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

Mid-life crisis has never looked so good

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ★★★ (Directed by Ben Stiller) Kitschy vision is charming for tale of a sad-sack with a mind for fantasy who’s still waiting to come to life. Starring: Ben Stiller, Sean Penn and Kristen Wiig. Written by Steve Conrad (based on the short story by James Thurber) Adventure, comedy, drama and fantasy. … More Mid-life crisis has never looked so good

3 Second Review: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (★★★ Directed by Thor Freudenthal, 2014) Yes, it’s Harry Potter lite, but the tale of teen demi gods battling baddies for the right to go on noble quests and gain the approval of their aloof and almighty parents is pretty cute. Sweet, fun, family fare, with a delightful cameo from geek … More 3 Second Review: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

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

Limp start gives way to mighty finish

 Thor 2 belongs to Loki, or should that be Loki 3 belongs to Loki? Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston and Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Yost. Action, adventure, fantasy. 1hr 52mins. M for violence. 3D. ★★★.5 stars When … More Limp start gives way to mighty finish

Feel that mortality

3SR: I know you’re desperate for some solid urban fantasy, I know.  But whatever you do, do not see this terrible film. Mortal Instruments Starring: Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jamie Campbell Bower, Aidan Turner, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West Directed by Harald Zwart Written by Jessica Postigo, based on the novel by Cassandra … More Feel that mortality