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The Expendables 3 [ Hits:3315 ]
Review: The Expendables is a concept that just won't die. As long as action heroes continue to lose their box office mojo and Stallone is able to wear a beret, we'll have The Expendables: even if they eventually turn him into a digital mission control entity. We're indebted to Rambo, Commando and all the muscle man action heroes from the '80s and by denying them, we're essentially crushing our childhood. While, ironically, The Expendables series is regarded as a step up from Step Up... both have a pret...

Transformers: Age of Extinction [ Hits:3435 ]
Review: WHAM! BAM! Thank you Michael Bay. Love or hate him, the Transformers director has continued to smash the box office with larger-than-life movies about Hasbro's popular line of toys from the '80s. His latest sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is a case of too much "more of the same" with Mark Wahlberg replacing long-running front man, Shia LaBeouf. The story takes place some time after the Chicago mayhem from Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. The Autobots have gone underground, the Dece...

Godzilla [ Hits:2106 ]
Review: It's strange for a title character to only appear halfway through a film, but in Godzilla's case, this is actually a good thing. The movie trailer offered glimpses of what is by far the largest depiction of the monster, adding scale and harnessing the power of imagination in the process. Godzilla director, Gareth Edwards, demonstrated his ability to create atmosphere and leverage the unknown with the low budget thriller, Monsters. He managed to create a real world under alien threat with believ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [ Hits:2012 ]
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has got a lot to live up to. For starters, it follows Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, which only really ran out of web in Spider-Man 3. Second, it's a sequel following a strong series reboot. Thirdly, the title The Amazing Spider-Man 2 puts a bit of pressure to keep it well, amazing. More to the point, it's hitting the big screen in an age where only the best superhero blockbusters rule the box office. Marc Webb did a fantastic job of reinventing Spider-Man, despite ...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [ Hits:1894 ]
Review: Captain America doesn't really have any super powers. He's a super soldier, armed with a shield that doubles as a boomerang frisbee. His agility, strength, healing and endurance abilities make him slightly more difficult to kill than you or I, but let's face the facts... he's a G.I. Joe at a fancy dress party. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers, the soldier turned superhero, also known as Captain America. He's a solid actor, and has the physique and chiseled looks to play a superhero. Unfortunatel...

300: Rise of an Empire [ Hits:4550 ]
Review: It's been 8 years since Zack Snyder's adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300 hit the big screen. The standalone film blazed with battle cries, cutting edge visuals and ancient Greek "This is... SPARTA!" machismo. It set in motion the careers of its director, Zack Snyder and Gerard Butler. No wonder Snyder wanted to rinse and repeat. While mostly unnecessary, a sequel to 300 was almost inevitable after films like Immortals and Clash of the Titans tried to capture the same "God of War" hu...

Escape Plan [ Hits:1916 ]
Review: Escape Plan is the culmination of a big idea that has been simmering, along with their testosterone levels, for a couple of decades. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have finally made a movie together. The quintessential '80s action icons have trail-blazed their way into Hollywood history and pop culture with long and impressive careers. Now they're making Dennis Rodman and Jean-Claude van Damme look like amateur hour by teaming up. After Stallone created the homage to '80s acti...

Pacific Rim [ Hits:2355 ]
Review: Pacific Rim is the latest creation from the mind of Guillermo del Toro. It's essentially a loose adaptation of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. The main difference being that the cast is more international and the focus has been shifted from the spiritual realm to fulfill a mission to kick ass instead. It succeeds in this department, taking gung-ho sci-fi action to the next level without debasing its dramatic integrity. As wave after wave of monstrous sea-spawned creatures seek to dest...

The Wolverine [ Hits:1931 ]
Review: The Wolverine is a standalone film, not because they've decided to pursue a Japanese thread to the popular comic book character, but because other films featuring Wolverine are too embarrassed to stand next to it. While peppered with iffy CGI and mixed reviews, Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is actually a better film than the most recent effort from James Mangold. Mangold and Jackman worked together on Kate & Leopold, so there's an understanding between the director and his lead act...

World War Z [ Hits:2076 ]
Review: World War Z is based on the novel by Max Brooks, who also wrote the straight-faced parody, The Zombie Survival Guide. While the novel relayed a series of first-hand accounts from post zombie apocalypse survivors, the film strings them all together into the first-hand experiences of family man and United Nations investigator, Gerry Lane. When a sprawling zombie pandemic threatens the survival of humanity, Gerry Lane (Pitt) is commissioned to locate the origin of the outbreak in a race against ti...

Man of Steel [ Hits:2356 ]
Review: Superman is the ultimate superhero, armed with an array of powers and abilities that include: superhuman strength, flight, speed, invulnerability, x-ray/heat vision and senses. You'd think he'd be stuck on himself, yet his greatest superhuman ability is humility and selflessness - sacrificing his earthly existence to serve and protect others from evil. It's an epic quest for hope and peace that this saviour of Mankind has been charged with by his father. Heaven sent, raised as if their own and ...

Star Trek Into Darkness [ Hits:2023 ]
Review: Star Trek Into Darkness lives up to the hype. J.J. Abrams, in many ways a Steven Spielberg 2.0, has managed to do the near-impossible by securing pivotal roles in two of the biggest franchises in Star Trek and now Star Wars, with Star Wars VII in the pipeline. The director and producer is a forerunner for the next Hollywood juggernaut with a collection of noteworthy blockbusters in Mission Impossible III, Super 8 and Star Trek with many more to come. Star Trek reinvented the series sporting a b...

Fast & Furious 6 [ Hits:2734 ]
Review: Fast cars, leggy women, big guns, money and loads of piston-pumping action is the stuff of the Fast & Furious. Six movies in and it's like they're just starting their engines as the flags go down and the winner takes all. Although to be fair, the road has had some twists, veering into new territory with Tyrese Gibson in 2 Fast 2 Furious and then reinventing the series altogether with the third one, Tokyo Drift. The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long way - peaking with their hybrid...

Iron Man 3 [ Hits:3785 ]
Review: Iron Man surpassed expectations, while Iron Man 2 hovered below them. Just when we thought the Iron Man saga needed a bit of oil, The Avengers knocked any signs of rust off the rocket-powered Tin Man with Robert Downey Jr. stealing the show once again (with the Hulk's permission). So the excitement around the May Day release of Iron Man 3 has been building and with Robert Downey Jr. starring, what could possibly go wrong?Iron Man 3 fuses a number of Iron Man comic book storylines together to cre...

G.I. Joe: Retaliation [ Hits:3675 ]
Review: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was a cheesy all-out action CGI overload that borrowed from a number of better movies and embarrassed a number of actors in the process. Yet, that didn't stop them from making a sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. HOO-HA! The G.I. Joe movie franchise has had a complete overhaul. The focus is still on gung-ho action, gun-slinging, bad attitudes, combat vehicles and advanced technology, but they've dropped the tongue-in-cheek tone for serious kick-ass action, beefed up the cast...

The Last Stand [ Hits:3406 ]
Review: "I'll be back." Love or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenegger has managed to become: Mr. Universe, a Hollywood icon, husband to a Kennedy and Governor of California. He set out to become extraordinary and has achieved all of his lofty goals by the age of 65. He wasn't lying when he said those famous words... while it may not be a Tarantino comeback, he's still got the on-screen muscle to pull off an Austrian Sheriff at a Mexican border town. It's a little far-fetched, but it's Arnie and fans are will...

A Good Day to Die Hard [ Hits:6315 ]
Review: "Bruce Willis is Dead!" It's the title of a Brothers Streep song, but judging from his last (and possibly last ever) Die Hard performance - he's ready to leave the terrorist-infested building. In an ironic and unintentional move, Willis reprises his role in The Sixth Sense by being dead from the get-go. There's only so much life we can squeeze out of our favourite '80s action icons, first launching them as action figurines from rooftops with makeshift parachutes as kids and then forcing stud...

Skyfall [ Hits:3784 ]
Review: Skyfall is the third James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, an actor who has successfully managed to keep himself detached from his Bond status in Hollywood. This can be attributed to his mission, which has seen him play 007 in every anti-Bond formula film since Casino Royale. The 007 franchise needed a shake-up, and intentions were revealed when Daniel Craig was cast as the new James Bond in Casino Royale, an intense blonde rogue, who replaced Pierce Brosnan's suave Gillette schmarminess with ...

Dredd 3D [ Hits:3924 ]
Review: Hollywood has run out of ideas, which is why they're starting to reboot projects that failed to reach their full potential... like Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd. The idea of seeing a second attempt at this comic book hero, wrapped in a 3D bow and sporting a relatively unknown cast was about as appealing as snorting that salt and vinegar popcorn spice. Turns out you may just like Dredd 3D... in both nostrils.In this exciting reboot, Judge Dredd (Urban) takes on a new rookie, whose psychic abil...

Resident Evil: Retribution [ Hits:3617 ]
Review: Resident Evil: Retribution is the latest installment in the longest running video game adaptation series ever. Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice and takes on the evil Umbrella Corporation with the help of a resistance movement, in an effort to escape a holding cell and their testing facility. The Resident Evil saga has a loyal zombie following and has created a new film subgenre... action ballet. By now most people know that Resident Evil is all about Matrix style gun fights, zombie att...

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