X-Men Days of Future Past & Fading Gigolo lead the new cinema releases & trailers w/e May 23rd 2014


This weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: The mutants are back in X-Men Days of Future Past, John Tuturro sets out as a ladies’ man in Fading Gigolo, Adam Sandler in another knockabout comedy with Drew Barrymore in Blended, plus films for the kids as the half-term is upon us: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and Postman Pat: The Movie.

X-Men Days of Future Past

This film tells the tale of the ultimate X-Men ensemble fighting a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future, changing history and preventing an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Bryan Singer directs Ellen Page, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore and Patrick Stewart.

Well, I went to see this today, and a full review will be online shortly, but in the meantime it’s a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo is written and directed by John Turturro, and he puts himself in the lead role as Fioravante, an accidental Don Juan, when his cash-strapped friend, Murray (Woody Allen) tells him he can make $1000 just for getting it on with a couple of desperate older women. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

The film also stars Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Sofía Vergara.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


Blended is a new comedy featuring Adam Sandler (has he ever Buy Tramadol done anything else other than Punch Drunk Love?) where he reunites with 50 First Dates co-star Drew Barrymore

After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.

Blended also stars Bella Thorne, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joel McHale, Lauren Lapkus and WeedsKevin Nealon, and actually looks funny!

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a forthcoming animated movie based upon everything you expect to see.

Dorothy Gale (Glee‘s Lea Michele) wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (James Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City.

The film also stars Brian Blessed and Douglas Hodge. If you have kids it looks even too sickly sweet for them now that X-Men is out, but either way, for me it’s a…

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Postman Pat: The Movie

A veteran postman (Pat, obviously) finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition.

With Stephen Mangan as the titular hero, and other voices done by David Tennant, Rupert Grint, Jim Broadbent, Ronan Keating, and many more, Postman Pat is very much yesterday’s news, so why bring it back now?

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!