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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 30, 2014  |  0 comments

Sexy. Thrilling. Frantic. Dangerous. These are the type of words used to describe Formula One racing in the 1970s. They're hardly the sort of words that immediately spring to mind when you think of the films of Ron Howard (More like: Safe. Pair. Of. Hands), however, which is why we worried when he was attached to this film about the legendary rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 27, 2014  |  0 comments

A wild mix of action, horror and sci-fi genres, Predator remains one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's best-loved films. And with damned good reason…

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 23, 2014  |  0 comments

If the first Hunger Games was Hollywood's answer to Battle Royale, this sequel expands the concept considerably. The first half of its lengthy running time focuses on the political ramifications of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta's (Josh Hutchinson) victory and the seeds of rebellion it has sewn. Only then do we go finally go back to the games.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 21, 2014  |  0 comments

Robert Rodriguez's spoof trailer from 2007's Grindhouse seems to be the gift that just keeps on giving for fans of exploitation cinema. But while the first Machete served its main course of blood and babes with a side dish of commentary about immigration, this even more violent sequel has no such lofty pretensions.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 13, 2014  |  0 comments

This quick-witted and zany sequel to 2010's surprise animated smash finds former supervillain Gru having renounced a life of crime in favour of raising his three adopted daughters and using his gadgets to make jam. But when the Anti-Villain League asks for help tracking down a mystery criminal, Gru finds himself back in the game and up to his neck in something more terrifying than he ever expected: romance. Terrific cartoon fun – even if it's not quite as good as the side-splitting original.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 11, 2014  |  0 comments

With its mismatched lead characters, dashes of violence and quick-fire comic dialogue, 2 Guns is a clear throwback to the likes of Lethal Weapon and 48Hrs. Yet it’s not quite as accomplished as either of those two genre powerhouses.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 09, 2014  |  0 comments

An epic pub crawl becomes a battle against body-stealing aliens in this third and final part of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's unofficial 'Three Colours Cornetto' trilogy.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 07, 2014  |  0 comments

Between 1912 and 1930, Lon Chaney made countless silent films in almost every conceivable genre. But thanks to his incredible talent for transforming himself through makeup, he is mainly remembered for horror classics such as this electrifying adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 02, 2014  |  0 comments

When his brother is killed by a gang of outlaws, mild-mannered lawyer John Reid (Arnie Hammer) is rescued by a Native American called Tonto (Johnny Depp) and is reborn as a masked avenger. So far, so ordinary – but as you might expect from the producer, director and star of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, this isn't the same Lone Ranger that your parents grew up with.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Neill Blomkamp hit it big in 2009 with his debut feature, the apartheid parable District 9. Now he's back with yet another dystopian sci-fi satire, but will an extra dose of Hollywood star power allow Elysium to trump its well-respected predecessor?

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 26, 2014  |  0 comments

When a siege crisis involving a former host-turned-crazed-gunman (Colm Meaney) hits North Norfolk Digital's radio HQ, the hostages' only hope lies in the hands of the peevish and self-obsessed DJ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan).

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 23, 2014  |  0 comments

If we had any complaint about the second season of HBO's epic fantasy series, it was that the myriad plots and new characters never really seemed to coalesce, giving it a slightly aimless feeling at times.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 18, 2014  |  0 comments

Timed to coincide with the cinema release of the remake, this new hi-def outing for Paul Verhoeven's satirical sci-fi masterpiece is a must-have for fans. While the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack hasn't changed, the disc's AVC 1.85:1 1080p encode (based on a new 4K remaster) is brighter, punchier and altogether much more impressive than the dull imagery seen on the original disc. And unlike its barebones predecessor this 2014 platter also ports over the majority of the extras from MGM's old Special Edition DVD and finds space for a new 42-minute Q&A with the filmmakers, recorded last year.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 12, 2014  |  0 comments

James Dean only completed three movies before his untimely death, but what films they were. Biblical allegory East of Eden (1953) ranks among director Elia Kazan's best work, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is a subversive masterpiece, and Giant (1956) is every bit as epic as its title indicates.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 10, 2014  |  0 comments

It's hard to imagine that 2013 will ever be thought of as a vintage year for Pixar. Where once the studio offered breathtakingly original flights of animated fancy, this year saw it release the merchandise-led Cars spin-off Planes and this laboured prequel to 2001's Monsters, Inc.