Iron Man 3 (and the Marvel Effect)

Iron Man 3 opened last week in UK cinemas to the collective sounds of ringing tills, rustling popcorn buckets and whoops of delight. It’s one of those rare occasions where multiplex audience approval meshes with universal critical praise. Boasting bags of wit and energy, together with a sympathetic storyline, it’s certainly as good as the …

Review: Oblivion (2013)

Tom Cruise tackles space invaders in Oblivion, a half decent science fiction film constructed from stitched together parts of older and better science fiction films – a Frankenstein’s Monster of a sci-fi film, if you like. While being a perfectly respectable attempt at forging a story that attempts to engage the brain as well as dazzle …

Review: The Last Stand (2013)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback movie is a pretty standard action thriller, which updates Rio Bravo and Assault on Precinct 13 to the present day. Arnie plays a US sheriff in the small, quiet town of Somerton on the Mexican border. The leader of a major criminal gang has just escaped the clutches of the FBI (led …

Review: The Master (2012)

I take no pleasure in saying this, but The Master just isn’t very good. It’s currently being feted by critics as one of 2012’s finest movies, shooting to the top of various Best Film of the Year lists (including that of The Guardian), and it’s not hard to see why: it tackles weighty, dramatic themes in …

Review: Dredd 3D (2012)

The ranks of fan-pleasing comic book movies swells further with Dredd 3D, a modestly-budgeted but surprisingly effective adaptation of 2000 AD’s cult futuristic law enforcer. Wisely ignoring the unloved 1995 blockbuster starring Sylvester Stallone, the producers get back to basics, replacing CGI spectacle and star power with a notably stripped back production, a lean plot …