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Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

It’s amazing what a bit of hype can do for a film. It can turn ordinary, well-meaning folk into the most boorish and obnoxious of fanboys, who will swear allegiance to a film, regardless of whether it’s actually any good or not. The Dark Knight trilogy could be considered the Holy Grail for film zealots in recent years; Christopher Nolan’s two previous bat outings were subjected to almost religious fervour by its fanboy followers.

In fairness, director Nolan gave Bruce Wayne and his alter ego a thorough cinematic make-over, giving the series a contemporary feel over, say, Tim Burton’s more comic book approach with his 1989 Batman and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns.

For Nolan, this final part of his trilogy is his swansong to the franchise, and it will no doubt prove to be a satisfying conclusion for the loyalist of fans. But does it do enough for those who aren’t so emotionally attached to the material?…

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Movie review: Juan of the Dead

Although we live in a digital age where anyone can make a film if they want, it’s still not easy to make a proper film: one where you actually get financed to produce it.

It’s easy to take the whole film-making process for granted; after all, there are still countries on this planet that aren’t exactly democratic.

One such place is Cuba. Sure it’s opened its doors in recent years to middle class tourists with money to spend on cheap booze and cigars, but Castro’s shadow still looms large over his people. But if this film is anything to go by, there’s definitely a thriving underground movement waiting to rise.

There aren’t that many opportunities to make a fast Cuban Peso on the island, but it doesn’t stop Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas ) and his friends from trying their luck. Juan is beginning to feel his age a bit now, and when he learns that his daughter has returned to the island, he’s keen to meet up and attempt to prove he’s a different man…

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Film review: The Avengers

The problem with so many of these superhero films is the dreaded origins story. The worst nightmare for any fan is a film explaining how Spiderman, for example, became the web-slinger in the first place. Answer? He was bitten by a radioactive spider. That was easy enough, let’s move on. But that’s not how Hollywood works. The golden rule appears to be that if you’re going to introduce a superhero character to the masses, regardless of how familiar they may all be with said hero’s background, you must spend at least two hours on re-telling their origin story…

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Film review: Sherlock Holmes:a Game of Shadows

Business must be brisk in the murky world of detectiving, if Sherlock Holmes’ current workload is anything to go by. Not only is he back on the small screen with the return of the series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) on New Year’s Day, but he returns to the big screen too with Guy Ritchie’s blockbusting sequel, once again starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

It appears that the long-running partnership between Sherlock Homes (Downey Jr.) and his faithful companion Dr Watson (Law) is finally coming to an end. Watson,ou see, is about to get married…

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Film review: The Thing (2011)

For most horror aficionados, 1982’s The Thing was the last great film from director John Carpenter. Sure, Big Trouble in Little China followed it, and although it was a lot of fun, tonally it was completely different.

Like many films now termed ‘modern classics’, the film didn’t do all that well at the box office on release. It wasn’t helped by going up against a film about a cute little alien landing on Earth and wanting to phone home, which dominated box offices worldwide.

However, the word soon spread when it was released on a format known as VHS that would play back films at home on tape, of all things. Talk about the crazy eighties.

Somehow it joined a very small group of films that are deemed somehow untouchable when it comes to being remade. Despite the same title, this is actually a prequel to the events that took place in the first film, so much so that its ending leads smoothly into the opening scene of the original…

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DVD review: Senna

Vroom Vroom.

Formula One motor-racing is probably one of the most Marmite sports of all time; people either love it or hate it. But even if you’re of the opinion that despite the speeds the cars reach, there’s nothing exciting about watching a bunch of vehicles drive round and round and round for a couple of hours, the story of Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna might win you over.

This documentary picks up Senna’s story as he made the transition from go-karting to Formula One in 1984. He quickly moved up the grid, proving himself to be a natural talent behind a wheel.

It then focuses on his relationship with fellow driver Alain Prost; the pair developed a remarkable competitive spirit between one another, one that would cause controversy both on and off the racing circuit..

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Game review: Gears of War 3

And now the end is near, as the final bloody curtain comes down on this Epic trilogy.

Just under a year after the Xbox 360 was released, the first Gears of War game by Epic was released in Europe in 2006. It was universally hailed as a jaw-dropping game in terms of gameplay and visuals.

It was no surprise then that Marcus Fenix’s first battle against the Locust Horde sold over three million copies in ten weeks and was the fastest-selling game of the year.

Fast-forward to 2011 as the third and final part of this Gears trilogy comes to a mighty end.

All did not end well for Marcus and his fellow soldiers of COG (Coalition of Ordered Governments) in Gears of War 2, when they were forced to destroy the Jacinto plateau on the planet of Sera, so they could flood the tunnels of the pesky Locust and to slow down the spread of the Lambent.

A couple of years on and Marcus is aboard the Sovereign, preparing to batten down the hatches, as the Lambent begin to surface once again. Former COG big wig Chairman Prescott makes a surprising reappearance, with a data disc in hand. On it is the revelation that Marcus’ father, scientist Adam Fenix, isn’t quite as dead as Marcus was lead to believe. Apparently he is being held against in will within a secret base known as Azura…

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DVD review: Thor

If we had a ham-mer, we’d hammer in the mor-ning…

Films based on comic books appear to be the latest cash cow trend in cinema. It’s a shame then that recent super-heroic outings have been less than super. And yes Iron Man, the finger of disappointment is being waved in front of your stupid masked face.

But as well as churning out mediocre sequels, production companies are also turning to some less familiar comic book heroes for success. Despite the likes of Captain America and The Avengers – both of whom are having their own features released shortly – having a legion of glass-rimmed fans, it will be interesting to see how mainstream audiences react to their adventures. A possible litmus test to their reaction could be in the bulky shape of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor

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Film review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We spy with our little eye, something beginning with…

Five years after John le Carre’s novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was published, the BBC adapted it for television in 1979, with a seven-part series starring Alec Guinness as the elderly agent George Smiley. It not only soon became part of the Beeb’s canon of classic TV, but it even spawned a sequel Smiley’s People, with Sir Alec reprising his role.

Somewhat surprisingly, considering the current appetite that exists for remaking existing films and TV shows, it’s only now that the powers that be have decided to dust down old Smiley and his suspicious pals for a big screen outing. At the helm is Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, who is making his first English language film after the success of his debut feature Let the Right One In

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