Previews: Alice Through The Looking Glass and more!

A visual feast in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including Alice Through The Looking Glass, Sisters, and By The Sea

Alice Through The Looking Glass Trailer

Here is the first at upcoming sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass. Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast return for the follow-up to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Alice Through The Looking Glass is directed by James Bobin, whose work on the last two Muppet films is certainly a good sign. Alice Through The Looking Glass is set for release in the UK on 27th May 2016.

Sisters Poster

Sisters Poster

Sisters is the latest venture to reunite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The film is about two disconnected sisters who return to their family home to clear out their childhood bedroom. Directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore, Sisters will hit UK screens on 18th December, with previews from 12th December 2015.

The Good Dinosaur Clip

This just looks magical. The Good Dinosaur poses the question of what if the dinosaurs never became extinct. The notion looks rather wonderful in the film, although I do wonder if in reality in would be some horrible Jurassic Park type situation. The Good Dinosaur is out in UK cinemas on 27th November 2015.

By The Sea Featurette

Angelina Jolie speaks about her ideas behind By The Sea. The film is written, directed and stars Jolie, alongside husband Brad Pitt. She states that she has been influenced by European cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, and audiences will be able to see for themselves when By The Sea is released on 11th December 2015.

The Dressmaker Trailer

The Dressmaker stars Kate Winslet as a designer who returns to her childhood small town in Australia. Also starring Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth, the comedy drama is based on Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel. The Dressmaker is out in UK cinemas on 20th November 2015.

The Revenant Poster

The Revenant

Is this the film that will get Leonardo DiCaprio his coveted Oscar? The Revenant tells the story of Hugo Glass, a man left for dead in uncharted territory. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film also stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Lucas Haas. The Revenant hits UK screens in January 2016.

Dirty Grandpa

Zac Efron stars as the straight-laced groom to be on a road trip with his recently windowed grandfather in comedy Dirty Grandpa. Robert De Niro’s grandfather is not quite the kindly old gentleman however. Also starring Aubrey Plaza, Dirty Grandpa is set for release on 22nd January 2016.

Film Review: Pitch Perfect

Musical comedy Pitch Perfect is a lot of fun precisely because it does not take itself too seriously. A light-hearted film, which most viewers should find agreeable.

University freshman Beca is reluctant to join in with campus activities, despite the protestations of her dad. She is coerced into joining The Bellas, an all-girl a capella group. The Bellas are desperate to beat their campus rivals and fare better in the competition than their previous year’s entry…

Following the success of television series Glee comes Pitch Perfect. Director Jason Moore knows that audiences will make a connection between the two and there is a pointed reference near the beginning that distinguishes the film from the television show. From the trailer, it is difficult to ascertain the tone of Moore’s film. Thankfully, Pitch Perfect does not disappoint.

Pitch Perfect is at once an amiable spoof of the likes of Glee and a late-teen comedy romance in its own right. The combination of these aspects works well. Without each other, it is doubtful that the film would be as enjoyable as it is. Based on Mickey Rapkin’s book,  the straightforward tale of a freshman’s first year of university is brought to life through humour and music.

Pitch Perfect features a great selection of songs, particularly those from the 1990s. The throwback to earlier decades is further cemented through the reference to a classic eighties teen movie. It is clear where the filmmakers found their inspiration when making Pitch Perfect. Although it has a contemporary setting, the inclusion of 1980s and 1990s references suggest a nostalgia for this era.

Anna Kendrick is well cast as protagonist Beca. Skylar Astin is pleasant as love interest Jesse. It is Rebel Wilson who often steals the show, however, as Amy. Pitch Perfect is a light and enjoyable film which should receive few complaints.