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Review: Moon

Posted by Ali at 20:39 on 15 Jul 2009
Moon
Considering that Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind ranks as one of the most recent triumphs in the grand scheme of human exploration, it's a little odd that science-fiction has never really landed on the Moon. A case of 'been there, done that', perhaps? Maybe Apollo 11 robbed the Moon of its mystery. But given that every h...

Review: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Posted by Ali at 00:39 on 04 Jul 2009
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
First, an admission: I've not read the Harry Potter books. Go ahead: take me out back and shoot me. I've seen the films and enjoyed them as passing distractions, but never felt obliged to comment, given that they're so clearly aimed at the hardcore fans - trying to review them would be like pretending to support a football team ...

Review: Looking For Eric

Posted by Anna at 19:41 on 16 Jun 2009
Looking For Eric
You wouldn't usually associate Ken Loach with the word 'heart-warming'. Heart-wrenching is more his thing. Along with Mike Leigh, Loach leads the way in gritty, depressing British cinema, but then Leigh went and surprised us all with the release of last year's Happy-Go-Lucky, an endearing film about an unflappable optimist. Now ...

Review: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Posted by Ali at 23:54 on 12 Jun 2009
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
It doesn't take a genius to figure out why, out of all the big ass summer blockbusters this year, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen was the one I was least worried about performing. Camp-as-Christmas Hugh Jackman trying and failing to unleash his inner animal? Cringe. Christian Bale's CHAN CANNAR trying to avoid termination at...

Review: Star Trek

Posted by Mark at 22:52 on 09 May 2009
Star Trek
Let's play a little game of word association. If I said 'majestic', 'enjoyable' and 'meaningful', you wouldn't think Star Trek, right? No. But if I said 'lazy', 'predictable' and 'dull'.... well, that's Star Trek down to a tee - at least, that's how it's been for the past decade and a half. Of late, Star Trek has been a poten...

Review: Coraline

Posted by Ben at 14:25 on 07 May 2009
Coraline
There's something deeply disturbing about button-eyes. Maybe it's the lack of reflection or emotion that leaves a certain 'deadness' about them. But if your Other Mother is more loving and attentive than your real mother, surely that's a good thing? Even if she has button eyes, right? Coraline (Fanning) is an adventurous but ...

Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Posted by Ali at 23:55 on 27 Apr 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Straight off the bat: this movie features more shots of muscle-bound men looking up at the camera and yelling "RAAWWWRGH!" than any other I can remember. It's the shoutiest film of the year: guaranteed. But in the X-Men Origins universe, cursing skywards is short-hand for tragedy - it's emotion, spelled out in capital letters in...

Review: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Posted by Andy at 23:51 on 06 Feb 2009
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
David Fincher + Brad Pitt = fantastic. That's pretty much a given; Fincher brings out the best in Pitt, who is cursed with the affliction of being an actually very good actor trapped in a pretty body (George Clooney being another example). The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is adapted from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald t...

Review: Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans

Posted by Kirsty at 14:32 on 28 Jan 2009
Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans
"Oh Lucian, Lucian, wherefore art thou, a stinky bloody-thirsty werewolf?" You know the story: boy meets girl, boy is werewolf, girl is vampire, boy loves girl, everybody dies. That's essentially the plot for Underworld's third outing, whose tagline could have read: "Romeo and Juliet for the Dark Ages." Vampires and werewolve...

Review: The Spirit

Posted by Ali at 21:16 on 03 Jan 2009
The Spirit
There's no question Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City - and the subsequent Robert Rodriguez movie adaptation - glorified violence. In Miller's own adaptation of Will Eisner's '40s superhero serial The Spirit, he's guilty of glorifying something else: tits. Rather than swing with Sam Raimi's light and frothy Spider-Man movies...
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