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Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

The pressure’s really on Joss Whedon, writer-director of the hugely successful, billion dollar-breaking Avengers Assemble, with the hype machine reaching the comparable heights of this December’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. No one’s quite sure if it’ll use Assemble as a stepping stone to even greater things, or crumble...

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron – “Hilarious, heart breaking, exciting and scary”

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron – “Hilarious, heart breaking, exciting and scary”

Joss Whedon is back with his second, perhaps final, Avengers movie: Age of Ultron. Although Joss’s voice has become adopted as the tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Age of Ultron shows that while everything since Avengers Assemble has been great – nobody does it better. Joss is boss. The whole crew are back for more thrilling heroics, this time...

Review: Woman in Gold

Review: Woman in Gold

ABOUT: Woman in Gold is a 2015 British-American drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce. The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Holocaust...

Blu-ray Review: Midnight Run

Blu-ray Review: Midnight Run

“The litmus configuration test.” “Those were some good looking chickens.” If you know the lines of dialogue quoted above then you’re a fan of Martin Brest’s 1988 film Midnight Run, released in an excellent Blu-Ray transfer on 20 April 2015 for your home movie colleciton. The film, described by Variety as “One of the...

Review: The Salvation – “Constantly side-stepping expectations”

Review: The Salvation – “Constantly side-stepping expectations”

Danish writer and director Kristian Levring takes on the American Western, and brings fellow countryman Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale) along for the ride. Levring has also wrangled a stellar supporting cast that includes Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce and, well, Eric Cantona. Brothers Jon (Mikkelsen) and Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) leave...

Review – Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

Review – Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends

Released at the end of last year in Asia, ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends‘ has been pushed back several times before finally making it our way, it is a smash hit in Asia, but the series has received a lukewarm response here. Its manga origins will have a cult following here, but its style is noticeably different from our ‘world cinema’...

Review: The Last Five Years

Review: The Last Five Years

The darling of musical cinema, Anna Kendrick, is back for this intense film adaptation that takes the viewer on a relationship rollercoaster from beginning to end as one becomes more successful and the other struggles not to disappear. It’s a mixed bag, with plenty of highs and lows, and packs in both laugh out loud moments and reasons to shed a tear or...

Review: John Wick

Review: John Wick

John Wick is the introverted angel of vengeance comic books and video games forgot to conceive. His shadowy, tough and taciturn attitude which veils tragic loss places him alongside the likes of The Punisher and Max Payne, and the hyper-underworld of criminality which operates through its own currency and suggestive innuendos clearly belongs to the pages of a...

DVD Review: The Signal

DVD Review: The Signal

The Signal is smart sci-fi written by brothers Carlyle and William Eubank, alongside David Frigerio, with William also directing. A trio of youngsters star: Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, Oculus), Beau Knapp (Super 8, Run All Night) and one of my current favourite actresses Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ouija). They are ably assisted by legendary exposition and...

DVD review: A Good Marriage

DVD review: A Good Marriage

Stephen King wrote the screenplay for A Good Marriage, adapting one of his short stories from Full Dark, No Stars to feature length. Peter Askin directs and a good cast flesh out the proceedings. Joan Allen (Face/Off, Nixon) and Anthony LaPaglia (EMPIRE FLIPPING RECORDS) star as a husband and wife celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary until a dark...

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