Review – The Fault In Our Stars

If a film can make you cry, does that immediately make it good? Wrestling with this quandary is what makes The Fault In Our Stars a puzzler.

Review – Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow is working from the playbook of a really good episode of The Twilight Zone that has received a Red Bull transfusion.

Television recap: Halt and Catch Fire

The new television series Halt and Catch Fire is right up my command prompt.

Review – A Million Ways to Die in the West

During the opening credits of A Million Ways to the Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane’s name appears in gigantic letters four times. Take heed of this as a warning, this film is a vanity project, but a funny bit of indulgence.

Review – X-Men: Days of Futures Past

Days of Futures Past is a jumble of mutant melodrama that’s pleasing but never wholly poignant.

Review – Godzilla

Godzilla is a barnstormer when it’s in full monster movie mode and a sleeper when cut down to human size.

You need to start watching Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey

Because of science

Review – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Two seems to be the magic number for Spider-Man films. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is a sequel that outdoes the first film, and director Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 is such a massive improvement over its predecessor that it may cause whiplash.

Review – Divergent

The graveyard of films based on ‘young adult’ (YA) book properties is getting close to hanging up a ‘no vacancy’ sign with the arrival of Divergent.

Review – Noah

Pet owners are always trying to sneak their animal’s medication by hiding it in their meals. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky uses the same strategy with Noah by smuggling potent existential ideas into a film with a blockbuster mentality.

Review – The Lego Movie

Forget about the Bible, the real story of creation is contained within The Lego Movie.

Review – Captain America: Winter Soldier

If a Tom Clancy novel had an affair with a comic book the lovechild would be Captain America: Winter Soldier. The final product is a tug-of-war between grit and goof.

Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Anointing a favourite Wes Anderson joint just became harder with the arrival of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Review – The Raid 2: Berandal

The larger scope of the sequel allows for Gareth Evans to flesh out the narrative, but too many chatty gangsters almost cripple the momentum between incredible action sequences that certify Evans’ ascension to a supreme action cinema maestro.

Review – Need for Speed

Following a long and intensive street racing sequence that opens Need for Speed, I’d had my fix of burning rubber, actors intensely staring out from behind a steering wheel, and enough ‘bros’ to make a dictionary want to take an early retirement. The problem was that there was another two hours of automotive spectacle left and nothing but constantly revving engines.