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Assassins Creed Review

Assassins Creed sees Michael Fastbender taking the lead role in this video game crossover movie from the gaming franchise of the same name. This type of videogame adaption has a pretty miserable track record with classic game titles such as Mario Bros, Warcraft & Tomb Raider having already been done with much mixed results. It might be a bit early to say if Assassins Creed will continue this trend but early signs are ominous. Assassins Creed does have the advantage of a very healthy movie budget of 125 million dollars which is very clear to see where it was used as the visual effects and stunt scenes are quite stunning on the big screen and also boasting an award winning cast of well know actors such as Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson.

The Movie begins with a young Callum Lynch who comes home one day in find his mother has been killed by his father played by Brendan Gleeson. Quickly quick forward 30 years to present day and we find Callum now being played by fastbender has now grown up to be a career criminal and bad boy. After been convicted of murder callum is sentenced to execution but is rescued just in time and his death being faked by the Abstergo Foundation. When he is transported back to their complex he meets scientist Sofia and her father Rikkin who attempt to explain their plan to find the Apple of Eden which was created by an ancient civilization and contains the genetic code for human free will. Of course the plan involved the use of a new type of virtual reality type time machine which they plan to test on callum to send him back to 16th century Spain in an effort the find where the Apple was last hide by Callum ancestor.

This movie can be very hard to follow as the plot is very complicated and not very well explained. Can also be a little dull at times but saying that the visual effects and actions scenes do go a long way to keeping the audience entertained. Gaming fans will appreciate the videogame style cinematography which is used a lot a lot.

Rating 2.5/5

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Goosebumps in SGC Dungarvan

Previews Sat 30th – Sun 31st, Opening Fri 5th February – Book Now

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Note: Scholastic has sold over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Grandpa in SGC Dungarvan

Previews Mon 25th – Thurs 28th, Opening Fri 29th January – Book Now

Jason Kelly is one week away from marrying his boss’s uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick, to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, “dirty” Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capture the Flag in SGC Dungarvan

Preview Sat 23rd & Sun 24th, Opening Fri 29th January – Book Now

Mike Goldwing, a plucky, determined 12-year old boy, is the son and grandson of NASA astronauts. His grandfather Frank, a once revered, but now forgotten retired astronaut, lives his days isolated from his family after missing out on his big chance to fly to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as a part of the Apollo XI mission. When an eccentric billionaire sets an evil plan to fly to the moon, steal the moon’s vast mineral resources, and destroy the American flag planted by the Apollo XI team, Mike embarks on a magnificent adventure as a stowaway on the space shuttle. Accompanied by his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, Mike blasts off to the moon to capture the flag and reunite his family.

[Review] Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

 

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Good ol’ Charlie Brown and his loyal pal Snoopy return to our screens in Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, with calamity still hot on Chuck’s hapless heels in this fresh adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved comic strip. The perennial underdog (voiced by Noah Schnapp) embarks on his biggest quest yet, endeavouring to overcome his fears in order to pluck up the courage to win the affections of his crush, The Little Red-Haired Girl (Fransesca Capaldi). At the same time, Snoopy (Bill Melendez) launches into his own adventure, writing a book detailing his encounters with arch-nemesis, The Red Baron and his own battle for love, vying for the attentions of the feisty Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth). Facing abundant misfortune along the way but nevertheless succeeding in style, both Charlie and Snoopy convey the importance of daring to dream big and never, ever giving up. For, in his own words, Charlie Brown is no quitter!

snoopy_and_charlie_brown_the_peanuts_movie_ver3Enchanting from beginning to end, director Steve Martino collaborated with Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, to revitalise the cherished classic while retaining its emblematic wholesome charm. Enhancing the magic of The Peanuts Movie, which marks the 65th anniversary of the comic strip, is the fact that archive recordings allowed for the original voice of Snoopy and Woodstock, Bill Melendez, to posthumously retain his role in the Peanuts family.

snoopy_and_charlie_brown_the_peanuts_movie_xlgSweetly simple while at the same time wonderfully witty, Charlie and his band of pals depart important values to today’s youngsters, not least the power of perseverance, hard-work and self-belief to help transform one’s dreams into a reality. Regardless of how many times he falls down, Charlie always picks himself up, dusts himself off and tries again, showing himself to be a true unsung hero. Mirroring Charlie’s charming modesty is the minimalist animation of the film, which was adapted for the pixel-precision of CGI but stays true to the warmth of the original hand-drawn artwork.

charliebrownWhether you’re a long-time fan or a Peanuts novice, The Peanuts Movie is sure to delight and have everybody dashing to the cinema to join in the adventure and go nuts with Snoopy and the gang.

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7/10

 

 

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie at SGC Dungarvan

Out Saturday 5th Dec. Book now.

snoopy_and_charlie_brown_the_peanuts_movie_ver3 Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

The Good Dinosaur in SGC Dungarvan

Out Now – Book Now

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy. “The Good Dinosaur” is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.

 

 

 

The Good Dinosaur

By Grace Collender

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Pixar seem intent on turning full theatres of people to blubbering messes this year, first with Inside Out in the summer and now with the beautiful The Good Dinosaur. An emotive story all about the power of love and the importance of family, this latest offering asks the question what if the asteroid that forever altered life on Earth had missed, allowing the Jurassic era to continue. Well, apparently one very cute Apatosaurus called Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) would have popped up with little arms but big attitude to make his mark in the world.

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Following Arlo, the tiny but tough dino who after being separated from his family, battles against the odds to make his way home, Steve Martino’s adventure story teaches that you have to look through your fear to see the beauty on the other side. Arlo and his adorably feisty companion, a feral boy who he names Spot, capture our hearts as they embark on a spiritual journey, discovering that if you aint got fear you aint alive.

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The Good Dinosaur reflects a lot of other Disney/Pixar films in a number of ways, such as The Lion King and Finding Nemo. Firstly and most obviously, all of these focus on anthropomorphised worlds, which of course boost their cute charm instantaneously; secondly, all three revolve around father-son relationships; and thirdly, each one centres on families who have been all but torn asunder by tragedy and yet still manage to survive and thrive as a loving unit. The fact that these story elements are time and again repeated and do not detract from the success of these movies is a testament to the animation studios flair for crafting touching tales that speak to audiences on an emotional level , keeping them coming back for more time and again.

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Bringing this captivating coming-of-age story to life on the screen is the stunning photorealistic imagery and dazzling CG backdrops. Brimming with the characteristic blend of heart and comedy that the animation studio is beloved for, The Good Dinosaur is sure to touch hearts and tickle ribs as it illustrates how a single moment can change everything.

5/5.

 

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