Category Archive: Film Reviews

Aug 06 2015

Review: Fantastic Four

Fox’s latest reboot not only fails to live up to its title, but the comic book legacy that spawned it.  The team affectionately known as Marvel’s First Family may have launched the modern Marvel universe in 1961, but their cinematic track record has been less than stellar. Following a fondly remembered television cartoon in the …

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Jul 15 2015

Film Review: Ant-Man

The last film in the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe carries a lot of weight on its tiny shoulders, even if we aren’t entirely sure if ants have shoulders.  When it comes to things that are certain in life, death and taxes have recently seen Marvel Studios box office success join them as a roommate. …

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Apr 22 2015

Film Review: Avengers – Age of Ultron

The sequel to be most successful comic book film ever takes everything up several notches, and can barely keep it all inside. The coming together of geek god king Joss Whedon and the world of cinematic comic bookery was enough to make even the most cynical fan reach for his or her swooning couch, and the box …

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Jan 22 2015

Film Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic shoots stylishly out of the gates, and it is guaranteed that minds will be blown. The prospect of Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn re-teaming with creator Mark Millar was already a glee inducing prospect, as the combination had previously produced one of the most kinetic translations of a modern comic book in recent …

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Dec 05 2014

Blu-ray Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

The biggest comic book film comes to terrestrial entertainment systems, and we can now walk in the Blu-rays of the beautiful sun. Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to be the trickiest film in the canon to sell to a mass audience. Just like Korath the Pursuer’s (Djimon Hounsou) reaction when he first encounters Peter “Star Lord” …

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Sep 03 2014

Film Review: Sin City – A Dame to Kill For

The long-awaited sequel makes a few sins of its own in a faithful yet uninspiring retread of Frank Miller’s classic series. It’s been almost a decade since Sin City burst onto our screens with a swagger that only comes from something truly original. In the development hell of the intervening years, countless imitators have come and …

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Jul 24 2014

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

The boldest move in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also the most joyous, neatly showing the rest of the galaxy how it’s done.  Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to be the trickiest film in the canon to sell to a mass audience. Just like Korath the Pursuer’s (Djimon Hounsou) reaction when he first encounters Peter …

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Apr 15 2014

Film Review: The Amazing Spider-man 2

The first sequel to the Spidey reboot tries to weave a wicked web, but rapidly gets tangled up in its own convolutions. Simple economics dictate that Sony will continue to make Spider-man films until the end of time, or at least until they start to become unprofitable. As such, it was only a mere 5 …

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Mar 20 2014

Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The latest Marvel film elevates the franchise to new heights, creating an authentic comic book experience on screen that defies convention. It just might also be the best Marvel film to date. Over the course of the last six years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t simply adapted comic stories, but instead it has woven together …

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Mar 08 2014

Film Review: 300 – Rise of an Empire

The mostly unlikely sequel acts as a companion piece to 300, bringing with it more of Miller’s trademark broads, blood and blades by swapping Spartans for Athenians.  Zack “Snack” Snyder‘s adaptation of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley’s 300 was an almost literal interpretation of the graphic novel origins, a vision that could come from nothing else …

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Oct 28 2013

Film Review: Thor: The Dark World

The latest Marvel film pushes the boundaries of their growing universe, determined to turn mainstream cinema audiences into comic buffs. If Iron Man 3 was about escalating the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond even the dizzying heights of The Avengers, then Thor: The Dark World is about expanding that landscape. The original Thor was perhaps the …

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