Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:59

Logan Review

The term ‘superhero movie’ probably conjures up images of Marvel Studios’ bright-and-breezy Avengers series or the highly stylized bombast of DC’s latest offerings. It’s easy to forget that the ‘superhero movie’ can be anything, that the presence of superpowers needn’t define the genre. Logan, the latest film in the Wolverine spin-off series, is an ideal reminder of that fact. Returning for his second stab at the X-Men series’ most iconic character, director James Mangold strips away the trappings of the larger universe for a much more coherent and focused character study that owes more to Westerns like Shane and Unforgiven than it does to its superhero contemporaries.

Friday, 13 March 2015 16:03

Chappie Review

After breaking out with 2009's District 9 – which garnered a Best Picture nomination – and disappointing with 2013's Elysium, South African sci-fi auteur Neill Blomkamp goes back to his Johannesburg roots for Chappie, a story about artificial intelligence that's brimming with ideas, sometimes to its detriment.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 22:06

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

After his X-Men and X2 helped kickstart the superhero movie boom back in the early 2000's, director Bryan Singer has returned to the franchise that has had its ups and downs since his departure. Directors have come and gone and multiple sequels and prequels have muddied the waters of continuity, leaving the series in the tricky spot of having to decide what to do with the original cast, as well as the younger versions introduced in Matthew Vaughn's prequel/reboot X-Men: First Class.

Monday, 06 January 2014 20:55

Best of the Year: Top 20 Films of 2013

2013 was looking like a fairly rough year for cinema and for sure, the disappointments linger in the mind, particularly the summer's big blockbusters which largely fell flat despite massive hype. Upon reflection, it's actually been a very strong year with a host of very good films standing out amidst the usual mediocre fare. I've narrowed this down to the 20 best films of the year, as I see it, and welcome you to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:34

Prisoners Review

After his 2010 film Incendies scored an Oscar nomination, Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve makes the shift to Hollywood for Prisoners, a taut thriller that blends some weighty moral themes into a compelling and densely plotted mystery that's enlivened by an excellent cast.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 20:39

The Wolverine Review

2013's Superhero Summer closes out with James Mangold's The Wolverine, does this introspective story soothe the savage beast or is it a punch in the gut...with adamantium claws?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:06

The Wolverine Official Trailer

Despite a July release date, marketing for The Wolverine has been pretty sparse with only the odd poster or screenshot being released here and there. That is until the full trailer finally surfaced today, giving us a glimpse at ninjas, samurais and Hugh Jackman in full mutant glory. It looks like a completely different prospect to the insipid X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:00

Final Look at Best Actor

In a fairly interesting Oscar race that still has a few categories open for discussion and many frontrunners coming and going, one thing that's been certain pretty much since his involvement in the project was announced: Daniel Day-Lewis will win Best Actor for his titular role in Lincoln.

Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

Les Miserables Review

After wowing fans, critics and the Academy in a big way with his 2010 period crowd-pleaser The King's Speech, director Tom Hooper has taken a massive step up in scale and scope by tackling one of the most enduring and successful stage musicals of all time, Les Miserables, the epic story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a man imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread and lives on the run from relentless lawman Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe).

Saturday, 15 December 2012 22:04

Oscar Buzz: Best Actor Analysis

Many critics associations have given out their awards already and with the Screen Actor's Guild releasing their nominees this week, it should be a little easier to call the Best Actor race but the fifth place in the race is still up for grabs.

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