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  • Four Lions

    Four Lions

    ★★★½

    A comedy about suicide bombers was always going to be tough sell and though the filmmakers deserve kudos for mining the politically taboo for comedy value, it is debatable how successful they are. Smart black comedy is always an excellent way to force people to think about serious issues in a different light and Four Lions satirises with vicious glee the threat of terrorists plotting away in mundane Manchester. However writer/director Chris Morris pushes many of the wannabe terrorists’ antics…

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    ★★

    A trite little British horror from the 1930s, Sweeney Todd adapts the classic Victorian music hall melodrama about the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, into a cheesy soap opera, that has some amusing moments but has long since lost any horror or suspense. Sweeney himself at least is enjoyably malevolent, with the wonderfully named Tod Slaughter delivering a performance of such manic glee, whether he is malevolently discoursing on the art of the razor or unleashing a wonderful cackling laugh,…

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  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    ★★★★

    Coming off the back of the tremendously successful comic-book adaptations 300 and Watchmen, an animated feature may seem an unusual next move but proved to be an apt fit for the talents of director Zack Snyder. Adapted from the popular series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians pitches the audience into a world of stunning natural beauty where an epic conflict rages between two different races of owls – the power mad fascistic Pure Ones and…

  • Last Action Hero

    Last Action Hero

    ★★★

    What would normally be a standard Arnold Schwarzenegger action film, Last Action Hero rises head and shoulders above the pack thanks to a deliciously witty script that takes pleasure in sending up both the genre as a whole and Schwarzenegger in particular. Irritating fanboy Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) finds himself projected through the cinema screen into the latest movie of his idol, action hero Jack Slater (played by Arnie at his most derivative), and spends an annoying amount of time…