Tag: Charlize Theron

The Fate of the Furious (2017)
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The Fate of the Furious (2017)

It has been 16 years since The Fast & the Furious prompted one of the most successful film series of all time. The simple premise of an undercover cop investigating a street-racing criminal has evolved into an ever-expanding franchise with surprisingly entertaining cameos, ridiculous stunts, and indulgent high-speed car chases. […]

SXSW 2017 – Atomic Blonde (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Atomic Blonde (2017)

In a breathless opening sequence, an inappropriately dressed man dashes around the streets of Berlin only to get repeatedly run over and then shot by a KGB agent, all while “Blue Monday” roars out. Atomic Blonde is not out to cause any confusion: it starts the way it means to […]

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

“If you must blink, do it now,” is the dramatic warning which opens this latest animated triumph curtesy of stop-motion giants Laika. Advice you should follow because to miss even a split second of Kubo and the Two Strings would be a crime against your retinas. If Boxtrolls was a […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max better than ever but you may miss the old days Another Mad Max movie is a good idea, isn’t it? Maybe not for me. This fourth in George Miller’s series has been enormously praised. One reason I can see is the lack of digital manipulation. A lot of […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Oh, look: another hero. In 1985, apparently sending George Miller’s Mad Max franchise to the hereafter, Tina Turner sang “we don’t need another hero”. Thirty years later, Miller has had a change of heart. Mad Max is back, with another hero, and she’s called Furiosa. Mad Max: Fury Road is […]

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Prometheus (2012)

Great works of art happen by accident. No one probably predicted Alien was going to be a masterpiece and a classic science fiction movie. Given the film production’s tortuous history of script rewrites and studio meddling, its quality is remarkable. After all, at the end of the day it’s just […]

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Prometheus (2012)

Scott returns to sci-fi with some really good stuff, and a lot of other stuff Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi film since Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1981) is grand and beautiful, and yucky (more than scary) and much too complicated, to the point of ridiculousness, though a lot of action, dazzling space […]

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Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus was a titan who stole fire from the Gods, gave it to the humans and prevented Zeus from obliterating the human race. In punishment God chained him to a rock and bade an eagle perpetually eat his liver. In Ridley Scott’s new film we open with sweeping aerial shots […]

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Prometheus (2012)

What kind of aliens are even scarier than the perfect predators of the original Alien and Aliens movies? Why, human aliens, of course. Prometheus opens with a strange human being standing on Earth sometime in the distant past. He drinks a black liquid which starts breaking down his body, and […]