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Premium Rush Review

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Tour De-livery

Prolific action writer David Koepp makes his fifth directorial appearance with Premium Rush, an adrenaline-fuelled vehicular action thriller that innovatively swaps the engine for pedal power.

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Fast & Furious 6 Review

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Just like old times.

While most prolonged movie franchises become exhausted with every succeeding sequel, the Fast and Furious franchise remains the unyielding exception that continues to progress with each new, successful addition. What initially set off as a nitrous-fuelled street racing film series later developed into a big action heist thriller and though Fast Five was an unexpected shift, it was instantly welcomed with an impressive box-office return and newfound critical acclaim. Now, six films into the franchise and things are accelerated again with incredibly satisfying and immensely entertaining results.

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Red Dawn Review

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Low standards won’t be enough to help you here

While I don’t recognise a direct correlation between the violence presented on cinema screens and the horrors a disturbed and spiteful person might wreak in public, it’s tasteless films like Red Dawn – with its senseless glorification of teenage gun violence – that give ammunition to those wanting to make that connection.

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A Good Day to Die Hard Review

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A bad day for Die Hard.

Six years ago Len Wiseman found relative success with his attempt at reviving the Die Hard franchise from its twelve year cinema absence. While an ambitious combination of old-school heroics and new-age sensibilities never quite works in Die Hard 4.0, there are at least the familiar high-octane action set pieces to appease the fans and make it a watchable, yet inferior addition to the franchise. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the fifth, erroneously titled venture, A Good Day to Die Hard.

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Taken 2 Review

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Once Upon a Time in “Istanbul”

Unlike other senior action headliners returning to the genre in an attempt to cash-in on their popularity and reputation, Liam Neeson made his debut in mainstream action cinema late on in his acting career. Pierre Morel’s 2008-hit Taken was the spark that ignited the, then fifty-six year old, actor’s remarkable rejuvenation that saw him subsequently star in at least eight action flicks. Four years since the original, Neeson returns to his role as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills for a predictable sequel, but in this case under the direction of the underwhelming, but brilliantly named Olivier Megaton.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review

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“History prefers legends to men”.

With 2013 being the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation, it is hardly surprising that there has been an influx of filmic depictions of the iconic President’s life. While other releases, such as Spielberg’s Oscar-tipped Lincoln, have been period drama biographicals, there was also an unconventional addition – Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s biography/fantasy mash-up novel which, as the title suggests, sees the cultural icon depicted as a vampire hunter.

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End of Watch Review

Once upon a time in South Central…

Having spent a large period of his teenage years on the troubling streets he’s so often returned to within film, American filmmaker David Ayer’s personal connection to Los Angeles is a proven inspiration for many of his productions. While the setting is a direct influence from his past, Ayer’s films are not entirely autobiographical and follow an LAPD officer in South Central, Los Angeles.

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