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Stalingrad

Russia has a long history of filmmaking, dating all the way back to 1920’s The Battleship Potempkin, and recently a lot of interesting talent and titles have been making their way into Western multiplexes, such as the fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RoboCop

RoboCop is a well-judged and competent reboot. Joel Kinnaman does a decent job as Alex Murphy, the ‘Cop’ who is put inside the ‘Robo’. The CG on the suit is naturally very good and there are some impressive action sequences, es...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lone Survivor

Entering Lone Survivor with a hint of trepidation is to be expected given it comes from director Peter Berg, the man whose last film was the also military-based sinkhole Battleship.  Fear not though for Lone Survivor is based o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

There’s nothing really wrong with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, everything’s in the right place, but that’s sort of the problem. It isn’t just average but, on top of that, generic. Any potential personal engagement is robbed...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The original Hunger Games left with an unashamed set up for a sequel. As a triumphant Katniss raises hands with her co winner Peeta under the brooding glare of second love interest Gale, the tone is already set for plenty more ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thor: The Dark World

In the tradition of most sequels, Thor: The Dark World unsurprisingly darkens and dirties up the universe we visited in 2011’s cheerier and smaller scale first film. We are firstly introduced to the Dark Elves of Svartalh...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Passenger

Of all the excuses British Rail has churned out over the years, from the wrong snow on the track to “slippery rain”, it’s unlikely you’ve heard “crazed man has taken the train hostage” but this is the concept behind action thri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape Plan

Escape Plan is a marriage made in heaven as two ‘80s action icons, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, roll back the years to fight their way out of the US government’s latest maximum security prison. Sounds good righ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Machete Kills

Machete started out as a joke. The first film was an expansion of a fake trailer made for Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino‘s Grindhouse.  The idea was to give the impression of an exploitation movie based on a Mexic...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rurouni Kenshin

Director Keishi Otomo’s second feature, Rurouni Kenshin is a bold and ambitious live-action adaptation of the celebrated manga and anime series of the same name (for those unfamiliar with Japanese animation: manga = comic book,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How I Live Now

A few years ago the sub-genre of ‘Young Adult’ had never graced the cinematic lexicon.  Now, thanks to the vampires of Twilight, the Battle Royale killing sprees of The Hunger Games and numerous fantasy adventures such as The M...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rush

Rush may be set in the world of Formula One racing but rest assured this is a sports movie with character, story and drama to burn.  Just as 2010’s heartbreaking documentary Senna managed to transcend the sport, so director Ron...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White House Down

Remain calm, no, you’re not experiencing déjà vu, you didn’t see this movie months ago.  It’s one of those times where, like with Armageddon and Deep Impact, Antz and A Bug’s Life and others, very simila...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Riddick

Vin Diesel has never been “out” of action movies, what with the regular paycheck of the Fast And Furious franchise.  Yet it’s been nearly a decade since he last portrayed the character that first got him major...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Nary a day goes by without some new fantasy, teen romance series of novels setting the studios hearts a flutter with the hope that they’ve landed the new Twilight and guaranteed teen hysteria. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s B...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium

Elysium is not the first film about a space craft launched into the stratosphere to preserve the quality of human life, as anyone who saw Christian Alvart’s Pandorum in 2009 will confirm. A film about social discrimination betw...
 
 
 
 
 
 

2 Guns

Aah, the tried and trusted buddy action comedy, a staple of the summer blockbuster season. Throw in a pair of mismatched and flawed heroes, pit them against a scenery chewing bad guy and a host of plot twisting complications, b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 continues the story of self-made superhero Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the potty-mouthed assassin Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz), A.K.A Hit-Girl, as they try to adapt to a normal life at high school...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wolverine

Wolverine is a comic character who’s popularity has continued to grow steadily for many years, ever since his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #180.  His fame has gotten to the point where he’s starring in at...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pacific Rim

For too long now Pacific Rim’s Guillermo del Toro has been absent from the director’s chair.  Not since 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army has his fantastical, childlike imagination graced us with far-off tales of magic, monste...