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Zoolander 2 Review

Two of the worlds really, really, ridiculously good-looking male models re-launch themselves onto the runway in Zoolander 2 for what turns out to be not so much a really, really, ridiculously good sequel, but rather one that is merely good enough. Perhaps if the major faux pas of showing the film’s funniest scenes in the trailers as part of the build up to the much-hyped release had not been committed, such as the theatrical assassination of Justin Bieber, or the return of the criminal couture designer Mugatu (Will Farrell), then Ben Stiller’s second outing as Derek could have been much more amusing. However, foreseeing these gags aside, Zoolander 2 does fashion some hilarious funnies, parodying the self-indulgent selfie culture with which modern day life is so suffused, allowing us to have a good laugh at our own vanity when we laugh at Derek’s pouty poses. Indeed, Derek may even be dubbed the Father of the Selfie, with the Zoolander cast recently cementing their place in the Guinneas World Book of Records for a photo taken with the longest selfie-stick ever. For serious.

Zoolander 2Directed and written by Stiller, Zoolander 2 trails our two breath-taking beauties, Derek and Hansel (Owen Wilson), who must save the day when the world’s most beautiful celebrities are being killed, all with Derek’s signature ‘Blue Steel’ look on their faces. Teaming up with Interpol Fashion Division Agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz), the pair set out to fix things the only way they know how, by once again strutting their stuff on the runway and reclaiming the adoration of the fiercest fashionistas, many of whom pop up in the movie, including Anna Wintour, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs, among others. Indeed, Zoolander 2 is a very glitzy affair, with too many cameos to count, as everybody from Bieber to Katy Perry to Ariana Grande to Benedict Cumberbatch to Sting, to name but a select few, putting in an appearance, as apparently everybody wanted in on the chic comedy.

Zoolander 2

The talented cast, which also includes Kristen Wiig who gives a hilarious performance as the devilish designer Alexanya Atoz, deliver a film that, although may not split sides, will certainly tickle ribs.

3/5

Dad’s Army Review

Dad’s Army, a wonderfully witty remake of the beloved BBC TV series about the activities of the British Home Guard during World War II which ran from 1968 to 1977, has marched into theatres, to the delight fans of the classic comedy. Honouring the original series while at the same time somewhat modernising the tale, director Oliver Parker delivers a fun and nostalgic remake detailing the platoon’s many misadventures.

Dad's Army

Set in the sleepy seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea in 1944, commencing after the events which are depicted in the series, we see how the hotchpotch members of the Home Guard deal with a German spy, and, even more terrifying, a visiting female journalist. The stellar cast include Bill Nighy as the sarcastic Sergeant Wilson, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison as Private Pike, Michael Gambon as a dithering Private Godfrey, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as glamourous journalist Rose Winters. With such a capable cast, there was never really any doubt about Dad’s Army being victorious.

Dad's Army

Full of playfully comic scenes, such as when the men are faced with a fiercely formidable enemy, one that will require all of their military might to defeat – a stray bull, from which a local famer rescues them; or when, during camouflage practice, Godfrey relieves himself against a tree only for the tree to yell in shock as it turns out to be one of his fellow soldiers whose tree disguise was a bit too convincing. Then, when the men are recruited to apprehend a German spy, Captain Mainwaring declares “this is our chance to play a real part in the war”, to which his men flap about witlessly. Oh, dear.

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Brimming with the old series’ winning style of slapstick comedy, this charming movie is purely good fun, and, even though the writing is rather hackneyed at times, that can be forgiven as it is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud. Brilliant performances from the whole cast, most notably a highly witty Bill Nighy, Dad’s Army is amusing and lively throughout, and will not disappoint those seeking a hearty chuckle.

3/5

Zoolander 2 London Fan Screening

Lights! Camera! Selfie-stick!

Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking? Like attempting to achieve something that no one else has, like, say, breaking the record for a photo captured by the world’s longest selfie stick perhaps? Well, Derek Zoolander achieved just that at the London Fan Screening of Zoolander 2 on Thursday 4th February, an accomplishment which shall go down in a blaze of glory in the history books, or at least the Guinness Book of World Records. For serious.

Zoolander 2 UK Fan Screening

Creator of the legendary Zoolander, Ben Stiller, was even presented with a certificate from a Guinness Book of World Records representative for the feat.

Zoolander 2 UK Fan Screening

Stiller strutted his stuff along the red carpet for the special event, along with the rest of the talented cast which includes Owen Wilson, Will Farrell, Kristen Wiig, and Penelope Cruz. Also joining in the fashionable affair was designer Valentino, who was snapped posing with a starstruck Zoolander.

Zoolander 2 UK Fan Screening

Fifteen years after Zoolander first smouldered onto our screens with his trademark ‘Blue Steel’ look, Derek and Hansel return to save the day when the world’s most beautiful celebrities start getting picked off one by one, among them, prepare yourself, Justin Bieber! And just when the world was starting to appreciate his musical prowess; so cruel. Speaking about the original film, Stiller told the Press Association “I felt bad for Derek after the first movie came out, because I think he thought he was going to have a bigger career after the movie, and nobody really went to the movie. And his modelling career kind of went down. Last few years there’s been a resurgence and now he’s like back on top really, back in the limelight. I think when he realised the first movie wasn’t a documentary and it was actually supposed to be fun – because he tried to sue Paramount – he got very confused. Anyway, it’s nice to have him back”. It certainly is nice to have the chameleon of fashion back on screens, as I think we can all agree it has been a long time, no Z. Fans can rejoice as the wait is finally over, with Zoolander 2 previewing in theatres Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th before officially opening on Friday 12th.

Zoolander 2 Trailer: Relax

The key for Derek Zoolander is to relax. Zoolander 2 is in cinemas soon!

Ice Age: Collision Course Official Trailer #2

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, travelling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colourful new characters.

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM IMAGINE DRAGONS (UK & IRELAND)

Check out this personal video message from IMAGINE DRAGONS and see their Smoke + Mirrors Live concert film in cinemas on Wed 2nd March – One night only!

Book here: http://goo.gl/rPiBLk

Deadpool in SGC Dungarvan

From Wednesday, February 10th – Book Now

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

 

 

Zoolander No. 2 in SGC Dungarvan

Previews Sat 6th/Sun 7th, Opening February 12th – Book Now

Ben Stiller returns both in front of and behind the camera for Zoolander 2, a comedy that finds the beloved model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and his rival-turned-partner Hansel (Owen Wilson) facing a threat to their continued success.

 

 

 

 

 

Dad’s Army in SGC Dungarvan

From Friday, February 5th – Book Now

Set in 1944 as the Second World War reaches its climax, the Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard, led by Captain Mainwaring, is low. So their new mission, to patrol the Dover army base, is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation – until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea, sparking rumours of a spy and – with the outcome of the war suddenly at stake – it falls to the veteran servicemen to step up.

 

Spotlight Review

A harrowing reminder that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Spotlight, deservedly nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, is unquestionably the most important film currently screening in theatres. This spine-chilling drama follows a team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe who, in 2001, uncovered the sexual abuse of children and the persistent cover-up of this abuse within the Catholic Church. Examining the devastating power of denial, Tom McCarthy’s film unravels the labyrinthine web that perpetuated the abuse, in which it seems the whole of Boston was complicit, expressing the disturbing reminder that “if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse a child”.

Spotlight

Opening in 1976 in a Boston police station, the mother of a victim is told to remember all of the good that the Church has done for the community and not to allow a bad apple ruin everything, appalling sentiments that are time and again voiced throughout. The offender is secreted away to another diocese and nothing more is done. As viewers are painfully aware, this repeats itself with thousands of cases. It is not until The Boston Globe runs the story in 2002 that justice is finally allowed begin to come into effect. The stories of the survivors told in the film are harrowing, and unfortunately they are stories that, heartbreakingly and infuriatingly, have been told again and again. By breaking the silence on decades of hushed up abuse, The Boston Globe made it possible for thousands of survivors to come forward and be heard. Attesting to the enormous importance of this film, The Metro reported that since Spotlight opened, more survivors have come forward to break the silence on their stories.

Spotlight

The star-studded cast, including Michael Keaton, Live Schrieber, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams, bring this film to skin-prickling life. Ruffalo, playing Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Mike Rezendes, gives a particularly powerful and impassioned performance, one which has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. McAdams, who plays investigative journalist Sacha Pfeiffer, is also nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal. After watching Spotlight, audiences will be immersed by a wealth of emotions, which was felt by the reverent silence which filled the packed theatre as the credits began and the lights came back on. It’s not often that a film can produce such a powerful response. Outstanding.

Spotlight

10/10

 

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