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  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★½

    Killed on its original release by studios and distributors that had no interest in an introspective film noir long after the genre had reached its peak, Blast of Silence is a curious dissection of some classic noir tropes that deserves to be seen by a larger audience. A striking opening shot dramatises the birth of a killer as a train roaring through a tunnel towards a pinprick of light to the sound of a screaming mother, immediately startling the viewer…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    ★★

    Three years after the sporadically entertaining Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay returned with a fourth instalment of the robot action franchise that nobody cared about anymore. Abandoning for the first time all the human stars of the original trilogy (inevitable after Shia LeBeouf’s very public meltdown), Age of Extinction teams the Autobots up with Texan mechanic Chuck Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) for more long and repetitive action sequences linked together by a predictably convoluted plot that, four films in, no…

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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…