LISTED Film Previews – April ’10

The first entry of the year with a film I am genuinely so incredibly excited over seeing, you wouldn’t believe it! However, I’m currently in an incredibly bad mood as its looking like my chances of seeing Kick-Ass in the cinema are slowly dwindling due to the difference in release dates between the UK and the US not co-operating with the time at which I have to travel home. Regardless, here’s the preview of it anyway. Maybe SOMEone will get to see it and tell me what its like…:

KICK-ASS (15) (Dir. Matthew Vaughn)

Ever wondered what would really happen to a masked hero? Based on the hugely popular and insanely violent comic books by Mark Millar, Kick-Ass follows teenage fanboy Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) who despite not having any superpowers is determined to become a hero named Kick-Ass. And promptly gets beaten repeatedly to a pulp in the process – that is, until he meets like minded father and daughter duo Big Daddy (played by Nicholas Cage) and the ultra-violent, foul-mouthed Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz). Also starring Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka “McLovin” from Superbad), this could easily become an insanely huge cult comedy hit of the year, and has already generated a lot of excitement amongst those already familiar with the content of the graphic novels. Expect a lot of talk about this film! Released 2nd April.

REMEMBER ME (12) (Dir. Allen Coulter)

Robert Pattinson takes the lead in another romantic drama, but this time dropping his usual vampire role for a grittier, more real-world persona. Tyler (Pattinson) searches for meaning in life when his parents split after his brother commits suicide. He then falls for Ally (played by Emilie de Ravin), a kindred spirit who lives every day to its fullest after witnessing her mother’s murder. Despite its obvious attraction to any Twilight fans, Remember Me looks like it could be a genuinely moving drama that will tug all the right heartstrings for anyone who likes a proper romance. Released 2nd April.

THE LAST SONG (PG) (Dir. Julie Anne Robinson)

Finally seeing Miley Cyrus drop her kind of irritating Hannah Montana role could actually validate her status as a serious actress/singer. The Last Song sees her play rebellious young girl Ronnie, who is sent to live with her estranged father who abandoned her family. While they learn to reconnect through their shared love of music, she also falls in love with Will (Liam Hemsworth) at the same time. The director has also had a lot of success with TV shows such as Pushing Daisies, and this adaptation from Nick Sparks’ novel (who also did the script) could be the right kind of film debut. All that matters is whether Miss Cyrus really can play any other role than her Disney persona – here’s hoping that she can! Released 2nd April.

COP OUT (15) (Dir. Kevin Smith)

For the first time directing someone else’s screenplay, Kevin Smith (creator of Clerks, Dogma and Zack and Miri) directs this comedy about a veteran cop (Bruce Willis) whose rare baseball card gets stolen, and so he brings in his partner (Tracey Morgan) to help track down the memorabilia obsessed gangster who stole it. Already getting great feedback from the US, and after popular stories from the set between Smith and Willis, Cop Out looks like it could retain its popularity when it makes its way over to the UK. Definitely check it out if you’re already a fan of Smith and his other films, but since he’s not responsible for the script this time don’t expect his usual kind of humour or in-jokes. Released 16th April.

As published in Listed Magazine Issue 26 and on www.listedmagazine.com

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