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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★ Added 1

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

    While watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2 I was stuck by how unlike director Marc Webb's 500 days Of Summer it was..and how that was most definitely not a good thing. Whereas that movie told a subtle, affecting "boy meets girl" story with some inspired musical accompaniment, his Spidey sequel is borderline ham-fisted in its attempts to show us just how in love Peter and Gwen are, and the resulting schmaltz is not helped by some truly bizarre song choices. Webb…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    I did enjoy Captain America: The First Avenger, I just felt it was seriously lacking in many areas, and by the final act it had pretty much descended into throwaway G.I. Joe-ish silliness. So when this sequel was announced I wasn't really expecting that much, even after a few promising early trailers.

    So consider me VERY pleasantry surprised.

    Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have loosely adapted Ed Brubaker's comic run to craft an exciting, dramatic, and surprisingly thoughtful sequel…

  • 300: Rise of an Empire 2014

    ★★ Added

    Lets be honest; nobody really gave a damn if we ever got a sequel to Zack Snyder's 300 or not. Even the biggest fans of that highly entertaining flick realized it was a self contained story, and any follow up would be pretty much redundant. Having said that, there was always the possibility that we'd at least get a halfway decent action flick with a few cheap thrills, and when the first trailer was released a collective "oh, that doesn't…

  • RoboCop 2014

    ★★★ Added

    When reviewing any remake it can be easy to fall into the trap of blasting it simply for existing, and not critiquing the actual quality of film making on display. This is because in the current climate we are getting English language remakes of foreign movies made only a few years ago and, in the case of Robocop, a remake of an English language movie made in the late '80s - so yes, it's inevitable that comparisons will be made…

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★★ Added

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

    The second installments in movie trilogies are often considered the weakest. Tasked with the job of carrying the momentum forward from the first film but leaving enough to ensure a satisfactory finale is set up, they can often seem a bit...uneventful. Fortunately that is not the case with The Desolation Of Smaug - although it must be said that those who raged against the decision to turn Tolkien's novel into three movies might have some more ammo come the ending.…

  • Thor: The Dark World 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    So with the long awaited sequel to Thor, Marvel have unleashed their latest uproarious comedy upon the world..and this one's a riot!

    Sorry, my mistake...Marvel don't make comedies do they? Well perhaps someone should tell them that.

    I actually really liked this movie (believe it or not) but I feel this is something that needs to be addressed. I'm not against humor, levity, a bit of fun -- but within reason. I understand that these are family films and I'm…

  • Riddick 2013

    ★★★ Added

    "Where did you pull that theory from? a unicorn's ass?" Yes, that's an actual line of dialogue from David Twohy's Riddick, and there are many more like it. The script is actually a bit of as mess overall, it's full of one dimensional characters, some of the performances are DOA, and there's enough macho silliness and misogyny on show to make Michael Bay wince. But, despite (or maybe in some ways because of?) all that, it still manages to be…

  • The Wolverine 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    James Mangold has been promoting his take on The Wolverine as something very different from the usual CBM, comparing it to classic movies as diverse and interesting as The Outlaw Josey Wales and Black Narcissus. He's promised us a unique superhero experience, hinting at inner turmoil and conflict as opposed to the usual "big bad" formula -- and, for the most part, that's what he's delivered.

    The Wolverine does have some obvious connections to past (and future) X-Men movies but…

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★½ Added

    I'm a big fan of Guillermo del Toro. I first caught The Devil's Backbone on tv many years ago and was blown away by how creepy and moving it was. I then tracked down his twisted vampire flick Cronos, and what followed were Mimic, Blade 2, the Hellboy movies and -- what I believe to be his masterpiece -- Pan's Labyrinth. I love all of the above films, although some certainly have their share of problems. I believe Del Toro…

  • World War Z 2013

    ★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2013

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

    I have yet to read Max Brooks' novel upon which this movie is based, but by all accounts it's a smart, original and thought provoking take on the Zombie genre. If that is the case fans of said book should be prepared to be disappointed, because Marc Forster's adaptation...isn't.

    The story focuses on Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family's struggle to survive the zombie apocalypse, as he is forced to leave them while he travels the globe in search…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Jun, 2013 1

    For DC Comics fans, Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel represent more than just a chance for them to finally see the Superman movie they want, but the first step to getting a shared movie universe for the DC characters at long last. But of course it's not only comic book readers that love Superman -- just as many regular moviegoers have been waiting to see the big blue boy-scout take to the skies again since the disappointing (though underrated imo)…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★★ Added

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

    Star Trek Into Darkness is a bit of a misnomer. Although J.J Abrams' follow up to his excellent 2009 reboot does have its grim moments, for the most part it's actually a pretty light, fun affair. The difference between this and other recent movies that rely too heavily on humor though is that Abrams balances things out very well -- when things get serious there is real tension, and as a result the comedic elements act as levity instead of…