The Lone Ranger…

The Lone Ranger Review

The Lone Ranger (12A)

Reviewed By Kate Maitland-Gleed

Star Rating: 4 Stars

Do you remember that American actor; not very well known. He was in a couple of pirate films, one about a guy with cutlery for hands… Something Depp? Well, he has made yet another brilliant film. Another re-make of the 1938 ‘Lone Ranger’ but this time there’s a difference; it’s fricking fantastic! With a little bit of comedy, a little bit of romance and a whole lot of awesome-ness, this film is a must see!

The whole plot attracted me to go and watch ‘The Lone Ranger’, but also because I am 100 percent in love with Johnny Depp; although he is old enough to be my dad. I hadn’t seen Armie Hammer in any other films but I felt that he plays John Reid (the main character) perfectly; and along side his, who is equally perfect, Johnny Depp plays Tonto – the American Indian who brings that little bit of comedy to the film. Joining these two movie legends are; William Fichtner (who plays Butch Cavendish), Tom Wilkinson (who plays Cole), Ruth Wilson (who plays Rebecca Reid), Helena Bonham Carter (who plays Red Harrington), James Badge Dale (who plays Dan Reid), Bryant Prince (who plays Danny), along with many other names I am sure you will recognise.

I really enjoyed this film. I hadn’t seen any of the previous versions, so I didn’t know the full extent of the storyline. Plus, I’m not a fan of these cowboy western movies, but I was happily surprised. I was laughing throughout the whole film; as was the rest of the cinema, as Johnny Depp, as always, brought the laughs with his witty comments, and his weird and wacky ways. This is defiantly going to be added to my Christmas list and once you’ve seen it, I’m sure it will be added to yours as well!

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The Conjuring Review

The Conjuring (15)

Reviewed By Kate Maitland-Gleed

Star Rating: 5 Star

Holy smokes… This is one scary film! This was my first horror movie I have seen in the cinema… In the dark… At night! And to be honest, I don’t think I will be sleeping very well for a long while! ‘The Conjuring’ had it all, suspense, blood, terror, scary faces, and a heck of a lot of jump-scares! And to add to it all, it is based on a true story… Bare that in mind before you take the family to the cinema to watch this!!!

I feel that the cast was chosen very well for this film. In particular, the Warren couple were casted perfectly. Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Warren, and Vera Farmiga, who plays Lorraine Warren, makes the difference from ‘another bog-standard horror film’, to ‘I was so scared but I’ll have to buy it on DVD just to check’! The family who needs the Warren’s help, is made up of; Lili Taylor (who plays Carolyn Perron), Ron Livingston (who plays Roger Perron), Shanley Caswell (who plays Andrea Perron), Hayley McFarland (who plays Nancy Perron), Joey King (who plays Christine Perron), Mackenzie Foy (who plays Cindy Perron), and Kyla Deaver (who plays April Perron). And might I add, that Kyla Deaver portrayed her character brilliantly for a girl of her age. Joining the Warrens to help release this family from the clasp of a demonic spirit, is Shannon Kook (who plays Drew) and John Brotherton (who plays Brad).

With a cinema full of people, I knew this film was going to be a hit. Before the film had even started, people where already questioning whether or not they will live to tell the tale! Of course, I was not one of those people… (Cough, cough!). What I particularly loved about this film, was that it incorporated  a humble children’s game, and turned it into something of the unspeakable; to cut a long story short, I won’t be playing it anytime soon! A lot of gasps and a fair few screams; not just from the women may I add, proves that this film is a must see. But don’t go alone!

I have one question for you… Do you want to play hide and clap???

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The Conjuring Review

The Conjuring (15)

Reviewed By Kate Maitland-Gleed

Star Rating: 5 Star

Holy smokes… This is one scary film! This was my first horror movie I have seen in the cinema… In the dark… At night! And to be honest, I don’t think I will be sleeping very well for a long while! ‘The Conjuring’ had it all, suspense, blood, terror, scary faces, and a heck of a lot of jump-scares! And to add to it all, it is based on a true story… Bare that in mind before you take the family to the cinema to watch this!!!

I feel that the cast was chosen very well for this film. In particular, the Warren couple were casted perfectly. Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Warren, and Vera Farmiga, who plays Lorraine Warren, makes the difference from ‘another bog-standard horror film’, to ‘I was so scared but I’ll have to buy it on DVD just to check’! The family who needs the Warren’s help, is made up of; Lili Taylor (who plays Carolyn Perron), Ron Livingston (who plays Roger Perron), Shanley Caswell (who plays Andrea Perron), Hayley McFarland (who plays Nancy Perron), Joey King (who plays Christine Perron), Mackenzie Foy (who plays Cindy Perron), and Kyla Deaver (who plays April Perron). And might I add, that Kyla Deaver portrayed her character brilliantly for a girl of her age. Joining the Warrens to help release this family from the clasp of a demonic spirit, is Shannon Kook (who plays Drew) and John Brotherton (who plays Brad).

With a cinema full of people, I knew this film was going to be a hit. Before the film had even started, people where already questioning whether or not they will live to tell the tale! Of course, I was not one of those people… (Cough, cough!). What I particularly loved about this film, was that it incorporated  a humble children’s game, and turned it into something of the unspeakable; to cut a long story short, I won’t be playing it anytime soon! A lot of gasps and a fair few screams; not just from the women may I add, proves that this film is a must see. But don’t go alone!

I have one question for you… Do you want to play hide and clap???

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Red 2 Review

Red 2 (12A)

Reviewed By Kate Maitland-Gleed

Star Rating: 5 Star

Only last week, did I finally watch the first ‘Red’ all the way through. And my gosh did I enjoy it. So, I was really looking forward to see ‘Red 2’… I was not disappointed! Bigger guns, bigger villains, bigger laughs! We see the group moving from different countries; from the US to Paris, to London, to Moscow. And not only are they on the search for the worlds most powerful bomb, but Sarah is on the look out for those Gucci shoes she saw on the catwalk!! (You’ll get the joke when you watch the film!!)

Sarah (played by Mary-Louise Parker) has a far bigger action role in this film compared to the other. Whether that is because she wants to prove herself to her retired C.I.A boyfriend; Frank, or because she wants show that she will not let jealousy stand in her way when Franks ex-girlfriend the Russian spy Katja (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) turns up. As you can tell, there are new faces to be seen in this sequel. Along side Bruce Willis (plays Frank Moses), John Malkovich (plays Marvin), Helen Mirren (plays Victoria) and Parker, new faces include Anthony Hoppkins (who plays Bailey), Byung-hun Lee (who plays Han Cho Bai), Zeta-Jones, Neal McDonough (who plays Jack Horton), David Thewlis (who plays ‘The Frog’), among more. I must add that Malkovich is funnier than ever and will keep you on your toes to say the least!

I really enjoyed ‘Red 2’ as, like its predecessor, it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. This film is a must see!! Apart from a little bad language, I would say that this film is suitable for anyone who has seen the first ‘Red’ and who enjoys a good action film with flecks of comedy thrown in. I for one will be buying the DVD when it comes out!! That’s after I have gone to watch the film again. See you at the cinema…

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Monsters University Review

Monsters University (U)

Reviewed By Kate Maitland-Gleed

Star Rating: 3 Stars

Seeing our big blue buddy and his little green pal again, makes us feel excited to finally find out the story behind the 2001 hit; ‘Monsters Inc.’. To find out more about these beloved characters and to reveal how their two paths crossed, how they got into the scaring business, and how they became the best of friends. But to get to their dream jobs, they have to meet new friends, make new enemies, undergo traumatic school tests, and prove themselves to the University Head; Dean Hardscrabble.

We hear the same bubbly voices for Sulley and Mike as we did in the last film, along with the less bubbly Randy, the sly lizard that can vanish in an instant. So joining Billy Crystal (Mike), John Goodman (Sulley) and Steve Buscemi (Randy) this time round we have; Helen Mirren (voicing Dean Hardscrabble), Peter Sohn (voicing Squishy), Joel Murray (voicing Don), Sean Hayes (voicing Terri), Dave Foley (voicing Terry), Charlie Day (voicing Art) along with many more.

I was looking forward to seeing ‘Monsters University’ as I had enjoyed the previous film so much. But I was sadly disappointed. Maybe this is because I am now fifteen and when I watch the first film I was a mere three; but never the less, I did feel that this prequel was a try hard that although have me laughing at some points, failed to keep me interested all the way through. The storyline was sweet as we saw the hurdles that Mike and Sulley had to overcome to achieve true scariness and true friendship, and the new characters we met were funny at times, but overall this film took too long to catch my attention and had too many half hearted jokes and silly actions for my liking. But I’m sure, if I was not a fifteen year old, but a seven year old with a bunch of my friends and family, I would really enjoy this film and be nagging my parent to see it again!

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Blog & Film Times 9 AUG – 15 AUG

Good evening!

Tonight we wave goodbye to a few films, including The Wolverine and The World’s End. However starting tomorrow (Friday) we’ve got The Conjuring, and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. We’re keeping Despicable Me 2 for yet another week for those of you who have not had the chance to see the wonderful minions or who want to see it again! Also showing: Monsters University, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Red 2, Smurfs 2 and The Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh

A very packed week with lots on offer, so come sit in the dark in a lovely air conditioned cinema screen and watch a film!

– Dan (Plaza Staff)

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Blog & Film Times Fri 2nd August – Thurs 8th August

Hello there!

We’ve had some extremely busy days over this last week or so… especially when the weather’s not been as good – so if you’re planning on coming on a rainy day we recommend buying your ticket in advance! Also we now sell Orange slush puppies (instead of red), just for a change!

New this week we’ve got the brand new comedy RED 2 (12A), starring Helen Mirren. In this, retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. We’ve got The Smurfs 2 (U) showing in 2D & 3D this week, as well as keeping Despicable Me 2 (U), Monsters University (U), Wolverine (12A), and World’s End (15)! On Wednesday and Thursday, we’ve got advanced screenings of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG).

We’ve also got new strawberry mentos on sale at the moment – grab some for only 50p! (while stocks last).

That’s all for now, enjoy the show!

Dan (Plaza Staff)

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