Friday, 17 March 2017 23:38

Kong: Skull Island Review

In a cinematic landscape where iconic characters and beloved stories are boiled down to properties that can be milked for every ounce of franchise potential, it’s no surprise to see King Kong resurrected. The giant ape has been a big screen icon since his big screen bow in 1933 and now he’s back and definitely bigger than ever - if not exactly better – in Kong: Skull Island. Though the film manages to capture the scale and presence of an impressively rendered Kong, it fails to bring anything new to the table and leaves its heavyweight cast with very little to do.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:55

Fantastic Four Review

Fantastic Four is clearly a conflicted movie. That much is clear from the cloud of bad publicity surrounding both the studio – Fox - and the film's director Josh Trank leading up to release, and it's just as clear from the unfortunate mess that plays out on screen. Rumours of Trank's erratic behaviour on set leading to the studio locking him out of the editing suite and ordering late reshoots may or may not be true but the final film is clearly not the product of a seamless filmmaking process.

Saturday, 19 July 2014 14:00

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Back in 2011, Rupert Wyatt's prequel/reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes surprised pretty much everyone by being a smarter-than-average blockbuster that made a computer-animated ape a sympathetic and compelling character. While that film benefited from low expectations, its follow up arrives with a lot of hype and incumbent director Matt Reeves had a big job on his hands ensuring Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lived up to it.

Monday, 24 June 2013 21:46

EIFF 2013: The East Review

As director and star respectively, as well as co-writers, Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling are proving an effective team. After delivering the haunting Sound of My Voice, they're back with The East, a provocative exploration of political activism, corporate negligence and violent protest.