The Batman vs Dracula (2005) Dractober Review

“The Batman” is one animated incarnation of Batman which passed me by, but he seems to have been the only one I can find who tangled with the Prince Of Darkness himself. Walking a slightly darker path than the more kid-friendly TV series did, this feature-length direct-to-DVD spin-off features not only the title combatants but … Continue reading The Batman vs Dracula (2005) Dractober Review

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (2017) Review

Yet another in the bafflingly long list of animated films which didn’t deserve a sequel, the follow-up to 2014’s “The Nut Job” is now in UK cinemas. Here’s the surprising bit: it’s not that bad. When the Nut Shop is suddenly destroyed, Surly the squirrel (Will Arnett) is faced with the prospect of returning to … Continue reading The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (2017) Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Review

The second chapter in the saga of “John Wick” is a curious beast. In many ways, it feels like the third part of a trilogy rather than the sequel to a surprise break-out hit and it's in trying to make the leap from one hit wonder to franchise that the film loses its way. Having … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Review

Arrow – Season 3 Review

Arrow - Season 3 Review*SPOILERS* For two seasons, “Arrow” had made a good living being a kind of viridian-hued, archery based homage to Nolan’s Batman, while still respecting the original source material of Green Arrow, albeit modernised for a CW audience. After season two’s triumphant and gripping story arc leading to the defeat of Slade … Continue reading Arrow – Season 3 Review

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Review

Spin-offs, eh? It seems like a sure thing: take a popular supporting character and give them own fully-fledged adventure but there can be hidden pitfalls. As the swaggering, cocky never-say-die plot drivers (and frequent deus ex machinas) of the “Madagascar” franchise, the team of Penguins led by were charming and hilarious but really, how hard … Continue reading Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Review

22 Jump Street (2014) Review

The first "Jump Street" movie was a textbook example of how to take an old TV property and transfer it to the screen. Simultaneously respectful of its source material while also irreverently mocking the premise, the knockabout, shameless comedy powered through thanks to a knowing script and the terrific chemistry of its two leads. It's … Continue reading 22 Jump Street (2014) Review

The Zero Theorem (2014) Review

“The Zero Theorem” sees Terry Gilliam at his surreal and inscrutable best, taking the dehumanising inconveniences of modern living and projecting them forward, through a corkscrew kaleidoscope into a garish, dishevelled dystopia slightly too credible to be dismissed as a nightmare. In the not-distant-enough future, society is dominated by Orwellian Corporations. Working for one of … Continue reading The Zero Theorem (2014) Review

Bad Milo! (2013) Review

This comedy horror about one man fighting his inner demons takes the metaphor quite literally while elevating toilet humour to a different level. Ken Marino plays Duncan, a stressed out accountant at an investment firm run by sleazy bully Phil (Patrick Warburton, for once playing against his usual simple buffoon type) who lives with his … Continue reading Bad Milo! (2013) Review

Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night (2010) Review

Poor Brandon Routh. After the flat and lifeless "Superman Returns" (in which he was actually pretty good at playing Christopher Reeve playing Superman), he's just not been able to find a role to make a similar impact and has had to content himself with a recurring role on the TV series "Chuck" and cameo appearances … Continue reading Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night (2010) Review

The Last Stand (2013) Review

There’s something reassuringly retro about Arnie’s comeback film, his first starring role since 2003’s forgettable “Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines”. “The Last Stand” goes right back to basics, with Arnie playing a small town sheriff whose sleepy little community just happens to be on the escape route being used by an escaped drug dealer … Continue reading The Last Stand (2013) Review

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Review

Ugh. What an absolute mess. Jumping on the (largely so far unsuccessful) Hollywood bandwagon of modernising fairy-tales comes this desperately uneven film which seems equally uncertain in both tone and execution. With a premise designed to appeal to a family audience, the film nevertheless features gratuitous violence and gore and a completely unnecessary level of … Continue reading Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Review