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Review: Focus

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:00 on 25 Feb 2015
Focus
The romantic heist genre (or rom-con, if you will) feels like a pretty well worn sub-genre by this point: the conman, the mark, the honeytrap, the big job, the love that's worth more than diamonds, the poster tagline which insists on telling you whether the con is or isn't on - you know the score. Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo stole hearts among other things in The Thomas Crown Affair and every pale imitator since has been caught red-handed raiding the same emotional cookie jar (see also and forget immediately: Duplicity, starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts). Focus sticks to that same formula religiously, but it's a delightful surprise to report that it hoodwinks you into having a great time, distracting you with hot bodies and slick plotting until you realise you've been entertained. Also it stole £13.50 out of your wallet.

Art vs heart: why the bout of Birdman vs Boyhood had no real winner

Posted by Ali Gray at 21:00 on 23 Feb 2015
Art vs heart: why the bout of Birdman vs Boyhood had no real winner
Except Birdman. That was kind of the winner.

First look at Aquaman proves he's a social Justice warrior

Posted by Ali Gray at 13:30 on 20 Feb 2015
First look at Aquaman proves he's a social Justice warrior
Zack Snyder tweeted the first official look at Aquaman overnight and it appears he's been taking cues from The Social Network.

Behind the scenes pics of The Walk prove it does not walk the walk

Posted by Ali Gray at 08:00 on 20 Feb 2015
Behind the scenes pics of The Walk prove it does not walk the walk
Heading to cinemas in October of this year is The Walk, a dramatized version of Philippe Petit's death-defying wire walk between the Twin Towers, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Vanity Fair have just released behind the scenes photos that make you not want to watch it.

Russell Crowe to play new Bond villain, GoldenEar

Posted by Ali Gray at 21:15 on 19 Feb 2015
Russell Crowe to play new Bond villain, GoldenEar
Unfortunately, Russell volunteered to sing the theme tune, too. (Poster for Russ's new movie, The Water Diviner, courtesy of IMPawards.com).

A precise critique of Fifty Shades Of Grey, by Joe McElderry

Posted by Matt Looker at 10:36 on 17 Feb 2015


If only he was asked for his opinion of Inherent Vice.

101 sexual special moves that don't appear in Fifty Shades Of Grey

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:50 on 12 Feb 2015
101 sexual special moves that don't appear in Fifty Shades Of Grey
This week sees the release of erotic adaptation Fifty Shades Of Grey, a movie which promised to bust wide open the sexual taboos of the modern repressed cinemagoer. Instead, it features a few boobs, about three ass cheeks and some light whipping. Whoop-de-doo.

15 people who should never, ever be considered to play Spider-Man

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:00 on 11 Feb 2015
15 people who should never, ever be considered to play Spider-Man
With a new Spider-Man movie in the offing and news that the character will be free to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's time to start looking for a new actor to play Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego. Let others come up with shortlists of who should play Spider-Man, we're going to narrow the field and rule out the people who shouldn't be allowed within sniffing distance of the role. You're welcome!

The 10 greatest 'The's in movie poster history

Posted by Ali Gray at 21:00 on 08 Feb 2015
The 10 greatest 'The's in movie poster history
It's a word your eyes skim over every day, but it's the most crucial word in the English language - and without it, the foundations of Hollywood would crumble. No, not the word 'it' - the word 'the'! Shaun The Sheep: The Movie is out this week and the 'The' in the title joins the ranks of the greatest 'The's ever seen on a movie poster! Read on to find out why - your life will literally never be the same again.

Review: Jupiter Ascending

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 06 Feb 2015
Jupiter Ascending
There’s no excuse for actively willing a film to fail, but sometimes it just seems written in the stars – when all the planets align for a colossal mess of galactic proportions – and, in that instance, all you can do is hope that the film is so ludicrous in its concept and execution that it becomes that rare creation: a film so unintentionally hilarious, it provides the funniest movie experience of the year. With Channing Tatum’s Spock ears and gravity roller skates, Eddie Redmayne playing a raspy villainous fopp and Sean Bean playing a half-man-half-bee (oh yes), it seemed that Jupiter Ascending couldn’t fail to fail.
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