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The Dark Knight Rises [ Hits:4097 ]
Review: Christopher Nolan is a perfectionist, a conductor who insists that every instrument at his disposal is finely calibrated and double-checked. This means his films are always beautiful and reinforced by strong writing, powerful music and breathtaking visuals. His clinical precision could be accused of siphoning the warmth, imperfection and joy out of film, but he does tend to work on the colder, darker more serious side of the spectrum. In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman is still despised by Goth...

The Amazing Spider-Man [ Hits:4956 ]
Review: Whatever your reservations about the new Spider-Man remake, The Amazing Spider-Man delivers the goods. Sam Raimi's version set the standard with Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in a slick CGI action fest for comic book fans. Marc Webb takes the same formula and reinterprets the story for a more psychological, dramatic take on Parker and his demons. We're given more background on Parker's family setup as the troubled youth becomes ensnared in New York City's crime-fighting efforts for selfish reas...

The Avengers [ Hits:4439 ]
Review: The most anticipated superhero movie of the year is here! Marvel's The Avengers has received plenty of hype ahead of its release and the bottom line is that it won't disappoint... much. This superheroes-on-steroids spectacle manages to do the near-impossible, containing several of the world's biggest superheroes and Hollywood egos in one literal blockbuster.Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evan...

John Carter [ Hits:3602 ]
Review: A bearded man with extraordinary powers, savior of a planet, died and buried in a tomb only to rise again with the initials J.C. The life of Jesus Christ inspired the character of John Carter and Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired hundreds of writers and film-makers with the Barsoom series of science-fiction novels, which have been adapted into the film, John Carter of Mars.As much as John Carter is influenced by the story of Jesus Christ it's ultimately a CG-heavy popcorn blockbuster with a myriad ...

Safe House [ Hits:4330 ]
Review: Safe House is one helluva ride. Man-on-the-run movies have always been popular. They carry the thrill of the chase, the drama of a man wrongfully accused, the natural ebb-and-flow of a road trip movie and the narrative equivalent of an ant, a magnifying glass and a sunny day. The story follow a young CIA agent based in Cape Town, who is tasked with protecting a fugitive wanted by authorities in the confines of a safe house. As you may have expected the movie title is a contradiction and it's ...

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol [ Hits:5380 ]
Review: As an instantaneous fan of almost everything that Tom Cruise touches (except the horrible ‘Knight and Day’), it didn’t take much effort to get me terribly excited for the release of the latest Mission Impossible film. What I was expecting was thrilling action sequences, dazzling set pieces and a few cheesy action one-liners – I got all of this, with a little touch of ‘awesome’ added that sweetens this fantastic popcorn spectacle even further! Of course, Tom Cruise is back in full ...

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [ Hits:12569 ]
Review: Here’s a mystery for you, Arthur Conan Doyle is dead. He’s been dead for 81 years, but still gets “posthumourous” writing credits for the title action man and his sidekick in the latest “Sherlock Holmes” on steroids movie adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Guy Ritchie. As a fan of the charismatic Robert Downey Jr., the action revolution that is Guy Ritchie and the enigmatic character of Sherlock Holmes it just makes this Sherlock Holmes sequel difficult to watch. ...

Real Steel [ Hits:5130 ]
Review: If you can adapt a theme park ride into a billion dollar blockbuster franchise about a drunken pirate holidaying in the Caribbean, you can adapt just about anything. That's how we got Real Steel, a film producers will vehemently defend against anyone claiming it's an adaptation of the iconic tabletop boxing game, Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em. Robot Jox was the original robot fighting adaptation and while slightly more complex than Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em... came at a time when the advances of CGI were very 19...

The Three Musketeers [ Hits:4225 ]
Review: All for one, one for all. The same catchphrase that united Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting in song has come around as The Three Musketeers swash their buckles again. They were okay when Charlie Sheen could pull off a moustache, they weren't too bad in The Man with the Iron Mask, however, this may just be their most flaccid outing to date in a borderline farce with not three, but three-and-a-half musketeers!?The legendary three musketeers: Athos (MacFadyen), Aramis (Evans) and Porthos (Steven...

Conan: The Barbarian [3D] [ Hits:3479 ]
Review: I have quite fond childhood memories of Conan, the very ruthless, but soft-hearted Barbarian. The latest version of the Cimmerians’ legend however disappoints in a few big ways and to be honest, there's not a lot I can applaud director Marcus Nispel’s attempt for. The first major flaw (and the most unforgiveable one for an action adventure) is the really stupid and unoriginal fight scenes: Sure you get treated to some grotesque samples of barbaric violence, but they don't really manage to...

Captain America: The First Avenger [3D] [ Hits:5043 ]
Review: If you had to choose an iconic Marvel superhero that best resembles the characteristics of DC Comics' Superman, Captain America should definitely be on the shortlist. With director Joe Johnston’s (Hidalgo, Jurassic Park 3, Jumanji) admirable take on the ultimate freedom fighters' origins, the excitement for the inevitable Avengers movie has reached fever pitch. But how does Captain America's story compare to other Marvel heavyweights like Ironman, Thor and Spiderman?The first thing you come ...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes [ Hits:4771 ]
Review: When you heard that they were releasing a prequel to Planet of the Apes you probably slapped your hand to your forehead. Not only was Tim Burton's attempt at a reboot to the Planet of the Apes franchise a misfire, the movie title is laughable as if Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans never happened!?In science-fiction, it's usually robots doing the uprising. Planet of the Apes takes an evolu...

Transformers: Dark of the Moon [ Hits:3379 ]
Review: Flight of the Conchords were right on the money when they sang Robots. The Robot, The Robo Boogie, global robo-depression, the robotic uprising of the '90s... it's actually scary how many parallels there are with Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the series based on the popular '80s cartoon series - directed by Michael Bay. Okay, there are one or two discrepancies... they didn't "poison our asses" and the humans are not dead, but hey... it's still eerie. Now if you don't believe ...

Priest [ Hits:4276 ]
Review: Love or hate them, priests have always been contentious public figures. Fire and brimstone sermons, dipping into the church coffers or abusing children... the stigma of being a priest almost overshadows the religious and sacred duties associated with the holy role. Although, any mediator between mortal man and a deity is going to be subjected to a witch hunt and there's bound to be some hypocrisy... they're only human. So when the trial by fire has been called off and the priest has proved worth...

Thor [ Hits:4475 ]
Review: Thor is a joke. Who in their right minds would believe that a blonde muscular caped Scandinavian would possess super strength, the power of flight and run amok with a big old hammer whenever the sound of battle filled the air? It's funny to say that he's the odd one out, because the whole lot of underpants and lycra-clad superpower boys don't fit in. Not fitting in is a universal theme when it comes to being a superhero... even if you can swat cars and see through walls.Well, Thor - the movie ch...

Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist [ Hits:4131 ]
Review: On your marks... get set... GO! Just like the Need for Speed video game brand, The Fast and the Furious has built its own empire out of man's desire to win, conquer and defy death. Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist is Fast and Furious in fifth gear and they've made a few modifications... powering the same dopamine-infused head rush that generally comes after the chequered flag or "The Brazilian Job" in this case.In the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious, Dominic Torretto (Diesel) and his ...

Battle: Los Angeles [ Hits:5707 ]
Review: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Superman? It's Wednesday - so it must be an alien invasion. Alien invasions have become even more commonplace than UFO sightings in Hollywood. Just over the last few years, there's been a resurgence in alien interest - spurred on by the success of movies like Cloverfield, Transformers, District 9 and Avatar. Although some would also say that the phenomenon never left pop culture with TV series like The X-Files, 4400, Invasion, Roswell and Stargate dotting the t...

Drive Angry 3D [ Hits:4106 ]
Review: Drive Angry 3D is a Nicolas Cage movie. Born Nicholas Kim Coppola, nephew to Francis Ford Coppola, the actor decided to go by Cage instead of falling back on "the family" to earn his place in Hollywood. He's racked up quite the reputation, earning a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Leaving Las Vegas and then a nomination for Adaptation. Frankly, it was the worst best thing that could have happened to his film career. It's rare that the Academy Awards hand out a second Oscar and once you've got t...

Red [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4853 ]
Review: Stallone surprised us when he resurrected Rocky with Rocky Balboa, stunned us when he tied the red hair band on for John Rambo and nearly killed himself trying to make The Expendables. Broken neck aside... Stallone pulled it off - he made us believe with that sixty-something-year-old-six-pack, the big knives and ultra-violent action set pieces. Personally, I blame Harrison Ford for sparking the vicious trend that 60-something-year-olds can do their own stunts as he donned the fedora and whip onc...

Machete [ Hits:4406 ]
Review: Grindhouse, a double bill featuring Deathproof and Planet Terror, was created as a tribute to the lost genre of exploitation films as made famous by single screen theatres across America in the '70s. Sleaze, porn, slashers and kung fu flicks were the rage back then and this was the era that directors like Grindhouse directors and collaborators, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez grew up in. The homage to grindhouse cinemas made its mark... violent, sexual, deviant and overtly over-the-top wi...

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