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 … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars Group Stage Round-Up

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. … Continue reading Song For Marion (2013) Review

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 … Continue reading The Smurfs 2 (2013) Review

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 … Continue reading World War Z (2013) Review

Man Of Steel (2013) Review

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 … Continue reading Man Of Steel (2013) Review

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 … Continue reading Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review

Fast & Furious 6: Given it's the sixth instalment of the franchise, you really should know what you're getting when you buy your ticket. Unlike, for example, the people sitting behind us for whom ridiculously OTT car stunts and physics-defying driving and leaping apparently came as an unwelcome surprise, requiring immediate tuts and disgusted comments. … Continue reading Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review

The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

Baz Luhrmann’s version of this classic slice of Americana begins with the whimsical conceit of a 1920’s style movie logo before gradually sharpening to the 21st Century’s high definition cinema experience. Unfortunately, thanks to the lure of unnecessary 3D, Luhrmann can’t resist throwing his whole tired bag of tricks at the screen. I saw it … Continue reading The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

I Give It A Year (2013) Review

Richard Curtis deserves a lot of credit for “I Give It A Year”. Not because he wrote it, but because it shows just how difficult it actually is to write a charming British Romantic Comedy and how good he actually is at it. The film tries too hard to be whimsical and relies too heavily … Continue reading I Give It A Year (2013) Review