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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

You’d be hard pushed to find a more bog standard family fantasy than Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. All the elements are there – you’ve got your quests, your silly dialogue and your CGI monsters (the kind that look like they’r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Trouble In Little China

Considered something of a box office flop upon it’s original cinema release – making just £11 million of its £25 million budget back in cinemas – Big Trouble In Little China went on to become something of a cult classic on the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Man Of Steel

Clark Kent, Kal-El, Supes, Superman.  Call him what you want, the Man Of Steel is the pinnacle of the superhero genre. So it is something of a surprise that, with the tidal wave of superhero films flooding out of Hollywood, we’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Heat

If you’ve seen the trailer for The Heat (and if you’ve seen Paul Feig’s previous film, Bridesmaids), you’ll most likely be expecting a silly, gag-laden romp with a good measure of slapstick and a large supply of crude humour. Y...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Heaven’s Gate

Widely heralded as the film that killed the director driven era of Hollywood, Heaven’s Gate was considered a catastrophic failure.  Made for, at the time, a whopping $44 million it made only $3 million back at the domestic box ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RED 2

After the success of 2010’s RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) a sequel was an inevitability and so RED 2 is about as subtle as a freight train plowing through a snow drift.  So it’s a case of putting the band back together once...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy

At the turn of the ‘80s and ‘90s, four adolescent, martial arts wielding amphibians and their rodent sensei were the biggest thing.  Who’d have thought that an indie comic originally made to make fun of Frank Miller and D...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Convoy

Ever heard the expression “The past is another country”?  Well, watching Convoy these days, you may as well be watching footage from a distant alien planet.  It’s weird to think these days that of all the thin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down marks the first in a slurry of revenge thrillers about to grace our screens.  Films such as The Prisoners and Into The Furnace promise dark tales of people avenging loved ones.  Much of this new found hunger for d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hard Rush

Some action thrillers try to get by solely on slickness. They seem to think that if they have enough shoot-outs, drugs and fight scenes, then it means they don’t need to worry too much about the other things that make up a film...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 6

How has Fast & Furious 6 come into existence you might ask?  A franchise that started waaay back in 2001 with a film which was essentially a remake of 1991’s adrenaline junky classic Point Break; swap the surfboards for fas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Iron Man 3

A glance at any Iron Man 3 poster will reveal the badge of honour that proudly states: “From The Studio That Brought You Avengers Assemble”.  Given that film’s record-breaking box office haul it’s clearly worth shouting about. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rebellion

Mathieu Kassovitz first came to the world’s attention in 1995 when his second feature film La Haine captured the public mood and laid bare the tension and mistrust between impoverished urban youth and the French police. Angry, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen is everything you might expect from a film that stars Gerard Butler single-handedly defending the White House against a small army of terrorists; there’s gratuitous violence, cringe-inducing amounts of cheese...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oblivion

Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski knows how to shoot a film that makes your eyes pop.  For his debut feature, TRON: Legacy, he tapped into the nostalgia of an ‘80s cult classic and delivered one of the most staggering visual de...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max Collection

Director George Miller started something unstoppable when he unleashed Mad Max on audiences back in 1979.  Everything from computer games, music videos – famously 2Pac’s California Love and Puretone’s Addicted To Bass – as well...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stolen

The last time Stolen director Simon West teamed with Nicolas Cage the two created one of the ‘90s best action films Con Air.  But does Stolen soar to “put the bunny back in the box” levels of brilliance or does it crash and bur...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape

Norwegian cinema has been consistent over the last few years with generous, genre-abundant offerings to the silver screen.  We have had a taste of Norwegian horror with Rare Exports, fantasy with Troll Hunter and Thale, the cri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Parker

Parker’s Jason Statham has come a long way from Guy Ritchie’s cockney for hire to Hollywood’s hard man of choice.  The Transporter, Crank and Expendables films have all seen Statham launch and establish successful franchises.  ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Or so the old adage goes. It must be said, however, Tommy Wirkola‘s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters never even looked much on paper; and regrettably, the finished film is unlikely...