LISTED Film Previews – December 2011

This is it!! The final run down of the year, and what a year its been for films! We’ve had a lot of great films come past us this year, and a lot of terrible ones….. and a lot of ones that looked great but turned out to be terrible and ultimately disappointed me to the extent that I cried. Physically cried. Sad isn’t it? Please Hollywood, stop making disappointing films and just do good ones? Thanks, ‘preciate it…

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But if you came here for Film Previews to get you in the Christmas mood then… well, there aren’t many Christmas movies out this month. Sorry. But instead, I packed this months previews full of some other awesome stuff instead. Just thinking of you, you know. Enjoy!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (12A) (Dir. Guy Ritchie)

After the surprise break-out hit of the first film, Guy Ritchie brings back the crime-solving duo of Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Watson (Jude Law) for a second action-packed adventure. In A Game of Shadows, Holmes and Watson are pitted against their fiercest adversary and the only man that ever matched Holmes for intellect – Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Also returning is Rachel McAdams as Adler and a new addition of Noomi Rapace as Sim (which links to another release this month…) as the group go on a chase across Europe to stop Moriarty’s web of murders. If it’s as smart as the first, you can bet A Game of Shadows will be a massive hit across the board in time for the Christmas break. Released December 16th.

THE THING (15) (Dir. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.)

Not actually the re-boot that everyone thought it might be, but instead a prequel to the John Carpenter 1982 original, The Thing stars Mary-Elizabeth Winstead as grad student Kate Lloyd working in an Antarctica research facility that has discovered an alien craft. This discovery not only leads to a confrontation between her and her research professor (Ulrich Thomsen), but a series of grizzly goings-on which explain all the events that lead right up to the opening of the original film. Expect big references to the original and plenty of thrills and flame-throwers. Released December 2nd.

PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) (Dir. Chris Miller)

A somewhat tenuous spin-off from the successful Shrek series, Antonio Banderas returns for the origin story of the scene-stealing feline as he teams up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty (Salma Hayek) to steal the famed Goose that lays Golden Eggs. If you’re a huge follower of the Shrek series or have kids then it might be worth going to see, but the rest of us might remain cautiously sceptical for now. Released December 9th.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL (12A) (Dir. Brad Bird)

Having to compete with the possibly more anticipated Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is no easy feat for Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) fourth outing in the series. Although the M:I series is starting to die out a bit, Ghost Protocol looks like it will be going in a new direction as Hunt’s group must go rogue in order to clear the name of their organisation. Also starring Jeremy Renner before he appears as Hawkeye in The Avengers next year, Ghost Protocol looks to have everything that made the previous films successful, but with a darker edge. Released December 26th.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (15) (Dir. David Fincher)

Gradually becoming a slightly more acceptable American remake than others recently, this version stars Daniel Craig as the journalist Mikael Blomqvist who is aided by wanted computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years. Although the original Swedish films were a massive hit this side of the Atlantic, the American remake is still sure to bring in crowds due to its much higher filming budget and big name cast/direction team, so it’s probably worth going to see even if it’s just to compare with the originals. Released December 26th.

As published in Listed Magazine and on http://www.listedmagazine.com.

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LISTED Film Previews – November 2010

Once again, I bring you another list of some films you should (and some, maybe you shouldn’t!) go and check out this month. It also sees the return of the money-making machine that is the Harry Potter franchise. Make of it what you will, but needless to say, this is going to sell out everywhere. If there was ever going to be a “Big One” for this generation, this one and ultimately the very last one will be it! Mark my words, this is going to be massive stuff! Get your eyes on it:

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART ONE (12A) (Dir. David Yates)

With the last instalment of the already multi-million dollar franchise being split into two parts, it’s really hard to not question the ratio between doing the most crucial book justice with creative integrity and milking the final cash-cow for all its worth before it all ends. That being said, anyone who liked the very stylistic (if somewhat plot-holed) Half-Blood Prince will be happy to hear that the same director and writer are on board for this final venture, so fans of the teenage wizard troop are sure to get the kind of film they’re hoping for. What’s more, this will all be in “magical” 3D so all the cool broomstick and spell effects will seem a lot more lifelike, which will provide more entertainment for the seven people out there who haven’t read the final book! Released November 19th.

JACKASS 3-D (18) (Dir. Jeff Tremaine)

Ok, so there’s never really any plotline, there are no dynamic characters or multi-layered threads of development of any kind. There are no cool computer effects, no action stars, and hardly even a script. But let’s face it, even the sternest of film critics will have a moment of weakness and let slip a giggle when they see someone get smacked across the room by a giant, spring-loaded rubber hand! Jackass may have been somewhat left behind in recent years, but the fact that this latest effort from Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and the rest of the danger-facing crew has been filmed using 3D cameras might add a touch more interest for the people out there cringing at the thought of this film taking up precious screen time at their local cinema. It does beg the question, though: Just how much many dangerous stunts can you really do in 3D, and are they going to be awesome? Released November 5th.

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST (18) (Dir. Daniel Alfredson)

Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy finally comes to a close with the high-octane final instalment! After the events of Girl Who Played With Fire, Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) is fighting for her life in intensive care whilst Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is fighting to prove her innocence. This is set to round off the trilogy in a pretty big way, and is very hotly tipped for some Oscar Nominations (Rapace is in the running for Best Actress) this year. Make sure you catch this film, as well as the first two, before the Hollywood re-make with Daniel Craig is released next year! Released November 26th.

WELCOME TO THE RILEYS (15) (Dir. Jake Scott)

Married man James Gandolfini grieves over the loss of his daughter and his gradually fading marriage when he meets a young runaway (Kristen Stewart) on a business trip in New Orleans, and forms a questionable relationship that begins to bring all three broken people into a new life together. This is probably a film anyone who hasn’t seen any Twilight films might gravitate towards as it looks genuinely dramatic, but might also bring in a crowd eager to see Stewart wearing not very much at all… Released November 26th.

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