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01/12/2013 Collateral

Collateral                                            3 ½ stars


Sleeper                                                2 ½ stars


I think I’ve worked out what makes a good Woody Allen film (e.g. “Annie Hall”) and what makes a mediocre one read more »

24/11/2013 Desperado

Desperado                                          4 ½ stars


“Desperado” is the funny, violent and stylish movie from director Robert Rodriguez (“Spy Kids”, “Machete”). This is a movie featuring insanely read more »

24/11/2013 Idiocracy

Idiocracy                                              3 ½ stars


“Idiocracy” is another feature-length comedy by Mike Judge, creator of tv’s “King of the Hill”. Taking notes from tv’s “Futurama” Judge doesn’t reach the read more »

23/11/2013 Gravity

Gravity                                 1 star


“Gravity” is a movie that has received the highest possible praise from the general audience and critics but I saw the film and didn’t see read more »

20/11/2013 Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising                                  3 ½ stars


“Mercury Rising” is a silly and predictable yet fun thriller movie starring Bruce Willis (“Die Hard”, “The Sixth Sense”). Despite a couple of read more »

20/11/2013 Annie Hall

Annie Hall                                           4 ½ stars


“Annie Hall” is a movie written by, directed by and starring Woody Allen (“Bananas”, “Sleeper”) so it is very much his film and read more »

20/11/2013 Johnny English Reborn

Johnny English Reborn                                  2 ½ stars


I never expected the first “Johnny English” to have a sequel and especially not one after all the time it took for read more »

17/11/2013 Bride of Chucky

Bride of Chucky                                                2 ½ stars


“Bride of Chucky” is the self-aware comedy sequel in the “Child’s Play” series about a killer doll. I remember seeing the read more »

17/11/2013 Room 237

Room 237                                            1 ½ star


“Room 237” is a documentary film that has what seem to be conspiracy theorisers discussing in my opinion one of the lesser films read more »

16/11/2013 Eddie Murphy Raw

Eddie Murphy Raw                                          1 star


“Beverly Hills Cop” had me laughing a lot and “Coming to America” had me in awe of his talents but read more »

13/11/2013 Coming to America

Coming to America                                         5 stars


“Coming to America” is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen, up there with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and “Dr. Strangelove”. read more »

12/11/2013 Old Dogs

Old Dogs                                              2 ½ stars


“Old Dogs” is exactly the kind of comedy film Eddie Murphy (“Beverly Hills Cop”), Steve Martin (“Planes, Trains & Automobiles”) and Robin Williams read more »

10/11/2013 Face/Off

Face/Off                                              4 stars


“Face/Off” is a thrilling action film from director John Woo (“Mission: Impossible II”, “Hard Boiled”), that manages to give us exhilarating action sequences as well read more »

10/11/2013 Hellraiser

Hellraiser                                             2 ½ stars


“Hellraiser” is a movie directed by Clive Barker, who wrote the book that this is based on. It is sadly another read more »

10/11/2013 Mean Machine

Mean Machine                                  3 ½ stars


“Mean Machine” is a loose remake of a film called “The Longest Yard” with Burt Reynolds, I’ve never seen the read more »

09/11/2013 The Master of Disguise

The Master of Disguise                                 ½ star


“The Master of Disguise” is not just a bad film, it’s not even merely the worst film of its read more »

08/11/2013 Jackass: The Movie

Jackass: The Movie                                         2 ½ stars


“Jackass: The Movie” is a feature-length version of a popular MTV show. The film features real-life stunts, the best are slapstick, the underwhelming ones read more »

07/11/2013 Cop Out

Cop Out                                               1 star


“Cop Out” is half a parody of buddy cop movies, half a romantic comedy, full of dirty jokes and about 90% of it is awful and read more »

07/11/2013 Parker

Parker                                   3 stars


“Parker” is meant to be an action film but it detracts from the action by being way too long and messing up the pace of the film. read more »

05/11/2013 The Devil's Advocate

The Devil’s Advocate                                     4 stars


This is one of the hardest movies I’ve ever had to review (along with others like “The Shining”). It is read more »

04/11/2013 Constantine

Constantine                                       3 ½ stars


“Constantine” is a movie where lots of special effects are used while religion battles against unspeakable evil, this premise sometimes works because I also read more »

30/10/2013 Charlie's Angels

Charlie’s Angels                                               2 ½ stars


“Charlie’s Angels” is a movie based on a tv show I’ve never seen and is basically action scenes from “The Matrix”, humour from “Austin Powers” and a whole bunch of read more »

29/10/2013 Bubba Ho-Tep

Bubba Ho-Tep                                   1 ½ star


“Bubba Ho-Tep” stars the cult movie circuit-appointed ‘King of B Movies’ Bruce Campbell (“Army of Darkness”, “My Name Is Bruce”) as Elvis Presley read more »

28/10/2013 The 'Burbs

The ‘Burbs                                          4 stars


“The ‘Burbs” stars the always likeable Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”, “Toy Story”) and was directed by Joe Dante (“Gremlins”, “Small Soldiers”); it’s sort-of a read more »

27/10/2013 The Pianist

The Pianist                                         5 stars


“The Pianist” is a marvellous film from director Roman Polanski (“Chinatown”) and is arguably his best work. It contains a story that is told read more »

24/10/2013 Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal                                      ½ star


I don’t know if it is even possible for me to encounter a movie more bizarre and more disjointed than “Heavy Metal”. It’s an read more »

22/10/2013 Escape Plan

Escape Plan                                        3 ½ stars


Ever since the 80s the audience and studios have discussed the possibility of a film starring both Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”, “First Blood”) and read more »

22/10/2013 Office Space

Office Space                                      4 stars


“Office Space” is a comedy directed by Mike Judge, who I’ll always fondly remember as the creator of tv’s “King of the Hill” and read more »

21/10/2013 Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips                                                4 ½ stars


“Captain Phillips” tells one of the most courageous true stories of recent years; it’s a movie that is shot so intensely that you’re read more »

16/10/2013 Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank                                   4 stars


“Robot & Frank” is a simplistic film but that’s what I like about it. It features good performances, an amusing idea and a read more »

16/10/2013 Bullitt

Bullitt                                    ½ star


“Bullitt” is an atrocious crime movie that leaves no impression on the viewer; while watching, you struggle to remember what happened so much as two read more »

14/10/2013 Contact

Contact                                                3 stars


“Contact” is a movie directed by a man I have a lot of admiration for: Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”). It read more »

13/10/2013 Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead                                               2 stars


“Day of the Dead” is the third film in George A. Romero’s zombie series; it follows on from “Night of the read more »

12/10/2013 The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors                                        2 stars


“The Great Outdoors” is a blueprint for a good comedy: it was written by John Hughes (“Baby’s Day Out”), stars both John Candy, read more »

10/10/2013 Machete

Machete                                              3 ½ stars


“Machete” is a spin-off of one of the fake trailers featured in the movie “Grindhouse”. Like its spawn point “Machete” is made to look read more »

10/10/2013 The Punisher

The Punisher                                     3 stars


This version of “The Punisher” is certainly better than the original with Dolph Lundgren (“Rocky IV”). It is clearly better made and has its read more »

10/10/2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars                                          1 star


I don’t hate the prequels but I agree they fail to live up to the original “Star Wars” films but this read more »

10/10/2013 Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine                                     4 ½ stars


“Blue Jasmine” is sort-of a comedy and kind-of a drama directed by Woody Allen (“Annie Hall”, “Sleeper”) and while it didn’t really laugh read more »

07/10/2013 Crank

Crank                                    3 ½ stars


“Crank” isn’t one of the best but it’s one of the most original action films in years. It is funny… in a sick and read more »

06/10/2013 White House Down

White House Down                                        2 ½ stars


“White House Down” is a carbon copy of “Die Hard” and that’s the big problem; you can’t help but compare the two read more »

04/10/2013 Diana

Diana                                    2 ½ stars


This is a movie about the universally-loved Princess Diana during the last two years of her life. The movie’s appeal or downfall according to read more »

30/09/2013 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter                                           1 star


“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” sounds like a really silly movie and it should be, however I felt like this film couldn’t have read more »

30/09/2013 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure                                           4 stars


Tim Burton (“Batman”, “Beetlejuice”) had his first big breakthrough with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”, which also was the big breakthrough for comedian Paul Reubens read more »

26/09/2013 Four Rooms

Four Rooms                                        2 ½ stars


“Four Rooms” is a collection of short films set in a fading Hollywood hotel directed by four different independent filmmakers with the main read more »

25/09/2013 Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China                                             3 stars


This is another collaboration between actor Kurt Russell (“Stargate”) and director John Carpenter (“Halloween”) along with “Escape from New York” and read more »

25/09/2013 Transporter 3

Transporter 3                                     3 ½ stars


The “Transporter” films have a reputation to maintain with me much like the main character has a record he’d like to keep. “Transporter read more »

23/09/2013 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors                                           1 ½ star


“A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors”, I like to think the title is read more »

22/09/2013 Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse                                           2 stars


Call me mad but I enjoyed the first “Resident Evil” film; I enjoyed its confusing narrative and its set-up, however “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” read more »

22/09/2013 Transporter 2

Transporter 2                                     4 stars


“Transporter 2” is a sequel to “The Transporter”; notice the removal of the word ‘The’. It is a fun and highly entertaining film that read more »

21/09/2013 Madeline

Madeline                                            2 stars


“Madeline” is a film intended for children but a child or anyone requires a movie that offers them something; this movie doesn’t read more »

21/09/2013 National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon’s European Vacation                                               2 ½ stars


“National Lampoon’s European Vacation” is a lot like the first “Vacation” film in the sense that it all it creates read more »

17/09/2013 The Transporter

The Transporter                                               3 ½ stars


“The Transporter” is a movie that mixes together the styles of a “James Bond” film and martial arts cinema to make a rather read more »

17/09/2013 From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn                                      2 ½ stars


“From Dusk Till Dawn” is another collaboration between filmmakers Robert Rodriguez (“Spy Kids”, “Machete”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”, “Jackie Brown”) read more »

16/09/2013 Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt                                                1 star


“Joe Dirt” is essentially a poor man’s version of “Forrest Gump”. It is comedy vehicle for former “Saturday Night Live” star David Spade read more »

16/09/2013 The X-Files

The X-Files                                         2 ½ stars


I’m not entirely sure if I’ve ever seen a full episode of “The X-Files” tv show but from the bits and pieces I read more »

15/09/2013 Tango & Cash

Tango & Cash                                     4 ½ stars


“Tango & Cash” embodies all of the stuff we love about action movies, truly embraces itself and is one-heck-of-a-rollercoaster ride for us read more »

14/09/2013 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge                                               2 stars


“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2” subtitled “Freddy’s Revenge” is not much better and not much worse read more »

13/09/2013 A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street                                         2 stars


The supposed classic horror movie is not terrifying, not smart and not amusing; it is simply another dull slasher film that read more »

13/09/2013 Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder                                               2 ½ stars


“Days of Thunder” is essentially a remake of “Top Gun” using cars instead of planes and it even stars Tom Cruise (“Minority read more »

13/09/2013 Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful                                          3 stars


The 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” is a masterpiece and milestone in cheerfully imaginative filmmaking, the 1980s’ sequel “Return to Oz” read more »

11/09/2013 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures                                            3 ½ stars


The documentary takes a look at the life of highly-private filmmaking extraordinaire Stanley Kubrick (“2001: A Space Odyssey”, “A read more »

10/09/2013 Mystic River

Mystic River                                       5 stars


“Mystic River” is a truly touching experience; it’s a movie that explores the social awkwardness surrounding death and how that can lead to suspicions read more »

10/09/2013 My Favourite Martian

My Favourite Martian                                    2 ½ stars


I’ve always admired Disney for not throwing in dirty jokes but “My Favourite Martian” chucks in quite a few and the worst read more »

10/09/2013 One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo                                               3 ½ stars


“One Hour Photo” is a very scary movie; it’s arguably as terrifying as “Rear Window” and “Jaws” but it fails to hit read more »

08/09/2013 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery                                    2 stars


The “Austin Powers” series has never really worked for me, this first is easily the best as at least it read more »

08/09/2013 Baby's Day Out

Baby’s Day Out                                 3 ½ stars


The slapstick sequences in “Baby’s Day Out” flow like one of those brilliant old-school cartoons involving a baby crawling into danger but read more »

07/09/2013 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers                                               1 ½ star


The long title should imply that you’re sitting through yet another dull “Halloween” sequel that sorely misses the read more »

07/09/2013 Predators

Predators                                            2 stars


Predator once again finds himself in the jungle in his fifth film, which is essentially just a needless shot-for-shot remake of the original. Like all read more »

06/09/2013 Highlander: Endgame

Highlander: Endgame                                    1 star


The first “Highlander” was good but it wasn’t amazing; it’s staggering to believe there have been several sequels and tv shows based on it. read more »

06/09/2013 The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense                                                3 stars


“The Sixth Sense” is a brilliant and touching film about child psychology that is shrouded by supernatural nonsense. Director and writer M. read more »

05/09/2013 Being There

Being There                                       4 ½ stars


“Being There” is a comedy with beauty and charm to match its humour, it is done in the same vein as the more read more »

05/09/2013 Clerks

Clerks                                   3 stars


“Clerks” is an intriguing yet unfulfilling comedy directed by then newcomer Kevin Smith (“Dogma”, “Mallrats”). It’s small budget and that’s fine because you make this read more »

03/09/2013 Cobra

Cobra                                    3 ½ stars


Originally he was to star in “Beverly Hills Cop” but he wanted to make a more violent picture so thus Sylvester Stallone (“Cliffhanger”, “Rocky”) read more »

03/09/2013 Mr. Nice Guy

Mr. Nice Guy                                      3 ½ stars


“Mr. Nice Guy” is an appropriate title for a film starring martial arts legend Jackie Chan (“Drunken Master”, “Rush Hour”) and that’s read more »

01/09/2013 Splice

Splice                                    Zero stars


“Splice” joins the realm of movies that includes “Troll 2” and “Catwoman” because it is a movie with no artistic value and no fun value; read more »

01/09/2013 The Rescuers Down Under

The Rescuers Down Under                                          5 stars


It is true that most of Disney’s best films were the early ones such as “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” but “The Rescuers Down read more »

01/09/2013 Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers                                            3 ½ stars


Director Paul Verhoeven can make very good sci-fi films as proven with “Total Recall”, ones that work as both a satire and the read more »

01/09/2013 The Exterminator

The Exterminator                                             1 star


“The Exterminator” is a terrible movie about revenge and vigilantism that lacks conviction in just about every aspect of it. It is an awfully read more »

31/08/2013 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation                                       1 ½ star


The first film based on “Mortal Kombat” wasn’t exactly good but you have to give it some credit, this film however is read more »

30/08/2013 Above The Law

Above The Law                                 3 ½ stars


Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”, “Holes”) directs this ambitious first outing for Steven Seagal (“Executive Decision”, “Half Past Dead”), which is no doubt read more »

29/08/2013 Hobo With A Shotgun

Hobo With A Shotgun                                    ½ star


“Hobo With A Shotgun” is a movie with no morals as it shows us blood and guts just for the sake of read more »

29/08/2013 Grindhouse

Grindhouse                                        4 stars


“Grindhouse” is an interesting experience that sets out to capture what it used to be like going to see a double-feature with two whole films read more »

27/08/2013 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory                                     2 ½ stars


Steven Seagal (“Executive Decision”, “Under Siege”) is back in “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory”, the mediocre follow-up to the average read more »

26/08/2013 Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut                                 5 stars


Tom Cruise (“Top Gun”, “Mission: Impossible”) might just be the last person I expected to have the lead role in a Stanley Kubrick read more »

24/08/2013 District 9

District 9                                              2 stars


“District 9” is an interestingly-made film about Earth’s first encounter with aliens and is sort of a cross between “Escape from New York” and read more »

23/08/2013 Congo

Congo                                   4 stars


“Congo” is a movie that has been heavily criticised over the years and that’s a real shame because I really enjoyed because it showed me read more »

22/08/2013 Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction                                        4 ½ stars


Quentin Tarantino (“Reservoir Dogs”, “Grindhouse”) can come across as an obnoxious misfit in interviews but he has a brilliant understanding of how to read more »

22/08/2013 Irresistible

Irresistible                                          4 stars


“Irresistible” is a movie I’d never heard of and it has a relatively weak rating on most websites but I thought it was great. This read more »

21/08/2013 Hannibal

Hannibal                                              2 ½ stars


Ridley Scott (“Alien”, “Gladiator”) directs “Hannibal”, the follow-up to “The Silence of the Lambs” and in many ways it is good as it takes read more »

21/08/2013 The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet                                           2 ½ stars


Back in the 60s there was a poor man’s version of the “Batman” series titled “The Green Hornet”, which co-starred martial arts read more »

21/08/2013 Resident Evil

Resident Evil                                     3 ½ stars


“Resident Evil” may well be a milestone in movies or at least from my experience as never before have I seen a zombie read more »

20/08/2013 Doom

Doom                                    2 stars


Based upon the heavily popular first-person shooter “Doom” perhaps captures the game a little too well for its own good. I keep seeing movies based read more »

20/08/2013 Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith                                              1 star


“Mr. & Mrs. Smith” doesn’t receive its rating simply because it is a bad movie but because it marks a terrible plague read more »

20/08/2013 Willow

Willow                                 3 ½ stars


Say what you will about the director Ron Howard but at least he’s done a variety of stuff including the Steve Martin comedy “Parenthood” read more »

10/08/2013 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels                                               2 ½ stars


When I heard about this film I was hoping and expecting a film like “The Producers” and you do sort of read more »

08/08/2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa                                         3 ½ stars


In his Hollywood movies he was shunned aside by abysmal comedians such as Will Ferrell (“The Other Guys”) and Ben Stiller read more »

07/08/2013 Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy                                             3 ½ stars


“Double Jeopardy” is very reminiscent of “The Fugitive” and it even stars Tommy Lee Jones (“Men In Black”, “The Client”) in a similar read more »

06/08/2013 Orgazmo

Orgazmo                                              2 ½ stars


Before “South Park” the creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone made a little movie named “Orgazmo” that has some decent laughs in it but read more »

04/08/2013 Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs                                 4 ½ stars


“Reservoir Dogs” directed by then-newcomer Quentin Tarantino (“Jackie Brown”, “Pulp Fiction”) does a lot with very little and that’s what I like about read more »

31/07/2013 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid                                       1 ½ star


I’m just as shocked at writing this as you probably are reading this because I expected this not just read more »

31/07/2013 Akira

Akira                                      4 ½ stars


Wow. “Akira” is an amazing film that is often considered to be ‘the anime movie’ and that phrase may well be true. The film read more »

30/07/2013 The Last Stand

The Last Stand                                   3 ½ stars


Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Predator”, “Total Recall”) is back in the starring role in “The Last Stand”, which is a movie I was really read more »

30/07/2013 Big

Big                                          3 ½ stars


“Big” is a family fantasy film that definitely has some major flaws but thanks to its star it read more »

30/07/2013 L.A. Story

L.A. Story                                             3 stars


“L.A. Story” most certainly has some very funny moments but it is one of the most bizarre films I’ve encountered and I never really read more »

17/07/2013 Doctor Who and the Daleks

Doctor Who and the Daleks                                        1 ½ star


The point of “Doctor Who” has completely been missed here. I get this movie was made in 1965 when “Doctor read more »

17/07/2013 BASEketball

BASEketball                                       2 ½ stars


The creators of “South Park” Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in “BASEketball”, an average comedy directed by David Zucker (“Airplane!”, “The Naked Gun”). read more »

16/07/2013 In The Loop

In The Loop                                        3 ½ stars


“In The Loop” is a very funny British comedy that makes a smart mockery of politicians on both side of the Atlantic based on the read more »

14/07/2013 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny                                          1 star


The fictional story surrounding the formation of Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ band Tenacious D is a woefully unfunny read more »

11/07/2013 Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men                                            2 ½ stars


Based on the book the same name by John Steinbeck “Of Mice And Men” is perhaps a perfect adaptation of the read more »

08/07/2013 Pitch Black

Pitch Black                                          1 ½ star


“Alien” captured a group of people surviving against a less-intelligent life form brilliantly but I’ve seen endless movies such as “Snakes On A read more »

04/07/2013 Fortress

Fortress                                               3 ½ stars


“Fortress” is a sci-fi/action movie that works because unlike movies such as “The One” and “Demolition Man” it features a plausible future, the kind read more »

04/07/2013 Troll 2

Troll 2                                    Zero stars


Right off the back we know “Troll 2” is a terrible movie as before the opening credits begin we’re told the film is about read more »

30/06/2013 End of Days

End of Days                                        2 ½ stars


Arnold Schwarzenegger (“Predator”, “The Running Man”) stars in this bizarre movie about the end of the world. It leaps around from being read more »

30/06/2013 Argo

Argo                                      4 ½ stars


Due to the kind of praise it received I correctly predicted “Argo” would win the “Best Picture Oscar” and now I’ve finally got a read more »

27/06/2013 The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas                                                2 ½ stars


In many ways “The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas” is a great film but I can’t recommend it because read more »

25/06/2013 Stripes

Stripes                                  4 stars


Ivan Reitman (“Twins”, “Ghostbusters”) directs this very funny movie about the army that features a few good comedic actors making us laugh. It’s not perfect read more »

22/06/2013 World War Z

World War Z                                       3 stars


If you’re fan of my reviews you’ll probably know I’m not keen on zombie pictures, mainly because I never find them scary and read more »

22/06/2013 Hitman

Hitman                                 2 stars


There’s a curse surrounding movies based on videogames and “Hitman” based on the popular series of stealth games of the same name is further proof read more »

16/06/2013 The Eiger Sanction

The Eiger Sanction                                          2 ½ stars


“The Eiger Sanction” is a relatively dull spy flick that also is quite offensive and that’s a real shame because it features read more »

16/06/2013 Man of Steel

Man of Steel                                      2 ½ stars


“Superman: The Movie” in 1978 was a masterpiece and in many ways the ultimate superhero movie but no “Superman” film since has read more »

13/06/2013 The Cannonball Run

The Cannonball Run                                       1 ½ star


“The Cannonball Run” is basically a live-action version of the cartoon “Wacky Races” but it lacks the charm. It looks like a read more »

12/06/2013 The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man                                           2 stars


I like what “The Elephant Man” tries to do but it stumbles everywhere and never hits the mark. It’s directed by David Lynch, read more »

10/06/2013 The Conqueror

The Conqueror                                 1 ½ star


Few films have made the people who made them feel absolutely ashamed of themselves and “The Conqueror” is one of those movies. It’s read more »

09/06/2013 Magic

Magic                                    4 stars


“Magic” is an eerie little movie about schizophrenia done in the same vein as “Psycho” and although not the ‘perfect’ thrill Alfred Hitchcock’s film is, read more »

09/06/2013 Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rambo: First Blood Part II                                             2 stars


Rambo (Sylvester Stallone “Rocky”, “First Blood”) is back and it isn’t pretty. This is what I wanted, I wanted a prequel read more »

04/06/2013 Air Force One

Air Force One                                    3 ½ stars


“Air Force One” takes a lot of inspiration from “Die Hard”, “Passenger 57” and a few other films but it includes a read more »

04/06/2013 Disney's The Kid

Disney’s The Kid                                              4 stars


“Disney’s The Kid” is a wonderful little family picture starring Bruce Willis (“Die Hard”, “The Fifth Element”), who is often just considered to read more »

29/05/2013 Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness                                 3 stars


“Star Trek Into Darkness” is no better and no worse than its predecessor “Star Trek XI” as they both have the same read more »

29/05/2013 Pale Rider

Pale Rider                                            5 stars


Clint Eastwood (“High Plains Drifter”, “Dirty Harry”) directs and stars in this masterpiece western that despite Eastwood has been involved a lot in this read more »

27/05/2013 Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck                                          3 ½ stars


“Uncle Buck” certainly isn’t flawless but I feel it provides enough good jokes to make it work. It stars John Candy in the read more »

26/05/2013 Fun Size

Fun Size                                               Zero stars


There is certainly nothing fun about “Fun Size” as it’s the kind of film that can easily be associated with such phrases as ‘the read more »

26/05/2013 Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph                                  3 ½ stars


Whether it is an adaption such as “Double Dragon”, a film about people interested in the topic such as “The Wizard” or a read more »

16/05/2013 Assassination

Assassination                                    2 ½ stars


“Assassination” isn’t the kind of film that’s too bad to watch but the problem is it doesn’t do anything particularly well and there are read more »

15/05/2013 Something's Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give                                                3 ½ stars


“Something’s Gotta Give” is another rom com that is hapless and very predictable but it works because of its casting decisions.

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13/05/2013 Forest Warrior

Forest Warrior                                   1 star


Why do films concerning magical beings protecting forests (“FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and “The Lorax”) always make people cutting them down out to be read more »

12/05/2013 Drop Zone

Drop Zone                                           2 stars


“Drop Zone” is the kind of movie that is the kind of film that is so preposterous you should laugh at it but the read more »

12/05/2013 McClintock!

McLintock!                                          3 ½ stars


John Wayne (“The Searchers”, “The Shootist”) stars in this light-hearted and pleasant western comedy, although Wayne’s films usually can have a funny moment or read more »

12/05/2013 Parenthood

Parenthood                                        4 stars


Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”, “The Da Vinci Code”) is in the director’s chair for this charming comedy titled “Parenthood” even though it could easily be read more »

12/05/2013 Gone in Sixty Seconds

Gone in Sixty Seconds                                   1 ½ star


“Gone in Sixty Seconds” has a great premise but the execution just never works whatsoever and that’s a real shame as read more »

02/05/2013 Enemy Mine

Enemy Mine                                      3 ½ stars


“Enemy Mine” may have some issues but it is done is in the same vein as the original “Star Wars” movies and another read more »

02/05/2013 The Punisher

The Punisher                                     2 stars


Dolph Lundgren (“Rocky IV”, “Universal Soldier”) stars in “The Punisher”, an unoriginal, unimaginative and uninteresting movie based on the Marvel comic books. It lacks read more »

02/05/2013 Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel                                        2 ½ stars


This is a bio-pic about famous fashion designer Coco Chanel, I have never and will never be interested in women’s fashion but read more »

29/04/2013 Phone Booth

Phone Booth                                     4 stars


Director Joel Schumacher (“Batman Forever”, “The Client”) has made a clever and very intriguing thriller set in one of the most enclosed spaces possible. read more »

29/04/2013 Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3                                          2 ½ stars


There is no denying that “Iron Man 3” is a fun watch but it suffers from two fatal flaws that ruin it read more »

27/04/2013 Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise                                          2 stars


“Thelma and Louise” promises so much but unfortunately it’s hammered down by dumb writing that at times makes you feel like you’re watching read more »

27/04/2013 THX 1138

THX 1138                                              1 star


The man behind “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” George Lucas’ film debut is shockingly bad; despite having some intriguing concepts so many of it read more »

23/04/2013 Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing                                     4 stars


Time and time again we see lifeless romantic films with endless amounts of sobbing but no real passion or energy but “Dirty Dancing” gets read more »

23/04/2013 Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman                                 2 stars


Like Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” I admire “Snow White and the Huntsman” for some of its ideas but they both read more »

22/04/2013 The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead                                     ½ star


A remake has come out so I thought I’d take a look at the original “The Evil Dead” and to my horror it read more »

20/04/2013 Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee                                            3 stars


“Crocodile Dundee” seems like it is good, old-fashioned, clean and fun but there are too many lines that made me feel uneasy as they read more »

20/04/2013 Oblivion

Oblivion                                               2 ½ stars


“Oblivion” should be an intriguing sci-fi that shows us things we’ve never really seen before but unfortunately you won’t be able to see passed read more »

20/04/2013 White Hunter Black Heart

White Hunter Black Heart                                             4 stars


It said the greatest filmmakers (e.g. Alfred Hitchcock “Rear Window”, Stanley Kubrick “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Orson Welles “Citizen Kane” etc…) push read more »

18/04/2013 They Live

They Live                                             2 ½ stars


John Carpenter (“The Thing”, “Escape from New York”) directs “They Live”, which definitely has its moments but ultimately doesn’t really work and that’s read more »

18/04/2013 Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect                                  1 ½ star


“Picture Perfect” is yet another hapless rom com that doesn’t do anything to distinguish it from the countless other movies just like it. read more »

13/04/2013 The River Wild

The River Wild                                  3 ½ stars


“The River Wild” has a few problems with it and it isn’t the most captivating film but it certainly is a fun read more »

13/04/2013 Ed Wood

Ed Wood                                              4 ½ stars


I’ve seen “Santa Clause Conquers The Martians” and I’ve seen “Robot Monster” and although they’re definitely turkeys, nobody makes them as a bad, read more »

12/04/2013 Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger                                          2 ½ stars


Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”, “Deep Blue Sea”) directs this average at best action film. It never thrills us the way it should as read more »

10/04/2013 The One

The One                                               ½ star


Next time someone asks me “Have you seen any bad movies lately?” I will be able to answer with this movie. “The One” is read more »

10/04/2013 RoboCop

RoboCop                                             3 ½ stars


The first “RoboCop”, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”), is written more like a satire than a real action picture by delivering read more »

10/04/2013 High Society

High Society                                       2 ½ stars


“High Society” is an innocent and harmless little musical film but there are so many other films (better films) just like it that read more »

10/04/2013 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein                                       2 ½ stars


Kenneth Branagh (“Hamlet”, “Thor”) directs and stars in this overly complicated and all-round disappointing retelling of the classic “Frankenstein” story. There is read more »

08/04/2013 Team America: World Police

Team America: World Police                                       3 ½ stars


From the creators of the (usually) amusing tv show “South Park” Matt Stone and Trey Parker have created another good satire read more »

08/04/2013 Dark City

Dark City                                              4 ½ stars


I have seen films with concepts or plot elements like “Dark City” before; they were called “Metropolis” and “Total Recall” and I have read more »

01/04/2013 The Producers

The Producers                                   3 ½ stars


“The Producers” was an early satire by director Mel Brooks (“Silent Movie”, “Spaceballs”) and it has a few good laughs in it but read more »

27/03/2013 The Thing

The Thing                                            1 star


2011’s “The Thing” is a horrible prequel to the 1982 remake titled “The Thing”, the original was 1951’s movie “The Thing from Another World”.

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26/03/2013 The Meaning of Life

The Meaning Life                                             2 stars


The final outing from the “Monty Python” crew titled “The Meaning of Life” is a real disappointment that very rarely succeeds in being read more »

26/03/2013 Paul

Paul                                       ½ star


“Paul” is a lot like the terrible film “Ted” but it swaps out the talking bear for a short alien and somehow manages to be read more »

23/03/2013 The Thing

The Thing                                            3 stars


I really love the original 1950s “The Thing from Another World” (I’d probably give it 4 stars) and I like how this remake (simply read more »

20/03/2013 First Blood

First Blood                                           4 stars


Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”, “Death Race 2000”) stars in this interesting action picture which has more brains than most of these explosive kinds of movies. read more »

18/03/2013 Anaconda

Anaconda                                            2 stars


“Jaws” was a clever and terrifying movie because it had reasonable characters, it had a convincing monster and it was serious while this stupid rip-off read more »

18/03/2013 Short Circuit 2

Short Circuit 2                                    3 ½ stars


The first “Short Circuit” wasn’t horrible but it was a relatively dull family flick. “Short Circuit 2” does more or less what read more »

16/03/2013 Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 2                                              3 stars


I’ve seen all the other “Lethal Weapon” films and while this one isn’t the worst (that has to be “Lethal Weapon 3”) this read more »

14/03/2013 Weekend At Bernie's

Weekend At Bernie’s                                     2 stars


“Weekend At Bernie’s” can simply be described as harmless little comedy that will easily fade from your read more »

13/03/2013 Snakes On A Plane

Snakes On A Plane                                          1 ½ star


“Tremors” was a good mockery of creature films and I thought due to all the hype and positive talk surrounding “Snakes read more »

13/03/2013 Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump                                    5 stars


“Forrest Gump” is one of the most charming films in cinematic history. It features child abuse and heavy use of drugs but somehow the read more »

12/03/2013 Me, Myself And Irene

Me, Myself And Irene                                   1 ½ star


“Me, Myself And Irene” is a very vulgar comedy with maybe only one or two mild chuckles in it. It’s highly read more »

10/03/2013 The Shining

The Shining                                        4 stars


Stanley Kubrick (“2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Dr. Strangelove”) has directed a film where we can never say what truly happens.

10/03/2013 Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Planes, Trains & Automobiles                                     4 stars


“Planes, Trains & Automobiles” is a really funny holiday comedy and much better than both “Home Alone” and “Christmas Vacation”, which came read more »

10/03/2013 Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan                                        3 stars


“Saving Private Ryan” is big budget and very American war movie made by the gifted director Steven Spielberg (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”, read more »

10/03/2013 National Lampoon's Vacation

National Lampoon’s Vacation                                    2 ½ stars


“National Lampoon’s Vacation” is the first entry in the “Vacation” series and sadly just like the rest of them it isn’t very read more »

10/03/2013 Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania                                          1 ½ star


“Hotel Transylvania” is an animated horror-comedy for kids and all it proves to be is further evidence that the only good horror intended read more »

10/03/2013 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut                                         4 stars


“South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” is an enjoyable yet disappointing movie that feels very much like “The Simpsons Movie” read more »

10/03/2013 Adventures In Babysitting

Adventures In Babysitting                                            2 stars


“Adventures In Babysitting” doesn’t know what it wants to be and quite frankly I don’t think it cares. It’s a crossover of mismatched read more »

10/03/2013 Hard To Kill

Hard To Kill                                         2 stars


Steven Seagal (“Under Siege”, “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory”) stars in this underwhelming revenge film. It may have a few decent action scenes read more »

09/03/2013 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull                                          3 ½ stars


“Raiders of the Lost Ark” was a brilliant, explosive and adventurous experience. “Temple of Doom” may read more »

09/03/2013 The Godfather Part II

The Godfather Part II                                     4 stars


“The Godfather Part II” is better than the original but it still suffers from some of the same flaws that were present read more »

05/03/2013 Rising Sun

Rising Sun                                            2 ½ stars


“Rising Sun” is both a murder mystery and a buddy cop picture and while it succeeds at being clever in its mystery it read more »

05/03/2013 Passenger 57

Passenger 57                                     3 ½ stars


“Passenger 57” is one of those really fun and goofy action films. It’s another clone of “Die Hard” like “The Rock”, “Executive Decision” read more »

05/03/2013 Fletch

Fletch                                   ½ star


I am told that “Fletch” is a comedy and a good film but I really disagree. This is one of those supposed comedies where you read more »

03/03/2013 A Good Day To Die Hard

A Good Day To Die Hard                                                1 star


“A Good Day To Die Hard” is the abysmal fifth and hopefully last entry in the once amazing “Die read more »

01/03/2013 The Godfather

The Godfather                                  4 stars


“The Godfather” is a very lengthy but intriguing film about organised crime made by Francis Ford Coppola that is sadly very overrated. This is read more »

01/03/2013 Sgt. Bilko

Sgt. Bilko                                              2 ½ stars


Based on the hit show I never watched “Sgt. Bilko” isn’t a bad film and it does have some funny moments but it read more »

01/03/2013 Hitchcock

Hitchcock                                             2 ½ stars


Alfred Hitchcock (“Rear Window”) is one of cinema’s most influential filmmakers and has made some undeniable classics; I was saddened to see that bio-pic read more »

01/03/2013 Lincoln

Lincoln                                 5 stars


Steven Spielberg (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “War Horse”) directs the absolutely brilliant “Lincoln”, which features a smart script and is filmed just wonderfully. It read more »

01/03/2013 The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy                                       2 ½ stars


“The King of Comedy” is not a comedy despite what the title would suggest but it is a disturbing film by read more »

01/03/2013 Earth Girls Are Easy

Earth Girls Are Easy                                         Zero stars


“Earth Girls Are Easy” is a science comedy with musical numbers and is truly among the worst films in existence because it read more »

01/03/2013 The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs                                             3 ½ stars


Despite the fact it’s really overrated I did enjoy “The Silence of the Lambs”, which proves to be one of read more »

01/03/2013 Big Daddy

Big Daddy                                            2 stars


“Big Daddy” is another one of those dull screwball comedies from the regulars of “Saturday Night Live”.

01/03/2013 War Horse

War Horse                                           3 ½ stars


Steven Spielberg (“E.T.”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) has done it again but this time it’s not another blockbuster. “War Horse” is a read more »

01/03/2013 Rope

Rope                                     4 ½ stars


“Rope” is another classic from the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock (“North By Northwest”, “Psycho”). It is filmed in a way that only Hitchcock read more »

01/03/2013 The Beaver

The Beaver                                         1 star


“The Beaver” is a drama that deals with the topic of depression but it has such an absurd read more »

01/03/2013 Dennis The Menace

Dennis The Menace                                        2 ½ stars


“Dennis The Menace” is based on the U.S. comic strip and cartoon as opposed to the British comic strip read more »

01/03/2013 Poltergeist

Poltergeist                                         2 stars


I am a blind fool for not recognising “Poltergeist” as a haunted house classic like countless critics or I am simply exposing read more »

01/03/2013 The Saint

The Saint                                             1 ½ star


Hollywood’s “The Saint” is a poor spy thriller, which doesn’t even vaguely resemble the far superior television series on which read more »

01/03/2013 The Man With Two Brains

The Man With Two Brains                                            3 ½ stars


A good comedy is hard to make and while “The Man With Two Brains” is far from read more »

01/03/2013 The Trouble With Harry

The Trouble With Harry                                 ½ star


I hate it when you go to see some art in a gallery and some snob says they like read more »

01/03/2013 Mad Max 2

Mad Max 2                                         4 stars


“Mad Max 2” is full of great chase scenes and a great sense of adventure like the one found in “Raiders of the read more »

01/03/2013 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones                                             3 stars


Special effects don’t feel as overused as they were in “Phantom Menace” but it is the story and read more »

01/02/2013 Cocktail

Cocktail                                                2 stars


Bars have played vital roles in films such as “Star Wars” and virtually every western but I don’t know if there has ever been read more »

01/02/2013 Johnny Mnemonic

Johnny Mnemonic                                          3 ½ stars


Keanu Reeves (“Speed”, “The Matrix Reloaded”) stars in the surprisingly entertaining “Johnny Mnemonic”, which manages to contain some interesting ideas as well as read more »

31/01/2013 Highlander III: The Final Dimension

Highlander III: The Final Dimension                                          1 star


The original “Highlander” wasn’t exactly high art but it was a fun film, the second outing involved sci-fi, totally contradicted the read more »

31/01/2013 Unknown

Unknown                                            3 stars


“Unknown” at times is a complex thriller like the brilliant movie “The Fugitive” but then it becomes more of a mindless action film and that’s read more »

31/01/2013 The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog                                            4 stars


This is a truly great Disney movie, that is probably the studio’s best since “Piglet’s Big Movie” and it’s probably the read more »

31/01/2013 The Rock

The Rock                                              2 ½ stars


This film is another average “Die Hard” clone, which this time moves the location to infamous prison and now tourist attraction Alcatraz.

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27/01/2013 Tightrope

Tightrope                                            4 stars


“Tightrope” is crime thriller with a big name attached to it (Clint Eastwood “Unforgiven”, “The Gauntlet”) and a good budget but it plays like some read more »

27/01/2013 JCVD

JCVD                                      2 ½ stars


Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme was once big with movies such as “Bloodsport” and “Universal Soldier” but then after a series of bad pictures read more »

27/01/2013 My Name Is Bruce

My Name Is Bruce                                           2 ½ stars


Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead”, “Bubba Ho-Tep”) plays an exaggerated version of himself in this self-aware comedy that sadly isn’t very funny read more »

26/01/2013 Coogan's Bluff

Coogan’s Bluff                                   3 ½ stars


“Coogan’s Bluff” is the surprisingly entertaining blueprint for what would become “Dirty Harry” as it stars Clint Eastwood, who famously portrayed Harry Callahan read more »

26/01/2013 It! The Terror from Beyond Space

It! The Terror from Beyond Space                                            2 ½ stars


“It! The Terror from Beyond Space” is debatably the inspiration for the 1979 classic “Alien” and I can safely read more »

17/01/2013 The Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace

The Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace                                      ½ star


I hated the original “The Lawnmower Man” so I went into “The Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace” with basically no expectations and just like most sequels read more »

17/01/2013 Red Dragon

Red Dragon                                        2 ½ stars


“Red Dragon” is another instalment in the “Hannibal Lecter” franchise brought to us surprisingly by the director of the action/comedy “Rush Hour” Brett read more »

17/01/2013 The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie                                         4 ½ stars


“The Muppet Movie” is a great musical comedy that any child would love for the innocent humour and bright colours but older read more »

17/01/2013 Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Thomas and the Magic Railroad                                 Zero stars


This is an awful Americanised version that completely misses the magic of its British original. “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” is read more »

17/01/2013 The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet                                     2 stars


“The Gauntlet” is one of those really dumb movies that are totally unaware that it could have worked with a few tweaks here and read more »

17/01/2013 Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad                                                3 ½ stars


“Gangster Squad” may have its share of issues but it has enough hard-hitting action to make it a relatively fun ride brought read more »

09/01/2013 Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher                                      3 ½ stars


“Jack Reacher” is one of those murder mystery films with a look out how complex it is to catch a killer but what read more »

06/01/2013 The Lawnmower Man

The Lawnmower Man                                    1 star


“The Lawnmower Man” is a sci-fi done in the style of “Tron” but whereas that film was a classic this one is utter read more »

06/01/2013 Up

Up                                          4 stars


“Up” is one of those great kids’ movies that will not just put a smile on children’s faces but is beneficial for them and will read more »

06/01/2013 Hudson Hawk

Hudson Hawk                                    2 stars


“Hudson Hawk” was a big flop when it was released and it’s still bad to this day. Here we have a movie that doesn’t read more »

05/01/2013 Life of Pi

Life of Pi                                               3 stars


“Life of Pi” is a visual treat but sadly I just didn’t feel it worked as a movie and that was a real read more »

01/01/2013 Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness                                            3 ½ stars


“Army of Darkness” is the third outing in the “Evil Dead” series and although some may not appreciate the fact it’s no read more »

01/01/2013 Total Recall

Total Recall                                         2 ½ stars


2012’s remake of “Total Recall” is a disappointment because it starts with real potential and it then turns into a non-stop action picture read more »

01/01/2013 Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen                                     2 stars


“Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” is a British romantic comedy but it isn’t very funny nor very interesting and it’s a read more »

30/12/2012 Rocketeer

Rocketeer                                           4 stars


“Rocketeer” reminded me of both “The Phantom” and “Dick Tracy” due to being of the same nature but where those films missed the mark; “Rocketeer” read more »

28/12/2012 Ted

Ted                                        1 ½ star


“Ted” seemed like reasonable entertainment and due to its popularity I thought I’d give it a go and I was shocked at how read more »

28/12/2012 Highlander II: The Quickening

Highlander II: The Quickening                                     1 ½ star


I don’t care what anyone else says but to me the first “Highlander” was a good movie that won me over read more »

28/12/2012 Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn                                         3 ½ stars


“Holiday Inn” is one of those charming musicals that managed to put a smile on our faces. It is filled with some brilliant read more »

28/12/2012 Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween: Resurrection                                              1 ½ star


“Halloween: Resurrection” is not the first, nor the last shameless “Halloween” rehash. The first film had a very popular reception and despite none read more »

26/12/2012 Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise                                 2 stars


This is another one of those movies with big stars and not a lot else. It’s a real shame because it has a great read more »

13/12/2012 Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon                                 4 stars


“Lethal Weapon” is a fun and exciting buddy cop film brought to us by remarkable director Richard Donner (“Superman: The Movie”, “16 Blocks”).

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13/12/2012 K-9

K-9                                         1 star


“K-9” is apparently a police comedy but it certainly isn’t good at what it tries to be. The film feels like a cheap by-product of read more »

10/12/2012 Maverick

Maverick                                             3 ½ stars


Director Richard Donner (“Superman: The Movie”, “The Goonies”) and star Mel Gibson (“Payback”, “Forever Young”), who worked together on the “Lethal Weapon” franchise now read more »

10/12/2012 Three Colours: Blue

Three Colours: Blue                                        4 stars


Krzsztof Kieslowski (“The Double Life of Veronique”) directs this first instalment of a trilogy of films concerning modern French society. “Three Colours: Blue” read more »

08/12/2012 Nativity!

Nativity!                                               2 ½ stars


“Nativity!” is a good-hearted Christmas film but it has some big flaws; the biggest issue I have with read more »

08/12/2012 The Enforcer

The Enforcer                                      3 ½ stars


“The Enforcer” is the enjoyable third outing in the “Dirty Harry” series. It’s funny, it’s gritty and is done surprisingly well considering its read more »

02/12/2012 Trouble With The Curve

Trouble With The Curve                                                2 ½ stars


I eagerly went into “Trouble With The Curve” but I left feeling it hadn’t accomplished that much. I thought with read more »

02/12/2012 Daylight

Daylight                                                1 star


Movies take effort and determination, “Daylight” is nothing more than an exercise. I can call this an exercise because everything is done at such a read more »

01/12/2012 Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn

Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn                                          3 ½ stars


“Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn” is a cleverly done homage and spoof of the horror movie genre that read more »

01/12/2012 D.A.R.Y.L.

D.A.R.Y.L.                                            3 ½ stars


“D.A.R.Y.L.” is a relatively enjoyable family film, which seems to have roughly the right amount of comedy and seriousness to make it work. Despite read more »

01/12/2012 Magnum Force

Magnum Force                                 2 ½ stars


“Magnum Force” is an average sequel to the enjoyable original “Dirty Harry”. “Magnum Force” tries a lot of the tricks we commonly see read more »

01/12/2012 In The Line of Fire

In The Line of Fire                                            4 stars


Wolfgang Petersen (“The NeverEnding Story”) directs this great thriller film that has some wonderful performances and some reasonable ideas. It more read more »

01/12/2012 Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?                                             2 stars


“Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?” is a documentary with a controversial name and at times read more »

29/11/2012 The Life of Brian

The Life of Brian                                               4 ½ stars


The “Monty Python” crew bring us a truly hilarious movie that honestly kept me laughing all the way. It’s one of read more »

29/11/2012 The Social Network

The Social Network                                         2 stars


Directed by David Fincher (“Alien 3”, “Se7en”), “The Social Network” is a genuinely dull film about the genuinely dull story of how a read more »

27/11/2012 Song of the South

Song of the South                                            2 ½ stars


“Song of the South” is Disney’s most controversial film and as a result hasn’t yet been released in the U.S.A. on read more »

27/11/2012 The Other Guys

The Other Guys                                                2 ½ stars


“The Other Guys” is a spoof of the popular buddy cop genre and although it contains some decent laughs I was read more »

27/11/2012 The Planet of the Apes

The Planet of the Apes                                  2 ½ stars


I liked the original “The Planet of the Apes” but with modern technology I thought a remake would be a read more »

26/11/2012 The Way of the Dragon

The Way of the Dragon                                 1 star


A painful martial arts film that unbelievably has Bruce Lee (“Enter The Dragon”, “The Big Boss”) in front and behind the read more »

26/11/2012 The Expendables

The Expendables                                             2 stars


What happens when you get some of the biggest names in the action movie genre but put them in a badly filmed and badly read more »

26/11/2012 The Big Boss

The Big Boss                                       2 stars


“The Big Boss” was legendary martial artist Bruce Lee (“Enter The Dragon”) first kung-fu picture and it’s underwhelming to say the least. The read more »

26/11/2012 Romeo Must Die

Romeo Must Die                                              3 ½ stars


Jet Li (“Lethal Weapon 4”, “Cradle 2 The Grave”) stars in this action-packed martial arts film that also delivers so much needed read more »

21/11/2012 Futureworld

Futureworld                                       1 ½ star


The sequel to “Westworld” turns out to be nothing more than another pointless sequel that tries to capture an audience by making a connection read more »

21/11/2012 Westworld

Westworld                                          3 ½ stars


“Westworld” is an intriguing concept and although the execution could have been a lot better it’s done well enough to make the film good read more »

21/11/2012 Fearless

Fearless                                               3 stars


This was a really hard decision for me. Although it tries to be “Fearless” isn’t as good as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or “Hero”. “Fearless” read more »

20/11/2012 Here Comes The Boom

Here Comes The Boom                                 2 ½ stars


Comedic actor Kevin James (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, “Grown Ups”) stars in this sports/comedy vehicle with the odd title “Here Comes read more »

17/11/2012 Stargate

Stargate                                               3 ½ stars


If you are a fan of science-fiction movies you will notice “Stargate” copies a lot of things but it still makes for a surprisingly read more »

17/11/2012 A Perfect World

A Perfect World                                                2 ½ stars


“A Perfect World” is a mixed movie if you ask me. At times it feels like a goofy comedy done in read more »

17/11/2012 The Muppets Take Manhattan

The Muppets Take Manhattan                                  2 stars


Like so many other “Muppets” movies this one is pretty bad as it places the beloved Muppets themselves into a script that read more »

11/11/2012 Attack of the Crab Monsters

Attack of the Crab Monsters                                       Zero stars


The 1950s is often considered the golden era for bad B movies. “Attack of the Crab Monsters” directed by the infamous read more »

11/11/2012 Unforgiven

Unforgiven                                         5 stars


In movies (and videogames) death is frequent and has no consequences and then we get “Unforgiven” to remind us of the value of life and read more »

03/11/2012 Child's Play

Child’s Play                                         2 ½ stars


“Child’s Play” is a slasher movie that most certainly has more brains than most as they give the villain a convincing disguise. The read more »

03/11/2012 Skyfall

Skyfall                                   2 ½ stars


Daniel Craig (“The Golden Compass”, “Casino Royale”) returns as everybody’s favourite British secret agent James Bond in the so and so “Skyfall”.

31/10/2012 The Haunting

The Haunting                                     1 star


Terror can come in many forms as seen in lots of movies including “Rear Window”, “Minority Report” and “Jaws” so seen as it is read more »

28/10/2012 Grown Ups

Grown Ups                                         2 stars


“Grown Ups” is a disjointed comedy with only a few good laughs in it. The movie is basically like gathering your friends and your read more »

28/10/2012 The Dead Pool

The Dead Pool                                   3 ½ stars


Clint Eastwood (“Bronco Billy”, “High Plains Drifter”) holsters his gun (a .44 Magnum to be precise) one last time in the finale read more »

28/10/2012 Sudden Impact

Sudden Impact                                 2 ½ stars


The fourth entry in the “Dirty Harry” series seems like a fun and entertaining movie at times but sadly it has some problems read more »

28/10/2012 Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry                                          3 ½ stars


“Dirty Harry” is brutal, tough and reckless police film that definitely features its fair share of memorable moments but it is hardly the read more »

28/10/2012 A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars                                            3 ½ stars


The first picture in the famous “Dollars” trilogy created by director Sergio Leone (“Once Upon A Time In The West”) definitely read more »

21/10/2012 Predator 2

Predator 2                                           2 ½ stars


The original “Predator” was a really fun action movie that pitted jungle commandos against a surprisingly good foe; this time the film is read more »

21/10/2012 The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales                                               2 ½ stars


“The Outlaw Josey Wales” starts out as a great revenge picture but then it transforms into something of a mess read more »

21/10/2012 City Heat

City Heat                                              1 star


“City Heat” is a gangster comedy that has one of the messiest scripts I’ve ever seen as although this film isn’t a parody it read more »

16/10/2012 Escape From L.A.

Escape From L.A.                                              1 ½ star


The original movie “Escape From New York” wasn’t brilliant but it was enjoyable, however “Escape From L.A.” is a shameless rip-off of read more »

15/10/2012 Bronco Billy

Bronco Billy                                         2 ½ stars


I’m not too sure about “Bronco Billy” as it’s an intriguing effort by filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Sudden Impact”, “Absolute Power”), who works on read more »

15/10/2012 Red Sonja

Red Sonja                                            1 star


“Red Sonja” is a shameless rip-off of the “Conan” movies that steals virtually every scene from those films but what is even worse is read more »

11/10/2012 Gran Torino

Gran Torino                                        4 stars


Made from both sides of the camera by the legendary Clint Eastwood (“Bird”, “The Outlaw Josey Wales”), “Gran Torino” proves to be a special read more »

11/10/2012 Blood Work

Blood Work                                        4 stars


“Blood Work” is a very good thriller brought to you by Clint Eastwood (“Bronco Billy”, “A Fistful of Dollars”); all it needs is to read more »

11/10/2012 Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona                                  4 stars


“Raising Arizona” is a very amusing comedy brought to us by the famed Coen brothers (“The Big Lebowski”). It’s far from being perfect but read more »

11/10/2012 Impulse

Impulse                                                ½ star


Hardly anybody has seen or even heard of “Impulse” and there is a reason for that. You can’t get much cheaper, much sillier and read more »

11/10/2012 Die Hard 4.0

Die Hard 4.0                                        1 ½ star


First off, what’s with the bizarre title? “Die Hard 4.0” couldn’t feel much less like a “Die Hard” film than it does read more »

05/10/2012 Any Which Way You Can

Any Which Way You Can                                               1 ½ star


“Any Which Way You Can” is the lousy follow-up to the mediocre original film “Every Which Way But Loose”. Although read more »

05/10/2012 Die Hard

Die Hard                                               5 stars


“Die Hard” is an example of the perfect action film. Although it is just a straight-up action flick it is does so exceptionally well read more »

05/10/2012 Absolute Power

Absolute Power                                               3 ½ stars


Clint Eastwood (“Dirty Harry”, “A Fistful of Dollars”) directs and stars in “Absolute Power”, an intriguing thriller that has some problems but read more »

05/10/2012 Every Which Way But Loose

Every Which Way But Loose                                        2 ½ stars


“Every Which Way But Loose” is supposedly a comedy that pairs tough guy Clint Eastwood (“Gran Torino”, “Where Eagles Dare”) read more »

01/10/2012 Escape From New York

Escape From New York                                  3 ½ stars


This is a movie I really don’t know whether to recommend or not. It has good moments but doesn’t execute a read more »

30/09/2012 Pink Cadillac

Pink Cadillac                                       2 ½ stars


“Pink Cadillac” features one of the best performances I’ve seen in a while by its star Clint Eastwood (“The Dead Pool”, “Pale Rider”) read more »

30/09/2012 Total Recall

Total Recall                                         4 stars


Paul Verhoeven (“RoboCop”, “Basic Instinct”) directs this intense sci-fi thriller with plenty of comedic moments that pairs an ultra-violent future with veteran action star read more »

30/09/2012 Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat                                 2 ½ stars


Again this is proof that movies based on videogames never really work but to be fair to “Mortal Kombat”, this is by far read more »

30/09/2012 The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep                                     3 stars


“The Big Sleep” is a film noir picture starring Humphrey Bogart (“Casablanca”) that blatantly rips-off an earlier film with the main star Humphrey read more »

25/09/2012 3 Ninjas Kick Back

3 Ninjas Kick Back                                             2 ½ stars


There is nothing particularly wrong with “3 Ninjas Kick Back” and I can imagine that lots of children would enjoy the read more »

25/09/2012 3 Ninjas

3 Ninjas                                                2 ½ stars


“3 Ninjas” is not an original film to say the least but for the most part it is reasonably entertaining, it’s a read more »

23/09/2012 Commando

Commando                                        2 ½ stars


“Commando” is one of the most over the top films I’ve ever seen with every 80s action movie cliché thrown in without any real read more »

23/09/2012 The Running Man

The Running Man                                            3 ½ stars


“The Running Man” isn’t the best action film I’ve seen and it isn’t the best sci-fi film I’ve seen but it’s an read more »

23/09/2012 Predator

Predator                                              4 stars


“Predator” may just seem like another macho, shoot ‘em-up movie but it has surprising skill featured during some of it that really makes it stand read more »

20/09/2012 Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians                                         1 ½ star


Supposedly one of the worst films of all-time is a messy display of bad writing, unforgivable goofiness and enough weirdness read more »

20/09/2012 Alien: Resurrection

Alien: Resurrection                                         2 stars


“Alien: Resurrection” is a massive step above “Alien 3” but still remains a bad movie. “Alien: Resurrection” feels more like a mockery of the read more »

20/09/2012 Alien 3

Alien 3                                  1 star


“Alien 3” is a weak sequel in just about every meaning of the word. It misses out what made the first one an eerie, read more »

16/09/2012 Aliens

Aliens                                    5 stars


James Cameron (“Titanic”) has made one of the few sequels that are superior to the original. “Aliens” is a fascinating movie with just as much read more »

15/09/2012 Dune

Dune                                     1 star


“Dune” is not a painful film to sit through; however it is a boring and confusing one. Films like this don’t have to give you read more »

13/09/2012 AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator

AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator                                            1 star


There are a few things that I believe the people who made this move have note done: 1. Watch any of the read more »

08/09/2012 Hang 'Em High

Hang ‘Em High                                   4 stars


In his first American-made western Clint Eastwood (“Bronco Billy”, “Gran Torino”) stars as a great anti-hero in a wonderful picture from director Ted read more »

08/09/2012 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly                                               4 ½ stars


“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” might not be perfect but it has so many intriguing and read more »

08/09/2012 Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead                                                                2 ½ stars


You can cherish or despise George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” for its ability to inspire numerous sequels read more »

08/09/2012 Young Sherlock Holmes

Young Sherlock Holmes                                 3 ½ stars


Although it differs quite a lot from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, “Young Sherlock Holmes” proves to be a nice adventure for read more »

08/09/2012 Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2                                          4 ½ stars


“Toy Story 2” is definitely a worthy sequel to the original classic that captures the heart of first film and it really read more »

04/09/2012 Airplane II: The Sequel

Airplane II: The Sequel                                  2 ½ stars


The original “Airplane” was a great spoof of the airport/plane genre but this sequel seems to be a rehash, which sadly read more »

04/09/2012 Executive Decision

Executive Decision                                          2 ½ stars


“Executive Decision” is another movie with a similar premise to “Die Hard” and like most of these copycats it fails to capture what read more »

04/09/2012 Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit                                 2 ½ stars


“Smokey and the Bandit” is supposed to be a ‘guy’s’ movie and although I can see why it would be one, read more »

04/09/2012 The Island

The Island                                           2 stars


“The Island” to me at least feels like two different films; the first half feels like an eerie sci-fi and the second is more read more »

30/08/2012 Kid Galahad

Kid Galahad                                        2 stars


I have a feeling scripts were lying on shelves until studios rang filmmakers to tell them “We’ll make your film but only if it read more »

30/08/2012 Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys                                                3 ½ stars


“Space Cowboys” features the novelty concept of sending a group of old guys into space and normally this sort of gimmick would fall read more »

30/08/2012 Speed

Speed                                   3 stars


You might think of me as stupid for not recognising “Speed” as a great or even good action film but for me it just didn’t read more »

30/08/2012 Lethal Weapon 4

Lethal Weapon 4                                              3 ½ stars


I’ve only seen the third one aside from this and I’m happy to report it is better, much better. “Lethal Weapon 4” read more »

26/08/2012 RoboCop 3

RoboCop 3                                          ½ star


“RoboCop 3” is an appalling action flick that doesn’t know when it is onto something and thinks it is when it is onto nothing. read more »

26/08/2012 The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2                                          4 stars


“The Expendables 2” brings together the most famous action stars of all-time to blow some up in a movie that delivers exactly what read more »

26/08/2012 Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality                                             1 ½ star


“Miss Congenialit