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By Mags L Halliday on 20 September 2010 1 COMMENT

It might not be a superhero film, but ‘Tamara Drewe’ is a great example of how to adapt a comic book to the screen.

By Alex Fitch on 15 September 2010 Comments Off

Dawn of the dead meets La Haine as the living dead attack those with a killer instinct in a rough district of Paris.

By Mags L Halliday on 31 August 2010 3 COMMENTS

I don’t know about you, but I never expect good things from a film with Clive Owen in it.

By Alex Fitch on 25 August 2010 4 COMMENTS

Suitably for a film about faith, I can only recommend this movie based on my own convictions. I believe it’s an entertaining, unnerving and in some respects, challenging film. However the aspects I admired about the film may also be qualities that put other people off from watching it…

By Jim Smith on 23 August 2010 2 COMMENTS

The speed and severity of the decline in the popularity of the films of Charles Chaplin is one of the more interesting wrinkles in the history of popular perception of films

By Alex Fitch on 20 August 2010 1 COMMENT

You know that a film’s viral marketing is working when worries about its content making you feel sick make you avoid watching it!

By Stephen Lavington on 11 August 2010 Comments Off

Hey kids, you liked ‘Shaun of the Dead’ right? A bunch of British comic actors play goofy slackers adrift in the middle of a zombie outbreak and resident in the suburbs and the local pub in a narrative awash with cultural references and geeky self-awareness – great stuff! The makers of ‘FAQ…’ certainly thought so [...]

By Alex Fitch on 06 August 2010 1 COMMENT

A risible B movie that is the nadir of this year’s 80s themed cinema…

By Stephen Lavington on 05 August 2010 Comments Off

As with ‘The Hurt Locker’ it is far from trendy to knock ‘Moon’.

By Jim Smith on 04 August 2010 1 COMMENT

The Beatles’ first movie is 46 years old this month and very cheap on DVD. It’s time for an arbitrary celebration.

By Stephen Lavington on 29 July 2010 Comments Off

‘Inception’ is not a film without flaws. It is a spiritual successor to ‘The Matrix’, with all the positives and negatives that implies.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 15 July 2010 1 COMMENT

‘Toy Story 3′ is, at its core, a somewhat solemn tale wrapped up in Pixar’s usual computer animation finesse and an above-average script.

By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2010 Comments Off

‘The Crazies’ is a good example of a modern Hollywood remake of a cult independent movie, in that it’s slicker and more focused than the original, but a lot less interesting.

By Jim Smith on 18 June 2010 1 COMMENT

Sherlock Holmes’ fame and appeal began because of, and fundamentally remains sustained by, the popularity and readability of the stories written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

By Timothy Waastermann on 14 June 2010 1 COMMENT

Let’s face facts. There are a lot of TV shows and films where the best bit is the title sequence.

By Alex Fitch on 04 June 2010 Comments Off

Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Killer Inside Me’ is too well made to be dismissed as a ‘bad film’, but it is morally repugnant.

By Alex Fitch on 31 May 2010 Comments Off

…if you have a problem, if no-one else can help and if you can find them…

By Alex Fitch on 21 May 2010 Comments Off

In case you hadn’t noticed, the 80s are back again, specifically 80s style action adventures.

By Stephen Lavington on 20 May 2010 Comments Off

It’s certainly not a brave or controversial critical move to say that ‘The Hurt Locker’ is a great film. Indeed, to come out with such a statement after this year’s Oscar ceremony is conventional thinking at its most pointlessly facile.

By Scott Harrison on 18 May 2010 Comments Off

It seems to be an unwritten rule in Hollywood that the second film in a major motion picture franchise has to be the darker, more introspective entry.

By Mags L Halliday on 04 May 2010 1 COMMENT

You know what you’re going to get with Asylum. Their business model is simple: produce the kind of B-movie fun that kept Amicus, Hammer, Roger Corman and others going.

By Stephen Lavington on 30 April 2010 3 COMMENTS

I’ve written before of the importance of timing to political comedies. ‘The Ghost’ goes to show that the same can hold true of political thrillers.
When published in 2007, Robert Harris’ ‘The Ghost’ still had topical punch. Tony Blair had just stood down after 6 years of Iraq, Afghanistan and post-September 11 intelligence and torture controversies.
Harris’ [...]

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 23 April 2010 1 COMMENT

With a title like ‘Ninja Assassin’ and a dynamite creative team behind the movie, surely it would be a great action flick?

Surely?

By Alex Fitch on 09 April 2010 1 COMMENT

…an excellent day for an exorcism.
With all the other 1970s and 80s horror tropes and films being remade endlessly in the cinema at the moment, the one film/series that has been surprising left alone is the Exorcist saga. With the exception of The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005, this is the first collision of [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 20 January 2010 1 COMMENT

Jackie Brown-shirt or G-rhine-dhouse?

By Eddie Robson on 22 December 2009 Comments Off

Orson Welles’ decline amid flashes of brilliance is an integral part of what makes his life story so compelling, albeit frustrating…

By Mark Clapham on 09 November 2009 Comments Off

Crazy, like.

By Mark Clapham on 24 October 2009 Comments Off

I have mixed feelings about Terry Gilliam. While I like a lot of his films, and love a couple of them, I can’t help feeling that he’s not quite the artistic martyr his fans make him out to be…

By Mark Clapham on 07 August 2009 Comments Off

Play is the thing.

By Stephen Lavington on 05 August 2009 Comments Off

‘Taken’ is perhaps the most insidious, reactionary, vile action film of the last 20 years…

By Stephen Lavington on 03 August 2009 Comments Off

The middle of the end?

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 22 June 2009 Comments Off

With ‘Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen’, Bay has thrown realism out of the window in exchange for a fantasy adventure closer to ‘Men In Black’ than ‘Pearl Harbour’, and all for the better…

By Finnisht Profeshunully on 04 June 2009 Comments Off

The ‘Terminator’ series has two prevailing themes. One of them is inevitability, how it is impossible to escape from destiny. Terminator: Salvation dramatises this in quite an unusual way, as a form of concept art…

By Mags L Halliday on 24 May 2009 Comments Off

You’ll have someone’s eye out with that…

By Stephen Lavington on 13 May 2009 Comments Off

The danger with satire is that it can swiftly become out of date…

By Lance Parkin on 10 May 2009 Comments Off

‘Star Trek’ is a franchise that, instinctively, ought to be strong and vibrant but which had ground to a halt.

By Jim Smith on 04 May 2009 Comments Off

Do I review this for the general audience that will, I suspect, flock to this dazzling, exciting blockbuster in droves or do I review it for my fellow long term ‘Star Trek’ fans?

By Shiny Shelf on 03 May 2009 Comments Off

With four days to the new ‘Star Trek’ movie, we take a look at the first.

By Mark Clapham on 02 May 2009 Comments Off

Bub’ll squabble.

By Jim Smith on 01 May 2009 Comments Off

I’d like to say something new about ‘Star Trek II’, but I probably ‘’KHAAAAAAAAAAAN’T’’

By Lance Parkin on 19 April 2009 Comments Off

With time ticking away until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel (which we’ve actually seen, yeah, look impressed) we review all ten previous movies.

By Jim Smith on 05 April 2009 Comments Off

With time ticking away until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we look at all ten previous movies in reverse order.

By Jim Smith on 30 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Lance Parkin on 22 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Lance Parkin on 16 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Lance Parkin on 14 March 2009 Comments Off

I thought I knew what to expect from the ‘Watchmen’ movie, and that it would provoke a strong reaction from me. However… it managed to catch me out, because I came out of it with no idea what my opinion was…

By Stephen Lavington on 11 March 2009 Comments Off

With ten weeks to JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Jim Smith on 08 March 2009 Comments Off

Zack Snyder’s ”Watchmen” is a thoughtful, uncompromising and sophisticated attempt to take Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ thoughtful, uncompromised and sophisticated ”Watchmen” and put it in on the screen.

By Jim Smith on 02 March 2009 Comments Off

With ten weeks to JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Mark Clapham on 01 March 2009 Comments Off

Mmmm, meaty.