REVIEW: Divergent

Warrior woman loses the battle (★★ Directed by Robert Schwentke. With so few female-lead action films around, and having been pleasantly surprised by the first film in the series, I looked forward to Insurgent, part 2 of the Divergent trilogy, with some anticipation. Sadly – because it’s always sad when potential is squandered – this … More REVIEW: Divergent

REVIEW: Pompeii

Not worth the visit (★, Directed by Paul W S Anderson)   If the criteria for cinema greatness was based entirely on how ridiculously cute and heartstring-pullingly pouty your leading man was then disaster-in-a-toga movie Pompeii would get five stars and all the Oscars going. Sadly for Pompeii’s star Kit Harington (gladiator slave Milo) and … More REVIEW: Pompeii

Brutal sequel a vibrant victory

3SR: Panem’s reluctant firebrand returns, bringing the revolution with her in this infinitely more vibrant and successful addition to the Hunger Games franchise.   Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence Written by Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel … More Brutal sequel a vibrant victory

The need for speed

3SR: A joy for the speed junkies, Golden God Hemsworth embodies the archetypal 70 playboy as Formula One star James Hunt in Rush, but it’s the tale of Lauda’s determination that makes the film. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde Directed by Ron Howard Written by Peter Morgan Biography, drama, sport, true story. … More The need for speed

Caped teens deliver morals with a kick

3SR: Raucous, ultra violent fun as teen superhero Hit Girl faces her most evil enemy yet – the US High School system. Kick-Ass 2 Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey Directed by Jeff Wadlow Written by Jeff Wadlow from the comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Action, comedy, thriller. … More Caped teens deliver morals with a kick