Trailer Alert – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

The dark comic book world of Frank Miller is back with some familiar faces as well as some new ones. With very little storyline revealed all I can say is I hope it can go toe to toe with the original and from what is shown in the trailer it looks like it could.


Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

Will they create a character as dark as Kevin?

How many stories will there be?

My Anticipation Rating – 89%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes


New Releases – 7th March

300: Rise Of An Empire – The sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, this will be similar to the first without the bigger name actors, plenty of blood, gore and drawn on six packs.


My Guess for Rating – 66%
My Anticipation Rating – 60%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson makes some of the most interesting quirky comedies in recent years and he always has the ability to pull in major stars for roles you wouldn’t expect to see them in, but where they can show perfect comedy timing.

grand budapest hotel

My Guess for Rating – 84%
My Anticipation Rating – 80%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Escape From Planet Earth – When an astronaut gets an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet it turns out to be a trap and now he must escape that planet. This is one for the kids and I think it will disappoint them too.

escape plpanet earth

My Guess for Rating – 45%
My Anticipation Rating – 30%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Stag – A bachelor party weekend in the great outdoors takes some unexpected detour. This Irish comedy looks like it might do well in Britain but struggle overseas.

the stag

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 65%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Runaway Jury (2003)

logoDirector: Gary Fleder

Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Rick Cleveland, Matthew Chapman (Screenplay) John Grisham (Novel)

Starring: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davidson, Jeremy Piven, Nick Searcy, Cliff Curtis


Plot: Nicholas Easter (Cusack) is selected to be a juror on a big case against a major gun manufacture. Clean by the book lawyer Wendell Rohr (Hoffman) has the case lined up against them, while the manufactures have a consultant Rankin Fish (Hackman) try to win the case for the defence. Little do either on them know Nicholas is working with a mysterious lady Marlee (Weisz) to sway the jury to the highest bidder.  


Verdict: A courtroom thriller

Story: With John Grisham books you always know you are going to see a small guy go up against a heavyweight and overcome all the odds to win, filled with plenty of inspirational speeches about why they are innocent, or deserved of the money. This has all that in an unlikely case that has win for the gun manufactures but with clever handling of the idea of jury tampering we get a thriller from start to finish. (9/10)


Actor Review: John Cusack – Nick Easter a juror who starts to play the jury the way he wants it to go for money. Good calm performance that shows he has the role down to a tee. (8/10)


Actor Review: Gene Hackman – Rankin Finch a consultant who will blackmail juries in his favour. Good performance trying to keep on step ahead of the over players. (8/10)


Actor Review: Dustin Hoffman – Wendell the lawyer who wants to take down the gun firms but gets put in a position where he has to question his morals. Good performance staying clean and dominating the screen whenever he appears. Favourite Character Award, Smooth Talker Award (9/10)


Actor Review: Rachel Weisz – Marlee pulling the strings between all the people involved to make sure she gets the money. Good performance and keeps everything calm in her negotiations. (8/10)


Director Review: Gary Fleder – Good direction making the most of the material and keeping us on the edge of the seats throughout. (9/10)


Crime: The battle against the crime committed offers new crimes being committed with the jury tampering. (9/10)

Thriller: Edge of the seat throughout. (9/10)

Believability: The shootings happen in America and the case against most have happened before but the outcome is hard to believe. (6/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The courtroom setting works well but multiple settings for the rest make it hard to use everything to the max. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest watching as I enjoy all the thrillers and this offers everything and it offers the moral story of overcoming odds. (Watch)


Best Part: I enjoyed the final reveal of motive for Marlee and Nick.

Trivia: The first film with Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman starred in together even though they have been long term friends.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: A Time To Kill


Overall: Brilliant courtroom thriller

Rating 84