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Crimson Peak

With its powerful opening scene, Crimson Peak draws you in and, though loosens its grip at times, manages to keep hold of the audience’s attention until the end.  Director Guillermo del Toro has pulled together a stunning cast,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road picks you up from the very first scene and never once lets you go; tossing you from side to side, gripping like a rabid dog, until it’s good and done with you, which only happens by the very last scene....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lost River

It may well be impossible to approach, view and reflect on Lost River without the knowledge/context of the phenomena that is Ryan Gosling. Audiences and critics alike will find themselves caught in an odd catch 22, where they s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jupiter Ascending

It is fair to say the Wachowskis have always fascinated, whether it be via their stupendous, game-changing sci-fi The Matrix (1999); its self-indulgent sequels (Reloaded, Revolutions); or the mind-bogglingly beautiful Cloud Atl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Into The Woods

Rob Marshall’s big screen treatment of Stephen Sondheim’s lavish, long musical, Into The Woods, brings a sterling cast into fairytale terrain; where the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Red Riding Hood merge in an uplifting,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies sees Bilbo and his cohorts return to finish off the epic saga of Middle Earth; taking on a giant charismatic dragon, an all seeing and malevolently powerful fiery eye and an extremely u...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

For any sequel, measuring up to the success of the first is always tricky but writer/director Dean DeBlois may just have a winning formula on his hands with How to Train Your Dragon 2. Set five years after the original movie Hi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes films for dreamers. The whimsical worlds he creates are a million miles away from 21st Century politics and the dark recesses of the human heart. In Europe the Director who brought to life Delicatessen,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Edge of Tomorrow

When an insurmountable alien horde invade planet Earth and threaten to wipe out humanity itself, who else would be fighting our corner than perennially youthful action hero Tom Cruise. Along with an, it must be said, impressive...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maleficent

Bringing beloved animated characters to life is not always the homerun Hollywood might hope for. Because for every Snow White And The Huntsman there’s a Popeye or Flintstones just waiting to mis-step and smudge a potential fran...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

There is a whiff of destiny about X-Men: Days Of Future Past and not just in the plot of the film. For while Marvel are assembling their Avengers for a second round and DC scrabble to justify a Justice League Of America movie s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

300: Rise of an Empire

‘Show them we chose to die on our feet rather than live on our knees!’ bellows – no, not Gerard Butler – but Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton, taking lead role duties in 300: Rise of an Empire, a prequel-of...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch resuscitates Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in this glacial tale of undying love. Hiddleston is Adam, a sultry, mourning hermit who spends his nights and days in his overgrown Detroit apartment. Swinton is his Ev...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A New York Winter’s Tale

Happily confessed as an adult fairy tale, A New York Winter’s Tale is a muddled two hours of romance and tragedy.  Akiva Goldsman takes the more fantastical components of Christianity, miracles, Lucifer and the like and uses th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...