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SPOILER WARNING CLAWS IN EFFECT Dreamworks Animation sometimes has lagged behind its rival, Pixar. But the release of How To Train Your Dragon in 2010 showed that they had the skill and nous to compete with their northern Californian competitors. Based on t...
SPOILER WARNING. CLAWS IN EFFECT. Dreamworks Animation sometimes has lagged behind its rival, Pixar. But the release of How To Train Your Dragon in 2010 showed that they had the skill and nous to compete with their northern Californian competitors. Based on the popular series of kid's books by ...
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GREAT SCOTT The idea of presenting a classic film with a full live orchestra is not a new one (it has been done for a number of the silent classics over the past few years) but last week I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Ridley Scott's Gladiator w...
GREAT SCOTT The idea of presenting a classic film with a full live orchestra is not a new one (it has been done for a number of the silent classics over the past few years) but last week I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Ridley Scott's Gladiator with the Philharmonia Orchestra and a ...
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SPOILER WARNING MUTANT EQUALITY? Marvel's X-Men was one of the first of the recent big-screen superhero franchise movies. X-Men and X2 were very good, but The Last Stand was pretty weak. So the decision was made to reboot it and X-Men: First Class in 2011 m...
SPOILER WARNING. MUTANT EQUALITY? Marvel's X-Men was one of the first of the recent big-screen superhero franchise movies. X-Men and X2 were very good, but The Last Stand was pretty weak. So the decision was made to reboot it and X-Men: First Class in 2011 made a pretty good fist of things, ...
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NOT GOING BY THE BOOK Bible stories strangely are having a little bit of a mini renaissance. We have Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings , starring Christian Bale, but first out of the gate is Noah , directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe...
NOT GOING BY THE BOOK Bible stories strangely are having a little bit of a mini renaissance. We have Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale, but first out of the gate is Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe as the flood prophet who attempts to ...
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REMEMBERING BILL BAKER Over the years, we have lost people who have written for the magazine. Sadly it's a bit of an occupational hazard. But we have never lost anyone who has also been a close friend. Bill Baker wrote a number of articles for TRIPWIRE , in...
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ALL GREEK TO ME? In 2006, adaptation of Frank Miller's 300 was a surprise hit, making $200m at the US box office. So after a long gap, we have 300: Rise of An Empire , a follow-up which is also set at the same time as the first film. Greek general Themistok...
In 2006, adaptation of Frank Miller's 300 was a surprise hit, making $200m at the US box office. So after a long gap, we have 300: Rise of An Empire, a follow-up which is also set at the same time as the first film. Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) leads the battle against the ...
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KEEPING AN EYE OUT A good horror film is a rarity. Oculus starring the former Doctor Who  actress Karen Gillan (who played assistant Amy Pond) deals with a girl determined to exonerate her brother, accused of murder. The pair set out to prove that the murde...
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SPOILER WARNING CRUISE CONTROLLED Edge of Tomorrow is Tom Cruise's latest early summer blockbuster (actually it's spring but who's quibbling). Based on an illustrated manga book called All You Need Is Kill , Edge of Tomorrow , directed by Doug ( The Bourne ...
SPOILER WARNING. CRUISE CONTROLLED. Edge of Tomorrow is Tom Cruise's latest early summer blockbuster (actually it's spring but who's quibbling). Based on an illustrated manga book called All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug (The Bourne Identity) Liman, where Cruise plays Cage ...
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SWINGING LOW When Marvel decided to reboot the Spider-man films after the disastrous Spider-man 3 back in 2007, the choice of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-man was met with some skepticism. The 2012 wasn't perfect by any mean...
SWINGING LOW When Marvel decided to reboot the Spider-man films after the disastrous Spider-man 3 back in 2007, the choice of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-man was met with some skepticism. The 2012 wasn't perfect by any means: its running time was too long and ...
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WARNING: SPOILERS  ARMY INTELLIGENCE? It's been three years since Captain America: The First Avenger and we've had a number of other huge Marvel movies since ( Avengers (Assemble) , Thor: The Dark World, The Wolverine  and Iron Man 3). So audiences have bee...
WARNING: SPOILERS. ARMY INTELLIGENCE? It's been three years since Captain America: The First Avenger and we've had a number of other huge Marvel movies since (Avengers (Assemble), Thor: The Dark World, The Wolverine and Iron Man 3). So audiences have been trained to expect bigger and more ...
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JUST DOESN'T ADD UP Every time Terry Gilliam releases a new film, there is an initial burst of interest. He is a very inconsistent director and out of the 19 films he has helmed, only a few can be called classics. The Zero Theorem , his first film since 200...
JUST DOESN'T ADD UP Every time Terry Gilliam releases a new film, there is an initial burst of interest. He is a very inconsistent director and out of the 19 films he has helmed, only a few can be called classics. The Zero Theorem, his first film since 2009's Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, ...
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CLOONEY'S ZEROES There are two George Clooneys. There's the actor who has appeared in serious weighty dramas like The Descendants , Ides of March , Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana and then there's the Hollywood heartthrob who has been seen in fluffy, v...
CLOONEY'S ZEROES There are two George Clooneys. There's the actor who has appeared in serious weighty dramas like The Descendants, Ides of March, Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana and then there's the Hollywood heartthrob who has been seen in fluffy, vacuous Hollywood blockbusters like ...
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