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Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED HERE FOR THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 24TH, 2013***

Director: Shane Black.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ty Simpkins, Jon Favreau, William Sadler, Stephanie Szostak, Paul Bettany (voice).

Running Time: 130 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisWhen Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his world challenged by a terrorist simply known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), he embarks on a mission to protect those he loves, no matter the cost.

After Joss Whedon set the Marvel bar to dizzy, Asgardian heights, Shane Black’s first venture into the superhero realm was always primed for comparison. With the director’s second feature with Robert Downey Jr. to be viewed as the fourth part of Tony Stark’s metallic journey and a direct response to how, “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” many will feel it suffers for not necessarily belonging to the IRON MAN canon. But the decision to honour its central story instead of competing with its bigger, brassier AVENGERS predecessor makes it a surprisingly personal tale about the testing of our favourite mechanic’s mettle. Continue reading

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Iron Man 3 Press Conference

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On April 17th I was lucky enough to head over to the Dorchester Hotel in London for the Iron Man 3 Press Conference. If you head over here you can read it all back, with Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Black, Ben Kingsley, Shane Black and Drew Pearce all present. I managed to take a few cheeky snaps, so without further ado, here’s some more of Mr. Wayne Gale himself, Robert Downey Jr.

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Review: The Avengers (2012)

DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon.

CAST: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany (voice).

SYNOPSIS: When the fate of the Earth is threatened by Loki (Hiddleston) and his alien army, Nick Fury (Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Gregg) have no choice but to form a team of superheroes whose combined powers are the only hope of saving the world from disaster.

With the anticipation and excitement circling The Avengers enough to send anyone into an Asgardian-induced coma, hopes were pinned on the master of the supernatural supersquads to rule supreme over previous Marvel outings. Writing alongside long serving comic adaptation alumni Zak Penn, Whedon weaves an impressive patchwork where every player gets their moment in the sun and feels important to those who favour them. As soon as Whedon sounds the introductory ringside bell, he doesn’t give you a chance to breathe. Continue reading

Review: Contagion (2011)

DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh.

CAST: Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Ehle, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chin Han, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Sanaa Lathan, John Hawkes, Bryan Cranston, Elliott Gould, Brian J. O’Donnell.

SYNOPSIS: When a deadly disease starts spreading across the world, the speed and unpredictability at which it attacks leaves the human population helpless. Following different stories, some that connect and some that don’t, we see how this unknown virus affects individual families, doctors and the pressure that falls on the government.

Contagion’s main weapon lies in just how incredibly realistic the events that play before us are. These massive Hollywood superstars on our screen are no longer past and present Oscar contenders, but real people fighting for their lives. While it’s safe to say this film has acquired a cast most directors would give their left arm for, their ability to transform into your average civilian marks out just why. Continue reading