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Godzilla

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

successfully wipes out the memory of the mid-90's abomination and introduces Godzilla as a protector, rather than a destroyer. Minor distracting subplots aside, there are a scenes here that are proof positive that he really is the King of Monsters

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

return to form for the director, and the series, fixing the mess that was X-Men 3 and passing the baton over to the First Class cast. The post credit scene hints at the next film, featuring one of my favourite X-Men villains

Edge of Tomorrow

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Coming off as a mix between Groundhog Day and Independence Day, Edge of Tomorrow is a solid summer blockbuster. Despite its parentage, there's still some original ideas here as Cruise goes from weapons salesman to skilled soldier. Throw in some excellent CG, and support from Blunt and Gleeson, and you have a sci fi actioner well worth the price of admission

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

really should be 3.5. It's better than a 3 but I can't quite give it a 4. It's a slight improvement on the first installment in the planned "Amazing" trilogy (franchise?) and you can see where they're going with it, but it still falls short of the high water water mark of the second Sam Raimi film. electro isn't a particularly convincing villain, nor are his reasons for becoming a villain once he acquires his powers, and the green goblin shows up too late to be considered the "main" villain of the piece. Peter and Gwen's relationship, and Peter's memories of her late father are given the majority of the screen time here, and the continuing sub-plot of what happened to his parents continues to develop at a snail's pace. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for incremental development, but tectonic plates have moved faster than this particular thread! The final battle is impressive, even if the overuse of CG does make it resemble the intro to one of the recent Spider-Man games. But overall I couldn't shake the impression that the whole 120+ minutes is just a prelude to the already announced third installment in two years, plus the two spin offs - Venom and The Sinister Six Presumably the infamous black costume will appear in ASM 3

Noah

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

disctintly grim retelling of the bible story. Instead of the friend to animals you might remember from religion class or mass, he's a man who carries the weight of having to wipe out the human population on the orders of an unseen creator.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

continues on from Iron Man 3 in that it's a thriler set in the "real world" that just happens to have super heroes in it. You could easily imagine the same film, with the same plot, without Captain America, being set right now, and it would still be awesome. Despite being more than two hours long, it belts along at a fair pace, always building to the next peak of excitement before the relentless last 30 minutes or so. Easily ranks alongside the first Iron Man as the top "stand along" movie in the Marvel Universe, possibly even rivalling The Avengers for the top spot. And we still have Guardians of the Galaxy to come, Marvel with these movies you are really spoiling us!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

a very Wes Anderson take on a familiar story - the murder of a rich woman and her inheritance. A story being told to an author read by a girl at the beginning of the film takes us through three period - modern day, mid 60's and the 1920's (maybe?) where the majority of the film is set. Some familiar faces appear as the tale of a man wrongly accused tries to clear his name with the copy of a will that has been hidden. Strangely, all the actors involved speak in their native accents, not in an Eastern European dialect where the film is set. Nice to hear a Carlow accent on the big screen!

Veronica Mars

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

in a full-length version of an episode of the series (noth that that's a bad thing!) Veronica returns to Neptune to clear the name of her former boyfriend Logan and solve an almost decade-old murder. See it if you loved the show, and even if you didn't, see it anyway.

Non-Stop

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Starts out as a decent thriller, gets a bit silly towards the end, but it's a great ride. Neeson plays the weary, worn down air Marshall who's being framed for a hijacking that he's trying to prevent down to a tee.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

In this attempted reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, the Russians are back as the antagonists in the form of Kenneth Branagh's CEO of a Russian company trying to bankrupt the USA in a combination terror attack and currency devaluation, so it's up to Kevin Costner to bring in Chris Pine and Keira Knightly's bizarre America accent to stop them. The standard three-act structure appear to be lifted from three different films - a cold war thriller, a standard action movie and a corporate espionage flick, and doesn't succeed in knitting them together in a coherent manner. I wouldn't stop anyone from seeing it, but by the same token it's hard to recommend it.

American Hustle

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

despite the claim at the beginning of the film that "some of this actually happened", some of the scenes are too silly to believe. Despite an excellent soundtrack, and a career high performance from Amy Adams, it could still stand to lose about 20 minutes to be considered a true modern classic.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

much improved pacing from the first film results in a more enjoyable, but still very long, trip to the cinema. You could easily read the first book in the time it takes to watch the first entry in the trilogy, and that remains the case here as Bilbo and his dwarf companions arrive at the mountain home of their forefathers to defeat the mighty Smaug. On the way they'll face spiders, elves (some added to the book, for no apparent reason other than "because") and gain some support from the local in Lake-Town. The film does whet the appetite for the final entry in the trilogy, and you can look forward to it in twelve months time.