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Film Review | Piggy

British revenge thriller Piggy marks the feature debut of writer director Kieron Hawkes. Set in modern day London, the all-too-predictable narrative revolves around Joe (Martin Compston), a young, introverted delivery boy who is bored by his existence.

Things start to look up when tough older brother, John (Kill List‘s Neil Maskell), re-enters his life. When John is suddenly and brutally murdered, Joe is forced back to his prior state of isolation. Though he finds solace in Piggy (Paul Anderson) who appears on his doorstep claiming to be John’s old schoolmate. At first friendly, Piggy wants to exact revenge on John’s killers and soon he and Joe are working in tandem in an escalating campaign of violence and murder.

Read the rest of this review on Little White Lies here.

Film Review | Safe

Not for nothing has Jason Statham got a reputation as an action star; he’s been showcasing his fighting skills in films for years – more often than not as the ‘ordinary guy’ who somehow gets the job done – ranging from the good (The Transporter, Killer Elite) to the bad (Death Race) to the downright wild (the Crank series). Later this year, he will reunite with his fellow bad-asses in The Expendables 2, but until then New York is the backdrop for the latest round of his exploits in Safe, a crime thriller written and directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans). Unfortunately, the film does not afford itself enough smarts story-wise to accompany Statham’s very watchable brawn.

Check out the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Avengers Assemble

“And there came a day unlike any other…” This opening line to the Avengers comic books was also spoken by Samuel L. Jackson when the cast of the Avengers was first unveiled at Comic-Con almost two years ago. Marvel’s ambitious superhero team-up has been four years in the making and has spanned five films, but now it’s finally upon us. Make no mistake about it; Avengers Assemble marks an unprecedented event. Just like the team itself, there are so many reasons why it should not work. And yet, director Joss Whedon & co have managed to surpass all the lofty expectations and deliver not only one of the greatest superhero films ever made, but one of the best blockbusters in recent memory.

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Fury

Next week, Samuel L. Jackson will be hitting UK screens as Nick Fury in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble (2012), to which many minds may wander when they learn that he is also starring this week in Fury (The Samaritan, 2012). This is no Marvel spin-off however; Jackson stars as Foley, an ex-con eager for redemption in this Canadian thriller directed and co-written by David Weaver. Fury offers up an intriguing examination of its issues, but all too often lacks the panache that could have made it truly memorable.

Read the rest of this review on CineVue here.

Film Review | The Cabin in the Woods

Have you ever been watching a film and felt that you’ve seen parts of it before? It’s a problem that horror films in particular seem to have run into of late. Well good news horror fans; it’s a problem that the makers of Cabin in the Woods are well aware of. Penned by Joss Whedon – aka the director of that small film called Avengers Assemble – and directed by Drew Goodard, this latest addition to the genre revels in turning those well known clichés upside down, and is easily the best horror film of the year for it.

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Mirror Mirror

Whether you love them or not there is something enduring about fairy tales, those timeless short stories that are told and retold from generation to generation. Few come more famous than Snow White, who has a big year ahead of her. In June, audiences will see her remade into a warrior princess for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Before that however, director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) gets first bite of the apple in Mirror Mirror, perhaps the more traditional retelling of the two but not without its share of twists.

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | John Carter 3D

A century ago, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote ‘A Princess of Mars’, the first novel in his Barsoom series. Since then it has gone on to inspire a whole host of films, Star Wars and Avatar among them. Fast forward 100 years later and super fan of the books Andrew Stanton, famous for animated flicks WALL-E and Finding Nemo, has been given a $300 million budget and the task of bringing Burroughs’ vision to life in his first live action feature. Is it a success, or has the originality of Burroughs’ story been bled out in the years it’s taken John Carter to get to the big screen?

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Film Review | This Means War

Tom Hardy’s career has sky-rocketed since 2010’s Inception, with great performances in critically acclaimed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Warrior cementing his place as one of the finest actors in the business. Later on this year, he’ll be reuniting with Christopher Nolan for that ‘small’ film The Dark Knight Rises, but before that he joins Chris Pine (Star Trek) in This Means War a romantic comedy  at its core with a hint of action.

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Film Review | Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Image‘Yes, that really is Tom Cruise. Yes, he really is crazy’.

‘Another one?’ That was the sceptical reaction of many when I told them that a new Mission: Impossible was coming out this year. After all, they’ve done three of them so the trilogy is complete, right? And yet, the famed spy series work better as standalone movies as opposed to continuations of the films that preceded them.  All three movies have had different directors, and all have put their own unique stamp on the series; Brian De Palma introduced us to super-agent Ethan Hunt in 1996, John Woo had Hunt stopping deadly viruses in 2000, and J.J. Abrams got Ethan hitched in 2006. With Ghost Protocol, the trend continues; this time it’s the turn of Brad Bird, director of animated delights such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille. In his first live-action feature, is he able to eclipse the high benchmark set by the previous Mission: Impossible movies?

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Immortals

Image‘Strike a pose!’

We’ve had many great sword-and-sandals epics over the years, with Gladiator, Troy, and most recently 300 setting the benchmark for the genre in contemporary times. Unfortunately, as with any genre, there are those movies that scrape the bottom of the barrel, such as the modern remake of Clash of the Titans. Tarsem Singh’s Immortals is made by the producers of 300, and trailers have suggested that the look and feel of the film was similar to the Spartan blockbuster. Can Immortals reach the lofty heights of 300 & co or is it style over substance?

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | In Time


‘Time is money’ is more than just a phrase in Andrew Niccol’s latest sci-fi flick, In Time. Niccol is no stranger to thought-provoking cinema, with past efforts such as Gattaca being received well by audiences and critics alike. But is In Time worth both your time and money, or are you better off spending it on other films?

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn


Although I know of Tintin, I didn’t grow up watching him. I was part of the generation that watched Pokémon! But when I saw some exclusive footage at the recent EMPIRE big screen event, my interest was piqued. Tintin’s creator, a Belgian artist by the name of Hergé, famously proclaimed in 1983 that “If anyone can bring Tintin successfully to the screen, it is Steven Spielberg”. So does Spielberg deliver?

Read the rest of this review at Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Goodbye


Political tension surrounds director Mohammad Rasoulof’s latest offering, Goodbye. Rasoulof, along with collaborator Jafar Panahi, was arrested in 2009 for filming without permission and sentenced to prison. Thankfully, the sentence has yet to be carried out and the state granted Rasoulof permission to direct a new film. Some might question the wisdom of Rasoulof releasing a film of this nature in his current predicament. However, any way you slice it, it takes courage to do so, and Goodbye proved to be an interesting watch.

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Real Steel


Fundamentally, Real Steel takes two types of action films that we’ve had much of in the past – Robot and Boxing – and combines them, with a heartfelt Father-Son story at its core.  It’s such a simple formula; I initially wondered why it had not been attempted previously. But does Real Steel land its punches, or miss the mark?

Read the rest of this review on Yin & Yang here.

Film Review | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is not your typical spy film. You won’t find Gary Oldman’s George Smiley engaging in fisticuffs with evil men, or saying a cool line after offing a villain. Action has been replaced with words – a lot of words – resulting in an absorbing, if at times slow-paced, whodunnit of a film which unfolds in meticulous fashion.

Read the rest of the review on Yin & Yang here