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Bad Neighbours

Reviewed by darthrodney

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

A few decent laughs sprinkled through the movie, but is also very flat in spots and has a very weak 3rd act and flat as dishwater ending. A good premise just weakly executed.

God Help the Girl

Reviewed by filmbuff2011

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

God Help The Girl is the feature debut of one Stuart Murdoch, otherwise known as a member of Scottish pop band Belle & Sebastian. Their work has featured in some notable films, such as High Fidelity, Juno and (500) Days Of Summer. The influence of those films can be felt in his debut, which is loveably quirky. Eve (Emily Browning) finds herself in a Glasgow hospital, with both physical health and mental health issues to deal with - something which music might heal. One night, she sneaks out and ends up in a nightclub, where she meets singer James (Olly Alexander). They strike up a friendship, which then extends to Cass (Hannah Murray). They spend the summer wandering around Glasgow and Edinburgh and come up with the idea of forming a band. With Eve a talented singer-songwriter just looking for that big break, the trio start performing. But the tangled web of emotions between Eve and James is going to make their professional relationship tricky... God Help The Girl is a very sweet-natured, hard-to-dislike film. The influence of French New Wave cinema can be felt in some scenes, as the trio give way to the music and let it describe their emotions - just like in Bande A Part. It's part musical at times, with the cast breaking out into song but in a natural rather than forced way. The music by Belle & Sebastian is quite lovely actually and compliments the characters very well. Although she gives a good performance and has a decent singing voice, it's just a pity that Browning can't seem to lip-sync properly. It's that obvious at times and takes you out of the otherwise delightful musical sequences. Perhaps live singing, a la Les Miserables, would have made the songs more natural in delivery. Overall, God Help The Girl is a good film but doesn't really impress that much. Sweet rather than splendid, it's a musical drama with a quirky Scottish twist. Aye.

Into the Storm

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

For a disaster movie, this film is much better than it has any right to be. The special effects are great, but more importantly the cast do good things in building up characters that you care about. Also has some nice moments of humour.

The Expendables 3

Reviewed by vu1999uk

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

I have to say that while this action film is very very silly, it is also tremendous fun. Is the best of the series, and all the actors are on fine form and seem to be having the times of their life. The action packed finale has to be seen to be believed. Just the pure definition of a fun guilty pleasure.

Into the Storm

Reviewed by filmbuff2011

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Into The Storm owes a great debt to Twister, that rollercoaster ride of a film from 1996 which itself inspired a theme park attraction. Technology has moved on a bit since then, giving filmmakers an even greater opportunity to recreate tornados in all their sound and fury. Graduation Day at the local High School in Silverton. Teacher Gary (Richard Armitage) assembles his students, but soon they all face a huge downpour of rain and take shelter inside. It's the just the beginning of a huge storm though. Storm chasers Pete (Matt Walsh) and Allison (Sarah Wayne Callies) are on its trail, with Pete wanting to catch the eye of the storm on camera via his supposedly storm-proof armoured car. But things get very dicey when multiple twisters start spawning and wreak destruction all over the town. And then the mother of all twisters shows up... Into The Storm tries to be a little bit different from Twister in that it follows the found footage format. It's a somewhat clumsy concept though, as everyday video cameras and phones seem to work underwater and in torrential rain. People keep filming even when death looms just feet away. One death involving a fire-engulfed twister seems a bit gratuitous. On the other hand, the shakycams do give a sense of immediacy to what we see. It's just as well that people aren't going to watch this film for the stock paper-thin characters (heroic teacher, lovesick teen, eccentric stormchasers). Where the film really delivers is in the practical and visual effects departments, with the twisters being the real star of the show. Cars, planes and other debris are flung about as if they were toys and stunts are well choreographed for maximum effect. Director Steven Quale's only other film is Final Destination 5, so he already knows how to reign destruction down on his characters. One wonders why this film isn't in 3D, as it seems ideal for it. Into The Storm isn't quite on a par with Twister, but it's very enjoyable nonsense all the same.

What If

Reviewed by filmbuff2011

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

What if there was a romcom that tried to be less like the normal fluff and was actually more honest, original and interesting? (500) Days Of Summer achieved that lofty goal so well five years ago. This summer's wannabe smart romcom is What If, which takes that age-old question of whether men and women can be friends and teases it out over its runtime. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is an English doctor working in Toronto. At a party, he has a meet-cute with the pixieish Shantry (Zoe Kazan) and walks her home. Shantry gives Wallace her number... and then drops the bombshell that she's in a 5-year relationship with her boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Just friends then. But when Ben is called over to Dublin on an extended business trip, the growing friendship between Wallace and Shantry leads to a growing flirtation. No matter how much resistance they put between themselves, they're slowly drawn to each other like magnets... First things first. What If is no (500) Days Of Summer. The script by Elan Mastai, based on the stage play 'Toothpaste And Cigars', trots out familiar romcom tropes (instant attraction, somewhat dull boyfriend in the way, the race to the airport). In that sense, it feels quite formulaic. What makes it actually quite bearable is that it tries to be a little bit different - the race to the airport has a spin on it. The film also plays out that will they-won't they moment right to the very end. The performances are also very likeable, with Radcliffe now branching out beyond a certain boy wizard to embrace more adult material. Kazan, as always, is delightful. There's also good support from Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis as a loved-up couple who make it look so easy. If only that were true for Wallace and Shantry. Director Michael Dowse's sweeping panoramic shots of Dublin make the fair city look good onscreen, though the filmmakers get their geography mixed up (the house that Ben stays in is clearly not on Camden Street). What If doesn't say anything new about whether men and women can be friends, but it's pleasant, funny and undemanding entertainment.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Marvel's most ambitious movie to date, with an uproven (at this level) director, two CGI members in the main cast, and two more relative unknowns alongside a veteran of the sci-fi genre. And it works so very well! Star Lord is a scoundrel in the Han Solo mode, you forget Rocket is a talking racoon, and Groot conveys more emotion with three words than most actors can in an entire script. One of the highlights of the summer, and proof positive that Marvel can pretty much do nothing wrong right now.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

in the fourth outing, it feels like Bay is just trodding a well worn path. Bad guy, good guys, a battle along a crowded city street, some slow-motion photography, rotate the camera about a fixed point, Optimus delivers a speech, fade to black.

The Inbetweeners 2

Reviewed by tetsujin1979

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

In what amounts to a feature length episode of the series, Jay has relocated to Australia (but not to find his ex girlfriend, who he rarely thinks about any more) and the three remaining inbetweeners decide to visit him and spend some time down under. After Will has reconnected with an old school friend, this leads to some of the familiar humour from the series, and the first film. While it's not as good as their first outing, it's still a welcome addition to the series, and hopefully not the last we see of the four friends.

The Congress

Reviewed by Randy

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

One of the better offerings recently. Certainly an inspired movie, if not for someone who favors something more cerebral. Good performances across the board especially Wright. It's certainly touched upon real life and poor career choices and he mindless consumption/overindulgence of (most) entertainment.

The Rover

Reviewed by Seldom_Seen_Kid

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Reviewed by Starbuckie

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

It's Marvel, aside from Thor 2, they know their stuff.

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