Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

15 April 2014, 3:26pm

Neil Alcock posted by Neil Alcock

In 2007, the third instalment of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series trousered just shy of a billion dollars at the box office, but took a hammering in the press. A glut of super-villains was blamed for Spider-Man 3's critical failure, and plans for a fourth film were binned. Skip forward seven years and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the second episode of a rebooted Spider-franchise, is upon us, boasting three super-powered bad guys as if Raimi's festival of foes had never happened. So is Spidey v2.2 asking to be rinsed down the plughole, or has our friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler learned enough lessons from history to finally, legitimately call himself Amazing?

Sundance London: What not to miss

8 April 2014, 8:00am

Corrina Antrobus posted by Corrina Antrobus

Happy days for independent cinema fans as the Sundance Film Festival is back in London for its third year at the O2 Arena. Here are the highlights.

Review: The Raid 2

9 April 2014, 1:56pm

Matthew Turner posted by Matthew Turner

2011's blistering punch-everyone-in-the-building action flick The Raid marked the explosive debuts of Welsh writer-director Gareth Evans and Indonesian star Iko Uwais, as well as doing for martial arts style silat what Ong-Bak did for Tony Jaa and muay thai. The film became a deserved cult hit, so when Evans and Uwais announced they'd be re-teaming for a sequel (subtitled Retaliation in the States and Berandal, meaning 'Thug', in Indonesia), expectations were understandably high. However, while The Raid 2 undoubtedly delivers in terms of sheer ass-kicking thrills, it's somewhat hampered by a needlessly exposition-heavy 150 minute running time.

It’s the conclusion of the epic, near-nine-hour prequel trilogy in Middle Earth. It’s the final destination of a journey that crosses hundreds of miles through difficult terrains and dangerous territories. It is the last instalment of Peter Jackson’s prequel saga, called The Hobbit: There And Back Again (A.K.A. The Hobbit: Are We There Yet?).

With The Raid 2 released in cinemas this week, we can all get ready for more incredible quick-kick-punching and acrobatic head-butting in the vein of the director Gareth Evans' previous film The Raid, which provided some of the most jaw-dropping fight choreography seen in years.

Get ready to put on some slippers, unwrap a toffee sweet and talk at great length with supermarket checkout employees: you are officially old. That’s right, Shaun Of The Dead – the hilarious zom-rom-com from Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost that perfectly captured the attention of your movie-loving youth – celebrates its 10th anniversary this week.

The world's critics have finally weighed in on Noah, calling the film everything from 'astonishing and miraculous' (The Daily Telegraph) to 'half-baked' (Indiewire), but one all-important figure has yet to make His opinion known on Darren Aronofsky's wildly ambitious biblical epic: the Supreme Being of all existence, God. Noah star Russell Crowe was unsuccessful in his campaign to have the Catholic Church officially bless the film during a promotional trip to the Vatican earlier this month, so we can only imagine what the man upstairs makes of the whole thing.

With the now-customary logic of Hollywood literary adaptations, the roaringly successful Hunger Games trilogy is of course being made into a total of four films, the next of which, Mockingjay: Part 1, arrives this November. Normally this would warrant a glib remark about how hard Hollywood finds it to close the book on billion-dollar page-to-screen series - both Harry Potter and Twilight having previously received extended, ultimately a little awkward send offs - but this time things are different. Because the Hunger Games is really good.

Review: Noah

1 April 2014, 4:17pm

Limara Salt posted by Limara Salt

Approximately 90 minutes into Darren Aronofsky's non-biblical biblical epic, Noah's eldest son reacts to his latest announcement with a bemused "Are you mad?" Well of course he's mad: he's just built a floating zoo while leaving every human on Earth to drown as instructed by 'the creator'. But that is the least insane thing about a film that takes a story we all know and turns it into an action-tinged drama featuring rock monsters, LSD tea and the world's first pregnancy test.

Virgin Movies: Best Of March 2014

26 March 2014, 5:34pm

Virgin Movies posted by Virgin Movies

March featured a veritable cavalcade of amazing new movies to watch on demand: just look at this cracking selection from the last month! Click through to watch them online or select 'Catch Up & On Demand' then 'Movies' on your Virgin Media TV.

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