Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Garfield: His Nine Lives

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

In 2012 an experiment got underway in the basement of Sony Tower, in lab space designated “special projects”. The plan was to reanimate the essence of a Joel Schumacher Batman sequel but with very strict controls. The pure form, it was acknowledged, was too strong for audiences. The deleterious effects of Batman Forever’s camp isotope […]

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Film Review: Calvary

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Absolution

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Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending.  The conceit of John Michael McDonagh’s original and tragic black comedy, is that a good but troubled priest should take part in a perverse reinterpretation of Christ’s crucifixion, dying for the sins of others. The sublime twist is that said sins have been committed by the priesthood […]

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Film Review: The Raid 2

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Undercover Brother

Raid 2

The unlikely pairing of Welsh director Gareth Evans and Pencak Silat, the Indonesian martial arts, produced a hit a couple of years back, when Iko Uwais spent a movie’s running time brutally killing drug lords in a Jakartan tenement. The Raid was an impressive piece of orchestration, brutal and well choreographed; the only bum note […]

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Film Review: Calvary

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Absolution

Calvary-Poster

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending.  The conceit of John Michael McDonagh’s original and tragic black comedy, is that a good but troubled priest should take part in a perverse reinterpretation of Christ’s crucifixion, dying for the sins of others. The sublime twist is that said sins have been committed by the priesthood […]

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Film Review: The Raid 2

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Undercover Brother

Raid 2

The unlikely pairing of Welsh director Gareth Evans and Pencak Silat, the Indonesian martial arts, produced a hit a couple of years back, when Iko Uwais spent a movie’s running time brutally killing drug lords in a Jakartan tenement. The Raid was an impressive piece of orchestration, brutal and well choreographed; the only bum note […]

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Film Review: Noah

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Thoroughly Modern Milton

Noah

In a Religious Education class in a Cornish School in the year 1989, yours truly was treated to his first screening of The Ten Commandments (1956), introduced by the bespectacled educationalist as “a vintage piece of Hollywood”. That it was being shown at all in that classroom attested to the fact that DeMille’s epic was […]

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Film Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

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Modern Man

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Warning: This review discusses the plot. You may wish to view this title in full costume before reading on. To date, the greatest challenge Marvel’s heroes have faced in their cinematic universe, has been headlining stories of sufficient weight, so we, the humble panel-eschewing neutrals who judge these movies as action adventure fantasies sans a […]

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Film Review: Starred Up

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Criminal Justice

Starred Up

Hunger, Scum, In the Name of the Father, Tango and Cash, yes – these are the worst date movies ever made, but they’re also interested in prison and what it means to be a prisoner. Starred Up is such a movie and it’s very rich indeed. Centring on the son of a lifer who’s moved […]

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Film Review: Muppets Most Wanted

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The Bob Iger Sanction 

Muppets Most Wanted

When Disney acquired Jim Henson’s felt vaudevillians the movie released subsequently hammered home the corporate strategy underpinning the move without mercy. 2011’s The Muppets noted that a Disney Store had opened near the Muppet Theatre, that Cars 2 was coming out on Blu-ray, thanks to an aerial shot of a billboard, and that saccharine songs […]

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Film Review: The Zero Theorem

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God, No

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Terry Gilliam’s new film may have little momentum, a movie that apes its frustrated protagonist, going nowhere, waiting for a pay off that never comes, but it’s not short on ideas. Set in a garish future where a corporation has moved to fill the gap vacated by religion, civil society’s traditional balm, where faith’s stock […]

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Film Review: Ironclad 2 – Battle for Blood

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Sassanacknackered

Ironclad 2

When the history of sequel oddities is written, a tome on which I hope to contribute a foreword, Jonathan English’s sequel to his own bloodthirsty chronicle of monarchical madness in the middle ages, will surely be a shoo-in for inclusion. It has the feel of a follow up that English either helmed so no one […]

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Film Review: Under the Skin

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The Woman Who Fell to Earth 

Under the Skin

There’s plenty to remind you of vintage Nicolas Roeg in Under the Skin; the emotional distance, the disorientation, the dread. Not for nothing does Scarlett Johansson, a siren in the natural order, look like Mick Jagger in Performance, or maybe, at an angle, James Fox. It’s not that Jonathan Glazer’s masculinised her per se, but […]

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