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  • Review: Gemini Man proves a blunt instrument can't have a cutting edge

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 6th October 2019

    Gemini Man, to its credit, is a film that couldn't feasibly have existed until this precise moment in time. Ang Lee, perennial pusher of envelopes, has created a movie of such terrifying technological oomph, it simply could not have been made before now - it feels so new and box fresh, if you squint, you can still see the price tag on all the pixels. The ultra-high 100fps frame rate - suck it, The Hobbit! - in combination with native 3D and mind-boggling de-ageing CG imagery gives Gemini Man the feel of a cutting edge tech demo on an impossibly expensive John Lewis TV that you could never dream of affording. What's truly baffling, then, is why a movie boasting such impressive visuals would be sold so short by a story that feels like something Steven Seagal would have passed on in 1998.

  • Suicide Squad

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 5th August 2016

    Here's something that shouldn't be a thing: any director, cast member or studio that says "we made it for the fans, not the critics". Now, I would say that I occupy a space somewhere in between those two clearly very unique and separate positions. I'm an occasional blogger currently writing a review (that, heaven forbid, will be listed on Rotten Tomatoes) but who particularly enjoys superheroes and comic-book movies. So where does the DC party line of 'fans not critics' leave me? I'll tell you where - in the same place as literally anybody else who sees this film: with an opinion, and only that. Obviously, it should be argued as objectively as possible, but for the sake of DC's stance in the matter, let me try to review this like a fan rather than like a clueless critic doing super-serious critiquing on Marvel's payroll. With that in mind, Suicide Squad is a bit rubbs.

  • Focus

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 25th February 2015

    The romantic heist genre (or rom-con, if you will) feels like a pretty well worn sub-genre by this point: the conman, the mark, the honeytrap, the big job, the love that's worth more than diamonds, the poster tagline which insists on telling you whether the con is or isn't on - you know the score. Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo stole hearts among other things in The Thomas Crown Affair and every pale imitator since has been caught red-handed raiding the same emotional cookie jar (see also and forget immediately: Duplicity, starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts). Focus sticks to that same formula religiously, but it's a delightful surprise to report that it hoodwinks you into having a great time, distracting you with hot bodies and slick plotting until you realise you've been entertained. Also it stole £13.50 out of your wallet.

  • You snooze you lose, After Earth

    Movie Feature | Ali | 24th December 2012

    Sorry After Earth, but Oblivion got there first in the 'Tiny lone figure stands among the mist with his spaceship, staring at a futuristic wasteland and a distant waterfall, above a minimalistic white logo' stakes.

  • The five most under-developed plotlines in Men In Black 3

    Movie Feature | Ali | 26th May 2012

    So I sort of reviewed Men In Black 3 last week and gave it a passable three stars, but there are still things that bug me about it which I'm going to share. I do, however, like that the picture above makes it look like Will Smith has two tiny white hands. Pew pew! He'll gitcha!

  • Will Smith still greatest guy ever

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 19th May 2012

    Don't think we've forgotten, Gary.

  • Men In Black 3D

    Movie Review | Ali | 16th May 2012

    It's been ten years since the last underwhelming Men In Black movie and 15 long years since the brilliant original - and no one particularly asked to have it back. So... how does Men In Black 3D fare?

  • Note to Men In Black 3 writers: watch more South Park

    Movie News | Ali | 2nd May 2012

    Dear Men In Black 3 writers. It has come to my attention that your new poster features a design that looks to have been influenced by a certain episode of South Park. You may wish to rethink this before release.

  • In the future, everyone will be famous for 1.5 seconds

    Movie News | Ali | 5th March 2012

    Source: Men In Black 3 trailer (via DenOfGeek.com)

  • On my way home I lost confidence in the Fresh Prince's narrative integrity

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 9th February 2012

    At which point I tweeted about it, effectively ruining any future attempts to flesh the thought out into a feature. Pretend I didn't.