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: Her

Artificial love captures true romance (★★★★★, Written and directed by Spike Jonze) For many of us, our digital lives are now as complex as our ‘‘real’’ ones. We have friends all over the world, meet life partners on dating apps and do business with people in the remotest of places. But we’re still trying to figure … More REVIEW: Her

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

Why so serious?

3SR:  Looks great, but takes itself way more seriously than any film about cowboys and Aliens ever should. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano. Directed by Jon Favreau. Action, adaptation, science fiction, western. Rated M for violence. 118 minutes. **1/2 One of the most underrated crossover films of … More Why so serious?