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Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

18 May 20154 stars

Positive and progressive sci-fi from Brad Bird, featuring George Clooney

Disney's futuristic family adventure is not just solid summer entertainment, but also one of the most forward-thinking films to come out of any major studio. While George Clooney may have been given top billing, he plays a gracious second fiddle to the…

Sequel to World War Z announced

22 May 2015

Follow-up to the troubled Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse actioner

Despite a famously troubled production, World War Z received fairly positive reviews and brought in healthy box office takings in 2013, topping $540 million. So it's no surprise to find a sequel is in the works. Scheduled for release in 2017, the…

Mad Max: Fury Road

12 May 20154 stars

Thrilling return for George Miller's antihero, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

The antithesis to dour dystopias, this belated fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise puts the fun back in fucked-up futures as it delivers precision-executed lunacy, alongside a generous helping of heart. George Miller, director of Happy Feet and…

Sicario

21 May 20154 stars

Cannes 2015: Emily Blunt impresses in this tense thriller from Denis Villeneuve

Emily Blunt is superb in French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s tense and stylish action thriller set in a lawless land of drugs and guns. When her FBI agent, Kate Macy, is offered a new mission after her exemplary handling of a particularly grim…

Avengers: Age of Ultron

21 Apr 20154 stars

Joss Whedon is back at the helm for the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

'None of this makes sense,' admits Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a way that suggests logic matters little. The 11th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and sequel to Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble once again combines the irreverent charm of its…

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Back to the Future with live orchestra score at Edinburgh International Film Festival

12 Mar 2015

Film festival and RSNO to present 30th anniversary screening with Alan Silvestri’s legendary score

Edinburgh International Film Festival is celebrating timeless classic Back to the Future by teaming up with Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the 30th anniversary of the festival’s UK premiere of the film with a live scored performance at the…

The List's Ultimate Summer Movie Preview Part 2

15 May 2015

21 of the biggest films coming to a cinema near you this summer

Mega-disasters, dinosaurs, strippers, zombies, tiny superheroes – the summer lineup of films has plenty to shout about and a surprisingly limited number of sequels, remakes, or reboots for us to complain about. In fact, several sequels are welcome…

Big Game

4 May 20153 stars

Fun Finnish actioner from the director of Rare Exports, with Samuel L Jackson

Finnish director Jalmari Helander attracted global attention with his 2010 bad Santa tale Rare Exports. His follow-up, Big Game, reunites him with child actor Onni Tommila for a coming-of-age story that plays out as a shamelessly silly knock-off of…

Fast & Furious 8 release date set for April 2017

24 Apr 2015

Vin Diesel confirms that eighth installment of the movie franchise is a go-er

So, you’d just about gotten over the excitement of Fast & Furious 7’s release, when Vin Diesel goes and announces there’s to be a Fast & Furious 8. Speaking at a ComicCon event in Las Vegas, the actor confirmed that the film will be released on Fri…

Fast & Furious 7

30 Mar 20153 stars

The franchise's latest insane instalment adds Jason Statham to the mix

In Fast & Furious 6 a character was afflicted with amnesia in a bid to reboot the romance. If that suggested that the filmmakers were running out of ideas then the continued, not inconsiderable, presence of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and the casting of…

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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

30 Mar 20152 stars

Anthony Hopkins distinguishes himself in an otherwise curdled caper

The true story of the 1983 kidnapping in the Netherlands of the chairman and heir of the Heineken brewing company, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual, is told here in the language of the superficial, blokey caper movie.

Jesse Eisenberg looks terrifying as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

25 Mar 2015

First image of actor as evil genius is far more intimidating than Hackman or Spacey ever were

We've all met Ben Affleck as Sad Batman already, and we know Henry Cavill as Superman took the whole 'man of steel' thing quite seriously. But for those who have been waiting and wondering what kind of Lex Luthor we're getting our of Jesse Eisenberg…

Run All Night

10 Mar 20153 stars

Liam Neeson has yet more men to find and kill in this serviceable actioner

The Liam Neeson actioner has become a sub-genre of its own, invariably delivering exactly what it says on the tin, which is 'Liam Kicks Ass'. He still looks the part, too, so we are content to watch him keep doing what he’s doing. Run All Night is third…

Magic Mike XXL reveals new trailer and more

7 May 2015

Stripper sequel starring Channing Tatum hits UK cinemas and male egos in July

Shirts are off again in the sequel of 2012 box office hit Magic Mike. Warner Brothers has just released the second trailer of Magic Mike XXL, promising a breathtaking performance by Channing Tatum and his fellow male strippers. Matt Bomer, Joe…

Martin Freeman joins Captain America: Civil War

6 May 2015

The Hobbit actor follows Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in joining Marvel

Not content with sharing the bill on TV smash hit Sherlock and Peter Jackson's (not quite so smashing) Hobbit films, Martin Freeman has now joined Benedict Cumberbatch by signing up with Marvel. While Cumberbatch is set to play the title character in…

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Kingsman set for a sequel

30 Apr 2015

Spy thriller-comic crossover may get follow-up after slicing and dicing it’s way to $400 million

Good news if you prefer your spies as moody teenagers in three stripes rather than craggy, post-war relics in pinstripes: a sequel for the Kingsman: The Secret Service is reportedly in the works at Fox, according to The Wrap. Although there’s been no…

Unofficial first look at Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and Jubilee from X-Men: Apocalypse

29 Apr 2015

Fan shot images of the young mutants taking centre stage in Brian Singer's superhero epic

Director Bryan Singer recently released new concept art and the first official image of Kodi Smit-Mcphee in make up as Nightcrawler. Now a selection of unofficial fan shot images have surfaced that give us a glimpse of some of the other key characters…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer leaks online

17 Apr 2015

Trailer for Warner Bros' prestige picture leaked online in cameraphone footage

It would take a man with nerves of steel to release a film trailer mere hours after THAT one made its debut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros, someone seems to have concealed their cameraphone at a secret screening of the trailer for next year's Zack…

John Wick

6 Apr 20154 stars

Elegant, exciting actioner marking a return to form for star Keanu Reeves

A dog dies. But a sharp-suited Keanu Reeves fighting the good fight is more than enough consolation in bonny existential action fantasy John Wick. A retired hitman mourning his wife (Bridget Moynahan), Wick's striving to keep an even keel. Reclusive in…

Profile: Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan

30 Mar 2015

We put James Wan’s most notable films in the driving seat, as the world gears up for Furious 7

Inspired by a magazine article about street racing (as well as the entire plot of Point Break), 2001's The Fast and the Furious was a modest commercial (if not critical) success. Certainly no one could have predicted it would go on to spawn six sequels…

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The Russo brothers to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2

24 Mar 2015

Anthony and Joe Russo set to take over the superhero blockbuster franchise from Joss Whedon

After their sterling work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo Bothers are set to become two of the most important players in the world of Marvel movies as they take on the company's flagship Avengers franchise. Winter Soldier was probably…

Seventh Son

23 Mar 20153 stars

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges enliven a thoroughly daft fantasy

'Help yourself to the blood-cakes, little one,' coolly enjoins Julianne Moore as witch Mother Malkin in Sergei Bodrov’s demented fantasy. Such ripe dialogue abounds as Moore and Jeff Bridges struggle valiantly to make sense of an effects-heavy…

Robot Overlords

23 Mar 20152 stars

Derivative British sci-fi adventure featuring Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson

The worldwide popularity of young adult franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent certainly hasn't escaped the attention of UK filmmakers. After Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now mined the dystopian sci-fi seam, Robot Overlords – from Northern Irish…

Wild Card

18 Mar 20151 star

Messy, misjudged actioner from Simon West, starring Jason Statham

Jason Statham has gravitated towards certain types of characters to such a degree that his name has become cinematic shorthand for 'thug with a heart of gold'. His latest, Nick Wild, is cast from exactly the same mould, but operates in an environment so…

The Gunman

16 Mar 20152 stars

Clumsy thriller which reinvents Sean Penn as an action star

Sean Penn is not an actor known for vanity projects. But there’s no other way to describe this risible thriller, produced by the man himself. Directed by Pierre Morel, who gave Liam Neeson a career injection as an ageing action star in Taken, it would…