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Edge of Tomorrow

28 May 20144 stars

The Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi actioner is witty, thrilling and consistently inventive

Based on the novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Edge of Tomorrow is directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and plays like Groundhog Day crossed with Starship Troopers. Set in the near future, where the Earth is under deadly attack…

X-Men: Days of Future Past

15 May 20143 stars

Bryan Singer's directorial return is triumphant but may leave non-fanboys scratching their heads

Where most superhero movies strive to win ever more fans by reinventing themselves with each new sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past is content to reward the loyalists. Not only does it mark the return of co-creator Bryan Singer (for the first time since…

Godzilla

13 May 20144 stars

Gareth Edwards delivers a visually stunning, if emotionally flawed, monster-sized blockbuster

Having impressed with his low-budget debut Monsters, British filmmaker Gareth Edwards now delivers a visually stunning, if emotionally flawed, monster-sized blockbuster with Godzilla. A self-confessed Godzilla geek, Edwards has stayed true to many of…

Sabotage

9 May 20142 stars

Arnold Schwarzenegger's presence weighs down what should have been a gritty thriller

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s post-governorship acting comeback appeared to be heading in an intriguing new direction when he signed on to star in David Ayer’s gritty thriller Sabotage. But despite some decent moments the film struggles to realise its…

Brick Mansions

29 Apr 20141 star

Paul Walker's last completed film is a disappointing, badly made remake of District 13

A remake of parkour-showcasing French thriller District 13 (2004), Brick Mansions is notable for being the final film completed by star Paul Walker before his tragic death in a car crash last year. Sadly, that's the only thing that's notable about it…

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Plastic

29 Apr 20142 stars

An appealing young cast can't save this idiotic heist movie

The art of a good con movie is populating it with likeable characters, articulating it with a witty script and having them pull off something ingenious. It should also make you forget that what’s unfolding on-screen is actually illegal! Unfortunately…

The Raid 2

9 Apr 20143 stars

Some astonishing set-pieces underwhelmed by this sequel's over-complicated narrative

The first film in writer / director Gareth Evans’ proposed trilogy of martial arts thrillers was a kick-in-the-pants to the genre: a simple, fluid action film that showcased the art of pencak silat via the story of Jakarta policemen fighting their way…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

9 Apr 20144 stars

Marc Webb's superhero sequel delivers a sparky blend of thrills, laughs and heartfelt emotion

Marc Webb's sequel to 2012's franchise reboot finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) juggling his daily superhero duties as costumed crime fighter Spider-Man while agonising over whether or not he should honour the promise he made to girlfriend Gwen…

Noah

1 Apr 20143 stars

Darren Aronofsky's blockbuster bible-story is compellingly weird & occasionally wonderful to behold

2014 box-office hit Son of God was a straight-faced version of the Jesus story that Christian audiences lapped up, but letting a maverick like Darren Aronofsky loose on the story of Noah was always likely to create a controversy of biblical proportions.

Russell Crowe: the Noah story 'predates religion... it's more of a shared human experience'

31 Mar 2014

The A-list actor shares his opinion on the historical accuracy of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic

Biblical blockbuster Noah made its UK debut at a handful of ‘fan screenings’ on Saturday, with star Russell Crowe making a personal appearance. The film, directed by Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky, is an adaptation of the story of the great flood…

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

24 Mar 20144 stars

The Cap's latest adventure cleverly taps into topical fears surrounding the activities of the NSA

The second Captain America movie is a terrific, stand-alone thriller that delivers exciting action sequences and engaging characters wrapped up in a satisfying and cleverly resonant plot. Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (best known for TV's…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…