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Excluding titles that do not have a set UK release date. Those can be found at http://www.imdb.com/list/ls031519111
Titles Rated: 77/123
Best Picture: The Revenant Best Director: Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) Best Original Screenplay: Shane Black (The Nice Guys) Best Adapted Screenplay: J.K. Rowling (Fantastic Beasts...) Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) Best Actress: Brie Larson (Room) Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hardy (The Revenant) Best Supporting Actress: Haley Bennett (Girl on the Train)
Truly Entertaining, Fun-Filled Magic
Coming from a huge fan of the original trilogy - who has seen each instalment an unhealthy amount of times - 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' (AKA Salazar's Revenge) offers relief and much needed closure for viewers,especially after 'On Stranger Tides', which I'd rather like to forget.
The majority of the film is set where the franchise has always belonged - on the sea, and brings some heavy nostalgia with familiar faces, old songs and similar story elements to the original - a young man seeking the aid of Captain Jack Sparrow to find and/or save his long lost father.
The story, this time around, is much more straight forward than its predecessors, which most viewers will be relieved to see, as it has one clear goal - everyone is after the trident of Poseidon (for their own motives, of course).
Not only is the story much more interesting than 'On Stranger Tides' but the clear amount of effort that's gone into making Pirates great again is extraordinary - from the costumes, makeup and set pieces, to the CGI and action sequences, to the constant 'on-point' humour that will have the entire audience in stitches.
Finally, without giving anything away, the final scenes of the film offer the most satisfying ending any fan could have wished for - and the end credits scene is the icing on the cake (don't be too eager to leave your seat).
My advice is to please ignore the critics because they honestly love to suck the joy out of anything these days. Go in with a clear mind and just enjoy the film for what it is - an entertaining, fun- filled, magical thrill ride.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Expect the worst
Let me start by saying this film is critically awful. The script is laughable and the whole Christian Grey character just reminds me of a spoiled rich child who constantly wants his own way (I expected him to throw a tantrum every time Anastasia turned him down).
However, going into the cinema and expecting this to be the worst thing ever created in human history, I found that I actually quite enjoyed it. The script is so bad that's it's funny and I thought the two main actors did well with what they had to work with. But whoever hired that writer and cast Rita Ora (though she was only in it for, what, 15 seconds?) needs to be kicked out of Hollywood!
Moving on to the sex scenes...honestly, I've seen worse in True Blood and Game of Thrones. There isn't anything particularly graphic and there's nothing that will make viewers feel uncomfortable (unless they've never seen an R rated movie).
I know people are slating this movie for "raping their intelligence" and so on, but just go in with an open mind and a light heart knowing that it's not going to be Academy nominated or Oscar worthy (more like a Razzie winner) and you'll probably get a kick out of it. I know I'll be seeing Fifty Shades Darker, and hey, with a new writer, who knows what could happen.
Before Midnight (2013)
We all know what happens to relationships over a period of time ― in the beginning there's sparks and excitement and this can then lead to falling in love, but eventually reality decides to kick in and years down the line life becomes nothing but routine and full of arguments. This of course is not the happiest thought in the world, so we turn to films to lighten the mood and bring back the belief of romantic love (which I strongly adhere to).
I have adored the beautiful dream-like story of Jesse and Celine ever since I saw Before Sunrise ― meeting on a train in Vienna and taking a leap of faith, falling "a little bit in love" as they strolled around the city until morning where they vowed to meet again 6 months later. Of course we learn in Before Sunset that this did not happen, but fate brings them together once more, giving them a final chance at true love.
Unfortunately, what I did not expect from Before Midnight was to be watching a couple I had admired for so long constantly argue for at least two thirds of this film, leaving a bitter taste in my mouth as I left the cinema. Agreed, the acting of course was undeniably good and the script was as always clever, funny and a little shocking, but this does not make up for the unsatisfying ending and having to see the couple I loved so much ridicule each other almost to death.
Okay, maybe I have seen one too many fairy tales, but for me, watching something like this is completely illogical, especially since the main reason I go to see a movie in the first place is for escapism, not to get a reality check!