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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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inside Out

It’s important to call Inside Out by it’s full title; Pixar’s Inside Out. Because rarely, if ever, has their been a brand name in film that is so synonymous with quality. Some could argue Marvel but they’re still new to the gam...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ted 2

There is a moment in Ted 2 in which Mark Wahlberg mutters “déjà vu”. It is of course a nudge from co-writer, vocal star and director Seth MacFarlane of being all too aware of the re-tread his final act is taking from the first ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comet

Comet is the kind of film that has the ability to make or break relationships. In some ways it’s because it is about relationships but in others it is that Comet is one of those Marmite movies, there really is no middle ground;...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Entourage

Once you comprehend the fact Entourage isn’t a drama, suddenly it all gets exciting and undeniably hilarious. With as many celebrity cameos as you could dream of, paired with the lovable combination of Vince, his squad and Ari ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Results

A romantic Mumblecore comedy about the delusions sold to us by fitness freaks Results is a skew on the genre but manages to offer some smart observations. Having impressed with his last film Computer Chess Andrew Bujalski conju...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Voices

Marjane Satrapi – known primarily for critically acclaimed animated coming-of-age drama Persepolis (2007) – has clearly taken a bold u-turn with her first foray into the landscape of English-language film. Playing l...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

In the sea, out of the sea, up in space (or at least it seems like space, Mr Bubbles the talking Dolphin will have to confirm once he removes the nautical clan from his mouth) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a chaot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Focus

Everyone loves a caper movie; they’re exciting, sexy, full of twists and turns and the audience is always rooting for the robbers. In Ocean’s Eleven, you root for Danny Ocean to succeed because pulling off the crime means he al...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Two Night Stand

Trying to prove once and for all that Men Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus Two Night Stand often falls into the realms of romantic cliché. But while it doesn’t always work it does manage to address the pitfalls of dating ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inherent Vice

Drenched in a deep marauding plot is Joaquin Phoenix’s Doc, his stoned lackadaisical malaise somehow being the only thing to cut through the almost impossibly intertwined character lines and it’s his bizarre perform...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Shaun the Sheep, like Wallace & Gromit, exists in a rose-tinted neverwhere, free from iPads, iPhones and – one suspects – indoor toilets and central heating. It’s a world where kids still wear short trousers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Birdman

Alongside Ben Affleck’s ‘first they like me, then they hate me, now they love me’ antics of David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Michael Keaton’s casting in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman may be one of the most inspire...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga dudes! And just like that it’s the 90’s again only (arguably) better and minus the Saturday morning PJs. With a reckless attitude towards keeping their identity secret, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find themselves...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Life After Beth

Jeff Baena’s directorial debut if anything can be classed as unique. Zombie comedies, and even romantic zombie comedies have been brushed upon before as the undead factor brings further complications to an angst ridden relation...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What We Did On Our Holiday

Anyone who’s seen an episode of Outnumbered will be well prepared for What We Did On Our Holiday. Creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin have taken the show’s formula – a hopelessly disorganised family with three amusingly sharp...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Magic in the Moonlight

Many a formula has been applied to Woody Allen’s catalogue over the years. ‘Every other of his films are poor’ is a common theory, as is the one that permits him two well received films per decade. The odds were sta...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Order Of Disappearance

Scandinavian crime drama has had a recent discovery over here, in films, TV and books. There are shows like The Killing and The Bridge, books like those of Jo Nesbo, and many movies. The latest in this cycle is In Order of Disa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Obvious Child

Spawning from somewhere within the almost Mumblecore come alternative romantic comedy genres Obvious Child is never quite as ‘obvious’ as the title implies, at least not from a cinematic point of view. Dealing with that awkward...