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Pan | Film review - Peter Pan gets a Steampunk makeover in Joe Wright's boisterous prequel

Peter Pan gets a Steampunk makeover with Pan, a boisterous but often bewildering prequel that starts off by plonking JM Barrie’s dashing young hero (Levi Miller) in a grim orphanage in Blitz-era 1940 Lambeth and then has him kidnapped by pirates and whooshed in a flying ship to Neverland.

There he enjoys a series of scrapes and adventures involving Hugh Jackman’s ruthless pirate leader Blackbeard, Rooney Mara’s tribal princess Tiger Lily and the young James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), here bearing a full complement of limbs.

Joe Wright, making quite the strangest of his literary adaptations to date following...

Alphaville (1965) | Blu-ray release - Jean-Luc Godard's film-noir sci-fi homage

Having appeared as novelist Peter Cheyney’s private eye Lemmy Caution in a series of French films in the 1950s and 1960s, US actor Eddie Constantine reprised his screen persona for Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 futuristic homage, Alphaville, which is now available as part of StudioCanal’s Jean-Luc Godard The Essential Blu-ray Collection.

When a fellow secret agent disappears, Lemmy Caution sets out to the über-modernist city of Alphaville. His mission: to locate his old pal; destroy the sentient Alpha 60 computer, which is holding the city under totalitarian control; and apprehend its creator, Professor von Braun (Howard Vernon). With the assistance...

Gemma Bovery | Film review - Gemma Arterton enchants in wry Anglo-French romance

Gemma Arterton is ideally cast as the alluring heroine of wry Anglo-French comedy drama Gemma Bovery, the second time she has taken the lead in an adaptation of a Posy Simmonds’ comic book.

2010’s Tamara Drewe found her playing an updated version of the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd; this time she’s a modern-day incarnation of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th-century provincial wife Madame Bovary.

That at least is what Fabrice Lucchini’s fretful local baker decides when Arterton’s English expat and her husband (Jason Flemyng) move in opposite his Normandy home. Mutely besotted with his luscious new...

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. Theirs is a film elicits affectionate smiles rather than guffaws.

Which is a great shame as the actors chosen to fill the shoes of the iconic originals and 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...

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...