Review: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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The third entry in the most recent Star Trek franchise, this time directed by Fast Five’s Justin Lin, recaptures some of the original series’ magic through its dedication to character and ridiculous fun. As scripted by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg (who carves himself out a more substantial role as Scotty), the narrative is messy, often dull in its midsection as Krall (Idris Elba), a ruthless enemy, destroys the USS Enterprise and captures the crew in an attempt to lay his hands on an artifact that will help wipe out the entire Federation. Continue reading “Review: Star Trek Beyond (2016)”

Review: Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (2013)

Walking With Dinosaurs

Named after the massively successful six part BBC documentary TV series that aired in the late nineties and in which this half-baked, feature-length film is based upon, Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is a live action/CGI hybrid from co-directors Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook. It’s without a doubt visually stunning, with the best constructed dinosaurs since Jurassic Park. Yet it’s botched spectacularly by a paper-thin script and laughably silly voiceover work from such actors as Justin Long and John Leguizamo. Continue reading “Review: Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (2013)”

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness

With Star Trek, JJ Abrams not only revived the tired sci-fi space franchise from limbo, but also delivered a revelatory blockbuster, packed with humour, dazzling visuals and non-stop action. Sadly, however, lightning hasn’t struck twice for the multihyphenate, and Star Trek Into Darkness fails to recapture that magic, often becoming weighed down by a tired, lumbering narrative. Continue reading “Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)”

Review: Dredd (2012)

In a dystopian future, North America has been reduced to rubble and its survivors crammed into Mega City One: an overcrowded and crime-ridden concrete metropolis, protected only by a law enforcement team known as the ‘Judges’. When one of them, the tempered Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), is tasked to assess rookie Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) and her skills, they soon find themselves trapped inside the mega-block “Peach Trees” – home to Continue reading “Review: Dredd (2012)”