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  • Bad Teacher

    Movie Review | Ali | 2nd June 2011

    If you're going to call your movie Bad Teacher and openly invite comparisons to Bad Santa, you'd better make sure your Teacher actually is Bad, and not just... y'know, a bit shit.

  • Lawless

    Movie Review | Matt | 9th September 2012

    A period drama set during the Depression? Based on a popular, critically-acclaimed novel? Starring an ensemble cast of superb acting talent? Well surely nothing can stop this awards-garnering juggernaut from winning... wait, is that Shia LaBeouf? (*sharp intake of breath*)

  • Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist

    Movie Review | Rob | 21st April 2011

    Fast Five? Fast & Furious 5? 5ast 5ive? Fa5t & Fiveriou5? Whatever the hell you decide to call it, this macho, manly franchise shows no signs of pulling into the slow lane. Grrrr!

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    Movie Review | Ali | 27th April 2009

    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...

  • Just Go With It

    Movie Review | Ali | 13th February 2011

    Punishment, I am a sucker for you. There's a theory in my household that you can't enjoy a good film after a roast dinner on Sunday - the senses are all soaked in gravy, so all you can do is haul your ass to the cinema and endure something bland and inoffensive. The kind of film a snooze wouldn't ruin. Something like Just Go With It.

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

    Movie Review | Matt | 20th December 2011

    By now you are probably one of the bazillion commuters that have already familiarised yourself with the first novel in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, and/or one of the many world cinema boasters that have watched the original Swedish film adaptation. If not, you've really been missing out on one of the greatest thrillers of the 21st century. Although, lucky for you, you'll also get to see Fincher's fantastic version without ever knowing what's coming next. I am, as they say, well jel.

  • Skyfall

    Movie Review | Ali | 13th October 2012

    After the racing start that was Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace felt like an unscheduled pitstop; Craig stuck in the driving seat, sitting frustrated and static while the Bond engineers frantically retooled his vehicle against the clock. I'm happy to report that Skyfall sees Bond well and truly back on track: a turbo-boosted return to form with all cylinders firing. It's not without its problems, but Skyfall walks that fine line between homage and evolution so confidently, it frequently breaks into a strut.

  • Divergent

    Movie Review | Becky Suter | 24th March 2014

    Imagine a world where sexy teens battle against a dystopian landscape, and it's up to one plucky heroine to rise up and overthrow a corrupt governing body. You've just imagined The Hung- Oh no, wait, this is Divergent. And that is probably Divergent's initial problem, trying to overcome the inevitable comparisons with that other book/film that also has a lead girl in it. That and the fact that Theo James' magnificent cheekbones just REFUSE to QUIT. Seriously, you could cut glass with them.

  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

    Movie Review | Rob | 3rd February 2012

    Michael Caine has had a long, glittering career spanning five decades. He's been nominated for an Academy Award in every decade since the 1960s. He's even a Knight of The Realm. The man truly is an icon of British cinema. Surely, though, flying a giant bee and high-fiving The Rock has to be his greatest achievement to date.

  • The Hangover

    Movie Review | Ali | 5th June 2009

    Rather like how the consequences of violence are rarely shown on film, nor are the consequences of heavy boozing - sure, there are countless famous movie drunks, but when was the last time you saw a 'morning after' movie? Perhaps it's because having a protagonist spend 90 minutes on the toilet isn't much fun; perhaps it's becaus...