Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Movies: Underworld: Blood Wars (15), xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (12A) & Split (15)

Underworld: Blood Wars (15) – what’s it about? Selene returns and is pursued by the vampires who are in search of her daughter.

What to say, I was a little disappointed by the lack of cinemas showing it, as it’s a great movie series, guess where I live unless vampires sparkle it’s just not popular. Anyway yes the movie, it was great another great one in the series, again filled with some story and action. I really wish they would share more about the universe and the inner workings of the vampires/lycans, all you tend to know is about their in-fighting and conflict and not so much about stuff. Yeah, in short this is definitely another great one for the series and definitely worth a watch if you like the Underworld universe!

Rating: ****

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (12A) – what’s it about? Cage is called back to service once again to try to take down some bad guys.

So this movie, I’ve seen the previous one and wasn’t too pushed about seeing this but atm the only thing on in the cinemas are poxy real life or drama shit which make you want to throw yourself under a bus. Anyway this movie is more of the same, its boobs, bums, muscles, explosions, guns and violence; it’s your typical teenage boy’s heaven. If you like xXx then this is worth a look.

Rating: ***

Split (15) – what’s it about? A guy with split personalities kidnaps 3 teenage girls.

This is a really weird movie, it took me a while to realise oh shit its Professor X and then I couldn’t unsee. It’s definitely an interesting movie and concept, I can’t really say too much as I don’t want to give anything away. It was a little slow in parts but overall it was a good watch, it’s probably not something that needs to be seen in the cinema though but worth a look if you like something a little drama-horror like.

Rating: ***

Thursday, 12 January 2017

TV Series: Spaced (DVD – 12), Dexter (DVD – 18) & The IT Crowd

Spaced (DVD – 12) – Two friends pretend to be a couple to get a flat.
This is a British sitcom from the late 90’s and when I came across this randomly in the shop

I had to get it! It’s one of those classic series’ and if you grew up in that era you’ve probably seen it. It’s a geek comedy I suppose you could call it about some flat mates and their adventures/misadventures in London. It’s got some great moments and humour that’ll make you lol. If you’re a geek and you have a quirky sense of humour that enjoys Simon Pegg’s work then this will be right up your street.

Rating: ****

Dexter (DVD – 18) – Dexter is a blood splatter analyst for Miami police but he’s also a serial killer.

I’ve just finished re-watching this whole series again, and I know I reviewed the final season a while ago when it was shown on TV but I feel now that I’ve seen the series back to back I’d like to share my thoughts on it as a whole. Ok so this series is an interesting concept about a serial killer who follows a code and only kills bad people. It’s a pretty dark series but it has an interesting plot, it’s one of those you can’t help but keep on watching and watching and watching. It has lots of twists and turns and nail biting moments and if you like a little bit of horror-drama that isn’t overly icky then this one might be just what you’re looking for.

Rating: *****

The IT Crowd – the IT Crowd is based on an IT department that works for a large business.

I re-watched this as I hadn’t seen it since it was on TV, it’s a great sit-com show, with some good humour. I don’t usually like sitcom style stuff with all the crowd laughter as that just usually pisses me off, though this it works and it’s too good to pass up. If you work in IT you’ll relate to this or if you’re a bit geeky it’s really fun. If you haven’t seen it, then it’s definitely worth a watch or a re-watch!

Rating: ****

Monday, 9 January 2017

Movies: Passengers (12A), Collateral Beauty (12A), A Monster Calls (12A), Assassin’s Creed (12A), Silence (15) & Iron Man (DVD - 12)

Passengers (12A) – what’s it about? A man wakes up prematurely on a space craft and has to figure out how to survive the ships epic journey.

Considering this movie is basically a film with just two people in it, its bloody damn good! I think this happens to be one of my top enjoyed films of 2016. It’s interesting, the characters and struggles are a true masterpiece, what can I say I don’t think there was anything about this film I didn’t like. A good space drama!

Rating: *****

Collateral Beauty (12A) – what’s it about? After the death of his daughter Howard is not in a good place, his co-workers set in motion a plan which will either remove him from the company or get him out of his funk.

When you start to think about this movie it’s a little screwy, and it makes you wonder the intensions of humanity and how they are out to screw the good guy just because he’s now a broken man. It’s an interesting story but if not a little predicable really, I’d guessed the fully story quite a way off but it’s pretty still enjoyable.

Rating: ***

A Monster Calls (12A) – what’s it about? Conor befriends a tree-monster whilst trying to cope with his mum’s terminal illness.

Well talk about traumatising, I wouldn’t say this is too much of a kid’s film as its pretty dark and deals with some very sad and emotional situations. That said it’s a good movie, just don’t be prepared for a happy film, and make sure you have your tissues at the ready unless you hard as nails you’re going to shed a tear or two in this one.

Rating: ***

Assassin’s Creed (12A) – what’s it about? Cal goes into the animus and discovers he’s the descendant of a master assassin, and he’s faced with choices in the real world that will affect humanity.

I like the Assassin’s Creed universe, I love the games even though I’m probably the crappest assassin in the world but they are fun and I like the way this movie expands on the concept. I’d been dying to see this one so had my ticket booked for the UK release date, and I wasn’t disappointed, if I get chance I totally want to see it again!

Rating: ****

Silence (15) – what’s it about? Two priests are sent to Japan to find out what happened to a Father who was previously sent there.

Ok so what can I say about this one…the people that left the cinema after 15 minutes had the right idea! I stuck it out but omg (no pun intended) this was very long and extremely hard going; I came out the cinema completely mentally drained. I’m sure there are some people that will love this one but personally it’s not my cup of tea, and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Rating: *

Iron Man (DVD - 12) – what’s it about? The origin story of how Tony Stark becomes Iron Man.

I thought I’d give this one a re-watch as I don’t think I’ve seen it for years, even though with this one being a little older now the graphics and stuff still hold up pretty well. It’s a good movie that gives a few laughs and a positive vibe, from a time when the Marvel series started to become more popular. It’s worth a watch/re-watch if you’re into your comic book heroes.

Rating: ***

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Movies: Doctor Strange (12), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (12A), The Accountant (15), Chronicle (DVD – 15), The Wolverine (DVD – 12), Arrival (12A), Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (12A), King Kong (2005) (DVD – 12A), Kick Ass (DVD – 15), The Purge (DVD – 15), Moana (PG) & Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A)

Wow it seems so long since I’ve actually posted anything so here’s a mass that’s been building up over the last months…

Doctor Strange (12) – what’s it about? Doctor Strange suffers a car accident and goes on a quest to get healed by a spiritual healer but comes away with super powers and has to save the world.

I have to admit I didn’t really know much about the comics behind this one but I thought I’d go check it out and I have to say I’m now totally going to get the graphic novels. I loved the extended universe, the whole multi-verse theories, the concept of magic and spirituality in this one, as well as the superhero aspect. Its action packed, gives a good introduction to the characters, has a nice plot and expands on the known Marvel movies. This is most definitely my top Marvel movie to date!

Rating: *****

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (12A) – what’s it about? Jack sets out to clear the name of an Officer as they are hunted by the government.

This is very similar to the first and much of it has been done before in other movies, agent must save the day and protect his loved ones from bad guys, that said though this is still an enjoyable watch. If you liked the previous Jack Reacher movie or other action movies then you’ll probably like this one. It’s definitely one you don’t really need to think about, you can just munch away on your popcorn and watch.

Rating: ****

The Accountant (15) – what’s it about? An accountant who looks after black market deals is being pursued by the government and criminals.

So a movie about an account…well that sounds exciting right? This is actually a good movie; it’s got some good story and plot behind it, seeing things from three sides, the accountant, the government who’s trying to track him down and the company that’s employed him. It was a lot more story driven than I thought it was going to be, at points I thought it was a little too long but in all it’s a good movie and worth a watch, the plot is good as is the action.

Rating: ***

Chronicle (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A group of school kids get in a hole and come out with super powers, they then get up to mischief.

This was one of those random buys from the shop; I just read the box and thought that could be interesting or really bad. I’m not sure how to describe this, the way its shot is like low budget as it’s all done handy-cam style but the film had enough money behind it to make the effects and everything decent. I can’t recall if this was shown in the cinema here as it was a few years ago. So if you can stomach watching a handy-cam style movie, that has some good story and interesting concepts, with some action and moral questioning thrown in then this one is worth look.

Rating: ***

The Wolverine (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? The Wolverine is in hiding, he gets found by another mutant, goes to say farewell to a dying man but gets in lots of trouble.

If you like the X-Men universe then there’s no doubt you’ll love this one. It was good to re-watch this as I haven’t seen it for ages, and it’s still as good as the first time I saw it. It gives a bit more depth to the characters, and has some good fighting and action that is classic Wolverine style. Yep gotta love the X-Men.

Rating: ****

Arrival (12A) – what’s it about? Twelve alien spacecraft arrive at different locations across the earth; humanity initiates first contact with the aliens to find out why they are here.

So at this point throw most of the alienesc films you’ve seen out of the window, usually they are fighting and action and stuff like that – this however is not. It’s more of a drama I suppose; it’s all about the first contact and the political movements that happen across the world. It was a really interesting movie and it made a refreshing change to the sci-fi genre – yeah I liked it!

Rating: ****

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (12A) – what’s it about? Newt travels to the US with his magical creatures, some manage to escape and he has to try to capture them all and put the magical community’s mind at rest.

So this is an off-shoot of Harry Potter if you don’t already know and I have to say I think I preferred this to Harry Potter. I don’t know maybe because it wasn’t just at school and about kids or that it was more real world (even though set in the past) or maybe it was because I could relate to it more. Anyway yeah it was an interesting watch, some cool looking creatures and mischief happening, so it’s definitely worth a look if you like the Harry Potter universe.

Rating: ****

King Kong (2005) (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? A film crew travel to an island and discover King Kong who they bring back the US.

A remake of the King Kong story and if you like the big giant ape then this will be right up your street.  It’s got a good mix in it, some good action scenes, some humour (omg the fight scene with Kong and the dinosaurs pmsl) and the good classic story to boot. I quite liked this one but it is pretty long so be prepared for over 3 hours worth of movie!

Rating: ***

Kick Ass (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? A young lad who’s into comics decides to become a real superhero.

Ok so this is a pretty messed up movie, though it’s really amusing and really good at the same time, it actually helped inspire one of my cosplays in that you know why don’t we dress as superheroes lol. Anyway yeah the movie is action packed and has a bit of a story to boot, it’s pretty violent but it’s bloody good!

Rating: ****

The Purge (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? Once a year all crime becomes legal including murder, this is the story of one family’s battle to survive.

I did a brief review on this once and I thought as I re-watched it I’d share on it again, so this one sets the scene really for the story that has become The Purge universe. This introduces the night and just takes the perspective of the survival of a family, re-watching it its good but it doesn’t compare to the later movies in the series, the second one begins the real story and so forth, so if you’re not sure with it where it doesn’t do much I’d say stick with it and give the rest a try, they get better!

Rating: ****

Moana (PG) – what’s it about? A girl goes on a journey with a demigod to help save the world.

I wanted to see this as it looked interesting from the trailer and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all, though it’s a typical Disney style movie with songs and stuff it’s still pretty good and that does calm down with the singing after a while once it gets more into the story. It’s received some bad press but I think it’s still a really great movie, with a good story and adventures. I’m pretty sure the little ones will enjoy this one…and as an adult I did too!

Rating: ****

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A) – what’s it about? The story of how the Rebels got a hold of the Death Star plans.

Hmmmm what to say, don’t worry I’m not going to spoil it, so how did they get those plans in the original movies? Well this answers that question and fleshes out the story more, the main characters from the originals are there but some are more cameo in this one, it introduces some more people who set out on their mission. It’s a very Star Wars story if you get my drift, it feels like the movies and the story and characters are very appropriate, though it did seem a little drawn out in parts. In short though if you love Star Wars then this is a definite must to see at the cinema!

Rating: ****

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Movies: The Girl With All The Gifts (15), Magnificent 7 (12A), Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12A), Deepwater Horizon (12A), Alien Extinction (DVD – 15) & The A-Team (2010) (DVD – 12)

The Girl With All The Gifts (15) – what’s it about? A girl holds the key to humanities survival after the zombie apocalypse.

This was quite refreshing with it being set in the UK, most films now are very Americanised (not that that’s a bad thing) but I don’t know it made this seem a little bit more real…yes I know the zombie apocalypse probably wouldn’t be a thing but you get my meaning. Anyway without giving anything away this is an interesting take on the zombie-virus and how it would change the world. This one has some really interesting and good moments in it, though a little slow in parts it’s generally a brilliant story with some good acting…it also has a couple of amusing moments – though I’m not sure if they were supposed to be funny. Love zombies? Then you’ll probably like this one!

Rating: ***

Magnificent 7 (12A) – what’s it about? A town in the Wild West is under siege by a villain, the townsfolk seek assistance from a group of gunslingers to help save their town.

So this is a re-make, I have to admit that I can’t really remember the original, I watched it many years ago so keep in that my opinion will be of this movie and not comparing it to the old one. To me this very much suited the genre, it done the whole Wild West thing well and was very in keeping to all the traditional films of old. It was a little slow to get going but with these types of movies it’s the story and the journey that matters and not just the end result. I liked this quite a lot though, it had some interesting pieces on the characters, had some good gun action in the form of some good Western showdowns. Yeah it’s worth a watch!

Rating: ****

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12A) – what’s it about? A boy goes in search of answers after his grandfather’s death and discovers a children’s home for children with magical gifts.

This is one of those magical stories that’s just a good watch, a nice bit of fantasy – though aimed more at the younger teen audience – that said though ones who are under about the age of 10 may find this quite scary in parts. As an adult I thought this was a good movie, it was enjoyable, had a good story and the characters were alright and it had a good bit of humour too. I wouldn’t say the most spectacular movie ever but I think it’s worth a look.

Rating: ***

Deepwater Horizon (12A) – what’s it about? The story of the worst oil disaster to hit the US in 2010.

This is a true story based on the disaster, like with all of these real life movies it makes you wonder how much happened and how much is for the big screen but when you think about it, it’s really worrying that this happened on any level. I really feel for the people who had to live through this ordeal and those who lost their lives. This was a good watch which was very thought provoking, suspenseful and filled with emotion, yes you may need a tissue or two through this one, especially when it hits home that it was real. It’s a good movie just be prepared to maybe come out a little traumatised.

Rating: *****

Alien Extinction (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? Aliens attack earth and a group of military personnel travel to the alien’s home-world to try to stop the onslaught.

I got this one as it looked alright from the box but also knew it would probably be a really bad b-movie. Once I got passed the fact they were wearing what I’d consider cosplay armour and touch lights you could get at your local hardware store then it was an enjoyable movie. The acting was ok as were the graphics, the sets and stuff were a little off but not everything has to be a high budget to make something good. I got quite engrossed in the story and once I let my mind just watch it for what it was; it was a really good movie. Most of the b-movies I get are really bad and I’d probably not re-watch them but I would definitely watch this one again! If you like your sci-fi a little shaky but can enjoy a movie for what it is then this one is a good watch.

Rating: ***

The A-Team (2010) (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? A group of war veterans team up and try to clear their names of a crime they didn’t commit.

I thought I’d give this one a re-watch as I hadn’t seen it for a while. This is another big bill action movie, I remember growing up watching the A-Team on TV and it was one of my favourite shows so you know I wanted to see this hit the big time, and this is a really good adaptation of the show. It has its action which was very expected, some humorous parts, some out right crazy stuff and you question how would that ever happen and a bit of story to boot. It was a great watch gave me a giggle, if you haven’t seen it or haven’t for a long while then I’d maybe give it a go if you like a good action movie.

Rating: ****

Monday, 26 September 2016

Game: Ingress (Android and iOS app)

So with all the hype recently I downloaded Pokemon Go – mainly because some of my friends were playing it and I was asked to do some investigation into it, after playing a while and then doing some research online the wiki led me to learn about a game called Ingress which pre-dated Pokemon Go. Ingress was made by the same company  and that's Niantic  and that's what led me down this rabbit hole...

Immediately reading the wiki and the talk of aliens had me intrigued, I researched a little more and a few days later after finishing my Pokemon project (I got bored with Pokemon Go in a week or so) I decided to download the Ingress app to see what it’s all about. Straight away I thought hmmm this is definitely interesting and I wondered why had I never heard about it before, but thinking back to 2012 I think I did but at the time had a shit mobile phone with no data so wouldn’t have given it a second thought.

Anyway yes, Ingress, what’s it about…

In 2012 it was discovered that Exotic Matter (or XM as it’s called) had flooded the world, with portals of energy and exotic matter mainly appearing at historical landmarks and places of interest. All this stems from the Shapers, an alien race which is influencing the earth…dah dah dahhhhhhh. On the discovery of XM and people learning of the existence of the Shapers, humans divided into two factions…well kind of three because you have normals…ok not normal but the generic population who don’t play.

So yes the factions…there are the Enlightened which a pro-alien and believe that the Shapers and the XM energy will bring about a great positive change for humanity and help it reach its potential and evolution. Then there are the Resistance, those who believe the energy and aliens are not quite what they seem and basically think they’re out to screw us over and do what aliens do in most movies – dominate the earth.

So the concept is these two groups or teams are trying to capture as many portals at the landmarks all over the globe, the more portals captured, linked (you can link them together) and control fields (basically if you link portals in triangles which creates fields) established does good things for your faction. The more area your team controls reflects how many people (or as they are known Mind Units) you are protecting or swayed to your cause. Then the fun part beings which is that enemy Agents will attack your portals, take down your links and control fields and try to capture them and set up their own…so it’s basically a secret battle for power that’s happening in the real and virtual world.

In the game you need items to capture locations, protect them and of course attack enemy portals, you do this by hacking any portals you come across, so the game involves lots of moving, walking, cycling, driving which help keeps you active as well as to be able to build up your stores and help your team.

As this is an MMO game you do have links to your team or faction, so no doubt soon after tinkering with the game your faction will send you a message to join their chat. I highly recommend this, so far everyone I’ve spoken to online has been lovely, they’ve been very welcoming and helpful, which is great! It’s always good to play with a good community.

I haven’t however come across any enemy Agents IRL yet – I’ve read some things online that it can be an intense experience but others say it’s just all for the fun of it. I have to admit now at locations when I’m playing I’m staying alert and looking around to see if I can figure out if anyone else there is an Agent (or if they’re people just playing Pokemon Go – as it was developed by the same company it uses the same locations).

Anyway yes, a lot of the game is played solo in the real world but the teams do meet up locally and at larger scale social and sponsored Anomaly events. I have yet to be able to attend any of these but I hope to get to do so at some point in the future, as it’s always good to meet other gamers. I can understand not everyone would want to but yeah it gives some good real life interaction.

So that’s the concept of the game, man that was long, sorry I got a tad carried away there.

Oh but I should mention the app was released on Android in 2012 and then released on iOS in 2014 so you can get out there and play if you have a mobile device – but make sure you have enough data allowance though as its required!

So now I think it’s about time to note a few things about the app….

When I first opened the app I thought it was quite dark and maybe a little dull looking, well compared to Pokemon Go which is bright and colourful and kiddy. This game however is mainly black and white, with the portals indicated in either blue (Resistance) or green (Enlightened) or white (neutral). As I’m a pretty dark individual I settled into its design very quickly as I don’t really like things too cartoony or bright – they hurt my eyes.

The app itself is easy to navigate and use, you just click on the portals and then select things from a menu that pops up, you can also look at other Agents details if they have portals, find missions to do in your local area, communicate on various in-game chats and check your own Agent status. It’s pretty cool in that it notifies you with any alerts such as when you’re under attack, things that you are doing, achievements/badges gained or what others are doing in the local area.

Yeah in all the app is pretty good and stable – it’s not crashed or glitched out once since I started playing (well apart from losing signal and me screaming nooooooo at it – but that’s my phone and not the game). I’ve adjusted to the look of it and got used to it now and am pretty happy with how it runs and plays. As I’ve said it’s pretty simple looking but it does what it needs to and doesn’t overwhelm you when you’re on the go.

One thing to probably note is it does drain your battery within a couple of hours – as you’ll need your location enabled and then the app to play, so make sure you have enough charge for emergencies, a spare battery pack or your charger handy.

So that’s a bit about the app…now onto my thoughts on the game and my experience so far…

Well at first I was like this is cooler than Pokemon Go – you know me anything with aliens automatically sparks my interest. Yeah so I picked my faction and started to wander about – I had an idea of some of the locations where I’d been doing the Pokemon stuff. I wandered to the nearest portal and it was an enemy portal. At this point I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing so I hacked it and got some stuff and it bit back. Then I got paranoid – was I supposed to do that, omg what next – was someone going to jump out the hedge at me or was my phone going to explode. Yes there is a tutorial but I didn’t do it right away – come on that involves instructions lol and you know me I’m a yeah I’ll just wing it kind of person. Anyway that evening whilst I was stuck at a location I watched some helpful guidance on Youtube which set me up nicely.

After that and with an idea I set out again the next day, hacked some portals and then captured my first portal which was nice…it was very nice. I was a bit excited but not really that fussed still. I then returned to the first portal I came across that bit back and saw there was only one resonator and it only had a little power so attacked it and destroyed it and took the portal for my faction *evil laugh*. I then went on and hacked and captured some more portals in the area – and at this point I admit I was starting to get a little engrossed.

I then got attacked! Omg I thought – I’m getting attacked! My portal! So I snuck out cautiously to go and investigate what was going on. I was careful after reading some stuff online which made me very paranoid that I might get beaten up and have my phone stolen (I don’t think this would actually happen but better to be safe than sorry). I decided at this point to only attack other portals when I was with other people or able to perform hit and run tactics. Anyway it looked pretty safe so I recharged my resonators and then snuck back into the night.

So as time went on I started playing more and getting more hooked, looking out for and hacking any portals I came across. When visiting different places turning the game on to see if there were any portals in the area to hack, claim or attack. Paying attention to people and wondering if they were Agents…and of course recruiting more Agents and wandering around playing with them.

…can you see a pattern forming here???...

Yep I admit it I’ve found myself pretty much addicted to the game! I never thought a mobile game would ever capture me as much as this – usually I’ll just play them casually for a bit and then get bored or not be too fussed as I’d rather play a PC or console game – but this game is great! It’s got to the point now where I’ve found myself wanting to check on my portals all the time, arranging different routes to walk to and from locations so I can pick up portals on the way. My Elder God I actually want to go outside and explore!!!!!!

Yep I’m addicted! I admit it! Send help!

So yeah I think that covers it and it’s about all that needs to be said right now so short and in closing – it’s most definitely an addictive game and is really fun to play. I’m very much enjoying my time in Ingress and I can see me sticking at it for quite a long while. I would highly recommend this app to everyone – go on give it a try! Do it! Do it! DO IT!!!!!

…man that was a really long review – you’d think I must really love this game or something haha haha hahahahaha – right that’s it, time to go and visit some portals! J

Catch you later!

Movie: Ben-Hur (2016) (12A), Hell or High Water (15), Blair Witch (15), Don’t Breathe (15), Kubo And The Two Strings (PG) & Babylon A.D. (DVD – 12A)

Ben-Hur (2016) (12A) – what’s it about? A prince is accused of treason by his step-brother; after years of slavery he then seeks revenge.

This is a re-make and I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever seen the original so I can’t compare the two. Oh yeah if you don’t know it’s a bible story so be prepared for that, that said though it’s not really overly religious all the way through, it touches of faith in parts but until the end it doesn’t really get all bibley – maybe like the last 15 mins or so are. I’m not religious – I’m far from it but I still enjoyed this one as it was generally a good all-rounder, compelling story and good acting and action so it was an entertaining watch. 

Rating: ****

Hell or High Water (15) – what’s it about? Two Texan brothers go on a bank robbing spree.

This is basically cops and robbers – two robbers with their motives set out to rob a series of banks across the US and the old sheriff’s department try to catch them. I was kind of expecting a little bit more action from this one as it was quite slow, a lot more story driven and sitting about than I thought it was going to be. It’s one of those movies you just watch and it doesn’t really do too much. I’m not like meh about it, it was enjoyable so don’t get me wrong but it just wasn’t spectacular.

Rating: ***

Blair Witch (15) – what’s it about? The sequel to the Blair Witch Project, years later the brother of one of the missing girls sets out to find out what happened.

This is very similar to the first one in that it’s a group of people going off into the woods making a documentary and they end up getting freaked out by loads of weird shit. It was jump scary in parts but as it’s set in the woods and in the dark – you know things are coming. It was good, maybe not as good as the original as it’s all been done before but then again this is a sequel and it’s rare they are better than the original.

Rating: ***

Don’t Breathe (15) – what’s it about? Three friends and would-be burglars pick the wrong house to rob.

I’m not sure really what to say about this one, it’s been advertised as a horror here but I wasn’t exactly scared by it (and I can be a wimp) maybe it was because it was with real people rather than spooks or maybe it’s that I watched it straight after Blair Witch. It had its adrenaline pumping moments and it really had me feeling for the characters so I was rooting for different sides at different points. This one’s a true cat and mouse game…and I was wondering who would come out on tops at the end of it. It was a good movie, maybe worth a bit more than my rating as the more I think about it the more I liked it, worth a watch.

Rating: ***

Kubo And The Two Strings (PG) – what’s it about? Young Kubo must find a suit of magical armour to stop the gods who are after him.

This is an animated movie and I have to admit I’m always fascinated by how they make these – such talent. The story is interesting and the characters are pretty cool (and amusing). I think there are parts which may upset really little ones though – just to warn you. The more I think about it the more I like it’d it, yeah I’d probably give it a watch if you like animated stuff and want a nice easy watching movie!

Rating: ***

Babylon A.D. (DVD – 12A) – what’s it about? A mercenary’s hired to transport a girl from Russia to the USA.

This is set sometime in the future and the world is a rough place…yeah so it’s pretty gritty, dark and dirty. I have to admit this was a random purchase and I wasn’t expecting much from it at all, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was filled with action and survival hope, and it had a loose story to tie it all together. I still can’t believe I’d never seen this one before! If you like a good action movie then this one might be right up your street.

Rating: ****