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Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Five years on: the ‘vikings’ are still inexplicably Scottish, their kids remain, more inexplicably, irritating all-American teens; Jay Baruschel still sounds like Tom Hanks; but the dragons and the flying sequences are even more thrilling. Just as well, given some dodgy politics. At times terrifyingly dark, intense and scary, the kinetic theme-park ride can’t conceal … Continue reading

Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Always watchable Tom Cruise fights another War of the Worlds in this rollicking, timey-wimey, CGI-laden Groundhog Troopers. Or should that be Starship Groundhogs? Or possibly Independence Groundhogs? Five years after meteorites crash land carrying an alien invasion force, cowardly PR slime-ball Will Cage (Cruise) is sent to the front-line as cannon-fodder and is killed almost … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Cloud Atlas (2012)

A talented ensemble cast swap wigs, prosthetics, race and even gender in multiple roles, but the question remains; is the sprawling, interlocking, portmanteau fantasy-drama a breath of fresh air or an epic failure? You can see why so many award-winners signed up for the challenge; there are some stunning performances; but no amount of makeup … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Escape to Victory (1981)

In our only concession to the Soccer World Cup, Michael Caine and Sly Stallone defy the Nazis in this throw-back WWII prisoner-of-war-with-soccer movie, aided by Pele, Booby Moore and a host of International soccer stars. Time to party like it’s 1966. Aside from the cliched plot and the flat script, the biggest question is can … Continue reading

Review: Postman Pat The Movie (2014)

Nieces. That’s my excuse for going to see this. So what’s the producers excuse for what they’ve done to a beloved childrens’ TV character? Why, when they make a feature length movie, do producers want to take the very thing they presumably paid a lot of money for the movie rights, then turn it into … Continue reading

Review: 47 Ronin (2013)

American-Japanese fantasy action with a comic-book sensibility, featuring mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches, shaolin-space-alien monks, a cave troll from LOTR; and Keanu Reeves as half-breed sword-slinger Kai doing a bit of super-powered Matrix-ing as a Samurai Messiah. Again. Look down the list on my movie site and you’ll see I love Eastern cinema; clearly so do … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: I Am Number Four (2011)

John Smith (Alex Pettyfer, Storm Breaker) is an intense ‘teenager’ (of about 25); a fugitive on the run with his uncle (Timothy Olyphan, Justified). Unlike other teenagers, puberty brings superpowers and a vicious band of alien enemies. He is Number Four, but you get the feeling he may be The One. Oh dear, Another One. … Continue reading

Movie Catchup: Columbiana (2011)

Zoe Saldana is a latterday Columbian ninja, executing La Femme Nikita killings in this exploitation action-flick of slim girls, big guns, revenge and Missions Impossible. In a tense opening fifteen minutes, nine year old Cataleya (Amandla Stenberg) sees her parents murdered by drug barons, before making a thrilling but improbable escape on foot worthy of … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: The Guard (2011)

Move over Don Cheadle, it’s Irish whimsy and Brendan Gleeson all the way in this black comedy replay of High Noon; a violent, profane tale of drug trafficking, casual murder and police corruption amid the Paddy stereotypes of the Emerald Isle . Beginning as a fish-out-of-water comedy with the arrival of black FBI agent Wendell … Continue reading

Opinion: A Little Extra Support Part Two [Guest Post]

Post originally appeared as A little Extra support by Edwin Flay Part One covered the good reasons to be a Background, or Scenic Artist… However, there are also several good reasons never to be an extra: A lot of other industry professionals will assume you’re not a trained actor at all; You will be treated … Continue reading

Movie Catch-Up: Looper (2012)

In 2077, time travel is invented and immediately banned; not that it stops criminal syndicates using it to ‘disappear’ their victims back to 2044 where contract killers – loopers – dispose of them, until the day their older selves are sent back for disposal to ‘close the loop’. Rhian Johnson’s Looper is smart, tense, suspenseful … Continue reading

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