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  • It's Alive III: Island of the Alive

    It's Alive III: Island of the Alive

    ★★½

    'Mutant babies' is a premise so basic, there's no requirement to have seen the first two instalments in Larry Cohen's parental panic series. This one is cheap as anything but knows it's cheap, so makes the best of it with a wackadoo plot (where the main character goes from berating customers in his shoe shop to being taken captive by the Cuban military in the space of half an hour) and some enthrallingly odd performances from the leads, a probably-actually-drunk Michael Moriarty and a hepped-up-on-goofballs Karen Black.

  • Death Race 2050

    Death Race 2050

    ★★½

    The original Death Race 2000 was just a satirical exploitation flick, par for the course for the Roger Corman stable in the mid-seventies. It didn't have the weight of expectation that drags down this modern reboot – a live-action Wacky Races in the spirit of Troma – which is far too self-conscious for its own good. This redux also fails to commit full-bore to its ludicrous (or maybe not so ludicrous?) premise, dropping in way too many talky dramatic scenes amid the cartoonish vehicular carnage.

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    I think there's been some misreading of Deadpool among local film critics, who appear to have watched it through the lens of 'oh not another comic-book movie' and allowed that to colour their take on its very deliberate schtick. I can't even say I blame them, as such, because Deadpool is the very definition of a movie squarely aimed at fans, even more so than, say, The Force Awakens and its fan pandering at the expense of a better story,…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★

    The embargo's finally lifted so I can share with you all my surprising take on the second Avengers flick: it's shite.

    Now calm down, I will be fair; there are some improvements on the first one, which I hated with a burning passion. The awful 'witty' dialogue has been toned down for the most part. The treatment of the characters is more sympathetic to their solo adventures, if not canon. The Hulk, written backwards from one of those oh-so-witty lines…