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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Here is a rarity. A sequel better than the first. Not bogged down with the origin of the first, the two leads are now perfect in their roles and the villians are all nicely played. Has some nice humour, and a great finale. Sets up for a sequel nicley as well. Good popcorn blockbuster.

Calvary

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

While there are some funny moments in this film, it really is a dark and at times disturbing look at modern life in Ireland and the role of the Catholic Church in it. Brendan Gleeson is immense in a role where he has been given a week to live and put his house in order. We follow him as he tries to impact positively on people's lives and when it works and when it fails badly. It all leads up to a conclusion that does not disappoint. Just an excellent film that raises the bar for all future Irish films.

The Quiet Ones

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nice little horror film this, that while a little too reliant on jumpy scares, manages to build up a nice tension besides. The small cast do well, and unlike most films of this ilk, the plot works really well and has some nice twists and surprises throughout.

Divergent

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Nice little surprise this, that although is not as good as the Hunger Games is still an enjoyable enough film. The young cast are good, and the whole plot and structure is quite intriguing. It does have problems. No time is spent on supporting cast, and in the end the finale feels rushed as too much is thrown in near the end. But still a solid effort and I am looking forward in the next film in the series.

Noah

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Just an awful awful film that does not work on any level, and seems to go on forever. A great cast is wasted with some shocking dialogue and the whole thing is just laughable. Just a mess overall.

The Raid 2

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

While not the perfect action film of the first Raid film, this is still something special. The action scenes are again spectacular, in particular the finale which is pretty much breathtaking. But it is somewhat too long at nearly two and a half hours long which means that the immediacy/urgency of the first film is gone. But still worth every one of its five stars. Bring on the Raid 3.

The Last Days of Mars

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Really enjoyable sci-fi horror that feels very much like a throw back to the old nasty sci-fi horrors of the 70's and 80's. The cast are great, and it moves along at a good pace. Good turn your brain off cinema.

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Very difficult to review this, as although I did not particualrly like it (and it induced headaches at times), you have to admire this film for it's weirdness and general tone. Really nightmarish at times, with some really weird images. It just will not be everyone's cup of tea, but the best thing I can say is that you will not see another film like this. So three stars for trying something different and a nice unsettling tone.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Marvel Studios keep the hits a coming as their latest offering is another winner. A really good plot, some great action and a stellar cast all on good form means this is another really fun entry. As a sequel to the first Captain America it works well, as the modern setting means it is a very different beast to the first film.

20 Feet from Stardom

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

An absolutely amazing documentary that looks at the art of back up singing. Takes a look at several back up singers at various stages of there careers and it covers a period of over 50 years. The highs, the lows and warts and all are included. The soundtrack as you would expect is brilliant, as a number of classic songs are looked at, and the influence of the back up singers on them. But the real joy in the documentary is a shared love of music that all involed have, (and the kudos given by the stars) to the people who quite literally stay in the background. Just brilliant brilliant stuff.

Muppets Most Wanted

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

While not quite as good as the previous installment, there is still enough laughs in this flick to please children (and adults) of all ages. There are some nice in jokes, great songs, and the whole thing is just so wonderfully light hearted, that it is hard not to like even when it drags slightly at times.

A Long Way Down

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

What could have been a depressing look at four lost souls who go to take their own lifes, is actually a nice little comedy. All four cast are great, particularly Imogeen Poots who is hilarious. Manages to stay just the right side of sentimentality as well. A nice little watch in total.