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Movie review: JUSTICE LEAGUE

JUSTICE LEAGUE continues DC’s attempt at a shared universe, which commenced with 2016’s BATMAN v SUPERMAN. BvS faced a challenging fan reaction, and despite the premise’s promise, it was widely regarded as being overly dark and melodramatic. SUICIDE SQUAD attempted to redress that balance, by bringing some humour and fun back into the mix, but…


Movie review: THOR: RAGNAROK

THOR: RAGNAROK is the latest instalment in the increasingly-broad Marvel Universe, and the third Thor-specific movie. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the superhero genre is becoming ever-more crowded. A movie in this field has to do something different, and offer something unusual, to justify itself. So, does RAGNAROK succeed, or is…


Movie review: BLADE RUNNER 2049

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is the most highly-anticipated sequel in SF, if not this decade, then certainly this year. We’re living in a world in which sequels are becoming the norm. We’ve recently been treated to sequels or prequels to many seminal SF series, and nothing seems sacred. BLADE RUNNER is one of those films that…


Movie review: TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Michael Bay is a man who likes spectacle. He loves his effects, he loves his big character moments, and he loves his robots. If you’ve seen any of the TRANSFORMERS movies, you’ll know what to expect with THE LAST KNIGHT. Despite the promise of a “reboot” when AGE OF EXTINCTION was released (the predecessor to…


Movie review: WONDER WOMAN

The WONDER WOMAN movie hasn’t had an easy journey to the big screen. Diana’s quest started all the way back in 1996, and the project has had various obstacles and delays before finally settling on Patty Jenkins as director in 2015. Much noise has been made about the inability of a female superhero to attract…


Movie review: ALIEN: COVENANT

Ridley Scott is responsible for some of my favourite films of all time. BLADE RUNNER approaches perfection on so many levels. BLACK HAWK DOWN is a seminal war movie. But it’s really ALIEN that has always captivated me; a film that I return to again and again, and which has spawned (much like the titular…


Movie review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was a surprising hit for Marvel. Acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, it proved to be a financial success for the studio. The Guardians were initially viewed as something of a gamble for Marvel – as the gang were made up of lesser-known heroes, there was some anxiety as to whether…


Movie review: GHOST IN THE SHELL

GHOST IN THE SHELL is a franchise that has a highly dedicated fanbase, spanning several iterations. So many themes from the original manga (and the later, highly-influential anime) have been echoed elsewhere. Without GHOST, there would surely be no MATRIX. Many directors have admitted the debt they owe to GHOST. So, the first bigscreen, live…


Movie review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Verdict: A fun, old-fashioned monster movie King Kong’s story has been told and retold many times, and the tale of the noble great ape is one that Hollywood keeps returning to. The premise is always the same, more or less: expedition discovers enormous gorilla, gorilla goes bananas, mayhem ensues, everyone escape the island. There are…


Top 5: Bill Paxton movies

Join me for a tour de force of the late Bill Paxton’s movie roles. In ascending order, let’s examine the great Mr Paxton’s best big screen appearances. 5. PREDATOR 2 (1990) PREDATOR 2, of course, came after ALIENS. It gets some bad press, but it also has many fans. I’m one of them. And, of…


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