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2:00pm Wednesday 29th August 2012
The human brain is capable of processing hundreds of billions of instructions every second, putting to shame many supercomputers. But like those supercomputers, the brain is susceptible to viruses and corruption. False memories can be planted — without malicious intent: an older family member recounts an anecdote from our formative years and without any evidence to the contrary, we ‘create’ an image in the mind’s eye to match their perception.
2:48pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012
12:57pm Wednesday 15th August 2012
Given that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decided to bid adieu to the massively successful Bourne franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, the question on everyone’s lips was could the espionage series continue?
10:26am Thursday 9th August 2012
1:49pm Wednesday 1st August 2012
10:58am Thursday 26th July 2012
11:23am Thursday 19th July 2012
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Director Christopher Nolan completes his dark and brooding trilogy based on the DC Comics crime-fighter Batman in suitably grandiose fashion, delivering not only the longest film in the series but also the most brutal, violent and satisfying.
3:52pm Wednesday 11th July 2012
4:22pm Wednesday 27th June 2012
The good old days when E.T. simply wanted to phone home are long gone. Now, if aliens descend on Earth, they don’t want to sit contentedly in the basket of a child’s bicycle and soar serenely across a perfect moonlit sky. Otherworldly visitors want to annihilate and conquer, preferably via a series of expensive, special effects-laden set pieces that reduce landmarks to steaming piles of twisted metal.
1:56pm Wednesday 20th June 2012
Love hurts, though not too badly, in Nicholas Stoller’s romantic comedy about a doe-eyed couple whose rose-tinted dreams of marital bliss are undone by the pressures of everyday life. Penned by leading man Jason Segel and director Nicholas Stoller, who recently collaborated on the script for The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement trades heavily on the rapport between Segel and British actress Emily Blunt.
12:06pm Wednesday 13th June 2012
Bow down to the gods of rock as director Adam Shankman cranks up the volume to 11 for an energetic musical based on a popular stage show. Punctuated by breathlessly choreographed, show-stopping renditions of Pat Benatar, Europe, Foreigner, Journey and Poison among others, Rock of Ages is 123 minutes of unabashed joy.
3:08pm Wednesday 6th June 2012
2:52pm Wednesday 30th May 2012
More than 30 years after Ridley Scott proved that in space, everyone can hear you scream — loudly — the Oscar-nominated director returns to the science-fiction genre and the ultimate deep space killing machine: Alien.
10:31am Thursday 24th May 2012
rediscover their swagger ten years after the lacklustre second instalment. Set largely in July 1969, Men in Black 3 is a time-travelling caper which ties up loose threads into a neat bow, suggesting this could be the end of the Smith and Jones double-act.
2:44pm Thursday 17th May 2012
8:20am Thursday 3rd May 2012
1:40pm Wednesday 2nd May 2012
More than 20 years after Beauty and the Beast became the first animated feature to contest the Oscar for Best Picture, Disney's “tale as old as time” returns to multiplexes in a glorious new 3D print.
12:50am Thursday 26th April 2012
More is less in Avengers Assemble, the special effects-laden amalgamation of four Marvel Comics franchises. Bringing together characters from Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk, Joss Whedon’s frenetic romp deftly knits together plot strands from the earlier films, threaded with tongue-in-cheek humour.
3:10pm Wednesday 18th April 2012
2:13pm Wednesday 11th April 2012
You have to give writer-director Drew Goddard full marks for effort for The Cabin in the Woods. With tongue wedged firmly in cheek, he lampoons hoary cliches and attempts to reinvigorate the horror genre with this slick tale of college kids in peril that is three parts bonkers to one part twisted genius. Not since poor Drew Barrymore answered a crank call in Scream has a film exploited stereotypes with such glee, and subverted our expectations at every blood-spattered turn.
3:22pm Wednesday 4th April 2012
James Cameron’s mega-budget love story set aboard the doomed ocean liner Titanic was a phenomenon. Buoyed by the on-screen chemistry of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic sailed away with a record 11 Academy Awards and broke box office records until Cameron trumped himself with the equally epic Avatar. The film also installed Celine Dion at the top of global charts for what seemed like an eternity with her heartfelt lament My Heart Will Go On.
2:59pm Wednesday 28th March 2012
3:39pm Wednesday 21st March 2012
Actor Dexter Fletcher makes an assured directorial debut with a gritty tale of retribution and reconciliation, shot largely on the mean streets of east London. While there may be dodgy geezers and explosions of graphic violence, not to mention some cheeky one-liners (“The usual: ten pints, two grams and a punch-up?”), Wild Bill isn’t another tepid crime caper in the mould of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
2:21pm Wednesday 14th March 2012
Glossy Hollywood fiction slathers on the emotional syrup in We Bought A Zoo, a shamelessly sentimental tale of a father’s struggle to revitalise an ailing animal sanctuary in the aftermath of his wife’s death. Based on the inspirational memoir by Benjamin Mee, the British newspaper columnist who took charge of Dartmoor Zoological Park in 2007, Cameron Crowe’s film doesn’t miss a single opportunity to shed crocodile tears and manipulate our emotions.
1:22pm Wednesday 7th March 2012
The bloodthirsty writings of Edgar Allan Poe give birth to a deranged serial killer in James McTeigue's hack-and-slash thriller set on the streets of 19th-century Baltimore. Punctuated by scenes of gore, including the cleaving of one heavily bound victim by a pendulum blade, The Raven is suspenseful and tautly paced, drawing inspiration from the same well of misery as Se7en.
2:43pm Wednesday 29th February 2012
3:12pm Wednesday 22nd February 2012
Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a hilarious and touching comedy about growing old disgracefully. Ol Parker’s warm and witty script provides the predominantly British cast with moments to shine and tug our heartstrings as love is lost and found beneath a foreign sun. John Madden, who directed the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love, captures a different side to life in India than the poverty and crime of Slumdog Millionaire.
3:11pm Wednesday 15th February 2012
Let’s talk about sex. Screenwriter Christopher Hampton does so with arch detachment in A Dangerous Method, an artfully composed portrait of intellectual one-upmanship adapted from his 2002 stage play, The Talking Cure. Set in the early 20th century, David Cronenberg’s film explores the scholarly battle of wits between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and his brilliant protégé, Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) — two great thinkers who furthered our knowledge about human behaviour and the control exerted by the subconscious.
2:53pm Wednesday 8th February 2012
Less is certainly more in The Woman in Black, a chilling film version of the novel by Susan Hill, which has been re-imagined as a television movie, a radio series and a hit stage play in the 30 years since its publication.
3:09pm Wednesday 1st February 2012
Gentlemen don’t prefer blondes in Young Adult, a scabrous black comedy about a faded beauty queen who clings on to the past to avoid acknowledging the loneliness and despair that hang over her like cheap perfume.
2:23pm Wednesday 25th January 2012
9:07am Thursday 19th January 2012
2:56pm Wednesday 11th January 2012
2:22pm Friday 30th December 2011
1:12pm Wednesday 21st December 2011
Change is good. In the previous Mission: Impossible films, leading man Tom Cruise has been put through his paces by different visionary film-makers — Brian De Palma, John Woo and JJ Abrams — with a distinctive voice and aesthetic. Brad Bird, Oscar-winning director of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, might seem an unlikely candidate to orchestrate thrills of the fourth high-octane caper but is an inspired choice.
11:56am Wednesday 14th December 2011
3:28pm Wednesday 7th December 2011
7:50am Thursday 1st December 2011
1:40pm Thursday 24th November 2011
In the sporting arena, money doesn't just talk, it chatters incessantly. Success is measured by financial worth, creating an uneven playing field. The best teams get richer by continually feeding off their smaller rivals until it becomes almost impossible to bridge the divide. This was the situation facing Billy Beane, the general manager of Oakland Athletics, in 2001 when his team lost the showpiece final game of the season to the mighty New York Yankees.
3:01pm Wednesday 16th November 2011
Baby makes three in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, the fourth film based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, which brings the love story of a mortal and a vampire to a suitably bloody resolution. Like the climactic outing of Harry Potter, this final chapter of the Twilight series has been cleaved in two, with the concluding instalment due in November 2012.
11:49am Thursday 10th November 2011
3:25pm Wednesday 2nd November 2011
New Zealand-born screenwriter Andrew Niccol has consistently conjured dark clouds with his dystopian visions of life in the 21st century and beyond. His debut Gattaca, starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, cast a chill with its depiction of a society ruled by genetic superiority. Niccol deservedly won an Oscar for The Truman Show, which took the concept of a reality TV series to chilling extremes, and then he suggested that troublesome Hollywood stars could be replaced by digital actors in the comedy S1m0ne.
2:27pm Wednesday 26th October 2011
11:10am Thursday 20th October 2011
Directed by the masterful Steven Soderbergh, Contagion is a stylish thriller, which imagines the panic when a deadly new virus threatens to become a global epidemic. Scott Z. Burns’s smart script zigzags from Hong Kong to London, Tokyo, Minnesota and beyond, examining the reaction of governments, scientists and the public and unearthing personal dramas in the midst of global catastrophe.
11:58am Wednesday 12th October 2011
2:48pm Wednesday 5th October 2011
3:39pm Wednesday 28th September 2011
When 16-year-old Taylor Lautner was cast as lovesick Jacob Black in the first Twilight film, media attention focused on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and their sizzling chemistry. Then Lautner gained 30 pounds in muscle to convincingly portray Jacob’s transformation into a snarling werewolf. Overnight, the young actor became a sex symbol and gained a following to rival his co-stars.
3:53pm Thursday 22nd September 2011
7:40am Thursday 8th September 2011