Tomb Raider 2018 – “No” – The DVDfever Cinema Review

Tomb Raider 2018

Tomb Raider 2018 is Lara Croft reborn in the guise of the 2013 reboot game, of which I was not a big fan, unlike the 1996 original and a number of its sequels. I seemed to be in a small number when it came to that reboot, however. As for this film, and given that the Angelina Jolie movies were passable at best, this was clearly one of the movies I was least looking forward to, this year.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool is set in the Scouse city in 1981, and it wasn’t until after I saw this that I discovered it was based on a true story.

I hadn’t heard of her before and so that’s how I approached watching this which, at the start, finds actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening on wonderful form) not feeling at all well, but it soon, subtly, flashes back to a happier time, two years earlier, in Primrose Hill, where she meets aspiring actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell), and it’s during those flashback scenes, where she also lives in New York yet misses Liverpool, as that holds a place in her heart.

Mario + Rabbids: Too Good Not To Be Real

Mario + Rabbids Mario + Rabbids: Too Good Not To Be Real

The concerns raised over the potential of excessive underage gambling are well placed. However, the only thing that is missing from this game is that thrill offered by wagering real money but you can still play now just for fun. Something that those of us (fans of Mario + Rabbids), who are old enough will have to do without as we take one for the team. We will have to enjoy the game as is for the sake of younger gamers.

Award Winning Game Play

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was nominated for The Award for Best Strategy Game together with other totally awesome games. Many of the top games released in 2017 were eying the coveted prize. To come out as the eventual winner has to bare true testament to the fact that the game is more than just good. This is a fact that had already been made clear by being included on the list of nominees for the best strategy game.

Deadpool 2 – Trailer 1 – Ryan Reynolds

Deadpool 2 Deadpool 2 is coming… in three months time. Ryan Reynolds (right) again takes the role of Wade Wilson.

Today sees the release of the first actual trailer, and there’s so much to enjoy in this new trailer – the team being called X-Force, the spoof of the the Spider-Man Homecoming scene where Tony Stark nearly gets shot in the face, but I particularly loved “From the studio who brought you 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada”, since you couldn’t find two movies more UNrelated or more UNlike this one!

The apparent plot is as follows: After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, disfigured cafeteria chef Wade Wilson struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. Hmm… really??

Deadpool 2 is released in the UK on May 16th and I can’t wait for this! I thought the first one suffered with the origin aspect, but it was great either side of that.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:

Unsane leads the new cinema releases and trailers March 23rd 2018

UnsaneThis week, there are FIVE new films out for you to choose from: Claire Foy in psychological thriller Unsane, time-travel drama in A Wrinkle In Time, action aplenty in Proud Mary, Liam Neeson does ‘Deep Throat’ in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, and there’s something about mech0robots in Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Unsane centres around Claire Foy (The Crown) as a young woman who goes to report her stalker, but becomes involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Not only that, but she believes she still keeps seeing her stalker, even though she’s changed jobs, moved town, etc, so it can’t be real… can it?!

I hope the final product plays out as well as this trailer looks, because it looks superb! That said, director Steven Soderbergh‘s Logan Lucky also looked brilliant from the trailer and… it was less so.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Screenplay: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer
Also stars: Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, Joshua Leonard, Erin Wilhelmi, Jay Pharoah

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Dungeonette – the first physical ZX Spectrum Next game!

Dungeonette Dungeonette is a forthcoming game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Next, and the first official physical and paid title to be released, with Nextoid, an Arkanoid-style game, being the first official game itself.

Designed by Adrian Cummings, the game is a dungeon crawler with a nod to the past of now legendary Spectrum games (fans of the great Atic Atac will spot similarities, to this new game’s credit), and with a new twist for the ZX Spectrum Next, which was successfully crowdfunded last year. I’m currently awaiting my cased Next and I can’t wait for it.

You play a brave hero on a quest to enter the Dungeons of Doom and slay the Evil Reaper. With your trusty weapon, armour and shield you must navigate the maze of dungeons ahead and vanquish your foes. Collect as much gold as possible and keep from starving by finding food. The Reaper has sent hordes of monsters to stop you!

Features include:

McCabe and Mrs Miller: The Premium Collection on Blu-ray & DVD combo – The DVDfever Review

McCabe and Mrs Miller
McCabe and Mrs Miller is one of those ‘drifter comes into town and makes big impression’ stories, a Hollywood staple over the years, and especially so in the ’70s for Westerns, particularly when they have a back-story for being a right dodgy so-and-so, since this man, John McCabe (Warren Beatty), shot a man called Bill Roundtree, yet still comes into town, like a complete newbie and assuming no-one knows who he really is…

Ataribox – It’s now the Atari VCS… huh?

Ataribox is clearly such a revolution in gaming that it’s been renamed the Atari VCS… like the original ’70s console, it has a load of old Atari VCS games… like you can already have with Stella, and as well as a controller which looks similar to the one I played with in the late ’70s/early ’80s. As the picture above shows, it also has a controller which looks exactly like the Xbox One controller! WTF?!

Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado – Trailer 1 – Benicio Del Toro

Sicario 2
Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado – as is the new title – follows on from 2015’s wonderful Sicario, and now, the drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated, as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro).

It’s once again written by Taylor Sheridan, but Stefano Sollima takes over the directorial reins from Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

There’s no word on whether Emily Blunt will return, but the confirmed cast members include Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Donovan, Matthew Modine, Christopher Heyerdahl, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Transformers: The Last Knight‘s Isabela Moner.

Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado has been put back one day to June 29th.

Check out the trailer below:

Burnout Paradise Remastered on PS4 – The DVDfever Review

Burnout Paradise Remastered

Burnout Paradise Remastered comes 10 years after Burnout Paradise, and while I enjoyed that, it still wasn’t quite as exciting as Burnout Revenge, my favourite of the entire series – with Burnout 3 coming just 2nd to that – so those are the ones I wish most had been remastered instead, especially since they’re titles from two console generations ago, which I played on the original Xbox, rather than Burnout Paradise, which I engaged with on the Xbox 360.

Smash, crash and bash your way through 250 super jumps, 400 gates to smash through as well as 120 billboards. Hmm…. 120 billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri? That’d be a long film!


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