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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    Somehow, it works. It certainly shouldn't - big budget SF movies about a rag-tag team of misfits in a dazzlingly visual galaxy, shot through with a vein of humour... well, if that kind of formula worked then 'Serenity' would be onto its third sequel by now (*sob*).

    You can thank Marvel's marketing teams for making sure the concept was fed to us gradually - 'cosmic' elements introduced throughout the various MCU series to date, making sure audiences would buy concepts…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    Following on from the welcome return to form of 'Rise of...' that rebooted and rebuilt the 'Apes' franchise from the ground up, 'Dawn...' is another positive step along the road for a series of movies now heading into genuinely unknown territory.

    Moving the setting to the present day made the whole concept feel a lot less sci-fi than the original series, although now we pick things up several years after a bio-virus has decimated the world's population, we're starting to…

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  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009

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    Dear oh dear. I imagine if I'd gone to one of the teenage writers on my website and said 'write me a Wolverine movie and make it SUPER AWESOME!' then this would have been the result. A mess from start to finish - woeful dialogue, badly-plotted action sequences, the kinds of acting I might expect to find at a zombie convention after happy hour, and the most underused set of great X-universe characters since... well, this film.

    See, they set…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★ Added 2

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.