Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

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The latest attempt to cinematise Marvel’s dysfunctional superhero family, Fantastic Four is a frustrating shambles, bogged down by a strained narrative and laughable, exposition-heavy dialogue. An inter-dimensional vault leaves four young upstarts – Reed (Miles Teller), Sue (Kate Mara), Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) and Ben (Jamie Bell) – reshaped with superhuman abilities. Their only hope of recovery is back the way they came from, putting them in direct contact with an old friend. Continue reading “Review: Fantastic Four (2015)”

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Review: That Awkward Moment (2014)

That Awkward Moment

A rom-com presented from the point of view of three callow, commitment-phobe serial daters, That Awkward Moment has oodles of potential, not least thanks to the combined talents of its up-and-coming cast. Yet the fact that the film is unable to mine any insight or meaning from its slapdash, cliché-ridden and relatively unfunny screenplay renders this an experiment that’s watchable, yet blatantly unremarkable. Continue reading “Review: That Awkward Moment (2014)”

Review: Chronicle (2012)

Superhero films are Hollywood’s biggest obsession. Since perhaps 2000, they’ve churned out in excess of twenty of them – from big-budget blockbusters (Spider-Man), to more low-key, DIY efforts (Super). Stripping things right back to basics, and adopting the found-footage approach that has worked so well for the horror industry, Chronicle proves that you don’t need a big-budget or cutting edge software to achieve cinematic effects. Hell, you can even do it better.

Andrew (Dane DeHaan) is an outsider. Violently abused at home and rejected by the popularity model at school, Andrew decides to record every aspect of his life Continue reading “Review: Chronicle (2012)”