The Monday roundup is your handy little guide to everything movie related. Including the best of the weekends news, what’s new on DVD & Blu-Ray & what you can look forward to at the cinema this week.

News bites

  • Man Of Steel was released on Friday ( I finally get to see it tomorrow), and its box office figures put it as the second largest opening this year, behind Iron Man 3, taking in $113 million. Which puts it as the largest June opening ever, breaking Toy Story 3’s previous record of earning $110 million.
  • Sticking with the Man Of Steel’s weekend success, rumour has it that a sequel is going to be fast tracked into production ready for release next year. Not only that, but it is also believed that the Justice League movie will be hitting the big screen the following year. I happen to take this with a large pinch of salt and hope Warner Bros. don’t rush things just to capitalise on the recent success Marvel has had with the Avengers.
  • The successful comic book series, Y: The Last Man could finally be in production by next year. The story follows amateur escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two men on Earth. After something simultaneously kills every mammal on Earth possessing a Y chromosome – including embryos, fertilized eggs, and even sperm. Writer David S. Goyer had the following to say: “We’ve got a script that’s as close as it’s ever been, so knock on wood. That could go into production next year… The first movie is meant to function as a standalone, but hopefully continue. Hopefully there will be others.”

DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week

Mama (Univesal)

I thoroughly enjoyed Mama when I saw it at the cinema. It has a strong cast and some great scares. However, I’m not too sure it would stand up to multiple viewing and should perhaps be considered as a rental only.

My original review for this movie can be found here.

Cinema pick of the week

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Most fans of the book have already made their mind up about World War Z, and probably won’t be going to see it. Despite coming out to mostly favourable reviews, it has, apparently, left many of the themes of the book behind and crucially (judging from the trailers at least) left out any references to anything resembling a Zombie. I still think this will be a fun ride though, and might just surprise a few people.

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