02nd Jun2016

‘Tale of Tales’ Review 

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Salma Hayek, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Vincent Cassel, Hayley Carmichael, Shirley Henderson, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Guillaume Delaunay, John C. Reilly | Written by Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso | Directed by Matteo Garrone Tale of Tales is a peculiar film and it’s difficult to know where to start with it. […]

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07th Feb2016

‘Eddie the Eagle’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Tim McInnerny, Rune Temte, Edvin Endre, Jo Hartley, Daniel Westwood, Tony Paul West, Ania Sowinski, Daniel Ings, Anastasia Harrold | Written by Sean Macaulay, Simon Kelton | Directed by Dexter Fletcher A comedy-drama based on the true story of the plucky underdog defying expectations at the 1988 Winter Olympics under […]

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20th Jan2016

‘Mark of the Witch’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Ana Paula Redding, David Landry, Lillian Pennypacker, Michael St. Michaels, Nancy Wolfe | Written and Directed by Jason Bognacki There’s a joke in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, the under-seen but superlative comedy about the making of a fictional eighties horror programme, that is too good not to repeat at any given opportunity. In it, the show’s […]

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30th Nov2015

Things I assumed about ‘Star Wars’ before the prequels, Or…

by Jack Kirby

…Why isn’t Star Wars what I personally want it to be? As you may have noticed, a new Star Wars film is coming. I’ve tried not to get too excited about it, but the veneer of aloof disinterest I was maintaining in order to protect me from inevitable and crushing disappointment has cracked. I watched […]

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15th Oct2015

‘Crimson Peak’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver | Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro In Crimson Peak, Mia Wasikowska plays Edith, a young American writer living in the late 1800s with her industrialist father (Jim Beaver). He is approached by Tom Hiddleston’s English gentleman Sir Thomas Sharpe to invest in […]

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30th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘They Look Like People’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel, Margaret Ying, Mick Casale, Elena Greenlee | Written and Directed by Perry Blackshear The opening scene of They Look Like People sets the tone for the rest of the film to follow: it’s minimalist, thought-provoking and creepy as hell. We see nothing more than a man lying in bed staring […]

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28th Aug2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘III’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Polina Davydova, Lyubov Ignatushko, Evgeniy Gagarin | Written by Aleksandra Khvaleeva | Directed by Pavel Khvaleev III is the second feature film by Russian director Pavel Khvaleev. Khvaleev is also a member of the trance act Moonbeam and the aesthetic of the film holds true to this background, at times reminiscent of some high-concept […]

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28th Aug2015

FrightFest 2015: ‘Landmine Goes Click’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Dean Geyer, Kote Tolordava, Giorgi Tsaava, Helen Nelson, Nana Kiknadze, Nika Apriashvili | Written by Levan Bakhia, Adrian Colussi, Lloyd S. Wagner | Directed by Levan Bakhia Generally speaking, I’m a fan of the ‘protagonist(s) are trapped in a single location’ sub-genre of the thriller. I have previously enjoyed a […]

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09th Aug2015

‘Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts – Vol. 2′ Review

by Jack Kirby

I’ve waxed lyrical about the joys of the Adventure Time comics on numerous occasions, both on this website and to patient and unfortunate friends. And as I have said on all those occasions, I’ve known few comics based on licensed properties that capture the spirit of their IP quite so well as Adventure Time and […]

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31st Jul2015

‘The Gift’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Busy Philipps, David Denman, Allison Tolman, Katie Aselton, Susan May Pratt, Wendell Pierce, Beau Knapp, Tim Griffin, Nash Edgerton, P.J. Byrne, Mirrah Foulkes, Adam Lazarre-White | Written and Directed by Joel Edgerton The Gift sees Jason Bateman play tech salesman Simon, who returns to his home town in […]

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09th Jul2015

‘The Dead 2: India’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Joseph Millson, Meenu Mishra, Anand Krishna Goyal, Sandip Datta Gupta, Poonam Mathur, Coulsom Sujitabh, Madhu Rajesh, Niharika Singh | Written and Directed by Howard and John Ford Howard and John Ford’s The Dead 2: India is a sequel to their previous Africa-set zombie flick; and to be honest, it’s the most auspicious of sequels… […]

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06th Jul2015

‘Ted 2′ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane 2012′s Ted asked the important questions about what happens to a […]

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15th Jun2015

‘Burying the Ex’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Oliver Cooper, Ozioma Akagha, Mark Alan, Erica Bowie, Gabrielle Christian, Archie Hahn, Tomoko Karina, Stephanie Koenig, Wyndoline Landry, Julia Marchese, Dick Miller | Written by Alan Trezza | Directed by Joe Dante Burying the Ex is a romantic comedy with zombies, or rom-zom-com as I believe we’re supposed […]

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15th Jun2015

‘Adventure Time: Candy Capers – Mathematical Edition’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Written by Ananth Panagariya, Yuko Ota | Artwork by Ian McGinty | Published by Titan Comics I’ve long maintained that of the many and various comics based on licensed properties, the Adventure Time publications are perhaps among those that best capture the spirit of the title on which they’re based. As well as its Adventure […]

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29th May2015

‘American Sniper’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Troy Vincent, Marnette Patterson, Billy Miller, Leonard Roberts, Reynaldo Gallegos, Kevin Lacz, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Eric Ladin | Written by Jason Hall | Directed by Clint Eastwood I have a lot of time for the school of thought that suggests that you get […]

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31st Mar2015

‘Fast and Furious 7′ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson,  Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gal Gadot | Written by Chris Morgan | Directed by James Wan Not many film series make it to seven parts. Heck, even Star Wars, which is like the most popular thing ever, […]

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26th Jan2015

‘Big Hero 6′ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi | Written by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird | Directed by Don Hall, Chris Williams Cursory Wikipedia research suggests that Disney’s latest animated feature bears little resemblance to the […]

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12th Jan2015

‘American Sniper’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Ben Reed, Elise Robertson, Troy Vincent, Marnette Patterson, Billy Miller, Leonard Roberts, Reynaldo Gallegos, Kevin Lacz, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Eric Ladin | Written by Jason Hall | Directed by Clint Eastwood I have a lot of time for the school of thought that suggests that you get […]

02nd Jan2015

‘The Guest’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Ethan Embry, Joel David Moore, Candice Patton, Lance Reddick, Brendan Meyer, Jesse Luken | Written by Simon Barrett | Directed by Adam Wingard You’re Next was my favourite films of last year, so I was very excited to see director Adam Wingard’s latest, The Guest. We’re introduced to the Petersons, a […]

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30th Dec2014

‘Left Behind’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Cassi Thomson, Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Jordin Sparks, Nicky Whelan, Quinton Aaron, Martin Klebba, William Ragsdale, Georgina Rawlings, Stephanie Honoré | Written by Paul LaLonde, John Patus | Directed by Vic Armstrong I read the synopsis of Left Behind aloud to a friend and at more or less the same moment we […]

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15th Dec2014

‘Lets Be Cops’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature in movies that are total […]

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14th Dec2014

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Blu-ray 3D Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller It was an invite to review a Blu-ray like any other, or […]

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