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My Days Off: Movies

By Geeky Gem

I feel the natural conclusion to these blogs is to tell you about some movies I have watched on my days off in recent weeks. Now I havent been to the cinema since The Hobbit came out shocking I know, I will fix that. So most of the movies I will talk about here will be ones I have seen on DVD or Blu-Ray at home.

Total Recall (2012)

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Now I am a fan of the original Total Recall so I was a bit unsure of this movie. When you sit down to watch and you have seen the other one the one thing you have to keep in mind is that this is not a remake but a re-working og of Philip K. Dick’s book. We’ll remember it for you wholesale, is the book this movie is based on and I have to admit I liked it a lot. It’s a great action movie and perfect if you like that genre.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

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I found this little gem on Netflix and only started to watch it as I love Alan Tudyk. Its comedy horror where Tucker and Dale go into th words to do up their cabin so that they can spend summers their fishing and what not. However things do not go as planned when some teenagers show up and think that Tucker and Dale are there to kill them. It’s a funny little movie and worth a watch.

Skyfall

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Did you really think I wasnt going to buy this on Blu-Ray when it came out. It was brilliant on the big screen and loses nothing coming from your smaller screen a brilliant end to the trilogy. Fantastic acting and an awesome story is what makes Skyfall one of my favourite all time Bond movies.

The A-Team

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I love this movie as it based on one of favourite shows as a kid, as you can tell by now I love a good action movie. There is nothing wrong with this, yes at first i was a bit like really your making an A-Team movie please don’t ruin this. They didn’t but it didn’t make a lot of money hence no sign of a sequel. If you havent seen it check it out.

Harry Potter

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These movies are my default if I fancy nothing else. So you will find I watch these at lest a few times a year. I wont tell you how much I love them as you should know from other blogs I have done.

There we have it just some of the movies I have watched on my days off.

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Hmsbeefnuts Returns With His Top 10 Films of Last Year (Better late than never)

By @hmsbeefnuts

 

Hello, I’m back. I haven’t written anything for a while, apart from an attempt at a children’s story, which is still a work in progress. However, I have been very busy with that thing called life, it’s been far too busy as of late to write much of anything. Well, I thought it was high time that I did something to contribute to this blog I started with Geeky Gem, before she thinks I have abandoned her for good, I havent by the way. So last year was a great time to be a movie geek, we had a few films that many geeks didn’t think would ever happen, but were delivered to the screen in fantastic and amazing ways. I enjoyed many films this year, although I didn’t see as many as I would normally have done, I still got more than my fair share in. So standard Top 10 Time is the order of the day… here we go.

 

10. Prometheus

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Lots of people didn’t like this Alien Prequel, but I liked it a lot, in fact, I’d rather watch this again than Alien (not Aliens though, obviously). I liked that we didn’t get all the answers, I liked that it left things hanging somewhat. Good special effects, good mature Sci-Fi. Give it another chance, and don’t view it as a direct prequel to Alien, and more of a film set in the same universe, that may answer some questions, but poses far more.

 9. John Carter
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Again, not a film many people seemed to like, but I loved this fun Sci-Fi/fantasy film. Great effects, a lot of fun, monsters, aliens and fighting, all a growing geek needs. It’s like Star Wars before Star Wars was invented. Probably never going to see a sequel, and it is such a shame.
 
 8. The Grey
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Liam Neeson has to survive a plane crash, freezing Alaskan temperatures, snow, ice and a pack of hungry wolves who are pissed off at humans being in their territory. Although this film wasn’t Wolf Puncher The Movie, as the trailers seemed to suggest, it ended up being so much better. Really worth checking out.
 
 7. Dredd
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Wasn’t really on my radar, but I absolutely loved this new take on Judge Dredd. Uber violent, loyal to the comic and very stylish, in a low key way. I would love to see a sequel to this. Karl Urban was great as Dredd, and in any other year, this would have been the best comic book movie, but this year was stellar.
 
 6. Cabin in the Woods
 
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I’m not even going to talk much about this, because you must see this unspoiled. If you like horror of any type, you should give this a watch. An awesome film.
 
5. Skyfall
 
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A great end to the first Daniel Craig Bond Trilogy. Not quite as good as Casino Royale in my mind, but it was excellent none the less.
 
 
4. Jack Reacher
 
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Didn’t really expect to like this film as much as I did, but I loved it. I have a lot of time for Cruise, and his Jack Reacher was fantastic. Made me want to check out the books, so job done there. A gripping thriller, with great action, more Reacher please.
 
3. The Dark Knight Rises
 
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This could easily have been my favourite film of the year, and it could easily change place with number 2. However, I place this as number 3, simply because the spectacle of number 2 won out. This is the end of a brilliant, outstanding trilogy. Lots of people have said that this wasn’t true to the character of Batman, and I can see that point. However, I like to view the Nolan trilogy as kind of an Elseworlds tale. It seems impossible to imagine a better, realistic take on Batman, simply brilliant.
 
2. The Avengers
 
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I never thought it would happen, and then I never thought it would be this good. The Hulk was the stand out star, but the beauty was everyone got to shine. This was no easy task to film, and Marvel and Joss Whedon did a miraculous job. Phase one is over, on to phase two, I can not wait.
 
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
 
 
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My personal favourite film of the year. I love Middle Earth, have done since my Dad read me The Hobbit when I was 5. I loved the books, loved the films, and was in no doubt that I would love The Hobbit. Well, I was right wasn’t I. This film was magnificent, yes it did take a while to get going, but it needed that time. Time spent in the Shire is never wasted. It felt like meeting old friends, slipping back into a comfortable state of amazingness. I could watch this film endlessly, everything was wonderful and just as I imagined. Thank you Mr. Jackson. There will always be part of me that will wonder what Del Toro’s Hobbit would have been like, but overall, I’m glad PJ got to do this, it ties everything up with the Trilogy much better.

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 6th January 2013

By Kirkiechick

Hello and welcome to the New Year and this week’s chart. The top spot has not moved and is still The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I finally got to see the film last week. I really enjoyed the film. It was long at nearly three hours but worth the watch. Let’s see the rest of the chart!

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1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, £4,075,781: Total: £44,870,320

2. The Impossible, £4,034,470 (New)

3. Life of Pi, £3,353,579: Total: £17,857,428

4. Quartet, £2,294,917 (New)

5. Jack Reacher, £1,682,561: Total: £7,160,319

6. Pitch Perfect, £917,135: Total: £4,928,013

7. Parental Guidance, £884,319: Total: £3,371,022

8. Rise of the Guardians, £725,281: Total: £11,247,265

9. Skyfall, £541,401: Total: £101,572,493

10. Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings, £516,952: Total: £3,375,684

At number 2 we have a new entry in the form of The Impossible. A film based on the true life events of the 2004 Tsunami, following the tale of a family separated and their journey back to each other. The film stars Ewan MacGregor and Naomi Watts. At number 3 we have Life of Pi still going strong. I do recommend this film for the visuals alone. Number 4 is a new entry with Quartet, a film for the “Grey Pound” audiences (the older generation). This film has an amazing cast, Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. The film is also the first film to be directed by Dustin Hoffman. Set in a retirement home for retired Opera Singers. Jack Reacher is still sitting strong in the chart. At number 6 is Pitch Perfect, keeping the teens happy. I have seen groups of older women going in to see this film. At number 7 is Parental Guidance. Keeping families entertained. Number 8 is Rise of the Guardians being popular for the children. Skyfall is still in the chart at number 9. People are still going to see this film. You can already pre-order the film on DVD for February. At number 10 is Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings, another children’s film.

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source: The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 30th December 2012

By Kirkiechick

Hello there and welcome! Happy New Year! The number 1 this week has not changed. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is bringing audiences together. There are four formats to watch the film in: 2D, IMAX 3D, 3D Higher Frame Rate and 3D Digital. So whichever way you want to watch it there is a choice for everyone! On with the rest of the chart!

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1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, £6,850,728: Total: £35,851,158

2. Life of Pi, £4,180,308: Total: £10,710,057

3. Jack Reacher, £3,575,066 (New)

4. Pitch Perfect, £1,295,355: Total: £2,941,127

5. Parental Guidance, £1,293,400 (New)

6. Rise of the Guardians, £1,022,539: Total: £9,501,553

7. Skyfall, £890,022: Total: £100,460,679

8. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings, £623,067: Total: £2,210,986

9. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, £386,248: Total: £8,641,687

10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, £386,248: Total: £35,405,174

At number 2 we have Life of Pi. The visuals in this film are amazing! At number 3 is Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise is back as an action hero. Number 4 is Pitch Perfect. A film with singing, drama and romance. This film is similar to High School Musical and Glee. At number 5 we have Parental Guidance. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are Grandparents who look after their grandchildren. Cue comic situations. Rise of the Guardians is at number 6. A cartoon for Christmas! Number 7 is Skyfall is still bringing in the audience. Everyone trying to see the film before it leaves cinemas. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings is at number 8 for the children. At number 9 we have the Christmas film, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! is entertaining the masses this Christmas. Number 10 is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is still hanging in the chart!

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source: The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 23rd December 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome! Merry Christmas everyone! Here I am with the chart for the week before Christmas. At number 1 is still The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Bringing in families this Christmas! Let us see the rest of the chart!

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1. (1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - £5,979,241
2. (-) Life of Pi - £3,610,604
3. (2) Rise of the Guardians - £1,221,504
4. (3) Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger - £1,188,380
5. (-) Pitch Perfect - £952,107
6. (4) Skyfall - £554,958
7. (5) Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings - £469,630
8. (-) Dabangg 2 - £341,619
9. (6) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 - £167,952
10. (7) Seven Psychopaths - £167,952

At number 2 is a new entry with the film Life of Pi. Another amazing film visual wise! Based on the bestselling book about the story of a boy surviving a ship wreck with a tiger for company! Number 3 sees Rise of the Guardians entertaining children still. Number 4 is the Christmas film Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger. Number 5 is a new entry with Pitch Perfect, a musical film with a touch of comedy and romance. Number 6 sees Skyfall still popular with the public. Number 7 is a children’s film, Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings. Number 8 is a new entry with a Bollywood film, Dabangg 2. A political thriller. Number 9 is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. It is still hanging in the chart. Number 10 is Seven Psychopaths. I really enjoyed this film. It was very funny and I laughed out loud several times.

I leave you this week wishing you a Happy New Year! I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source: Digitalspy)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

 Week ending 16th December 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back the chart! I am back after my absence last week. I do apologise I was away in Cornwall for a couple of days. So back to it then. The number 1 this week has to be The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Finally this long anticipated film has been released! I am yet to see this film but I do hope to soon. Let us crack on with the rest of the chart.

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1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, £11,601,538 (New)

2. Rise of the Guardians, £1,250,469: Total: £5,713,662

3. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, £938,309: Total: £5,582,224

4. Skyfall, £809,406: Total: £97,897,404

5. Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings, £528,820 (New)

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, £509,872: Total: £34,420,072

7. Seven Psychopaths, £452,293: Total: £2,133,948

8. Silver Linings Playbook, £231,714: Total: £4,104,632

9. Argo, £108,384: Total: £5,153,262

10. Great Expectations, £100,137: Total: £1,730,925

At number 2 we have Rise of the Guardians. Entertaining the children and the rest of the family this Christmas. At number 3 is Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!. From what I have seen of it, it looks like a decent enough Christmas film! Of course in our chart the film Skyfall is still riding high at number 4. I went to see the film again for a second time the other day. I thoroughly enjoyed it again! At number 5 we have another children’s film, Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings. Another spin off film with the character of Tinkerbell first seen in the classic tale and film Peter Pan. At number 6 we have The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 still keeping the audiences coming. Number 7 sees Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. A dark comedy from the creator of In Bruges. Number 8 sees the film Silver Linings Playbook staying in the top ten. I have heard nothing good reviews about this film. Argo is at number 9. Another good film that people should go see. Number 10 sees Great Expectations probably bringing in the older audience or the Grey Pound as the term has been coined!

I leave you this week wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source: The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week Ending 9th December

By Geeky Gem

By Geeky Gem I hear you say, this week I am bringing you the weekly chart as the lovely Kirkie Chick is away, I will not try to live up to her awesomeness as I am not only going to show the chart I have trailers for you too. To kick things off here is this week chart, which sees last weeks number 1 knocked off by last week’s umber 3.

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1. Rise of the Guardians, £1,602,689. Total: £4,062,292

2. Skyfall, £1,428,708. Total: £96,333,036

3. Seven Psychopaths, £1,121,679 from 399 sites (New)

4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, £980,190. Total: £33,384,110

5. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, £966,400. Total: £4,376,499

6. Silver Linings Playbook, £446,324. Total: £3,606,760

7. Great Expectations, £339,375. Total: £1,356,923

8. Argo, £216,892. Total: £4,925,327

9. End of Watch, £143,67. Total: £1,668,261

10. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, £138,753. Total: £21,925,195

At number one this week is Rise of the Guardians, the movie I picked for you to see in November just goes to show winter movies can still pull in the family crowd. Skyfall is at number two so its nice to see Bond holding off the rest of the chart. At number three we see Seven Psychopaths, ive heard good things about this movie and wouldn’t mind seeing it myself. Twilight drops to number four, I tried to see this last week with KirkieChick but we ran into some cinema problems. Nativity is still pulling the cinema goers at 5, while at 6 we see the Silver Lining Playbook. Number 7 see’s Great Expectations still hanging on with the older generation enjoying this Dickens classic. Ben Affleck’s Argo is still in the chart at number 8 with End of Watch at 9. last but no means least another family film, which is about to become a stage show Madagascar 3. So there we have it this week chart.

Now I don’t get to do this often, but I spend times when I am board watching movie trailers on the internet. Not all the tie just now and then and tis last few weeks have seen some awesome trailers for up and coming movies. so below are just a few I thought I would share with you.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Man of Steel

and finally as I may get carried away,

Pacific Rim

Hope you have enjoy this weeks chart and the trailers above Kirkie Chick will be back next week with her style on the chart untill then, happy cinema viewing.

(Chart Source: The Guardian.)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 2nd December 2012

By Kirkiechick

Welcome back this week! The number 1 in the chart has changed this week. Skyfall has in fact been able to take the top spot from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. So let us see how the rest of the chart fares!

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1. Skyfall, £2,275,469: Total: £93,769,331

2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, £2,180,909: Total: £31,373,440

3. Rise of the Guardians, £1,968,984 (New)

4. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, £1,204,066: Total: £3,165,716

5. Silver Linings Playbook, £749,055: Total: £2,705,416

6. Great Expectations, £544,636 (New)

7. Talaash, £389,522 (New)

8. Argo, £338,545: Total: £4,538,400

9. End of Watch, £306,005: Total: £1,356,870

10. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, £263,163: Total: £21,755,873

We have a number 2 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 still bringing in the fans of Twilight. I suspect that some men are being dragged to watch the film by their partners! At number 3 sees a new entry with children’s film, Rise of the Guardians. An evil being threatens the innocence of children around the World; the Immortal Guardians must save them. They consist of the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Jack Frost and others. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! is at number 4, gearing up for Christmas. Number 5 sees the film Silver Linings Playbook. All those Bradley Cooper fans seeing this one! Number 6 is a new entry for a Charles Dickens classic, Great Expectations. I don’t think this was the best time to release this film. There was only an adaptation on BBC1 last Christmas of this story. I think it may quietly slip out of the top ten within a couple of weeks. Number 7 sees a Bollywood film called Talaash. A murder mystery thriller. A famous Indian film star dies in a car crash. A cop investigating meets a sex worker as well as struggling with personal psychological problems. There is a connection between the mystery and these people, which will change their lives. At number 8 is Argo, a wonderful film. I highly recommend. End of Watch is at number 9. This looks like a good cop film. To finish the chart off is Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at number 10 keeping the children happy!

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source: The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 25th November 2012

 By Kirkiechick

Welcome back to the chart for this week! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is still at number 1. This will probably not change until The Hobbit is released on the 13th December. Let us see how the rest of the chart is doing!

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  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, £5,344,598: Total: £26,979,458
    2. Skyfall, £3,809,893: Total: £89,620,677
    3. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, £1,614,675 (New)
    4. Silver Linings Playbook, £1,260,979(New)
    5. Gambit, £689,042 (New)
    6. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, £637,130 Total: £21,405,074
    7. End of Watch, £618,546 (New)
    8. Argo, £495,689: Total: £3,869,361
    9. The Master, £201,844: Total: £1,002,270
    10. Jab Tak Hai Jaan, £198,671: Total: £1,302,581

We have at number 2, Skyfall, keeping audiences entertained with action and suspense! Number 3 we see a new entry with Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, a sequel to the Christmas film Nativity, released in 2009. This time around David Tennant plays twins who are both teachers. One at a posh private school and another at a state school. They both enter a singing competition to come up with a Christmas song. This film will probably do well in the lead up to Christmas. A good family film! Number 4 is a new entry as well with Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The film tells the story of Bradley Cooper’s character coming out of a mental institution and mending his life again. Helping him is a next door neighbour, Jennifer Lawrence’s character, who has also suffered from mental issues. Together they hatch a plan to reunite Bradley Cooper’s character with his estranged wife. Unfortunately not everything goes to plan! Gambit is another new entry at number 5. A remake of a 1960s Michael Caine film. This time around Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman star. Colin Firth plays a disgruntled employee of Alan Rickman’s character. He finds a way to get one over on him with the help of Cameron Diaz and a fake painting. Not sure how this film will do. It may be a matter that it gets lost in amongst Skyfall and Twilight. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted sits strong at number 6. A Jake Gyllenhaal film is new at number 7. End of Watch, tells the story of two cops who do a drug bust and become the most wanted amongst the criminal gangs. Number 8 sees Argo still hanging in the top ten. I highly recommend this film! The Master is at number 9, touted as another Oscar contender along with Argo. The Bollywood film Jab Tak Hai Jaan is at number 10. A good chart this week, a mix of films.

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

(Source: The Guardian Online)

UK Weekly Top 10 Movies!

Week ending 18th November 2012

By Kirkiechick

Finally this week the film Skyfall has been knocked off the top spot! By another epic series of films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. All the fans of the series came out to watch the final instalment to conclude the films. Let us see what the rest of the chart has in store for us.

 

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, £15,850,825 (New)
    2. Skyfall, £5,566,537: Total: £82,836,559
    3. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, £966,116: Total: £20,631,608
    4. Jab Tak Hai Jaan, £893,953 (New)
    5. Argo, £807,457: Total: £2,828,888
    6. The Master, £372,360:  Total: £553,521
    7. Hotel Transylvania, £233,959: Total: £7,580,744
    8. Son of Sardaar, £214,296 (New)
    9. Taken 2, £136,495: Total: £23,335,974
    10. Thuppakki, £134,280 (New)

 

Skyfall has fallen to number 2. Audiences still love Bond but it could not hold off the might of Twilight. Number 3 is Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted still entertaining the children; it is mostly the only kid’s film out at the moment. The Divali festival fell during this week’s chart and so there are about three Bollywood films in the chart. The highest one being at number 4, Jak Tak Hai Jaan. It is the story of a man who finds and loses his true love in London. Choosing to become a bomb disposal expert for the Indian Army, ten years later he returns to London after an accident and suffers amnesia. Can he be reunited with his true love? The film Argo is at number 5. I went to see this film and really enjoyed it. I didn’t know much about the political history of the time period the film was set. I left the cinema knowing a bit more about this period in history. Ben Affleck was good in the lead role. George Clooney was Producer. This film may do for Ben Affleck’s career that the film Syriana did for George Clooney’s and secure an Oscar. Number 6 sees the film The Master starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. The story is loosely based upon the leader of the Scientology movement and its beginnings. At number 7, Hotel Transylvania is still scaring and entertaining children. The film Son of Sardaar, another Bollywood is at number 8. The story of a man returning to the family fold and back to the village he grew up, only to be caught up in a long-standing family feud. Number 9 sees Taken 2 drop down the chart but it still hangs in there. At number 10 is the third Bollywood film in the chart, Thuppakki. The story of an Army Captain working to track down and destroy a terrorist gang. To also deactivate the sleepers cells the gang control.

I hope there is something for everyone in this chart this week. That is your top ten films for this week. Until next time happy cinema viewing!

 

(Source: The Guardian Online)

 

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