Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Audio Review: Divided They Fall


Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer

Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

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Release date: March 24th, 2016

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Country: USA

Running time: 151 minutes


2½/5

Review:

The Daughter Audio Review: Family Feud


Director: Simon Stone

Writers: Simon Stone (screenplay), Henrik Ibsen (play)

Stars: Paul Schneider, Ewen Leslie, Odessa Young, Geoffrey Rush

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Release date: March 17th, 2016

Distributor: Roadshow Films

Country: Australia

Running time: 95 minutes


3/5

Review:

 

Daredevil – Season 2 Review: Red & Black


Creators: Doug Petrie, Marco Ramirez

Channel: Netflix

Stars: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal

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Genre: Action, Crime-drama, Superhero

Premiere: March 18th, 2016

Country: USA


4½/5

Best part: Jon Bernthal.

Worst part: A few too many episodes.

Last year, Netflix and Marvel’s first collaboration, Daredevil, set the bar for superheroes on the small screen. With Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War taking over the big screen in 2016, Marvel and DC Comics/Warner Bros. continue their ongoing war for supremacy and positive reviews in our homes. Eclipsing The Flash, Gotham, Agents of SHIELD, and Arrow, Daredevil – Season 2 is the best superhero show and one of contemporary TV’s biggest surprises to date.

Daredevil – Season 2 kicks off acknowledging the back-breaking, bone-crunching events of Season 1. With Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) behind bars, Law firm Nelson and Murdock, held up by colleagues/best friends Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), is – despite sending Fisk to the slammer – facing a swift tumble down the plughole. Murdock, donning the red, leather Daredevil costume every night, is forced to decide between a quaint existence alongside Nelson and assistant Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and ongoing vigilante/saviour responsibilities.

Of course, topping the quality and events of the previous season, Daredevil’s second outing introduces higher stakes and several alluring new characters. Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) is a man driven to the edge of sanity by the death of his wife and child. With Hell’s Kitchen gangs hunted down one by one, the public soon turns against Castle and Murdock’s forms of citizen justice. Castle, depicted in several lacklustre big-screen iterations previously, is treated with respect here. Like his comic-book counterpart, this version is a cunning, thought-provoking anti-hero unafraid to twist the knife. Their action sequences provide that ‘dark & gritty’ aura most blockbusters fumble, informing each character’s persona and the show’s hyperkinetic atmosphere.

Daredevil and Castle’s conflict provides the psychological and thematic backbone other superhero adaptations typically lack. Castle provides a no-holes-barred approach, eviscerating criminals with military precision whilst making sure they never get back up. Daredevil, however, beats people to a pulp but leaves them for the police to put behind bars – eventually facing the consequences of their actions. From the scintillating courtroom sequences to thunderous set-pieces, this debate adds new layers to the genre whilst keeping the audience guessing.

Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) slinks out of the darkness to give our favourite blind lawyer/vigilante, and her old boyfriend, a run for his money. A significant part of the season’s second half, the character is too given an honourable treatment compared to previous iterations (Sorry, Jennifer Garner). Utilising her sex appeal, tenacity, and ferociousness to her advantage, her persona pulls Murdock into a befuddling world of ninjas, scheming villains, and spiritual awakenings. She, balancing out Castle’s impact on the narrative, is a force to be reckoned with and worthy of a spin-off before joining The Defenders.

Most importantly, Cox provides a delightful, multi-layered performance as the Devil (angel) of Hell’s Kitchen. Similarly to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America, the performer creates a unique, nuanced divide between superhero and alter ego. Creating a physical specimen and vulnerable everyday citizen, the creators, writers, directors, and Cox combine to develop an arresting lead character – carrying all 13 episodes with ease. With Murdock facing off against physical threats, Nelson and Page aptly balance the warfare with wit and flair throughout their all-important sub-plots.

Sitting comfortably alongside Season 1 and Jessica Jones, Daredevil – Season 2 is a tight, taut continuation of one of TV’s best shows and the Marvel Television/Cinematic Universe.

Verdict: A major notch above Season 1.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Review: When Animals Attack


Directors: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni

Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, J.K. Simmons

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Release date: March 24th, 2016

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Countries: USA, China

Running time: 95 minutes


 

3/5

Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

Interview: Luca Guadagnino (Filmmaker)


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Interview: Luca Guadagnino (Filmmaker)

London Has Fallen Review: Trump’s America


Director: Babak Najafi

Writers: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Chad St. John, Christian Gudegast

Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Alon Moni Aboutboul

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Release date: March 17th, 2016

Distributors: Focus Features, Gramercy Features, Lionsgate

Country: USA

Running time: 99 minutes


 

2/5

Review: London Has Fallen

Zootopia Review: Born to be Mild


Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Writers: Jared Bush, Phil Johnson

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons

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Release date: March 17th, 2016

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Country: USA

Running time: 108 minutes


 

4/5

Review: Zootopia

Grimsby Audio Review: Baron Wasteland


Director: Louis Leterrier

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson

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Release date: March 10th, 2016

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Countries: USA, UK

Running time: 83 minutes


1½/5

Review:

10 Cloverfield Lane Audio Review: Who’s the Real Monster?


Director: Dan Trachtenberg

Writers: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Damien Chazelle

Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher, Jr., Bradley Cooper

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Release date: March 10th, 2016

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Country: USA

Running time: 103 minutes


4/5

Review:

The Legend of Barney Thomson Audio Review: Great Scot!


Director: Robert Carlyle

Writers: Colin McLaren, Richard Cowan (screenplay), Douglas Lindsay (novel)

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Ashley Jensen

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Release date: July 24th, 2015

Distributor: Icon Film Distribution 

Country: UK

Running time: 96 minutes


4/5

Review:

Reviews: 27th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival


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Reviews: 27th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Miles Ahead Audio Review: Cheadle In Charge


Director: Don Cheadle

Writers: Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle

Stars: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, LaKeith Lee Stanfield

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Release date: April 1st, 2016

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Country: USA

Running time: 100 minutes


4/5

Review:

Review: Apocrifu @ State Theatre Centre


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Review: Apocrifu @ State Theatre Centre

 

Triple 9 Audio Review: Bad Cop/Worse Cop


Director: John Hillcoat

Writer: Matt Cook

Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul

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Release date: March 3rd, 2016

Distributor: Open Road Films

Country: USA

Running time: 115 minutes


3½/5

Review:

Review: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 @ Chevron Festival Gardens


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Review: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 @ Chevron Festival Gardens

 

End of the Tour Audio Review: On the Road


Director: James Ponsoldt

Writers: David Margulies (screenplay), David Lipsky (book)

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Ron Livingston, Anna Chlumsky

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Release date: January 23rd, 2016

Distributor: A24 Films

Country: USA

Running time: 106 minutes


4½/5

Review:

Article: 88th Academy Awards Winners


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Article: 88th Academy Awards Winners

Review: Johann Johannsson @ Chevron Festival Gardens


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Review: Johann Johannsson @ Chevron Festival Gardens

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Audio Review: Bennet the Vampire Slayer


Director: Burr Steers

Writers: Burr Steers (screenplay), Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen (novel)

Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth

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Release date: February 25th, 2016

Distributors: Lionsgate, Screen Gems 

Countries: UK, USA 

Running time: 108 minutes


3/5

Review:

How to Be Single Audio Review: Better Off Alone


Director: Christian Ditter

Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox (screenplay), Liz Tuccillo (novel)

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann

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Release date: February 18th, 2016

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Country: USA

Running time: 109 minutes


2½/5

Review:

 

Anomalisa Audio Review: Love or Mercy


Directors: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

Writers: Charlie Kaufman (screenplay & play)

Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

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Release date: February 4th, 2016

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Country: USA

Running time: 90 minutes


3½/5

Review: