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Will delivers his quick reviews for July… Warning! Contains Transformers 4! 

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Expendables 3

Director: Patrick Hughes

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li.

Sly, The Stath, Arnie etc return for a 3rd outing as everyone’s favourite geriatric arse kickers  – this time they are up against a ruthless arms dealer and former Expendable played by Mel Gibson.  As per usual the highbrow critics have already got their snooty claws into this one  –TAKE NO NOTICE OF THEM!.Expendables 3 is huge fun, jam packed with fisticuffs, gunfights and enough explosions to blow up a 3rd world county, its also very funny in parts and extremely well directed by newcomer Patrick Hughes. The performances are all great too- Stallone and Statham continue to make a great on screen duo, Harrison Ford is his usual grizzled self and clearly having a very good time, thankfully there’s alot more of Arnie this time round – and he’s brill, Antonio Banderas is hilarious as the motor mouthed Galgo and finally Mel Gibson is simply fantastic and effortlessly upstages everyone as the villainous Conrad Stonebanks -why? well basically because he’s a far better actor than most of the cast put together!

Great film this, don’t miss it. One of the years best.

At Cinemas now

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Guardian’s Of The Galaxy

Director: James Gunn

Actors: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Batista.

Marvel continues to impress with this cracking sci fi/superhero film, that proves once and for all that no other studio can touch them for comic book adaptations. The entire cast are universally excellent, especially Chris Pratt as Peter Quill – a sort of Han Solo wannabe, who’s not as cool as he thinks he is, there are also great turns from Saldana and Batista, plus Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper are very funny as Groot (a talking tree) and Rocket (a gun toting genetically enhanced racoon). James Gunn’s direction is fast paced and frenetic, the action comes thick and fast and the use of 70’s and 80’s songs throughout is very clever. A word of warning though  – it aint nearly as good as The Avengers and alot of the best bits were already featured in its (admittedly very good) trailers. However i had a great time with it and I would certainly watch the sequel.

At cinemas now

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The Lego Movie

Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Actors (Voices) Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell.

My other half went to see this earlier in the year and absolutely raved about it. However i wasn’t as enthusiastic as she was. Admittedly it is a good film and there is alot of things to admire – notably the animation which is very well executed, and at times displays moments of utter genius. Despite this though, its at least 15 minutes too long, and its script isn’t as clever as i thought it would be. Worth a look though and if you have kids they will enjoy it.

Available on DVD/blu ray now

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Machete Kills

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Actors: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen.

Rodriguez continues his unfathomable obsession with the Grind house movie subculture with this marginally better sequel to his 2010 original. Quite funny in parts but to be honest that’s about all the praise i can muster. For a start ,its way too long, has a humour that seems to be targeted only at fans of these types of films, and despite his cult status, Trejo is not a very good actor and has zero leading man presence. Then there is Mel Gibson – appearing here as Voz, the main villain – what he does is good and admittedly its a fun role, but for the love of God, the guy is an Oscar winning director, an extremely accomplished actor (he was Hamlet!) and far too good for a film like this. Yes we all know he has done wrong in the past few years, and no one is condoning his actions, however time is a great healer, he’s done his penance, and the fact that he has appeared and in some of the best and most successful  films of the past 25 years should at least warrant Hollywood giving him another shot. Mel, you are one hell of an actor and filmmaker, don’t do any more crap like Machete Kills – you are better than that mate. Available on Netflix and to buy on DVD

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The Colony

Director: Jeff Renfroe

Actors: Lawrence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers.

Doomsday meets Snowpiercer in this enjoyable but low budget post apocalyptic actioner. Well made with strong performances from Fishburne and Paxton, and good solid direction from Renfroe. At its heart its nothing more than a B movie but damned good entertainment nonetheless. Available on Netflix and to buy on DVD.

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Alex Cross

Director: Rob Cohen

Actors: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox.

Reboot of the character previously played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider. Starts well, with some good action and an interesting plot. All this is for nothing though due to a cheese coated script and an incredibly miscast Perry in the lead role.

Very average

Available on Lovefilm and to buy on DVD.

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About Time

Director: Richard Curtis

Actors: Domhall Gleeson, Rachel Mcadams, Bill Nighy.

Smashing film this. Gleeson finds out that the men in his family can travel back in time and uses said gift to win the girl of his dreams, do nice things for his mates and spend more time with his Dad. Sounds corny  – and it is, but when a film is as enjoyable as this it really doesn’t matter. A proper date movie…………and if Bill Nighy isn’t knighted soon then there’s no justice.

Available to buy on DVD

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Director: Brett Ratner

Actors: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane

The walking man mountain of testosterone that is Dwayne Johnson plays the title role in this very enjoyable (and somewhat mental)adaptation of Steve Moore’s Hercules: Thracian Wars comic book. Great battles, lots of fighting, a charismatic lead performance from the always good value Johnson and a surprisingly intelligent streak that is rarely (if ever) seen in a Brett Ratner film.
Highly recommended.

At cinemas now.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Director: Michael Bay

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammar, Stanley Tucci.

There are many ways to describe this film, all of which are potentially libellous and offensive. So i will sum it up thus – when i was 14 years old my parents took my sister and I on a family holiday to Portugal, during which i managed to contract an apocalyptic case of amoebic dysentery. Safe to say that given a choice of repeating said near death experience and having to sit through another showing of Transformers: Age Of Extinction – I’ll happily take a screaming dose of the trots any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Unfortunately at cinemas now.

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Author: Will Strong 


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