Trying to build a sequel around one half of a successful double-act is tricky work (just ask Speed 2: Cruise Control). As a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War just about makes it work. With Kristen Stewart’s Snow White gone, the focus is on Liam Hemsworth’s Huntsman.
When billionaire business mogul Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is sentenced to six months (in a very cushy) prison for insider trading, her harried assistant and single mother Claire (Kristen Bell) is finally free… until six months later, when Michelle shows up on her door with nowhere else to go.
It’s been 14 years since My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and not much has changed: Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos who again wrote the script) now works in the family restaurant, lives on the same street as her family and dotes on her 17-year-old daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris).
Rock icon Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is mutely relaxing on a sunny coastal retreat with her boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) after throat surgery when their lazing around is harshly interrupted by the arrival of her high energy ex Harry (Ralph Fiennes) and a young lady who he claims is his daughter Penelope (Dakota Fanning).
Eighteen months have passed since the city-smashing events of Man of Steel, and while much of the world has embraced Superman (Henry Cavill), there’s still a lot of mistrust – especially from vigilante Batman (Ben Affleck), who’s become increasingly bitter and violent in his old(er) age.
Cloverfield was the surprise hit of 2008; a found-footage tale of a giant monster’s rampage through New York. As sequels go, 10 Cloverfield Lane is about as far from that as you can get: after leaving her fiancée in New York, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is driving as far away as she can get when her car is hit and she wakes up chained to a wall in the basement of Howard (John Goodman).
This isn’t exactly “what if James Bond had a soccer hooligan brother” (that’d be Kingsman), but when Nobby (Sasha Baron Cohen), Grimsby resident and massive soccer fan, finally tracks down his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong) only to find he’s a posh, gadget-heavy secret agent, you’d be forgiven for expecting a bunch of spy antics with some broad comedy mixed in. And you’d be right… except that when Sasha Baron Cohen is involved, “broad” is an understatement.