ReleaseDate: 7th March 2014 Certification:15 Running Time:102 minutes Director:Noam Murro Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
It’s easy to forget just how much Zack Snyder’s 300 has influenced popular culture since its release in 2006. It went on to create its own sub-genre of sorts; the “adult” historical fantasy as it most likely wishes to be known, or more accurately “tits, gore and swords” as it actually is. The likes of television’s Spartacus series and even the incredibly popular Game of Thrones have ridden on the back of 300‘s success. Eight years later we have a sequel, and it feels much the same as it did then: with all the maturity of a penis drawn in the condensation of a bus window.
ReleaseDate:26th February 2014 Certification:12A Running Time:131 minutes Director:Brian Percival Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
The Book Thief arrives on the back of some serious expectation; the novel of the same name has sold over eight million copies worldwide, and unlike some bestsellers of recent years was also met with mass critical acclaim upon release. Letting the story unfold from the point of view of Death, the book provided a unique insight into war and tragedy, as well as lending poignant ruminations on the nature of creativity and the endurance of the human spirit. There’s an awful lot of ground to cover in its 550 pages, something which director Brian Percival is acutely aware of, and unfortunately is also suffocated by in what is a disappointingly messy and turgid adaptation.
Release Date: 28th February 2014 Certification: 12A Running Time: 99 minutes Director: Tim Story Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburne
Buddy cop movies are a well worn genre. Bickering, mismatched law enforcers struggle with their case and their partner before coming to a mutual respect and catching the bad guys. Now Ride Along brings the in-law buddy cop movie to the table, and it’s about as original as it sounds. Hooray. … Continue Reading
Is there any actor with a more ridiculously varied resume than that of Liam Neeson? The man who played Oskar Schindler, Rob Roy and Michael Collins, not to mention voiced Aslan, fought Batman, and trained Obi Wan, has since become the most unlikely action hero of the 21st century. Using his particular set of skills, namely an ice-cold glare and a voice that could tame a panther, he has muscled his way to the top of the Hollywood action heavyweights, most of whom are at least a couple of decades his junior. In Non-Stop, he is back in all his wolf-punching glory, this time tackling terror at thirty-thousand feet.
Release Date:4th April 2014 Certification:15 Running Time:93 minutes Director:Richard Ayoade Starring:Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, James Fox
Technology is out to get Simon James in The Double. The automated doors on his daily commute stole his briefcase, the lift at work downright refuses to elevate him and the security gate denies his very existence. All this might prove bearable were the people in Simon (Jesse Eisenberg)’s life not equally remiss in acknowledging his general state of being. Like a ghost, Simon moves through writers Richard Ayoade and Ari Korine’s dystopic world, until one day a familiar figure appears. As if from nowhere, and with more swagger and confidence than Simon could have ever imagined, doppelganger James Simon (also played by Jesse Einsenberg) strides into his workplace and proceeds to methodically delete Simon from the programme. After all, if no one recognises you exist, who’s going to notice your replacement? … Continue Reading