Review: Before Midnight (2013)

It might seem something of a paradox that cinephiles – people who generally prefer sitting in absolute silence with a room full of strangers to making idle conversation – have fallen so hard for a trilogy of films which consist almost entirely of two people talking to each other. Just talking. Not even talking about …

Review: Man of Steel (2013)

Zack Snyder’s mega-hyped Superman reboot arrives burdened with great expectations. Not only must it win over audiences disappointed by 2006’s Superman Returns; not only does it have to measure up to its billion dollar stablemate, the Dark Knight (as interpreted by Christopher Nolan, here wearing his producer’s hat); but it has also been tasked with …

Review: Populaire (2013)

After a cavalcade of mediocre rom-coms from the other side of the Atlantic, it falls to France to beat the Americans at their own game. A winning homage to the Technicolor delights of Hollywood’s golden age, the beautifully coiffed Populaire might have been a vehicle for Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in a parallel universe. …

Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

Bringing new meaning to the word ‘dumb’, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is as much of a disappointment as its predecessor, though in a completely different way. Where Stephen Sommers’s CGI-orgy of futuristic action provided plenty of visual razzle-dazzle but little excitement, director Jon M. Chu’s sequel changes tack by ditching the gadgets and technology, replacing them …

Review: Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Bryan Singer fee-fi-fo-fumbles the ball with Jack the Giant Slayer, a lifeless CGI-soaked fantasy adventure that manages to make an invasion by giants seem an entirely pedestrian event. One of those projects that was probably misconceived from the very beginning (how DO you make an epic adventure out of what is essentially a silly fairy …