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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Monday, 21 April 2014 21:05

In Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, the second instalment was by far the strongest in the series and still stands out as one of the best in the superhero genre. A mere five years after Raimi's trilogy concluded with the lacklustre Spider-Man 3, Spidey was back on the big screen in a reboot that promised an 'untold story' but only delivered a strong sense of déjà vu. So with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, director Marc Webb has the unenviable task of delivering a sequel that's bigger and better than the first, which of course means more action, more villains and more set-up for further sequels and spinoffs.


The Double Review

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:41

It's hard to fault Richard Ayoade's ambition. After Making a name for himself on British TV as the creator of Garth Merenghi's Dark Place and co-star of The IT Crowd, he made the leap to feature films with 2011's Submarine, a quirky comedy reminiscent of Wes Anderson. The Double is a left-field follow up: an adaptation of a Dostoyevsky novella that weaves deadpan comedy into an existentialist nightmare.


It's hard to make a character like Captain America work in a modern day setting. His old-fashioned earnestness and old-school patriotism is on the surface completely at odds with the cynicism of today's world but the choice to model Captain America: The Winter Soldier after the great conspiracy thrillers of the 1970's proves to be inspired.


Divergent Review

Sunday, 06 April 2014 14:31

Divergent is presumably the first film in a trilogy based on a trilogy of Young Adult novels in the Twilight-Hunger Games-Harry Potter mould. Does this film stand out from the crowd or blandly blend in?


A Long Way Down Review

Friday, 28 March 2014 21:33

Adapted from Nick Hornby's 2005 novel, A Long Way Down has a wonderfully morbid premise that catches the attention immediately: Four strangers meet atop an infamous London tower block on New Year's Eve, each one with the intention of jumping off if not for the presence of the others.


The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Monday, 24 March 2014 22:15

There's no mistaking a Wes Anderson film. The writer/director has one of the most distinctive styles in cinema, sticking to his brand of intricately detailed deadpan comedies and ignoring his detractors along the way. Those naysayers, who find his obsessive attention to detail stifling and struggle to connect with his affected characters, are unlikely to be won over by The Grand Budapest Hotel, a film that is perhaps the most Wes Anderson-y film Anderson has ever made.


Veronica Mars Review

Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:38

In Veronica Mars Kristen Bell returns as the titular character after a 7 year absence. Is this mystery worth solving or should it remain buried in the case files?


300: Rise of an Empire Review

Monday, 10 March 2014 21:35

Following up Zack Snyder's 300, director Noam Murro has aped the director's style and then some for 300: Rise of an Empire, a long-gestating semi-sequel based, like the first film, on the comic books of Frank Miller. Much like Snyder's film, this is a hyper-stylised, hyper-silly swords-and-sandals flick that provides gory violence and campy dialogue in equal measures.

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