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Movie Catch-up: Man of Steel (2013)

Despite an over-long, four-act structure, disjointed flashbacks and an over-reliance on vast swathes of CGI carnage, Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) delivers a surprisingly super-heroic epic on a grand scale. Boy, do you get a lot of movie for your money. Choosing homage to Christopher Reeve’s Superman I and II over the DC Comics source material, … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Ender’s Game (2013)

An old-fashioned sci-fi space-opera which, despite the huge and complex CGI fleet actions, relies entirely on the conflict between child warrior Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) and his grizzled mentor Colonel Gruff – sorry, Graff (Harrison Ford). Fifty years after the insectoid Formics are beaten back from invading the Earth, mankind is breeding child soldiers whose … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Now You See Me (2013)

A little bit of The Sting, a little bit of The Prestige and a lot of Oceans Eleven can’t lift this entertaining but empty thriller that tries to be as tricksy as its subjects. From the point it introduces Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson as street magician, escapologist, hustler and mentallist, … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: The Host (2013)

Stephanie Meyer (Twilight) moves on to a different kind of ‘vampire': an alien invasion of body-snatching luminous jelly-fish with a penchant for white suits, silver sports cars and a passive, peaceful, perfect utopia. Of course, there’s a small resistance force fighting extinction and for everything human; including the right to be hormonally over-excited teenagers, even … Continue reading

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Sometimes feeling like a giant episode of the late lamented Firefly, it’s fun, inventive and spectacular to look at with some marvellous CGI work and a SCRIPT. An actual honest to goodness script. Some great performances, with the standout surprise that is Dave Bautista as the endearingly heartfelt vengeance-fuelled irony-free Drax stealing the show. Recommended. … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: X-Men first Class

More like X-Men Economy Class, this lack-lustre origins’ prequel plays like an X-Men tribute band. Inserting itself into the Cuban Missile Crisis with a vast CGI extravaganza, light-weight superheroes and paper-thin villains First Class has nothing new to add to the back-story. While the new intake of teen mutants make no difference at all, and … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Holes (2003)

A few years ago someone at Disney – yes, Disney – decided a kids version of Cool Hand Luke infused with The Goonies and a dash of Shawshank Redemption would make a decent movie. So they set it in the desert, hired Signourney Weaver (Paul, Abduction) do do one of her cold villains, alongside a … Continue reading

Movie catch-up: Cold Light of Day (2012)

An American family takes a vacation to Europe which descends into car chases and shoot-outs, owing to the father’s shady past as a US master spy, and his son has to come to terms with his parents’ double life. No its not 1985’s Target, with Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon; this time, dad Bruce Willis … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Fast Girls (2012)

All the fast cutting, fast talking, pounding sound-tracks and nods to the London Olympic dream can’t lift this curiously old-fashioned sports movie out of the mundane. Aside from the twist that it’s the women’s relay team that’s making the drama, there’s not enough budget or risk-taking to lift this innocuous TV-movie script beyond soapland and … Continue reading

Movies: Warlords at the Earths Core That Time Forgot

A quartet of British B-movies that rode the coat-tails of big budget Hollywood sci-fi and fantasy. A not-quite golden age of British retro-sci-fantasy cinema featuring a menagerie of rubber monsters, including Doug McClure… The Land that Time Forgot (1975) At the Earth’s Core (1976) The People that Time Forgot (1977) Warlords of Atlantis (1978) Guilty … Continue reading

Review: The Worlds End (2013)

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s third instalment of the pretentiously labelled Cornetto triology delivers yet another bizarre and slightly desperate genre mash-up. As top-notch British actors uncomfortably mix profanity, slick martial arts action, and big-effects sci-fi, one wonders what we could have had if the touching buddy-comedy-drama had been left to play it straight. There … Continue reading

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