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‘Ghostbusters’ movie review: Kate McKinnon lights up the screen

Is it funny? Is it scary? Is it good? The answer to all three is yes. SPOILER WARNING IF YOU’VE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE! The new Ghostbusters has a hell of a job to do in the first half hour: attempting to be its own beast while setting up a world that we’re already overtly...

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ movie review: The franchise steps back into formula

WE ADVISE NOT READING THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE AS IT CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS. 2016 has arguably been one of the biggest years for comic-book movies yet. As the industry has ballooned in popularity and therefore scrutiny, it’s also been a year when each of the major releases have attempted to set themselves out...

‘Captain America: Civil War’ movie review: Marvel are still hitting new heights

WE ADVISE NOT READING THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE AS IT CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS. Captain America’s come a long way. Over the course of six movies, Steve Rogers has transformed from a scrawny New Yorker with ambitions to join the army into the world-famous captain of the Avengers, and his meteoric rise in universe...

Revisiting Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Invincible’ ten years on

Disney’s Invincible, in the way that many sports movies are, is based on a true story. This 2006 film concerns Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), a regular Joe bartender in 1970s Philadelphia; a city where jobs are scarce, and signs of hope scarcer. Vince and his pals try to make the best of it by drinking...

Revisiting ‘Moneyball’ five years on

Moneyball, Bennet Miller’s biographical baseball drama about Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, and his revolutionary approach to managing a sports team, was perhaps a surprise Oscar hit in 2011. It may not have won anything on the night, but six nominations is impressive for such an understated film – even one that...

‘Deadpool’ movie review: One hell of a thrill ride

Following the mammoth success of the X-Men franchise and Marvel Cinematic Universe, superhero films have become a fully fledged genre of their own over the past decade. From the beginning, Deadpool is extremely self-aware and ready to poke fun at the superhero genre along with its cast, X-Men connections and the complicated 12 year journey...

’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ movie review: Mildly diverting

Michael Bay has become something of a shorthand in the film world over the past decade or so. Gone is the affection that was once earned from hugely entertaining (if somewhat cerebrally challenged) blockbusters like Bad Boys, The Rock and Armageddon, replaced instead with scorn for a seemingly endless litany of Transformers movies, which somehow...

‘The Big Short’ movie review: An entertaining film that’s unlike any other

The financial crash that took place in 2008 is something that affected all of us, either directly or indirectly, and yet it’s not something that a huge number of people fully understand. How did it happen? What caused it? And why did nobody see it coming? Sounds like a great idea for an informative documentary,...

A ‘Doctor Who’ fan’s reaction to ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

For me, Doctor Who and Star Wars come from opposite ends of the sci-fi spectrum. While the latter is a big-budget blockbuster saga revolving around a group of rebels fighting galaxy-spanning battles, Doctor Who is a generally underfunded television series about a lone man who travels around in a ramshackle time machine. That said, neither...

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ movie review: A non-fan’s verdict (SPOILERS)

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS. WE ADVISE NOT READING THE REVIEW UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE. After three non-stop years of building hype and anticipation, the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga has finally hit cinemas. Strangely enough for a sci-fi fan, Star Wars kind of passed me by. I have vague memories of...