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Movie Review of ‘The Rocketeer’ (1991)

Before comic book adaptations became a dime a dozen in the 21st Century, such ventures were risky gambles for studios. Although 1978′sSuperman and Tim Burton’s Batman were massive money-makers, other endeavours were less successful at the box office. One such financial flop was 1991′s The Rocketeer, a Disney-produced adaptation of the series of graphic novels by Dave Stevens. Best […]

Movie Review of ‘Divergent’ (2014)

Based on the novel by Veronica Roth, 2014′s Divergent is yet another attempt to adapt a young adult novel series for the big screen, following in the shadow of Twilight and The Hunger Games. But rather than a promising opening instalment in a potential franchise, Divergent is a total misfire, crippled by an air of utter blandness all the way through to […]

Movie Review of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ (2014)

Although 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man earned a healthy $750 million at the worldwide box office, it was a missed opportunity all-round, a careless reboot that fell short of the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy which preceded it. Hoping to persist with a sprawling Spider-Man franchise to compete with Marvel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 manages to correct several of the issues of its predecessor, […]

Movie Review of ‘The Raid 2′ (2014)

Sequels to hit motion pictures are always a dubious proposition, especially action sequels which very rarely live up to their predecessors, let alone surpass them. 2014′s The Raid 2: Berandal is one of the rare exceptions to the rule, however. Written and directed yet again by Gareth Evans, this sequel to 2012′s The Raid: Redemption confidently raises the bar […]

Movie Review of ‘The Lego Movie’ (2014)

The Lego Movie is a blast of pure awesomeness, an infinitely enjoyable animated feature which lives up to and surpasses its hype. Masterminded by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), it’s a strikingly original piece of cinema, on top of being perhaps the boldest motion picture of 2014 so far. Here […]

Movie Review of ‘The Rocketeer’ (1991)

Before comic book adaptations became a dime a dozen in the 21st Century, such ventures were risky gambles for studios. Although 1978′sSuperman and Tim Burton’s Batman were massive money-makers, other endeavours were less successful at the box office. One such financial flop was 1991′s The Rocketeer, a Disney-produced adaptation of the series of graphic novels by Dave Stevens. Best […]

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A Promise (2014)

It’s not reaching to say that a romance needs some semblance of passion in order to reach the hearts of the people watching it. It’s not believable if two monotonous, blank-faced people “fall in love,” because nobody watching is going to get that sort of feeling. It’s impossible to care about them when this is […]

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Movie Review of ‘Divergent’ (2014)

Based on the novel by Veronica Roth, 2014′s Divergent is yet another attempt to adapt a young adult novel series for the big screen, following in the shadow of Twilight and The Hunger Games. But rather than a promising opening instalment in a potential franchise, Divergent is a total misfire, crippled by an air of utter blandness all the way through to […]

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13 Sins (2014)

Sometimes it’s a shame that we don’t live in a vacuum. 13 Sins has been released roughly a month after Cheap Thrills, and that’s not enough time to make them feel like completely separate entities. Their plots are close, they contain similar themes, and the former is better, which means that the latter can only […]

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Movie Review of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ (2014)

Although 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man earned a healthy $750 million at the worldwide box office, it was a missed opportunity all-round, a careless reboot that fell short of the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy which preceded it. Hoping to persist with a sprawling Spider-Man franchise to compete with Marvel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 manages to correct several of the issues of its predecessor, […]

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Transcendence (2014)

Of all the things I have to say about Transcendence, I’ll open with this: for the majority of its two-hour running time, I was not bored. I was not necessarily excited, thrilled, or having fun, but I was also not wishing it would end, or feeling the need to check a clock. It might just […]

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Hateship Loveship (2014)

A film whose ultimate message is that, if you are a woman, you can win a man’s heart by doing all the cooking and cleaning, while also letting him steal your money, Hateship Loveship is … basically just that. It has no energy, questionable morals, no compelling characters or performances — but boy, does Kristen […]

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Bad Grandpa review.

Jackass present: Bad Grandpa review. Bad Grandpa is an outrageous comedy from the crazy minds behind jackass. It stars Johnny Knoxville as Irvine Zisman, the ‘bad grandpa’ and rising star Jackson Nicoll plays Billy who is his grandson. It is set across America as Irvine tries to reunite his grandson with his father and they […]

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Joe (2014)

I know that one of the most fun both cinephiles and non-cinephiles can have is to make fun of some of the performances turned in by Nicolas Cage, but every now and then a movie like Joe comes around and we’re treated to a fantastic performance by the actor. There’s no zaniness and no insanity […]

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Movie Review of ‘The Raid 2′ (2014)

Sequels to hit motion pictures are always a dubious proposition, especially action sequels which very rarely live up to their predecessors, let alone surpass them. 2014′s The Raid 2: Berandal is one of the rare exceptions to the rule, however. Written and directed yet again by Gareth Evans, this sequel to 2012′s The Raid: Redemption confidently raises the bar […]

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Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

There’s a measure of doom and gloom to almost every single element of Only Lovers Left Alive, and it’s perhaps because of this that it’s hard to truly fall in love with what it has to offer. There’s certainly something, and I don’t think it’s the plodding pace or the romanticism with which it presents […]

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Movie Review of ‘The Lego Movie’ (2014)

The Lego Movie is a blast of pure awesomeness, an infinitely enjoyable animated feature which lives up to and surpasses its hype. Masterminded by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), it’s a strikingly original piece of cinema, on top of being perhaps the boldest motion picture of 2014 so far. Here […]

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The Raid 2 (2014)

With the debut of The Raid: Redemption in 2011, we knew that there had to be a sequel, either spiritually or in reality. The action scenes, some of which were called “best action I’ve ever seen” by some people, needed to be duplicated or even topped. Its director, Gareth Evans, needed to show us more […]

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Perfect Sisters (2014)

There are two kinds of people who will watch Perfect Sisters: There are the types who will think that all of the broken-house scenes that populate the first half of the film are over-the-top and excessive, and there are those who will know that this can be exactly how it can be in similar situations. […]

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Draft Day (2014)

When you’re watching a movie about any sort of sports draft, you can almost certainly be assured that something or other is going to come right down to the buzzer, and that’s going to be our primary source of drama and tension. I imagine a trade deadline movie would be the same way. In order […]

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The Trials of Cate McCall (2014)

After becoming an alcoholic, being put on probation at her law firm, divorcing her husband, and losing custody of her child, Cate McCall (Kate Beckinsale) is attempting to get her life back on the right track. In order to do so, she accepts a pro bono case — one which she believes she will lose. […]

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Movie Review of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014)

Marvel doesn’t have the best track record with second instalments, with Iron Man 2 and 2013′s Thor: The Dark World both paling in comparison to their respective predecessors. But whatever curse once existed has now faded with the release of 2014′s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel which not only improves upon its satisfying predecessor but also emerges as […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

The first Captain America film, The First Avenger, was one of the best films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and holds up as such upon repeated viewings. The sequel is not as good. Yes, it is still fun, and there’s more to it, intellectually, than any of the previous eight movies, but it’s less […]

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