Beauty and the Beast (2017) – A Tale as Old as Time

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A live action recreation of the 1991 Disney animated classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast was one of the most anticipated films of 2017. So anticipated, in fact, that according to Disney, the first teaser was viewed 91.8 million times in its first 24 hours, making it the most viewed teaser trailer in history and beating films like Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. According to The Guardian, 27 million of those views were on the Facebook page of film star, Emma Watson. Families now finally get the chance to watch Emma on the big screen taking on the role as the Hermione-like Belle, an intelligent young woman with big ambitions in a small French provincial town. Alongside Watson, Dan Stevens was cast as the Beast, Luke Evans as the vain and villainous Gaston and Josh Gad as Gaston’s silly sidekick and comic relief, LeFou.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – The Rebels’ Great Sacrifice

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Carrie Fisher, who iconically played Princess Leia in the original series, tragically left us 2 weeks after Rogue One was first screened on the 14th of December, 2016. This dreadful event marked a very important moment in Star Wars history. Rogue One, which featured a CGI version of Fisher’s younger likeness, is not officially part of the Star Wars film series: it does not feature the famous opening crawl, nor does it have an episode number. Nevertheless, there is a very clear tie-in to the original series, acting as a direct prequel to A New Hope.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – The Magic Returns

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the silver lining of 2016 for the fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Since the film’s announcement in 2013, those who can’t get enough of this world have been eagerly awaiting it and the time has finally come to see it on the big screen. The film is set in 1926 New York and is a prequel to the Harry Potter series but, unlike the Harry Potter movies, the screenplay for this one was written by J.K. Rowling herself. The film is based on a book of the same name published in 2001 as a supplement to the Harry Potter book series, a textbook used by the Harry Potter characters. In this case, the movie follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne)’s quest to find his lost Beasts in the streets of New York, and although it is not directly connected to Harry Potter’s story, fans will undoubtedly find references to J.K. Rowling’s famous series. Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – The Magic Returns”

Café Society (2016) – A comedy, written by a sadistic comedy writer

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Café Society was written and directed by Woody Allen, who has won several Oscars including one for best picture, for the famous Annie Hall. The film features Jesse Eisenberg in the main role as Allen’s alter ego – Bobby Dorfman –  as is typical of Allen’s films. It was an enormous success during the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, and got many people excited for the newest Woody-spectacle. The film attracted perhaps an older audience as his original and dedicated fans got their hands on the first tickets, but in the end got a good group of people to make their way to the cinema on the day of release, September 2nd 2016. Continue reading “Café Society (2016) – A comedy, written by a sadistic comedy writer”

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) – Tea Time… Forever!

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Based on the acclaimed children’s novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass finally arrives as the sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Even though this time it was not directed by Tim Burton, he was still involved as producer. This second film tells the story of Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska), who since the last movie has taken up the role of a powerful female captain in the nineteenth century. The young woman finds her way through a mirror and into Wonderland, where she travels through time in order to save her dear friend the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Continue reading “Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) – Tea Time… Forever!”

Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016) – Are you watching closely?

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Another overwhelming and flawless creation; The Second Act might not have performed as well as its predecessor at the box office, but some of those who have seen it believe its quality is even better. With many of the actors reprising their roles, the film also introduces Daniel Radcliffe as megalomanic villain Walter Mabry, as well as Horseman Lula (played by Lizzy Caplan). This mysterious, comedic heist thriller can only be described as the perfect adventure, whereby every act is part of a bigger, carefully drafted plan. Continue reading “Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016) – Are you watching closely?”