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  • The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 26th December 2013

    It has become a Hollywood truism that, since the advent of CGI, it is now possible to put literally anything up on the big screen as long as there’s a large enough suitcase of money involved. There are no limits anymore. Movies can now show us scenes that are beyond anything we can possibly imagine, such as alien spaceships or giant dinosaurs. Well, ok, I suppose we can all imagine both of those things. What about... a time before the universe existed? Or climaxing pastry? Anyway, movies can deliver it all. And now this film, about a hopeless fantasist swapping his daydreams for a real-life adventure, gets to play with those rules. The potential for visual spectacle is limitless. There are literally dozens of funny voices Ben Stiller can use.

  • Gangster Squad

    Movie Review | Matt | 10th January 2013

    It turns out that I have a small issue with a lot of gangster films, which I didn't realise until watching Gangster Squad. For all their sharp-suited, Tommy gun-wielding adventures, most feel the need to bring home the heavy-hitting drama underlying it all. Of course, there's no problem with this, but it seems to me that Hollywood has spent so long trying to tell us the real story behind some of history's most infamous outlaws, that it seems to have forgotten how to tell us the fake, fun, irresponsible version. This is where Gangster Squad chimes in; a film so gloriously cartoony at times that it feels ripped from the frames and pages of a graphic novel. Even though it is actually um... based on true events.

  • Sean Penn's Gangster Squad accent: answers on a postcard

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 10th May 2012

    Took me at least eight plays before I knew what he was bloody talking about. Full trailer for Gangster Squad here.

  • A lovely perk of the job

    Movie News | Ali | 28th November 2011

    I seem to have come down with a deadly virus - somewhere between H1N1 and the common cold - so have been laid up in bed all weekend, with nothing but Frasier DVD boxsets to keep me company. That is, until this morning, when I received an awesome awards screener.

  • Films on TV round-up: milk and cookies. Human flesh cookies.

    TV Feature | Kirsty Harrison | 9th October 2011

    This weekend was a brilliant weekend for films on TV; next week is a flaming bag of reheated turds! So what should you be watching tonight? Well, let me tell you, it's a tough battle between a grown-up proper film and Johnny Depp in a fright wig.

  • The Tree Of Life

    Movie Review | Ali | 5th July 2011

    So here's me, reviewing The Tree Of Life. Me, who sort of liked Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. Me, who has probably never seen an arthouse film without sneaking a snooze and has an extremely low tolerance for pretentious bullshit. Me, who has already put off writing this review for a week and procrastinated to the tune of 50 made-up Terrence Malick trivia tidbits. This should be fun.

  • Films on TV round-up: sins, Sean and cyborgs

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 19th June 2011

    I never end up watching any of these myself, you know. But if just one of you finds a new film you come to love after reading these weekly round-ups, isn't it all worth it just for that? Well, no, frankly. It takes fucking ages.

  • Give Tree Of Life the Oscar already

    Movie News | Ali | 28th March 2011

    This brand new poster for Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life has already been described as "beyond beautiful", despite being a collection of stills paired with a nice font. I smell Oscars!

  • Fair Game 2011 vs Fair Game 1995

    Movie Feature | Ali | 10th March 2011

    Before you head off to the cinema this weekend, here's a fact sheet about the two different movies called Fair Game, just in case you accidentally wander into the wrong one. Somehow.

  • Let's pretend we all love Terrence Malick's Tree Of Life trailer

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 15th December 2010

    It's good, but it's clearly no The A-Team.