Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Huntsman: Winter’s War – new poster and trailer

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The prequel to 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman comes to cinemas on April 4th in the UK (April 22nd in the US), heralding the return of Chris Hemsworth as the hunky Eric and Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna. They are joined by Emily Blunt as Ravenna’s sister, the icy-hearted Freya, and Jessica Chastain as Eric’s fellow warrior Sara in what promises to be an epic fantasy adventure. Check out the trailer, below:

 

 

 

Want your city to host an early screening of Allegiant? Read on…

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The latest instalment in the Divergent series of movies, Allegiant, is in cinemas from March 10th, but if you live in the UK you can join in the Initiate Battle and vote for the chance for the movie to be screened early in a city near you.

 

Today, it’s the south, and you have 24 hours to vote for either London or Bristol to host an early screening. On Tuesday it is the turn of the Midlands, with Birmingham v Nottingham, and on Wednesday it will be the North, with Manchester v Liverpool. Finally, on Thursday it is the chance for two cities in Scotland to vie for the chance to have a screening of Allegiant in Edinburgh v Glasgow. The winning city in each battle will be announced the following day, and those tweeting with the winning town hashtag stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets to that city’s screening. The screenings will be held in the four winning cities on March 9th. For more information and to cast your vote, visit the Allegiant Battle website: www.allegiantbattle.co.uk.

You can also tweet your support of your Allegiant city HERE

 

 

Pete’s Dragon – new stills and trailer

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Remember the cuddly 1977 Disney animated movie Pete’s Dragon? Well, Disney have given it a 21st century, live action update that will be coming to our screens this summer (12 August). It’s the story of an orphaned boy and his best friend Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon, and in this version the cast includes Oakes Fegley as Pete, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban and Wes Bentley.

We’ve got three stills from the movie, plus the trailer for you to check out:

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The Batmobile is in London this weekend!

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If you’re a Batman fan and in the London area this weekend, make sure to stop by the Odeon Leicester Square as the Batmobile from the new Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie is on display in the lobby. It will be there today (Saturday) and tomorrow, and passers-by and cinemagoers alike will be able to take photos of the impressive car that measures 21ft long and is 11ft wide. Oh, and it has a rotating cannon on it, too (if only this was an extra available on all cars…)

If you can’t get to London, check out these photos of the Batmobile… and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be in UK and US cinemas from 25th March.

 

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Norm Of The North is coming soon…

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The new animated comedy Norm Of The North opens in UK cinemas on March 18th, and tells the story of a polar bear who travels to New York City to protect his Arctic home from developers. Check out the trailer below, and we also have some activity sheets for kids to try during half term, too…

 

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Deadpool definitely isn’t for kids… (but older teens and grown-ups will love it…)

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In case you’ve missed the posters and trailers, Deadpool – based on the Marvel comic character of the same name – opened in cinemas last week. It’s already a blockbuster hit, making $150 million in the US for its first four days of release, so I bet you’re wondering why I haven’t reviewed it at the main Movies4Kids website. After all, I have covered all the other comic book adaptations, from Ant-Man to X-Men, so why have I missed out on this megahit?

 

Deadpool International One SheetIf you’ve seen the movie you may already know the answer. Yes, Deadpool is a comic book character (he’s appeared in the X-Men comics). But unlike the Avengers movies, Iron Man, Spider-Man and even recent, darker Batman movies (like The Dark Knight), Deadpool has been given a 15 certificate and it really deserves it. While I have featured movies with this rating on the site before (for example, the teen horror comedy The Cabin In The Woods), this rude, crude, often outrageously funny movie was never aimed at kids, and the BBFC’s description that it contains ‘strong bloody violence, strong language, sex references’ gives you a hint as to what appears on screen. (And you can add ‘decapitation, X-rated hand gestures, and reference to dildoes, blow jobs and masturbation to the list, too).

 

Deadpool (as played by Ryan Reynolds) is a reluctant hero – a mercenary who falls for a hooker, discovers he has cancer and agrees to undergo a suspicious-sounding experimental treatment that won’t only save his life, it will give him superhuman powers. However, while he finds this means he can recover from all wounds (his hand ever re-grows when it’s chopped off), it also leaves him disfigured and bent on revenge.

 

DEADPOOLWe first meet Deadpool when he’s on the path of the man who turned him into a monster, and within 10 minutes of the movie’s start a severed head has flown across the screen, you’ll have lost count of the number of swear words uttered, and there will have been more sex references than you’re likely to get in the average issue of Playboy. And we haven’t even mentioned what Deadpool gets up to a few minutes later with an unfortunate stuffed unicorn toy (luckily, off camera). Yup, a kids’ movie this ain’t. In fact, there’s so much crude or violent stuff going on in this 15 certificate film that you start to wonder just what a filmmaker has to do nowadays to gain an 18 certificate (maybe actually show what happens with the unicorn?)

 

While there isn’t much of a plot to speak of, this is a really funny movie if coarse humour and a sarcastic central character give you the chuckles. Reynolds delivers all the jokes and snarky lines perfectly, the action moves along at a frenetic pace, and there’s a sly knowingness throughout that makes it all really likeable.

 

If you like dumb, crude laughs, you’ll love Deadpool… just don’t let the kids know you went to see it.

 

NOTE – Deadpool has a 15 certificate in the UK which does mean that no one under that age should be allowed to see the movie in cinemas anyway. For more information, the BBFC page explaining the 15 classification can be read HERE. The movie has an R rating in the US and you can read more about the American rating system HERE.

 

 

 

First trailer for animated movie Sing!

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The creators of Despicable Me and Minions have a new movie named Sing due in UK cinemas in January 2017 (and in US cinemas on 21 December this year). Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton are among the vocal talents in the story of a koala named Buster who tries to save his failing theatre by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Take a look: