Real Steel

Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie

An odd, silly looking film, Real Steel is basically Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots The Movie. The idea and robot fight scenes are strangely endearing, but the sappy father and son/rags to riches story looks painful. Hopefully it’ll be cheesily fun, but it looks a bit too sugary for my liking.


Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Lennie James, Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis

Packed full of cliched dialogue and a worn out storyline, this could either be trashy fun or just trash. Zoe Saldana makes for a bad-ass yet sexy heroine, but my hopes aren’t mega-high for this. It’ll probably be a fun DVD rental.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury

Oh dear. I used to stick up for Jim Carrey a lot back in his heyday especially after The Truman Show proved he could handle meatier roles and Eternal Sunshine was one of my favourite films of the last ten years. This however doesn’t do him any favours and sits firmly in his ‘family friendly’ dumb-as-shit list of films. It looks truly atrocious, but I’m sure hoards of idiots will flock to see it.

Fright Night

Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette

I’ve not actually seen the original Fright Night so I can’t compare the two, but this looks like it could be fun. Colin Farrell is a good choice for the seductive villain and it doesn’t look like it’s taking itself too seriously. It’s not going to be a masterpiece, but it should be an entertaining diversion on a Friday night.

The Adventures of Tintin

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook

They’re not giving much away in this trailer. Not much is seen of the characters, which is probably because when they are seen they’ve got that creepy not-quite-human look to them that mars most of these motion capture films. That’s my biggest worry about the film, but I’m still interested in seeing it as the non-human elements look quite impressive and I was a big fan of the Tintin books as a child. I’m sure Spielberg knows what he’s doing, so I’ll certainly give it a chance.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.