Review: Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

Deliver Us from Evil‘s conformity to every cliché in the book is actually its one saving grace – ★★★

TV Review: Doctor Who – Into the Dalek (S8, E2)

Capaldi is still the stand-out but, after a shaky start last week, it seems the writing might finally be beginning to catch-up with him – ★★★★

August 2014: A Recap

A brief recap of all the nonsense I wrote in the month of August

Review: What If (2014)

What If riffs off the same styles and ideas as (500) Days of Summer. Make of that what you will… – ★½

Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

The formula has been toned down to such a fatal extent that The Expendables 3 doesn’t even pack the cheap, mindless thrills of its predecessors – ★★

Review: Into the Storm (2014)

Into the Storm is about as thrilling as passing wind, and just as uncomfortable, embarrassing and rancid – ★

Review: Évocateur – The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

Morton Downey Jr; if you thought Glenn Beck was a shrieking crackpot, you ain’t seen nothing yet… – ★★★

Review: X-Men – Days of Future Past (2014)

Bryan Singer uses Days of Few-CHA Past to retcon the fuck out of the universe he helped to bring to the big screen and has a helluva lot of fun in the process – ★★★½

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Despite its flaws, this sequel is – much like its characters – far more grown-up and mature than its predecessor – ★★★★

Review: Magic Magic (2014)

Magic Magic starts as an eerie psychological thriller but its refusal to offer any explanations is simply unforgiveable – ★★

A Terrible Week for Cinema…

A very brief tribute to Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

Review: Hercules (2014)

Hercules is loud, brash, camp, cheesy… and thoroughly entertaining – ★★★

Review: The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

The Inbetweeners 2 does exactly what you want it to; no more and no less – ★★½

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is a film at war with itself; a war in which only one vision – the studio one – can ever truly win – ★★★

Review: Last Vegas (2014)

Last Vegas often feels like the cinematic equivalent of a terminally ill old man begging to be put of his misery – ★½

The Greatest Documentaries of All Time – A Discussion

An open discussion of Sight & Sound’s recent list of the greatest documentaries of all time. What are your choices?

Review: Earth to Echo (2014)

Earth to Echo riffs heavily on timeless classics like E.T and The Goonies but never quite matches their charm – ★★½

Review: The Purge – Anarchy (2014)

Commending The Purge: Anarchy for being better than its predecessor – which it is, admittedly – is the very definition of “damning with faint praise” – ★½

Review: Jersey Boys (2014)

Eastwood is in uncomfortable territory and it definitely shows, though the glorious soundtrack just about helps see Jersey Boys through – ★★★

Review: The Two Faces of January (2014)

Hossein Amini’s feature debut is a competent thriller that is elevated beyond mediocrity by the strength of its three central performances – ★★★

Review: Grace of Monaco (2014)

Like the putrid spawn of a perfume advert and an ITV regency drama, Grace of Monaco‘s sole success is that it makes Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana look mildly competent – ★

Political Consensus and Conformity in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – An Essay / Review

A brief essay on the distinct lack of progressivism and radicalism in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

On the Horizon: August 2014 

I take a look at some of the most hotly anticipated cinema and DVD releases that August has to offer for EQView.

Before Boyhood 

To celebrate the recent release of the critically-acclaimed Boyhood, I take a look at some of Richard Linklater’s best films for EQView.

Review: 3 Days to Kill (2014)

If you ever find yourself with a couple of hours to kill, whatever you decide to do, don’t waste them watching 3 Days to Kill – ★½

Review: The Art of the Steal (2014)

The Art of the Steal suffers from familiarity fatigue, though it’s still an enjoyable – albeit forgettable – little romp – ★★½

Review: Begin Again (2014)

Despite its irritatingly pedestrian approach, Begin Again‘s soundtrack and performances make it an enjoyable experience – ★★★

Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

The end credits sequence is the funniest part of 22 Jump Street. That, in a nutshell, sums up what’s wrong with it – ★★½

Review: Maleficent (2014)

Angelina Jolie’s sharp cheekbones stand in stark contrast to Maleficent‘s inherent limpness, which marks yet another live-action Disney ‘cash-in’ – ★★½

Review: Cheap Thrills (2014)

A schlocky exploitation film with style, substance and a genuine appreciation for its genre, Cheap Thrills is a glorious horror treat – ★★★★