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The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

This prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman smacks of cynical profiteering; visually stunning design it’s poorly served by a script that is Snow White’s not-so-Greatest hits with leftover bits of Narnia and assorted Hobbitses. Clichéd, formulaic and derivative, this bargain-bin script is left without a Snow White and can only afford four fairly redundant … Continue reading

Review: Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Another Mission Improbable rolls around with the Tom Cruise’s po-faced IMF taking on a shadowy organisation, The Consortium, no, The Confederacy, no, The Co-op; hang on, The Syndicate. Blah. There is no rogue nation, just Spectre-lite in a John Woo style. A buffed but elderly-looking, asexual Cruise leaps energetically from one set-piece to another, while … Continue reading

Review: Momentum (2015)

“Let’s do a heist-chase-spy thriller like Salt – that made money. We need a strong female lead to carry it like Angelina – Kurylenko’s a babe, she can do it. Get Morgan Freeman to do his corrupt elder-stateman thing. And we need a British villain – Purefoy, he’s available, and cheap. Couple of car chases, … Continue reading

Review: Kill Me Three Times (2015)

If you want to skip on, you just need to know this is the Aussie version of the Cohens’ Blood Simple. With sunshine. Alice wants to leave town with mechanic boyfriend Dylan, but bar-owner husband Jack hires hitman Mr Wolf to kill her. Jack’s sister Lucy needs a substitute body to pull off an insurance … Continue reading

Review: Slow West (2015)

A Scotsman and an Irishman go to the Wild Frontier – it’s not the start of a joke, it’s Slow West, a low-budget meander through the bleak Wild West. Fassbender’s lone gun-slinger Silas befriends Kodi Smit-McPhee’s lovelorn Scottish laird, Jay. But the girl he’s pursuing has a price on her head and there’s a gang … Continue reading

Review: Dad’s Army

This won’t mean much to the rest of the world, but to Brits bought up on the 70’s sit-com of the Home Guard defending Britain against the Nazis, this is a surprising gold reboot; mischevous, whimisical and true to its source, Jones, Nighy and Gambon pull off an unlikely comedy hit. So who do you … Continue reading

Review: Tomorrowland (2015)

When child inventor Frank Walker is recruited at the Worlds Fair, he is transported to a glittering futuristic city in another dimension. Forty years on, teen genius Casey Newton is similarly recruited to join the adult Frank to prevent the end of the world. In the spirit of a live-action version of The Incredibles (also … Continue reading

Review: Mr Holmes (2015)

Southern England, 1947: returning from a mystery trip to Japan in search of herbal remedies, a long retired Sherlock Holmes faces up to mortality, but can’t quite shake the last case that led to his retirement. A man out of his time, Holmes must come to terms with the post-world war nuclear age and the … Continue reading

Review: John Wick (2015)

Another in the long line of middle-aged blokes with a gun blowing away the bad guys. That’s it. You want more? OK, Keanu Reeves is a grieving hitman after the son of a Russian Mafioso who killed the dog his dead wife gave him. John Wick is the assassin you hired to go kill the … Continue reading

Review: The Equalizer (2015)

This stylish, well-executed but empty, middle-aged-bloke-with-skills-on-mission-of-vengeance, sees Denzel Washington take on the Russian Mafia. In a bold re-boot of the 80’s TV franchise, only Denzel, Chloe Grace Moretz and Martin Csokas make this in any way interesting. Distinguished only by the graphic killings with improvised weapons (I always knew DIY was dangerous), this is a … Continue reading

Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

I just spent two hours watching J.J. Abrams playing Star Wars Greatest Hits – The Video Game, while Disney try to sell me shedloads of merchandise. Riding a wave of childhood nostalgia is all very well, but this is strictly by-the-numbers, Star Wars IV: A New Hope, replay-by replay. It’s like watching a rock band … Continue reading

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