18th February 2015 | Films
The Backstreet Boys are back! The documentary film shows the five members of the band starting a new chapter in their life by reuniting and working on their 20th anniversary album titled In a World Like This and their brand new tour.
Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of is quite an intimate documentary but in a positive way as we can see the connection between the men throughout the film, especially when they go to visit their home towns and when they rehearse.
The film features old clips of the boy band from their past and it shows them reminiscing over their good memories but what really makes this film real is the band mates, not only talking about the good times, but also talking about the issues they faced when they were a part of the music industry at such a young age such as dealing with their manager treating them badly and him stealing their money.
It’s a documentary about a boy band but I think there’s too much talk and not a lot of music; so much talking makes it quite hard for the person who’s watching to pay attention non-stop.
If you are a Backstreet Boys fan then I hugely recommend this film however if you are only slightly familiar with them, then there is a chance that you might not find the documentary interesting and it will be hard for you to watch it from beginning to end.
BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW'EM WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF is in cinemas nationwide on 26 February followed by a special performance by the band broadcast live by satellite. Visit http://www.backstreetboys.com/international for more.
6th February 2015 | Films
Following the success of 2013’s Frozen, the impact of which we are still feeling today, the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios were under immense pressure to produce a new film that would test the boundaries and make a mint. It seems that with Big Hero 6, they’ve found their match.
Big Hero 6 tells the story of child prodigy Hiro Hamada and his relationship with plus-sized inflatable robot, Baymax, who was created by his brother before his untimely death. Whilst still battling with emotions of denial and loss, Hiro Hamada and a group of friends from his brother’s old Tech University, find themselves facing a new battle: a high-tech villain.
Disney’s latest animation effort should be applauded in all rounds – the animators and storytellers at the Animation Studios have successfully told a traditional young-beating-old, hero versus villain story but, this time, all of the protagonists are smart. Finally, there is a young-persons film out there whereby, upon leaving, everybody in the cinema wants to learn science and get into University, rather than pretending to be an Ice Queen or a Snowman.
The characters are real but the story feels even realer, making it almost impossible not to find yourself gripped at every moment. When Hiro’s brother dies, you cry; when you find out Callaghan is the evil man, you boo; when it ends, you applaud – but, it’s fine, because you’re not alone. Every single person in the cinema, no matter their age or gender, is going through the same rollercoaster of emotions.
Should we be surprised that this is the case, though? After all – Disney has gotten people of all ages singing to Frozen and laughing alongside Wreck-It Ralph within recent years, all of which had lower budgets.
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31st January 2015 | Films
Kingsman, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn’s follow up to the brilliant Kick Ass, tells the story of Eggsy, a young man who is recruited by Harry Hart, an older spy, to join the world most exclusive society of spies and take down Richmond Valentine, an eccentric millionaire and wannabe ‘super-villain’.
Based on Mark Millar’s comic series, Kingsman tonally picks up where the first Kick Ass ends. Not a parody, but not po-faced either, Kingsman is perfectly pitched somewhere in the middle. Littered with loving nods to spy films of the past, it manages to feel classic and contemporary at the same time.
If comedies are your thing, you won’t be disappointed - Kingsman is filled with proper laughs from start to finish. If you’re an action fan, you’ll love it too. One particularly brutal sequence is a supposed one-shot of a crazed Hart slaying a church full of crazy Christians - think of it like Birdman, but if Birdman was about Colin Firth mowing down some racists. And if drama’s your thing, you too have plenty to enjoy - the plotting and structure is excellent.
The performances are universally excellent, and the chemistry between the two leads (Colin Firth and Taron Egerton) is lovely.
If you’re looking for a gritty, realistic action movie, then steer well clear. But if you want a fun, unapologetically silly couple of hours, Kingsman: The Secret Service is the movie for you.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is released in the UK on the 29th January, and in the US on the 13th February.
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