“Crippled by shaky cam” Star Trek Beyond review

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By Rob Stoakes

So, first thing’s first, what is it with the Star Trek reboots and their subtitles?

Star Trek: Beyond! Umm… beyond what? I’ve just seen the film and I can’t tell you what exactly they’re going beyond. Beyond good and evil, beyond the horizon, beyond the solar system, what? Into Darkness had the same problem; never once was it actually dark in that film. The originals never had this problem; Wrath of Khan did indeed have an angry man named Khan, and Search for Spock was about looking for Spock. But Beyond could be about anything. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Pokemon movies

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By Adam Brannon

Remember Pokemon? In the mid-90s it had taken the world by storm, creating millions of eager fans in the process. It was a true global phenomenon, but as fads tend to do, Pokemon slipped into the shadows very slightly with only its die-hard followers remaining part of the cult.

Fast forward to 2016, Pokemon’s 20th year, and the unthinkable has happened. Pokemon GO, the map-based catching game has reignited the public’s interest in the cute little monsters and with a live-action film on the way, it seems fitting that Adam Brannon would look through the best movies related to the brand. Continue reading

The Ghostbusters controversy: unraveled

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By Rob Stoakes

If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Outraged MRAs and disappointed movie fans, that’s who.

So, Ghostbusters is yet another film where the controversies surrounding it have significantly more ink on paper devoted to them than the film itself. Increasingly common, it seems, in this age of instant controversy and easy offense. Remember Mad Max Fury: Road? That had THREE gender-based controversies.

Standing on the outside looking in, all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over Ghostbusters seems kind of dumb. It isn’t kind of dumb, though. It’s actually a ten-car pile up of idiocy. I struggle to think of a stupider thing, maybe Michael Palin making a documentary based entirely on Pokemon Go locations in Milton Keynes. Some of the cars in this pile-up are significantly more bashed up than others, however, so here are the four lowest points of the Ghostbusters debacle! Continue reading

“I ain’t afraid of no reboot” Ghostbusters review

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By Adam Brannon

So it’s here. One of the most reviled films of the decade before it was even released; the Ghostbusters reboot has a tough job persuading fans of the original films and newcomers alike that it’s worth their time.

With director Paul Feig, stars like Melissa McCarthy and Chris Hemsworth and the backing of the series’ previous stars, it’s certainly got a lot going for it, but does the finished product soar or deserve all those dislikes on YouTube? The most disliked film trailer in YouTube history.

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“CPR needed” The Legend of Tarzan review

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By Adam Brannon

As tends to be the case with Hollywood, studios pay very close attention to their rivals release schedules, eyeing up potential competition to pit their films against, maxing box-office returns in the process.

And when Disney announced they were rebooting The Jungle Book in March this year, Warner Bros quickly responded with another jungle-themed film; The Legend of Tarzan. But does this interpretation on the classic character swing or fall? Continue reading