster and so expect emotions to be high.
The trailer, which you can watch below, opens with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) floating alone in space and, seemingly, on the verge of death. We then cut to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanov discussing the fight of their lives, before a twist conclusion – to get fans talking – sees Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) appear, despite allegedly being trapped in the Quantum Realm.
Chris Hemsworth, Karen Gillan, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner can also be spied in the trailer, not to mention a snap of Tom Holland, whilst the film is expected to feature an appearance by Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers too.
Avengers: End Game is set to land in UK cinemas on 26 April 2019.
Try to imagine, for a moment, the dismay at Leavesden when Warner Bros. realised that Andy Serkis’ take on The Jungle Book would not only invite comparison to a Disney animated classic but also that studio’s hugely successful remake. Despite some flaws, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle deserves to be judged on its own merits, of which there are many. This Kipling adaptation takes time to get used to but is generally worth the effort.
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