Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 18th March 2016

    What a nice, interesting surprise. A Cloverfield sequel that nobody was expecting dropping a trailer out of nowhere and coming with a tantalising-yet-head-scratching title implying a connection to the first film that makes no sense whatsoever. I'm excited, but also... confused? Like a dog hearing somebody whistling on the TV. I have no idea what's about to come next, but it sounds fun.

    And this, as it happens, is the film's greatest strength. Because there are so few films released now that make us feel like dogs hearing somebody whistle on the TV.

  • Top 10 films of our lifetime #5: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 22nd September 2014

    Like you, I was very disappointed to see that Edgar Wright decided to part ways with Marvel and Ant-Man, because he's a director who is capable of doing wonderful things with a camera; the combination of Edgar Wright, Paul Rudd and the Marvel universe made me feel a little giddy. Still, I can take comfort in the fact that he's basically already made a superhero movie in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, and not only that, he had Beck provide the tunes. Ant-Man Shmant-Man - Ali.

  • A Good Day To Die Hard

    Movie Review | Ali | 14th February 2013

    The theory goes that the larger you make John McClane's playground, the less fun there is to be had. Since the original Die Hard, we've gone from a building to an airport to a city to the entire Eastern Seaboard, and now with A Good Day To Die Hard, John McClane ventures to Russia, where more fish out of water jokes than ever await. The law of diminishing returns has largely held true, except this fifth Die Hard movie feels slightly less expansive than the last, and is significantly less silly. It's no closer a relation to the 1988 original, and McClane is more of an indestructible Terminator than ever, but you just can't stay mad at it.

  • Smashed

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 12th December 2012

    Like an idiot, having been too busy eating free crisps to read the press notes beforehand, I couldn't remember Mary Elizabeth Winstead's name or where I'd seen her before until the closing credits of Smashed. This is the sort of thing that will usually gnaw at me for the duration of a movie, but in this case it was easily forgotten: hers is a stellar performance in a film that refuses to take the obvious path, and is all the more engaging for it.

  • The Thing prequel has a trailer; the trailer has Inception Horn

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 14th July 2011

    (*THIIIIINNNNGGG*) The long-dormant prequel to The Thing has a trailer. (*THIIIIINNNNGGG*) It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and that guy from Dumb & Dumberer. (*THIIIIINNNNGGG*)

  • Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

    Movie Review | Ali | 15th August 2010

    The next time someone tells you about how 3D is the future of cinema, sit them down in front of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, preferably on the biggest screen you can find, and watch their jaw hit the floor. Here we have a film that's so sharp, so visually stimulating and so whip-smart, it positively crackles with energy. It may well be the best-looking movie of its generation. 3D is where it's at, huh? Spare me. The future of cinema lies in the hands of filmmakers like Edgar Wright.

  • Grindhouse

    Movie Review | Ali | 9th March 2008

    If you're looking for proof that America is a nation dangerously low on brain cells, then don't look to their president, their love of NASCAR or the success of Two And A Half Men - look at the cinema-going public and their increasingly erratic choices. In April last year, cinema patrons spectacularly failed to recognise a great ...

  • Death Proof

    Movie Review | Ali | 11th August 2007

    Quentin Tarantino is not the unstoppable force we once thought he was. There was a time when he could do no wrong - his new movies were eagerly anticipated like no others, his name attached to a project was a guaranteed seal of quality and every fevered word that flew out his mouth and past his gigantic chin was like a dagger in...

  • Die Hard 4.0

    Movie Review | Ali | 18th July 2007

    Beating Indiana Jones to the punch for the winner of the Most Unnecessary Return From Retirement award, Officer McClane steps backs in the field some 12 years after he last saw action. For a movie that was largely expected to curl off a big pixellated PG-13 turd on one of the best action franchises ever, Die Hard 4.0 is surprisi...

  • Final Destination 3

    Movie Review | Ali | 2nd March 2006

    The horror genre is already one that can be sliced up in a variety of different ways; there's the slasher flick, the splatter and grindhouse exploitation sub-genres, the more cultured 'psychological' thrillers, the recent worrying trend of 12A sanitised horror movies... the list goes on and on as the genre continues to diversify...