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Writer-director Eran Creevy’s impressive feature film debut, 2008’s Shifty, was a slice of gritty social realism set in a drab London suburb. Follow-up Welcome to the Punch takes place at the heart of the capital and borrows its glossy sheen … Continue reading
DVD review | John Carter – Taylor Kitsch bounds to glory as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ interplanetary warrior
Propelled from the world of Westerns into the realm of sci-fi, a Civil War veteran turns interplanetary warrior in John Carter, a rollicking fantasy adventure based on stories dreamed up a century ago by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. Former … Continue reading
Before he created the iconic character of Tarzan, prolific pulp author Edgar Rice Burroughs dreamed up an even more fanciful hero – John Carter, a Confederate army captain turned interplanetary warrior whose exploits form the basis of this rollicking fantasy … Continue reading
Film review | Black Gold – Far-from-slick dialogue leaves oil epic’s cast floundering in the Arabian sand
Jean-Jacques Annaud makes a bid for the sweep and stature of Lawrence of Arabia with Black Gold, but pedestrian storytelling and clunky dialogue leaves his would-be epic drama about a power struggle between feuding kingdoms in soon-to-be-oil-rich 1920s Arabia bogged … Continue reading
Film review | The Guard – Good cop, bad cop, stupid or smart? Brendan Gleeson’s garda keeps you guessing
After the success of 2008’s In Bruges, here’s The Guard, another wickedly dark, Irish-accented comedy thriller from a writer-director named McDonagh. At the helm this time is John Michael McDonagh and he lives up to younger brother Martin’s feature debut … Continue reading
The latest flight of fantasy from Japanese animation masters Studio Ghibli, Arrietty is an enchanting tale inspired by Mary Norton’s classic 1950s Borrowers novels about a family of miniature people who live under the floorboards and survive by ‘borrowing’ what … Continue reading
Forcing my way through the post-screening throng after London’s first Kick-Ass preview, I bumped into a journalist friend who was fizzing with excitement over Matthew Vaughn’s new comic-book movie. A few paces more and I came upon two other … Continue reading
We’ve just learned that comic-book heroes Mark Millar and John Romita Jr – the creators of the series on which new superhero movie Kick-Ass is based – will be signing copies of their graphic novel and the movie companion book … Continue reading
At the Cinema | Sherlock Holmes – Robert Downey Jr drops the deerstalker and puts up his fists in the great detective’s latest caper
Forget the deerstalker. Forget the calabash pipe. Forget the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson”. Forget, indeed, most of the props, quotes and attributes that have accrued to Conan Doyle’s legendary consulting detective. Robert Downey Jr’s dashing, devil-may-care Sherlock Holmes, unexpectedly … Continue reading
We would all have been heroes had we lived in Hitler’s Germany, wouldn’t we? We would have recognised the dangers of Nazism from the start, held fast to our moral principles and taken an unwavering stand against evil. Of course, … Continue reading