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  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    ★★

    As hard to kill as the fictional T-Virus at the heart of the franchise, Resident Evil just keeps on coming with Afterlife, which sees Paul WS Anderson move back behind the camera as director as well as writer for the first time since the original 2002 film. Supposedly to end after a trilogy (though the final scene of Extinction suggests otherwise), Afterlife continues the saga thanks to a continually strong box office more than creative desire, picking up on the…

  • Resident Evil: Extinction

    Resident Evil: Extinction

    ★★½

    Resident Evil meets Mad Max. There you go. Not much more to say about Extinction, the third film in the Paul WS Anderson spearheaded saga adapted from Capcom's critically acclaimed game series. That's the essential hook, as following the destructive events in Raccoon City during the first two movies, the world has gone to hell in a handcart; civilisation has largely broken down, the world overran by zombies infected with the deadly T-virus, and our focus sets on a group…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent. At times it's worked well, others it misses the mark, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel he has created something truly wonderful. Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Anderson's film is light, fun, thoughtful, cheeky, rude, farcical and emotional all in one rip roaring stew,…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★★★

    Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's…