With The Hunger Games set to devour all comers at the box office this weekend, alternatives are few and far between. However, the post awards season malaise seems to have subsided and fare is of a markedly higher quality, albeit thin on the ground. If the child murder premise of said hunger games isn’t your bag, then Dexter Fletcher’s directorial debut Wild Bill, US Navy Seal propaganda pic Act of Valour and intimate Belgian fable The Kid with a Bike round out an eclectic line up.
Written by Kurt Johnstad, screenwriter for 300 and its recently announced sequel, Act of Valour is less of an action movie and more a fictionalised version of missions similar to those that the team have previously taken part in.
The acting from the soldiers is somewhat cheesy, but then again, these are not actors; they are active Navy SEALs who have taken it upon themselves to convey their own story. In that respect, they do themselves justice. There are also notable appearances from Rosalyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano and others; nothing particularly inspiring, but I think that’s more the fault of the script than the actors’ performances.
Come and be introduced to the main players of Tim Burton’s next film by way of the nine shiny new character posters that have been released for Dark Shadows.
Scares beat laughs, as The Devil Inside tops 21 Jump Street.
Looking suitably ragged, we've got the first image of Hugh Jackman from Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables, the long-running musical.
The first two photos of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's upcoming feature Looper have been released.
News about the potential sequel to Tron Legacy has been fairly thin on the ground of late, but the writers behind the 2010 follow-up have teased us with some plot details. Warning: Contains some spoilers for Tron Legacy.
The Black Mile is the third novel by our very own Plex - you can call him Mark for the purposes of this competition, though. We have a really cool set of prizes to celebrate the launch. The winner will receive an overnight stay in The Soho Hotel, a funky hang-out slap bang in the middle of Soho (which is the setting for the novel). Runners-up will receive signed copies of the artwork for the novel (by the artist responsible for some of Bret Easton Ellis' UK covers), together with signed copies of Mark's previous novels.
The novel is available at the introductory price of 99p and you can get a copy here.
Deathrace, The Running Man, Battle Royale. The thing that links these movies is that they are strictly for over-18’s. So when it comes to the classic government-chase-bloodbath genre, can the violence be tempered for a teenage fee-paying audience? The answer is most definitely yes – but it comes at a cost.
Unwilling to limit his assault on the children of the 80s to just one beloved cartoon, Michael Bay will strike again when Ninja Turtles is released on Christmas Day 2013. Before you buy your turkey flavoured popcorn be warned: the teenage mutant ninja turtles will not be mutant (and perhaps not even teenage, going by the newly shortened title).