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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

So here we are, the grand finale to The Hunger Games, the reason you’ve sat through close to  eight hours of Katniss journeying all the way to the capital to put President Snow in his place. There’s no doubt that getting here h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Mass

As with any ‘based on true story’ film you expect a certain degree of artistic license to be taken with true crime story Black Mass. But, when the protagonist in question is one James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who spent 12 years on the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the second act of the Maze Runner trilogy adaptations. Ask any writer and they’ll tell you that the second act is always a tricky one. It’s the point where things have to get a little down and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Southpaw

Based on the publicity photos alone the last person you’d ever want to step into a boxing ring with would be Southpaw’s star Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s by no means the first actor to go through a physical transformation for a role b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Define Hollywood Courage: The same filmmaker revisiting a franchise thirty years after the less than impressive last instalment and recasting it’s original, at the time, iconic star. George Miller apparently had the inspiration...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 is the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. Yes, you read that right, not the fifth highest grossing Fast & Furious movie but the fifth highest grossing movie ever. How did we get here? To the poin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Into The Grizzly Maze

As B-Movie titles go Into The Grizzly Maze is up there with an attempt at originality. The concept is pure B-movie brilliance though; deep in the Alaskan wilds a rogue bear is chomping on poachers, lumberjacks and pretty much a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men Days Of Future Past: The Rogue Cut

As director’s cut re-titles go it doesn’t get much more on the nose than X-Men: Days Of Future Past – The Rogue Cut. Because if you cast your minds back to the promotional material for the cinematic release of Days Of Future Pa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gunman

The Gunman sees Sean Penn join the seemingly unstoppable conveyor belt of aging action men. From Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and of course that man Liam Neeson it seems old is the new tough. But whil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackhat

Blackhat ends a six-year absence from cinema for director Michael Mann. Throughout his career Mann has been a director of visual prowess. Even his more experimental dalliances with early digital technology, like the miss-judged...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Sniper

There was a point, before Clint Eastwood stepped through the saloon doors, pistol in hand, that American Sniper was a Steven Spielberg film. Within all the flag waving bravado of the film as it exists now is a semblance of Spie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus: Gods And Kings cements the return of the Biblical epic. For years it looked as though the sub-genre of Bible story adaptations was done and dusted, gone were things like The Ten Commandments while even Mel Gibson’s The ...