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Tarzan

When Disney put their stamp on a movie they pretty much mark a territory that others fail to rival. Not impossible though. Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent is a fantastic example of that…oh no wait, that was another Disney product...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Divergent

There are two current hot topics in Hollywood; superheroes and young adult adaptations. Divergent fits perfectly into the latter continuing the form of Twilight and The Hunger Games. Based on Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Noah

Ignoring all the religious connotations and storms, of which there have already been a few, Noah is a story that certainly lends itself to a cinematic adaptation.  It is, after all, a story taught to children from a very early ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lego Movie

Certainly one of the more obvious cases of product placement in cinema, along with Transformers, The Lego Movie nonetheless manages to click in all the right places. The plot is relatively simple and sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape From Planet Earth

While Pixar, and increasingly Dreamworks, seem to have cornered the market when it comes to Hollywood animation it’s not going to stop others from taking a shot at the title. The Weinsteins are more commonly associated with Osc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Orca: The Killer Whale

Towards the end of Orca: The Killer whale Richard Harris bellows; “What the hell are you?”  It’s a fair question that could just as easily be aimed at this obvious Jaws rip-off. The story sees Captain Nolan (Richard Harris), a ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Released ten years after Peter Jackson’s hugely successful adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the first film in the Hobbit trilogy An Unexpected Journey took the ambitious step of trying to transform a whims...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Proving there’s life in the ‘Young Adult’ genre after the sun setting on Twilight, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of last year’s biggest success stories.  Raking in a massive $863.9 million at the global box office it ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Days

Similarities predictably abound between this and José Saramago‘s Blindness, itself adapted into a film directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles in 2008. Here however, it is an unseen and free-flowing infection ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Justin And The Knights of Valour

There is a growing love for animation set in medieval times, sparked by the likes of Shrek, Brave and How To Train Your Dragon.  A film like Manuel Sicilia’s Justin and the Knights of Valour should therefore be an adventure to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Despicable Me 2

If you have been present pretty much anywhere across social media or the internet over the last three years then you will most certainly recognise a ‘minion’ when you see one.  These tiny, yellow tic-tac shaped dudes from 2010’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Since L. Frank Baum first introduced us to the world of Oz in his series of children’s’ books in the 1900s his stories have become a staple on the silver screen, from an early silent version in 1910 to the bizarre and eerie Ret...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Who And The Daleks

If you are going to watch Doctor Who And The Daleks then you will need to unlearn everything you know about Doctor Who.  The story is only very loosely based on the TV series of the same name.  It may well share some characters...