An impressive sequel in Paddington 2

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Just in time for Kids movie season at Movie Junction, Paddington 2, the follow up to the first Paddington movie in 2014, is an impressive sequel. This sweet-natured, charming, unassuming and very funny film has a storyline that rattles along with a nonstop sucession of Grade-A gags conjured up by screenwriters Paul King (who also directs), Simon Farnaby and Jon Croker. Their screenplay perfectly catches the tone of the great master himself, Michael Bond, author of the original books, who died a few months ago at the age of 91.

The film is pitched with insouciant ease and a lightness of touch at both children and adults without any self-conscious shifts in irony or tone: it’s humour with the citrus tang of top-quality thick-cut marmalade. There’s a sight-gag involving the spurious breaking of a valuable vase that I particularly enjoyed. And although one could say its work on diversity is not complete, the film has a fair bit of material – now more pertinent than ever – about the way a confident, happy nation welcomes immigrants. The day-glo primary coloured design gives the movie a storybook feel, at some places a little like Wes Anderson… read more from Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian

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A Jigsaw copycat or the real deal?

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The gruesome horror movie Jigsaw is the eighth movie in the Saw series, picking up 10 years after the original reign of terror overseen by Tobin Bell’s titular homicidal maniac. “Bodies are turning up, and they’re linked to Jigsaw — or a Jigsaw copycat,” says Peter Spierig co-director of the movie.

There was a time when the Saw franchise was synonymous with Halloween. Now Jigsaw hopes to capture that horror magic again by reviving the series with a brand new blood-drenched installment. A new clip from Jigsaw has just arrived to give us a glimpse of the terrors that await audiences, like walls covered in saw blades and people with buckets over their heads. Are you brave enough to watch Jigsaw?

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The Funny side of the Latest Thor Movie

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Taika Waititi, director of the latest Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok has used the comic talent humour of Chris Hemsworth to make this latest instalment of the Thor movies more humorous. With a touch of humour Thor, the God of Thunder, will be a ‘cooler’ character to the fans.

Taika told Spectrum that Chris Hemsworth’s funny side is underappreciated in Hollywood. ‘He’s a real comic talent and I feel like that was something that needed to be showcased,’ he added, saying his pitch to Marvel was based on showing Chris’ funny side.

Taika also spoke about the idea of directing another Hollywood film, and took a swipe at some of the big ‘egos’ in Hollywood.

‘There’s definitely a lot of egos out there that I’m not very interested in working with,’ he said, referring to some ‘celebrity actors’… read more

The Ritual: One of the most terrifying movies of the year

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October is always the prime time for new horror movies… just in time for Halloween. So can The Ritual, a British film about a bunch of men in the Swedish Woods, stand up against the American big boys?

The Ritual has a lot going for it in its opening scene. Luke, played by Rafe Spall, and old University buddies discuss an upcoming lads holiday with ideas from Ibiza to hiking in Sweden thrown around. As Luke and Rob (Paul Reid) enter an off-license, they unwittingly disturb a robbery. Luke hides, but Rob finds himself in an altercation which results in him being brutally killed.

This whole opening sequence defines the film in many ways. It’s the cowardice of Luke that defines his arc, but one where we totally understand his actions. The sudden violence is shocking, and also contrasts nicely with the later serene Nordic landscapes. This isn’t about the violence of man or the savageness of nature, but a depressing reminder that anywhere can be horrific in the wrong circumstances… Read more from The Hollywood News

Being a teenager isn’t easy… even in LEGOLAND

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By day, Lloyd and his ninja friends are ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters.

In The Lego Ninjago Movie we see Lloyd, shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, seek to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. No one knows the evil warlord Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux), aka The Worst Guy Ever, better than his ex-wife, Koko (voiced by Olivia Munn), and when it comes to their son Lloyd (voiced by Dave Franco), the eternally optimistic mother just wants to help him survive adolescence.

Olivia Munn talks to Collider about why she wanted to be a part of The Lego Ninjago Movie, and why Koko was such fun to play…

Collider: What sold you on The LEGO Ninjago Movie and made you want to be a part of it?

OLIVIA MUNN: Well, I didn’t really have to be sold. I hadn’t seen LEGO Batman yet, when I signed on for this, but I had seen the first LEGO movie. What’s so great about the LEGO movies is that, from the get-go, they were made in a way that wasn’t just adult-friendly, but you don’t have to have a kid with you to go see them. They’re edgy and funny and clever. The toys are the toys, and I love that about these movies. It really allows for the actors to bring so much life to them, and I really love that. It was so much fun!

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