Review: Grudge Match

A film called "Grudge Match" starring Stallone and De Niro sounds like it would be dark, gritty, bloody, violent action film. The sucker punch is that it's actually a comedy with more emphasis on love and family. As an elderly comedic duo, Sylvester Stallone as Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp and Robert De Niro as Billy ‘The [...]

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: ‘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: ‘On The Road’

Jack Kerouac’s arguably most noteworthy work, ‘On The Road’, is a rambling quasi-autobiographical account of his early-20s life as a beatnik writer in search of …something. Inspiration, hard work, a sexual awakening – perhaps the American Dream, preceding Hunter S. Thompson by a good 20 years. That part’s never really clear—and perhaps that’s why this [...]

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: ‘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: ‘Magic Mike’

A friend of mine has already turned ‘Magic Mike’ into a verb. A verb that could be used in the sentence, “What am I doing tonight? A glass of wine, a warm bath-- maybe a Magic Mike.” She hasn’t even seen the film, just the trailer in which Channing Tatum and his beefcake co-stars strip [...]

Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

It was never really a question of whether the third and final act in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy would be good. Nolan doesn’t make lousy films – and even at their most critically divisive (Inception comes to mind), he uses filmic techniques and spectacle that leave most Hollywood epics in the dust, heads spinning. So, [...]

Shotgun Critic joins 2008’s biggest social networking phenomenon!

So Shotgun Critic is on the upswing - more readers than ever [Hello, newcomers - sorry about the smell], new writers and more content (maybe). But we're not taking this, barnstorming, tub-thumping, banner-waving success in our stride. No. We want to embrace this new-fangled thing called The Facebook. Or The Face Book. I'm not sure which. Anyway, I'm told [...]