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Blue Jasmine // Review

Thursday, February 13th 2014

If her beautifully balanced tragicomic performance doesn’t win the best actress Oscar at next month’s ceremony I’ll eat a big bag of dicks.

White House Down // DVD Review

Monday, January 6th 2014

The cinematic equivalent of having your head wrapped in flashing Christmas-tree lights while someone tries to surprise you with an air-horn.

Elysium // DVD Review

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Sure, it looks good – great in fact – and the frequent action is uncompromising and well done, but it’s all a bit ham-fisted.

Pacific Rim // Review

Wednesday, November 6th 2013

Eeloo? Warner Brothers? Ees Guillermo Del Torro ‘ere.

World War Z // DVD Review

Thursday, October 17th 2013

Zombies, eh? Can't live with 'em, can't live without ‘em wanting to eat your kids...

Fast and Furious 6 // DVD Review

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

This is the part Vin Diesel was born to play, not because of his thespian skills, but because he’s almost named after van fuel.

Oblivion // Review

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Come for the eye-candy, but stay for the story.

Side Effect // DVD Review

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

If a film has a twist, but the twist is in the middle of the film, then it’s not really a twist, is it?

Zero Dark Thirty // DVD Review

Thursday, June 6th 2013

Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Where’s Osama?’ is an intelligent film - uncompromisingly so, in fact - but I question its wisdom.

Les Misérables // DVD Review

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

Technically it is near perfect, the performances are exemplary, the plot is classic literature...

The Hobbit // DVD Review

Thursday, April 4th 2013

I wonder why Peter Jackson has decided to… That much? Yes, I guess it would make financial sense to do it that way.

Argo // DVD Review

Thursday, April 4th 2013

It’s intelligently crafted, brilliantly acted, flawlessly authentic and consistently gripping.

Beasts of the Southern Wild // DVD Review

Thursday, April 4th 2013

"It’s a breathtakingly brutal, tear-pissingly moving and savagely beautiful odyssey of a young girl’s struggle for survival..."

Looper // DVD Review

Monday, January 7th 2013

"the film has a cool quasi-steampunk groove to it, and it’s paced well enough that the bloody stupidity doesn’t get in the way" - Jay works his way through Looper

Totall Recall // DVD Review

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

Obviously, my drawers are bulging with Dick, so do I really need to make space in my DVD cabinet for yet another take on his canon?

Dark Shadows // DVD Review

Thursday, October 11th 2012

Gone is the boil-in-the-bag kookiness we’ve come to expect; this is a truly sumptuous and lavish affair.

Avengers Assemble // DVD Review

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

This month our chef is Joss Whedon and his ingredients are prime beef, short-crust pastry, mushrooms, and a piece of dog-shit.

Battleship

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

So, picture the scene: A desperate Hollywood film exec scans his child’s bedroom. He senses potential inspiration and plunges his arm, elbow deep, into the nearby toy-box.

21 Jump Street

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

This reboot is handled with an air of genuine affection towards the kind of 80s action films and trash TV, whilst simultaneously poking fun at it.

Woman In Black

Monday, June 11th 2012

"It’s not what you see, but what you don’t see; scares lurk in the shadows, and director James Watkins has the patience to build the tension until it is almost unbearable." - Jay Freeman on Woman In Black's impact...

The Artist

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

"Undeniably though, here a film stripped of colour and sound reminds us that it is great storytelling that distinguishes a work." - Jay reviews the masterpiece, The Artist

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

Monday, April 16th 2012

It’s high-tech, slick, completely preposterous and, while it’s not the best of the series (that would be number 1) it’s not the worst (3).

The Ides of March

Monday, April 16th 2012

Like Obama, it is stylish and intelligent; like Bush, it is twisty and dense; and, like Kennedy, it is expertly shot.

Thirty Minutes or Less // Review

Thursday, February 16th 2012

It’s two losers Vs two violent morons. Both of which pairings start to grate on you like mozzarella on the pepperoni of your nerves...

Friends with Benefits

Monday, February 13th 2012

Friends with Benefits manages to have its cake and eat it, but do Timberlake and Kunis? I think you’ll enjoy finding out.

Tyrannosaur

Friday, February 10th 2012

As a depiction of domestic abuse it is shocking but never gratuitous. Most importantly, as a story it is utterly compelling.

Franklin and Bash // Series 1 Boxset

Monday, January 9th 2012

"Frowning people say “objection” a lot. Gown-clad people say “overruled” almost as frequently. Women take their clothes off. In the courtroom. Seriously..."

Drive

Friday, January 6th 2012

Ryan Gosling stars in this stylish, moody action thriller about a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals.

The Guard

Friday, January 6th 2012

Brilliantly dark UK comedy as Brendan Gleeson plays a confrontational Irish cop with a subversive sense of humour...

I'm Still Here

Friday, January 6th 2012

Here is the chicken-and-egg documentary about who’s the bigger pretentious ball-sack – him or the rest of Hollywood!

Troll Hunter

Friday, January 6th 2012

Norwegian film about a group of student film makers investigating bear attacks, when they stumble across a hunter tracking something much more interesting...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Friday, January 6th 2012

"This is a perfect way to spend a January afternoon on the sofa - chilling out with a turkey sandwich and a story of espionage and betrayal."

Inbetweeners

Monday, December 5th 2011

Everyone has a mate that’s a bit like one of them so we can all relate. And if you are there thinking “I don’t” – it’s you!

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Friday, November 4th 2011

The robots look amazing; so does Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley.

Cars 2

Friday, November 4th 2011

They’re back, and this time they take on the world as Lightning McQueen tries to be the fastest… oh, who cares!

The Green Lantern

Friday, November 4th 2011

Special effects-laden superhero flick starring Ryan Reynolds.

Bridesmaids

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

"Whilst this comparison provides the closeted movie-goer with a shield of masculinity as their testosterone threatens to tear itself from their bodies it doesn’t go anywhere near to describing why this film works..."

The Ward

Tuesday, October 11th 2011

John Carpenter is back, and I mean actually making a horror film not just allowing his name to be jammed into the title. Will it be scary? God I hope so.

Bad Teacher

Tuesday, October 11th 2011

Comedy starring Cameron Diaz as the titular classroom role model. She’s hot, it’s funny, the film works for me.

Cedar Rapids

Tuesday, October 11th 2011

Ed Helms from the Hangover gets his own starring role in this comedy. Pretty funny stuff from Sideways’ Alexander Payne.