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Man of Steel
Man of Steel (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

We do finally see the prototypical superhero fly and fight as never before - but no matter what comic-book-store-designed departure from Christopher Reeve this film is intended to be, the humour, heart and soul of the Donner films are notable by their absence and remain the gold standard for any adaptation of Superman in the visual medium.

From Dusk Till Dawn
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

There is yet to be a film that so definitively updated and boosted the action horror genre as 'From Dusk Til Dawn' - an uber-cool ride through the trashiest and scariest ghost train you ever did see, while eating a burrito loaded with chillis and lsd!

Lawless (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Roll up, roll up for the biggest scenery-chew-off since Olivier went toe to toe with Burton. 'Lawless' is a kind of ambient film, written the way a Nick Cave song is written -to evoke, wrong-foot and lullaby. Its invisible ghosts are as important as the acting onscreen as what Johnny Depp found out years before, the character actor truly inherits the Earth.
Tom Hardy emanates menace and avuncular warmth in a film he dominates even when offscreen, proving his iconic Bane was no fluke. Ultimately it may be a Peckinpah 'Dukes of Hazzard' with not a little Coen brothers influence, yet it is a cinematic joy and as gritty a confection as a moonshine soaked, salted chocolate pretzel.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

All the politically incorrect aspects of Holmes that previous adaptations skipped over or very slightly related to - the drug taking, martial arts and disguises - are amplified and become the main focus as Downey Jnr is very much encouraged to do a "Jack Sparrow" on Holme's ass.
What unfolds is an irresistable film that only the most hardened Conan Doyle fans should take issue with. A chess game at the end being the only false note - Holmes never played the game in any of the original books - Jared Hess as a Rabelaisian Moriarty rises to the top in amongst perfectly pitched action character actors as a force to be reckoned with his dad. Great stuff!

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

As with the recent 'The Muppets' and 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'Dark Shadows' is a Proustian take on its TV source material which it outacts and outplots every step of the way.
Set in 1972, it is not lost on Tin Burton that many will come to the film without knowledge of the source gothic soap opera and therefore a deliciously potted version is delivered. The casting and acting is fizzing with the enthusiasm of roleplay in the kindergarten and it is clear the Depp is playing a vampire he played as a child.
Old fashioned horror geeks, unimpressed by the anaemic teenage monsters of the 'Twilight' epoch, will quaff deep of the first drink from pop-horror's well in a long time. This is a lump of choice camp horror meat thrown to the gallery of Aurora and Hammer fans who know what this film is. A love letter to that gossiped about and worried about social phenomenon. The child horror fan.