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Alita: Battle Angel

4 Feb 20193 stars

Rosa Salazar impresses in Robert Rodriguez's big budget manga adaptation

Like the cyborg at its centre, Alita: Battle Angel is the fusion of several notable parts: the manga by Yukito Kishiro; a script co-written by Avatar's James Cameron; and direction by Robert Rodriguez, the Sin City and Spy Kids filmmaker who gets to…

Artemis Fowl

11 Jun 20202 stars

A scene-stealing Judi Dench can't salvage this disappointing fantasy adaptation from Kenneth Branagh

A screen adaptation of Eoin Colfer's successful YA fantasy series has been in the works for almost two decades, ever since the first book was released in 2001. With multiple directors attached over the years, the film reached its final hurdle when…

Coming soon

4 Sep 2008

Witness the fitness of this autumn’s movie schedule - 88 Minutes, Blindness, Body of Lies, Burn After Reading, Choke, Death Race, Easy Virtue, Faintheart, Fears of the Dark, Ghost Town, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S Thompson, How To Lose…

Date Night

29 Mar 20103 stars

(15) 88min Not since Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger hooked up in Blake Edwards’ 1987 comedy Blind Date has there been such a disastrous romantic night out as the one seen in Shawn Levy’s new film. Comedy royalty Steve Carell and Tina Fey play Phil and…

Despicable Me 2

24 Jun 20133 stars

Animated sequel displays a canny grasp of what its young audience wants

Animated smash hit Despicable Me left its super-villain Gru a seemingly reformed character, the adoptive father to three small girls. Despicable Me 2 sees Gru adjusting to life as a suburban dad and recruited to thwart the villainy he once embraced.

James Cameron and Avatar - Popcorn and dissent

17 Dec 2009

Fourteen years in the making, James Cameron’s Avatar is finally released this week. Will it be any good? Who cares, asks Paul Dale, it’s all just a media hoodwink

Machete - Robert Rodriguez interview

16 Nov 2010

The prolific filmmaker on tricks with nudity, budgets and being Tex Mex

Machete first came to the attention of the public as one of the eclectic trailers that appeared in the middle of Grindhouse, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s homage to the 70s cinema experience. Although Grindhouse flopped at the box office…

New film & DVD releases

4 Sep 2008

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