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  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012

    BEST SUPERHERO FILM EVER ! !

    "What about 'The Dark Knight'?" I hear you cry. Sorry, that's a brilliant crime drama with not a single superpower in sight!
    If you haven't seen this film already, stop wasting your time reading and get down to the cinema with the biggest screen/sound system and get ready to be totally blown away by 142 minutes of superhero badassery (and don't miss the mid-credits scene)!

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2012 1

    Overlong in the same way that the prostitute in 'Total Recall' has too many breasts - if you love breasts/Peter Jackson's imagining of Tolkein's world, then there's no such thing as too many boobs/too much Middle Earth. Martin Freeman IS Bilbo Baggins!

  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2012

    Like blood and gore? Jump scares? Tongue-in-cheek horror clichés? Laughing? Then see this film! Features the most insanely, awesomely, mentally, over-the-top-brilliant last act of recent years.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

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

  • Iron Man 2008

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Apr, 2012

    The first and, to date, best(by a nose over 'Thor') of the Marvel films introducing members of 'The Avengers' superteam. In possibly the most perfect casting since Harrison Ford as Han Solo/Indiana Jones, Robert Downey jr absolutely nails the arrogant genius of Tony Stark/Iron Man. There's strength in depth on the casting front with the incomparable Jeff Bridges as Stark's business partner Obadiah Stane, Gwyneth Paltrow as personal assistent/love interest Virginia 'Pepper' Potts and (my personal favourites) Paul Bettany as…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

    ★★★★★ Added

    Saw this for the first time on it's original release in Summer 1981 and it's still my favourite film (as well as the greatest action adventure film) of all time. Not a single wasted frame of film or line of dialogue from the opening 'Paramount' logo dissolve to following the shadowy adventurer's silhouette to the riverside reveal as Dr. Henry Jones Jr, all the way to the downbeat final shot. A true classic, unlikely ever to be surpassed in the action/adventure genre even by it's creator, the master himself, Steven Spielberg.

  • Thor 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Apr, 2012

    Probably the trickiest of the pre-'Avengers' films to integrate into the 'real world' that Marvel are trying to create (what with Thor being, you know, a god).
    Kenneth Brannagh brings his experience in the classical sphere to the table and creates a tense family drama/action spectacular when the arrogant thunder god, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) faces off against his mischievous but not totally evil half-brother Loki (a magnificent Tom Hiddleston).
    Solid action, faithfully realised elements from the comic books (hello Destroyer!,…

  • Ted 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2012

    Mark Wahlberg proves yet again that he really is an fine actor in any role, be it comedy, action or drama.
    The funniest, laugh-out-loud film I've seen in many years! Plenty of pop culture references from Star Wars, at least two Indiana Jones and, of course, Family Guy (Doh!). Some brutal soft toy violence and a supporting role/extended cameo from the creepily brilliant Giovanni Ribisi that will make you want to rush for the first train home and take a nice long shower.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger 2011

    ★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2012

    A solid, if unspectacular account of the creation of the world's first super-soldier, anchored by an excellent, human performance by Chris Evans as the skinny kid from Brooklyn who just wants a chance to do his bit to help his friends and countrymen during the dark days of WW II. Evans is ably supported by a scenery-chewing Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull and Tommy Lee Jones phones in yet another taciturn high-ranking military/police officer role as Colonel Chester Phillips.

  • Iron Man 2 2010

    ★★½ Rewatched 23 Apr, 2012

    Iron Man 2 picks up where the first film left off with more of Tony Stark's trademark arrogance at a senate hearing and a cracking action scene at the Monaco Grand Prix where he, with the help of what surely must be the best businessman's accessory ever, takes on new villan Whiplash (a cackling Mickey Rourke). Unfortunately, the second act sags under the weight of exposition, the creation of a new element (wtf?), and a ludicrous drunken fight between Iron…

  • Jack Reacher 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2013

    Good, tight action with a surprising number of laughs and Tom Cruise doing what he does best - being Tom Cruise.

  • Snow White and the Huntsman 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2012

    An icy performance from Charlize Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna together with great production design (the 'fairy glade' is especially imaginative) and stunt-casting (Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins & Ray Winstone as a few of the Eight(?) dwarves) are reasons to see this slightly darker version of the popular Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
    Unadventurous and occasionally nonsensical telling of the classic 'captured princess and drunk-and-grieving-for-dead-wife warrior fall in love' story (if the sequel-baiting longing looks in the final frames are anything…