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Firestarter (2022)

Duration 1h 34m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16  Source of story A book of the same name by Stephen King and possibly a 1984 film Director Keith Thomas Writers/Script Scott Teems Starring Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben, John Beasley,  Ratings IMDb: 4.6/10 by 5384 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 13% … Continue reading

My Super Ex Girlfriend (2006)

Duration 1h 36m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Germany: 6  Source of story A very moderately ingenious screenplay Director Ivan Reitman Writers/Script Don Payne Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Farris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Margaret Anne Florence Ratings IMDb: 5.2/10 by 64,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 40% by 131 reviewers. Review2view: 5.5/10. Elevator Pitch: Matt is … Continue reading

Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

\ Duration 1h 36m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 15  Source of story A Marvel comic and the first film. Director Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Writers/Script Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman, David S. Goyer Starring Nicolas Cage, Violante Placido, Ciarian Hinds, Idris Elba, Anthony Head, Christopher Lambert,  Ratings IMDb: 4.3/10 by 117,245 people.  Rotten … Continue reading

Justice League (2017)

Duration 2h 00m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11  Source of story Graphic novel Justice League of America Gardner Fox. Director Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon Writers/Script Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Mamoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K.Simmons, Ciaran Hinds,  … Continue reading

The Batman

Duration 2h 55m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11  Source of story Yet another Batman franchise begins. Director Matt Reeves Writers/Script Matt Reeves, Peter Craig, (Batman created by Bill Finger and Bon Kane) Starring Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard,  Ratings IMDb: 8.6 by … Continue reading

Shazam! (2019)

Duration 2h 12m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11  Source of story DC comic book characters developed by Bill Parker, C.C. Beck  Director David F. Sandberg Writers/Script Henry Gayden, Darren Lemke Starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou,  Ratings IMDb: 7.0/10 by 302,482 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 90% by 413 reviewers … Continue reading

Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Duration 2h 13m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11  Source of story A rehash of the Spiderman story, now within the Avengers universe. Based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director Jon Watts Writers/Script Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers Starring Tom Holland, … Continue reading

Black Widow (2021)

Duration 2h 13m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11,  Source of story A development of the Black Widow character within the Marvel Comics Universe. Director Cate Shortland Writers/Script Eric Pearson with story by Jac Schaeffer, Ned Benson Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenie, William Hurt, Olga Kurylenko,  … Continue reading

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Duration 2h 32m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG, Denmark  Source of story An attempt by DC comics to emulate Marvel stuff, using their best known characters Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman Director Zack Snyder Writers/Script David S. Goyer, Chris Terrio Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne,Jeremy Irons, Holly … Continue reading

Logan (2017)

Duration 2h 17m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: R, Spain: 16 Source of story The story appears to be based on characters in the X-Men comics including X-23, Laura. Director James Mangold Writers/Script Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant,  Ratings IMDb: 8.1 … Continue reading

Venom (2018)

Duration 1h 52m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Marvel comic characters created by Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie Director Ruben Fleischer Writers/Script Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Elevator Pitch: Eddie Brock is an investigative TV reporter who loses his job when revealing the … Continue reading

Glass (2019)

Duration 2h 9m Source of story The director’s previous films “Split” and “Unbreakable”. Director M. Night Shyamalan Writers/Script M. Night Shyamalan Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlyne Woodard, Elevator Pitch: Elijah Price, known as Mr Glass a man with brittle bones and possibly with a … Continue reading

Suicide Squad (2016)

2h 3m Characters from DC Comics by John Ostrander David Ayer David Ayer Will Smith, Ike Barinholtz, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Common, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinneman, Scott Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Elevator Pitch: Security chief, Amanda Waller, proposes to her bosses that she is given authority to recruit … Continue reading

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The characters from Deadpool, originating in a Marvel comic Director David Leitch Writers/Script Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Eddie Marsan, (some other famous actors on the cast list, probably as … Continue reading

Freaks (2019)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein Writers/Script Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein Starring Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Grace Park, Amanda Crew, Lexy Kolker, Elevator Pitch: In a run down house a man lives with a seven year old girl, Chloe, who is being … Continue reading

Tomb Raider (2018)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The video game of the same name (Tomb Raider 2013) written by Evan Daugherty and Geneva Robertson-Dworet Director Roar Uthaug Writers/Script Alastair Siddons, Geneva Robertson-Dworet Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristen Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost, Elevator Pitch: Lara Croft, now … Continue reading

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A variety of DC comics featuring the character (it seems) Director Cathy Yan Writers/Script Christina Hodson Starring Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco Elevator Pitch: Harley Quinn, having been dumped by the Joker, must find a … Continue reading

Thor: Ragnarök (2017)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Apparently elements of the Marvel story “Planet Hulk” by Greg Pak, Walter Simonson, Carlo Pagalayan. Director Taika Waititi Writers/Script Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher L. Yost Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum,  Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Sam … Continue reading

Batman 7: The Dark Knight (2008)

Duration 2h 32m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The characters developed by Bob Kane in the DC comics, and a relationship with the first Christopher Nolan film. Director Christopher Nolan Writers/Script Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan (Story Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer) Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, … Continue reading

The Mask (1994)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An idea possibly developed from a comic book of the same name, but which had a different theme. Director Chuck Russell Writers/Script Mike Werb (story Michael Fallon, Mark Verheiden) Starring Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Cameron Diaz, Max (the dog) Elevator Pitch: A put upon … Continue reading

Batman and Robin (1997)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original Batman comics, the TV series and particularly the previous film, Batman Forever. Director Joel Schumacher Writers/Script Akiva Goldsman Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Elle Macpherson Elevator Pitch: Batman and Robin are established crime fighters … Continue reading

The Green Hornet (2011)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A 1930s radio series, 1940s TV series and a 1966 film. Director Michael Gondry Writers/Script Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg (Characters George W. Trendle) Starring Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christopher Waltz, David Harbour, Edward Furlong Elevator Pitch: When the newspaper tycoon James Reid … Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II (2017)

Duration 2h 16m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A Marvel Comics storyline and characters Director James Gunn Writers/Script James Gunn, Dan Abnett (And characters by quite a large group of Marvel people) Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stalone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean … Continue reading

Ant-Man (2015)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A Marvel Comics character by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby Director Peyton Reed Writers/Script Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evengeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, Hayley Atwell, John Slattery, Stan Lee Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Duration 2h 16m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The original comic characters by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko some comic stories and the previous outings. Director Marc Webb Writers/Script James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Stan Lee, Elevator Pitch: Young student … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A Japanese film from 2004 and a manga comic Director Rupert Sanders Writers/Script Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger (The manga comic by Shirow Masamune) Starring Scarlett Johansson, Philou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt Elevator Pitch: In a world were people are able to … Continue reading

Thor 2: The Dark World (2013)

Elevator Pitch You may remember the scientists from “Thor”. Well they are on the case again, finding that there are disruptions to the laws of physics, and as a result Jane Foster is infected by a weapon from the Dark World, the evil inhabitants of which had been defeated by Odin’s father, but who have … Continue reading

Deadpool (2016)

Elevator Pitch An irreverend ex-special ops man, after finding love with an attractive prostitute who he marries discovers that he has irreversable cancer, but is recruited by an organisation which says it can cure him. Its leaders put him through extreme hardship in order to awaken his mutant genes and are successful, giving him extreme … Continue reading

Lucy (2014)

  Elevator Pitch: Lucy, a student studying in Taipei, is persuaded by a doubtful young man to deliver a shiny metal briefcase to a businessman in the penthouse of a hotel, which when opened contains four packs of a christaline drug. She is assaulted by armed men and wakes up with a sewn up incision in … Continue reading

Superman 6: Man of Steel (2013)

Elevator Pitch As Krypton is about to be destroyed Jor-El, its chief scientist dispatches his baby son in a spacecraft to Earth. The boy grows up in small town America managing to conceal his superpowers despite the fact that he is saving people from various disasters. He finds and recovers a Krypton spacecraft from the … Continue reading

Captain America 3: Civil War (2016)

Elevator Pitch When Captain America and others are in Lagos, preventing a biological pandemic, innocent bystanders are killed, which results in over 100 countries coming together to limit the activities of the superheroes . Cap and others wish to remain independent while Iron Man, War Machine and friends want to go along with the new … Continue reading

Superman 5: Superman Returns (2006)

Elevator Pitch. After an absence of five years Superman lands in his spikey spacecraft on the same farm as he did as a boy. The woman who became his mother is still the same, but back in the Daily Planet much has changed. Lois Lane is married and has a child, and has written negatively … Continue reading

Blade II (2002)

  Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story The first film, and the Marvel characters. Director Guillermo del Toro Writers/Script David S. Goyer ( Characters by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan) Starring Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela, Thomas Kretschmann, Luke Goss, Danny John-Jules, Santiago Segura Elevator Pitch Blade, the half human, … Continue reading

Thor (2011)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The characters from the Marvel comics Writers/Script Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne (with story by J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Protosevich and characters by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby) Additional Info As usual with Marvel stuff the IMDb trivia is endless, but my favourite item … Continue reading

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Duration 2h 22m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The characters and stories in the Marvel comics, and the first of these two reboots of the franchise. Writers/Script Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner (story by the scriptwriters plus James Vanderbilt. And not forgetting the Marvel men Stan Lee and Steve Ditko) Additional Info This … Continue reading

Hancock (2008)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan Additional Info The script had been knocking about for ten years before Vince Gilligan had a go at it. It cost a lot but made money, including $50 million on its opening weekend. Director Peter Berg Starring Will … Continue reading

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Duration 2h 16m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A Marvel Comics character, and the first film Captain America: The First Avenger. Writers/Script Christopher Marcus, Stephen McFeely (story by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and a large number of Marvel authors developed the characters). Additional Info The first scene is filmed on Sealaunch Commander, … Continue reading

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The X-Men franchise, and the Marvel comics charcter Wolverine by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita, Sr. Writers/Script David Benioff, Skip Woods Additional Info A pirate copy of the film was posted on the internet before release and was apparentoy downloaded 15 million times. Director … Continue reading

The Wolverine (2013)

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The character is one of the “X-Men” and apparently the story has a relationship to a graphic novel by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Writers/Script Mark Bomback, Scott Frank Additional Info This film is the sixth in the X-Men series, but is considered to stand alone. … Continue reading

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The Marvel Comic character and stories, by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee Writers/Script Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole Additional Info Martin Freeman is probably best known for playing Dr Watson in the Sherlock series. Were there no Americans capable of playing the slightly inept CIA man? … Continue reading

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