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Avengers – Age Of Ultron

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So, am I allowed not like this film? I really wanted to like it, I really did. As far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes I’m certainly a fan, even the lesser entries like Thor – The Dark World didn’t really bother me all that much. With Age Of Ultron however it’s not so much that it’s bad rather that it just doesn’t seem to fit in with anything that has come before it,  strange considering the first Avengers film set so many of the tropes and benchmarks in place.

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Irish Film Patrick’s Day Tackles Mental Health Intimacy Rights

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As World Mental Health Day approaches there have been increased discussions in the media on the issues that those who are suffering from mental health illnesses face on a regular basis. The stigma that has in the past prevented people talking about their issues has finally begun to fade in modern day Ireland, however there is one remaining taboo, the issue of mental health and the right to intimacy.

The idea that a person suffering from mental health issues deserves the same rights to intimacy as everyone else is examined in Terry McMahon’s multi-award winning film Patrick’s Day. This film is the powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant only for his overprotective mother to enlist the help of a dysfunctional cop to separate them. Continue reading

Film Review: The Calling

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Based in a small snowy town in Canada with a female cop as a lead The Calling is begging to be compared with Fargo. Sadly The Calling falls somewhat short as the dark humour in missing and it feels more like a TV drama than a big screen thriller despite its stellar cast.

Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon) holds down an undemanding job in a sleepy town in Ontario. Despite taking painkillers and enjoying her booze she seems to know what she is doing which becomes more evident when a gruesome murder occurs. Continue reading

Film Review – A Walk Among The Tombstones

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Since the late seventies private eye Matthew Scudder has been a big star of the crime novel scene, now, finally, Lawrence Block’s creation has been brought to life by writer/director Scott Frank.

Based on the Block’s tenth novel A Walk Among The Tombstones has a classic film noir feel to it, a distinct touch of retro and good old-fashioned story telling.

The opening scene, set in the early nineties, gives us the back-story: Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is an alcoholic NYC cop who drunkenly stumbles into a shootout that goes terribly awry. Cut to 1999 and Scudder is now an unlicensed private eye who goes to AA meetings and does ‘favours’ in exchange for ‘gifts’. Continue reading

Is Piracy Responsible For The Failings Of Expendables 3?

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Prior to its cinematic release, The Expendables 3 was discovered to have been leaked online. The high quality screener copy of the film was quickly snapped up by hungry pirates all over the world, ready for their fix of blood, violence and quippy one-liners. Lionsgate, the distribution company, immediately reacted by demanding sites be taken down and the torrent removed. But, as with all things on the internet, once it is online it is staying there and the screener is still available to many internationally.

Huge torrent sites, such as Kick Ass, have removed the film entirely from their sites fearing more vigorous attacks from Lionsgate through the courts. The company has seen the film underachieve at the box office, and the current consensus is that this is due to piracy. The matter of financial gain versus quality art is more apparent than ever in the modern industry, and regardless of personal feelings towards the act of piracy it is becoming a more and more heavily debated social topic. Are the pirates ruining the film industry? Or is the greed of the Hollywood system destroying film? All films require profit to be a success in the eyes of the production company, and many of the lower budget films released do not have the financial backing to stand up to the economic consequences of piracy. The Expendables 3 may be a big budget, Hollywood picture filled to the rafters with A-Listers, but that does not mean piracy will not negatively effect the future of the much loved action franchise. Further, if Lionsgate, who have the financial means to attack the sites, and are able to do so, then legally they are within their right. More so, being more powerful in terms of financial backing they have a responsibility to do so to protect themselves and smaller budget films and companies. But is piracy to blame for a fall in the film’s box office success? Or is piracy merely a scapegoat for the failings of a bad movie? Our critics review is available to read here. Continue reading

Film Review: Sex Tape

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For his latest slapstick comedy, Sex Tape, multi-talented Jason Segel has not only teamed up with director Jake Kasdan again, but with co-star Cameron Diaz, too. However this time around the story is more about the “what happens next” phase of romance.

Settled as a married couple with two kids, living and working in the suburbs , Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) seem to have the perfect life. But ten years of marriage have diminished the passion and they just can’t seem to find the time or energy to have sex. Continue reading

The Inbetweeners 2: Up, Down And Everything Inbetween

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The last time we caught up with the lads, the fantastic foursome were all seemingly growing up and settling down into relationships, after an epic holiday in Crete to celebrate finishing their final year at school. The second film picks up nine months later and the happily ever after has been very much undone for The Inbetweeners.

None of the relationships lasted for the boys, apart from Simon who is still dating Lucy, although far from being the loveable innocent sweet girl he met on holiday Lucy has turned into the girlfriend from hell. Will has finally made it to University, which turns out to be somewhat different from the utopia he always expected it to be and he finds himself missing his mates. Neil is still the same happy go lucky Neil he has always been, except now he works in a respectable bank job. And then, of course, there is Jay… Continue reading

The Purge: Anarchy

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The 2013 horror film The Purge came under fire from critics for its tendency to lean toward tired clichés and over the top violence simply for the sake of it. It would seem that the criticism was noted as writer and director James DeMonaco returns with The Purge: Anarchy.

Set one year after the original film, The Purge: Anarchy takes us into downtown Los Angeles to spend the purge with five people who team up to try survive the night of violence.

The group consists of a young couple (Zach Gilford and Keile Sanchez) whose car breaks down, a mysterious heavily armed sergeant (Frank Grillo) and a waitress and her teenage daughter (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). This unlikely group must stick together to try escape the roaming vicious gangs baying for blood on the fateful annual night. Continue reading

Guardians Of The Galaxy Review

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Launched in 1969 in the January issue of ‘Marvel Super-Heroes’ Guardians of the Galaxy has been reinvented several times over the decades. This summer director/writer James Gunn and Marvel Studios bring the motley crew of intergalactic misfits back to the big screen with a brilliant 80’s soundtrack in tow.

In a universe far, far away treasure hunter Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, (Chris Pratt) hops from planet to planet scavenging for loot and dancing (literally) his way through life. Mentally, and dance move wise, stuck back in the 80s he justifies his wayward and selfish behaviour on the fact that he was abducted from earth as boy.

But when he stumbles on a mysterious orb the true adventure begins as it puts him in the crosshairs of the feared Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and the fanatic Ronan (Lee Pace). Soon he has a whole slew of interstellar bounty hunters on his heels, one is even his ‘mentor’ the bandit Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). Continue reading

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

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This latest film in the Planet of the Apes franchise picks up about a decade after the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The world’s population has been decimated by the “simian flu”, a virus that spread from a laboratory all over the world. Now only a few survivors, conveniently genetically immune to the virus, are trying to beat extinction by banding together in once thriving metropolis.

In one of these hubs, Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) is trying to keep the moral up by planning to get electricity back. An old nearby dam is just what they need, so a scouting team, led by good guy Malcolm (Jason Clark) is sent out into the nearby woodlands to check it out.

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