The Mummy – Another Unnecessary Reboot

What feels like ages ago, in a time when CGI was still both oppressively expensive and still absolutely horrible to look at, audiences enjoyed watching Brendan Fraser save the day from haphazardly awakened mummies (and The Rock before his acting career became less terrible, before it promptly became terrible again thanks to Baywatch). Those were simpler times, when movies about supernatural creatures could be a mixture of silly and serious, charming and cheesy. The Mummy films were perfect for what they were, and as they ambled off into the sunset, presumably to a place where all of the talent involved could find additional work, there was a sense of completion. In the same way the arc of the covenant should never be opened, so too should Hollywood never have decided to make another movie in The Mummy series.

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Cumberbatch as the new Grinch- a casting error?

Given that it’s June and July is just around the corner, it’s time to talk about something timely: Christmas. Yes, Christmas. It’s a holiday steeped in cinematic tradition, with such offerings as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Claus, The Santa Clause, Bad Santa, and, of course, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s fair to say The Grinch and his oddly charming green, furry face have been a staple of Christmas for many audiences. Even when Jim Carey put on so much make-up to play the role he required training to cope with PTSD.

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Dunkirk – Full Preview

The latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has reinvigorated many film fans’ enthusiasm for the Inception director’s latest project. Indeed the trailer, whilst baring all the hallmarks of the majority of trailers since, in fact, Inception’s, is nonetheless a great sample of what to expect on the 21st July.

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