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Edge of Tomorrow

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

After the led down from Tom Cruise's last sci-fi outing Obilivion, I did not have huge confidence going into this one. But I was pleasantly surprised as it is an excellent sci-fi action film. The script is great, the plot moves along brilliantly and makes sense throughout and the action and special effects are outstanding. But special praise to Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, whose on screen double act is a joy to behold and adds huge depth to proceedings. And to top it all, the humour is great and works well without upsetting tone.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Bryan Singer returns to the directors chair for the latest X men installment and it is great fun all together. More of a sequel to First Class with some added Wolverine and some cameoes, this works from the breathtaking first set piece to a wonderfully climatic finish. All the cast are uniformly great and no one is left short changed. Just great entertainment and what comic book films should be.

The Two Faces of January

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Solid enough little thriller this, helped by great performances by the three leads and beautiful greek locations. Is unpredicatable at times, and moves at slow deliberate pace which benefits the film.

Sabotage

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

What could have been a reasonable enough piece of action fluff, a completely nonsensical ending lets the whole thing quite madly. It did not have to be great, given what comes before, but it makes no sense, and takes what could have been a 3 star guilty pleasure and makes it a disappointing enough 2 star effort.

Frank

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Very good film here that while a comedy for the most part, actually turns into a real serious look at mental illness and the public perception of it. Michael Fassbender is amazing in the lead role, but Domhnail Gleeson is not far behind as the naive but potentially distruptive new member of the band.

Bad Neighbours

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While not the laugh riot that it thinks it is, there is still enough laughs going to make this a solid if unremarkable watch. This is down mainly to a good cast who do a lot with very little.

Pompeii

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

While Paul WS Anderson continues to provide guilty pleasure with the Resident Evil series, everything else he does at the moment seems to be pretty awful and this poor effort is no exception. Laughably bad at times, with Kit Harrington struggling in the lead. Also Kiefer Sutherland almost doing a Kenneth Williams in Carry on Cleo impression, helps very little.

Plastic

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

While the good cast do their best and there is some fun to be had, this film never goes beyond okay, thanks mainly to an indifferent tone that never quite decides what kind of film it is trying to be. But still worth a watch.

Brick Mansions

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The problem with remakes, is you're damned if you change too much, and damned if you keep it too the same. Wel this remake falls into the later category. Is almost a shot for shot remake to the original even with original star David Belle back. But that being said it is still great fun and it is great to see the late Paul Walker is such a fun movie. He may well had a future as an action star had it not been for his untimely passing, as he is quite the man of action here. So good no brainer action fun that would probably be better if you have not seen District 13.

Blue Ruin

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really good low budget and low key thriller. Unlike many big budget efforts, this file is very tense and has you guessing what will happen next. Also has some really nice moments of black humour throughout.

Stand Up Guys

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Absolutely hilarious film with both Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in fine form. In particula Walken is very funny as a "retired" criminal. Alan Arkin livens things up with a nice supporting role, and no one takes it too seriously. A really nice surprise this one.

Transcendence

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

While all the pieces may be there, a great cast and an intriguing idea, this film is just a flat mess. By all means films like this don't have to be action packed, but it just drags horribly with little or nothing happening for huge amounts of running time. Even when the finale comes, it is just awful, and makes little to no sense. A lot of the plot does not make sense, and charcters just vanish for large parts, which suggest it was mercifully cut down from an even longer running time, but also makes it feel disjointed. Just a bad film overall.