Fantastic Four

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Seemingly trapped forever in cinematic mediocrity are the films based upon the Fantastic Four. This 2015 effort is the third attempt by 20th Century Fox at making these films a hit, and it is also the third time they have failed. Continue reading “Fantastic Four”

Ant-Man, Review

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Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas & Evangeline Lily
Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world
Rating: 12A Run time: 117 minutes Release date: 17 July (UK)

Before its release, there were more than a few people with more than a few concerns over Marvel’s latest offering. Ant-Man was a film bogged down with rumours and reports of trouble behind the scenes, and its original director; Edgar Wright left the film half way through production. And let’s be honest; no one gave the new guy, Peyton Reed, a chance. The end result then, is nothing short of a miracle and it’s remarkable just how good Ant-Man is. Continue reading “Ant-Man, Review”

Punisher: War Zone, Review

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Director: Lexi Alexander Starring: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West & Julie Benz Synopsis: After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet, Jigsaw Rating: 18 Run time: 103 minutes

Rarely have I used the word “depressing” to describe a superhero film. But here, in Punisher: War Zone, it feels essential. The dark, grim underbelly of New York is exposed to its fullest, with criminals running amok and the only person to stop them is the morally dubious “hero” The Punisher. Ray Stevenson has replaced Thomas Jane as the titular hero in this 2009 reboot, while Lexi Alexander has replaced Jonathan Hensleigh in the director’s chair and everyone involved has done their best to distance themselves from the 2004 version of the character. Continue reading “Punisher: War Zone, Review”

Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Review

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Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans & Chris Hemsworth Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans Rating: 12A Run time: 141 minutes Release date: 23 April (UK)

Editors note: Minor spoilers within.

It’s been a mere seven years since Iron Man hit our screens, promising team-ups and the acceptance that superhero films can exist and share the same world. Since then there have been no less than 10 films released that have formed a part of this shared universe. With many more to come and one only a few months away, it does beg the question of have we had enough yet? Avengers: Age of Ultron does not answer that question, nor should it, but it does provide another huge payday for Marvel and keeps up their recent form of producing hit after hit. Continue reading “Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Review”

Five Marvel Graphic Novels You Need To Read

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With Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas, now is a perfect time to get up to speed on the best Marvel graphic novels. The following list contains five of the most important stories that Marvel has told, and that will surely form a part of their future plans on both the big and small screens. Continue reading “Five Marvel Graphic Novels You Need To Read”

Avengers: Assemble, Review

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Director: Joss Whedon Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson Synopsis: Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity Rating: 12A Run time: 143 minutes

Back in April 2012, Joss Whedon had a hand in creating two of the best films of the year. One was The Cabin in the Woods, while the other was the superhero ensemble Avengers: Assemble. It was the latter that was perhaps the bigger gamble, and the one that really had no right to work. Continue reading “Avengers: Assemble, Review”