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Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:00 on 11 Oct 2017
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Following the world-building original and the Batman-fronted follow-up, the LEGO brand is now so well established in cinematic terms, the spin-offs don't need an additional brand in the title. The first movie in the seemingly boundless LEGO universe without a direct connection to the others, think of The LEGO Ninjago Movie as an expansion kit from the 2014's original pack. (*marketing voice*) The LEGO Ninjago Movie contains new and exciting characters and locations, including ninja weapons, robot mechs and limited edition dragon missile thrower! (Pathos and charm required from original LEGO Movie, not sold separately).

Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Posted by Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Becky Suter, Ed Williamson at 07:00 on 10 Oct 2017
Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
It's official: part two of this new feature means it definitely qualifies as a 'regular', although we haven't quite pinned down how often we'll be catching up with the Marvel movies - it basically comes down to when ITV2 get round to showing the next one. And as nobody came up with a better title, it's time to HULK SMASH the 'Read full article' button and enjoy the next chapter of (*winces*) Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: The Incredible Hulk.

The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Blade Runner 2049

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:00 on 09 Oct 2017
The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Blade Runner 2049
That annoying pop-up you received this morning on your phone was the new notification of our latest sporadic podcast episode, begging you for attention like an artificial life form desperate to have its own existence validated.

Review: LFF 2017: Good Time

Posted by Becky Suter at 07:00 on 09 Oct 2017
LFF 2017: Good Time
I like R-Pattz and I cannot lie. And you other brothers can’t deny that since he first sparkled on our screens, he’s done a good job of distancing himself from that tweenage vampire movie. Here in the latest feature from the Safdie brothers, Robert Pattinson is the best he’s ever been (don’t @ me), another stop on his impressive redemption tour to get as far away from Edward Cullen as possible. He’s made audacious choices at the best of times, and mainly beardy ones at that, but Good Time will show everyone that I was right all along and that Pattinson is as versatile an actor as he is fearless. I am always right about these things.

Here is a list of every man in Hollywood who hasn't been accused of sexual harassment

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:45 on 08 Oct 2017
Here is a list of every man in Hollywood who hasn't been accused of sexual harassment
Given recent allegations surrounding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, actors Casey Affleck and James Woods, and not to mention the countless scandals surrounding male movie critics and bloggers, the cliché has become true: it's now literally easier to list the men in Hollywood who haven't committed some form of sexual harassment.

Review: Blade Runner 2049

Posted by Ali Gray at 00:30 on 04 Oct 2017
Blade Runner 2049
With all memories of the Ghost In The Shell remake already lost like tears in rain, it's time to leave behind the replicants and look forward to a replican. Blade Runner 2049 is that rarest of sequels: a belated, big-budget blockbuster follow-up that feels like the real deal, not a synthetic knock-off. Not only has Denis Villeneuve managed to capture the essence of what made Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic so captivating, he's expanded the Blade Runner universe, growing the original not just visually and geographically but thematically too. Where the first film felt impossibly claustrophobic and hemmed in, possibly due to it being a good few decades ahead of the curve in terms of budget and effects, here the enormity of Scott's aspirations are unleashed in spectacular fashion.

18 questions I still have about Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:00 on 28 Sep 2017
18 questions I still have about Kingsman: The Golden Circle
It's been two weeks since I saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the movie motion picture event of September, and barely a day goes by that I don't think about it. It's a movie that really makes you question everything you know. Questions like 'Who is actually enjoying this?' and 'How do you turn something as joyous as a foul-mouthed Elton John cameo into a depressing chore?' Join me as I ask more spoiler-filled questions of Kingsman: The Golden Circle and wait fruitlessly for it to answer me.

Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: Iron Man (2008)

Posted by Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Becky Suter, Ed Williamson at 11:30 on 22 Sep 2017
Marvel's Cine-CHAT-ic Universe: Iron Man (2008)
Is it too late to change the name?

Review: Victoria And Abdul

Posted by Becky Suter at 09:00 on 21 Sep 2017
Victoria And Abdul
Shared universes are all the rage now. Marvel, DC, the Potterverse and now get this – there’s even a Royalverse, where Judi Dench is the same Queen Victoria in her new movie as she was in Mrs Brown. There’s even a Netflix spin-off series about her great-granddaughter. It’s crazy – where do they get these ideas? Regardless, in Victoria And Abdul, director Stephen Frears wants us to believe that a crotchety old queen, Empress of a country she never visited, is the most tolerant person in a time when society was decidedly un-woke. And it’s all because she wants some hot young D.

Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Posted by Ali Gray at 21:30 on 20 Sep 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The first Kingsman movie made a stylish entrance at precisely the right time i.e. just as Bond movies were about to get rubbish again. Spectre would go on to prove that being a secret agent was no laughing matter, and absolutely no silly business would be tolerated; Kingsman, on the other hand, was of the opinion that spies just wanna have fun, grasping hold of Moonraker's blunt end with a nudge and a wink and performing a passable karaoke cover of the Moore era's kitschiest hits. Unfortunately, that included the era's sexist horseshit: Kingsman signed off with a jarring anal sex joke that - if you'll pardon the single entendre - left behind a sour taste. The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is of the very same caliber as its predecessor, in that it is ostensibly a fun, colourful and occasionally inventive action flick, but one that is nonetheless torpedoed by an off-colour joke so brazen and shameless it defies belief.
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