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Cinema Paradiso by James Luxford

Bringing you our verdict on the summer blockbusters…


A ‘reboot’ of the comic book hero that first burst onto the screen ten years ago starring Tobey Maguire. Now British actor Andrew Garfield steps into the tights as Peter Parker, a young man whose destiny changes forever when he becomes Spider-man, and has to save the city from the evil Dr. Connors AKA The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). Pretty much the same movie as the 2002 version, despite the new director Mark Webb (“500 Days of Summer”), the 3D adds very little to a quite average blockbuster, also Garfield’s charm suggests better things are to come.

3 Stars.


A 3D documentary on the chart-topping American superstar, including some live renditions of all her many hits as well as the pop star’s history in her own words. We explore how she rose to history, the day-to-day life of a famous pop star, and much more. Some revealing moments (including a brief look at the breakdown of her marriage to Russell Brand) make this an interesting prospect, although you really have to be a fan of the artist to enjoy this very fan-friendly flick.

3 Stars.


Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy comes to an end, and this time the caped crusader (Christian Bale) comes up against his fiercest challenge yet, with Tom Hardy’s Bane and Selena Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) threatening to bring Gotham City to its knees. “The Dark Knight” was a huge favourite (the best of the year) with me when it came out four years ago, and whilst this doesn’t quite reach the heights of that movie, it is an awesome and spectacular end to an awesome and spectacular trilogy.

4 and a half Stars.

THE LORAX (27th July)

An adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book about a young boy (voiced by “High School Musical” star Zac Efron) who searches for the mystical Lorax (Danny DeVito), a creature that he believes can win him the girl of his dreams, however when he finds his target, it’s much more than he bargained for. Not quite as fun as previous Seuss adaptations such as “Horton Hears a Who!” or “The Grinch”, the voice cast nonetheless lifts the quality, resulting in a film that young children will absolutely adore.

3 Stars.


James Luxford
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