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The problem with Pixels: game over for Jane Krakowski

Posted by Ali Gray at 15:00 on 31 Jul 2015
The problem with Pixels: game over for Jane Krakowski
Adam Sandler's latest movie Pixels has lots of problems - the foremost being that it's an Adam Sandler movie - but its most heinous crime is surely the egregious waste of Jane Krakowski. The actress, who is by any measure the most comedically gifted of the entire Pixels cast, plays the First Lady to US President Kevin James and has approximately three lines in the entire movie (none of which are jokes). Pixels is a case study in how to waste funny women.

Review: Pixels

Posted by Matt Looker at 10:30 on 30 Jul 2015
Pixels
One of the many questions that spring to mind while watching Pixels - such as "Why doesn't any of this make any sense?" and "What would it take for Adam Sandler's tired Deputy Dawg face to register an iota of genuine emotion?" - is: Who is this film supposed to be for? As a PG movie packed full of fairly obscure 80s references, you can only assume that its core audience is nostalgic parents who won't mind it when, on the journey home afterwards, their child takes a brief pause from unpacking the latest expansion kit for their favourite immersive online RPG to ask: "What's a Donkey Kong?"

Photo breakdown: Dissecting the new Batman v Superman pics

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 29 Jul 2015
Photo breakdown: Dissecting the new Batman v Superman pics
Yay for still images of characters we have already seen but in a different room and taken from a slightly different angle! [divider] It is a sad fact that we now live in an age where the release of three photos of established characters from a forthcoming blockbuster movie constitutes as Internet-breaking news. Luckily, we...

Secret Cinema audiences wowed as man arrives dressed as Han Solo

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:30 on 26 Jul 2015
Secret Cinema audiences wowed as man arrives dressed as Han Solo
Attendees of the current Star Wars-themed Secret Cinema live event have reacted with shock and awe to the arrival of a ticket holder who came dressed as lovable space rogue Han Solo. "How did no one else think of this?" said an amazed onlooker.

Review: Inside Out

Posted by Matt Looker at 20:00 on 26 Jul 2015
Inside Out
We've all seen the list of Pixar's story concepts throughout the years, right? 1995: What if toys had feelings, 1998: What if bugs had feelings, etc until we get to the Inside Out punchline: What if feelings had feelings? It's an apt joke, not just because you can imagine that this formula for success was actually decided years ago in a boardroom somewhere, but because Inside Out really does feel like the ultimate Pixar film. In terms of fun, emotion, gags and - yes - cries, Inside Out meets the very best of what the studio has done to date, and it does so within a simple, lovable realisation of an incredibly complicated abstract concept. This really is Pinnacle Pixar.

Review: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:00 on 24 Jul 2015
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible is the only movie series that's got the measure of franchise fatigue. Some elements remain omnipresent - the star, the stunts, the self-destruction - but with each new M:I instalment helmed by a new director bringing a fresh flavour, it has Bond beat in terms of shelf-life. Rogue Nation, however, is the first entry in the franchise to play it relatively safe, offering a slick and entertaining adventure but one that doesn't feel different enough from Ghost Protocol - perhaps inevitably, given its predecessor's lofty ambitions, Rogue Nation couldn't ever hope to hit the same heights.

Southpaw ad saved by last-minute reference to other boxing movie

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:30 on 16 Jul 2015
Southpaw ad saved by last-minute reference to other boxing movie
Upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal film Southpaw has been saved from obscurity at the eleventh hour by a journalist's agreement to be quoted comparing it to another boxing movie.

Momentous photo shoot proves that Ben Affleck is dead inside

Posted by Matt Looker at 21:41 on 15 Jul 2015
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Alternate theory: Ben Affleck didn't want to take part in Hollywood Reporter's stunt photo so they used a crash test dummy wearing a Ben Affleck mask and Jesse Eisenberg's jeans.

Awesome new Suffragette poster unveiled at Comic Con

Posted by Matt Looker at 22:31 on 14 Jul 2015
Awesome new Suffragette poster unveiled at Comic Con
Liked it when Bruce Wayne looked angry three times in the space of three minutes while Superman didn’t say a single word? Cheered when The Joker smiled at the camera and er… that’s it? Then look out, fanboys and fangirls, because this time we have hit the Comic Con motherload.

New Fantastic Four one-sheet is the ultimate orange and blue poster

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 13 Jul 2015
Photo mosaic by: mattlooker @ Mosaically

I created this manually, by the way, carefully choosing each poster one at a time. It took me four years.
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