Jack Pelling
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Entries by Jack Pelling

Film Review- The Amazing Spider-Man 2

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (13:19)

Two years after Marc Webb rebooted Sony's lucrative Spider-Man series, the jury is still out over whether it was too soon to revive the franchise so quickly after Sam Raimi's third installment. The immaculate casting of Andrew Garfield as the adolescent arachnid went some way towards justifying the film's existence,...

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Smaug Writes an Open Letter to Benedict Cumberbatch

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2013 | (15:06)

An open letter was posted online today from controversial embezzling dragon, Smaug, to acclaimed actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, who is set to portray the reptilian monster in the upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Smaug, who  relocated his lair to the Ecuadorian embassy after the events of the book,...

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Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker Talk 'RED 2' on The Thames

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (19:20)

While most Londoners were sweating  over their office keyboards on what has now been confirmed as the hottest day for seven years, I, on behalf of CelluloidHeroes.co.uk took some respite from the heat and went messing about on the river with the cast of RED 2. During the...

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Film Review: The Wolverine

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (16:02)

After a brief period with Darren Aronofsky at the helm, James Mangold was eventually handed the task of resurrecting the standalone Wolverine series, four years after Gavin Hood's risibly daft prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, nearly killed the character stone dead. The chronology of the X-Men movies has become a little...

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Film Review: Stand Up Guys

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (10:53)

Fisher Stevens, best known to those of a certain generation for his racially suspicious portrayal of Indian scientist, Ben in Short Circuit, marks his debut directorial effort with Stand Up Guys, a comedy drama about a trio of aging stickup men. The film follows Al Pacino's Val as he is...

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Film Review: This Is The End

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (09:06)

At first glance, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut, This is the End is at risk of looking just the tiniest bit smug. The notion of a multi-million dollar budget comedy in which a group of millionaire actors play themselves cruising round L.A. in a haze of marijuana smoke,...

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Film Review: Man of Steel

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2013 | (13:16)

A few eyebrows were raised when it was announced that 300 and Sucker Punch director, Zack Snyder was to helm the Christopher Nolan produced Superman reboot, Man of Steel, but the guidance of the Dark Knight director, along with addition of some reliable and talented cast-members was more than enough...

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Film Review: Behind The Candelabra

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (16:08)

You could be forgiven for taking Steven Soderburgh's most recent public letter of resignation with a pinch of salt, but if Behind The Candelabra really is to be his last, the prolific director has shown us just what a tragedy his premature departure would be.

His 12th film of the...

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Film Review: Byzantium

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (11:15)

I think we can all agree that the last thing the film world needs as another tale of mopey, bloodsucking teenagers, but Neil Jordan's latest vampirical tale, Byzantium, is clearly doing everything it can to distance itself from the world of Stephanie Meyer. Based on a play by Tamara Drew...

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Film Review: Epic

(1) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (14:28)

Epic is the latest 3D CGI romp from Blue Sky Studios: the team behind the lavish and lucrative Rio and Ice Age films. Directed by Blue Sky co-founder, Chris Wedge, Epic tells the story of a young teenager named...

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Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

(1) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (11:58)

J. J. Abrams' second voyage into the Star Trek universe is a bigger, brighter, but not necessarily better affair, but fans of the 2009 movie will be happy to hear that there is just...

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Film Review: Iron Man 3

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (20:43)

Marvel have kicked off 'Phase 2' in fine style with Robert Downey Jr.'s fourth outing as self-styled billionaire/playboy/philanthropist, Tony Stark.  With Shane Black taking the reins from Jon Favreau, the promotional campaign for Iron Man 3 has successfully wrong-footed its audience with its bleak, Nolanesque trailers, only to deliver a...

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Film Review: Oblivion

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2013 | (11:04)

"We won the war, but we lost our home", laments Tom Cruise's Jack Harper in Oblivion's textbook opening voiceover, with an amalgam of ennui, self-parody and faux-sincerity. It is a pretty good indicator of what is to come over the next 126 minutes from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's by-the-numbers...

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Film Review: Dark Skies

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2013 | (14:23)

Dark Skies is the latest in a rather long line of bland horror flicks from the producers of Insidious and the prolific Paranormal Activity series.  Dark Skies shares similar DNA with its predecessors, but this time around it has been given an extra-terrestrial, conspiracy-theory twist by writer/director Scott Stewart, whose...

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Film Review: Trance

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (12:17)

Danny Boyle's first film since silencing the skeptics at last summer's unforgettable Olympic opening ceremony arrives in the form of low-key London-based noir, Trance.  This mind-bending, psychological-thriller is a far cry from sky-diving monarchs and jitterbugging nurses, but Boyle hasn't completly reined in his penchant for spectacle.  James McAvoy stars...

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Film Review: In The House

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (16:25)

French auteur, François Ozon's follow up to 2011's Potiche arrives in the form of another stage adaption: Juan Mayorga's The Boy in the Last RowIn The House, which picked up the top award at last year's San Sebastian Film Festival, is a jet black, yet oddly playful comedy about a...

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Film Review: A Late Quartet

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (10:51)

Yaron Zilberman's debut feature, A Late Quartet is a delicately handled and brilliantly-observed relationship drama about the internal dynamics of a world renowned string quartet. When the group's 'cellist, Peter (Chistopher Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he reluctantly informs the group that their next performance will be his last. However, the...

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Film Review: 21 & Over

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (10:45)

21 & Over is the directorial debut from The Hangover writers, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and they make surprisingly little effort to distance their new film from the 2009 super-hit. The film starts with our two heroes, Miller and Casey (Miles Teller and Skylar Astin), strolling through a...

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Film Review: Stolen

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (17:37)

British action veteran Simon West and Nic Cage have teamed up for the first time since their 1997 monster hit, Con Air, for Stolen: a unashamed B-movie that willfully draws comparisons with Luc Besson's inexplicably successful Taken films.  The film follows notorious bank robber, Will "Gum" Montgomery (Nicolas Cage), who...

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Film Review: Snoop Lion's Reincarnated

(1) Comments | Posted 13 March 2013 | (10:48)

Veteran rapper and self-styled P.I.M.P., Snoop Dogg, has teamed up with hipster magazine Vice to document his transition from weed-smoking hip-hop artist, to weed-smoking Reggae artist, to produce a companion piece to his upcoming record. Directed by Vice editor, Andy Capper, Reincarnated follows Snoop as he leaves his LA roots behind...

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