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Reviews & features: Christopher Mintz-Plasse

How to Train Your Dragon 2

10 Jul 20144 stars

The animated vikings 'n' dragons sequel arrives full of its predecessor’s invention, wit and flair

Cast your mind back to 2010, and Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon. Inspired by the series of YA books by Cressida Cowell, this tale of a young Viking named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his impossibly…

Bad Neighbours

30 Apr 20143 stars

Good performances and plenty of laughs make up for the occassional misstep

If you were to compile a list of potential neighbours-from-hell, an American fraternity would surely be right up there. Especially one whose all-night parties are ‘turned up to eleven’ as they seek to secure their place in hell-raiser history. That's…

Kick-Ass 2

14 Aug 20133 stars

The super-sequel has lashings of violence and profane dialogue but lacks the heart of the original

Like an obnoxious younger brother, Kick-Ass 2 arrives wanting to outdo its older sibling – Matthew Vaughn’s surprise 2010 hit about teenage vigilantes. Again using Mark Millar’s comic as the template, with the shock factor of the original now spent, it…

ParaNorman

17 Sep 20124 stars

Kids’ horror story that’s funny and terrifying in equal measure

What’s the limit on the amount of fear we can responsibly allow a child to experience? Roald Dahl thought nothing of inflicting child-eating giants and malevolent witches on his junior readership; in more recent years, the makers of Monster House and…

Mark Millar's Kick-Ass get the big screen superhero treatment

22 Mar 2010

How come no one has ever ‘done a Batman’? In a world full of disenfranchised youth, disillusioned loners and delusional outsiders, where superhero movies top the box office, comics sell by the bucket-load and Spider-Man is one of the biggest pop culture…

Kick-Ass

18 Mar 20104 stars

(15) 117min Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic book series is a hilarious, hip twist on the superhero genre. Gone are the superpowers, the 100 inch chests and holier than thou attitude. Instead our hero is an awkward teenager, Dave…

Superbad

6 Sep 20074 stars

One would have to return to the 1980s and teen movies Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to find a youth comedy that hits the G-spot quite like producer Judd Apatow’s Superbad. After writing and directing hits The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked…