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Words: Chris Neill The last 12 months have been rough for Ben Affleck. He’s had to suffer through the embarrassment of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the overwhelming whatever-ness of The Accountant and his new status as a kind of funny Internet meme. While the announcement that he’s helming the new solo Batman movie…

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The long-awaited return of moustachioed lothario anchorman Ron Burgundy is a disappointment; it’s as forced and puffed up as his hairdo – a series of stitched together gags that form an incoherent story about the perils of manipulative media. It should know; Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is all about manipulating old set-ups and leveraging…

Review: ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’

The first Silent Hill film was by no means a “masterpiece”, or even a minor “piece” at that. Like many game-to-film adaptations, the film fell flat with its lack of intrigue, direction and the most important aspect in a psychological horror: horror itself. Six years after the fact, Michael J. Bassett, a largely unknown director…

Review: ‘The Expendables 2’

Oh, look, Sly – you did okay here. The first movie was a dog and, I mean, this one is too—but if that first one was a greying and humourless pit bull, this one’s more like a yappy schnauzer or a chubby corgi. All of this is to say, ‘The Expendables 2’ isn’t awful; it’s…

Review: ‘Dark Shadows’

See, there was a time when Tim Burton made great films – Ed Wood, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas. That time has now passed. The Tim Burton of now, the Tim Burton of this generation, is a caricature filmmaker; he produces the kind of dreamy, whimsical films that look gorgeous but, like…

Review: ‘Iron Sky’

Alright – it seems appropriate that the first review we feature on Shotgun Critic is an Australian co-production about space Nazis. I don’t know– maybe it’s just me, but there aren’t enough films that are produced by a contingent of Germans, Australians and Finnish nationals that make light of humanity’s darkest decade. Enter: ‘Iron Sky’…