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The Martian | DVD review - Mark Damon's plucky astronaut proves there's life on Mars

Tackling daunting challenges with nerdy ingenuity and can-do zeal, Matt Damon’s desperately imperilled astronaut is a space age Robinson Crusoe stranded on Mars in Ridley Scott’s gripping sci-fi epic The Martian, an action movie that, for a change, celebrates brain over brawn, geeky savvy over gung-ho derring-do.

It’s terrifically enthralling watching Damon’s NASA botanist, left behind by his crewmates following a rogue sandstorm, take apart and solve a series of knotty science problems as he strives to survive on the red planet. And the various dilemmas faced by his former astronaut colleagues (led by Jessica Chastain and Michael Peña)...

Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961) | Jean-Luc Godard's delightful comedy is a colourful confection

Parisian striptease dancer Angela (Anna Karina) yearns to have a child, but her bookseller husband Emile (Jean-Claude Brialy) is only interested in cycling. Angela then turns her attentions to Emile’s best friend Alfred (Jean-Paul Belmondo), who ends up falling in love with her.

This delightful light comedy from 1961 was Jean-Luc Godard’s second feature, but his first to be shot in colour and in a studio. It also earned him and his then wife Anna Karina awards at the Berlin Film Festival. Channelling the spirit of American screwball comedies and musicals of the 1930s, with an affectionate nod to...

Point Break | Film review - Bigger isn't better for extreme sports thriller remake

Back in 1991 Keanu Reeve’s rookie FBI agent went undercover to infiltrate bank-robbing surfer Patrick Swayze’s gang in Kathryn Bigelow’s breathless, bonkers thriller Point Break.

The plot remains nonsense on stilts in cinematographer-turned-director Ericson Core’s glossy remake, but new stars Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez can claim only a fraction of their predecessors’ chemistry and charisma. Indeed, Bracey’s emotionally scarred Johnny Utah is so wooden he makes Keanu look like Kenneth Branagh, although Ramirez makes a better fist of the nirvana-seeking Bodhi.

The new Point Break tries to raise the stakes by turning its antagonists into extreme sports athletes...

Dad's Army | Film review - Crack platoon of actors push audience's nostalgia buttons

The new Dad’s Army remake does an adroit job of pushing nostalgia buttons – the ones wired both to the sitcom’s Brits-at-their-best wartime setting and also to its golden-age-of-TV heyday. But writer Hamish McColl and director Oliver Parker aren’t quite so adept at pulling laughs out of the material. Their’s is a film that film elicits affectionate smiles rather than guffaws.

Which is a great shame as the actors chosen to play Walmington-on-Sea’s Home Guard platoon could hardly be bettered.

Toby Jones is a touching mix of pompous buffoonery and copper-bottomed decency as Captain Mainwaring. Bill Nighy brings his familiar...

WIN Tickets to a Special Screening of Triple 9 - In Cinemas February 19th

 

 A deadly heist needs a killer distraction in the action packed and star studded film TRIPLE 9. The action thriller stars Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and Chiwetel Ejiofor and we’re giving you this amazing chance to win tickets to the exclusive event, which takes place in London on the 9th of February. Also starring in the gripping thriller is Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet.

When a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist, they realize the only way to pull it off...

Top 10 Romantic Movies | No.10

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, singletons and loved-up couples alike will be unable to deny the appeal of a good romantic movie. We have put together a list of the 10 ultimate films about love that will have you grabbing a box of tissues, scoffing down chocolates and curling up on the sofa. Come on, who doesn’t like a good love story? 
 

My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997
Director: PJ Hogan 

Two friends make a deal to marry one another if they are still single when they are 28. It sounds like something that many people have at...

Top 10 Romantic Movies | No.9

Pretty Woman, 1990
Director: Garry Marshall

 

 A Cinderella story with a twist, where the girl that needs rescuing is a prostitute with principles (who’d have known) and our Prince Charming is a silver-haired businessman prepared to pay for her services and lie about her profession to his associates. This doesn’t scream true love, but Julia Roberts and Richard Gere play equally emotionally dysfunctional people, unable to think outside of business. 

He shows her how to be a lady, she teaches him how to relax and, sure enough, they fall for one another, despite showing marginal sigsn...

Top 10 Romantic Movies | No.8

(500) Days of Summer, 2009
Director: Marc Webb

The title offers a hint that, no matter what, this story is not going to go the way you want, i.e. happily ever after. With that in mind you will hopelessly root for the characters. While some see Zooey Deschanel as the ‘perfect’ girl, she spends her time playing a pessimist masked as a realist, leading her lover into a whirlwind infatuation only to abandon him. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the doting partner, speaking about his feelings almost uncontrollably throughout and so doesn’t really help himself.

Gordon-Levitt puts Deschanel...

Top 10 Romantic Movies | No.7

Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001
Director: Sharon Maguire

 

While Renée Zellweger tries to play the strong and independent woman who ‘don’t need no man’, she is anything but. Every woman desires to be fought over by two men, especially if those men are the (typically typecast) charming but mischievous Hugh Grant and the ultimate British gentleman Colin Firth. 

This is a film where the girl chooses the bad guy and yet, somehow, the good guy sticks around in the sidelines until the girl realises that she is a fool. Windows are smashed, punches are thrown and blue...

Top 10 Romantic Movies | No.6

The Wedding Singer, 1998
Director: Frank Coraci

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler play the perfect couple, brought together by their awful choices in previous partners in this 90s classic. Sandler is a depressed wedding singer with anger issues who offers singing lessons and accepts payment in meatball form, while Barrymore is an innocent waitress who sees the good in everyone, even her cheating fiancé. 

If you are still sceptical, you will be won over when Sandler serenades Barrymore on a plane with the help of Billy Idol and the airline staff. Arguably his best film, The...