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Kick-Ass

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Imagine for a moment, if you will, a party. But no ordinary party. Instead of human guests, this party has movie franchises as guests. More than that, it has superhero movie franchises as guests. Batman went through the early goth years, then a bizarre "flamboyant" phase, and is now sitting in grim solitude in the corner. Spider-Man looked like having a bright future, made a few mistakes early on (as we all do) then progressed into a superior offering. And then descended into an emo-pandering non-entity. Fresh to the party is Kick-Ass. The six year old, ADD-riddled, Skittles-fuelled junior member of the group. Part of you is telling you that watching this creature run into walls, utter all sorts of profanity is just plain wrong. And the other part of you, the part that actually enjoys things, is telling you that this is the most fun you've had at these parties in a long time. While it doesn't cover exactly the same ground as the comic (his dad has a much larger role in it, and Hit Girl is even more over the top, if you can believe it, in paper and ink) but for the vast majority of the flim, it is a faithful translation of the original. Highly recommended, and the quite possibly the most fun you will have at the cinema this year.

Thor

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

hugely enjoyable action romp that plays it equally classical narrative and tongue completely wedged in cheek. The build up to next summer's Avengers is well and truly on.

Shutter Island

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

claustraphobic thriller that keeps you guessing right until the end about the truth. Possibly needs a second viewing to fully appreciate the twists of the plot

Alice In Wonderland

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

slightly trippy trip back down the rabbit hole for Alice. Burton gets to make the film perfectly suited for his slightly warped take on reality. Perhaps 20 minutes too long, but one of the few children's films that isn't afraid to be scarey.

The Princess and the Frog

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

a wonderful, funny, well told, return to form for Disney animation.

Ninja Assassin

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

risible plot attempts to tie excellent fight sequences together.

Toy Story 2 in 3D

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

one of the few sequels that surpass the original. Wonderful, wonderful film. The 3D doesn't add much but still well worth a trip to the cinema

It's Complicated

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

enjoyable, well written and acted comedy with excellent chemistry between all 3 of the leads

Sherlock Holmes

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

perfect popcorn fare, the relationship between Holmes and Watson is dealt with. Minor issues with the casting of McAdams, her accent in particular is poor. Nicely set up at the end for a sequel too.

Law Abiding Citizen

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

excellent thriller until the last 30 minutes when it gets a bit silly and unbelievable.

2012

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

see it on the big screen for the special effects only. The story is a bit melodramatic

Couples Retreat

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

decent comedy, some jokes fall a little flat. becomes a little laboured at the end. Would be an excellent DVD rental