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Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

While it may be predictable and very much by the numbers, this film is still good fun. Exactly what you expect from a Jason Statham film. A good central performance and great action scenes. James Franco is better than your run of the mill villian, and puts in a good performance as the baddie of the piece. Just a pity there was not enough Rachelle Lefevre who just kind of vanishes haveway through the film.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

After a somewhat lacklustre start to the Hobbit trilogy, this second installment is much more like it. Great adventure throughout with plenty of great set pieces and the cast are all great and are fully settled in their roles. There are some issues. It is far too long, and the 3d is pretty horrible (very dark and blurry). But still overall great fun that next years conclusion can't come quick enough for.

Getaway

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

If you are looking for deep and meaningful, this is not the film for you. But what you do get is a near non-stop car chase film with a great lead role from Ethan Hawke. Just a crazy unrelenting set piece that neaqrly goes the entire film (there are a few short charcter moments), as it tries to out do the Fast and the Furoius series. So great fun, if as I say brainless entertainment.

Oldboy

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

I went into this without having seen the original Korean version so I had no real expectations. And I must say I really enjoyed it. While there is some action, and my God is it brutal, this is much more a mystery with some nice twists and turns. The ending I for one never saw coming and was amazed at how quickly the film went. I could not believe it when it was over, and its 104 minutes long Josh Brolin is excellent and holds the whole film together very well.

The Family

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

This has come across from the states with a bad reputation but I quite liked it. By no means perfect, but it is an enjoyable enough black comedy (always a difficult sell), that DeNiro and co have great fun with. Also has some nice action in the finale when Luc Besson's direction comes to the fore.

Don Jon

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Made as a kind of an anti-romantic comedy, this edgy comedy that looks at a man's obsession with porn, is enjoyable if lightweight stuff. It goes without saying that Joseph Gordon Levitt is great, but special praise for Tony Danza who is great as his Dad.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Well this was a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. While I quite like the first Hunger Games, the sequel is a far better entry and is actually really good. The script is great, as are all the performances and the effects. And while the first first dragged for two and a half hours, this time I could not belive how quickly the long running time flew by. It's not perfect (ending is somewhat of a let down), but for this type of film, this was a great effort.

Computer Chess

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

While this is not the comedy that the trailer would suggest, it is still a very strange and interesting little independent film. Taking the apprach to shoot a mockumentary like they would have done at the time gives the film a wonderful authencity, that nicely blurs the line between fiction and reality. Some really great surreal moments and a what the heck ending round off a crazy but enjoyable watch.

Parkland

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

There has been a lot made about the assasination of JFK over the years, so this film does well in bringing a certain level of freshness and uniqueness to the subject. Looking at that faithful day from the point of view of people around the killing, it shows the impact on ordinary people. All the cast are great, and at a short running length it moves along quite well. Is a little bit toothless though and not moves beyond good, but is still a good little film.

Dom Hemingway

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Unfortunately this film is a bit of a duck egg. Jude Law gives his all in the title role, but there is little there beyond shouty and sweary. Richard E Grant too is game but nothing really clicks, and the whole thing is just unlikable and unfunny, if comedy was the main genre they were aiming for.

In Fear

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Solid enough, if somewhat unremarkable thriller shot in Ireland. The two leads do their best, but it is all a little bit seen it before. But still worth a look.

Gravity

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

There has been a lot of buzz about Gravity for a while now and after seeing it I can see why. Just a masterpiece from beginning to end. The effects are amazing, the performances top notch and justs keeps you on the edge of your seat, sometime literally, as the story unfolds in amazing fashion.