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Film review: Dredd 3D

Building on his success as Eomer in Lord of the Rings, Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy and Bones in Star Trek, Karl Urban puts on the famous helmet once worn by Sly Stallone in the 1995 original Judge Dredd movie and never even once takes it off, providing both an acting challenge and an exact...
Film review: Total Recall

Film review: Total Recall

Is it real, is it Recall, the ads ask. Well, no, this mind-bending, future-shock action thriller is not remotely Total Recall as we knew it in Arnie’s day. Nobody goes to Mars, and it’s set in ultra-trendy futuristic London, for heaven’s sake. Commendably, and completely justifying a remake, it’s a total reboot of Philip K...

Film review: Circumstance

The multitude of repressive setbacks in the way of lesbian love in Teheran is the theme for this brave, provocative and moving Iranian drama, the Audience Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s also an eye-opener as an explosive, revealing portrait of Iran’s youth culture, with its rush of parties, drugs and blooming sexuality....

Film review: The Three Stooges

Ladies and gentlemen, three small cheers, please, for a good-natured, affectionate, kid-friendly and adult-friendly toast to the pretty-much long-forgotten slapstick talent that was The Three Stooges. Not what you’d expect from gross-out merchants The Farrelly Brothers. Not many laughs then? Not one to bother about? As the Stooges themselves proved years ago, silly slapstick is...

Film review: The Watch

Four continually-squabbling middle-aged suburban nerds form a neighbourhood watch to tackle pesky aliens that are troubling the place. Yes, folks, it’s the setup of Ghostbusters, with aliens replacing ghosts. If the story idea seems second hand and a bit stale, so are the gags in this surprisingly weak and clunky script by Seth Rogen, Evan...

Film Review: The Expendables 2

While not quite ‘the best action movie of the year’ as advertised on the poster, The Expendables 2 is a total blast – a bit scrappily made, like a cheery old-style B-movie, but consistently funny and exciting, even sometimes hilarious and thrilling.
Film review: The Bourne Legacy

Film review: The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner inherits the mantle of Matt Damon – though not his character – as the grimly resourceful hero-on-the-run for the fourth episode in the still-hot Bourne franchise.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – review

Was Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter – of course he wasn’t. Or was he…? ‘It’s just not historical’, critics were shouting and moaning after the press show. Er, that’s right, it’s escapist fantasy entertainment.

Review: Rock of Ages

A gloriously tacky stage musical, still running in Covent Garden’s Shaftesbury Theatre, comes to the big screen in the expert safe hands of the director of the tacky Hairspray musical, Adam Shankman.

Film review: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson is 56 or so now, and looks it, as frayed at the edges as he’s been frayed in temper lately. Just the right man, then, to play an ultra-audacious, ever-resourceful small-time career crook who slams his robbery getaway car across the American-Mexican border to get away from the US cops but...

Film review: Dark Shadows

Another magnificent Johnny Depp turn, another gorgeous-looking fantasy film from Tim Burton. Their eighth partnership together, based on a little-known American ’60s daytime TV show, may not be their best, but it is funny, creepy and a whole lot of fun.

Review: American Pie: Reunion

Thirteen years on from American  Pie, Jason Biggs’s Jim, Sean William Scott’s Stifler, Chris Klein’s Oz, Eddie Kaye Thomas’ Finch and Thomas Ian Nicholas’ Kevin are much older but absolutely no wiser.