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?
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8 April 2014, 8:00am
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.
9 April 2014, 1:56pm
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.
6 April 2014, 10:27pm
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?).
6 April 2014, 7:45pm
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.
6 April 2014, 4:19pm
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.
2 April 2014, 11:37am
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.
2 April 2014, 10:34am
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.
1 April 2014, 4:17pm
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.
26 March 2014, 5:34pm
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.