“An evil army to fight, a demon to slay, a world to save. No pressure.”
Directed by Joe Cornish Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Doris, Rebecca Ferguson, Angus Imrie and Patrick Stewart
Alex (Serkis) is a twelve year old boy, struggling alongside his friend Bedders (Chaumoo) with school bullies Lance (Taylor) and Kaye (Doris). Chased onto a building site, he discovers a sword in a block of concrete, thus becoming rightwise king of England. Soon, a new boy arrives and explains that he is Merlin (Imrie, or sometimes Stewart), and that Alex needs to rally his forces against the undead armies of the long-bound sorceress Morgana (Ferguson).
In a world of 1s and 0s…are you a zero, or The One? or
Be Afraid Of The Future, or
The Fight for the Future Begins, or
Believe the unbelievable, or
Reality is a thing of the past, or
What is The Matrix? or
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself, or
Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Whoa, or
The Future isn’t user friendly, or
The Matrix has you, or
Welcome to the Real World, or
Remember there is no spoon, or
The Future Will Not Be User Friendly, or
The World’s population thinks it’s real. On March 31st, they will see the “Real World”
Oh yeah, this was back in the day when a tagline was considered important, clearly, although they didn’t necessarily do them well. Actually, I suspect that this is in part because The Matrix was different enough from anything that came before it that it was really difficult to market.
Directed by The Wachowskis* Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Gloria Foster and Marcus Chong
Thomas Anderson, aka Neo (Reeves), is an office drone and secret hacker, obsessed with finding out what ‘the Matrix’ is. Meetings with fellow hacker Trinity (Moss) and the sinister Agent Smith (Weaving) lead him to cyberguru Morpheus (Fishburne) and his crew – including Trinity and less-committed hacker Cypher (Pantoliano) – who extract him from the Matrix, a simulated reality, to join their resistance against the world’s AI overlords, who use humans as batteries.
Directed by Jon Watts Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal
In the wake of the global catastrophe now known as ‘the Blip’, Peter Parker (Holland) is looking forward to taking a break from a) being Spider-Man and b) fielding questions about when he’s going to take on Iron Man’s mantle as public head of superheroing by taking a trip to Europe with his classmates, including bestie Ned (Batalon), cool punk and subject of Peter’s crush MJ (Zendaya), academic jock Flash (Tony Revelori) and Brad (Remy Hii), a rival for MJ’s affections who is notionally five years younger than the rest of the group, but didn’t vanish during the blip so is chronologically the same age. Alas, this holiday is soon interrupted by the appearance of a monster made of water and a mysterious hero in Venice.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Starring Jean Simmons, Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Josh Hutcherson and Blythe Danner
Sophie Hatter (Mortimer) is a simple girl, working in the family shop in a country on the brink of war. After a chance meeting with the infamous Wizard Howl (Bale), she is cursed by the Witch of the Wastes (Bacall) to become an old woman (Simmons). Leaving her home, she falls in with Howl, his apprentice Markl (Hutcherson), the fire demon Calcifer (Crystal) and a mysterious scarecrow, assigning herself as Howl’s cleaning woman in the hope that Calcifer can free her of the curse in return for her breaking his contract with the wizard.
Directed by Rob Letterman Starring Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe
Sinister AF Pokemon Mewtwo escapes from a lab, and a car is knocked off the road. Tim Goodman (Smith), a small town insurance assessor, learns that his father, Detective Harry Goodman, died in the crash, and comes to Ryme City to collect Harry’s effects from his boss, Lieutenant Yoshida (Watanabe). Here he meets his father’s partner Pikachu (Reynolds), a pokemon who is somehow able to hold complete conversations with Tim, and who ropes him into the search for Harry, convinced that he is still alive.
Directed by Stephen Merchant Starring Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughan and Dwayne Johnson
Saraya Bevis (Pugh) grows up in a family of wrestlers, including her parents – ‘Rowdy’ Ricky (Frost) and ‘Sweet’ Saraya (Headey) Knight – and brother Zak ‘Zodiac’ (Lowden). She herself wrestles as Britani Knight, as well as helping to run the family business and training local wrestlers with her brother. Opportunity knocks for the Knight family, when Saraya and Zak are invited by trainer Hutch Morgan (Vaughan) to try out for the WWE. Saraya – using the ring name Paige, as the WWE already has a Brittany – is the only successful candidate, and travels to Florida to train with NXT.
Directed by Mike Mitchell Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Maya Rudolph
Five years after the end of The Lego Movie, the briefly idyllic LEGO settlement of Bricksburg has been devastated by the repeated attacks of aliens from beyond the ‘Stairgate’. Emmett (Pratt), the last optimist in Apocalypseburg, is troubled by dreams of a coming ‘Armamageddon.’ He creates a dream home for himself and his partner, Lucy (Banks), which draws the attention of the aliens with its shininess. General Mayhem (Beatriz) descends on Apocalypseburg, defeating the best efforts of Lucy, Unikitty (Brie), Metalbeard (Offerman), Benny the 1980’s Spaceman (Day) and even Batman (Arnett), and abducts these five to be ‘guests’ at her queen’s ‘matrimonial ceremony’ in the Systar System.
Directed by Dean DeBlois Starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson and F. Murray Abraham
After a year as chief, Hiccup (Baruchel) is still engaged in the rescue of dragons captured by increasingly audacious and numerous hunters. With Berk on the brink of economic collapse, and the hunters bringing in the ruthless ‘Night Fury Killer’ Grimmel (Abraham) to bring them Toothless, Hiccup decides to seek refuge in the ‘Hidden World’, the legendary home of all dragons which his father had long sought.
Directed by Marc Forster Starring Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Ford Davies, Ronke Adekoluejo, Adrian Scarborough, Jim Cummings and Brad Garrett
Christopher Robin bids a fond farewell to his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood, including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (both Cummings) and Eeyore (Garrett), before heading to boarding school, losing his father, growing up into Ewan McGregor, marrying an architect named Evelyn (Atwell), fighting in a war and having a daughter named Madeleine (Carmichael).
“Real villains are among us. Real heroes are within us.”
Directed by M Knight Shyamalan Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard
Disassociative serial killer Kevin Crumb, aka the Horde (McAvoy), is at large in Philadelphia, following the events of Split, and being tracked by the Overseer (Willis), aka David Dunn from Unbreakable, aided by his son Joseph (Clark), now acting as his man in the van. Their eventual clash is interrupted, however, by Dr Ellie Staple (Paulson) and a SWAT team equipped with strobe lights, which disable the Horde’s superhuman combat persona, the Beast.