Review: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

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As much as Avengers: Age Of Ultron is reported to have broken returning director Joss Whedon, it fails to break expectation. It’s keenness to please is often its biggest downfall. The ragtag team of Earth’s mightiest heroes are thrown back together when technology Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) found works against them, creating deadly AI Ultron (James Spader). Continue reading “Review: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)”

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Review: American Hustle (2013)

American Hustle

The third part in his own self-proclaimed reinvention (one that’s so far brought with it The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, two Academy Award winners), American Hustle finds David O. Russell at his most playful, tackling the infamous ABSCAM scandal – a hugely publicised FBI sting into political corruption – with a tremendous amount of wit, vigour and vibrancy. While certainly not without its faults, it’s a film that’s more often than not massively entertaining, and a constant platform for spectacular performances and outlandish 70s fashion. Continue reading “Review: American Hustle (2013)”

Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D (2013)

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Tommy Wirkola’s English language debut and follow-up to Norwegian horror-comedy Dead Snow, the questionably titled Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, lurches its way into cinemas after spending well over a year gathering dust on a desolate shelf. Its scars can be felt as the film has an almost unfinished feel to it, as if it’s trying too hard to lay the foundations for a future franchise that will, if there’s any justice in the world, never, ever come to fruition. Continue reading “Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D (2013)”

Review: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

With Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) on the run and the media close to blowing the lid on the CIA’s heavily guarded special operation programs, Eric Byer (Edward Norton) is forced to take dramatic action, not only closing down each and every program, but also killing every single agent in the field. Unfortunately for them, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) narrowly escapes the attacks, albeit without his performance enhancing medication, and tracks down geneticist Marta Shearing Continue reading “Review: The Bourne Legacy (2012)”

Review: The Avengers (2012)

After laying hands on “the Tesseract” (a cube shaped source of energy capable of opening portals between worlds), Asgardian demi-God Loki (Tom Hiddleston) becomes hell bent on conquering Earth once and for all. Realising they don’t have a human army resilient enough to check his wrath, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calls upon six individuals with superhuman abilities – Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) – in a plan codenamed the “Avengers Initiative”, to Continue reading “Review: The Avengers (2012)”