Ghost in the Shell | Spoiler-free Review

When Ghost in the Shell debuted in manga form in 1989, we were living in a pre-Internet age – a time of William Gibson cyber-punk fiction, the personal computer held infinite potential and the year 1999 still felt like the far-flung, robot-filled future. It was a pre-The Matrix time. It was a more innocent technological age.

Ghost in the Shell – Watch the Debut Trailer

Get your first proper look at the Major in action in the debut trailer for Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson takes on the lead role, supported by the masterful Takeshi Kitano. Director Rupert Sanders looks to have a firm grasp of the source material here – which is frankly a relief for us. Check it…

Review: ‘Dredd 3D’

Verdict: awesome. You can pretty much stop reading at this point if you want. ‘Dredd 3D’ is undoubtedly one of the strongest action movies of 2012, inventive in ways that will surprise you and pleasingly gritty and violent for fans of the 1970s comic book series on which it’s based. It also shares a plot…

Review: ‘Looper’

Everything about ‘Looper’ feels big. It starts with a great premise: in the future, the mob uses illegal time travel technology to whisk their targets back to the past, where hitmen known as loopers knock them off. Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (‘Inception’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) is one such looper, who learns that his…

Review: ‘The Watch’

What makes you laugh? What makes a comedy actually funny? How do you quantify humour? These are hard questions – and ones that I’m stuck on, because I didn’t think ‘The Watch’, ostensibly a harmless, if provocative, comedy film, was very funny. It wasn’t humourless (I mean, everybody knows the money is in dick and…

Review: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

It’s been seven years since hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, turning New Orleans into a muddy disaster area. Right now, as hurricane Isaac passes directly over the southern American states, punishing the coastline with surging tidal waters and pounding winds, it adds a surreal element of prescience to director Benh Zeitlin’s ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’….

Review: ‘Total Recall’

Interested in seeing this new-fangled ‘Total Recall’ remake, then? Okay. Here’s what you do. You stop, shake your head from side to side vigorously and opt to watch the original for the umteenth time instead. Director Len Wiseman (‘Underworld’, ‘Live Free or Die Hard’)’s 2012 reboot is simply going to make you want to revisit…

Review: ‘Men in Black 3’

Well, that’s nice. It feels good to finally review a film on here that isn’t a flabby dud—and it comes from an unlikely corner. Men in Black 3 is a charming, colourful and frequently funny third tale from Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. After the dry-heave-inducing second movie managed to screw up…