site search by freefind

The Family Plan starring Mark Wahlberg

Upcoming action comedy The Family Plan starring Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan premieres on Apple TV+ on December 15...

DAN MORGAN (MARK WAHLBERG) loves his quiet suburban life as a devoted husband, father of three, and successful car salesman. But that's only half the story.

Decades earlier, he was an elite government assassin tasked with eliminating the world’s deadliest threats. When enemies from his past track him down, Dan packs his unsuspecting wife (Michelle Monaghan), angsty teen daughter, pro-gamer teen son and adorable 10-month-old baby into their minivan and takes off on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas.

Determined to protect his family — while treating them to the vacation of a lifetime — Dan must put his long-dormant skills into action, without revealing his true identity.

An Apple Original Film hailing from Skydance Media, The Family Plan is directed by Simon Cellan Jones and also stars Zoe Colletti, Van Crosby, Saïd Taghmaoui, Maggie Q, and Ciarán Hinds.

The Boy and The Heron, the highly anticipated next Studio Ghibli feature from the Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Boxing Day, 26 December...

A YOUNG BOY named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

From the beloved and award-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli's latest is a beautiful, reflective, and engrossing tale of love, loss, and discovery. Both original and English-dubbed versions will be available on general cinema release.

The English language dubbed version of the film will feature the voices of Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari, Amsterdam, The Pale Blue Eye), Dave Bautista (Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy), Gemma Chan (The Creator, Eternals, Crazy Rich Asians), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate, The Florida Project), Karen Fukuhara (The Boys, Suicide Squad), Mark Hamill (The Machine, House of Usher), Robert Pattinson (The Batman, Tenet, upcoming Mickey 17), and Florence Pugh (Oppenheimer, Black Widow, Little Women). Luca Padovan joins the cast as Mahito Maki, and Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori, and Dan Stevens are featured as the Parakeets.

The Studio Ghibli production opened in Japan this summer surpassing the first four-day box office of Spirited Away (2001) and recently had its international premiere to a rapturous response as opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival. Following its TIFF premiere, press hailed the film as "a masterpiece" (BBC), "exquisite" (The Hollywood Reporter), "among the most beautiful movies ever drawn" (IndieWire), and "a wholly satisfying, bittersweet sendoff" (Screen).

The Boy and The Heron is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro). Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film Spinning Globe was written and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.

Facebook: /boyandtheheronuk | Twitter: @boyheronfilm | Instagram: @boyandtheheronuk | TikTok: @boyandtheheronuk | YouTube: /elysianfilmgroup4474

— Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio's films are known for timeless classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Ponyo; and have won countless international awards including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as five additional Oscar® nominations for Howl's Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There, and The Red Turtle. Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures paid tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opened in September 2021.

VW Passat Estate

The Volkswagen Passat Estate has just been named Used Estate Car of the Year by What Car? magazine...

PRAISED FOR ITS SPACIOUS boot, high-quality interior, smooth ride, good performance, low running costs, and overall value for money, this latest award comes just a few weeks after the Passat Estate GTE was named "Best Used Hybrid Estate" at the What Car? Electric Vehicle (EV) Awards.

Stuart Knott, National Used Car Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: "We are once again delighted that What Car? has recognised the quality, value and everyday usability of the Volkswagen Passat Estate.

"This latest award underlines that people looking for a used car can have complete confidence in the Passat Estate. It's a compelling product for everyone from city commuters, long-distance travellers and business drivers to families and young professionals — particularly when you consider also the many benefits of buying Approved Used cars from Volkswagen Retailers."

Thousands of top-quality Approved Used Volkswagens are available right now across the UK, and can be sourced in seconds using the Volkswagen used vehicle locator.

Each car undergoes a thorough 142-point check by a Volkswagen-trained technician and can be reserved online for just £99.

Other benefits include a two-year warranty, two years of Roadside Assistance, two years of MOT test cover (subject to terms), five days of free insurance (subject to eligibility), and the offer of a 30-day/1,000-mile no-quibble exchange. Customers also have a choice of great-value funding and service plan options.

The Passat is one of Volkswagen's best-selling models ever, with more than 30 million being handed over to customers worldwide since the model was launched in 1973.

The eighth-generation Passat represented a significant engineering leap forward when it was launched in 2014, thanks to the introduction of the then new modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, updated engine line-up, and a host of safety and comfort systems including wireless App Connect. It also introduced Travel Assist; this partially-assisted level-two autonomous driving feature made the Passat the first Volkswagen that could be driven at up to 130mph in a partially automated mode.

New Volvo fully-electric MPV

Ever wanted to travel in a spacious, Scandinavian living room? Now you can, inside the Volvo EM90, the Swedish brand’s first-ever fully-electric premium MPVs...

SET TO BE REVEALED to the world on 12 November, the EM90 is about saving you time and reducing stress. About joy and peace of mind. About quality of life. The EM90 isn't designed to just create room for more things, but room for life.

Generous cabin width and legroom inside a premium interior are only the beginning. A wide variety of premium materials, luxury lounge seats with so-called zero-gravity cushions, a large panoramic sunroof to enjoy the skies above you, and beautiful Scandinavian design details all come together to create a space that allows you to enjoy life to the fullest while you're on the move.

Travel comfortably in your own personal space...

The EM90 contains the most spacious and flexible interior that Volvo has ever offered. It's suitable for both family and business use, allowing you to use the car as a personal space for de-stressing and relaxing together with your loved ones, by yourself, or to get some work done in an inspirational environment.

The car is a premium six-seater that provides everyone with their own zone and personal space. This includes personalised entertainment and comfort adjustment options, controlled through the armrest and an elegant touchscreen on a natural FSC-certified wood surface material.

In the second row, special lounge seats provide passengers with all the amenities they could wish for: a massage function, individual ventilation and heating options, as well as built-in tables and cupholders.

The second-row lounge seats also feature zero gravity cushions with a seven-layer structure and a thickness exceeding 120mm, including high-density damping layers for both comfort and support. Meanwhile, the third row is easily accessible thanks to the sliding rear doors and long-sliding second-row seats.

The panoramic sunroof covers the entire cabin and comes with a curtain and multiple ambient lighting settings that provide a genuine Scandinavian mood. From a setting that recreates the famous Northern lights to themes that evoke Swedish forests and the dawn of Midsummer, you can find calm by picking your preferred Scandinavian experience.

Sophisticated design inspired by nature

Scandinavian design details are spread throughout the cabin, from the sophisticated Orrefors crystal used in the gear shifter to back-lit birch wood deco panels on the dashboard, doors and the back of the front-row seats. These touches all illustrate how the designers have seamlessly integrated beautiful materials with technology throughout the EM90.

The upholstery and deco patterns are inspired by both Scandinavian nature and Asian art, creating a symbiosis that brings together modern, sophisticated design and the beauty of the natural world around us. For example, the seat upholstery patterns are inspired by mountain ranges in the mist, while the back-lit wood panels reflect the beauty of rays of light shining through a bamboo forest. So whichever interior room you choose, you can be sure that you'll travel inside a premium, stylish and calming interior that reflects modern Volvo Cars design.

Don’t be a splasher this winter!

FROM SPLASHING pedestrians to driving with broken brake lights, the motoring experts at DriveElectric have listed below all the penalties that would get you the most points on your license.

DriveElectric's Mike Potter warns that "accumulating 12 points on your driving licence in less than three years can get you disqualified from driving. On top of that, getting points on your licence will also result in an increase in your insurance policy, as your insurance provider will want to be informed about all motoring convictions in the past three years (in some cases, this may be five years)."

The most shocking offences that will get points on your driver's licence (and we'd guess that most people have no idea about these five, especially the drive-through penalty) —

Sleeping inside your vehicle: up to 10 points
Using your mobile phone for payments at a drive-through: up to 6 points
Using your mobile phone while supervising a learner driver from the passenger seat: up to 6 points
Splashing pedestrians: up to 3 points (and a fine of up to £5,000!)
Driving with a broken brake light: up to 3 points

Offences that will get you the most points —
Driving with alcohol or drug level above limit: up to 11 points
Causing death or injury driving while disqualified, unlicensed or uninsured: up to 11 points #Causing death by careless driving: up to 11 points
Culpable homicide while driving: up to 11 points
Dangerous driving: up to 11 points
Motor racing on the highway: up to 11 points
Failing to stop after an accident: up to 10 points
Careless and inconsiderate driving: up to 9 points
If your vehicle is uninsured against third-party risks: up to 8 points

Other offences —
Driving while disqualified: 6 points
Exceeding speed limits: up to 6 points
Using a mobile phone while driving: up to 6 points
If your vehicle has defective brakes, defective tyres, defective steering, other defective accessories, or has too many passengers: 3 points
Not complying to traffic directions and signs (this includes light signals, double white lines, not stopping at a stop sign, and so on): 3 points
Not stopping at pedestrian crossings: 3 points
Driving with uncorrected eyesight: 3 points

The points you've collected on your licence will expire after three years; however, this doesn't mean that the offence will be erased from your driving record in the same amount of time and this could take up to 11 years!

If you want to find out how many points you have on your driving licence follow these simple steps
Visit the Government's dedicated website.
Enter your information: you will need your driving licence number, your national insurance number, and the postcode on your licence.
Head over to the 'penalties and disqualifications' tab.
MotorBar Home