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Dark Tower another wasted King effort

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series has flirted with a screen adaptation for years. Ten years ago, J.J. Abrams was in talks to adapt it as a series but it’s the big screen where it has found its home…

Spider-Man finally back at home

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  Reboots tend to strike fear into audiences, especially when said movie franchise was only given a rebrand five years ago. Andrew Garfield may have made a good Spider-Man but when Marvel looked to borrow…

Baby Driver a risk rewarded for Wright

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  After walking away from Ant-Man in 2015, Edgar Wright has kept somewhat of a low profile. The director – most famous for his Cornetto Trilogy of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – enjoyed a…

Gifted a needed blockbuster break

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor Chris Evans takes a break from his Marvel duties to star in Gifted, an engaging drama about a young child prodigy who is torn between family members that each feel have what’s in her best interests.…

Guardians 2 the model superhero sequel

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  Detractors like to bemoan the weight of superhero fatigue that bores down on today’s cinema schedule. Someone forget to tell audiences that they’re getting sick of superhero films as even those panned by…

Ghost in the Shell lacks depth, soul

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  The whitewashing controversy rages on in Hollywood with Paramount Pictures’ Ghost in the Shell. Adapted from the manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell had drew ire from critics over the casting…

Trainspotting sequel a nostaligic exercise

Did we need a T2? Maybe not, but it’s still a fun trip. By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting is a counter culture cult classic that catapulted the director’ career as well as those of the main cast. Dripping in…

Logan a fitting end to a character’s struggle

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  It’s difficult to think of now, but there was a time Hugh Jackman was considered unsuitable to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men. At over 6-feet-tall, the actor was around a foot taller than the…

Rings worth a miss for casual fans

By Thomas Simpson  Contributor  In 1998 Hideo Nakata unleashed the terrifying horror, Ring about a cursed videotape whose viewer will be killed seven days later by a vengeful spirit. A huge hit in its native Japan, Ring was remade for…

xXx never quite hits the mark

By Thomas Simpson Contributor As we approach an eighth entry in The Fast and The Furious franchise, Paramount Pictures can be forgiven for resurrecting the xXx series that celebrates insane stunts and over the top indulgence. Unlike The…

La La Land is an uplifting tale

By Thomas Simpson Contributor Fans of Damien Chazelle will be familiar with the writer/director’s love for jazz. His debut feature film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, told the tale of a Boston jazz musician with 2014’s critically…

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