At the Cinema: July 2010

The Karate Kid (2010)

Decent enough remake of the 80s hit, though it follows the original almost beat for beat. It’s also a bit too long, but Jackie Chan is good in the role of the mentor and Smith is fine as the kid.  3/5

The A-Team (2010)

Enjoyable action thriller based on the classic 80s tv series. A good cast make the most of their roles, with Cooper and Copley particularly good, while the action is suitably OTT. 3/5

Inception (2010)

Masterful sci-fi action thriller which bends the viewer’s brain on a journey through dreams and illusions. Director Christopher Nolan is always on top of the story, even when its Russian doll-style story structure gets increasingly complex, thanks to brilliant editing and a sure-footed adherence to its own rules. DiCaprio has never been better, and the rest of the cast are all on top form too.  5/5

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Superlative second sequel to the daddy of all CGI feature toons, Toy Story. Pixar’s winning streak continues with this emotional and hilarious tale of toys coming to terms with their owner becoming an adult. As good a part three as is possible to make, it works on every conceivable level. One can only hope that this is the final part too; it’s the farewell that these beloved characters deserve.  5/5

Predators (2010)

Solid second sequel to the 1987 Schwarzenegger action classic Predator. Enough action, suspense and story innovation to make this an enjoyable Friday night flick.  3/5

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