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Review: Arthur Christmas (2011)

DIRECTOR: Sarah Smith.

CAST: (Voices) James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton, Marc Wootton, Ramona Marquez, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Michael Palin.

SYNOPSIS: Arthur (McAvoy) and his family live together, laugh together and bicker just like anyone else. The only difference is the responsibility that comes with the surname ‘Christmas’ and having to deliver presents to every country in the world, all in one night. Having fine-tuned a seemingly perfect strategy for the 25th December each year, when one child is missed, Arthur and Grandsanta (Nighy) embark on a crazy mission to deliver her present.

Arthur Christmas is one of those films you immediately want to see again once the credits start rolling. Assembling the Best of British, first time director Sarah Smith has created a smart, quirky, yet sentimental film that will undoubtedly stand the test of time and become a Christmas favourite, all the while remaining universally accessible. Continue reading

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Review: X-Men: First Class (2011)

DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn.

CAST: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, January Jones, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Jason Flemyng, Edi Gathegi, Zoe Kravitz, Alex Gonzalez, Oliver Platt.

SYNOPSIS: Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Charles Xavier (McAvoy) brings together a new group of mutants including the troubled Erik Lehnsherr (Fassbender) to protect the world from its greatest threat. Initially the closest of friends, their differences soon become all too evident, opening up a rift that threatens the peace of Xavier’s X-Men and the human race.

Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass is in my Top Five films of 2010. I loved every crazy second of it and fully bought into the idea of Vaughn as a top-class action director. So after hearing the incredible reviews that were coming in for Vaughn’s First Class, my excitement was at its absolute peak – especially seeing how it managed to keep its claws firmly on an 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for quite so long. Yet X-Men: First Class left me a little cold. And I hate myself for it. I’m not saying it’s a bad film. Far from it. My expectations were maybe just a little too high. What is alarmingly clear, however, is that Matthew Vaughn has finally got the X-Men back on cinematic track. Continue reading