Marvel’s audacious X-men/Wolverine spin-off-spin-off wants to have it’s cake and eat it: sweary, subversive and knowlingly parodic, it is also puerile, violent, gory and laughs too often at its own jokes.
Which is presumably why they got puerile, self-referential Ryan Reynolds in the lead, despite his dubious track record (Blade Trinity, Green Lantern). Continue Reading
The critical hammering this 70’s cop-show reboot received on release in 2013 kept me away from it; catching up with it now, I was probably right. Abandoning the ramshackle charm of TV’s lovable rogues Regan and Carter, director Nick Love (of various terrible Danny Dire movies not worth naming) goes sweary and loud in an attempt to make this the British Heat, right down to a running street battle across Trafalgar Square. Ambitious but foolhardy, this Sweeney misses the mark, like the automatic fire in all its set pieces.
Worth seeing only for the monumental performance of Ray Winstone (Snow White, Hugo) as out-of-control dinosaur cop Jack Regan, the rest of this under-budget crime ‘thriller’ is by turns cliched, ludicrous, laughable and cheap. Does anyone really think this is how the modern Met Police operates? Continue Reading
This prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Hunstman smacks of cynical profiteering; visually stunning design it’s poorly served by a script that is Snow White’s not-so-Greatest Hits with leftover bits of Narnia and assorted Hobbitses.
Clichéd, formulaic and derivative, this bargain-bin script is left without a Snow White and can only afford four fairly redundant dwarfs. Continue Reading
Having run the maze and escaped from the wicked, err, WCKD agency, teen Thomas and his Glade-dwelling crew are whisked away to a full-on zombie apocalypse – for which it seems they hold the cure.
But more conspiracy guff abounds in this expensively-rendered, post-apocalyptic(sic), Y-A, dystopian fiction sequel. Expect evil corporations, mad scientists, abusive adults and fast zombies. Continue Reading
The Coen Brothers love letter to the golden age of Hollywood is a parade of sketches filled with nods and winks to thrill film aficionados. Leaving aside whether or not everyone else will get the joke, there are plenty of delightful cameos, smart lines, dry wit and sharp satire on the movie industry. But is that enough?
The main plot concerns a made-over version of Capitol Pictures studio ‘fixer’ Eddie Mannix’ (Josh Brolin – No Country) keeping the show on the road, while leading man Baird Whitlock (George Clooney – Tomorrowland) is kidnapped by Communist screen writers. Continue Reading
This won’t mean much to the rest of the world, but to Brits bought up on the 70’s sit-com of the Home Guard defending Britain against the Nazis, this is a surprising gold reboot; mischevous, whimisical and true to its source, Jones, Nighy and Gambon pull off an unlikely comedy hit.
So who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler? Continue Reading
If you want to skip on, you just need to know this is the Aussie version of the Cohens’ Blood Simple. With sunshine.
Alice wants to leave town with mechanic boyfriend Dylan, but bar-owner husband Jack hires hitman Mr Wolf to kill her. Jack’s sister Lucy needs a substitute body to pull off an insurance scam with indebted gambler husband Nathan, who’s being stung by the corrupt town cop Bruce.
A solid Aussie genre-blending black-comedy-thriller, Kill Me Three Times is Blood Simple, with a workmanlike script, snappy editing and a good cast, with only one problem… Continue Reading