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Computer Chess

It’s easy to take modern technology for granted. We are carrying in our pockets devices that are orders of magnitude more powerful than the computers used in the Apollo missions.  The ability to read this review is based ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prince Avalanche

David Gordon Green’s latest tale of obscure male camaraderie proves that there is seldom a sight more brutal than Paul Rudd in tears.  Widely hailed as the nicest guy in the business, Rudd has transformed from youthful, wholeso...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enough Said

It doesn’t take an expert eye to view the publicity for Enough Said – with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini sitting there smiling like a couple of schmucks – to know that there will be some rom and the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Filth

It’s been nearly two decades since Filth writer Irvine Welsh saw a great adaptation of his work in the form of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.  Given his bleak subject matter it’s perhaps not surprising that filmmakers are so fasc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pain And Gain

Pain & Gain director Michael Bay has long since been a filmmaker of excess.  Whether he’s destroying Alcatraz in The Rock, wiping out New York in Armageddon or simply kicking seven shades of metal with his Transformers fran...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stalled – FrightFest Review

Ever since Night of the Living Dead (and arguably Invisible Invaders to get really obscure), the zombie siege has been an ever-reliable format for low budget horror.  However, never before Stalled has a feature confined the sie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Way Way Back

Academy Award winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash – for their work on Alexander Payne’s The Descendants – make their directorial debut with The Way Way Back, an Adventureland-esque tale of a teen recluse (Liam James) w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Heat

Humour aside, the main component in the success of 2011’s Bridesmaids was the relationship between its central characters. One of the first female led box office hits in years not to focus on romance, it’s the fading friendship...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Internship

Referencing Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s latest on screen partnership as the Google film is a level assumption. Those familiar primary colours are flexed heavily throughout Shawn Levy’s latest, which follows salesmen Billy an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Is The End

The world is going to end any minute now. By the time you’re done with this review it could already be over. At least that’s what Hollywood believes. Over the past few years it has churned out countless predictions for how huma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Haunted House Review

Last month Scary Movie 5 squeezed the last drops of blood red humour from Paranormal Activity, now it’s time for one of the originators of that series to do it all again…. Writer, producer and star Marlon Wayans has...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stuck in Love

Josh Boone’s directorial debut about a family of writers damaged by the consequence of love is obviously no light affair. The opening monologue, delivered deadpan by a seemingly uncaring Lily Collins (spoiler, she cares really)...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hangover Part 3

Don’t you find humour is such an over-rated quality in comedy?  Thank God then for Todd Phillips who’s managed to free us from the tyranny of laughter, nailing the coffin lid down on his Hangover trilogy with the anti-comedy Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gimme The Loot

Enjoying a warm reception at Sundance and SXSW alike, Adam Leon makes his feature debut with this affectionate tale of youth which spans two days in the sweltering heat of the Bronx. A New Yorker himself, Leon uses his knowledg...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros)

Camper than a Thai ladyboy drinking Babycham and watching Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert in the bar at Bognor Regis Butlins and featuring practically every actor he’s ever worked with (barring Victoria Abril and Carmen Maura), ...