The Lone Ranger

THE LONE RANGER (2013) DIRECTOR: Gore Verbinski STARRING: Jonny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson GENRE: Action, Adventure, Western CERT: 12A For those of us who are old enough to remember the original Lone Ranger television show, let me just say this is nothing like that. I grew up watching the show and absolutely loved it so I could not wait for the movie to come out. Finding out that one of my favorite actors, Johnny Depp, would be starring in the movie just…

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HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (2013) DIRECTOR: Tommy Wirkola STARRING: Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Famke Janssen GENRE: Horror, Fantasy, Fairytale CERT: 15 REVIEWER: Gemma This year looks to be the year of the re-imagined Fairytales, and first out of the gate is Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. This “what if” treatment of the Grimm fairytale was surprisingly entertaining. True, it will never win any major film awards, nor does it try to have some deep-seated meaning to the tale. This is just some good old-fashioned, fun filmmaking. The film starts…

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DJANGO UNCHAINED (2013) DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarintino STARRING: Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson, Leonardo De Caprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz GENRE: Western, Action CERT: 18 REVIEWER: Gemma When a film is mentioned as being directed by Quentin Tarantino, you have a pretty good idea that this film would spill enough blood to make a vampire weep and will end is some huge bloodbath. On both accounts, Django Unchained more than meets the criteria. At two hours and forty five minutes long, it’s a hefty film to sit through and unfortunately longer…

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TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (2012) DIRECTOR: Bill Condon STARRING: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelle, Ashley Green GENRE: Paranormal, Drama CERT: 12A REVIEWERS: Gemma & Laura ** Warning: Contains Spoilers ** GEMMA I went to the cinema at a slight disadvantage to Laura. Having not seen the previous movie nor having read any the books apart from the first one, my review is based purely on from a movie review point of view. The fact that I hadn’t seen part 1 should have meant that I was at…

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FRANKENWEENIE (2012) DIRECTOR: Tim Burton STARRING: Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short GENRE: Animation, Comedy, Horror CERT: PG REVIEWER: Gemma FRANKENWEENIE is clearly a labour of love for quirky director, Tim Burton. It is a love letter to all the Monster movies of the 50’s and 60’s, but in true burton style he has crafted a film that will appeal to both adults and children alike. It is a monster movie with heart and harks back to Burton’s early works such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas. This…

Final Destination

FINAL DESTINATION (2000) DIRECTOR: James Wong STARRING: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith GENRE: Horror CERT: 15 REVIEWER: Gemma When this movie first came out back in 2000, it was a breath of fresh air in the stale genre of horror movies. Up till then, horror movies had some mysterious figure stalk our helpless victims, till during the final act the villain was revealed and (usually) the hero saves the day. Final destination threw that blue-print out the window and instead had very formidable foe in the form of Death…

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK (2012) DIRECTOR: James Watkins STARRING: Daniel Radcliff, Jane McTeer, Ciarán Hinds GENRE: Horror CERT: 12A REVIEWER: Gemma I’ll be honest, I was slightly put off in going to see this film due to two main factors. I don’t really like Daniel Radcliff as an actor. Even when he was in the Harry Potter films, he didn’t rate highly in my opinion. Plus, from the trailer, it looked like he was still playing Harry Potter. My understanding of Hammer films was the slightly cheesy films that were re-run late…

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