Star Trek Into Darkness
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Easily consumable, puerile entertainment with some devilish giggles to be had; the action romantic's must-see in a sense.
| Original Score: 4/5
Entertainment at its fluffiest but as a date movie with some genuine laughs, it works - just overlook the voyeuristic undertones and you'll have fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Hardy struggles to find his comic timing to soften his bruising hard man image while Pine mugs shamelessly.
A film during which very bad things happen very often, and none of them are noticeably funnier than genital trauma brought on by an air rifle.
| Original Score: 1/5
McG fails to conjure up any exciting or original set-pieces so it falls flat as an action film.
| Original Score: 2/5
Hardy, Pine and Witherspoon manage to inject just enough charm to make it bearable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Not funny, just creepy.
All sorts of laugh-free and unrelaxed shenanigans.
No. More. McG. Please.
A ridiculous plot is punctuated by out of place action scenes and a chronic lack of humour
The only outward emotion you'll experience will be if someone chokes on a piece of popcorn in a nearby seat.
Well acted and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to engaging performances and a script that successfully excuses its slightly dodgy premise.
This Means War is much like its protagnists, a strange mixture of soulessness and trying way too hard - and, frankly, no one likes a date who is quite so keen to impress.
Yet another case of Hollywood execs trying way too hard to give the audience what they think it wants.
I'd call this How to Lose a Spy in 10 Days, except all along I was rooting for nothing but for Witherspoon to realize what a couple of jerks both guys are and to dump them both...
The more I think about this film, the more upset I get.
| Original Score: 4/10
The guns might suggest it's shaping up to be an action spy caper, but it's just the wrapping for a romcom, like when pet owners shape mince into pellets to conceal medication from their dog.
Smart, funny and really quite hot, this is worth a look no matter what you think of Charlie's Angels.
McG's film ticks the expected action boxes easily enough but, as per usual, is not designed to be taken remotely seriously.
One suspects the perpetrators of this cinematic crime spent Valentine's Day alone.
| Original Score: 1.5/5