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Eddie The Eagle Review

Excellent

Based on the true story of an unapologetic underdog who never won anything, this British comedy is a shameless crowd-pleaser. Eddie Edwards won the hearts of fans worldwide by coming in dead last at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and the cast and crew follow his journey with buckets of humour and emotion, plus some seriously exhilarating ski jumping. And like its central character, the film is awkward, good-hearted and impossible not to love.

Eddie (Taron Egerton) grew up obsessed with becoming an Olympian even though he has no talent for sport. He manages to become a regional downhill skiing champion, but is so annoying that the head of the British Olympics Team (Tim McInnerny) changes the rules to disqualify him. So at 22 he instead decides to become Britain's only ski jumper. He moves to Germany to train on his own, meeting the jaded ex-jumper Bronson (Hugh Jackman) and persistently convincing him to offer some coaching tips. And as the Olympics officials keep raising the bar for membership on the team, Eddie improves just enough to qualify. His father (Keith Allen) thinks he should give up, but his mother (Jo Hartley) quietly offers support. And it's Eddie's sheer tenacity that gets him to Calgary.

Director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) tells this story as a high-energy comedy centred on a dorky young man who simply won't take no for an answer. Egerton plays Eddie with perhaps too many physical tics, but exudes so much goofy charm that it's easy to see how he won over the people around him, and the global audience watching the Olympics. His interaction with everyone he meets on this journey is barbed and hilarious, and his joy at each small achievement is infections. Egerton also generates terrific chemistry with Jackman in one of his most enjoyable roles yet. It's hugely entertaining to watch this grouchy loser be begrudgingly coaxed out of his shell by Eddie's boundless enthusiasm.

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Matthew Vaughn , Claudia Schiffer - 'Eddie The Eagle' Premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th March 2016

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Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Matthew Vaughn , Claudia Schiffer - Eddie the Eagle European Premiere held at the Odeon cinema - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th March 2016

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Matthew Vaughn , Claudia Schiffer - Celebrities and cast attend Eddie The Eagle - European film afterparty at Ham Yard hotel. London. UK - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th March 2016

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer , Matthew Vaughn - 'Eddie The Eagle' film European premiere, London, Britain - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th March 2016

Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
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Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer

Matthew Vaughn , Claudia Schiffer - Eddie The Eagle - European film premiere at Odeon Leicester Square, London at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th March 2016

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer - New York premiere of 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 9th February 2015

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Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
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Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn - A variety of stars were snapped on the red carpet for the World premiere of the British action movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 15th January 2015

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Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer - 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' UK film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals. at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th January 2015

Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer

20th Century Fox Teams With Uber To Promote 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'


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20th Century Fox has teamed with innovative taxi service Uber to promote Matthew Vaughn's new spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong and Colin Firth. Uber riders in 50 cities will get the opportunity to get exclusive access to the movie from January 15, one month before the film hits theaters.

Colin FirthColin Firth stars in Matthew Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

Users will be encouraged to enter a competition to win two passes to an advance screening of the movie. Winners will receive an email confirmation and directions to the theater, according to The Wrap.

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Sophie Cookson Recruited Into Matthew Vaughn's 'Secret Service' Movie


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Actress Sophie Cookson has landed the female lead role in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic series The Secret Service where she will join Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tamara Egerton and Michael Caine, reports Variety.

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Cookson In TV Series, Moonfleet.

Cookson, a relative newcomer to acting, is best known for Sky's adventure TV miniseries Moonfleet alongside Ray Winstone. Kick-Ass director Vaughn decided that he wanted to cast a fresh face who he feel really fit the part, over better known names such as Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote. Whilst potentially risky, this was a choice he opted for in Kick-Ass with Chloe Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and in Layer Cake with Daniel Craig.

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Kick-Ass 2 Review


Good

New writer-director Wadlow (Never Back Down) makes one severe misstep with this sequel to Matthew Vaughn's snappy 2010 Kick-Ass: he loses the irony. Now everything is played for goofy laughs and indulgent grisliness. There's no longer any subtext, nothing original in the structure or premise and a clear fear of being politically incorrect. Even so, it's an entertaining romp with a steady stream of funny gags.

After the craziness of the first film, Dave (Taylor-Johnson) has hung up his Kick-Ass costume and is trying to be a regular teen at school, but he's jealous of Mindy (Moretz) secretly carrying on her training as Hit Girl. So he asks her to team up and teach him some new tricks. But when her guardian (Chestnut) finds out, she promises to give up the violence and go back to school. Now Dave has to find a new partner, so he joins a lively team of underground heroes led by the gung-ho Captain Stars and Stripes (Carrey). But Dave's old nemesis Chris (Mintz-Plasse) still wants to avenge his father's death, so he abandons his dodgy heroic alter-ego Red Mist and instead becomes a supervillain called The Mother F**ker, with his own butler-assistant (Leguizamo) and a crew of minions.

Wadlow briskly leaps from one action set-piece to the next, and each scene has a witty sense of humour about it, even if the extreme violence is played for rather glamorised fun rather than the shock-value of the first film. Through everything, the dialog is packed with amusing lines that keep us laughing. And Mindy's parallel plot has its moments as well, throwing her in with the school's mean girls, who clearly don't know who they're messing with. Moretz plays Mindy so well that she makes everyone else feel scruffy and simplistic by comparison. Carrey's muscled meathead is a startlingly against-type role that strangely refuses to go anywhere. But Glen is rivetingly sharp in one key scene.

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Adele To Play Villain In Matthew Vaughn's Drama 'The Secret Service'


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Adele is reportedly being lined up to play the villain in Matthew Vaughn's forthcoming drama The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth and, possibly, Michael Caine, according to the Sun on Sunday.

In a movie stinking of desperation - though don't believe everything the tabloids tell you - Vaughn and the producers are lining up a number of high profile celebrities in a bid to boost the movie's box-office hopes.

One of the guest stars is the Grammy award winner who could be cast in the role of the villain. Vaughn apparently believes the Skyfall singer will prove "great value on the big screen" for the movie, which is an adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book of the same name.

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Adele Planning Her Move Into Acting: Singer Signs Up For Villainous Role In New Spy Film


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Adele is apparently set to be the next singer to make the inevitable move in front for the cameras after reportedly being cast in the upcoming action film The Secret Service. The singer has reportedly joined a cast that already includes Samuel L Jackson and Colin Firth and will be flexing her acting chops in a villainous role in the new film.

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Does Adele have a few more Oscars coming her way?

The 'Skyfall' singer will reportedly be playing the role of one of the villains in The Secret Service, which is being adapted for the screen from Mark Millar's original manuscript by Vaughn and Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X Men: First Class). Her participation in the film hasn't been confirmed just yet, so it is still unknown what role she will be playing, however some reports state that she will only be taking on a cameo role. If so, then this will be much like her last on-screen appearance - on the hit show Ugly Betty - where she also played a cameo role.

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Adele To Take Up Acting? Singer Rumoured For 'Secret Service' Role


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Adele has already proved to everyone she can sing; millions of records sold sorts that one out. But now, having provided the sountrack for the world’s most successful spy movie – Skyfall – Adele is set to play the bad guy in Secret Service.

AdeleAdele as a waxwork at Madame Tussauds London

Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service, an adaptation of the Mark Millar-Dave Gibbons spy thriller, stars Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine as super agents fighting a team of villains headed by Samuel L. Jackson.

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Come On Becks, It's Time To Serve Your Country Again


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David Beckham joining The Secret Service? Sounds about right, even if it’s only the film and not the U.S federal law enforcement agency. In fact, they both sound totally feasible to us. The English ex-footballer will be making his third film appearance alongside Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine in the Matthew Vaughn-directed film, The Secret Service, if The Sun are to be believed.

A source said: "Becks was asked by Colin Firth if he'd like to be in the movie but he is yet to fully commit. He loves movies and fancies appearing on the big screen - but just as a one-off, not a full-time career." But Becks isn’t the only British star said to be in demand for this film; glamerous singer Elton John is said to be wanted for a fight scene. We would really like that to happen, please. And if it does, it’s due to start shooting this autumn.

Since Sir David quit football, he’s been fulfilling an ambassadorial role for the Chinese Football Association, as well as travelling the globe for sports initiatives and charitable causes. He retired from the game while playing for the recently minted Paris Saint Germain, whose supporters recognised his commitment to the sport by performing a standing ovation at his last game.

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Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn - Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn enjoying a holiday in Marbella - Marbella, Spain - Tuesday 11th June 2013

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Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn
Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn

Colin Firth Set To Become Super-Spy For New Movie 'Secret Service'


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Colin Firth is the latest serious actor to try their hand at a comic book adaptation, with the Oscar-winning actor set to star in Matthew Vaughn’s movie-imagining of he Secret Service, the comic he co-created with Mark Millar and artist Dave Gibbons. Millar and Vaughn have previously worked on Kick-Ass together, whose sequel will be brought out later this year.

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Colin Firth pulls off suave and dashing pretty well, so he's probably the right man for the job.

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MGM To Announce James Bond 24 Director Soon, Could It Be Guy Ritchie?


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MGM say it will announce the director of the new James Bond movie in the near future, but confirmed the film is some three years away, at least. We already know that it will not be Sam Mendes behind the camera, after he passed at the opportunity to concentrate on his theatre work. The British filmmaker was responsible for the last movie, Skyfall, the most successful film in the history of UK film.

"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon," said MGM chairman and chief executive officer Gary Barber in a conference call with investors. "We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next three years it will be released." It was a massive year for MGM, which took $1.1 billion at the box office mainly thanks to Skyfall and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. A huge turnaround when considering the studio was languishing in insolvency just a couple of years ago, resulting in the four year gap between 2008's Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. Mr Barber will have all but banked on Mendes returning to the director's seat for Bond 24 - given the success of the last movie - though it's back to the drawing board. "[Mendes] did an amazing job on Skyfall," he said "We are very thankful for the work that he did."

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Sam Mendes At The BAFTAS [L] and Potential Bond Director Guy Ritchie At The Sherlock Holmes 2 Premiere [R]

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Epic 'Kick-Ass 2' Red Band Trailer Is Finally Here! (Trailer And Pictures)


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The trailer for 'Kick Ass 2' is finally here showcasing yet more hilarious superhero capers from Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s lovable comic duo Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.

The first taste of the multiple award winning superhero comedy movie sequel has arrived with the exciting red band trailer. It opens with Chloe Grace Moretz displaying her usual feisty Hit-Girl attitude as she and Aaron Johnson's Kick-Ass show that they've done some serious training since the original movie in 2010. We also see the return of Christopher Mintz-Plasse, whose formidable Red Mist character has morphed into the supervillain The Motherf***** with revenge on his mind as goes about building a destructive army to avenge his father against Kick-Ass' new superhero team headed by the militant Colonel Stars and Stripes, unrecognisably played by Jim Carrey, and his masked pooch (no joke!). 

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Matthew Vaughn To Direct New Star Wars Film? Jason Flemyng Slips Up


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Has the cat been let out of the bag too early? Last week, with rumors swirling around whose going to get involved in the recently announced new trilogy of Star Wars films, actor Jason Flemyng – who can list Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels among his credits – might have possibly, accidentally sort of let slip that Matthew Vaughn had been signed to direct the new film.

The Guardian reports that Vaughn was tipped to direct Episode 7 after Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird and JJ Abrams all publicly ruled themselves out of the reckoning. Vaughn knows his sci-fi, as he’s currently working on X-Men: Days Of Future Past as a producer. Vaughn and Flemyng have worked together on many occasions, including Lock, Stock itself, and Flemyng’s ease at talking about his pal evidently led him to say a little too much.

"Me and Matt have done nine films together, so I'm sure I'll get the call for Star Wars” said Flemyng absent-mindedly as he was asked about rumors surrounding Vaughn and the sci-fi franchise. Oops. He later looked somewhat sheepish in the video, like a man who’d realized he’d said too much. If he has leaked the news, Disney will be furious, with everything having been kept very hush hush since they bought the franchise from George Lucas for $4.05 billion last month.

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George Lucas On Star Wars: Episode VII: "I Don't Really Have Much To Do"


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George Lucas says his involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII will be limited and that he intends to leave it up to Disney's chosen director and producers to carry on his iconic sci-fi story. Speaking at the Governor's Awards on Saturday evening (December 1, 2012), Lucas explained what his duties as a "consultant" on the seventh movie will entail, reports Access Hollywood.

"[If the filmmakers ask],'Who's this guy?' I can tell them. I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, 'This is this and this is that" So, basically he'll be sitting with his feet up then? He added, "Basically I'm not [involved] - I don't really have much to do." Disney are still on the hunt for a director to helm the first movie, though Lucas' good friend Steven Spielberg has gone on the record as saying it's not his "genre." George laughed off the idea on Saturday, calling Spielberg "probably the most brilliant director working in the business today," though adding, "I'm pretty sure he'd never want to do that! I don't think he'd want to."

Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters in 2015, with Matthew Vaughn looking the likely director. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Jason Flemyng appeared to let the cat out of the bag at the premiere of Seven Psychopaths this weekend, saying, "Me and Matt have done nine films together, so I'm sure I'll get the call for Star Wars." When one journalist asked "Would he [Matthew] be interested?" Flemyng looked surprised, "What? Star Wars? I think that's.." before looking a little sheepish. 

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'Empire Strikes Back' Scribe Signs On To Write New Star Wars Movies


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Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have closed deals to write instalments of the new Star Wars trilogy, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The pair will pen either Episode VIII or Episode IX though the exact division of their responsibilities is yet to be determined.

As was previously reported, Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is writing the script for Episode VII, the first movie in the new trilogy. Kasdan is a Lucasfilm and Star Wars veteran having co-wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and the 1983 movie Return of the Jedi. He recently co-wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark, considered the finest movie from Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones movies. However, his latest feature film writing credit is the poorly received Stephen King adaptation Dreamcatcher, starring Morgan Freeman. Kinberg on the other hand has more contemporary material on his CV, co-writing the new X-Men movie Days of the Future Past and producing X-Men: First Class. He is also on the team for the forthcoming Cinderella film for Disney.

With the writers now locked down for the new movies, we should hear something about directors pretty soon. Matthew Vaughn is rumored to be in talks for the first movie in the new triology.

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A Week In News Feat: Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Harrison Ford, Matthew Vaughn, Khloe Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio And Much More!


Congratulations, Mr President: We just had to start here this week. President Barack Obama elected for a second-term in office. Though we always had inklings Mr Obama would get back in, did his showbiz pals Jay Z, Beyonce and George Clooney help him secure the keys to the White House for another four years?

Nobodies Business: Despite the dodgy spelling, Rihanna sent fans a little crazy this week by announcing Nobodies Business, a collaboration between herself and Chris Brown that features on her forthcoming album Unapologetic. Browsing over the track-listing, the entire record could be Chris Brown-themed. We shall see.

Harrison as Han, again? Star Wars fans are probably a little uneasy about this one. Harrison Ford has reportedly confirmed he would be open to returning as Han Solo in Disney's forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7. Check out what he said, exactly, and make your own mind up.

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Harrison Ford Open To Star Wars Episode 7, (But Only If Han Solo Dies)


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After Harrison Ford's fairly unsteady turn in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, would sci-fi fans really want him back as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode 7? We only ask because an unnamed source told Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher that Ford is "open to the idea of doing the movie and he's upbeat about it." Which translates to: he really, really wants to be in it.

There is one slight caveat to Ford's potential appearance: he wants his character to die. Han Solo was actually close to death in Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi, though George Lucas decided against it. "I thought he should have died in the last one, just to give it some bottom; some gravitas," Harrison Ford told Peter Travers in an interview with ABC in 2010. "George didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys." It's certainly surprising that Ford even wants to play Han Solo again - he's now 70-years-old - and previously spoke of his disinterest at the role. "I don't think there's a way to weave him back into the story," he said in the same interview. Earlier this week, Collider.com suggested Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Episode VIII and dropped out of the X-Men sequel in order to prioritize talks for the new Disney movie. 

In an E! Online poll this week, users voted for Tom Hardy as their preferred actor to play Han Solo.

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And So The Star Wars Episode 7 Rumours Begin: Matthew Vaughn To Direct?


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If you haven't heard about Disney buying Lucasfilm for $4.05b, announcing Episode 7 and confirming plans to make another three Star Wars Films, go away; you have a lot of reading to do. 

Done? Well the first rumour of many surrounding the re-vamped sci-fi franchise is that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake, and X-Men: First Class, is in talks to direct the much talked about Episode 7. Sources close to Collider.com, who make a large fuss about the fact that this is just a rumour out of respect for the franchise (and good on them), have explained that Vaughn leaving his X-Men duties behind just five days before Disney announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm, is because he will be directing the next film. Now, again, here at Contact Music, we know this is just a rumour, but we can't help but being a little bit excited. X-Men: First Class was a solid superhero flick, and Kick Ass was a delightful mix of adult humour and juvenile pranks, expertly alchemised. 

As the Episode 7 rumours roll on, we'll be right with you either wishing they were true or praying for the invalidity, although we expect it'll be a long while before anything is confirmed from either Disney, Lucasfilms or George Lucas, who has been kept on as creative consultant for the upcoming projects. 

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Kick-Ass Review


Excellent
The team behind Stardust brings us the superhero movie we always wanted: brazen, raucous and without a single politically correct moment from start to finish. And yes, it's both wildly rude and great fun.

Dave (Johnson) is a shy New York teen who wonders why no one sticks up for each other. So he creates a secret alter-ego, Kick-Ass, and sets out to make a difference. Of course he gets beaten to a pulp. But he also catches the city's imagination. The problem is that gangster Frank (Strong) thinks he's to blame for a series of setbacks and helps his son (Mintz-Plasse) create a rival hero, Red Mist. But Frank's nemesis is actually a man (Cage) who has turned his 12-year-old daughter (Moretz) into a killing machine.

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Chloe Moretz and Matthew Vaughn - Chloe Moretz and Matthew Vaughn London, England - The Empire Film Awards 2010 - Press Room Sunday 28th March 2010

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Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels Review


Good
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels has been described as the British Pulp Fiction, and on the surface, that would seem like an accurate depiction. It's got the usual cross-section of characters with witty tongues involved in varied illegal activities, that get themselves into very peculiar situations in which no one really survives unscathed. Nonetheless, the film seems to be missing something that characterized its predecessor. And right now, you're getting the feeling that I'm about to quickly file Lock, Stock as another Tarantino homage/copy-cat crime, but that's not quite it either.

Lock, Stockis in fact, probably the best film since Pulp Fiction in which there are no really good guys. Pulp Fiction, Lock, Stockbegins with what would seem to be a simple story, that quickly careens out of control. In this case, four buddies; Tom, Eddie, Bacon, and Soap, pool their money together to back can't lose Eddie at an unbeknownst-to-them rigged game of cards. Of course they get fleeced, and end up in heavy debt to the local heavy. What follows is a madcap plan to recoup the money by intercepting a heist Eddie has fortuitously discovered his neighbor is carrying out. The interrelation of the problems with the original heist, along with the interception of it by Eddie's gang, and a couple of other local illegal activities result in a frantic circle of destruction.

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Swept Away (2002) Review


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After beginning his career with two frenetic crime films (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch), filmmaker Guy Ritchie has changed his tone in order to make a vanity project. But it's not his vanity at stake, it's that of his wife, super-hyphenate Madonna, in this fairly faithful remake of the lusty, free-wheelin' 1974 Italian film Swept Away. That original, directed by Lina Wertmuller, starred Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. This update, a film that Ritchie proves does not need to exist, stars Adriano Giannini (in his father's original role), Madonna, and Madonna's sinewy body.

Sure, hubby puts those super-tight abs and intimidating biceps front-and-center. But he's also forced to put Madonna's acting ability up there as well, and the awful truth is that Madonna is an average actress at best. Being as naturally theatrical as she is (and that's a compliment), she excels at stagy roles, as in Evita, but when it comes to the everyday, she comes across as rather limp.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Trailer

For those who knew him, Gary Unwin (better known as Eggsy to his friends), was...

Eddie the Eagle Movie Review

Eddie the Eagle Movie Review

Based on the true story of an unapologetic underdog who never won anything, this British...

Fantastic Four Movie Review

Fantastic Four Movie Review

Until the special effects take over in the final act, this is an unusually gritty,...

Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service Movie Review

With virtually the same tone as they used in their superhero spoof Kick-Ass, filmmakers Matthew...

Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer

Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer

A young teen with an incredible IQ and first-rate academic performance takes the wrong path...

Kick-Ass 2 Movie Review

Kick-Ass 2 Movie Review

New writer-director Wadlow (Never Back Down) makes one severe misstep with this sequel to Matthew...

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The Debt Movie Review

The Debt Movie Review

A melodramatic tone and fragmented plotting undermines this film's serious edge, almost losing the point...

X-men: First Class Movie Review

X-men: First Class Movie Review

Matthew Vaughn kicks some life back into the X-men franchise with this superbly written, directed...

Kick-Ass Movie Review

Kick-Ass Movie Review

The team behind Stardust brings us the superhero movie we always wanted: brazen, raucous and...

Stardust Movie Review

Stardust Movie Review

The tremendously enchanting Stardust runs on a double dose of star power.Traditional Hollywood stars are...

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