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Film Review - War for the Planet of the Apes

We’ve gone APE for this movie! With Caesar’s clan looking to escape the humans in order to live freely, and a specific group of humans getting ever closer to finding them, there was non-stop action from the start! There was some new characters that really warmed our hearts too including Nova, a young girl that is unable to speak.


It has to be said that this film very cleverly summarised the previous two films in just a couple of sentences at the start. This means that whether you’re up to start with the series or not, you’ll be able to enjoy the film. Naturally, there are references to the previous films but it is done in such a way that means that you are not completely lost if you haven’t (or if, like us, you probably needed a refresher!). After that… ACTION.


Immediately, we’re involved in a battle between humans and apes. On the one hand, we see the ruthlessness of both the humans and the apes as the war between the two rages on. There are elements of compassion at this point but soon the movie descends into a thrilling tale of revenge when Caesar’s wife and son are killed, leaving only his smallest son alive.


Caesar is the main focus of the film, and his struggle with killing another ape (in the previous film he killed another ape that did not believe apes and humans could live alongside each other. Naturally, apes would be the dominant race and hence the deep set hatred within the war) and his new found hatred for the humans.

Caesar is not alone though, with a few trusted friends - that admittedly join him despite his wishes - as the rest of the ape clan move in the hope of finding a place they can feel safe and live freely. On Caesar’s journey, we quickly find a deserted human settlement with a man who is quickly killed (both sides fearing the other). However, they discover a little girl, scared and now completely alone. She also has a problem - she is unable to speak. Again, amongst all the hatred, we now see a flash of compassion as the group take in the girl and bring her on their journey.

The little girl, later named Nova, and her inability to speak is not truly explained until near the end of the film. However, we do watch her grow within the group as she learns to speak their sign language and they grow to love each other. Later we learn that a degenerative virus plagues the human population, which takes away their ability to speak (and as the Colonel, who is hunting the apes, says) removes the higher functions that distinguishes humans from animals. The remaining human population have two schools of thought; treat and control, or isolate and kill.

The Colonel is the leader of the group of soldiers we first see attacking the apes, ordered the attack that led to the death of Caesar’s family, and is the antagonist throughout the film. His role is somewhat like that of a god, revered by his soldiers and feared by many others. How do we know this? Along the Caesar’s journey to find the Colonel not only does he find him, but finds that he has captured the rest of the apes and captures Caesar himself.

The Conoel’s hatred for the apes is filmed in an interesting manner in so much that it reflects much of history - fear of the other, slavery, fear of your own. With the apes at work to build a fortress to help fight other humans, the Colonel’s war with Caesar changes. Now it is one of David and Goliath - with starvation, physical work, beatings and death the outcome of failure.

Certainly, you wouldn’t expect the story to end just there. It is important to highlight that Nova’s role along with their new ape friend, Bad Ape, who escaped from a zoo. Certainly, Nova’s feeling that she is an ape means that she daringly (and in a childish naivety) helps Caesar and the apes. Her role continues to the end of the film as her fate is tied in with theirs.

Overall, we loved the film and the rollercoaster of action, compassion, and humour. Watch out for great sarcastic and truly British humour within the film. Our ‘Bad Ape’ is certainly one of our favourites. 

World Heart Beat Surprise

Do you remember the surprise from World Heart Beat Music Academy?

Brazilian Flash Mob in Southside Shopping Centre

World Heart Beat joined us at Southside to bring the warmth of Brazil to the cold of London as they performed for our shoppers.

With a crew of 60 performers, featuring Brazilian superstars Almir Pessoa and Pepe Barcellos  who flew in from Rio especially, the young music stars of the Academy delighted shoppers with their music which had plenty of Brazilian flair!

The entertainment began in Muffin Break and Uniqlo with children from the age of 7 playing a range of instruments including drums, flutes and violins. The sound drew in the crowds who were both surprised and enthusiastic to hear the sounds of Brazil. 

Now it's gone viral on Facebook with over 2 million views!

Krispy Kreme keeps Wandsworth sweet!

Wandsworth got a taste of the action this morning as Krispy Kreme opened the doors to its brand new store at Southside shopping centre at 10am.

The new kiosk-style store can be found on North Walk, near TK Maxx, and will offer 16 varieties of delicious, melt-in-the-mouth treats – from the classic Original Glazed to the limited-edition American Dream collection. Traditionally bought by the dozen to share with friends and family, doughnuts will be delivered fresh daily from Krispy Kreme’s Hotlight store at Shannon Corner, to provide a little moment of joy every time.

The first in line was treated to an exclusive Krispy Kreme Gold Card, entitling them to a double-dozen FREE doughnuts every month for a whole year! The first dozen in line were also treated to an exclusive Krispy Kreme goody bag.

Alex Drysdale, Operations Director at Krispy Kreme, said: “We have had a great opening day here in wonderful Wandsworth! It’s been great to meet some of our newest guests as they get their first experience of Krispy Kreme treats. Thank you to everybody who came down – we look forward to welcoming lots more Wandsworth residents in store in the coming weeks!”

GBK- The All Rounder

Get a classic burger, small fries and fresh and fizzy for £9.95. Offer valid from 5pm only.

Film Review - Despicable Me 3

At Southside we are bananas for Gru, the girls and (of course) the minions! That’s why we couldn’t wait for the latest Despicable Me 3 – complete with a great ‘80s soundtrack from the latest villain.


From bad to good, we’ve seen Gru struggle in this film especially once he learns about his twin brother Dru and his family history of villainy. His latest career, in the Anti-Villain League, takes a tumble after failing to capture Balthazar Bratt – a former ‘80s child star living out his character. This results in both his firing and that of his wife, Lucy. The minions think this is Gru’s return to villainy and turn against him once he makes it clear it isn’t.

Our two favourite moments in the film include Agnes and unicorns, and the minions. Our first has to be the journey we’re taken on to find a *real* fluffy unicorn! After hearing a story about unicorns in Dru’s town pub, Margo and Agnes go on the search for a real unicorn that will only appear to the ‘true of heart’. With a camera and plenty of unicorn bait (sweet – duh!) it was only a matter of time before the girls found… a one horned… goat! The most heart-warming part was when Gru had to explain that the animal was a goat rather than a unicorn, to which Agnes replied it’s only a goat if you see it as a goat (and it’s still fluffy!!).

What happened to the minions? They feature less and yet have a huge impact. Once the minions leave Gru (all but two), they soon get into their own kind of trouble – chasing down pizza through Hollywood, conducting an amazing audition for America’s Got Talent (or similar show) and finally being arrested. With the whole minion gang in jail, where they seem completely at home, their mischievous side becomes apparent to everyone including the other inmates! That is, until they start seeing visions of Gru in their mashed potatoes. They plan their escape and are soon back with Gru to fight Bratt’s bubblegum terror.

Although not a long movie, we can guarantee a lot of laughs from adults and kids alike (and maybe a few good tunes in your head). So get your dancing shoes on as we get into the groove and watch these smooth criminals dance fight!

Southside's Movie Guide: July 2017

July 2017

It's officially Summer which can only mean that we're not quite sure what the weather will do next! So whether it is too hot or there's a sudden downpour, escape the world around you with these great films of July. There's also plenty to keep the kids happy from new releases to Movies for Juniors. Don't forget to check out Cineworld in order to book your tickets and check out the latest in 4DX and Superscreen!

5th July: Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

12th July - War For The Planet Of The Apes

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

14th July - Cars 3

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

21st July - Dunkirk

“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.“Dunkirk” features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), Kenneth Branagh (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Hamlet,” “Henry V”) and Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney

24th July - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Carers' Bake Off - Winning Recipe!

Chilli Chocolate Cake ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 cups demerara sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. dried chilli flakes
  • 2 limes (juice of)
  • 1 tsp. pink Himalayan salt


For the chocolate glaze:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice


    For the cake:

    1. Melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients together
    2. Pour the mixture into a 23 x 7cm (9 x 2.4') cake tin which has been oiled with a little coconut oil.
    3. Bake at 180c degrees (pre-heated fan oven) for 50 – 60 minutes.
    4. The centre will be soft in the middle and slightly jiggle.
    5. Leave for 10hrs before cutting or after 15 minutes, put in the fridge and cut 2 hrs later.  


    For the glaze:

    1. Melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients together.
    2. Apply to cake, once the cake has completely cooled.

    Carers Week at Southside

    Here at Southside we were proud to have hosted The Family Information Services and Wandsworth Carers' Centre on the 14th June.

    Many carers disregard the role they play as they are often looking after a loved one. However, they perform a pivotal role and we believe they deserve recognition. That is why we are proud to say that so many of our stores and restaurants were able to provide discounts and prizes for the "Can-Do Caeres Prize Draw". These include The Body Shop, Cineworld, Chimichanga, Debenhams, Decathlon, Frankie and Benny’s, Holland & Barrett, Kiko Milano, Nandos, Planet Organic, Rossopomodoro, Rush Hairdressers, Snappy Snaps, Tiger, Smart Look Beauty, Wagamama and Waitrose. Winners were drawn by the Mayor and Mayoress on the day.

    We're were also priviledged to take part in the annual Carers' Centre Bake Off, hosted inside Muffin Break. Our very own Centre Manager, Neil Churchill, as a judge. Keep an eye out for the recipe for the winning cake - Chilli Chocolate Flourless Cake.

    Talking about the day, Neil Churchill said, “The Carers event has been a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for such important people in our community.  We are very pleased to have been able to support this event again alongside many of our retailers who we would like to thank for making such generous donations for the prize draw."

    Southside: Proud Sponsors of Savills ONE GREAT DAY Race

    Southside are proud to help sponsor the Savills race to Great Ormond Street Hospital this year, raising money for Great Ormond Street as well as other children's charities through ONE GREAT DAY. We wish to congratulate all those who took part.


    We are happy to be supporting ONE GREAT DAY, Savills official charity partner. This charity aims to create a UK wide annual charity fundraising day, raising money and support for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and other local children’s charities.

    Starbucks Coming Soon!

    We're delighted to announce that Starbucks will be arriving here at Southside this Summer!

    Keep an eye out for more updates!