Cake on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Cake begins with a therapy group coming to terms with the suicide of young mother Nina (Anna Kendrick), and instantly shows that the film will be liberally sprinkled with black humour.

Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) is suffering from chronic pain, with the actress’ acting being to the point where you can feel every last twinge in her body as she simply turns around.

She has no friends and relies solely on her housemaid/carer Silvana (Adriana Barraza). You get the impression that she’s alienated everyone else in her life to the point where they’ve all moved away from her. In addition, she finds it very difficult to let others into her life, particularly those who are new.

COMPETITION – Win Still Alice on DVD!

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DVDfever.co.uk and Curzon Film World have teamed up to give you a chance to win a copy of Still Alice on DVD, which stars starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart!

There are 3 DVDs and books to be won in this new competition

Alice Howland (Oscar & BAFTA nominee Julianne Moore), happily married with three grown children (Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and WeedsHunter Parrish), is a renowned linguistics professor. When she receives a devastating diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking and inspiring.

London Has Fallen – Teaser Trailer #1 – Gerard Butler

london-has-fallenLondon Has Fallen shows that the Houses of Parliament really will need that £7bn refurbishment when they get a visit from Gerard Butler as as the US President’s head of secret service Mike Banning.

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable secret service head and an English MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it.

I enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen (it was far better than White House Down), but it was still daft as hell. Still, a sequel is often inevitable in such circumstances…

Steve Jobs – Official Trailer #1 – Michael Fassbender

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Steve Jobs is the man who used to run Apple until his untimely death on October 5th 2011. Apple sell you a load of overpriced junk which you really don’t need. I mean, Apple watches? The same goes for all the other companies selling you the same tripe.

And now, the official trailer has been released…

But the official blurb for the movie states: “His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steven Paul Jobs.”

And who’s playing him? Michael Fassbender, with other cast members including Kate Winslet, Sarah Snook, Jeff Daniels and Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The film is directed by Danny Boyle.

I’ve never bought an Apple product as I’m an Android fan, but I’m curious to see how this all pans out.

Steve Jobs is released in UK cinemas on November 13th.

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

Snowden – Official Teaser Trailer – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

snowden# Snowden, Edward Snowden, he’s the dumbest spy in history,
From North, Carolina, he went on to join the CIA,

One night, when he was clearly pissed,
he showed classified NSA documents to a group of journalists,
When you’re, with Ed Snowden, have a gabber-gabber-do-time, a gabber-do-time, you’ll spill all their se-crets! #

(That was to the tune of The Flintstones, and yes, the penultimate line doesn’t really scan)

Secret in Their Eyes – Official Trailer #1 – Julia Roberts

secret-in-their-eyesSecret In Their Eyes looks to be a predictable and dull yarn, but with a big, well-known cast. And also one which tells you all you need to know about it in the space of two minutes.

It tells the tale of a tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, and it’s all is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered, the daughter of Jess (Julia Roberts).

Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.

So, yes, it sounds terrible, and that’s even BEFORE we get to the part about THIRTEEN YEARS LATER, AFTER RAY HAS BEEN SEARCHING EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR THE KILLER…. as if he’s got nothing better to do with his time.

Creed – Official Trailer #1 – Michael B Jordan

creedCreed is the boxing one about the son of Apollo Creed, first name Adonis, played by Michael B Jordan.

Apollo Creed is now dead and he was the former rival of one Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), who now serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis.

The film also stars Graham McTavish, Phylicia Rashad, Stephanie Damiano and Selma‘s Tessa Thompson.

Creed is released in the US on November 25th, but doesn’t yet have a UK date. I won’t be rushing to watch it, however. The Rocky films just got worse the longer they went on. And as for Stallone’s Grudge Match, let’s forget about that monstrosity.

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

Southpaw – Extended TV SPOT – Phenomenal – Jake Gyllenhaal

southpawSouthpaw shows Jake Gyllenhaal rarely puts a foot wrong – as seen in the recent Nightcrawler, here as Billy Hope, a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

And now there’s a new TV spot which shows how Eminem has written new music for the film, including the track “Phenomenal”.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day), Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) is has a fancy house and a loving family, and despite his career, his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams), pleads for him to quit so he can spend time with his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). He announces his retirement during a party, but when Maureen is accidentally killed during an altercation with another boxer, his world falls apart. When he loses Leila to child protection services due to his destructive behavior, his last hope is returning to the world of boxing with the help of trainer Titus “Tick” Wills (Forest Whitaker) in order to reunite with Leila.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition First-Look – Xbox One

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Gears of War Ultimate Edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of Gears of War with its appearance on next gen consoles, and remastered for Xbox One. It will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, and includes 90 additional minutes of content previously exclusive to the PC version.

Read our Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 review.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition is released on Xbox One on August 25th, and get ready for Gears of War 4, a release date for which has yet to be announced.

Check out the first-look footage below and click on the packshot for the full-size version:

No Escape – Official UK Trailer #2 – Owen Wilson

no-escapeNo Escape stars Owen Wilson in a rare film – (a) he plays a drama role, and (b) a film with him in the lead actually looks worth watching!

And now, there’s a second trailer online…

In their new overseas home, Jack (Owen Wilson) and Annie Dwyer (Lake Bell), with their children, soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

The film also stars Pierce Brosnan and Spencer Garrett, and so bears no resemblance to Ray Liotta’s 1994 fun, but nonense, actioner of the same name.

No Escape is released on September 4th in the UK and I’m very much looking forward to this.

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

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