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  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    ★★★★

    Tim Burton might seem a very odd choice to direct a musical but when that musical is Stephen Sondheim's gothic melodrama Sweeney Todd, the two make a perfect match with Sweeney's bloody rampage through Victorian London proving to be an excellent vehicle for Burton's usual Gothic excesses. Shot in blocky grey and bright blood red this is a visual treat right from the opening credits which linger in lurid detail over the journey of a stream of blood from chair…

  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★★

    It only seems natural that having reach the top rung of the Hollywood ladder (with a little help from hero turned mentor Steven Spielberg) and put two successful blockbusters under his belt that J.J. Abrams should produce the ultimate home movie: a loving tribute to the days of his youth where everything, seen through the spectacles of nostalgia, was that little bit nicer. Super 8 follows an adventurous group of small town kids on the verge of adolescence who, in…

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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…