The conflict between rehabilitation and punishment is at the heart of criminal justice. In the case of young offenders, it’s especially problematic. Society’s instinct is to protect young people, but too often the response to young criminals is to label them, make them other and protect our conservative idea of the innocence of childhood. By casting... [Read more of this review]
Guardians of the Galaxy
“Guardians of the Galaxy” isn’t a superhero movie – and that’s important. It’s a sci-fi action caper from a studio that built its name on superhero movies. And while Thor, Captain America and Iron Man may not have had the profile Batman, Superman and Spider-Man did before their franchise débuts, there will still have been a good few kids... [Read more of this review]
Swallows and Amazons: 40th Anniversary Edition
Arthur Ransome’s novel Swallows and Amazons is a tale about the unfettered imagination of children, who, for a short while, before puberty ruins everything for them, are able to derive tremendous pleasure from the simple act of play. It is also, when viewed through the critical eyes of a grownup, a novel about parental recklessness, in which a mother... [Read more of this review]
There was a time when mere mention of the word ‘Godzilla’ brought shuddering memories of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 remake, a film so brain-dead it should have been cremated and buried long before it got anywhere near the screen. So reviving a series that began 60 years ago with Ishiro Honda’s classic anti-nuclear proliferation fable but got ever... [Read more of this review]
A Night in Old Mexico
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
A Night in Old Mexico opens with the above quote from poet Dylan Thomas setting the tone and themes that permeate throughout the rest of the movie. Robert Duvall returns on fine form as Red Bovie, an old time Texan rancher... [Read more of this review]
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Now You See Me: Trailer
The crit: “An elite FBI squad are caught in an intense game of cat and mouse against four of the world’s greatest illusionists. Pulling off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, they shower the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.”
OnTheBox expectation... [Read more of this review]
News Team Assemble! Anchorman 2 Teaser Trailer Arrives..
Our fingers are but a blur as we excitedly fumble our way towards getting this little news story up online, but we are delighted to announce that the first teaser trailer for Anchorman 2 is out there on the web. Obviously there’s not much in the way of content (seeing as this ridiculously anticipated sequel won’t start filming later this... [Read more of this review]
We absolutely can’t wait to see Ted. It’s the story of Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) a regular guy who falls in love with a girl (Mila Kunis). The thing is, he’s constantly dogged by a rather special friend – a hard-drinking, pot-smoking teddy bear that came to life as a result of a childhood wish and just won’t leave.
It’s... [Read more of this review]
The Expendables 2 Full Trailer
Can you say “KABOOOOOM!!!”? Introduced by Sly himself (who seems to have some trouble getting the name of his movie right), it’s big it’s loud, it’s got massive explosions, it’s got more testosterone than you can waggle a bicep at, it’s got Jason Statham delivering some great one-liners (“I now pronounce... [Read more of this review]
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