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Lost River

Lost River is the debut feature film of Ryan Gosling. Yes, that Ryan Gosling, the same Ryan Gosling who starred in Drive, Crazy Stupid Love and of course The Notebook. The same Ryan Gosling who oozes that effortless Steve McQue...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit Trilogy

There was a time when The Hobbit trilogy was a trilogy. There was a time when The Hobbit Trilogy was not meant to be directed by Peter Jackson. But with the departure of slated director Guillermo del Toro someone saw an opportu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Disputing Pixar’s dominance over animated films How To Train Your Dragon was hands down one of the most exciting and enjoyable family films in recent memory. With the first film’s success comes the inevitable sequel but does Ho...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Super Mario Bros.

Back in the early nineties, Nintendo ruled the world, having a massive impact on pop-culture. With their mascot Mario already a massive icon, with a strong run of games from the original Donkey Kong onwards, and already markete...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Beast

The early years of Walerian ‘Boro’ Borowczyk’s career seemed filled with promise: An award-winning director of short films who demanded to be involved in every stage of the production process from actor-coaching to set-painting...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Having battled the lackluster Lizard, not to mention skeptical critics, in the first film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into cinemas with no small amount of a point to prove. Whilst some questioned re-booting a franchise so s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I, Frankenstein

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, has had many different interpretations over the years. Part of this is down to the basic concept of the monster as an outcast is ripe for metaphor or story possibilitie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Phantom of the Paradise

Originally a dutiful student of the French New Wave, Brian De Palma soon migrated towards populist films with a hint of artificiality: Carrie and The Fury mused over psychic powers while thrillers such as Body Double and Dresse...
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Dies At The End

Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin (under the alias David Wong) first started writing his comic horror stories as a web-serial in 2001.  They were so successful that he later re-edited them into the novel John Dies At The End, a s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

About Time

It’s About Time Richard Curtis got back to his rom-comming ways.  While he may have written Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and given us The Boat That Rocked (known to US readers as Pirate Radio) it is not since 2003’s Love Actual...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

8 1/2

In 2013, the question for Italian director Federico Fellini’s seminal work 8 1/2 is does it stand up to it’s reputation as an iconic masterpiece?  The answer is a hearty yes, if your cinematic vocabulary hasn’t solely been taug...
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Is The End

The thought of spending the end of days trapped in a fancy Beverly Hills mansion is quite appealing but being forced to spend it with a group of actors, as is the concept in This Is The End, might fill you with dread.  Thankful...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rapture Palooza

Like The Rapture itself, which let’s be honest is supposed to happen every couple of years, Rapture Palooza comes at the same time as a slurry of other comedic apocalypses.  First we had Franco et al’s This Is The End and then ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Byzantium

For some Byzantium might be a vampire film too far.  After the brooding of Twilight and all the overwrought teenage angst that came with it, do we need more bloodsuckers vamping up our screens?  But Byzantium offers something n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...