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The Avengers: Age of Ultron: Joss Whedon

BYRON MCLEOD

The long awaited sequel to The Avengers is finally upon us and director Joss Whedon really delivers in the action department. The Avengers: Age of Ultron finds a balance between its fight scenes, and portraying its characters and their back stories in an intimate way. The movie starts off in the nation of Sokovia where an agent of Hydra, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Krestschmann), has been using Loki’s staff for experiments, along with his two prize subjects, twins Pietro and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and Wanda and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The Avengers discover Wolfgang’s base and in true Marvel style, they make quick work of the Hydra operatives. After seizing Loki’s staff, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) use the staff to try to create an artificial intelligence that could potentially ward off any threats the earth could face in the future, known as Ultron (voiced by James Spader). This is where the true story begins.

Throughout the film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s running gags really help to lighten the mood during this somewhat serious movie. The Avengers: Age of Ultron also brings a realistic feel to the film with multiple back stories induced by the Scarlet Witch’s ability to meddle with people’s heads. This ability helps the film to connect to more of the side characters that haven’t been given a lot of focus in previous films, particularly Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and her training in becoming an assassin.

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Movie Review: Get Hard by Etan Cohen

KOJO ESSAH

Get Hard, directed by Etan Cohen, follows the story of wealthy hedge-fund manager James King (played by Will Farrell) who seeks the help of humble car wash owner Darnell Lewis (played by Kevin Hart). King is in need of preparation for life in jail in less than 30 days after he is sentenced to San Quentin for fraud, despite maintaining his innocence during the ordeal. Although the movie offers up some laughs, it is brought down by a familiar and cliché-filled plot, over-reliance on rape jokes and offensive stereotypes.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service: Matthew Vaughn

BYRON MCLEOD

Kingsman: The Secret Service, adapted from the comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons and directed by Matthew Vaughn, is a testament to how spectacularly a movie can perform when it pushes the boundaries of its genre using parody and satire as its tools.

Kingsman follows the story of “Eggsy” Unwin (played by Taron Egerton), the son of a fallen comrade of the Secret Service, who is selected by Harry Hart, code named Galahad, a long time agent of the Kingsman (played by Colin Firth) to train and  compete for the position of a Kingsman. This takes place at the same time that the audience is introduced to the villain of the movie, the billionaire Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson with a lisp) who tries to solve the problems of the world with money, using any means necessary to achieve his goals.

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Ster-Kinekor Tuesdays – competition

To promote Ster-Kinekor’s half-price Tuesdays, they are giving away a set of double tickets to any movie at Ster-Kinekor Sterland to one lucky Perdeby reader. Simply tell us the most interesting piece of movie trivia you know, and you could be a winner. Send your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Winners will be notified via email. Competition closes on Friday 24 April 2015 at 12:00.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: Paul Tibbitt

Kyle Oberholzer 

The last few weeks have been busy for the movie industry.50 Shades of Grey filled cinemas around South Africa to capacity on its launch date and brought issues of domestic abuse to the forefront of public attention for a short while. Similarly,American Sniper appeared on the scene amidst a hailstorm of criticism about American propaganda within the motion picture industry. With all the attention that these movies gained it has been easy to forget that an old childhood favourite has also arrived and bears no criticism for its relevance to broader issues of society. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water seeks to do nothing but entertain, and it does just that.

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