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Beauty and the Beast [ Hits:1390 ]
Review: It's hard to believe that it's been more than 25 years since the original Beauty and the Beast. Before Pixar, Walt Disney was the animation giant responsible for box office success stories, Aladdin and The Lion King. While there's been some seesawing over the last three decades, they've reinvented themselves and have started adapting their most successful animated features into live-action films, most recently Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Their latest adaptation is of the beloved Beauty an...

The Great Wall [ Hits:1377 ]
Review: The Great Wall of China is a defensive structure spanning 8850 km along the historical northern borders of China. While it was thought to be visible from the moon, the theory has been debunked several times and at best, it's visible from a low Earth orbit. The Great Wall movie takes advantage of some of the mythology surrounding the wall, its origins and its primary use as a defensive line against invading hordes. Part war epic and part action fantasy, The Great Wall introduces us to the idea th...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [ Hits:1444 ]
Review: J.K. Rowling's adventures of a young wizard named Harry Potter have entrenched themselves in pop culture. Books, movies, theme parks, wand TV remotes... the franchise continues to swallow book worms whole. After the series came to an end in two parts, a relief for some and travesty for others, we thought we'd seen the end of Potter's world. However, like some American public house sitcoms... some things have a way of reviving themselves through what is called an open air quotes... spin-off... cl...

Warcraft [ Hits:1696 ]
Review: Warcraft started as a strategy game by a gaming company called Blizzard, which required you to create settlements and explore the unknown surrounding territory. Humans were pitted against Orcs in a race to become the strongest and only civilisation, using precious resources in order to build a town, manufacture armaments and expand your dynasty and fortify your army. Originally, the god-view kept your troops fairly anonymous and the enjoyment came in the strategy and progress, immersing yourself...

The Huntsman: Winter's War [ Hits:1637 ]
Review: Snow White and The Huntsman was a beautiful magpie of a fantasy adventure. While far from perfect, the film's unlikely duo in Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth kept us guessing as a dark, majestic performance from Charlize Theron stole the show. No one was expecting a prequel... no sequel... spin-off? Whatever it is, The Huntsman: Winter's War creates a continuity of its own by including Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, visual effects supervisor turned director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and it's...

Gods of Egypt [ Hits:1779 ]
Review: Gods of Egypt is a fantasy adventure from the mind of Alex Proyas. The Egyptian-born director has built a cult sci-fi empire, having directed such films as: Dark City, The Crow, Knowing and I, Robot. The story follows a thief as he joins forces with a mythical god on a quest across Egypt. Unfortunately, while the film brims with potential under Proyas and a star-studded cast, it's a complete misfire. The ensemble includes: Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Rufus Sewell and...

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies [ Hits:1849 ]
Review: Peter Jackson has unleashed The Hobbit Trilogy in a similar fashion to George Lucas's quest to make the first three Star Wars films. Unfortunately, they too don't live up to the former glory of the original trilogy. While many were quite skeptical about Jackson splitting the adaptation into not two, but three chapters... for the most part, he's managed to pull it off. We're immersed into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth one last time as Bilbo and Company are forced to keep the terrifying Smaug fr...

Maleficent [ Hits:2416 ]
Review: Maleficent is the self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, immortalised by Walt Disney's 1959 film, Sleeping Beauty. After not being invited to a royal christening, Maleficent curses the baby Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and die" before the Sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. The curse is softened from death to a deep sleep by one of her guardian fairies, with true love's kiss her only salvation. In Disney's live-action film Maleficent, the film-makers h...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [ Hits:2425 ]
Review: Will they be releasing an extended edition of The Hobbit trilogy? It seems as though that's already happening. If anything, there will be a special director's cut, which will probably get a cinema release, drawing all of the films together in the space of three-and-a-half hours. If not, there will undoubtedly be a fan-made version doing the rounds on the Internet. Everyone's thinking it - why did Peter Jackson decide to stretch The Hobbit into a three part saga? The short answer must surely be ...

Thor: The Dark World [ Hits:3085 ]
Review: Thor: The Dark World follows Thor, a film that cemented Chris Hemsworth as one of The Avengers and a Hollywood star. The sequel is a continuation of both Thor and The Avengers, making reference to both films while retaining the core ensemble from the first film, including Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston. We're introduced to Malekith, a new villain in the Marvel dynasty, whose quest is to be bond with Aether, a substance and weapon that co...