Film Reviews, News & Competitions

 
 


 
LATEST
 

 
Adventure
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tracks

Tracks is a genuinely inspiring story about one woman’s quest to walk alone (well, aided by her three camels and trusty dog) across the Australian Outback. The film is washed in so much stunning cinematography that, sadly...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Muppets Most Wanted

Kermit and company return for a bizarre, frantic and pretty fun sequel to 2011’s The Muppets film, with this spring’s Muppets Most Wanted. Arriving literally seconds after the original’s musical finale, we join the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lego Movie

Certainly one of the more obvious cases of product placement in cinema, along with Transformers, The Lego Movie nonetheless manages to click in all the right places. The plot is relatively simple and sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an update on Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment on the animated Rocky & Bullwinkle Show from the 1950s and 60s created by Jay Ward.  Not much has been done with the characters since t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a rom-com fantasy adventure about a quiet and reserved photo archivist who escapes the banal mundanity of his life by visiting his fantastical daydreams. And it’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

As with the second of many trilogies, especially depicting a story already told, The Desolation of Smaug exists to pave the way to what will be an undoubtedly epic final chapter. Now comfortably in the company of 13 dwarves and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Turbo

Of the many stories to pass through Dreamwork’s doors over the years, Turbo, about a snail who dreams of being a racer, certainly sounds like one of the more charming. Voiced by the eternally po-faced Ryan Reynolds, slow moving...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Planes

With the musical chimes of cash registers still ringing in Disney and Pixar executives’ ears, it was only a matter of time before they tried to replicate the almost-too-easy success of those bland movies with this week’s releas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The wrath of the young adult franchise continues with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the second and clearly not last instalment in Fox’s big screen treatment of Rick Riordan’s demi god series. Those that have not seen its pred...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monsters University

Monsters Inc is possibly the only Pixar story that leaves room for indulgence. Be that to the original’s advantage or not, Michael Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) find themselves recast as a younge...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bula Quo

Once upon a time, the summer movie season was all about fun films to make one smile in the intermittent British sunshine. Then it all changed, got bigger, flashier and something was missing- fun. It may have taken over a quarte...