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Blockbuster treatment of beloved character a flat, generic bore

Few fictional characters are as ingrained in the collective consciousness quite like Tarzan. From his first appearance in Edgar Rice Burroughs's 'Tarzan of the Apes' back in 1912, the story of a man born and raised in the African jungle a man who learned to live among the animals by becoming one with the animals has resonated.

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:43

Big and friendly indeed - 'The BFG'

Family film offers stunning visuals, sweet sentiment

We all have cultural touchstones that we love particularly those from our youth. Our fond memories of these works, be they books, films, television shows or what have you, are ingrained in us. So it's no surprise that the Hollywood machine would look to these past properties in an effort to cash in on their reinvigoration though the results can sometimes disappoint.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:12

Swimming with sharks - 'The Shallows'

Shark attack film offers surprising depth of entertainment

In the cinematic circumstances in which we currently find ourselves, the relentlessness of promotion is inescapable. This means that we have access to an unprecedented amount of information about films before they even arrive on our local screens. Trailers, sneak previews, early reviews it has reached the point where we seemingly can't help but form an opinion about a film before we've even seen it. And most of the time, those prematurely-formed opinions are relatively accurate ones.

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Dynamic Kevin Hart/The Rock pairing offers comedic chemistry

It's relatively easy to make a passable action comedy. Just string together a handful of jokes with some decently-crafted action sequences into something vaguely resembling a plot, then toss a few recognizable faces into the mix. Boom a serviceable and (probably) not-terrible action comedy.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:05

Fish out of water Finding Dory'

Pixar sequel an entertaining, emotionally charged offering

I'm in the bag for Pixar.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:53

Warcraft' what is it good for?

Video game adaptation offers interesting visuals, messy narrative

Video game adaptations have long been among the toughest nuts for Hollywood to crack. Despite the fact that video games have become one of the most massive entertainment industries in the world, with beloved franchises inspiring millions of people to spend billions of dollars, the transition from small screen to large has rarely been a successful one.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 11:10

The empty emotions of Me Before You'

Manipulative, formulaic love story offers nothing genuine

Love stories are a foundational aspect of cinema. Even films that are ostensibly about something else tend to have romantic underpinnings that serve as a touchstone throughout, but capital-L Love Stories are kind of their own thing.

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Friday, 03 June 2016 19:10

Playing the shell game once again

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'

The 2014 attempt to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a misfire pretty much across the board. The story was boring and barely coherent, the CGI bordered on the horrifying and the live-action performances ranged from disinterested to abysmal.

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Lonely Island-helmed mockumentary mines the music world for comedy gold

Few stylistic conventions provide more fertile ground for comedy than the mockumentary. It has proven a delightful playground for folks like Christopher Guest and his merry band of weirdos for many years.

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Friday, 27 May 2016 21:16

X-Men: Apocalypse' a bit X-cessive

Latest X-movie uneven, but still entertaining

The X-Men have had a bumpy ride on the big screen. The first 'X-Men' was a huge part in kickstarting the renaissance of now-ubiquitous superhero movies. However, the franchise took a nosedive with its third installment, necessitating a reboot with 2011's excellent 'Days of Future Past' and 2014's solid follow-up 'Days of Future Past.'

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