Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman follows a washed-up actor, Riggan (Michael Keaton), who once played an iconic superhero. Now, as he mounts a Broadway play, led by stars Lesley (Naomi Watts) and Mike (Edward Norton), in a bid to reclaim his past glory, he must overcome his ego and family troubles and get back on track with his life and career and fix the bond with his daughter Sam (Emma Stone).
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Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to the reboot that sees the return of the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). This time, Peter learns that being Spider-Man comes at a price, as only he can protect his fellow New Yorkers, most importantly girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.
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Directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, The Croods follows a caveman family who, when their cave is destroyed, must embark on an adventure through an unfamiliar fantastical world in search of a new home. With the help of an inventive nomad named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and his pet sloth, Grug (Nicolas Cage) and his family – Eep (Emma Stone), Ugga (Catherine Keener), Gran (Cloris Leachman), Sandy (Randy Thom) and Thunk (Clark Duke) – must conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other.
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DreamWorks’ latest animation The Croods has a new trailer this week, introducing us to a brilliant voice cast led by the likes of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman.
The film is set in “a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet” and follows the world’s very first pre-historic family as they go on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.
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Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad has a new international trailer this week, giving us a couple more seconds of footage for the Zombieland-director’s upcoming crime drama.
Starring Sean Penn as the ruthless New York gangster Mickey Cohen, the film is set in Los Angeles in 1949 and is a colourful retelling of events surrounding a special task force known as the Gangster Squad, focusing on their efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.
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(Published in Issue 12 of my publication In Retrospect)
After the huge success of The Avengers earlier this year, this month sees the release of Marvel‘s latest film, The Amazing Spider-Man. Directed by Marc Webb, the film is a reboot of Sam Raimi‘s original Spider-Man trilogy that starred Tobey Maguire in the lead role. Now with Andrew Garfield taking the role as Peter Parker, a.k.a the web-slinging superhero that is Spider-Man, we see a different, more personal side to his story. As Peter finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young, his path puts him on a collision course with his father’s former partner Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), whose current experiments with animal stem cells will change the lives of them both.
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