Edward Zwick

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  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 20th October 2016

    I still maintain that the first Jack Reacher is a decent action film, and one that has fun with tropes and clichés of the genre. Obviously, not everyone agrees with me, but I think ultimately I've been proved right. And in that sense, the original controversy surrounding Tom Cruise’s casting as Reacher didn’t make sense to me. As I’m not beholden to the source material in any way, Cruise seemed perfect as the all-star action guy with the charm and wit to carry through the self-aware humour. But, as there’s none of that here, this might just be the first instance of an actor being miscast in his own sequel.

  • Love And Other Drugs

    Movie Review | Matt | 20th December 2010

    When does a rom-com stop being a rom-com? When it's R-rated? You'd think that the very definition of such a certification would ensure that the usual saccharine sentiment is swapped out for something more substantial. Unfortunately, no amount of F-bombs, extensive nudity and scenes of distressing drama can save this film from all the well-known romantic comedy trappings. So, essentially, this is just When Harry Fucked Sally.

  • Defiance

    Movie Review | Kirsty | 12th January 2009

    The story of the Bielski brothers and their resistance movement is not a famous one and isn't taught in GCSE history like Oskar Schindler's, despite the fact that they were responsible for the survival and protection of a similar number of Jews during WWII. Defiance, co-written and directed by Oscar-winner Edward Zwick, is the f...

  • The Last Samurai

    Movie Review | Ali | 3rd January 2005

    So, Tom Cruise's Oscar-vehicle is in town once more and this time, he's hoping to swipe a golden-bonced statuette with The Last Samurai - an epic tale charting the fall of feudal Japan and its eventual westernisation. Thrice nominated (and once unfairly beaten for Born On The 4th Of July), Cruise seemingly carries an air of Osc...