Marvel’s little film is a big success (★★★★ Directed by Peyton Reed) Ants are amazing little creatures. Creative, industrious and strong, yet all but invisible – it’s hardly surprising that one of Marvel Comics’ superheroes would draw his powers from little old Lasius niger, the black garden ant. One of the first Avengers, Ant-Man is the latest Super … More REVIEW: Ant-Man

FILM: Monster mash

Human stories have always been at the heart of disaster films, but a recent release questions whether humans deserve heroic status next to mighty monsters. Hollywood likes to play fast and loose with our irrational fears in its big budget blockbusters. In the 1990s it was asteroids (Armageddon, Deep Impact) and aliens (Independence Day). In … More FILM: Monster mash

REVIEW: Cinderella

One for hopeless romantics and 8-year-olds (★★★★ Directed by Kenneth Branagh.) Loathe though I am to admit it, I might just be a little too hard-hearted to really enjoy this new version of Cinderella. Fair enough too, since director Kenneth Branagh’s target audience is at least half (OK, an eighth) of my age, which is … More REVIEW: Cinderella

FILM: Mechanical family

From the ancient legend of lady-maker Pygmalion, to 80s classics The Terminator and Blade Runner with it’s ‘‘more human than human’’ killing machines, artificial people, have titillated and terrified us in equal measure. Robots can be anything from comic sidekicks to apocalyptic threats, often telling us more about what it means to be human than to … More FILM: Mechanical family

PREVIEW: Five films not to miss in April

  I love April, the nights draw in the clock fall back and the cinema begins to shine as the Northern Hemisphere’s summer releases start to trickle downunder. This month yields a particularly juicy crop of popcorn toppers. Have a look… Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo) Marvel gets political … More PREVIEW: Five films not to miss in April