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Can Contagion Continue To Spread?

This weekend saw the release of Contagion in the US, a new thriller of epidemic proportions, from classy filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The movie boasts an impressive ensemble cast, and for a September release the opening numbers are reassuring. The question is, will the film reach pandemic proportions, or will next weekend see the virus snubbed out? Continue reading
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Is Bourne An Impossible Mission For Jeremy Renner?

 This past week saw the announcement that Jeremy Renner had been offered the lead in the next movie in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. After the departures of both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon from the Bourne series, a question mark was left hanging. Would we see another Bourne film? If so, who would play the titular character? The Bourne films made Damon as a bona fide A-list star, and he has become synonymous with the role. Was replacing him an impossible task? Continue reading

The Coens Display True Box Office Grit

Weekend estimates for the US are in, and with them comes a very comforting tale of triumph. The Coen brothers’ Academy Award contender True Grit won the weekend, bringing in another $15m to take its total to around $110M. This meant it not only finally beat Little Fockers into second place in their running box office battle, it also firmly established its place as the Coen’s highest grossing movie. Their first film to break the $100m mark, it is a big landmark for the prolific brothers. Continue reading

Prepare For A Marvellous Month Of Movies

Traditionally, January is the cinematic dumping ground. A slow month, it is usually the time when the dregs of the past year are put out to seed. That’s in the US. Here in the UK, we are often a bit luckier. The Autumn months in the States are when the Oscar hopefuls start being released, films which we quite often don’t get on these shores until some time later. That seems to be particularly the case this time around. In the next month, we see UK releases of some of the brightest and best of the Academy Award contenders. It’s going to be a great month. Continue reading