[Movie Review] The Best Yet To Come. #SodasAndPopcornYearInReview

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M.Y: Wow, what a year it has been. We have had some really good, bad and ugly releases this year. Marvel’s Avengers, Skyfall, Phone Swap, The Dark Knight Rises (Quite a mouthful I must say), Amazing Spiderman, Hoodrush, Mr & Mrs, Total Recall, Battleship…

ZUBBY: *Clears throat* You know some of these movies you called didn’t live up to expectations, they were just over hyped… but that’s not what today is about.

M.Y: Very true Zubby, let’s keep that for another day. Today we’ll be discussing the top 10 movies to still watch out for in cinemas here in Nigeria before the year runs out. We have carefully selected these movies and believe that they should be worth taking time out of your busy schedules to go see them

Disclaimer: If any of these movies falls short of your expectations, we are not liable to refund your money…LOL

Zubby: Without further ado, let’s get started. First on the list in no particular order of preference is.

1

LOOPER 

Zubby: Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. It was released on the  28th of Sept 2012. Set in the year    2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send the person back in time 30  years to a hired gun waiting. When Joe discovered his future self was sent back in time to be killed (“called closing a loop”), he hesitates and older Joe escapes. Well that is where the fun begins.

 M.Y: I have been opportuned to see this one and I must say, it is one of the best action flicks I have seen this year, it has also gotten more of positive reviews worldwide than negative ones so when it touches down in Nigeria, I will advice you go all in to watch it. Click here to view trailer

2


Streets of Calabar

Zubby: Writer and former CNN/BBC presenter Charles Aniagulu tells a comedy thriller story in this one. It is a tale of Chuks Oti, mixed-race con-man who gets deported to Nigeria and ends up in trouble with the wrong people. It stars Rita Dominic, Wale Ojo, Keppy Bassey Ekpenyong to name a few.

M.Y: This movie appears on our list because of the collaboration between Nigerian and British acts. I feel the Director of this movie should know what he is doing, based on his experience and exposure. The release date isn’t confirmed yet, but I think it should be looked out for when it hits cinemas for movie goers who arenollywood fans. Click here to view trailer

3

Argo

Zubby: Based on true events (The dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation). A CIA agent is sent deep into revolutionary Iran in an attempt to get six diplomatic American personnel out. The said agent is short on ideas on how to get them out. That is until he gets inspired watching Battle of the planet of apes. He planned to create a cover story that the escapees are Canadian filmmakers in Iran for a similar sci-fi film.

M.Y: Directed by Ben Affleck who also stars in the movie, it was released on the 12th of October and is rumored to be one of the top runners for the oscars early next year. If for any reason I ever doubted Ben Affleck as being a good director, I take that thought back. I loved every moment of the movie and had some really gripping suspense and intrigue towards the end of the movie.

Zubby: Not yet showing in Nigeria, but Ozone Cinemas and Genesis Deluxe Cinemas have been showing indications of showing it soon, so we are waiting. Click here to view trailer

4

The Gods Are Still Not To Blame

M.Y: The theme of this movie revolves around parent-child relationships and an adaptation of Ola Rotimi’s classic novel, The gods are not to blame, the concept of destiny/fate, love, betrayal as well as other issues. It was shot in locations in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon employing the use of five languages; English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and French. It stars Carol King, Ireti Doyle, Bayo Alawiye, Gabriel Afolayan and a lot of other notable Nollywood stars.

Zubby: The movie is directed by Byron Ene and seems promising. If this movie flops, it would be the fault of the director and not the novel (just stating in case you haven’t read it). Date of release not confirmed yet, but this should be a really good one for the nollywood fans in the house. Click here to view trailer

5

Les Miserables

M.Y: Directed by Tom Hooper with A-List stars such as Anna Hathaway Hugh and Russell Crowe. An adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 classic considered by some to be the most read novel of the 19th century. A musical drama set in 19th century France of a man, Jean Valjean, who seeks redemption after being jailed for stealing a loaf of bread. Set to be released on the 20th of December 2012, I am definitely looking forward to seeing this movie. I am a fan of musicals and I have been seeking the musical which would beat “Moulin Rouge”, perhaps we have found it…wink. Click here to view trailer

6

Flight

Zubby: Directed by Robert Zemerckis stars include Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. A seasoned pilot, Whip Whitaker, after a night of alcohol, drugs, and sex with flight attendant Katerina and very little sleep miraculously lands a plane after a mechanical fault experienced mid-air, in the process saving almost everybody on board. He is hailed as a hero, that is until more questions are asked as to what really happened onboard the flight.

M.Y: This guy happens to be my second favorite actor(we are getting to the first in a bit), I mean I worship him when it comes to movies. I havent seen any bad movie by Denzel, so why should he stop now. Look out for it guys!

Zubby: Although released on the same as Skyfall, Flight is not yet showing at any cinema in Nigeria. Pretty sad if you ask me considering the fact that it has Denzel starring in it. Click here to view trailer

7

Cloud Atlas

M.Y: Okay I saw the trailer of this movie and I thought, now this is some amazing story. I told you we were coming to my favorite actor right, Yes! Tom Hanks. Anything Tom Hanks has to be good, that is my theory…

Zubby: Shall we talk about the movie and forget about Tom Hanks for a moment?

M.Y: Sorry Brad Pitt isn’t on the list, I’m sure you’d have been worse than I am right now.

Zubby: So, the movie is an adaption of the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and directed by the Warchowski Brothers and it features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw to name a few stars in it. Believe me, it is star studded.

M.Y: Everything is connected. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer (after committing murder in a nuclear power plant) into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The movie consists of 6 interrelated and interwoven stories spanning from 1849 to post-apocalyptic Hawaii. Three of the six  stories include an American lawyer in 1849, A gay English musician in the year 1936, An American Journalist in the year 1973………………………..Gotta watch the movie to complete the puzzle.

Zubby: Already in cinemas worldwide once again, but yet to be released in Nigeria. I am getting tired of saying that. We really need to step up our game in this country. Click here to view trailer

8

Awakening

M.Y: The film was directed by James Omokwe and Ethan Okwara. It stars OC Ukeje (my favorite Nollywood actor), Kehinde Bankole, Bryan Okwara, Femi Brainard and Adewale Aroloye. Release date is yet to be confirmed, but believed to drop this year.

Zubby: When the contents of a box kept for centuries is opened, a series of events begin to unfold. Nicholas, a young advertising agent suddenly begins to have dreams that eventually become premonitions of death. In a bid to unravel the mystery he meets an ambitious journalist whose thirst for adventure leads them on a path to an unimaginable past and their futures are inextricably changed forever when they uncover the truth about a curse and the existence of an immortal tribe

M.Y: Sounds like a story I have seen before, probably a thousand times, even in Figurine, Kunle Afolayan’s thriller. But something tells me there will be something different about this one (good or bad though…lol), so nollywood fans, we’ll let you know when it drops. Click here to view trailer

9

Journey to self

Zubby: Journey to Self is an intense story of friendship, sacrifice, empowerment and self-respect.Four childhood friends, Regina, Nse, Rume and Alex, receive news that another long time friend of theirs, Uche, has died. Uche was the magnet that pulled her friends together and over the years had become their shoulder to cry on, so much so in fact that she never felt she could tell them about her own problems. As part of her last request, the ladies travel to Uche’s home in Abuja for her funeral. The four ladies, on arriving at Uche’s house, find that she has left a series of letters in which she speaks to them from beyond the grave. The letters provoke her friends to open up on emotional baggage, as secrets and fears are revealed, leading to a journey of self discovery. For Regina, Nse, Rume and Alex the weekend they spend in Uche’s house becomes an emotional roller coaster as individual characters are tested.

M.Y: It stars Nse Ikpe-Etim as Nse, Dakore Akande as Alex, Ashionye Michelle Raccah as Regina, Katherine Obiang as Rume and Tosin Sido as Uche. It is directed by Tope Oshin-Ogun. Reading the synopsis alone gets me emotional. I will be very sad if this movie flops. I even loved the trailer. It is set to drop on the 7th of December 2012. Click here to view trailer

10

The Hobbit

Zubby: There you have it guys, the last on our list and the third most anticipated movie of the year (full list of most anticipated movies coming soon). An adaptation of the novel and classic “The Hobbit”  from JRR Tolkien. Directed by Peter Jackson maker of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, also adaptations of JR Tolkien.

M.Y: Bilbo Baggins of the shire, a curious Hobbit, is approached by the great wizard Gandalf, the grey to undertake a journey that would change his life forever. It is set to be released on the 14th of December 2012. I personally have been anticipating this movie even more than Skyfall. Epic movies are my favorite, Lord of the Rings trilogy are the best movies of all time to me, so what’s not to expect and love about this movie. If you are looking for the perfect movie to end your year, this is it. Click here to view trailer

Zubby: And that’s it! Our top 10 movies to look out for before the end of the year. Have you got your own list? Please feel free to share it with us in the comments section. More lists coming soon guys.