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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★½

    Director Chad Stahelski has interesting background, one that serves him well making films in the action genre. An almost life long martial arts practitioner specialising in kick-boxing and Kung Fu, particularly the styles taught by Bruce Lee. He got his break in film with roles in various low budget films before stunt doubling for Brandon Lee in The Crow.

    He again leveled up when he doubled for Keanu Reeves in the incredibly successful Matrix as well as choreographing fight sequences…

  • Gold

    Gold

    ★★★½

    Matthew McConaughey plays Kenny Wells a modern prospector, his grandfather clawed his fortune out of the side of a mountain, his father continued the legacy, prospecting is in Kenny's blood, but it looks like the line is perilously close to ending with Kenny after fortune frowns upon him.

    Down to his last cards Kenny has a dream, cashes in his last chips or rather pawns his and her watches and sets off on a wild adventure that takes him to…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    Loved Doctor Strange! There wasn't any part of it that wasn't wonderful and inventive the way a Marvel super hero film should be. Maybe the music could have been a little more exciting and in tune with the mystical elements but the 3D really lived up to the promise of what it can be. More please

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    What a film! I was absolutely thrilled by and loved Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - it truly is an Epic Super hero film in every sense. I haven't felt this excited about a comic film since Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and I have to say all things considered Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might just be my favourite DC film!

    This is the first of two posts concerning Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman…

  • No Escape

    No Escape

    John Erick Dowdle's No Escape is a cracking (albeit harrowing) piece of contemporary grindhouse cinema

    I didn't really have much expectation or knowledge of John Erick Dowdle or his film No Escape going in to see it. In fact I thought the trailer looked to be incendiary given the current state of affairs. Don't get me wrong it is a very well made trailer that definitely had me interested in the film but forced me into a crisis of conscience…

  • Mr. Holmes

    Mr. Holmes

    I loved Mr. Holmes so much that it is in my top 2 films of 2015. In fact the only disappointing thing about the film is that I have not had sufficient time to write a review worthy of it's ingenuity.

    On that note if an intelligent, charming alternative Sherlock Holmes mystery interests you - don't read any further Mr. Holmes is is a subtle film that works really well knowing less. Not only do I recommend Mr. Holmes as…

  • The Grandmaster

    The Grandmaster

    I absolutely loved Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster. It is a subtle and rare film that is a meticulously made period piece which looks absolutely magnificent, recalling both film noir and the marvellous sumptuous epics of Hollywood's golden era. Very much in line with Kar Wai Wong previous films.

    But this time there is lots of spectacular Kung Fu fighting thrown in. Respected action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping the guy behind the fight scenes in The Matrix, Kill Bill and…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    A couple of weeks ago I was extremely privileged to go along to a BAFTA screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes AND chat with Mr. Andy Serkis conducted by Empire's Dan Jolin.

    I say extremely privileged as the evening turned out to be one of my most memorable in a while. The event was held at the Ham Yard Hotel, this was my first visit to the Ham Yard and WOW! What a hotel. Belying its very…

  • The Drop

    The Drop

    ★★★

    The Drop a Michaël R. Roskam Film – or welcome to Cousin Marv’s Bar where the fine tradition of watching the American dream die has been keeping a stool warm since the 50s.

    Michaël R. Roskam's The Drop is an excellent film but I can’t help but think it could have been a great film.

    In the opening shots of The Drop we see shadowy figures walking in a night lit Brooklyn street, we pan down to a puddle of…

  • The World's End

    The World's End

    Edgar Wright's final third film in the Cornetto series The World's End is an absolute blast and a fitting finale to the trilogy. I had little expectation of The World's End I wasn't wild about Hot Fuzz or Paul but loved Scott Pilgrim vs. the World so my day could have gone either way but I went into the film with an open mind and was rewarded with one of this year's most entertaining cinema experiences.

    Read more here... www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/07/i-saw-edgar-wrights-worlds-end-earlier.html

  • The Wolverine

    The Wolverine

    Many of my colleagues loved The Wolverine, you can read Ben Mortimer's 5 Star review of The Wolverine over here! Sadly I did not.

    Wolverine is one of the most intriguing, if not fascinating characters in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately in the comics he has never quite lived up to the promise of an ageless feral warrior that is near indestructible and is at his best when surrounded by many other personalities to bounce off. Sadly Hugh Jackman's latest outing…

  • The Wolverine

    The Wolverine

    Many of my colleagues loved The Wolverine, you can read Ben Mortimer's 5 Star review of The Wolverine over here! Sadly I did not.

    Wolverine is one of the most intriguing, if not fascinating characters in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately in the comics he has never quite lived up to the promise of an ageless feral warrior that is near indestructible and is at his best when surrounded by many other personalities to bounce off. Sadly Hugh Jackman's latest outing…