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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

[FEAR NOT dear reader, there will be NO spoilers in the following review. In fact the plot of the film will not be touched on anymore than what you already know from trailers] There’s a reason that everywhere you look at the mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spectre

Since Sam Mendes set the bar precariously high in 2012, with the hugely popular and profitable Skyfall, the next installment was always going to have incredible hype around its release with audience expectations peaked and brea...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Martian

Space has always been cinema’s final frontier. With a long successful history of exploring the outer regions of our galaxy, Hollywood has engaged, humbled and awe-struck audiences the world over. Considering the recent cr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pixels

Pixels feels like a missed opportunity. And a big one at that. Classic ’80s video games (somehow) manifest themselves in our three dimensional world and come down from outer space to challenge the people of Earth/America ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Maybe it was their urban Noir soundtracks. Maybe it was the effortless style of their chic, young stars. Maybe it was the sublime work of cinematographers such as Otto Heller. It’s hard to pin down that magic ingredient that ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fantastic Four

Created by Stan “The Man” Lee and Jack “King” Kirby back in 1961, the Fantastic Four were the first superheroes of Marvel’s “Silver Age”. They pioneered the company’s style, storytelling style and ideas for years, with many of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

One major issue with the modern day blockbuster is that disappointing ‘connect the dots’ feeling they can engender when the storyline takes a back seat to the impressive action sequences and is only used to loosely ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Southpaw

For a long time Southpaw was developed to be rapper Eminem’s follow-up role from 8 Mile. Writer Kurt Sutter wanted to use the boxing metaphor for Eminem’s own struggles to get his life back on track. But with the music industry...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ant-Man

At some point it is inevitable that Marvel’s run of genuinely enjoyable and hugely successful blockbusters is going to come to an end. When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he and co-writer Joe Cornish had been working on for ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Terminator Genisys

Another big sci-fi action franchise gets a reboot… kind of. The thing about the Terminator franchise in regards to its continuity is that, since changing history, alternate timelines and such are in the core concept of the seri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jurassic World

If you’d asked the multiplex hoards a few years back whether they’d like the ol’ Raptor-pack back for some gallivanting round Isla Nublar, you’d bet they’d have burst into side-splitting laughter. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road picks you up from the very first scene and never once lets you go; tossing you from side to side, gripping like a rabid dog, until it’s good and done with you, which only happens by the very last scene....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

The task laid out before Avengers: Age Of Ultron is one worthy of any superhero; top, or at the very least equal, the third highest grossing film of all time. So while Thor has been off fighting Dark Elves, Captain America has ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Wick

Time was when the One-Man-Army subgenre of action movies was the cornerstone of the likes of Arnie, Sly and Bruce. You know, go in to a fight out-manned and out-gunned and yet still come out grinning the other side with a wise ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 7

How did we get to Fast & Furious 7? A franchise that started with essentially a Point Break remake, swap out skydiving and surfing for fast cars and they are identikit models, still shows no signs of running out of gas. Bec...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chappie

Having stunned with his debut District 9, Chappie director Neil Blomkamp’s sophomore film Elysium had grand ideas but a difficult narrative thread. So for his robot-come-to-life latest Chappie it makes sense for Blomkamp to ret...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackhat

A big dollop of form over function, Blackhat exhibits the usual lovely digital visuals we’ve come to expect from Michael Mann of late and some decent suspense and tension for what is essentially a computer-hacker thriller...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jupiter Ascending

It is fair to say the Wachowskis have always fascinated, whether it be via their stupendous, game-changing sci-fi The Matrix (1999); its self-indulgent sequels (Reloaded, Revolutions); or the mind-bogglingly beautiful Cloud Atl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a big loud action romp, which is just what you’d expect from Matthew Vaughn, the man behind Kick Ass. This time, however, Vaughan has stepped it up a gear. Or two. The same hyper-real ultra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Sniper

A late entry to the 2015 Academy Awards race, on the surface it’s easy to see why American Sniper would capture an American audience. But Clint Eastwood’s depiction of Chris “Legend” Kyle manages to restrain itself on the flag-...