Dir. James Gunn, US, 2014, 121 mins Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace Review by Dan Collacott If Marvel did Star Wars… As the frequency of Marvel franchises ramps up along with the profits, the studio must feel they’ve earned the right to take a few risks. […]
Dir. Matt Reeves, US, 2014, 130 mins Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell Review by Dan Collacott 2011 saw the release of Rupert Wyatt’s hugely acclaimed monkey reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Three years on and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has taken over director duties for the sequel. Ten years […]
Major William Cage (Cruise) finds himself stuck in a time loop in the midst of a war against an alien species that is being fought on continental Europe. The time loop allows Cage to perfect his fighting skills through the thousandfold plays of each scenario. It also allows him to team up with Special Forces soldier Rita (Blunt). Together they work play by replay, scenario by scenario towards victory.
In 2010 Gareth Edwards gave us the beautifully crafted low budget creature flick Monsters. Low on plot and characterisation but with a great concept and soul (plus imaginative use of CGI). Monsters received enough critical acclaim to earn Edwards a shot at a new Godzilla film.
Someone named Brad on the back of the DVD of Ice Soldiers has proclaimed it is 'The best super-soldier movie since the first Universal Soldier'. This is a bold assertion, given there have been no fewer than five more Universal Soldier films since then - at least two starring both Jean-Claude van Damme and Dolph Lundgren
Some of the best science fiction takes elements of contemporary society and projects their possible consequences into the future. Huxley did it with Brave New World, Orwell with 1984 and to cite a couple of movies, so did Gattaca (genetic discrimination) and the recent technological love story Her
This is the latest in the Marvel comics big screen extravaganzas, 3D and all, and it pretty much does what it says on the tin. Lots of action and spectacular special effects, a few starry names and not a lot of subtlety.
What is the definition of being "alive"? When does artificial intelligence simply become...intelligence? If these questions sound familiar to you, it's because they probably are. They've been pondered in one of any number of movies you'll have seen if you've even a passing interest in science fiction.
Dir. Kieran Parker, UK, 2013, 84 mins, in English Cast: Bryan Larkin, Ivan Kamaras, Michael McKell, Velibor Topic, Laurence Possa, Ben Lambert, Alec Utgoff, Vince Doherty, Gareth Morrison Review by Laura Graham As everyone knows from Ultimate Warriors, the most deadly and feared fighting force is the Russian Spetsnaz. They are the epitome of Stalin’s […]
An unsettling, ambiguous and beautiful movie from the director of Sexy Beast – think The Man Who Fell To Earth crossed with a Bill Douglas film. The ET here is in female form: Scarlett Johansson drives around Glasgow and environs picking up solo men and taking them to derelict premises.