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.

Monday, 02 May 2016 11:57

Green Room Review

In his 2014 breakout film Blue Ruin, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier put a regular guy in the middle of a revenge thriller with all the clumsy violence and what-would-you-do tension that goes along with that. With his new film Green Room, Saulnier again puts regular people in a violent genre scenario and imagines how they might cope, pitting a young punk band against a gang of neo-Nazis.

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.