“We have a problem” Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 review

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 review – by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyTo say 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit is a slight understatement. Many had predicted Marvel’s gamble to sink the studio with its unknown characters and very unique sense of style, but it ended up being one of the year’s best films grossing nearly $800million.

Three years on, director James Gunn returns with the plucky group of space stars. But can lightning strike twice? Or have the Guardians had their time to shine? Continue reading

“Incredibly well-made” Big Game review

BIG GAME   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Jalmari Helander  

Music: Juri & Miska Seppa

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Jim Broadbent


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

If you asked me as a baby what film genre I would think would have more complex plots in the future, I would pee myself. That’s what you get for asking a baby questions about the evolution of cinema.

As a functioning adult who doesn’t pee himself quite as often, however, I am surprised at how ambitious action movies have become. As an example, Avengers: Age of Ultron is 150 minutes long after the studio cut out an hour. It can’t just be about a robot trying to take over the world, either; no, your brain needs to keep a mental chart of all the relationships, motivations and plans within plans. And Avengers 2 is relatively straight forward compared to some other recent fare (hi Christopher Nolan). Continue reading

MM Top 5: Characters that should join the Avengers

Contributor Rob Stoakes takes on his first MM Top 5 with a look at a selection of Marvel characters that should probably join the Avengers – and why they probably won’t even get their own movies.

So, Avengers: Age of Ultron came out last week. However, today, we’re taking a break from movies at Movie Metropolis to look at the comics that spawned the films we know and love, and look at the Marvel characters who would make great cinematic experiences of their own…

…and also why it probably won’t happen anyway. Continue reading

“This one belongs to James Spader” Avengers: Age of Ultron review

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON   (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Joss Whedon  

Music: Brian Tyler/Danny Elfman

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans


I doubt that Joss Whedon and the team down at Marvel knew just how successful 2012’s Avengers Assemble would go on to be. After just a few months of release it became the third highest-grossing film of all time, by no means an easy feat to achieve.

Therefore, Whedon and co had their work cut out trying to build on the solid foundations they had laid when it came to producing a sequel. However, three years and $250m later Avengers: Age of Ultron hits our screens. But is it the follow-up everyone was asking for? Continue reading

Is Jurassic World sexist?

Jurassic World is shaping up to be the sequel that fans of the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park had been looking forward to for years.

However, it appears not everyone is so enthralled by the film with Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon taking to Twitter to declare a new clip of the dinosaur adventure “70s-era sexist”. Continue reading