The birds are back, as a Macaw called Blu decides to take his feathered family on the ultimate vacation – a trip down the Amazon!
Things get interesting when they meet a whole group of Macaws, including some long-lost family. And not far behind is a familiar face with an axe to grind.
2011’s Rio was a perfectly fun, if slightly forgettable, family flick and the sequel serves the same purpose. It’ll keep the kids occupied for 100 minutes and won’t bore the parents at the same time, but there’s nothing too special here in the mould of efforts from the likes of Pixar of Dreamworks.
A terrific source novel doesn’t guarantee a successful transition to the big screen, but Divergent did well by the fans and managed to create an exciting movie at the same time.
Based in a future world where society is split into five factions in the hope of achieving peace, Divergent has the genre necessary one girl who feels out of place. But thanks to a strong performance from Shailene Woodley and some spry directing by Neil Burger it all works quite well.
There’s action, strong performances and a romantic angle that doesn’t feel cloying, all good things. Get ready for the sequel in March 2015.
Irish writer/director John Michael McDonagh follows up the smash hit of The Guard with an even darker film.
Calvary is the story of a priest played by Brendan Gleeson who is told he’s going to be killed in a week by an unknown man during confession. What follows is as much farce as it is thriller, filled with pitch black comedy, strange characters and some terrific actors playing against type.
The roster is insane – Dylan Moran, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson and more and they’re all at the top of their game. But be warned, this isn’t a film for those who are easily offended.
Muppets Most Wanted
The reboot of The Muppets a couple of years back introduced the characters to a whole new generation and, not coincidentally, made a bucket-load of cash in the process. And so, sequel.
Muppets Most Wanted loses a co-writer and lead in the form of Jason Segel and instead focusses on Kermit as he tries to foil a dastardly plot. This is all while the Muppets are on a world tour that takes them to plenty of exciting locations, including Dublin!
The cameos come thick and fast here – from Tom Hiddleston to Saoirse Ronan – and the lead human roles are picked up by Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and the very awesome Ty Burrell from Modern Family.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
For once, one of the biggest films of the year at the box office deserves all the praise it’s getting.
The Winter Soldier is a rollicking action film that also serves up a dark and twist laden story that plays with the Marvel universe in ways we were never expecting.
Chris Evans basically is this character now and he does great work in the acting and action stakes. He’s joined by Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sam Jackson and the great Robert Redford for one of the best comic book films that we’ve ever seen. A must see on home video.
Johnny Depp was once box office gold, how things have changed. After the failure of The Lone Ranger last year now we’ve got another box office bomb.
Transcendence is an utterly nutty film, one of those strange follies which come from giving Christopher Nolan’s cameraman free reign and casting an actor who costs $20 million. The science is nonsensical, the tone is strange and it all goes to very zany places.
Which means it can also be a lot of fun, if you try to watch it with a sense of humour. Worth another look, if only for the great cast including Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany.