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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Under The Skin

The less you know going into Under The Skin the better.  The reason being that what director Jonathan Glazer has created is an often daunting, visually arresting experience that taps into a very primal fear of the unknown.  Hen...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Her

Never a filmmaker to stick to convention, Spike Jonze’s Her is both a heartwarming love letter to romance and a parable on our increasingly intimate reliance on technology. In a near future Theodore, played with a warming, almo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RoboCop

RoboCop is a well-judged and competent reboot. Joel Kinnaman does a decent job as Alex Murphy, the ‘Cop’ who is put inside the ‘Robo’. The CG on the suit is naturally very good and there are some impressive action sequences, es...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The original Hunger Games left with an unashamed set up for a sequel. As a triumphant Katniss raises hands with her co winner Peeta under the brooding glare of second love interest Gale, the tone is already set for plenty more ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gravity

Like such films as Star Wars, The Matrix and Avatar, Gravity is a game-changer.  A film that takes the convention of ‘cinematic experience’ to a level so stratospheric it’s unlikely the force of gravity is actually having any i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Riddick

Vin Diesel has never been “out” of action movies, what with the regular paycheck of the Fast And Furious franchise.  Yet it’s been nearly a decade since he last portrayed the character that first got him major...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upstream Colour

Shane Carruth first drew large acclaim for Primer, an ambitious time travel movie filmed for only $7000 which he wrote, directed, co-starred in, did the music and editing on.  It’s a bold film, for not only portraying a b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium

Elysium is not the first film about a space craft launched into the stratosphere to preserve the quality of human life, as anyone who saw Christian Alvart’s Pandorum in 2009 will confirm. A film about social discrimination betw...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

World War Z Review

It can’t be summer without a relatively brain-free apocalyptic blockbuster tentpole, so Brad Pitt has spent the past two years producing his answer to fun and action-filled disaster flicks like Armageddon and Independence...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Purge

It appears to be a very good season for folk in masks taking over the neighbourhood. Over the past few years, home invasion horrors featuring masked assailants have scared many an audience, most notably in Liv Tyler-starrer The...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upstream Color

Sundance London Review  Imagine for a moment gentle reader that you’re on holiday.  You’re on holiday in Switzerland.  You’re having a rare old time; it’s a veritable non-stop orgy of yodelling, fondue and Toblerones. Then, dee...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Trek Into Darkness (3D)

***Spoiler Free*** Before this review boldly goes where few others are likely to go given the near universal wave of critical love the film is currently surfing, it’s important to note that Jar Jar Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkne...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Iron Man 3

Just have a think on how far superhero films have come since the first Iron Man. Not even Nick Fury saw it coming. In 2008, Marvel hadn’t had a credible release for years while DC was darkening the genre with Christopher Nolan’...