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Anton van Beek  |  Jan 26, 2015  |  0 comments

Remember the 1996 smash Twister? Well, this insipid flick treads familiar ground, pitting humanity against some adverse, yet entirely benign, weather conditions. Only this time, the concept has been given a found-footage makeover.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Over the course of the original trilogy, a 1960s-set prequel and two spin-offs for its breakout star, the X-Men movie franchise has tied itself up in myriad contradictory chronological knots. Taking its cues (and title) from one of the most popular comic book storylines, …Days of Future Past sees director Bryan Singer returning to the franchise in order to set things straight. Presumably once and for all.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Almost a decade after they startled audiences with their first collaboration, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and comic book icon Frank Miller have teamed up for a second collection of sordid, noir-infused tales dredged up from the depths of Miller's imagination.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments

DreamWorks Animation has often seemed like a bit of an also-ran next to the might of Disney Pixar; a situation that has been exacerbated in recent years by a spectacular run of duds including Rise of the Guardians, Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. But, like any good story, just when things looked to be at their darkest, along comes a hero to save the day.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments

“Nobody gave a s**t about the Jump Street reboot… Anyone with half a brain thought it was destined to fail spectacularly. But you got lucky”. So announces Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) as he tells officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) that they're going back undercover. “Do the same thing as last time, everyone's happy.”

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments

In the five years following the 'Battle of Chicago', humanity has grown fearful of the Transformers, causing the US military to sever all ties with the Autobots. Meanwhile, an elite CIA black ops unit tasked with hunting down and destroying all surviving Decepticons has secretly been targeting Autobots as well, and supplying captured tech to robotics corporation KSI, which is attempting to build its own controllable Transformers.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Liam Neeson takes a break from running around Europe beating up people for a slightly more thoughtful role in this glum thriller based on the best-selling 1992 crime novel by Lawrence Block.

Richard Holliss  |  Dec 29, 2014  |  0 comments

When his daughter Beth (Gia Mantegna) disappears, Paul (Jason Patric), a former New Orleans crime boss known as ‘The Prince’ sets out to find her, with the help of one of Beth’s friends Angela (Jessica Lowndes) and an old sparring partner called Sam (John Cusack). The bad news is that she has fallen into the clutches of his former rival – drug baron and gangster Omar (Bruce Willis). Both men are bitter enemies after a car bomb that Paul intended for Omar claimed the lives of his wife and child instead. Now riddled with guilt, car mechanic and devoted father Paul constantly relives the ‘accident’ in vivid flashbacks.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 23, 2014  |  0 comments

Writer-director Bruce Robinson's cult favourite film follows two 'resting' actors (Richard E. Grant's Withnail and Paul McGann's I) as they endure a 'holiday by mistake' in the countryside at the fag-end of the 1960s.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 22, 2014  |  0 comments

Until this year Marvel Studios had played it relatively safe, choosing relatively well-known superheroes to bring to the multiplex. Guardians of the Galaxy is different. It leaves Earth far behind and jets off into the far reaches of the Marvel Universe for a space opera based on an obscure team of misfit heroes. A far bigger risk for the studio than Iron Man et al, but one that pays off handsomely.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 20, 2014  |  0 comments

For some reason, Edge of Tomorrow didn't exactly set box office tills ringing. Perhaps audiences were underwhelmed by the prospect of yet another Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, after Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Oblivion. Perhaps the name was to blame – a notion offered credence by the fact that the movie's tag-line, 'Live, Die, Repeat' is now given main prominence on the BD sleeve.

Richard Holliss  |  Dec 19, 2014  |  0 comments

Created in 1985 by Nintendo, it was inevitable that the success of the platform videogame Super Mario Bros. would lead to a movie tie-in. Yet, as producer Roland Joffe explains in the documentary that’s accompanies this recently released Blu-ray version of the movie, it was a film franchise that was curiously overlooked by most of the major Hollywood Studios.

Richard Holliss  |  Dec 15, 2014  |  0 comments

Road movies have always been a popular genre in American cinema. Probably because the country is so damn big and there are plenty of desert roads that seem to stretch to infinity. Motoring for 500 miles between San Diego and Phoenix seems pretty awesome compared to the UK equivalent of driving from London to Bristol!

Richard Holliss  |  Dec 12, 2014  |  0 comments

Trawl through the list of supporting features for double-bill programmes, the staple diet for UK cinemagoers up until the early 1970s, and you’ll be surprised at what you find. While the majority of independent studios concentrated on Film Noir subjects (crime, mystery etc), there are also quite a few low-budget science fiction titles, including Devil Girl From Mars, Stranger From Venus, The Strange World of Planet X, Invasion, The Night Caller, They Came From Beyond Space, The Body Stealers and this curiosity from Anglo Amalgamated called Unearthly Stranger.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 07, 2014  |  0 comments

For more than four decades German filmmaker Werner Herzog has been one of the most fascinating figures in European cinema. Working in the worlds of both fiction and documentary (even if he's notorious for staging scenes in his non-fiction films for the benefit of what he calls an 'ecstatic truth') Herzog has produced countless beguiling movies that run the gamut from historical adventures and studies of mirages to a Nic Cage cop movie and 3D portraits of ancient cave paintings.