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‘Ant-Man’ movie review: Paul Rudd’s charm carries the film

The Marvel franchise has always had a lightness of touch to it, even as the films have gotten increasingly weighty and serious. But when Guardians of the Galaxy emerged as almost a straight up comedy last summer, that largely unknown property took audiences by storm. Ant-Man is in a similar position in terms of its...

‘Ted 2’ movie review: Ticks all the right boxes for fans

Ted 2 is a film that holds absolutely no surprises. Whoever you are, it’s exactly the film that you think it’s going to be. Trailer had you in stitches? You’ll be in heaven with Ted 2. It’s as funny as you think. Did you hear the announcement that 2012’s first film was getting a sequel...

‘Terminator Genisys’ review (contains spoilers): A confused lump of a movie

The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are two of cinema’s seminal blockbusters. The two further sequels were of a lesser calibre; serviceable, throwaway action/sci-fi films, but the first two genuinely changed cinema, creating iconic characters and memorable lines, and boasting revolutionary action sequences and game-changing special effects. Over thirty years after the original film,...

‘Spy’ movie review

Following the huge success of 2011’s Bridesmaids and 2013’s The Heat, Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig have become the most reliable director/actor duo since Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s heyday. And whilst McCarthy’s recent films (Tammy) have seen her tread familiar ground, Spy is a departure in style and one heck of a risk....

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ movie review (contains spoilers)

Marvel’s ambitious shared cinematic universe is now officially the biggest film franchise of all time. Much like Avengers Assemble marked the culmination of the characters’ first individual adventures, so Age of Ultron marks the culmination of Phase II of the project (even if this summer’s Ant Man officially still part of Phase II). But while...

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Blu-ray review

‘There and Back Again’. So reads the alternative title of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit. It also once served as the planned title of this third and final instalment in Peter Jackson’s sprawling film adaptation. And, while ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ is certainly a fitting title for a film dominated by war, that original...

‘Fast & Furious 7’ movie review

The Fast & Furious franchise really is a curious beast. By all usual standards, it’s rubbish: the sort of straight-to-DVD fare that you wouldn’t glance twice at. The stilted dialogue, the hackneyed writing, the laughable performances and the frankly stupid action should lend it to little more than a late-night guilty pleasure at best. And...

‘Interstellar’ Blu-ray review

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a film which manages to be both breathtakingly epic in scale and emotionally close as it focuses on the fate of humanity and the promise made by a father to his daughter. As a former pilot, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) finds himself drawn into a space mission looking for a potential new...

‘Jupiter Ascending’ movie review

It’s become something of a clichéd line regarding the Wachowski siblings’ film output of late, in that people “admire the ambition”, but find the films to be flawed overall. Well, things usually become clichés for a reason, and while there is – yes – plenty to admire about Jupiter Ascending; it is also a bit...

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ movie review

At the exact moment Jason Bourne was fished out of the Mediterranean Sea, in Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity in 2002, the action genre changed. Gone were the campy villains, the outlandish set-pieces and the idealised heroes. Instead came a gritty, crunching realism, that was, at the time, refreshing. But in Jason Bourne’s wake came...