Review: Jimi: All Is By My Side (2014)

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A year in the life of rock legend Jimi Hendrix is documented in John Ridley’s ill-conceived and tedious biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. Jimi (Andre Benjamin) is discovered by Keith Richards’ misses Linda (an utterly wasted Imogen Poots) after playing a gig with Curtis Jackson in New York. Now with a manager, Hendrix┬árelocates to London, where he meets Kathy (Hayley Atwell) and slowly rises through the musical ranks. Continue reading

Review: This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

This Is Where I Leave You

Shawn Levy takes a break from his usual comedy-heavy fare to direct the spare family drama This Is Where I Leave You. After catching his wife in bed with his boss, Judd (Jason Bateman) sinks into a deep depression, worsened by the news of his father’s death. Upon venturing back to his childhood home, Judd attempts to reconnect with his mother (Jane Fonda) and his three siblings (Tina Fey, Corey Stoll and Adam Driver), each of whom is harbouring their own problems. Continue reading

Review: The Book Of Life (2014)

The Book Of Life

Experienced animator Jorge R. Gutierrez teams up with fan-favourite producer Guillermo Del Toro for his directorial debut The Book Of Life, a visually dazzling but regrettably stale spin on the Mexican holiday Day Of The Dead. Best friends Manola (Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) have one thing in common: their love for Maria (Zoe Saldana). Using their differing skills, they duke it out for Maria’s affection under the watchful eyes of Xibalba and La Muerta, two powerful mythical entities with an age-old score to settle. Continue reading

Review: Love, Rosie (2014)

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Love, Rosie, based on Cecelia Ahern’s best-selling novel Where Rainbows Fly, has all the familiar trappings of a rom-com, but stirs in enough personality and wit to step it up a notch. Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been friends on the cusp of something more since they were children. But when Alex flits off to America to attend medical school, the interference of life means that Rosie is left behind. Continue reading

Review: Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Genuinely entertaining live-action family films are hard to come by these days, which makes Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day a refreshing treat. Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) knows full well what it’s like to have a bad day, but his family don’t have a clue. That is, however, until they all suffer through a terrible, very bad day for themselves. Continue reading

Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner, the latest YA novel to be adapted into a film, is a well-made and energetically performed dystopian sci-fi adventure with smarts. Dylan O’Brien stars as Thomas, a youngster who wakes up trapped in an enclosed colony with a crowd of other boys and no memory of his past. Their only chance of escape is to master a complicated, treacherous maze that brings surprising, life-changing consequences into play. Continue reading

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

An up-to-date reworking of the titular heroes in a half-shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is derivative and irksome in equal measures – unsurprising considering Michael Bay’s involvement as producer. In her hunt for a big story, plucky reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) stumbles upon four crime-fighting mutated turtles – Leonardo (Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) and Donatello (Jeremy Howard) – who are out to stop the evil Foot Clan in their tracks. Continue reading