Review: Hercules

23 July 2014, 9:43am

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

It's difficult to feel sorry for Brett Ratner. After gaining recognition for Rush Hour and its terrible sequels he promptly broke nerd hearts with X-Men: The Last Stand and continued this unfortunate run by making ill-advised remarks that saw him axed from producing the 2011 Academy Awards. Stylistically he's been a bit Michael Bay-lite with his unoriginal mix of obvious humour, action and just a smidgen of loveable misogyny, but they're always watchable in a there's-nothing-better-to-watch way. Which brings us nicely to Hercules.

It has now been exactly 25 years since When Harry Met Sally taught us that men and women can’t ever just be friends and that sometimes the best way for a deli to sell that last slice of pie is to fake an orgasm.

Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

16 July 2014, 9:26am

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

Turn the clock back five years or so to the announcement that the Planet Of The Apes franchise was to receive another reboot after Tim Burton's fairly disastrous 2001 "re-imagining". The new film would be saddled with the mouth-clogging title of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, and audiences braced themselves for another average blockbuster high on effects but low on substance. In 2011, they didn't get it. Rise was a critical and commercial hit; smart, witty, aware of its own inherent daftness and ripe for a sequel. Sadly, it's now time to take that anticipated disappointment out of storage: that sequel, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, is the very movie we thought we were getting three years ago.

For some reason, True Lies remains a criminally overlooked entry in the annals of cinema history. As the film celebrates its 20-year anniversary this week, it's time to celebrate a truly impressive movie that not only deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest action films of all time, but also one of the funniest comedies.

Can actors sing?

9 July 2014, 2:04pm

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

This week sees the release of Begin Again, in which Keira Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who has a chance encounter with Mark Ruffalo’s disgraced record label exec... and yes, Knightley uses all her own vocal chords in the film. But how has Hollywood royalty fared with singing on screen? Let’s take a look.

Transformers. They have come to Earth bringing with them a raging war from the dying planet of Cybertron. But they are also more than meets the eye. How much more? Let's find out.

After last year's relatively low-key action comedy Pain & Gain, Michael Bay returns to the comfort of a nine-figure budget this week with the $210 million rock 'em sock 'em blockbuster Transformers: Age Of Extinction. But like so many of today's biggest directors, Bay got his start in the considerably smaller domain of music video. Here are ten achingly cheesy videos from the back catalogues of Hollywood's directing elite.

Forrest Gump turns 20 years old this week and it shows no sign of leaving the public consciousness. Its success and popularity just keeps on running and running, just like... well, you get the idea.

Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

3 July 2014, 12:18pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

In 2010 DreamWorks' hit-starved animation studio was finally gifted with How To Train Your Dragon, a film that satisfied older audiences as well as the many young fans of Cressida Cowell's best-selling book series. The movie came close to Pixar at its best with a memorable score, top-notch animation and an instantly loveable lead character, and while most sequels usually reek of money-hungry desperation, How To Train Your Dragon 2 not only continues the story of Hiccup and his toothless friend but gives us a totally new one.

What makes Spider-Man 2 so amazing?

3 July 2014, 6:45am

Matthew Looker posted by Matthew Looker

Our Spidey sense is tingling this week as Spider-Man 2 celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Heralded as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, what did it get so right that so many other comic-book films get so wrong? And, indeed, what made Spider-Man 2 more amazing than The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Let’s attempt to untangle its web of brilliance.

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