The Raid: A Body Count

How many people died in The Raid: Redemption? We actually counted.

Alien cupcakes

To celebrate Prometheus, here's the life cycle of Ridley Scott's Alien. In cupcake form.

Snow White and the Huntsman

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Most ineffectual.

Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Hilariously daft, amiably warm, gorgeously colourful and generally all-round awwwwwwww

Review: The Innkeepers

Engaging? Yes. Realistic? Yes. Scary? Not so much.

Review: Red Tails

The Help meets Hot Shots! Part Deux

Review: Ill Manors

Plan B's movie isn't crap, so rather than write an essay, I reviewed it in a rap.

Review: Prometheus

Stunning. Ambitious. Provocative. Disappointing.

Review: Casa de Mi Padre

Will Ferrell no puede hablar Español. Pero, ¡mira! ¡En esta película esta hablando en Español! ¿Es loco, no?

Review: Fast Girls

It's no Cool Runnings, but this is proper feel-good summer cinema.


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The Five Year Engagment, review
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt
Certificate: 12A

Hands up if you wouldn't marry Emily Blunt. Or Jason Segel, for that matter. Anyone? No? Good. That's settled. So a film that combines everyone’s two dream spouses might just be the greatest romantic comedy of all time, right? Yes. But The Five-Year Engagement falls short. Mainly because it’s so long.

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Those stalking me on The Twitters are all too aware of my recent trip across Europe. Eight cities. Seven countries. Two weeks. I know what you're thinking: that's crazy. What I was thinking: that's a lot of film posters.

So every time we passed a bus stop, lamppost or cinema with a poster on the outside, I took a quick snap to have a rummage through when I got back on home soil. What I found made me love Serbia even more - and made me wish I went to Russia. Or Poland.

In Madrid and Barcelona, I was pleased to find that movie titles continue to sound better in Spanish than in any other language:


Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Spanish poster
Protocolo Fantasma sounds infinitely cooler than Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol


The Descendants Spanish poster
  Man on a Ledge - Madrid poster
"George offers the performance of his career" according to the Spanish press, saying the same thing as everywhere else. Old George's descendientes will be proud.   Sam Worthington is... ON THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS.


But Serbia, Portugal and Spain also proved that some titles are so powerful that they don't need translating...

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If you haven't seen the words "exclusive", "Muppets" and "interview" on the internet in the last month, you've been doing very well. Kermit and his friends have been flailing their arms wildly on every website they can get their fuzzy hands on - and rightly so, because we haven't had any proper Muppet action in the UK for a very long time.

But what if you want to see an interview that isn't just the same old questions all over again? Well, you're in luck, because we shoved our hands out there (and up a few things) to find Colin, the world's leading puppet actor. In his first ever interview, Colin shares his thoughts on Hollywood, auditions and not being in The Muppets movie. 




For more Muppetational goodness, check out our The Muppets film review - or this video wall of the greatest Muppet videos ever.


The Muppets - film review
Director: James Bobin
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Peter Linz, Chris Cooper
Certificate: U

Nostalgia. Noun. A warm fuzzy thing that looks back on the past.

The Muppets. Noun. A warm fuzzy thing that looks back on the past.

You might easily confuse the two entries in the dictionary. The easiest way to tell the difference? Only one of them makes you laugh. And has legs. And arms. And Jason Segel. (Hint: it's the one that's out in cinemas this weekend.)

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The Artist - Golden Globe Nominations 2011

Everything's coming up golden for Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white gem, with The Artist leading the Golden Globes 2012 nominations list with a solid six. That's not bad for a silent film. In fact, it's flipping fantastic, earning nods for Best Director, Actor, Screenplay, Music, Supporting Actress and Best Picture - expect all those Musical or Comedy appendices to fully convert to straight nods at the Oscars - after its wins from the Boston and New York Critics, The Artist is now definitely an awards front-runner. Even more so than War Horse, which galloped into the Best Picture, Drama category as expected.

The only thing more predictable for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was its undying love for George Clooney, with both The Ides of March and The Descendants getting their fair share of nominations. 

Surprises came in the form of Bridesmaids getting a Best Picture nod alongside My Week with Marilyn in the Musical or Comedy category - let's be honest, these subdivisions make even less sense now than they ever did before. Other nods, like Leonardo DiCaprio for J Edgar (reportedly a bit of a dud), are bizarre, especially when Ryan Gosling gets a nod for Crazy, Stupid, Love and not for Drive. (Apparently that bit with the hammer wasn't hilarious enough for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy.) 

More exciting than that is Kristen Wiig's Best Actress nomination. It's always nice to see my future wife doing well. Even better news is Brendan Gleeson's nod for The Guard - the kind of thing that I was relying on BAFTA to support, alongside Tyrannosaur. Could it be the start of some serious Gleeson awards momentum? Not that it matters, because Michael Fassbender is looking increasingly like the acting alpha male.

Otherwise, it's nice to see The Help get some attention and Rango easily deserves its animated nom (no Kung Fu Panda 2?), while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's soundtrack nod is a promising sign that Fincher's superb adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel isn't completely out of the awards circuit.

But there are worse snubs. Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Tree of Life and Coriolanus all got left out, and you wonder why exactly th-- hey look, it's a tap dancing dog!

It's lovely to see that The Artist is top dog (sadly there's no Golden Globe award for Best Dog) in a competition that, along with Hugo's raft of HFPA adoration, is celebrating the old-school magic of cinema. But if period brilliance is the trendy thing right now, where are the nominations for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? 

And don't even get me started on why The Muppets haven't been nominated for Best Song.

Read on for the full list of 2012 Golden Globes nominations.

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Shame, Muppets poster parody - Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Kermit
Shame UK poster, Muppets parody - Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Kermit

Shame is out in UK cinemas on Friday 13th January. Here's our 5 star Shame review from the London Film Festival.



Billy Crystal is hosting the 2012 Academy Awards. The Muppets won't.

But before you get too downhearted about Crystal stamping his feet all over the face of your Muppet Oscars dream, watch this Muppet Bollywood trailer:




There. That feels all better now, doesn't it? (For Muppet parody trailers, check out our video wall of the greatest Muppet videos of all time.)



Every year, it’s the same. People talk about the LFF Surprise Film, pray for greatness and end up watching drivel like Brighton Rock. But this year is different. This is Sandra Hebron’s final London Film Festival, and she’ll want to go out with a bang on Sunday night.

After 2009's Capitalism: A Love Story and Rowan Joffe’s rubbish remake last year, 2011 could well be the one where we finally get a good surprise.

Here are our top London Film Festival Surprise Film predictions, starting with the most likely.

The one thing we can say for sure? At least it can’t be Brighton Rock again.

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"Is this movie in 3D? No, The Muppets are as 3D as they've always been!"

This final trailer for The Muppets feels as old-school as the original TV series, but still finds the time to refer to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and squeeze in Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris. It's been said all before (mostly by me in a state of mouth-frothing excitement) but Jason Segel's update on Jim Henson's awesome creation really does look like it has everything.

All we need now is for someone to invent a time machine to take us to next February when it comes out in the UK. Preferably not Dr Bunsen and Beaker.

And now... singing chickens!

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Yep. Those furry fuzzballs of happiness made Tuesday morning seem like a happy place, full of piano-playing dogs, banjo-playing frogs and tennis balls with eyes stuck on their heads.


The only thing better than the new posters for The Muppets movie (out in the UK in Februrary next year *grumble grumble)? Our video wall of The Bestest Muppets Videos of All Time (including the spoof trailers - and that Pierce Brosnan sketch from Muppets tonight).

Before you overdose on Muppety video goodness, read on to see all four wonderful new posters.

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