Film reviews and more

Day: 13 August 2014

Film Review: ‘The Expendables 3’

★★☆☆☆ Sylvester Stallone and his ragtag team of aging action heroes return in the much-pirated The Expendables 3 (2014), the third and potentially final entry in the preposterous, testosterone-fuelled franchise. However, as persistent and mildly diverting as it proves on a surface level, this latest outing is pretty vacant underneath, with only the bare outlines of a script to […]

Film Review: ‘Dinosaur 13’

★★★☆☆ The number thirteen certainly was unlucky for Peter Larson and his team of palaeontologists when they stumbled upon one of the great dinosaur finds in history – the remains of ‘Sue’, only the 13th Tyrannosaurs Rex to be found by 1990. What happened next was a David and Goliath battle between his small-town dinosaur institute and the might […]

Film Review: ‘The Congress’

★★★★☆ In his short story The Machine Stops, E.M. Forster proclaimed that humanity, in its desire for comfort, had overreached itself and that ‘progress’ had come to mean the progress of the machine. With his broad adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s The Futurological Congress, Israeli director Ari Folman seeks to add weight to the numerous dystopian imagined futures that have […]

Film Review: ‘Blood Ties’

★★★☆☆ French actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet’s first foray into English-language cinema, Blood Ties (2013) is a self-consciously styled paean to 1970s cinema – namely the New York crime yarn. Though adapted from Bruno and Michel Papet’s novel Les liens du sang, it bears many of the trademarks of co-writer James Gray’s own work as a director; namely fraught sibling relationships […]