2nd opinion

REVIEW: Dracula Untold (Gary Shore - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

With a sharp eye and a well-calibrated sense of its own silliness, Dracula Untold is a pretty great time at the movies – if you’ll let it be.

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn - 2014) - 2nd Opinion ***UPDATED***

Guardians of the Galaxy is the unranked underdog that stepped in the arena with the best comic book films ever made, and walked out of the ring with the belt.

REVIEW: Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

Some films defy easy analysis and offer an experience so wonderfully strange that you feel like what you take away has to be completely unique.

REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

Dawn improves upon Rise in almost every capacity, offering thought-provoking commentary on humanity and the differences that may bring opponents to war – despite the mutual desire for peace - amidst unfathomably consistent tension and aesthetic spectacle.

REVIEW: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (MICHAEL BAY – 2014) - 2nd Opinion

Can a film be critic proof? Does such a thing exist outside of social media bantering? The term is drenched in wishy-washy-ness with a loose working application of serious box office success versus critic hate.

REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars (Josh Boone - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

If a film can make you cry, does that immediately make it good? Wrestling with this quandary is what makes The Fault In Our Stars a puzzler.

REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

The X-Men franchise is caught between different worlds, on and off the screen, in X-Men: Days of Futures Past. It’s a sequel, a reboot and an event film rolled into one movie or as I like to call it: seqbootvent. If that definition sounds bizarre, that’s because it is.

REVIEW: Godzilla (Gareth Edwards - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

“These puny humans are a bunch of idiots” is what I imagine the titular creature was saying to itself during Godzilla. And it’s hard not to agree.

REVIEW: DIVERGENT (Neil Burger - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

The graveyard of films based on ‘young adult’ (YA) book properties is getting close to hanging up a ‘no vacancy’ sign with the arrival of Divergent.

REVIEW: NOAH (Darren Aronofsky - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

Pet owners are always trying to sneak their animal’s medication by hiding it in their meals. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky uses the same strategy with Noah by smuggling potent existential ideas into a film with a blockbuster mentality.

REVIEW: Need For Speed (Scott Waugh - 2014) - 2nd Opinion

The plot is ridiculous, and the coincidences, preposterous conveniences and baffling plot holes become hard to ignore. In the end, it matters little. This is pure escapism...

REVIEW: The Raid 2: Berandal - 2nd Opinion

A little of the spark from The Raid is missing in The Raid 2: Berandal but Evans’ artistry as an action director is undeniable. Evans, Uwais and Indonesia are the new centre of the arse kicking universe.

REVIEW: The Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée - 2013) - 2nd Opinion

The success of Dallas Buyers Club rests on McConaughey’s gaunt shoulders, and he completely disappears into this character.

REVIEW: Her (Spike Jonze - 2013) 2nd Opinion

Her’s problem is that what seems, at first, to be at least partially a satire of technological dependence, abandons any of the complex ideas raised by its first hour.