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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Before seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle you should know two things. One; the violence is toned down, a little. Two; the innuendos and crass humour have been turned up. With that in mind though it’s fair to say Kingsman: The G...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Assassin

In recent memory action films have changed. Gone are the days of the wise-cracking heroes like John McClane or even Arnie quipping their way through a hail of bullets dispatching bad guys. It would be easy to blame Liam Neeson ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

It’s a funny old world. Back in 1991 Terminator 2 was just another Arnie action movie. Twenty-six years later, it’s acknowledged as a sci-fi classic. Set ten-years after the events of T2, Sarah Conner (Linda Hamilton) is now in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Atomic Blonde

It’s no secret that there simply aren’t enough female led films made. The fact that this year’s Wonder Woman was so heralded in the industry not only shines a light of hope but also illustrates how much the male dominated narra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

War Of The Planet For The Apes

There is a point around midway through the latest apes trilogy, roughly two thirds of the way through Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, where you realise you are no longer rooting for the humans to win. It’s a stroke of genius be...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wonder Woman

There is a moment in Wonder Woman that perfectly sums up the appeal of this latest entry into the saturated market of super heroes. In true hero super-slo-mo Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) rises above the parapet of a World War I tre...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free Fire

You never quite know what you’re going to get from Free Fire director Ben Wheatley. From the kitchen sink drama of Down Terrace, the hallucinogenic A Field In England, the nightmarish Kill List and the social commentary of High...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghost In The Shell

Based on a manga and cult favourite anime Ghost In The Shell should be a slam dunk of a live action adaption. Especially given it stars Hollywood’s biggest grossing actress Scarlett Johansson and is directed by the visual prowe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Logan

Hugh Jackman was never meant to be Logan, or his more popular alisa Wolverine for that matter. He was supposed to be played by Dougray Scott. Let that sink in for a moment. Let the horror and dread fill you at 17 years of Dougr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The LEGO Batman Movie

Remember the best thing about The LEGO Movie? No, not Everything Is Awesome (but, yes, that was awesome) but the real scene stealer? Chris Pratt did an able job of carrying the movie it was Will Arnett’s perfect gravel voiced p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Since the first Ip Man film in 2008, starring Donnie Yen, the story of Bruce Lee’s tutor has captivated Hong Kong film-makers. While that first film – and its sequels – used Ip as a vehicle for kick-ass action, many...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drunken Master

Frequently ranked as one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, Drunken Master revolutionised modern action cinema. It also introduced the world to martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, who burst onto the scene in 1978 w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Call Of Heroes

Some films are so gloriously nostalgic, so wonderfully referential, such fabulous fun that you find yourself grinning like a loon from opening to closing credits. Call Of Heroes is one of those films. The setting is China’s War...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Suicide Squad

There is a moment in one of the documentaries accompanying the Extended Cut Edition of Suicide Squad that perfectly sums up where things went wrong with the film. The feature in question is called “Chasing The Real”. Therein li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Assault on Precinct 13

Within the first few seconds of Assault on Precinct 13, you know you’re in the company of John Carpenter. As his foreboding synth score pounds over the opening credits, the film is immediately unmistakably Carpenter. Amazing, t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Legend Of Tarzan

You’d think that having played a key part in the later stages of the Harry Potter films director David Yates would have had enough of orphans who have the fate of a ‘nation’ resting on their shoulders. But clearly the lure of o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Boring. Over-inflated. Self-important. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has endured a lot of abuse since it lumbered onto the big screen back in June. But the release of the Ultimate Edition on DVD, Blu-Ray, and UV, gives fan...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman: The Killing Joke

Even if you haven’t read the graphic novel of Batman: The Killing Joke you will be familiar with it. Because Alan Moore’s seminal Batman story, first published in 1988, has, in one way or another, influenced almost every Batman...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Highlander

Highlander is one of those films that has, either in spite or because of it’s bizarre and kitsch ways, always held a cult following. The original 1986 film spawned a franchise that turned into a TV show that has repeatedly harb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ride Along 2

As movies go, Ride Along 2 isn’t a thought-provoking piece of cinematic viewing. It won’t stretch your mind or keep you on your toes but it will provided that quick hit of entertain. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube make the ultimate co...