29th Mar2014

‘Frozen’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Edie McClurg | Written and Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and apparently inspired by the scenery of Norway, Frozen is the tale of a pair of royal sisters, the reclusive Elsa (Idina […]

21st Mar2014

‘Cheap Thrills’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller | Written by David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga | Directed by E.L. Katz Unemployed and down on his luck, Craig finds himself drowning his sorrows in an attempt to forget the mounting debts threatening to tear his family apart. When a chance meeting with an […]

21st Mar2014

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Emily VanCamp, Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Toby Jones | Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely | Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Back in 2011, when Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: No Subtitle Required were released, I […]

18th Mar2014

‘Homefront’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth | Written by Sylvester Stallone | Directed by Gary Fleder As regular readers will know, I always start reviews of Jason Statham films with a with an acknowledgment that regular readers will already know that I really like Jason Statham films, perhaps with a witty aside to the […]

18th Mar2014

‘The Borderlands’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Luke Neal, Aidan McArdle, Sarah Annis, Lee Arnold, Patrick Godfrey, Marcus Cunningham | Written and Directed by Elliot Goldner Elliot Goldner directs this British horror following a team of specialists from the Vatican who are drawn to a remote West Country church by reports of mysterious occurrences in the area.  The Borderlands sees a […]

12th Mar2014

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: The Muppets, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston | Written by James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller | Directed by James Bobin Muppets Most Wanted arrives in what feels like no time at all since the long-awaited previous film. I was honestly quite shocked to see the screening invite in my inbox. After the […]

09th Mar2014

‘Need for Speed’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Sir Maejor, Nick Chinlund, Carmela Zumbado | Written by George Gatins | Directed by Scott Waugh I approached Need for Speed with all the enthusiasm you might expect of a recent Breaking Bad convert who, having binged […]

03rd Mar2014

‘We Are What We Are’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Bill Sage, Jack Gore, Kelly McGillis | Written by Jim Mickle, Nick Damici | Directed by Jim Mickle A seemingly wholesome family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves but behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules the family with a rigorous fervour. When a torrential rainstorm moves in, […]

11th Feb2014

‘The Lego Movie’ Review – A second opinion

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day | Written and Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller The Lego Movie is an odd idea. There’s so many layers of pop cultural sediment in the film, it’s dizzying. DC characters rub shoulders with Gandalf, Ninja Turtles, Star Wars folks and many […]

10th Feb2014

Cuban Fury ‘Review’

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O’Dowd, Ian McShane, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Rory Kinnear, Kayvan Novak | Written by Jon Brown | Directed by James Griffiths Tubby funster Nick Frost steps out as the lead in salsa-based rom-com Cuban Fury. Frost plays Bruce, a former teenage salsa dancing extraordinaire who dons his […]

07th Feb2014

‘Robocop’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Douglas Urbanski, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Samuel L. Jackson, Aimee Garcia | Written by Joshua Zetumer | Directed by Jose Padilha Remakes eh? They’re not going away are they? I’m not going to proselytize in favour or against […]

01st Feb2014

‘Banshee Chapter’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Katia Winder, Michael McMillian, Ted Levine | Written and Directed by Blair Erickson The Banshee Chapter follows journalist, Anna (Winter) who is investigating the disappearance of her friend James (McMillan). James has been experimenting with strange drugs that the US military used in real life experiments in the 1960s. These experiments had very weird […]

19th Jan2014

‘White House Down’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, James Woods | Written by James Vanderbilt | Directed by Roland Emmerich White House Down might be the greatest film ever made. At least that was my immediate reaction as the couple of people I texted informing them so could testify to. […]

16th Jan2014

‘Devil’s Due’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Zach Gilford, Allison Miller, Sam Anderson, Roger Payano, Vanessa Ray | Written by Lindsay Devlin | Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett If this was the first found-footage horror you’d ever seen, then Devil’s Due would probably strike you as a fairly shocking tour de force. Unfortunately, it’s 2014 now and 78% of all mainstream horror […]

05th Jan2014

‘You’re Next’ DVD Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton | Written by Simon Barrett | Directed by Adam Wingard Directed by Adam Wingard (VHS, A Horrible Way to Die) and set during a family reunion in a remote part of the countryside in the US, […]

03rd Jan2014

‘Insidious/Insidious: Chapter 2′ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye | Written by Leigh Whannell | Directed by James Wan INSIDIOUS James Wan’s latest horror outing Insidious turns out to be a roller coaster of a film, which jumps from being a dread-filled fright fest to a farcical horror flick. The pairing of the […]

23rd Dec2013

‘Lovelace’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Bobby Cannavale, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, Ron Pritchard | Written by Andy Bellin | Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Amanda Seyfried, arguably best known for her wide-eyed performances in films such as Mean Girls andMama Mia!, is perhaps […]

16th Dec2013

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, James Marsden, Meagan Good | Written by Adam McKay, Will Ferrell | Directed by Adam McKay Like many people in my age group, my friends and I fell in love with the first Anchorman film over beery evenings with piles […]

08th Dec2013

Panel Discussion #28

by Jack Kirby

So Infinity (w. Jonathan Hickman a. Jim Cheung, Dustin Weaver) concluded what’s been an interesting if not exactly mind-blowing run. The Avengers return to earth to sort out Thanos and his nasty mates, Maximus of the Inhumans cracks wise and saves the world and Rocket Raccoon makes an all-too brief (like, one panel appearance). The […]

06th Dec2013

‘The Hangover Part III’ Blu-ray Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Graham, Mike Epps, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung | Written by Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin | Directed by Todd Phillips The Hangover Part III bills itself as the ‘epic finale to the Hangover trilogy’, which is pretty bold stuff for what is ostensibly a fairly knock-about, […]

02nd Dec2013

‘Homefront’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth | Written by Sylvester Stallone | Directed by Gary Fleder As regular readers will know, I always start reviews of Jason Statham films with a with an acknowledgment that regular readers will already know that I really like Jason Statham films, perhaps with a […]

30th Nov2013

‘Frozen’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Edie McClurg | Written and Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee In a break from usual Sunday morning screening traditions, Disney’s Frozen was preceded by a performance of one of its songs by Willemijn Verkaik, star of the West End’s Wicked. Which […]

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