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Contraband

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

What starts out as a formulaic "poacher turned gamekeeper brought back for one more job" develops into an enjoyable, action packed, and often quite funny, two hour film. While Beckinsale's adds little to the film beyond pathos and empathy, the leads are clearly enjoying themselves playing the bad guys doing an illegal act for all the right reasons

The Descendants

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Clooney delivers a deservedly award winning performance as a soon to be widower lawyer in Hawaii who is told if his wife's infedility after she is left in a coma following a boating accident. What follows the revelation is a series of blows to his character's resolve as he has to reconnect with his estranged eldest daughter and deal with the impending sale of a large area of the island which will impact positively and negatively both his own life and the islands as a whole. What is most telling is the cinematography, portraying Hawaii itself far from the heaven on Earth innummerable calendars, postcards and screensavers would have you believe. Clooney's own character follows this narative, with his classic movie star appearance underplayed in favour of the pressures his situation are playing on his mental and physical state

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

By focusing on the core of the books, the friendship between Holmes and Watson, and the conflict with his equal and opposite Moriarty, and removing what proved extraneous in the first film, Richie has crafted that rarest of beasts, a sequel that improves on the original. While the plot twists, turns and misdirects Holmes, we are taken along for the ride with Watson and their new gypsy accomplice as Holmes is determined to link a myriad of events across Europe with his nemesis, and his ultimate goal ending in a series of showdowns, both physical and mental, between the two of the great minds of literature. Highly recommended

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Some jaw dropping stunts are the main attraction, along with spectacular scenery in this excellent addition to the series, Cruise proves he's still the king of the action series as he leads his team from Moscow to Dubai to India in order to retrieve stolen codes for a nuclear missile.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Michael Bay comes back to do what Michael Bay does best. While remedying the mistakes of the previous films, mainly by remembering to have a plot, it still weighs in at least an hour too long, or at least an hour without much action. Rosie Huntington Whiteley wears figure hugging dresses (but cannot act at all) and skyscraper sized robots beat each other to scrapmetal with the aid of various armed forces. I'd like to think this will signal the end of this story arc within the mythos, and we'll see a gap of about 5 years before resuming the tale of good and evil and explosions.

Bridesmaids

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

dont listen to the hype, this is not a female version of "The Hangover", dealing instead with the pressures involved in the whole build up to the wedding from proposal to the big day itself. With some terrific physical comedy, mixed in with come Coen-brother gross out comedy, this is one to enjoy. Despite the setup, I found myself sympathising with Rose Byrne's as the newfound close friend, and condemning everything Kristen Wiig's central character attempted to do.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

One of the rarities in film, a sequel that improves on the original! Having ascended to the role of Dragon Warrior in the original film, Po must now battle the a returning evil in China, a peacock who has a link to Po's childhood, his parents and his village. Quite dark in places, especially for a kids movie, but with a sense of fun and adventure that is rarely replicated outside of Pixar.

X-Men: First Class

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The film charts the first meeting and development of the friendship and later rivalry between Professor Xavier and Magneto against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. With a few excellently used cameos, and a Bond villain look and feel to the various locales this is a fantastic addition to the series and a welcome return to form following X-Men 3 and Wolverine.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

A stronger film than the last two entries in the franchise, but held back by a lack of set pieces (no battle VS the Kraken or wedding in a typhoon) and a weak secondary cast

Attack the Block

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Excellent debut from Joe Cornish in the creature feature tradition of Critters, Tremors and Slither. A group of inner city kids team up with local dealers, a middle class pot head and a nurse from their building to take on a herd of wolf-apes from outer space that has invaded their block. Great fun, well scripted and moves at a frenetic pace.

Your Highness

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

I expected little from this medieval stoner comedy, but it won me over with constant one liners. While there are very few laugh out loud moments, the sheer number of jokes means you will leave with a smile on your face. See it if you liked Pineapple Express.

Sucker Punch

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

By mixing aspects of many recent successful films into his first original work, Snyder has created tried to create something entirely original, but falls a short thanks to some stilted dialogue and little in the way of character development. While undoubtedly talented, and possessing a unique visual flair, it may be some time before he is given the opportunity to direct an original work again.