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Review: The Transporter Refuelled

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:30 on 04 Sep 2015
The Transporter Refuelled
So where the Transporter series once ran on the balding bad-assery of Jason Statham, now it has been 'refuelled' with... what, exactly? New action hero Ed Skrein - a former Game Of Thrones star extra - is hardly a nitrous gas boost worthy of such a title boast, is he? He isn't even fit to be called the Super Unleaded Stath. Surely, the 'refuelled' Transporter is only something to get excited about if the titular role was played by someone like franchise viagara Dwayne Johnson, who can provide extra lead in Frank Martin's pencil/engine. Or, wait, I've got it! Vin Diesel! Aw, c'mon. That would be perfect. What do I win?

What to watch: Your guide to this year's BFI London Film Festival

Posted by Matt Looker at 14:00 on 02 Sep 2015
What to watch: Your guide to this year's BFI London Film Festival
The full programme of the 2015 BFI London Film Festival has finally been released and you may be left wondering "What are all these films I haven't heard of?", or "How come so many of them are foreign? This is the LONDON Film Festival", or indeed "When's the next Hunger Games movie out again?". Well, fear not - we have all the answers right here. Well, all except for the ones to those three specific questions.

8 incredibly depressing responses to Melissa McCarthy's Ghostbusters pic

Posted by Matt Looker at 09:00 on 27 Aug 2015
8 incredibly depressing responses to Melissa McCarthy's Ghostbusters pic
Because bustin' gender-prejudiced idiots who use Twitter as a platform for their own mindless misogyny makes me feel good.

Review: Vacation

Posted by Ed Williamson at 09:00 on 19 Aug 2015
Online discourse being what it is, the announcement of a reboot or remake is usually greeted with dread and resentment. It's sacrilege. Why can't they just leave it alone? How can a woman possibly carry a proton pack? But this ignores the recent evidence that Hollywood has now got the cheat codes for 'repurposing'. Jurassic World, Godzilla, The Equalizer: respect the original property but make something of its own hue. You have nothing to fear from reboots except a Kevin James Uncle Buck, so make your way with confidence to see Vacation.

Fuck off did C3PO have a silver leg

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:20 on 13 Aug 2015
Fuck off did C3PO have a silver leg
Today I made a most unsettling discovery and now I'm sharing it with you in the vain hope that it'll make the madness I'm currently feeling feel less intense. I still almost can't believe it's true, despite photo evidence that appears to confirm it. No. It can't be right. It just can't be. I've seen Star Wars about 25 times and I never noticed this. Fuck off does C3PO have one silver leg.

Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Posted by Matt Looker at 14:00 on 12 Aug 2015
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The action hero has come a long way since the 60s. Once calm, unobtainable specimens of perfection have gradually morphed into tough, emotionally closed anti-heroes, and then into testosterone-fuelled musclemen, and now they're flawed and troubled characters in touch with their - ugh - feelings. Superheroes are forever in search of their own life purpose (the clue is in the word 'superhero', guys), lone wolf cops have money worries, even Tom Cruise is now contractually obligated to have his character make at least one mistake in his movies. And James Bond cries now. He actually cries. So call it an adaptation, a rehash, another unoriginal concept in a Hollywoodland bereft of creativity, or whatever - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is still one of the most refreshing action films you'll see this year.

Review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Posted by Ed Williamson at 08:30 on 07 Aug 2015
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Bel Powley is a very arresting and idiosyncratic actor, so expect to see her playing a superhero's girlfriend pretty soon. For now though, here she is in a fairly straightforward yarn about a teenage girl who has a bunch of sex. It has some good visual ideas and does a nice line in chiding you for forgetting the seediness of its main relationship, but none of this quite elevates it above a decent watch.

War Pigs unlikely to pass Bechdel test

Posted by Ed Williamson at 21:30 on 06 Aug 2015
War Pigs unlikely to pass Bechdel test
That is unless 'Temptress' REALLY feminisms the shit out of it.

Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 06 Aug 2015
Fantastic Four (2015)
The old Fantastic Four films from 10 years ago are an embarrassment, aren’t they? All kid-friendly colours and CGI slapstick; they might as well be cartoons. It’s great then, that this – say it with me – gritty reboot finally aims to give comics’ First Family the big-screen outing they deserve. A film that treats Stretchy Man, Rock Guy, Fire Boy and Invisi-Girl with due reverence and respect. A film that takes a realistic approach to dimension-hopping science and explores the seriousness of.. oh god, no, I can’t do it. Come back, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and, yes even you, Michael Chiklis’ foam fatsuit. All is forgiven.

The problem with Pixels: game over for Jane Krakowski

Posted by Ali Gray at 15:00 on 31 Jul 2015
The problem with Pixels: game over for Jane Krakowski
Adam Sandler's latest movie Pixels has lots of problems - the foremost being that it's an Adam Sandler movie - but its most heinous crime is surely the egregious waste of Jane Krakowski. The actress, who is by any measure the most comedically gifted of the entire Pixels cast, plays the First Lady to US President Kevin James and has approximately three lines in the entire movie (none of which are jokes). Pixels is a case study in how to waste funny women.
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+The Transporter Refuelled (15)
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+American Ultra (15)
+Ricki And The Flash (12A)
+Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (12A)
+No Escape (15)