Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Mature, childish and one of the most energetic things ever put on celluloid, Scott Pilgrim speaks to its audience. It says words like: Love. Life. Nintendo. And Canada.

The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl who Played with Fire slightly dampens expectations, but Rapace's fiery heroine stops the thriller fizzling out.

The Illusionist

A beautiful love letter to old-school magic, The Illusionist is a delicate and bittersweet pleasure.

Brief Encounters: Noomi Rapace

The real Girl with the Dragon Tattoo chats about motorbikes, piercings and that tattoo...


With its ballsy female hero and well-paced hokum, Salt is a high-octane burst of pure nonsense. Sequel please.

The Expendables

Thick, violent and incredibly butch, Sylvester Stallone has made the perfect action man's movie: a film so bad it's brilliant. If only he could tell the difference.

On the Carpet: Going the Distance

We run amok at the premiere with Justin Long and Drew Barrymore...

The Secret in Their Eyes

For all its false hairpieces, The Secret in their Eyes is 11,650 feet of genuinely gripping celluloid. Long-winded, methodical, and completely absorbing.

The Last Airbender

With no life and no action, The Last Airbender should've been left as an anime series. As for Shyamalan's direction? Well, he lost that years ago.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Nicolas Cage in a big wig and pointy black shoes, what could go wrong? Quite a lot, actually...

Knight and Day

Stupid and silly, Knight and Day steals as much from Hitchcock as it does from Greengrass. A rather enjoyable romp.

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid is family friendly, heart-warming stuff. Especially the bit where Jackie Chan beats up a load of school kids.

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The Girl who Played with Fire Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 10:27
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Mikael Nyqvist, Mikael Spreitz, Peter Andersson, Georgi Staykov
Certificate: 15

After showing the world what she could do with a golf club, a motorbike and a laptop, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has returned. But unlike her first cinema outing, expectations are higher. Also unlike last time, both the writing and direction have changed hands. Although that's not always a bad thing, you can certainly tell. 

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Scott Pilgrim vs the World Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 23 August 2010 13:00
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Keiran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber
Certificate: 12A

This is Scott Pilgrim (Cera). Scott Pilgrim’s precious little life involves computer games, sleeping and not much else. Unless you count his band, Sex Bob-Omb. They suck. Scott lives with his gay roommate Wallace Wells (Culkin) and is dating a high schooler called Knives Chau (Wong). She’s Chinese. Then one day into his head rollerblades the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Winstead). And every adolescent boy knows exactly what that means: awkward chat-up lines, making out and some serious Street Fighter action.

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The Illusionist Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 20 August 2010 16:05
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Edith Rankin
Certificate: PG

It’s been seven years since Belleville Rendezvous, but Sylvain Chomet is back to remind us what it’s like in his whimsical, beguiling world. The Illusionist is every bit as spectacular as Belleville, its stunning detail and wonderful simplicity a nostalgic contrast to the CGI sheen of Pixar’s brand of storytelling. Nostalgia’s a big thing here, because Chomet has adapted his movie from an undeveloped 1956 script by director Jacques Tati – and affectionately made it his own.

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Salt Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:30
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski
Certificate: 12A

When the story of Anna Chapman's identity as a Russian spy hit the headlines, several things happened. Her British passport was revoked. Folks at Columbia Pictures thanked her for making this preposterous plot more believable. And lots of people wished Anna had done more cool spy stuff. Like shoot people, jump onto moving vehicles, or use her pants to cover up security cameras. Now Salt is here, everyone's happy.

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The Expendables Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 16 August 2010 13:17
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Certificate: 15

How bad can so-bad get before it stops being good? If Sylvester Stallone doesn't know the answer, no-one does. But he has a damn good shot at it with The Expendables, an action movie with a cast of manly men that most men dream of in their manly man-dreams. The Expendables are mercenaries - guns for hire with an emphasis on the guns. They have names, but they don't matter. What matters is that they have guns. Lots of guns. Dolph Lundgren's gun can literally blow a man into two halves.

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The Last Airbender Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 13 August 2010 15:48
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Cast: Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, Noah Ringer, Aasif Mandvi
Certificate: PG

"I knew from the first moment we discovered you were a bender that this day would come." In the mystical world of the spirits, life is guided by the four elements: earth, fire, water, and air. Those whose possess the power can control them. They are Benders. But after disappearing a hundred years ago, one man has the power and skill to control a fifth element: crap. M Night Shyamalan has returned.

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The Secret in Their Eyes Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 13 August 2010 10:20
Director: Juan Jose Campanella
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Pablo Rago, Guillermo Francella, Soledad Villami, Javier Godino
Certificate: 18

The Secret in their Eyes is known (if at all) by those who expected The White Ribbon or Un Prophete to win this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. When Juan Jose Campanella’s Argentinian detective story stole the gong from under their subtitles, the film world sat up and paid attention. They’ll keep doing so throughout this intriguing thriller.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Print E-mail
Written by Chris Keane   
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 08:51
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Teresa Palmer 
Certificate: PG

Nicolas Cage in a big wig and pointy black shoes, what could go wrong? Quite a lot, actually. The opening montage sets us up to follow Balthazar Blake (Cage), whose quest, bestowed upon him by his master Merlin, is to find the Prime Merlinian - the only person who can defeat Morgana (evil woman) permanently, i.e. not just trap her in a Matryoshka doll, which is what Blake has done. But Horvath (Molina), a fellow apprentice of Merlin, is out to stop Balthazar and aims to unleash Morgana on the world. Naughty.

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Knight and Day Print E-mail
Written by Selina Pearson   
Friday, 06 August 2010 08:46
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano
Certificate: 12A

June (Diaz) is trying to get back home to Boston for her sister's wedding. She’s running around Wichita airport dragging a suitcase full of car parts attempting to make a last minute flight. She keeps bumps into a tall, dark, handsome stranger - well, actually, it’s Roy Miller, played by Tom Cruise, to whom not all those adjectives can be applied. Once on the plane, June's flight is far from smooth: through a bizarre series of events, everyone onboard ends up dead. Apart from her and Miller.

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Gainsbourg Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Friday, 30 July 2010 14:18
Director: Joan Sfar
Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Anna Mouglalis, Doug Jones
Certificate: 15

Serge Gainsbourg (Elmosnino), legendary French songwriter and womaniser, grows up in the streets of Nazi-occupied Paris. Not keen on classically trained piano, he soon falls into playing popular bar music, chatting up the ladies as he goes. Sure, he's young, but he's "wise beyond his years", the boy proudly beams at a topless model after his still-life drawing class. It's all fun and backstory for what seems to be a straightforward biopic of the singer. Then out sprouts his alter-ego, stalking through streets and flying through the air. That's when things get very surreal.

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