2014 in film preview: science-fiction

Robocop Elite Squad director José Padilha re-wires the Detroit futurecop, while Joel Kinnaman slips into the suit. Early uproar from the fanboy crowd over the colour of Robocop’s armour (its black now) has been quelled by the news that the plot – in which honest cop Alex Murphy is killed in action and resuscitated as […]

My favourite film aged 12: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The movie is brilliant in its simplicity. The Star Trek gang, normally zooming through space battles against aliens from weird realms in defence of their utopian, quasi-Marxist United Federation of Planets, is forced to come to us. By which I mean mid-1980s San Francisco. Yes, they can regularly outwit Romulans, but what about aggressive punks […]

Four Kids and It review – good-natured family fantasy

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My favourite film when I was 12: Jurassic Park

Suddenly you couldn’t get in or out of the market, because the doors were blocked by cinema queues. The first weekend, this took everyone by surprise. The second weekend, the traders were ready. The confectionery guy made hundreds of bags of penny sweets, and wandered up and down the lines selling them to customers. The […]

2014 in film preview: blockbusters

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The high school hero returns to take on Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx), the latest villains associated with shady tech company, OsCorp. Andrew Garfield dons the costume for his second swing at Marvel’s friendly neighbourhood cash cow. Emma Stone is back as Gwen Stacy, while Dane Dehaan steps aboard […]

New Star Wars movie to be filmed in UK

Earlier this year, Lucasfilm revealed the spin-off will be directed by British star Gareth Edwards, known for his independent film, Monsters, and a remake of Godzilla that was released earlier this year. A second spin-off directed by Josh Trank has not revealed a location.

Valley of the Lanterns review – lacklustre fairytale animation

A moderate cartoon feature about an old lady called Olistene (voiced by Nicole Oliver) in a fairytale village who has the beginnings of Parkinson’s (the “shaking sickness”). She is to have a fateful connection with a hapless young man who is a gambling addict; he’s been betting all his money on pig races, and his […]

The Complex review – frustrating interactive sci-fi thriller

For the most part, the acting is pretty dismal, as if the cast were exhausted by the number of takes they had to make for each branch path of action. Nevertheless, the always welcome Kate Dickie pops up as the tech company’s CEO and gets to sport a particularly amusing pair of tartan pants – […]

Marvel Studios ‘considering’ a new solo Hulk movie

Marvel boss Kevin Feige said in 2012 that the comic books Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were both possible sources for new solo Hulk storylines, but admitted that each was problematic. “I think there’s pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself,” he said. “It happens every […]

Vin Diesel lined up to play Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

As well as being tipped by Deadline to play the role of Groot, Diesel briefly posted a captionless picture of the character on his Facebook page, suggesting an imminent announcement. The Fast and Furious star has previously teased fans with suggestions that he and Marvel are in talks. In July he posted: “Marvel meeting today […]