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Need for Speed

13 Mar 20142 stars

Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul stars in a WASPy, derisory Fast & Furious wannabe

On the surface, Need for Speed should purr. A popular video game series, the star of Breaking Bad and a former stuntman directing, this tale of race car rivalries has all it takes to eat into the Fast & The Furious audience. But a quick peak under…

300: Rise of an Empire

7 Mar 20143 stars

The sequel to the 2007 action hit succeeds thanks to a bonkers turn from Eva Green

If you thought that the main problem with 300 was that it didn't have enough boats in it, then 300: Rise of an Empire (more accurate title: 302: 300 On Boats) is most definitely the movie for you. The long-time-coming sequel to Zack Snyder's 2007 hit…

Bullet

6 Mar 20141 star

Trashy, low budget Danny Trejo action vehicle

Essentially a low budget action vehicle for supporting actor-turned-star Danny Trejo, Bullet is a disposable cop thriller that's receiving a cursory theatrical release before being released three days later on DVD, where it may find a more natural…

WATCH: There's a new Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer around - does anyone still care?

5 Mar 2014

Do we really need another instalment of Michael Bay's brainless, CGI-heavy shenanigans?

A new trailer has landed for Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in Michael Bay's robotic smash-'em-up franchise – you can have a look at it below. Once again, it features a small, human element caught between two technologically advanced…

WATCH: 'Growth', the new motion poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, is a thing of beauty

5 Mar 2014

New gallery and mini-trailer for the ark-based epic, also starring Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins

A new motion poster for Darren Aronofsky's Noah has just debuted and, while 'motion poster' is usually just a euphemism for 'oddly formatted, super-short trailer with no plot details' this one is actually kind of beautiful. It's titled 'Growth', which…

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Witching and Bitching

27 Feb 20143 stars

Alex de la Iglesia's action-horror-comedy starts well but stumbles halfway through

Cult director Alex de la Iglesia owes a lot to Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn in this fast-paced action-horror-comedy. As with FDTD, Witching and Bitching picks up with a gang of crooks on the run following a heist. Instead of hiding out in a…

Non-Stop

26 Feb 20142 stars

Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra reunite for a tense but predictable in-flight thriller

Non-Stop sees a reunion of Liam Neeson and Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked together on 2011’s mistaken identity thriller Unknown. The pair obviously like each other, as Neeson is once again prepared to peddle that grizzled…

WATCH: The new trailer (plus images) for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

19 Feb 2014

Chris Pratt and a talking raccoon feature in the trailer for the sci-fi action comedy blockbuster

An extended teaser trailer for Marvel's upcoming blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy debuted on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel last night – you can take a look at it, along with a gallery of images, below. What with the footage being billed as 'teaser'…

Monuments Men to screen at White House

18 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George Clooney will attend a screening of 'Monuments Men' at the White House. The Hollywood hunk - who co-wrote, produced and directed the World War II drama which he also stars in as Lieutenant Frank Stokes - will join President Barack Obama as he…

Stalingrad

14 Feb 20143 stars

A well-played and vivid war story that misses the point of the titular battle

Russia’s entry to the 2014 Oscar race, and a big hit in the homeland, Stalingrad is a World War II epic less concerned with history than with a smaller, more personal story; five Russian soldiers caught up in the siege take collective responsibility for…

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Joel Kinnaman's initial hesitations about RoboCop

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman initially didn't want to be in 'RoboCop'. The 34-year-old actor - who plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie - admits there is an expectation which comes with being part of a re-make of a…

George Clooney had no time for pranks on The Monuments Men

12 Feb 2014

Film gossip

George Clooney didn't have time to play pranks while filming 'The Monuments Men'. The 52-year-old actor stars as Lieutenant Frank Stokes in the action drama which he also produced and directed, and because of the intensity of his involvement in the…

The Monuments Men

11 Feb 20142 stars

George Clooney's WWII art heist movie is a monument to bad filmmaking

Ocean’s Eleven does The Dirty Dozen sounds like a fun movie, right? And this George Clooney-directed WWII comedy-drama tries, all too hard, to deliver on that very idea. But even low expectations won’t help you here, with a story that’s neither amusing…

Joel Kinnaman: RoboCop costume was uncomfortable

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman's 'RoboCop' costume was a "challenge to put on". The 34-year-old actor plays cop Alex Murphy who is turned into a cyborg law enforcement officer in the movie and claims his iconic black costume was "uncomfortable" and he dreaded the…

Sandra Bullock: 'Gravity one of best filming experiences'

11 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Sandra Bullock enjoyed "one of the best filming experiences" ever while making 'Gravity'. The 49-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar Award for female lead Dr. Ryan Stone in the sci-fi thriller, admits that she enjoyed working on…

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Joel Kinnaman loved RoboCop drama

8 Feb 2014

Film gossip

Joel Kinnaman loved mixing action and drama in 'Robocop'. The Swedish-born star - best known for his work in 'The Killing' - was excited to work on a script that asks philosophical questions as well as allowing for explosions and all out gun toting…

I, Frankenstein

31 Jan 20141 star

Repetitive CGI battles and lumpen dialogue result in a corpse that shouldn't have been reanimated

There are some stories that reverberate through the ages. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and has since been adapted multiple times in film (most notably with Boris Karloff in 1931) and theatre (including Danny Boyle’s recent…

Grudge Match

24 Jan 20143 stars

Stallone and De Niro go head to head in this flawed but worthwhile boxing picture

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are undoubtedly two of cinema’s heavyweights yet much of their recent material has been of the lightweight variety. Grudge Match does little to change that perception even if it does manage to land a few telling…

WATCH: the new trailer for Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2

24 Jan 2014

Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais re-team for another high energy action blow-out

The trailer for Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2 has landed on the internet, and it is a doozy. The film picks up once again with supercop Rama (Iko Uwais), who's now going undercover to take on the entire criminal underworld (vastly expanding…

DVD review: Wings

23 Jan 20144 stars

The flight sequences in William Wellman’s World War I-set silent classic still impress

From Bobby De Niro’s weight gain in Raging Bull to Oscar Isaac learning a few folk tunes for Inside Llewyn Davis, much can sometimes be made of an actor’s obsessive commitment to a particular role. Yet, surely nothing can quite match the feat of Buddy…

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

21 Jan 20143 stars

The spy franchise reboot is at its best when examining the ethical complexities of the spy game

Kenneth Branagh is rapidly becoming the go-to director for setting up franchises. Having done a great job with Thor, his latest mission is to reboot the Jack Ryan character most successfully played by Harrison Ford but also inhabited by Alec Baldwin and…

Out of the Furnace

16 Jan 20143 stars

Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Willem Dafoe squandered in this B-movie revenge scenario

All dressed up with nowhere to go, Scott Cooper’s follow-up to his award-garlanded Jeff Bridges drama Crazy Heart is a languid thriller, garnished with meaty performances in service of a deeply conventional narrative. The Rust Belt setting is powerfully…

Lone Survivor

13 Jan 20144 stars

A gutsy, draining and brilliant war movie from Peter Berg, with Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster

Two years after overloading his summer blockbuster Battleship with enough gung-ho patriotism to sink an aircraft carrier, Peter Berg returns to the military for an altogether different kind of film but, in displaying a little more restraint, duly…

47 Ronin

6 Jan 20142 stars

Keanu Reeves stars in this shambolic and derivative samurai adventure

First-time director Carl Rinsch’s mega-budget take on one of Japan’s most enduring legends feels like a folly that should never have been indulged. 47 Ronin is a messy and uninvolving tale of revenge that no amount of embellishment can save. If…

WATCH: The trailer for the Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending

10 Dec 2013

The sci-fi action movie stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

The trailer for the Wachowskis' latest film, Jupiter Ascending, has just appeared online, with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis providing the human element in an effects-laden extravaganza. Or rather, humanaoid – Tatum plays alien warrior Caine, whose task…