Ever since receiving critical and awards-season accolades for Tsotsi in 2006, writer/director Gavin Hood has carved a niche for himself in making suspenseful political thrillers, and his latest film, Official Secrets, is another solid entry into the genre. Based on the actual events surrounding real-life whistleblower Katharine Gun, her story has been adapted into a gripping, suspenseful film worth your time and attention for its ominous visuals, engaging performances from its cast led by Keira Knightley, and an eye-opening look at the lengths to which everyone involved went on all sides of Katharine’s case to stand up for what’s right. Read more
The last time we saw the Caped Crusader on the big screen, he was in the hotly-debated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Hey, I liked it, so sue me). In a dour mood and off on a killing spree, some cried that it wasn’t the Batman they grew up with while others said it fit more closely with his comic book iteration. Either way, Batman v. Superman found the Dark Knight in a tight spot and in the middle of countless debates/arguments between critics and fans of comic book characters that almost sent film Twitter into flames. Luckily, Batman is back to provide some fun in the form of Legos. The Lego Batman Movie is a spin-off from the hugely successful The Lego Movie, which featured an “all-too-serious-but-trying-to-look-cool” Batman voiced by the wonderful Will Arnett (Arrested Development). Embracing the masked vigilante’s nostalgia from his past iterations along with the Lego universe’s nonsensical humor, The Lego Batman Movie is a hysterical, absolute blast from start to finish.
It’s a weird thing these days going into a film where I haven’t seen it all hyped to death. I’d seen trailers for Kubo and the Two Strings but I really didn’t know what it was about. I didn’t go in knowing what i09 thought of it and it wasn’t blasted all over Imagur. There just wasn’t much opinion to sort through beforehand, so I felt a little unprepared to actually see the film. It was like because I was going in blind and all my other senses were heightened. That made the whole thing that much better. What a wonderful film – I’m going to gush this whole review, fair warning. Read more
From director Chris McKay, writer Seth Grahame-Smith and The LEGO Movie producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller comes The LEGO Batman Movie. Starring Will Arnett (Batman), Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Mariah Carey (Gotham’s mayor) and Zach Galifianakis (The Joker), the film hits theaters February 20, 2017.