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  • xXx: Return Of Xander Cage

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 19th January 2017

    One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2017 was to watch more movies I wouldn't normally watch, with the intent of broadening my cinematic horizons. Little did I know, the first invite to plop into my inbox would be for xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, an action movie so extreme that it doesn't even have the time to include the definitive article in its title. I have never walked out of a movie, but the closest I've ever come is during the first xXx in 2002, around about the time Vin Diesel's buff Generation X-er snowboarded down an avalanche on a tea tray. I assumed that in his absence, Cage had been hitting the books, ready to return older, wiser and woke. But then the movie opened with xXx jumping off a TV transmitter and skiing through a jungle, so I guess I'll be putting off the broadening of my cinematic horizons until another day.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 26th January 2015

    Imagine an alternate universe, one in which producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson decided to reboot 007 using not the ruthless thuggery of Timothy Dalton or the brutish charm of Sean Connery as the Bond blueprint, instead opting to use the far-fetched, OTT antics of Roger Moore as the template. Ludicrous gadgets. Comic-book acting. Tongue rammed in cheek so deep all dialogue is in danger of being spoken with a lisp. Congratulations! You've just stumbled on the formula that could well have led to the creation of Kingsman: The Secret Service (it could've, if you didn't already know it was based on the book by Mark Millar).

  • IMDB trivia entry for The Avengers is confusing, potentially delicious

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 28th October 2013

    And you thought running S.H.I.E.L.D. was a tough gig.

  • Trailer breakdown: RoboCop aka the roboplegic wrong-cop

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 8th September 2013

    RoboCop - he insists you capitalise the 'C' because he's so insecure - has had his system rebooted. Here's your first look at RoboCop 2.0 (or I dunno, 8.1 or whatever, I can't keep up with all the RoboCop sequels and TV series and cartoons) with Joel Kinnaman as the man in the machine and Abbie Cornish as the woman he loves. Let's be honest, this looks exactly how you'd expect a 12A RoboCop movie to look i.e. about as good as RobertCop.

  • Django Unchained

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 14th January 2013

    I've seen Django Unchained twice now. After the second viewing, I looked back through the notes I'd made after the first, and realised that most of them were now useless. As with a lot of Quentin Tarantino's work, it takes more than one watch to fully form an opinion, but in this case I'd changed my mind almost entirely. I read back through them, crossing out complaints regarding its lengthy, meandering scenes and its jarring refusal to end at its obvious conclusion. But I understand these things better now for what they are: exercises in character development that make this one of its author's richest and most engaging works.

  • Sexually confusing Django Unchained poster head-swap of the day

    Movie Feature | Ali | 19th October 2012

    "Look at my tits, I double dare you, motherfucker." Making the most of the new Django Unchained posters, because Friday. (Via /Film).

  • Arena could be the movie of our times. Of all times.

    Movie Trailer | Luke | 2nd August 2011

    The bizarre career choices of Samuel L. Jackson continue unabated, in CGI-heavy boss battler Arena.

  • Films on TV round-up: golf, gripes and great big punch-ups

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 15th May 2011

    In which you will discover that 'Affleckian' is now a word and there's nothing you can do about it.

  • Sam Jackson says SHIELD movie to follow The Avengers

    Movie News | Ali | 14th May 2010

    But then he would say that, wouldn't he?