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REVIEW: FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013)

Dir. Justin Lin, 130 mins, rated 12A Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans Watching The Fast And The Furious back in 2001, few would have imagined that this dumb but entertaining movie about a group of street-racers with a sideline in high-speed truck hijackings was about to launch one of cinema’s [...]

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REVIEW: OBLIVION (2013)

Dir. Joseph Kosinski, 126 mins, rated 12A Cast: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman It is the year 2077, sixty years after humans fought a cataclysmic war against an invading alien species and won, but at what cost? The use of nuclear weapons may have wiped out the invaders (well, almost), [...]

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THE WHITEBOARD FROM THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

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REVIEW: JACK REACHER (2012)

Dir. Christopher McQuarrie, 130 mins, rated 12A Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog Considering the fuss that greeted the casting of Daniel Craig – a blond – as James Bond, it was evitable that fans of the ridiculously readable (and incredibly successful) Jack Reacher novels might take issue with the [...]

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100 DEPRESSING MOVIE DEATH SCENES

You’ll believe a man can cry… 100 movie characters meet their end in this compilation of classic, tragic death scenes (and yet not one of them is played by Sean Bean). WARNING: Contains spoilers (obviously). SECOND WARNING: Contains the scene with Artax in the Swamp of Sadness from The NeverEnding Story (traumatic to anyone of [...]

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REVIEW: SKYFALL (2012)

Dir. Sam Mendes, UK/USA, 143 mins, rated 12A Cast: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris Arriving on a tidal wave of advertising and hype, Skyfall sees the return of James Bond, the world’s least-secret secret agent, for another big-screen adventure (his twenty-third if you toe the party line and discount 1967’s [...]

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JAMES BOND TITLE SONGS THAT RHYME THE NAME OF THE FILM

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REVIEW: LOOPER (2012)

  Dir. Rian Johnson, USA, 118 mins, rated 15 Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels It’s a popular philosophical question: if you could go back in time and kill a young Adolf Hitler, thus preventing some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, would you? Most people with any moral sense [...]

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REVIEW: TAKEN 2 (2012)

Dir. Olivier Megaton, France, 91 mins, rated 12A Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Serbedzija The first Taken was a relatively low-budget action gem that helped establish Liam Neeson’s credibility as an action movie star. In it, Neeson plays Bryan Mills, ex-CIA agent turned overly-protective father, a man with a cool leather jacket [...]

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