Pop ya popcorn: A review of upcoming Hollywood film releases in the UAE

Published February 18th, 2016 - 08:53 GMT
Film buffs are abuzz with Deadpool around the world. (Foxmovies.com)
Film buffs are abuzz with Deadpool around the world. (Foxmovies.com)


A COMIC BOOK hero story with an everyman twist. Not since Kick Ass first opened has a grungy, potty-mouthed hero's outing been met with so much anticipation. And that is upon what this film is attempting to capitalise. Despite Deadpool being part of the Marvel franchise and an expansion on the X-Men universe in particular, the movie is looking to draw in an audience perhaps a little tired with the polished look of your everyday Iron Man, Superman etc.

Ryan Reynolds, not lauded for his incredible box office success, takes on his second hero role after the lamentable Green Lantern. Reynolds appears to have reviewed his Lantern performance and simply decided to do exactly the opposite in Deadpool. This movie is rude, crude and full of self-referential gags compared with the previous squeaky clean do-gooder.  

The film actually looks like a bit of fun. They have marketed the "Dead-poo-l" out of it, so there's no need to explain the plot and it should make its money back and some. Expect a sequel in the next couple of years.

Rotten Tomatoes has it at 84%


  • A small screentest was shot in 2012 to drum up money for the film. Nothing came of it until that footage was "leaked" online in 2014 and public feedback was overwhelming.


45 Years

ROUNDING OFF A particularly exciting week at the UAE box office, 45 Years is the British romantic drama, which caused quite a ripple leading to a couple of Oscar nominations.

Starring screen veterans Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, 45 Years opens on the couple celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. When news that the body of Courtenay's previous girlfriend - who died decades before while the couple were on a hiking holiday - has finally been found in the Alps, old memories of lost love are stirred up, marring the celebrations.

What follows is a contemplative tale of lost love and the turns life takes.

Rotten tomatoes gives this film 96%


  • Tom Courtenay can be seen drinking from a Hull City FC mug, the supporters' club for whom in real life he is president.


Hail, Caesar!

THIS QUIRKY COMEDY based on Hollywood's golden era has one of the largest and celebrity filled casts this side of the X-Men films. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill come together in this Coen Brothers work.

Josh Brolin is the head of one of the all-powerful movie studios (as they were back in the day) managing his contracted stars and directors. When his top earner, George Clooney is kidnapped in the middle of filming prestige picture Hail, Caesar!, Brolin enlists the help of his other actors to come up with the ransom money and keep the story out of the press.

This one is far more up our alley and looks well worth a watch.

Rotten Tomatoes gives this 83%


  • This is the fifth time Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have worked together.


El Americano

A MEXICAN ANIMATED family action comedy. In a strong week, this one may get lost in the crowd.

A family of circus parrots live a normal life until their circus is taken over by gangster birds. The young male parrot Cuco runs away to Hollywood to find his hero, super parrot El Americano, to convince him to come to their rescue. The animation looks okay.

Rotten Tomatoes has this at 50%


  • This is the first major Mexican-American collaborative animation.

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