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The Expendables 3
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It starts well and boasts some decent action sequences but overall it's a tired, bloodless effort that quickly reverts to the pitfalls that affected the first 2 (I wasn't a fan of either), once again there is no real sense of threat or danger, not enough humour for what is basically a massive parody and the screentime given to certain characters was really odd. For example, Wesley Snipes is introduced early on and you can't wait to see more of him, but he basically disappears for the rest of the film, Terry Crews is put on the DL five minutes in, Jet Li appears so briefly it was hardly worth his time, and Jason Statham, who up to this point has taken second billing to Stallone and always been pretty decent, is bizarrely sidelined. Bringing in a group of 'Younger Expendables' was also a massive mistake, as none of them made any impact. Only other positives I can find is that it was cool to see Harrison Ford join the crew, Mel Gibson stole every scene he was in and there are a couple of nice little in-jokes. But please, if we are forced to sit through another Ex. film, make it funnier, include a cohesive story and focus more on the main characters.

Guardians of the Galaxy
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It may seem like a massive risk from Marvel, but it definitely pays off! Guardians is full of wonderful characters; Chris Pratt is excellent and oozes charisma as Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is brilliantly realised in a character that easily could've come across gimmicky, but perhaps the films secret weapon is Drax The Destroyer (played by former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista) who is wonderfully deadpan. Is it the best Marvel film? Very close but I'd still say Avengers has the edge, and for me it's been the 2nd best of the summer (that honour stays with the majestic X-Men: Days of Future Past) but it's still a terrific effort. My only quibbles would be that it runs a tad long, and the villains are pretty weak; Lee Pace's Ronan The Accuser isn't particularly imposing and you never quite understand his motivations, we also catch another look at Thanos (following on from his Avengers mid-credits cameo) and sad to say it's pretty embarrassing, the CGI is dreadful (you feel like they tacked him into the film at the last minute) but I'm sure Joss Whedon will clear this up before his muted main appearance in Avengers 3. A Guardians sequel is also due in 2017, and I'm sure writer/director James Gunn will do a great job again, all I would ask for is a better baddie and more of Benicio Del Toro's The Collector and Karen Gillan's Nebula please!

Hercules
Hercules (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Dwayne Johnson is excellent as Hercules and got into incredible physical shape for the role, and Brett Ratner delivers a solid film that doesn't take itself too seriously and is a lot of fun.

Under the Skin
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Fascinating, eerie but as far away from mainstream you could get, I don't even know if I would recommend this but I found it really interesting and I think it would only get better on repeat viewings. Scarlett Johansson excels, the role fits her perfectly and it's amazing the impact she makes despite having minimal dialogue. If you're looking for an unusual, thought provoking sci-fi, look no further.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Stunning special effects, a great story and plenty of heart fuel what is likely to be one of the best sequels you'll ever see.