Michelle Monaghan

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  • Discussion: Impossible - Mission: Impossible III (2006)

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray, Matt Looker, Becky Suter, Ed Williamson | 22nd July 2018

    Another installment of the most original feature series in online history: the one where four people get together over email to force themselves to talk about the Mission: Impossible movies, instead of just enjoying them like everyone else on the planet. Today: Mission: Impossible III, directed by Jonathan Jonathan Abrams.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 17th July 2018

    Forget the rubber masks and the death-defying stunts: the Mission: Impossible movies' true gimmick is its insistence on hiring a different director for each outing, building a franchise that feels fresh and flavourful with every new installment. Fallout, however, is unique in that it marks the return of Rogue Nation director Chris McQuarrie, the first man to have a second go on Ethan Hunt. The results speak for themselves: what the series' first true sequel trades off in originality, it more than makes up for in dramatic tension and sky high stakes. Rooted deep within the franchise and connecting back to every other M:I movie, Fallout still feels uncomplicated and unbothered by baggage collected over 22 years. It's the most effective execution of the Mission: Impossible formula so far - a heady mix of humour, action and adventure, distilled to its purest form.

  • Patriots Day

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 2nd March 2017

    How soon is too soon? Is it when the real-life victims of a tragedy are still raw from the experience? Is it when artistic licence just isn't appropriate for events that are still fresh in everyone’s minds? Is it when unseemly facts about those involved might detract from their otherwise brave and heroic actions? Or is it when - as is the case here - overcompensating for all of the above results in muddled, mawkish melodrama?

  • Pixels

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 30th July 2015

    One of the many questions that spring to mind while watching Pixels - such as "Why doesn't any of this make any sense?" and "What would it take for Adam Sandler's tired Deputy Dawg face to register an iota of genuine emotion?" - is: Who is this film supposed to be for? As a PG movie packed full of fairly obscure 80s references, you can only assume that its core audience is nostalgic parents who won't mind it when, on the journey home afterwards, their child takes a brief pause from unpacking the latest expansion kit for their favourite immersive online RPG to ask: "What's a Donkey Kong?"

  • Machine Gun Preacher

    Movie Review | Rob | 2nd November 2011

    Machine Gun Preacher: with a title like that, you'd expect a Grindhouse-esque, ultra-violent B-movie about a muscle-bound preacher with ripped sleeves, standing atop a pile of bodies, brandishing a huge gun, maybe with a cigar hanging out of his mouth, topped off with a killer catchphrase. "Pray for mercy," he'd say. Or something like that.

  • Source Code

    Movie Review | Matt | 17th March 2011

    As Moon sky-rocketed Bowie sprog Duncan Jones on to the exciting list of Talented New Filmmakers to Watch, it also automatically placed him on the sinister register entitled Don't Fuck Up the Next One. Now, while I'm going to try to keep this review relatively spoiler-free, I can reveal that, thankfully, he didn't. (*whispers*) It's really good.

  • Eagle Eye

    Movie Review | Rob | 22nd October 2008

    When not counting his money or banging on about Indiana Jones and Tintin, Steven Spielberg enjoys nothing more than updating the classics. Last year, he produced Disturbia aka Rear Window for chavs. Now, undeterred by the impending lawsuits, he's dusted off his old copy of North By Northwest, re-teamed with Disturbia helmer D.J....

  • Gone Baby Gone

    Movie Review | Ali | 5th June 2008

    Straw poll. Ben Affleck: hate him or really hate him? Let's not beat around the bush; Affleck the elder has been trading off his early successes for years, coasting through a career peppered with duff action vehicles, with a smug grin permanently slapped just above his gigantic chin. Just look at the man's IMDb profile picture: ...

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Movie Review | Ali | 11th July 2006

    "The creative industries can be broken down into four distinct elements: creation, production, distribution and consumption." That's how my 2,000 word essay is looking after approximately three days of pacing, panic attacks and numerous toilet breaks, and it's due in about 16 hours. Cue a phone call from a friend in the indust...

  • Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

    Movie Review | Ali | 1st March 2006

    Ask any young filmgoer who their favourite screenwriter is and they'll probably tell you that - shock horror - the pen of Quentin is what turns them on. Chances are, they're just as big a fan of one Shane Black, the only thing is, they probably don't even know it. Black is the motormouth behind gems like Lethal Weapon and The ...