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Film Review | Transformers: Age of Extinction

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★★★☆☆

Picking up four years after the Battle of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Age of Extinction sees amateur robotics inventor Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) discovering Optimus Prime (voiced superbly once more by Peter Cullen) while searching for junk to refurbish. The gravely wounded Autobot commander has been in hiding from a covert black ops team led by Harold Attlinger (Kelsey Grammer), who has teamed up with Cybertronian bounty hunter Lockdown (voiced by Mark Ryan) in a bid to destroy all shape-shifting robots. Meanwhile, tech tycoon and billionaire inventor Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci) is busy reverse-engineering his own Transformers with a view to having an army of robots under human control.

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Film Review | Pain & Gain

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★★★★☆

Towards the end of the latest offering from film critics’ favourite punching bag Michael Bay, a character states: “The truth is stranger than fiction.” It is a particularly apt idiom for Pain & Gain. A docu-drama masquerading as an action-comedy, it’s easily one of the craziest films of the year. Unexpectedly, it’s also one of the funniest.

Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here.


Film Review | 2 Guns

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★★★☆☆

Lethal Weapon. End of Watch. Se7en. Hot Fuzz. These buddy cop movies and many more live and die on the chemistry between the two lead actors. With 2 Guns, the team of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg can be added to the list of great duos, even if the film itself doesn’t do enough to be elevated into the genre’s distinguished pantheon.

Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here.


Competition | Win A 2 Guns Goody Bag

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Academy Award® winner DENZEL WASHINGTON (Safe House, Flight) and MARK WAHLBERG (Contraband, Ted) lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together.  But there is a big problem with their unexpected partnership: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

For 12 months, DEA agent Robert “Bobby” Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Michael “Stig” Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip.  Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Bobby and Stig are suddenly disavowed by their respective superiors.  Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other.  Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.

To celebrate the release of 2 Guns, we’re giving away a goody bag! The prize will include a baseball cap, T-shirt, Key Finder and Car phone charger.

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Film Feature | ‘2 Guns’ With Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Wahlberg is a busy guy. He’s currently shooting Transformers 4 but flew in from Detroit to promote his latest film, the action-comedy 2 Guns, in UK cinemas on 16 August. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, who also directed the actor in last year’s Contraband, the movie stars Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as two undercover cops from competing bureaus who are forced to go on the run together. Despite being jet-lagged, Wahlberg was in good spirits throughout the press conference. Here he chats about working with Washington, how much stunt work he does himself and reuniting with his Contraband director, Kormákur.

Check out the highlights at Flicks and the City here.


Film Review | Ted

With his live-action directorial debut Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) utilizes the talking animal shtick once again with Ted, which features a talking teddy bear as its main protagonist. The premise is as ridiculous as it sounds, but thanks to the accomplished trio of MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, it is one of the more enjoyable comedies of the year. Having gone into this without having watched an episode of MacFarlane’s popular TV show, I found myself eager to see more of the director’s small-screen work.

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