Action & Thriller

Ironclad – reviewed

Ironclad – reviewed

Ironclad has it all. A formidable cast, good jokes and awe-inspiring action scenes featuring the full range of medieval weaponry. To cap it all, it even features a bunch of vicious Vikings. What could be better? Although set many, many years ago in 13th Century England, most of us are probably at least...

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Death by Numbers: 22 Bullets review

Death by Numbers: 22 Bullets review

If you, like many a filmgoer, have been head-over-heels in love with the serious Frenchman that is Jean Reno, then your prayers have been answered. It's even entirely in French. This is not a happy film. Do not be fooled by the opening few minutes showcasing a little car, a cute toddler, an adorable dog and...

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Flying high: Kill Speed review

Flying high: Kill Speed review

Imagine Top Gun. Now imagine Top Gun but with a cast of meth addicts. Welcome to the gun-toting, drug-fuelled, airborne action escapade that is Kill Speed. In the opening five minutes, you're witness to a sex, drugs, but sadly no barrel rolls. It's with some relief, then, that you're soon watching a small...

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Betrayal: a review

Betrayal: a review

Betrayal promises an glamorous story of scandal and deceit during the German occupation of Norway, and it delivers. But is that enough? If it was, this film would be perfect. The attention to period detail is more than a little Mad Men-esque, in that it is both stylish and mesmerising, and whilst I...

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Kickin’ it old-school: The Green Hornet

Kickin’ it old-school: The Green Hornet

If you're tired of superpowers, pointless clichés and anything that hasn't got Seth Rogen in it, prepare to have your prayers answered - The Green Hornet is in town. Almost five years ago, indie film director Kevin Smith was asked at a question-and-answer session whether he'd ever direct a comic book movie....

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Thicker than water? Brotherhood, the review

Thicker than water? Brotherhood, the review

Some say fraternities foster life-long bonds of friendship and brotherhood. This film plays it a little differently. Here in the UK, we don't do fraternities, as people who enjoy each other's company tend to live together anyway without the need for three letters of the Greek alphabet. But in the States, if...

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London Boulevard- review

London Boulevard- review

London Boulevard should have had it all - an excellent cast, an Academy Award winning writer and director, and an original score from Kasabian guitarist, Sergio Pizzorno. Something should have twigged when we learnt that Colin Farrell would be ditching that gorgeous Irish accent, in favour something a...

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Carlos mini-series reviewed

Carlos mini-series reviewed

Whether it's Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the man (allegedly) responsible for last weekend's cargo plane bomb and the 'underwear bomb', or Carlos the Jackal who shot and bombed his way through the 1970s and 80s, newspaper photographs of the international terrorists are anonymous, bland and mysterious. The three-part...

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LFF Review: Black Swan

LFF Review: Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky once again proves himself as one of the leading American independent film directors with his gloriously manic fifth feature, Black Swan. After its premiere at Venice in September, no other film arrived at this year's BFI London Film Festival with quite as much hype as Black Swan....

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Carlos the Jackal, the movie – reviewed

Carlos the Jackal, the movie – reviewed

Every generation thinks they've discovered sex, so the saying goes; the same probably applies to terrorism. Barely a month goes by now without someone trying to ignite a bomb hidden in their pants, but it's easy to forget that back in the 1970s there were numerous terrorist outrages too. Carlos tells the story of...

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