Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Apr16

Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

An animated CGI film for children based on the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and a sequel to the film of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a roller-coaster of colour, energy and puns that barely stands still for a second. It opens with a brief recap of the previous films events, explaining how wannabe inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) created a machine that turned water into food, which started making...

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Retrospective Review: Idiocracy
Apr10

Retrospective Review: Idiocracy

A while back I reviewed State of Syn, a webseries that took place in the sort of near future we typically predict in films and television – a highly technically advanced one. The film I am reviewing today stands out by looking at the opposite end of this scale, by asking – what if instead of becoming smarter, humanity just became more and more stupid?  Idiocracy is a satirical comedy directed by Mike Judge and starring...

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Home Release)
Apr06

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Home Release)

Dragons, Dwarves and New Zealand location shoots. These things can mean only one thing; another trip to Middle Earth, courtesy of Peter Jackson. This instalment of Hobbity goodness picks up with a flashback to a meeting between Gandalf and Thorin, their encounter revealing the master wizard to be the instigator of the would be Dwarf King’s quest to reclaim his homeland. After that the narrative remains relatively straightforward; the...

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Review: Frozen
Apr05

Review: Frozen

Frozen is Disney’s latest animated feature, that hit cinemas around last Christmas, and has quickly become part of popular culture. Now, I have to admit, when I first saw the trailer, I thought it looked like typical Disney fare, and I was rather put off by the jokey sidekick snowman, which  I thought would probably only appeal to younger kids. I was also rather disappointed that they’d just done it in same animation style...

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Review: How to Survive a Plague
Apr01

Review: How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive A Plague (HTSAP) is a documentary fueled by passion and anger. The film opens right in the middle of the AIDS epidemic in the US at the late ’70s/early ’80s period and centres around the efforts of the ACT UP and TAG activist groups At the time, being diagnosed was almost a 100% certainty of death for patients. Those at the centre of this terror express their fears and sense of distraught pain at seeing...

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Win Captain America: The Winter Soldier goodies
Mar26

Win Captain America: The Winter Soldier goodies

Thanks to our friends at Marvel Studios we’re delighted to be able to give away an amazing prize to three lucky readers to celebrate the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Up for grabs are: A t-shirt A baseball cap Captain America and Black Widow Stickers A set of 4 shield coasters Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now and finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and...

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Plastic Trailer Debut

Do you like Hollyoaks? And Will Poulter? Then this will blow your mind… PLASTIC tells the story of intelligent and brazen Sam (Ed Speleers), who leads a ring of university students to become credit card thieves in order to augment their income. As their activities become more daring, they accidentally rob a notorious gangster named Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann) and are forced to up their game to pay him back 10 times the amount...

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Review: Fire in the Blood
Mar10

Review: Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood is a documentary about a real-life scandal. It’s about people conspiring to let millions of their fellow humans die for the sake of profit. It’s also about the fight against this, and the brave individuals who took on the might of the large drug companies. In a series of interviews with calm but intently focused campaigners, the film paints a picture of two worlds. One in the west, where the breakthrough in...

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Retrospective Review: Alice (1990)
Mar08

Retrospective Review: Alice (1990)

Alice starring Mia Farrow and Joe Mantegna (who as Simpson’s fans will know does the voice of Fat Tony) has been heralded as a one of Woody Allen’s best films of the early 90s. Join me as I take a look back at this loose reworking of Federico Fellini’s film, Juliet of the Spirits. I must admit, that having started off watching films in which Allen starred or appeared himself, I do find it a little odd when I watch...

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First teaser trailer for Paddington
Mar05

First teaser trailer for Paddington

  Check out the first teaser trailer for the film Paddington. Adapted from the series of beloved children’s books by Michael Bond and from the producer of Harry Potter, the film stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi and Colin Firth, as the voice of Paddington. The film follows Paddington, a bear who grows up in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy – who has raised him to dream of an...

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