Monsters 2:2 (3/5) Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Whitney Able & Scoot McNairy By Andrew Naylor There have been a number of films which have been released over the years to huge critical acclaim that have left me scratching my head as to what exactly constitutes quality filmmaking nowadays. Monsters (directed by Gareth Edwards) follows in […]

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 2:1 (4/5) Director: Daniel Alfredson Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist By Clare Burnett It’s rare when a foreign language film makes such an impact upon the mainstream as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. However The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the last in this Swedish trilogy, adapted […]


Machete 2:1 (4/5) Director: Robert Rodriguez Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessican Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Robert DeNiro, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez & Jeff Fahey By Zander Sirlin Raising his weapon of choice, “This is the boss” says Machete to his short-lived compadre as they drive into a wall of gun-toting goons.  Right from the get-go, […]

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part I

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part I III (2/5) Director: David Yates Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Stanton, Ralph Finnes, Robbie Coltrane & Peter Mullan. By Alex Towers Any critical analysis of the Harry Potter films depends entirely upon whether or not you have read the books. To the […]

Jackass 3D

Jackass 3D 1.1 Director: Jeff Tremaine Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Ryan Dunn & Dave England By Cathal Wogan (@lethalbitofkit) (Editors note: Given the unconventional nature of Jackass, the reviewer has opted for an equally unconventional review format, inspired by twitter. Enjoy) lethalbitofkit Best thing about Jackass 3D? #Jackass3D undeniablecrow […]

The Arbor

The Arbor 2:1 Director: Clio Bernard Cast: Christine Bottomley, George Costigan, Monica Dolan, Jimi Mistry & Andrea Dunbar By Jack Mays “Unflinching…harrowing…fearless”. So say the IFI’s programme notes for The Arbor, directed by first-timer Clio Barnard. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. What I suppose you might call a “dramatised documentary”, The Arbor chronicles two […]

Let Me In

Let Me In 2:2 Director: Matt Reeves Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Moretz, Elias Koteas & Richard Jenkins By Sean Driver With cinemas filled with re-releases, remakes and vampires it seems apt to paraphrase Gordon Gecko: truly blood, for want of a better word, is good. Vampires are busy taking over the world and Cloverfield director […]

The Kids are All Right

The Kids are All Right 2:2 by Clare Burnett Director: Lisa Cholodenko Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska I went with little or no expectations to a screening of ‘The Kids Are All Right.’ Rated well by other critics and on the reputation of director Lisa Cholodenko, however, it definitely […]


Red 2:2 Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Brian Cox & Helen Mirren Although based on a po-faced “graphic novel” and starring an assortment of over -the-hill actors, Red somehow manages to exceed expectations and emerge an enjoyable action romp. Director Robert Schwentke recognises the need […]

The Social Network

The Social Network 2:2 Director: David Fincher Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Arne Hammer & Joseph Mazzello I feel I should start by saying I don’t have a facebook. It’s something that never appealed to me. But strangely The Social Network (or “The Facebook Movie” as it will no doubt be monikered) was […]


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