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Live By Night

The title of Ben Affleck‘s new gangster epic has about as much to do with the plot of the film as his character’s narrative arc has to do with a banana. Nothing. Live By Night is very good-looking, well dressed but ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Passengers

A beguilingly misleading trailer and marketing campaign do nothing to lift the ever-so-slightly uncomfortable feeling resulting from the plot in Passengers. By turns a slick and sweeping adventure thriller, then glitzy star-veh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back suggests quite the foreboding outing for the one man army that is Jack. It also echoes a sentiment of star and producer Tom Cruise. Because over the course of his long and illustrious career Cruise h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deepwater Horizon

Last time director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg teamed up they gave us the visceral experience that was Lone Survivor. Spoilerific title aside Survivor told a relentless story of survival. There was unquestionably a desire...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Magnificent Seven

This lifeless remake of the classic 1960 western plays dangerously fast and loose with the meaning of the word ‘magnificent’. Forgettable is more like it. It’s a nothing film, director Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw)...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free State of Jones

It’s 1864, in the depths of Mississippi and we’re plunged into the world of anguish, destruction and death that was caused by the American civil war. Free State of Jones is a vivid and detailed interpretation of Newton Knight’s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ben-Hur

A beloved, multiple Oscar-winning epic remade by the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – what could possibly go wrong? The obvious and correct answer is quite a bit. Timur Bekmambetov turns out a film that’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Suicide Squad

Oh dear – if this is their franchise-saving trump card then DC might be done. Yes David Ayer‘s film delivers more fun and more spark than the insufferable Batman v Superman, but that really isn’t saying much. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jason Bourne

After nine years in the shadows Jason Bourne is back. The name alone will see box office sales soar, but do director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon still have a story to tell? For the longest time they both maintained the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Trek Beyond

If you plan on catching up with Kirk and crew you’d be wise to bring a sick bag. Justin Lin takes over directing duties from the departing JJ Abrams (what’s he been doing lately?) and the man’s a tad overenthu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Independence Day: Resurgence

Twenty years ago the original Independence Day turned the summer blockbuster volume up to eleven. It’s taken a long time for another close encounter to rear its head but after all that time the wait is over as Independence Day:...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Nice Guys

Shane Black possesses some pretty serious cinema credentials. He wrote Lethal Weapon, which must rank as one of the best action films ever made and spawned a long-running but sadly qualitatively diminishing franchise (he only r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men: Apocalypse

Comic book adaptations have been some of the most successful films in recent years and, with $3.8 billion in box office sales, the X-Men is one of the most lucrative. Even the critically-panned Wolverine made over $400 million....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ratchet and Clank

There’s something oddly familiar about Ratchet and Clank. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a young, almost supernaturally-talented mechanic-come-space pilot spends his days on a bleak desert planet, dreaming of a li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain America: Civil War

Given we’ve had to endure one horribly stoic, dark and frankly boring superhero smackdown this year, yes we’re looking at you Batman Vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War has little to live up to. But, as if to twist the kry...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Bruce Wayne takes on Clark Kent, The Dark Knight brawls it out with the Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman….however you phrase it, it’s an epic battle fans have been aching to see and it’s a long time coming. Director Zack Snyder...
 
 
 
 
 
 

London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen begins with the exact same plot as its predecessor Olympus Has Fallen, a terrorist cell plans to capture and execute the American president played by the chiselled Aaron Eckhart. The protagonist is our man Mik...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deadpool

A Hollywood life is not always as glamourous as it seems. There have been many a hot actor, who have uglied-up themselves for a role in a desperate bid to get an Oscar in their hot little manicured hands. Take Charlize Theron, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi depicts the true story of a six-strong elite team of former special-forces-turned-private-security contractors. The group were on assignment to protect a supposedly secret CIA outpost w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Assassin

Toping numerous “Best Of 2015” lists despite being released to a public audience in 2016 The Assassin arrives with no small amount of weight on its shoulders. But, unlike many critical friendly films, The Assassin doesn’t buy i...