Category: Movie reviews

Movie review: STAR TREK BEYOND

  Verdict: A lighter STAR TREK film, which is a lot of fun While 2009’s STAR TREK reboot was a fresh take on the mythos, sequel INTO DARKNESS took a darker turn that many felt simply wasn’t consistent with the STAR TREK vision. The introduction of Khan Noonien Singh was a bit of a mess;…


Movie review: GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

  Verdict: A very fun horror-comedy and a rare example of a successful reboot The original GHOSTBUSTERS is regarded as an icon of 80s cinematography. Although GHOSTBUSTERS II was nowhere near as well-received, discussion of a third instalment in the series has been going on for many years. This leads us to the 2016 “reboot”:…


Movie review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Verdict: Another slick superhero offering from Marvel, which is more Avengers than Captain America Captain America was once regarded by many as the “least interesting” member of the Avengers. In a post-modern, America-critical world, it’s easy to see how Captain America struggled with finding his place. He has a lot in common with Superman; being…


Movie review: BATMAN v SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE

Verdict: By turns excellent and mediocre, BvS might be the sequel to MAN OF STEEL but it’s a far better Batman movie BATMAN V SUPERMAN has to be the most anticipated superhero film of recent years. While the team-up has happened numerous times in comic books and other media, it’s taken this long for the…


Movie review: DEADPOOL

My verdict: Graphic, dark and very, very funny. The merc with the mouth finally gets his own movie. Sure, Deadpool has kinda been in film already, but his appearance in WOLVERINE: ORIGINS was largely forgettable and barely represented the character. DEADPOOL had a long run-up, and it feels like fan-interest in the film has been…


Merry Christmas: let’s celebrate with my FORCE AWAKENS review

Merry Christmas one and all! I hope that you’re all having a restful, peaceful and happy holiday. A lot of you will probably already have seen the new STAR WARS movie, or will be planning to do the same over the Christmas holidays. More than any other movie I can remember, THE FORCE AWAKENS has…


MOVIE REVIEW: ANT-MAN

ANT-MAN is the latest in what feels like a recent spate of superhero releases. In the last few months, we’ve had AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, DAREDEVIL, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Is there room for this insect-sized hero? In some respects, ANT-MAN is your typical superhero movie. It follows a…


MOVIE REVIEW: TERMINATOR GENISYS

Do you like greatest hits albums? I know this is perhaps a bizarre question to ask at the start of a movie review, but bear with me. The thing about greatest hits albums is that they are familiar. The manufacturer or producer chains together songs, and you end up with an album. Nothing new, just…


MOVIE REVIEW: JURASSIC WORLD

Twenty-two years after the original JURASSIC PARK, John Hammond’s dream returns as a fully-formed theme park in JURASSIC WORLD. The original JURASSIC PARK was utterly ground-breaking – appearing at a time when blockbuster movies rarely generated such interest and featuring stunning visual effects – but does the franchise need a fourth instalment? JURASSIC WORLD’s main…


MOVIE REVIEW: MAD MAX – FURY ROAD

George Miller’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD has been decades in the making. Born from the gritty, low-budget, Australian New Wave roots of MAD MAX (1979), the franchise has gone through a lot to arrive at the most recent incarnation. FURY ROAD is a reboot/remake of the series, with Tom Hardy as the seminal Road Warrior….


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