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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grudge Match

In the one corner, with the careworn features, 1949 world middleweight champion, the Raging Bull himself, Robert ‘Jake LaMotta’ De Niro! And in the other corner with the immovable face, the 1976 world heavyweight ch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wolf of Wall Street

“I want you to deal with your problems by becoming rich.” These words resound loudly over the 506 curses that pepper Martin Scorsese’s greedy account of a self made Wall Street monster, which has Leonardo DiCaprio gurn, snort a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Vegas

Director Jon Turteltaub, most famous for helming the National Treasure franchise and bringing us ‘90s comedy classic Cool Runnings, delivers a real bore with his latest: trite bachelor romp Last Vegas. Unfortunately the film is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Utterly quotable and beloved by everyone in San Diego, Anchorman’s following is worldwide and smells of rich mahogany. Put it this way, it’d be hard to find someone who a) has never seen the film or b) doesn’t know a line from ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Bad Wolves

As soon one mentions a horror/thriller involving torture, your mind may turn towards the likes of the Saw franchise.  Rest assured that Big Bad Wolves is nothing of the sort.  This Israeli film doesn’t dwell so much on th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Stuff – Nordic Film Festival

Though Morgan Spurlock made the simple video diary documentary an ironically palatable offering with Super Size Me, several filmmakers starting out have seen the merits of the formula and taken it to their hearts. Can Finnish d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...