Whilst adults are busy pondering the meaning of life, kids have been losing sleep over a far more pressing question: how can a single man deliver billions of presents in a single night? Well, with plenty of wit and perhaps a bit of insider knowledge, Britain’s Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit) have come up with a cracker of an answer: all it takes is a gigantic spaceship, an [...]

By on November 24, 2011

Rango may just be the first animated Western/comedy with a cast of characters made up entirely of animals. In fact, I’m sure of it. But does it stand out from the recent deluge of computer animation on the big screen? You can breathe a sigh of relief, because it certainly does. And you won’t be made to wrap a crappy pair of 3-D glasses around your face to enjoy it [...]

By on March 11, 2011

Ask someone who dislikes the Harry Potter films to explain themselves and you’ll probably hear something along these lines: “It’s the exact same formula recycled each time… except that Harry gets a bit hairier.”

And they’re right, you know. Up until now, each film has been about Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, uncovering a [...]

By on November 16, 2010

The recent string of English-language remakes continues with Jonathan Lynn’s (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) British comedy Wild Target. Taking aim at the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante, a bullseye, this is not.

When Britain’s most esteemed assassin, Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy), fails to kill his (wild) target Rose (Emily Blunt), he reluctantly agrees to protect her from the men who want her dead. Caught [...]

By on November 10, 2010

Attention Muggles, Death Eaters and Daniel Radcliffe groupies. The boy wizard is back again, this time sporting much more facial hair and a surly attitude, as the latest trailer for the Deathly Hallows has finally surfaced in the last week. The not-quite-final instalment of the hugely popular and moolah-making machine that is the Harry Potter film franchise is almost upon us. Warner Bros. Studios and Director David Yates [...]

By on September 28, 2010
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