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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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Automata

Robots and A.I.s have recently been the subject for quite a few movies, particularly in relationship to the concept of the Singularity, the idea that technology will become self-evolving. The Machine, Ex Machina, Her, Transcend...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rigor Mortis

Arguably it’s all Jonathan Ross’ fault. Back in 1990 – when Enter The Dragon was pretty much the only Hong Kong movie most of us had ever seen – Mr Ross, presented a run of films for Channel 4 under the banner Chine...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight Run

What do you love about films like The Avengers? Is it the visual effects? The endless action sequences? The fact it comes with a pretty comic book label at the front to let you know it’s a legitimate adaptation? No, you’re not ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Grandmaster

Born in the Chinese province of Guangdong in 1893, Ip Man has recently emerged as one of the most significant figures in Chinese popular culture. Aside from being a master of Wing Chun kung fu and the man who trained the immort...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rollerball

Norman Jewison began his career as a film director with a series of light comedies that landed him a contract with Universal Studios. Worried that making back-to-back Doris Day vehicles might wind up tying him down to a particu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

’71

It’s hard to think of another young actor such as star of ’71 Jack O’Connell having quite such a stratospheric rise to stardom in one short year. It started with his blistering turn in prison drama Starred Up, continued with ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Strong

‘Jack Strong’ was the codename of a senior Polish military officer who spent decades sharing Soviet plans with the CIA in the hope of averting a nuclear confrontation that would have turned Poland and much of central Europe int...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Maze Runner

Based on James Dashner’s novel The Maze Runner is the latest addition to the seemingly unstoppable genre of Young Adult adaptations. But while the likes of The Hunger Games and Divergent go to war with evil governments The Maze...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dracula: Untold

It seems Twilight’s determination to bury all things Vampire for a while has come to an end with Dracula Untold taking a Batman Begins mentality towards the king of all bloodsuckers. But with Universal looking to go down a seem...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Order of Disappearance

With the trend for all things Nordic Noir showing no sign of abating any time soon In Order Of Disappearance manages to at least offer a new slant on the theme. Because while it’s set in an ice cold landscape it toys with a ble...