Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

It’s long – too long by a good hour. And the chroma key (green screen) moments still fly in the face of otherwise sterling production values. Why? Who knows. It deviates from the core story with lumpy stretches of exposition and wholly invents action scenes solely to provide popcorn-chewing moments late in the film. The [...]

Review: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Many of you will have already discovered, with some dismay, that ‘Paranormal Romance’ now constitutes its own section at your local bookstore. As a genre, it boasts such flagships as the ‘Twilight’ saga, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and, more recently, ‘The Caster Chronicles’ - the first instalment of which is ‘Beautiful Creatures’, the inspiration for a [...]

Review: ‘Prometheus’

The uncomfortable laughter that rippled through the audience said everything, really. Not because Prometheus is at all funny – or corny. It isn’t. It’s horrific and frequently brilliant. But it’s in that laughter that this audience was finally able to release their tension. Bunch of emotional lightweights in this session? Or a true indicator of [...]

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 [...]