Famke Janssen

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  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    Movie Review | Ali | 26th February 2013

    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters bears all the hallmarks of a film that knows entirely how silly it is. For starters, it's called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It's produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the freewheeling comedic spitballers behind Anchorman. Peter Stormare is in it. Crucially, it has a concept so inherently ludicrous – Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are all grown up and hunt witches with hardware that'd shame Seal Team Six – you'd think it impossible for such a film to lack self-awareness. Why, then, does Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters fumble almost every chance it has to be funny?

  • Taken 2

    Movie Review | Matt | 21st September 2012

    When Liam Neeson uses his particular set of skills - y'know, the ones that he has acquired over a very long career - to hunt you down, it turns out that what he'll do to you is nothing compared to the butchering you'll receive in the editing suite afterwards.

  • Liam Neeson dials down threat following Taken 2's 12A rating

    Movie News | Ali | 15th September 2012

    Revenge-fulled violent kidnap torturefest Taken 2 goes for the teen pocket money demographic with a 12A rating. (Full BBFC details here).

  • Taken 2 to feature guns, mourning, torture, extreme air guitar

    Movie News | Ali | 1st September 2012

    If it's anything like its predecessor, Taken 2 will feature lots of shots of Liam Neeson looking pained, plenty of gunplay and more than its fair share of torture. One new addition for the sequel, however, is the inclusion of rockin' out. Let me explain.

  • Taken

    Movie Review | Kirsty | 31st January 2009

    Ah, the French. They know how to do so many things well - runny cheese, red wine, yacht-based film festivals and so on. Now they can add kidnap capers to that list. Taken, co-written by Luc Besson and directed by District B13's Pierre Morel, is a fast, taut and remarkably enjoyable thriller which is refreshingly free of twisty r...

  • The Wackness

    Movie Review | Anna | 2nd September 2008

    The trailer for The Wackness conveys an impression of some god-awful, coming-of-age, too-cool-for-school, stoner-slacker NYC nonsense, nor is it helped by the worst title of the year. But wait.... is that.... Ben Kingsley? What the hell is Sir Ben doing in this film? Has he lost it? Was he duped into a cameo? Fortunately first i...

  • Hide And Seek

    Movie Review | Ali | 5th March 2005

    Perhaps more than any other genre, horror films have the most cliches to avoid. If you're going to try and sustain any sense of tension, the last thing you want is your audience second-guessing everything, completely deflating any suspense you might have created in the process - it doesn't make for a scary movie if you flag eve...