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Film Review: Paranormal Activity 4

It’s the least frightening entry in the series, but thanks to likable leads and an effective sprinkling of scares, there’s still just enough life in the Paranormal Activity franchise to make the fourth entry a fun, spooky outing for fans...

Film Review: Premium Rush

It’s geared around a cast of characters who’re inadvertently almost as detestable as the film’s actual villain, but thankfully the magnetic Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a breakneck pace make this an incredibly fun, if flawed action movie...

Film Review: Evidence (2011)

Film Review: Evidence (2011)
Unnervingly tense and filled with more than a few startlingly effective scares, it’s an impressive little horror film, but like many of its genre brethren, it stumbles in the third act, dissolving its tense atmosphere with a clumsy, overreaching ending which replaces genuine fright with noisy,...

Film Review: Insidious

Film Review: Insidious
Surely the creative team responsible for modern horror’s most cheap, lazy, gratuitously gory and undeservedly successful franchise couldn’t be behind such a restrained, chillingly atmospheric and genuinely frightening ghost story, right? Surprisingly, for most of Insidious, that’s exactly...

Film Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Film Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
A picturesque, high-energy romp through Paris and parts beyond, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a wonderfully whimsical fantasy adventure full of thrills, giggles, pterodactyls and talking mummies. Besson might spend a little too much of the film setting up possible sequels, but after...

Film Review: City Island

Film Review: City Island
As a minor indie comedy release in a sea of big-scale summer blockbusters, City Island is almost destined to get lost in the shuffle. Which is a crying shame, as it’s a wonderful film that’s sharp, incredibly funny, with an abundance of heart, character and charm, brought to live by an amazingly...

Film Review: Splice

Film Review: Splice
Even with its missteps, Splice is an excellent piece of Cronenbergian weirdness and the kind of film that occurs all too rarely: an incredibly dark, creepy science fiction horror that doesn’t ditch smarts in its attempts to conjure up scares...

Film Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Film Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
It’s not without its flaws – the film’s heavy-handedness and lack of character development are unfortunate – but The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is still a visually stylish, incredibly absorbing and often chilling thriller with more depth and smarts than the average potboiler. With an...

Film Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

Film Review: Brooklyn’s Finest
It’s a film whose very marrow is riddled with familiarity and cliché, but thankfully it has some muscle and meat on its bones in the form of an exceptional cast at the height of their game. While it’s unfortunate that they’re not given better material to work with, Brookyln’s finest...

The Losers: Film Review

The Losers: Film Review
It’s disposable action entertainment, but entertaining all the same while it lasts. Bolstered by a fantastic cast armed with quips a-plenty, the substantial chemistry and joke-laced banter between the leads is infectiously fun enough to make The Losers a joy to sit through, even if the plot and action...

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