Super-Movie Secret Wars Group Stage Round-Up

As the dust settles on the Group Stages, sixty-four movies remain standing as surely as if Thanos had snapped his fingers. Some sailed through to the second round while some made it through by the skin of their teeth. There were tears and tie-breakers as some big hitters fell by the wayside. A billion dollars…

Song For Marion (2013) Review

“Song For Marion” is a modest little movie which tells its simple story with such grace and class that it’s impossible to resist it’s reassuringly redemptive message. Much of the story’s set-up is done in the scenes chosen for the trailer and the film unfolds as you would expect, with no surprising twists or turns….

The Smurfs 2 (2013) Review

I quite enjoyed the original Smurf movie. Sure, it was saccharine sweet, predictable by-the-numbers family entertainment but I thought it was a fair attempt to reintroduce The Smurfs to a contemporary audience following a significant absence from the public consciousness. The film was appealingly cast and the whole unlikely venture succeeded for me through the…

World War Z (2013) Review

Okay, first things first: I’ve never been a huge zombie fan. I watched the first season of “The Walking Dead” but got bored a couple of episodes into season 2 and left it there. But where “The Walking Dead” tells the story of a small group of people against the (largely implied) backdrop of a…

Is it a turd? Is it lame? No it’s Man Of Steel (2013)

I’m going to try and keep spoilers to a minimum in this review, in case you haven’t seen it yet. But be warned, I consider anything that happened in the Christopher Reeve films fair game for comment or comparison. Anyway, I don’t consider the origin stories of superheroes to be sacred texts. (In fact, I…

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

This is a long one, so if you just want to get to the score, I give it 7/10. Sticking around for the rest of my musings? There are possible spoilers, I guess…. Okay, I admit it. I went into “Star Trek Into Darkness” actively wanting to dislike it. After JJ Abrams’ previous soulless entry…