Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice – Review

I have to admit, I went into Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice with pretty low expectations. I thought Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel was an unmitigated disaster, and I also wasn’t a fan of the semi-rehashing of Christopher Nolan’s Batman in Ben Affleck’s skin and Snyder’s world. Nevertheless, I wanted to form a legitimate opinion about...

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Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Er. I'm going to be honest with you, I'm a little confused. But only because Affleck was not, as the internet is seemingly stating, at the top of the list for New Batman. After some  discussion and cogitation, my conclusion is that Seth Rogen said no, so they've gone to the next one on the list. Don't get me wrong, Affleck is a great...

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Batman Audiences Baffled By Bane

Batman Audiences Baffled By Bane

Warner Bros is reported to be 'scared to death' after audiences claimed they couldn't understand the dialogue from the latest Batman villain, Bane, in The Dark Knight Rises. A six minute prologue was shown as a preview of the latest instalment in Christopher Nolan's series of Batman films before IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Alberto Falcone in new Batman

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Alberto Falcone in new Batman

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, everyone's favourite baby-faced underdog, who proved himself not-so underdog-esque in Inception, is due to play gangster Alberto Falcone in The Dark Knight Rises. Anyone who's read the seminal Batman noir, The Long Halloween knows that Alberto Falcone is an extremely important character, and probably one of the darkest...

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No joker in Nolan’s final Batman

No joker in Nolan’s final Batman

After mounting speculation, Batman director Christoher Nolan, has confirmed that there will not be a joker in the third instalment of the films. We can also officially now tell you that this will be Christian Bale's last time as the caped crusader, because The Dark Knight Rises will be the last in the Batman series. Director Nolan,...

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Tom Hardy cast in next Nolan Batman film

Tom Hardy cast in next Nolan Batman film

A new possible villain joins the Batman crew: Tom Hardy. Fellow hero, or Heath Ledger's follow-up villain? So far, so good: Christopher Nolan's Batman films have been adored by fans and critics alike, his dark, Frank Miller-inspired vision of Gotham and its inhabitants giving us Christian Bale's Batman and even more notably, Heath Ledger's...

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Captain America: Civil War – Review

If the first half of 2016 in cinema is to be defined by a clash between films about, well, clashes between superheroes, then we finally have what no one film actually gave us: a clear winner. Where Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice toiled through a messy script and drowned in its own presumed grandeur, Captain America: Civil War was yet...

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The best films to look out for in 2014

The best films to look out for in 2014

As ever, some of the strongest films of the year are to be released in January and February in the run-up to the Oscars in March. But there will then be 10 more months of movie madness after the winter Oscar releases. Here is an overview of some the films we're looking forward to this year. Let's start with those early releases. Two...

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Check out BAFTA Guru’s screenwriting videos

Check out BAFTA Guru’s screenwriting videos

If you’re a big fan of the craft of screenwriting and would like to get involved yourself, then BAFTA’s Guru content may be right up your street.  This series of videos on screenwriting features advice and insight from some of the best in the business, such as Richard Curtis (Love Actually), Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and David S....

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The Geek Culture Explosion

The Geek Culture Explosion

It all started with comic book movies. From a handful of celebrity-funded vanity projects and low-budget labors of love sprang an geek tidal wave that has swept up everything cinematic in its wake. The real effect that geek culture will have on cinematic history is yet to reach its full conclusion, but the impact is already more than...

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The Four Just Men – DVD Review

The Four Just Men – DVD Review

It is impossible to watch The Four Just Men without being aware that it was released just a few months before World War II. The Four Just Men was originally a novel written in 1905 by Edgar Wallace, who is now best known as the creator of King Kong. The book followed four wealthy Europeans who fought for justice by various illegal methods....

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Iron Man 3 – Review

Iron Man 3 – Review

Robert Downey Jr. is living proof that there's such a thing as an enjoyable comic-book protagonist in cinema. Iron Man 3 simply piles more proof on top. I'm not sure what I like about RDJ's performance as billionaire hero Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) the most - his quirky personality, his entertaining body language, or the ease with which he fits...

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Top Movies of 2012

Top Movies of 2012

As we approach the end of another year, possibly the last year ever, it is time to look back at some of the movies that have moved, excited or dazzled us. Our special 'Top Movies of 2012' list lets each of our writers choose the films that have meant the most to them in the last 12 months. Chris Tosan 2012 in film, for me, was a mix...

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Animal trafficking movie in talks

Animal trafficking movie in talks

The last time we saw Tom Hardy he was doing his best to destroy the world as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, but now the muscular actor wants to produce an animal-trafficking film. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy have teamed up to produce an animal-trafficking drama set up at Warner Brothers. According to The Hollywood...

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Vital Bane scenes deleted

Vital Bane scenes deleted

If you couldn't get enough of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises then you'll be pleased to hear that deleted scenes could potentially be released onto the DVD.  It has been reported by GQ magazine that the superhero film, starring Tom Hardy and Christian Bale, had vital scenes cut from the final edit which explored Bane's...

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Dark Knight Rises is UK’s fastest-grossing movie

Dark Knight Rises is UK’s fastest-grossing movie

In just 10 days, Christopher Nolan's third Batman film has set a new record by taking in a staggering £30 million at the UK box office. This outstanding result has made The Dark Knight Rises the UK's fastest-grossing film of the year and it's predicted to surpass £643m ($1 billion) at the global box office. Deadline reported that the...

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Dark Knight Rises composer’s Aurora victim tribute

Dark Knight Rises composer’s Aurora victim tribute

The Oscar-winning composer of The Dark Knight Rises score, Hans Zimmer, has written an eight-minute musical piece to raise money for the victims of the Aurora shootings. He made the announcement on his Facebook page. The proceeds from the composition, created by the man who won a Grammy for his 2008 work on The Dark Knight, will go to...

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Angelina Jolie eyes up 50 Shades role

Angelina Jolie eyes up 50 Shades role

There are many actresses eyeing up a role in the saucy 50 Shades film adaptation, and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is just one of them. The athletic  Tomb Raider actress is rumoured to be snooping after the role of saucy Shades character Anastasia Steele in the erotic novel written by E L James. According to The Mirror, Angelina Jolie...

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Status Quo star in action-packed film, Bula Quo!

Status Quo star in action-packed film, Bula Quo!

Wrinkly rockers, Status Quo, are soon to star in their very own action movie, titled Bula Quo! Despite having first formed way back in the sixties, it seems that Status Quo are still keen to broaden their creative horizons, with two of the original members of the band appearing in their very own action-comedy caper. Guitar-playing...

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Dark Knight Rises: third trailer now online

Dark Knight Rises: third trailer now online

For those salivating at the prospect of a new Nolan Batman film, the third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises should help you survive until release date. Interestingly, the trailer also features the voice-change Bane underwent in order to become a little more intelligble. Sadly, he was less intelligible in the first speaking part shown in this...

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Liam Neeson named Best Irish actor

Liam Neeson named Best Irish actor

In a poll by Sky Movies HD, the public reaffirmed a fact that we know already, that Liam Neeson is a well-trusted, talented actor. He is so popular in fact that he was voted Ireland and the UK's favourite Irish actor in the poll, which is no mean feat, considering the wealth of talent that seems to pour out of Ireland. He has racked-up a...

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Special Oscar performance by Cirque du Soleil

Special Oscar performance by Cirque du Soleil

Contortionists, aerialists and acrobatics are just some of the stunning acts we can expect to see during Cirque du Soleil's special Oscar ceremony performance. The international athletic cast are set to showcase a unique and exclusive performance at next week's Oscars; it will be the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for one single...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Makes Directorial Début

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Makes Directorial Début

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to make his directorial début with a comedy film, for which the actor has also the screenplay. Gordon-Levitt began his acting career aged just 7-years-old, and has starred in everything from A River Runs Through It to (500) Days of Summer and Inception. Back in 2004, he also launched his own online...

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Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson for Noah film?

Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson for Noah film?

Speculation has been growing recently about Darren Aronofsky's retelling of Noah's Ark, and who will be the current likely takers for roles in the Biblical story that's to be entitled Noah. Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson are mooted as highly likely, and they have previously starred together in The Next Three Days, a 2010 film about a...

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Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston to star in Madagascar 3

Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston to star in Madagascar 3

It has been revealed that both Jessica Chastain and Bryan Cranston have joined the cast of the upcoming computer-animated comedy, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Although the third instalment of the Madagascar series of films will see many of its regular voice-actors reprise their roles, the names behind the voices of new characters...

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The Dark Knight Rises – news on setting and prologue

The Dark Knight Rises – news on setting and prologue

Batfans will be excited to hear that Christopher Nolan has finally revealed some juicy news about the next Batman film. The Dark Knight Rises will be set eight years after The Dark Knight, which ended at a rather crucial time for our hero. In an effort to give the people of Gotham hope and keep the image of the White Knight alive, Batman...

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Johnny English returns… Reborn

Johnny English returns… Reborn

Johnny English is back with another James Bond-esque spoof. Filled with more slapstick humour and tongue-in-cheek action, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Not only will Johnny English: Reborn make you laugh out loud, it will make you coil up in cringe-inducing horror, sigh at the predictability of the plot. Ultimately...

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Josh Brolin starring in Oldboy remake

Josh Brolin starring in Oldboy remake

No, seriously, it really is going ahead. The Oldboy remake gains pace as talented A-lister Josh Brolin signs up to star as the protagonist. So, what's going on, exactly? Well, we spoke about a potential Oldboy remake a while back, as you may remember. Apparently, unlike many a remake project, it has not gone financially belly-up but has, not...

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Another Dark Knight Rises character appears

Another Dark Knight Rises character appears

As The Dark Knight Rises slowly progresses towards its release date, more details are being revealed to make it one of the most anticipated films of 2012. And now, another character has appeared, one that's rather spoileriffic. If you've not seen Batman Begins (what is wrong with you? Go and watch it now), then don't read the rest of this...

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The Crow remake has a director

The Crow remake has a director

For those of you waiting to see if the remake of the dogged-by-death original The Crow will actually be any good, it's been announced that the person leading it all will be 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. As we've mentioned before, The Crow remake is well on its way to production, and people are beginning to be slotted into the...

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Channing Tatum linked to Peter Pan prequel

Channing Tatum linked to Peter Pan prequel

Another day, another weird story from Hollywood. Hardman hottie Channing Tatum is reportedly working on a new version of Peter Pan. It is thought that he has teamed up with the screenwriter Billy Ray and the producer Joe Roth to make Peter Pan Begins. We're guessing the Step Up star will not be playing Peter unless it's Peter on steroids,...

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Rutger Hauer cast in Dracula 3D

Rutger Hauer cast in Dracula 3D

Rutger Hauer has been cast as Van Helsing in Dracula 3D. Yep, you heard right, that's Dracula...in 3D. This upcoming interpretation of the 1897 Bram Stoker novel comes from Italian film director, Dario Argento, who certainly has a fair bit of experience when it comes to horror and slasher movies - his last feature-length picture was the...

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Michelle Pfeiffer to join Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows?

Michelle Pfeiffer to join Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows?

Michelle Pfeiffer is reportedly in discussion with Tim Burton to star in his latest film Dark Shadows. The pair last worked together back in 1992, when the actress played Catwoman in Batman Returns. Dark Shadows is a big screen re-vamp of the popular 1960s gothic vampire TV soap opera, so it's right up Burton's street. You'll...

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Review: Red and White (Merah Putih)

Review: Red and White (Merah Putih)

The heroes in Red and White fight the Dutch colonial powers for the red and white of the new Indonesian flag. Red stands for the blood of courage and white for their lofty ideal - two qualities eulogised in this movie. You might end up feeling that the praise for the heroes of the war of independence is just a little too heavy...

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Henry Cavill cast as Superman

Henry Cavill cast as Superman

The relatively unknown Brit actor Henry Cavill has landed the coveted role of Superman in the latest film. The 27-year-old, who is best known for his role in the TV show The Tudors will be Clark Kent in Superman: Man of Steel, which is scheduled for 2012. The latest in the Warner Bros franchise will begin filming this summer and is to...

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Tom Hardy is Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hardy is Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Wondering what role Tom Hardy would play in the hotly anticipated sequel to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight? None other than the chemically-pumped supervillain, Bane. As the resident Batman fan here at the TFR Towers, this is fantastic news. The difficulty with getting another villain in for The Dark Knight Rises (not the most imaginative...

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The Lowdown: Darren Aronofsky

The Lowdown: Darren Aronofsky

Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky has built a reputation as a cinematic genius, but how much do you know about the unique director? It's hard to explain what Darren Aronofsky brings to the films he takes to the big screen. For someone to have successfully translated the spirit of one of Hubert...

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Kickin’ it old-school: The Green Hornet

Kickin’ it old-school: The Green Hornet

If you're tired of superpowers, pointless clichés and anything that hasn't got Seth Rogen in it, prepare to have your prayers answered - The Green Hornet is in town. Almost five years ago, indie film director Kevin Smith was asked at a question-and-answer session whether he'd ever direct a comic book movie. "I'd f*cking love to direct a...

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Christian Bale to star in historical film, Nanjing Heroes

Christian Bale to star in historical film, Nanjing Heroes

Christian Bale has signed on to star in the upcoming historical film, Nanjing Heroes. The film comes courtesy of Zhang Yimou who, as the man behind House of Flying Daggers as well as the direction of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is arguably China's most famous director. Nanjing Heroes, however, will step away from the more frequently...

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets cinematic reboot

Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets cinematic reboot

Reboots are all the rage at the moment, the latest being Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Except, the latest version of the stake-wielding teen to be given the cinematic treatment will go ahead without Whedon himself. After writing the script for the hugely popular TV series, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, it has been confirmed...

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Tom Hardy rumoured to be cast in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Tom Hardy rumoured to be cast in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I wish I was making this film up, because it really is that hilarious and creative. But I'm not, and soon after his casting in Nolan's third Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy has another big role. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a novel written by Seth Graeme-Smith that focuses on the 16th President of the United States...

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The Snow White saga gets wicked

The Snow White saga gets wicked

Mirror Mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest one of all? When it comes to the latest adaptation of Snow White, this is the question on everyone’s lips. It was revealed this week that man of the moment Tom Hardy not only got the lead in Mad Max: Fury Road , but he is due to play the huntsman in action-adventure film Snow White and...

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The Lowdown: I’m Mortal

The Lowdown: I’m Mortal

Justin Timberlake isn't done with film. First a social drama. Then a social network drama. Now? A sci-fi epic with real potential. We know what you're thinking. A sci-fi epic with Justin Timberlake? Well, allow us to refresh your memory: the suave music icon scored big with critics for his performance in Alpha Dog, not to mention his recent...

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Fight Club meets Dragons Den in Twelve

Fight Club meets Dragons Den in Twelve

Twelve is a film you're definitely going to want to see if you're in any way interested in mixed martial arts (MMA). However, if you're a fan of the popular TV show, Dragon's Den, then you might enjoy it just as much. Twelve makes no fuss about its plot - twelve fighters, six millionaire backers and a jackpot for the winning fighter of...

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Rights to David Goyer's sci-fi novel trilogy bought by Warner Bros.

If you're looking for a sci-fi equivalent of Lord of the Rings to sink your teeth into - a meaty trilogy written by a talented man, then the news that Goyer's sci-fi scribblings have been bought by Warner Bros. comes as good news. The first novel in the trilogy, Heaven's Shadow, will be adapted for film in the near future, and it's a good time...

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Tony Scott attached to Nemesis

For fans of Mark Millar's imaginative take on superheroes in Kick-Ass, this will have you rather excited: British director Tony Scott is adapting another of Millar's graphic novels - Nemesis. First off, what do you know about Tony Scott? If you're into action movies and anything involving the boys in blue, we'd wager you know loads. If not,...

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Dr. Strange acquires writers

What do you get if you cross Derek Shepherd of Grey's Anatomy, Hellboy and Marvel's talent for creating mystical, intriguing male characters with dark, moody attitudes and skeleton-in-the-closet pasts? Dr. Strange. And now, thanks to a couple of talented writers, namely Conan's Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, he's coming to the...

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

When re-inventing a franchise there are often eyebrow-raising choices made - and the latest incarnation of Sherlock Holmes is no different. Amongst its cast and director’s back catalogues are Iron Man, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Wedding Crashers, Alfie, Body of Lies and Hancock. And ...

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Is a Die Hard prequel in the works?

The movie gossip mill has gone into overdrive this week - it must've been all that champagne loosing the lips of the bigwigs at Cannes... After the suggestion that Alien might be getting a remake, today's rumour points at Die Hard... Comic book publishers Boom! Studios have announced that they're releasing the publication Die Hard: Year One this...

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10 Crap Movie Sequels we love to hate

There's no greater cash cow for Hollywood than a movie franchise, but while a series might guarantee an audience, does a sequel equal success?   There are some sequels so bad that they almost manage to hog the limelight from the original... Let the show begin: Speed 2: Cruise Control Even himbo Keanu Reeves has the sense to stay away from this...

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Christian Bale speaks out about Dark Knight sequel

Did Christopher Nolan shoot himself in the foot by making The Dark Knight TOO good? Christian Bale thinks so. Total Film spoke to the Welsh-born actor about an expansion in the Batman franchise and learnt that it all hinges on plot; "Will we do a third movie? It's got to be the right story," Bale said. "You can't make something like 'The Dark...

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