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The Maze Runner

Big screen treatments of Young Adult franchises have soared in popularity over the last few years, if not in critical reception at least in box office takings. Yet this adaptation of James Dashner‘s trilogy packs more adv...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Equalizer

If you’d never seen a movie before, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Equalizer is a stylish action thriller with a bit of weight at its core. But you have seen movies before and, more particularly, you’ve seen this movi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lucy

With all the likes of Superman, Iron Man and Batman flying about our screens it’s a fair question to ask; where are all the female superheroes? It’s not like there is a shortage of them in comic book format so surely we could g...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

You get an idea of just how ridiculous Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is from its opening sequence. The action kicks off with Marv (the hulking brute from the first film who’s basically indestructible) punishing a group of frat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Although seemingly geographically removed from the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor et al Guardians Of The Galaxy is undoubtedly a Marvel Movie. The formula that has served them so well up until now remains unchange...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Forty-six years after the original Franklin J. Schaffner film we arrive at Matt Reeve’s latest incarnation, hot on the heels of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction(a film recently memorably described on Tw...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transformers: Age of Extinction

How has Transformers: Age Of Extinction come to be? The simple answer is; money, lots and lots and then even more money. Prior to Age Of Extinction’s release the Transformers franchise had already grossed an earth obliterating ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

For any sequel, measuring up to the success of the first is always tricky but writer/director Dean DeBlois may just have a winning formula on his hands with How to Train Your Dragon 2. Set five years after the original movie Hi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

22 Jump Street

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can’t seem to put a foot wrong. Their clever and colourful catalogue to date are littered with box office surprises, including The Lego Movie and the mouth watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Edge of Tomorrow

When an insurmountable alien horde invade planet Earth and threaten to wipe out humanity itself, who else would be fighting our corner than perennially youthful action hero Tom Cruise. Along with an, it must be said, impressive...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

There is a whiff of destiny about X-Men: Days Of Future Past and not just in the plot of the film. For while Marvel are assembling their Avengers for a second round and DC scrabble to justify a Justice League Of America movie s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla

Confined by the paradigm of the modern day blockbuster, Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla kowtows to any and all that have preceded, ticking the formulaic narrative boxes along the way. Owing a lot to the grand scale of Michael Ba...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

While Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot managed to neatly sidestep those disbelievers in the ranks with a tale of teenage angst set against a superhero backdrop, expectation and anticipation for the sequel (two more have been annou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Raid 2

In 2012 a film erupted onto our screens that generously reinvigorated the action genre and injected a much needed shot of epinephrine into our martial arts veins. That film was The Raid and this spring serves up The Raid 2, pos...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Divergent

Of late, the young adult novel (or YAN) has become something of source material in Hollywood, with former efforts providing powerhouse production companies with the knowledge of what to aim for: a success of Twilight proportion...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Cap is back! And he’s bigger (literally, if that’s possible), cooler and more badass than ever in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans reprises his role as the eponymous hero, no longer a 1940s throwback but now a f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Need For Speed

Clearly fed-up with The Fast & Furious franchise having the monopoly over all things rev-head, Need For Speed is anxious to inject a bit of realism into the speed junkie genre.  There’s no visible CGI boosted cars here, unl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

300: Rise of an Empire

‘Show them we chose to die on our feet rather than live on our knees!’ bellows – no, not Gerard Butler – but Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton, taking lead role duties in 300: Rise of an Empire, a prequel-of...