Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Dec 212015

Star Wars

The inevitable result of George Lucas’ $4 billion sale of his beloved creation to Disney, The Force Awakens was a seventh installment that seemed initially unnecessary. When viewed from The Phantom Menace to The Return of the Jedi, The Star Wars Saga tells a complete story of corruption and redemption as the sins of a father are righted by the faith of a son. Can a film seemingly crafted as a corporate exercise with crushingly high expectations ever hope to satisfy both true believers and naysayers?

If you do not want to read anything about the characters or story DO NOT read ahead. Assume minor spoilers & proceed with caution. [Ed]

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Nov 262015


After the dignified, heartfelt Rocky Balboa allowed the character to have one last time in the spotlight and redemption for the ill-conceived Rocky V, there were seemingly few places left for the character to go, having gone the distance to prove that he was relevant and worthy of respect in his twilight years. Nine years later, the Rocky series has been revived in a most unexpected way and against the odds, Creed manages to take an unwieldy spin-off concept and not only blaze a path for a potential new franchise, but enriches and respects the films that came before.  

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Mad Max: Fury Road

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May 142015

Mad Max Fury Road

30 years after leaving Mad Max stranded in the mediocre wasteland of Beyond Thunderdome, director George Miller finally takes a break from dancing penguins and talking farm animals to reignite the franchise that launched him (and Mel Gibson) into the global zeitgeist. But has Mad Max: Fury Road come three decades too late, fated to be ignored by the Fast and the Furious loving crowd of 2015? My review after the jump.

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John Wick [Second Perspective]

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Nov 132014


A brutally efficient and elegant return to the world of action for Keanu Reeves and an impressive, confident directorial début for David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, John Wick is a reminder that the action genre need not be left to the mercy of soulless, shaky-cam, rapidly edited, PG-13 pretenders. My review of John Wick after the jump.

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The Inbetweeners 2

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Aug 182014

The Inbetweeners 2

The raunchy teenage/young adult male sex comedy is one of those ubiquitous sub-genres that won’t be going away anytime soon. From Animal House to American Pie, these movies are usually good for a chuckle or two so long as the laughs are good-natured, the leads are loveable and the female characters aren’t too appallingly written. But does The Inbetweeners 2 pass this litmus test? My review after the jump.

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Jun 092014


In what is possibly his best performance to date, Tom Hardy stars in Locke, an almost painfully intimate tale of a man having what is most likely the worst day of his life. But was this a hell of his own making, or is he merely a victim of his ironclad, yet idiosyncratic sense of duty? My review of Locke after the jump.

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Edge of Tomorrow

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Jun 022014


In the midst of a rather uninspiring blockbuster season, Edge of Tomorrow would have to do something pretty special to stand out among the annual deluge of sequels, remakes/reboots, prequels and superhero flicks which we’ve all come to expect. But I’m here today to report some great news: Edge of Tomorrow really delivers as a deliriously fun blockbuster with heart that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the better for it. My review after the jump.
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Godzilla [Second Perspective]

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May 172014


As a life-long fan of everybody’s favourite city-wrecking, people-stomping, all round bad-ass giant irradiated lizard, I went into Godzilla with pretty big feelings of anticipation. The marketing for this movie seemed to hint at something truly special: a modern re-imagining of the 1954 classic which stays true to the spirit of the original. But as I popped the hated 3-D glasses over my eyes, little did I know I would leave two hours later wishing I had watched Roland Emmerich’s deeply flawed 1998 version instead. My review of Godzilla after the jump.

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