The Highly Anticipated First Trailer For ‘Avengers: ENDGAME’ Has Arrived!

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

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Deadpool Goes PG In ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ Trailer


“To kick off the holiday season audiences of almost all ages will soon be able to enjoy the Merc with the Mouth’s reimagining of Deadpool 2 filtered through the prism of childlike innocence. “Fox has been asking for a PG-13 basically since the start in 2006,” Ryan Reynolds told Deadline. “I’ve said no since 2006. Now, this one time, I said ‘Yes’ on two conditions. First, a portion of the proceeds had to go to charity. Second, I wanted to kidnap Fred Savage. The second condition took some explaining…”Fred Savage will join Reynolds in new scenes for ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL in an homage to Savage’s starring role in the 1987 bedtime-story classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Fred remarked, “while my participation in this film was anything but voluntary, I am happy to learn that Fudge Cancer will be the beneficiary of this shameless cash grab”For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the charity Fudge Cancer – previously known as Fuck Cancer, who have graciously changed their name to be more PG-13 friendly for the 12 days of Once Upon A Deadpool’s release.”

Directed by: David Leitch

Cast: Ryan Reynolds,  Moren Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand

Release Date: May 18th, 2018

Sicario 2: Soldado

Year: 2018
Directed by: Stefano Sollima
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Catherine Keener

Written by Rhys Bowen Jones

Taylor Sheridan has crafted himself a very successful niche in Hollywood. Following his writing successes on films like ‘Hell or High Water and Wind River’ (which he also directed), Sheridan has penned a sequel to the film that truly put him on the map, 2015’s ‘Sicario’. ‘Sicario’ is a crime thriller, directed by Denis Villeneuve and was one of the smash hits of 2015, earning Sheridan worldwide recognition for his superb screenplay and the way he handles dialogue. Flashing forward 3 years, ‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ is Sheridan’s first sequel, and it’s clear that Sheridan hasn’t lost his knack for piercing dialogue and riveting storytelling.

‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ stars Josh Brolin’s CIA Agent Matt Graver and his frequent inside man Alejandro Gillick (played superbly by Benicio Del Toro) as they attempt to find a solution to the increasingly troublesome drug war on the US-Mexico border. Their solution is as American as it gets – to incite a war between the biggest drug cartels in Mexico by kidnapping the daughter of one of the cartel kingpins and staging it as a rival cartel’s doing.

‘Sicario’ did a masterful job of unpacking the American approach to the drug trade in Mexico, examining why America does it, how it does it, and what it needs to do better. It criticises everything we have come to expect from a film like this by subverting our expectations, thanks in large part to the superb role Emily Blunt played as our audience surrogate. This time, Blunt is sadly nowhere to be seen, and as Graver says when recruiting Gillick again, there are “no rules this time,” with the ‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ team aiming to take a far more blunt approach to proceedings. While the overall effect of the film doesn’t match ‘Sicario,’ it delivers a satisfying follow up to one of 2015’s best efforts.

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Starting with the good, the performances are as great as we’ve come to expect from pros like Brolin and Del Toro, each of them relishing their cutting lines of dialogue to various people who sadly get on their bad side. Brolin chews up his script like a man on a mission, with the ham-fisted subtlety that we expect from a man whose plan to stop the drug war is to, well, start a different war. Graver is the embodiment of the American Way in ‘Soldado’, when presented with two options, Graver will choose the one that makes the biggest explosion.

Del Toro’s performance is far more nuanced, a welcome change to Graver’s brash nature, as he completes his tasks strategically and efficiently. He has moments of brutality, like an early assassination where he uses his left index finger to fire his handgun faster than his right index finger could for reasons other than this looks cool. Alejandro is faced with many moral quandary’s through the film, mainly related to the kidnapped daughter, Isabel (played by Isabela Moner, off the back of a supporting role in ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’). Those familiar with ‘Sicario’ will know why Isabela is important to Alejandro, but what could have been forced melodrama comes off really nicely thanks to Del Toro’s performance, the highlight of which is the eye-opening sign-language conversation he has with a deaf-mute man he meets on his travels. Del Toro continues to be on fine form whatever he does, whether it’s the subtlety of this role or the madness of The Collector in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Further positives for ‘Soldado’ come from its music. With the tragic passing of JĂłhann JĂłhannsson earlier this year, soundtrack duties were passed to regular JĂłhansson collaborator Hildur GuĂ°nadĂłttir. The original ‘Sicario’ soundtrack is stunning, earning numerous award nominations including an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. ‘Soldado’s’ soundtrack is naturally influenced by ‘Sicario’s’, but where ‘Sicario’ knew when to include moments of levity and calm before the ensuing storm, ‘Soldado’s’ is much more consistently intense. It has some superb moments where it’s the soundtrack to a shootout or a chase sequence, but the overall impact isn’t quite as strong as the original.

That becomes a theme as the film transpires. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the film all the way through, but ‘Sicario’ felt different. It had the vision of masters like director Denis Villeneuve and cinematography legend Roger Deakins to guide proceedings to where they needed to be. Where ‘Sicario’ had “the scene” in form of the US-Mexico border traffic jam scene, or where it had “the shot” in the form of the US military silhouettes descending into darkness against the Mexican sunset, ‘Soldado’ doesn’t have moments like that. It has flashes of excellence, there’s a very well-done night vision scene in the first act, and there’s a very good shoot-out in the middle of a dirt road that’s shown almost entirely from inside a car. Director Stefano Sollima, a veteran of the highly rated Italian drama series ‘Gomorrah’, plays things safer than Villeneuve did, opting for functional shots rather than impressive ones. That isn’t to say there aren’t great shots and moments in the film, but it’s not as well-executed as the original.

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“The Shot” from ‘Sicario’

‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ is a well-done film, it has great elements to it, mainly from its actors, but it doesn’t quite have the spark the original has, lacking the necessary subtlety to take on such a modern-day, real-world, hot button topic. I’ve read Sheridan say ‘Soldado’ is less a sequel to the original, it’s more of a standalone story within that world, and I buy that. I would like to see more of that. Take these characters, put them in a situation, see how it unfolds. It’s a good approach, because the further away from the original you take ‘Soldado’, the better it comes across.

I could’ve done without the final line, though.

Rhys’ Rating:

3-5

 

Deadpool 2

Year: 2018
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin

Written by Rhys Bowen Jones

The runaway smash-hit of 2016 ‘Deadpool’ saw the debut (yes, debut) of a fan favourite character known for breaking the fourth wall and being supremely foul-mouthed, as played by Ryan Reynolds in a passion project in the works for years. 2 years on, Deadpool is a household name thanks to Reynolds being widely considered the perfect man for the role and the film being supremely entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny from its opening credits right to its post-credits scene. 2 years on, we have been given the inevitable sequel a record breaking film was destined to have, and I’m happy to report that Deadpool hasn’t changed one bit.

‘Deadpool 2’ sees Deadpool fully invested in his saving-the-world-as-unethically-as-possible shtick as we are shown in the opening sequences. When tragedy strikes, Deadpool finds himself in a rut and it’s up to Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapcic) to pick him back up and continue his attempts at turning him into a true member of the X-Men. Meanwhile, mutants are popping up left and right, namely young Russell Collins, a teenager who can control fire, and Cable, a time-travelling cybernetic soldier who arrives, Terminator style, to complete a personal revenge mission.

What immediately comes across as you watch is ‘Deadpool 2′ has a far wider scope than the original. Where Deadpool spent the majority of its runtime on one section of a motorway, Deadpool 2 zips around the world in a montage sequence catching us up on what Deadpool has been up to since we last saw him. This sequence showcases impressive choreography thanks largely to its new director, David Leitch, fresh off his impressive work on ‘John Wick’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’, while also informing us that the jokes will fly at you faster than you can process them.

The wider scope isn’t only evident visually either, as the dialogue very heavily references other Marvel films, from the X-Men franchise (which Deadpool is very much a part of) to the MCU (which Deadpool isn’t a part of…yet). Some jokes come obviously (Josh Brolin’s Cable is the target of multiple MCU jokes for obvious reasons), while others are far more subtle. It also does very well at referencing lines from the first Deadpool that, granted, not many in my screening caught, but I did, and I appreciated the commitment to writing jokes to include everyone in the audience, from the casual viewers to the hardcore fans.

The quality of filmmaking itself is evident as Leitch brings his stunt related past to the film, showcasing the talent we have clearly seen in his previous work in genuinely impressive sequences like a slow-motion one-take sequence that Deadpool narrates over near the beginning of the film, as well as the fight choreography on the truck in the climax of Act 2. There are no annoyingly fast cuts to be found as the punches are given time to land and take effect; one of the biggest factors in well-shot action is the geography, and it was always clear where each character was after every hit. David Leitch is an exciting director that I hope continues this impressive form throughout his inevitably successful career.

‘Deadpool 2’ continues the trend from the first by being very funny and very entertaining on every level. The jokes do come at you at a supreme pace that you will not catch all of them even after multiple viewings, but ‘Deadpool 2’ is definitely going for re-watchability, which it most definitely is. And yet, while the film is consistently very funny, it doesn’t quite manage to tip over into hilarious territory. A few sequences come very close – Basic Instinct, X-Force for reference – but it doesn’t quite get there as well as ‘Deadpool’ does. “A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That’s like…16 walls” from the first film is an all-time favourite quote of mine, there isn’t a line in ‘Deadpool 2′ that matches this one.

‘Deadpool 2’ does a lot of things very well, not least the cast. Everyone on screen is evidently having a blast with the film, and so many of them are perfect for the role. As aforementioned, Reynolds is Deadpool, Zazie Beetz almost steals the show as Domino, the endlessly cool and very lucky (it’s definitely a superpower and definitely cinematic) member of the X-Force, and Josh Brolin for the second time this year knocks a major Marvel character out of the park with a terrific performance as the time-travelling badass, Cable.

The true MVP of the film though is Julian Dennison as Russell Collins. Fresh off his hilarious turn in Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, Dennison has charm for days and has the ability to make any line, any look, any body movement funny. On top of being funny, Dennison genuinely makes Russell (or Fire Fist as he hilariously named himself) a character you empathise with, even as he descends into pyromania in the final act.

While there are a lot of positives to take from ‘Deadpool 2′, the film does have its flaws that teeter on the edge of having a significant effect on the film. Given the nature of firing jokes at you at an alarming rate, it falls occasionally on the side of jokes not landing. When they land, they’re great, but when they don’t land, you can feel the awkward silence in the room waiting for the next one. There are several of these moments, and they all add up into stretches of the film feeling like dead air. This wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but the film is 2 hours long, and these long stretches of jokelessness, or unfunny jokes, stay with you.

Secondly, I have praised the film’s wider scope already in this review, but this proves to be the film’s double-edged sword. At several points, the film tries to do things that are just too much for its budget. There’s a very fun sequence that’s effectively a truck chase sequence and the truck, at multiple points, looks like it belongs in a PS2 racing game. In the final act, there’s a self-aware CGI fight (Deadpool literally shouts “CGI fight!” at the screen to set it up) that feels weightless when it really shouldn’t given the characters involved because of how blatantly CGI it is.

Finally, ‘Deadpool 2′ suffers from the same problem as the first film. ‘Deadpool’ very clearly set itself up as the antithesis to the MCU, a superhero film that breaks all the rules and refuses to follow convention, and yet follows all the rules and the convention. The act of acknowledging the conventions before they happen doesn’t excuse the fact that they remain followed. I enjoyed the self-referential nature of the film because it’s something that’s so rarely seen, but it frustrated me to see the trends followed and see missed opportunities to do change things up.

All told, I did really enjoy ‘Deadpool 2′. I thought it was funny throughout, the cast were all excellent, and it has, without a doubt, the best mid-credits scene of all-time. There are problems abound that come with trying to exceed the expectations set by a great first outing, but I honestly feel ‘Deadpool 2′ has more re-watchability than the original because of its attempts to go bigger than the first. Oh, and keep an eye out for some excellent cameos!

Rhys’ Rating:

3.5

Avengers: Infinity War

Year: 2018
Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Benicio Del Tor, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

Written by Dave Curtis

18 films, 10 years and it all comes down to this. ‘Avengers Infinity War’ is the film that Marvel studios has been building too ever since Robert Downey’s first ‘Iron Man’ appeared on our cinema screens back in 2008. Back then, Marvel weren’t even a proper studio, they were just a small cog in a much bigger wheel. Well, now they are the wheel. To say this is a big deal would be a understatement. This is the ultimate event movie. The hype and build up that surround the release of the film have been huge. Very few spoilers have leaked out and we are going to keep it that way. JUMPCUT will be releasing much more and spoiler filled and in-depth reviews over the next few weeks.

This is just initial reactions from the press screening that happened in London on 24th May 2018

Before the screening you could feel the anticipation in the room. Conversations were rife with the future of all our favourite characters. Where’s Hawkeye? Does Cap’s beard play a major role? Where’s that missing soul stone? Answers were coming. The lights went out and the Marvel Studio logo comes up and the crowd went wild.

For the next 149 minutes we were all putty in the Russo brother’s hands. They have woven a tale which bounces around all Marvel’s best and across the darkest corners of the universe and back again to New York and Wakanda. It was always going to be a hard job to give every character their moment but ‘Infinity War’ just about does that. With multiple story-lines, it does feel more like ‘Return of the Jedi’ and ‘The Two Towers’ than the normal single story narrative. The script is so tight and every word that is said is important, so listen carefully.

Thanos lives up to his reputation at the ultimate bad guy (A problem Marvel has had in the past). The Mad Titan is at the heart of the movie and Josh Brolin’s voice will send shivers down the spine of any mortal man. He truly is a test for the Avengers.

‘Avengers Infinity War’ at its best is epic, emotional and very, very shocking. It has impressive set pieces and of course it’s very funny. The few faults it does have are going to be down purely to the viewer. A knowledge of all that has happened before is essential. This is not the film for newbies. If you don’t know your Captain Americas from your Star Lords then maybe it would be best to catch up first. . Also as you expect some characters get more screen time than others, sadly some of your favs may just be bit part players. Overall this was worth the wait.

‘Infinity War’ holds true to its core and has truly raised stakes on the Marvel cinematic universal. Nothing will be the same again. Roll on May 2019 for Avengers 4.

ps. There is a end of credit scene, so don’t leave early!

Dave’s Rating: 8.5/10

You can hear more of Dave’s thoughts in his podcast!

It’s The X-Force vs Cable In The Final ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer

“After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.”

Directed by: David Leitch

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Terry Crews, Julian Dennison

Release Date: May 16th, 2018

Wade Assembles the X-Force In Brand New ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer

“After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.”

Directed by: David Leitch

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Terry Crews, Julian Dennison

Release Date: May 16th, 2018

The End Begins In Brand New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Benicio Del Tor, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper ,

Date: April 26th, 2018

Meet Cable In A Brand New ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer!

“After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.”

Directed by: David Leitch

Cast: Ryan Reynolds,  Moren Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand

Release Date: May 18th, 2018