The Machine can’t quite locate a soul amid the moving parts

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

As productions, Transcendence and The Machine couldn’t be further apart.

The first is a $100 million Hollywood blockbuster starring Johnny Depp; the second was shot on 1% of that budget with a British TV actor best known as the villain from Die Another Day.…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shockingly average

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the middle film in a trilogy tends to be the best.

Movie lovers may be torn between The Godfather and Godfather, Part II, but the rule certainly holds true for The Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight.…

Transcendence gets stuck in the existential mud

2 Stars (2 / 5)

As grand themes go, self-awareness is certainly one of the grandest. Descartes’ famous proposition “I think therefore I am” is arguably the foundation of all Western philosophy.

After all, without self, without thought, there can be no perception therefore no knowledge.…

Noah will have you in floods (of something)

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

When you think of marketable movie types, you probably think rom-com or superhero movie.

It’s unlikely your mind would go straight to Biblical epic. Cinematic tales of lions, Christians, and Roman arenas went out with Cecil B.…

Calvary is a profane, heartbreaking spiritual journey

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

 

There are plenty of filmmaking sibling duos out there – the Coen Brothers, the Dardenne brothers, the Wachowskis – but it’s rare for them to work completely independently of each other.

In 2008, playwright Martin McDonagh made his break into film with In Bruges, a dark comedy about two hitmen hiding out in the Medieval Flemish city; three years later, his brother John Michael McDonagh made his film debut in the form of The Guard, about a hedonistic but thoughtful Connemara constable.…

The Men Who Stare At Goats is a hippy-dippy look at an unlikely New Age army training unit

3 Stars (3 / 5)

Meet the Jedi Knights.

They can become invisible to the human eye, phase through solid objects, even kill you with a single touch (though it may take several decades to come into effect). And they work for the U.S.

Under The Skin gets to the heart of what it means to be human

5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

For a film that features Scarlett Johansson as a skin-stealing alien seductress, there’s nothing remotely titillating about Under the Skin.

Based on a book by Scottish immigrant Michel Faber, it’s Jonathan Glazer’s first film since Birth back in 2004.…