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Noah

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

disctintly grim retelling of the bible story. Instead of the friend to animals you might remember from religion class or mass, he's a man who carries the weight of having to wipe out the human population on the orders of an unseen creator.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

continues on from Iron Man 3 in that it's a thriler set in the "real world" that just happens to have super heroes in it. You could easily imagine the same film, with the same plot, without Captain America, being set right now, and it would still be awesome. Despite being more than two hours long, it belts along at a fair pace, always building to the next peak of excitement before the relentless last 30 minutes or so. Easily ranks alongside the first Iron Man as the top "stand along" movie in the Marvel Universe, possibly even rivalling The Avengers for the top spot. And we still have Guardians of the Galaxy to come, Marvel with these movies you are really spoiling us!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

a very Wes Anderson take on a familiar story - the murder of a rich woman and her inheritance. A story being told to an author read by a girl at the beginning of the film takes us through three period - modern day, mid 60's and the 1920's (maybe?) where the majority of the film is set. Some familiar faces appear as the tale of a man wrongly accused tries to clear his name with the copy of a will that has been hidden. Strangely, all the actors involved speak in their native accents, not in an Eastern European dialect where the film is set. Nice to hear a Carlow accent on the big screen!

Veronica Mars

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

in a full-length version of an episode of the series (noth that that's a bad thing!) Veronica returns to Neptune to clear the name of her former boyfriend Logan and solve an almost decade-old murder. See it if you loved the show, and even if you didn't, see it anyway.

Non-Stop

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Starts out as a decent thriller, gets a bit silly towards the end, but it's a great ride. Neeson plays the weary, worn down air Marshall who's being framed for a hijacking that he's trying to prevent down to a tee.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

In this attempted reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, the Russians are back as the antagonists in the form of Kenneth Branagh's CEO of a Russian company trying to bankrupt the USA in a combination terror attack and currency devaluation, so it's up to Kevin Costner to bring in Chris Pine and Keira Knightly's bizarre America accent to stop them. The standard three-act structure appear to be lifted from three different films - a cold war thriller, a standard action movie and a corporate espionage flick, and doesn't succeed in knitting them together in a coherent manner. I wouldn't stop anyone from seeing it, but by the same token it's hard to recommend it.

American Hustle

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

despite the claim at the beginning of the film that "some of this actually happened", some of the scenes are too silly to believe. Despite an excellent soundtrack, and a career high performance from Amy Adams, it could still stand to lose about 20 minutes to be considered a true modern classic.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

much improved pacing from the first film results in a more enjoyable, but still very long, trip to the cinema. You could easily read the first book in the time it takes to watch the first entry in the trilogy, and that remains the case here as Bilbo and his dwarf companions arrive at the mountain home of their forefathers to defeat the mighty Smaug. On the way they'll face spiders, elves (some added to the book, for no apparent reason other than "because") and gain some support from the local in Lake-Town. The film does whet the appetite for the final entry in the trilogy, and you can look forward to it in twelve months time.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

You can see what they set out to do - satirise the rise of 24 hour news that is now the norm, but still retain the sense of fun of the first film. Unfortunately, it does fall a little short as the film is slightly too long and loses its way around the 1:30 mark, but still has enough jokes to keep fans happy. The Brick Tamland love subplot is barely worth mentioning and there's a few scenes from the trailer that were cut from the final release. There's still promise here and I wouldn't be disappointed to hear of another outing from the Action News team.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Beautifully shot adaption of James Thurber's character as he moves from his imaginary world where he's a hero to the real world where he can connect with people.

Saving Mr. Banks

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

A slightly inaccurate portrayal of Walt Disney doesn't detract from this retelling of how Disney acquired the movie adaption rights to PL Travers' successful series of children's novels. Flashbacks to the author's childhood in Australia flesh out where her ideas were conceived. Going by the mid credits sequence, Emma Thompson plays Travers note-perfect and Tom Hanks delivers his usual reliable performance. Paul Giamatti excels in a minor role as Travers' driver, the only American she can tolerate.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

the joke is reptitive (Grandpa/Child does something shocking, public reaction is funny) but the originality of some of the stunts keep things interesting, culminating in an outrageous finale that was unfortunately spoiled by the trailer.