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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

Posted by Ali Gray at 18:30 on 29 Jul 2014
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Just for a second there it looked like Marvel might have let their foothold slip. Edgar Wright's departure had irreparably sullied Ant-Man; Captain America 3's release date clash with DC's Batman V Superman in 2016 seemed like a suicide mission; the suspicion lingered that Thor: The Dark World wasn't actually all that great in retrospect. Momentary blips, all, because Guardians Of The Galaxy is the most confident, daring and balls-out fun Marvel movie of the lot. The last two Marvel releases have been samey sequels, adhering largely to a tried and tested formula, but Guardians Of The Galaxy is one of Marvel's best films simply because it doesn't really feel like it's part of the Marvel universe at all.

The most poorly judged release date/poster combo imaginable

Posted by Ali Gray at 10:30 on 29 Jul 2014
The most poorly judged release date/poster combo imaginable
Ninja Turtles: exploding skyscrapers on 9/11 (in Australia anyway - August 8th in the US).

Entire Comic-Con convention populated by actors in disguise

Posted by Ali Gray at 20:00 on 28 Jul 2014
Entire Comic-Con convention populated by actors in disguise
Enraged ticket holders in San Diego this weekend were told they were unable to gain access to the 2014 Comic-Con convention because the entire exhibition hall was taken up by famous actors walking around in disguise.

This video of Jason Statham diving is the best thing he's ever done

Posted by Ali Gray at 15:20 on 23 Jul 2014
This video of Jason Statham diving is the best thing he's ever done
We all knew that action star Jason Statham was a former diver who represented Great Britain in the Commonwealth Games, but the BBC have unearthed the first footage of the actor performing a series of high dives – and he's not very good. I mean, he's obviously quite good, given that he's representing his country and everything, but the video shows Statham come close to bellyflopping, then appears dejected as the judges mark him poorly. Frankly, this is the most I've liked Jason Statham in years.

Exclusive reveal: what is Mr Turner painting in his poster?

Posted by Ali Gray at 16:20 on 22 Jul 2014
Exclusive reveal: what is Mr Turner painting in his poster?
Look, here's the lovely new quad poster (large) for Mike Leigh's Oscar-botherer Mr Turner, in which Timothy Spall plays 19th century paint god JMW Turner.

You might think that splash of orange paint is an artistic statement, or perhaps a way of shielding young children from seeing Timothy Spall's monstrous visage, but we can exclusively reveal what Turner is painting in this poster. You won't believe your eyes.



So HE'S the one responsible.

Review: The Purge: Anarchy

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:15 on 18 Jul 2014
The Purge: Anarchy
The first Purge movie had a fantastic concept: that sometime in the near future, in order to pacify the populace for the rest of the year, all crime including murder would be legal for one night only. The biggest crime, however, was just how wasted the concept was on a home invasion storyline that barely ventured outside of Ethan Hawke's front door. Thankfully, this year's sequel The Purge: Anarchy goes some way into exploring that ridiculous concept to a more satisfying degree, and in pulling back to a wider angle to see the effect of The Purge on a whole city instead of a single household, it pulls off a pretty good impression of The Warriors to boot. It's time to come out to pla-aaay...

Congratulations Ben Whishaw on being the new voice of Paddington!

Posted by Ali Gray at 11:00 on 18 Jul 2014
Congratulations Ben Whishaw on being the new voice of Paddington!
#CreepyPaddington has a new creepy voice thanks to Colin Firth's replacement, Perfume star Ben Whishaw. Once he smells that marmalade, he will kill each and every one of you to get it. (HT @NevPierce).

The Purge: Anarchy in the UK

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:10 on 17 Jul 2014
The Purge: Anarchy in the UK
The Purge: Anarchy - known in some international territories as 'American Nightmare 2' - is released in cinemas next week, continuing to explore the best high concept horror premise in years: what if, in order to reduce crime all year round, all crime including murder was legal for one night only? It's a very American thing, having to specify that murder was included, because if there was a UK version of The Purge, the crimes the British public would commit would be small and twatty. Crimes like these...

Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Posted by Ali Gray at 08:15 on 14 Jul 2014
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
CGI guys: I think it's safe to say the monkeys look enough like monkeys now. So could we maybe move the focus onto, y'know, the humans? Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is similar to its predecessor, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, in that the revolutionary effects work is so impressive, it successfully distracts from the film's complete and total lack of three-dimensional human characters. Though Dawn is a sturdy sequel that really gets into the swing of things about an hour or so in, it slips on that same banana peel – in making monkey more interesting and more fully-rounded than man, you question why they even bother giving the humans any screen time at all. I can confidently say that a third Apes movie featuring no human characters whatsoever would be the perfect evolution for an otherwise thrilling series that has itself evolved way beyond reasonable expectations.

Just a reminder that this quote from Jason Statham's The Mechanic exists

Posted by Ali Gray at 21:00 on 13 Jul 2014
Just a reminder that this quote from Jason Statham's The Mechanic exists
Additional point: if Jason Statham did this in the mirror, would his reflection shoot itself in the face?
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