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Review: Passengers

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:00 on 19 Dec 2016
Passengers
Passengers is a sci-fi with an easily adaptable premise: what if, on the 120-year journey through space to colonise another planet, you were the only person on your spaceship to wake up? You can imagine dozens of versions of this movie. The Werner Herzog version is slow and considered and intimate and depressing and everyone dies. The Michael Bay version is huge and costs a billion dollars and has bikini models in zero gravity and it turns out the spaceship is evil. Nestling uncomfortably in the halfway point between the two is Morten Tyldum's Passengers, a shiny spin on Jon Spaihts' screenplay that can't decide if it's a blockbuster or a character piece and ends up being neither.

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:46 on 19 May 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse
Forgive me for sounding like I'm on the company payroll, but have Marvel movies ruined superhero movies for everyone else? I fear they have. The Marvel Cinematic Universe made its own space in the superhero sphere; it owns the area marked 'fun'. DC, as a countermeasure to all the lousy fun everyone was enjoying, staked their claim on the 'serious' space; heroes with grim faces carved out of rock, pre-tantrum lip-wobble expressions lashed with rain. Where does this leave the X-Men? I'm sure I don't know anymore, because X-Men: Apocalypse attempts to be all things to all people and ends up being neither overtly fun or remotely serious, just entirely ridiculous. It feels like a superhero movie back from when no one really knew what that was supposed to mean, or, as a friend of mine put it so perfectly: "It's like a shit superhero movie from the nineties".

Film starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence somehow gets greenlight

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:30 on 17 Jun 2015
Film starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence somehow gets greenlight
Sometimes I just don't understand Hollywood.

Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Posted by Matt Looker at 09:00 on 13 May 2014
X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Have you seen all of the X-Men films? Including the First Class prequel and both Wolverine movies? AND all of the mid-credits and post-credits stings that were tagged on to the end? Good. Then you may proceed. Welcome to X-Men: Retcon. I hope you've been paying attention.

12 Years A Slave cruelly snubbed at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Posted by Ali Gray at 15:00 on 14 Apr 2014
12 Years A Slave cruelly snubbed at 2014 MTV Movie Awards
Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning drama 12 Years A Slave was snubbed by esteemed MTV movie critics last night. Though it was nominated for Movie Of The Year, it was beaten by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Nominated star Chiwetel Ejiofor went home empty-handed, with the Best Male Performance awarded to industry veteran Josh Hutcherson for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Oscar-winning newcomer Lupita Nyong'o also missed out, with Best Female Performance going to Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. To cap a miserable evening for Steve McQueen's movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor wasn't even nominated for Best Shirtless Performance.

Eight astonishing things on the new X-Men: Days Of Future Past poster

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:10 on 24 Mar 2014
Eight astonishing things on the new X-Men: Days Of Future Past poster
The X-Men don't historically have a lot of luck when it comes to cool poster designs - who could forget 9/3/11? - and that trend continues with this mental new one-sheet for X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Featuring: ALL OF THE THINGS.

Review: American Hustle

Posted by Neil Alcock at 12:00 on 07 Dec 2013
American Hustle
American Hustle does not fuck about setting out its stall. Its first glorious image is of a pudgy Christian Bale in a bathroom mirror, his face sheltering beneath a jacked-up haystack of atrocious seventies hair, methodically and painstakingly attempting to sculpt his ludicrous combover into a presentable form. It's immediately hilarious and tragic, and tells us that what we're about to watch is concerned with appearances, deceit, aspiration, unfathomable fashion choices and hair. Lots of hair.

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Posted by Matt Looker at 14:00 on 19 Nov 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
So now we arrive at the second film of the latest mega-successful young-adult-novel-turned-movie-franchise and this is where things can get tricky. It's easy enough to come up with an initial concept - boy goes to wizard school, girl falls in love with vampire, etc - but following it up with the beginnings of an epic saga? Much harder to do. Thankfully though, this sequel manages to accomplish just that, successfully furthering the story and delving deeper into the politics and ethical quandaries laid out by its predecessor. All this despite being - for the most part - basically the same film.

Magneto's guide to picking up women, lesson #1: Chat-up lines

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:30 on 30 Oct 2013


Next week: Professor X on how to really get inside a woman's head.

Exciting new Catching Fire posters feature old men sitting in chairs

Posted by Ali at 16:00 on 10 Mar 2013
Exciting new Catching Fire posters feature old men sitting in chairs
Top row (l-r): Justin Bieber, Perez Hilton, Thor Jr, Charlie Brooker. Bottom row (l-r): Gay Santa, Felix Leiter, Orlando Bloom in Pirates, Lenny Kravitz.









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