“Mini Avengers, Assemble” Captain America: Civil War review

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By Adam Brannon

Is anyone else getting bored of superhero films? Nope? Just me then. We’re not even halfway through 2016 and there have been three of them. In February, there was Deadpool, a film that despite all the odds, turned out to be smashing – despite its generic finale.

Then, DC tried to compete with Marvel in March with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was fine, if far too long and lacking in any real drama. Now, Marvel is back with Captain America: Civil War. But can it break the superhero tedium that has started to settle in? Continue reading

“It’s a mad world” Hardcore Henry review

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By Rob Stoakes

Video games, as I’ve said in the past, are far, far better than films.

Let’s face it, video games have much better subject matter. This is a medium where plumbers fight turtles for coins, terrorists use robot dinosaurs and a town can kill someone with their own repressed sexuality. Also, games demand far more of the audience. The film doesn’t know if you’re paying attention or not. No film has ever stopped and asked you if you’ve understood the themes and motifs, and refused to play if you didn’t answer correctly. Continue reading

“An exceptional look at warfare” Eye in the Sky review

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By Adam Brannon

Warfare is incredibly hard to depict well on screen. The brutality of conflict as well as the accuracy of technologies used is something very rarely achieved in the cinema due to the constant need to turn a profit and please audiences.

After American Sniper rocked the early part of 2015, there were numerous films in the genre greenlit soon after. Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky is one. But is it as good as American Sniper? And, more importantly, does it show an accurate depiction of modern conflict? Continue reading

“No moral theatre” Midnight Special review

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By Rob Stoakes

There is a TV show that is well known across the pond in ‘murkha and not very well known here called Mystery Science Theatre 3000, where comedians watch terrible public domain films. It’s sort of like wrestling; most of it sounds rubbish but is actually great. Anyway, it was during the watching of Midnight Special where I thought of one of their more famous quotes; “We hope you’ve enjoyed no moral theatre, ladies and gentlemen!”

So, the plot of Midnight Special is that this child with no personality really needs to get to this place (we’re never told exactly where) and something will happen, and if he doesn’t then… umm… well, the film forgets to say. And it never gets around to saying how the boy knows he needs to get where he needs to get to, or why the FBI want to stop him, or why this Christian cult want to stop him, or why the people who help him and his family get him to this place want to help him. Continue reading

“A new classic” The Jungle Book review

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By Adam Brannon

There’s an old saying; “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and that was the kind of reaction many people had towards Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book.

Helmed by Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, it certainly garnered a mixed response come its first trailer release late last year. But what is the finished product like? And are we looking at a new classic? Continue reading