The cinematic powerhouse that is Marvel Studios presents its latest offering – a slice of action-packed sci-fi escapism and the best film of the year so far.
Heroes Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax may not be as well known as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, but director James Gunn has ensured they will soon be household names.
Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), is abducted from Earth as a child in 1988, after saying a tearful farewell to his dying mother. Raised by a group of thieves and smugglers, he grows up a rogue who finds himself in possession of a mysterious orb and the subject of an interstellar manhunt led by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). Quill is then forced to form a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters and bandits in order to save the galaxy.
Striking a perfect balance between action and laugh-out-loud humour, Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely not a movie to be missed.
Review by Matt Blackwell
The man-mountain that is Dwayne Johnson steps into hero Hercules’s humongous shoes. After completing his 12 labours, the famous son of Zeus is recruited by the ruler of Thrace (John Hurt) to help save his people from a tyrannical warlord. The movie picks up nicely after a slow start, with Johnson dishing out comic quips reminiscent of roles earlier in his career. This is easily better than the drab affair that was The Legend of Hercules, released earlier this year.
The shy Princess Alexa stumbles upon a door that unlocks a secret world filled with fairies, mermaids and unicorns. With the help of her newfound friends, Alexa stands up to the spoilt ruler Malucia, who is trying to steal all the magic from the land. Billed as the ultimate fairytale musical, Barbie and the Secret Door focuses on the power of friendship and is perfect for keeping youngsters entertained as the summer break draws to a close.
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Wallace, an unlucky-in-love medical school dropout who’s grown tired of bad relationships. After deciding to put romance on the back burner for a while, he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) and they form an instant connection. With Chantry living with her long-term boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall), Wallace finds himself very much in the ‘friend zone’, but as time goes on the pair are forced to analyse their feelings towards one another and ask the question what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
Following the breakout success of 2011’s Singham, Bollywood action hero Ajay Devgn teams up with director Rohit Shetty to reprise his role as no-nonsense police officer Bajirao Singham. Promising more stunts, more action, more romance and more humour, the movie follows the fierce but honest cop as he pits his wits against the corrupt and unjust to clean up the streets.