REVIEW: Plunkett and Macleane (1999)

It is the year 1748. Disgraced army captain James Macleane (Jonny Lee Miller) is sent to a debtor's prison, but escapes after an unexpected encounter with a pair of highwaymen and their government-appointed pursuers. Once free, Macleane slips into partnership with one of the criminals - Will Plunkett (Robert Carlyle) - and together they hit ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns, thrown into a race against the Spanish to discover and claim the fabled Fountain of Youth. It is a race that will see him reunited with former lover Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and rival pirate Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), as well as bring him face to face with Edward "Blackbeard" ...

REVIEW: Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

In a Taipei neighbourhood, the lives of two disaffected teenagers collide. Hsiao Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) struggles through cram schools at his father's insistence while growing steadily self-destructive. Ah Tze (Chen Chao-jung) is small-time thief who, along with his best friend Ah Ping (Jen Chang-bin) and girlfriend Ah Kuei (Wang Yu-wen), haunts the city's arcades and ...

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Walt Disney Pictures has developed an immensely lucrative franchise in recent years adapting and recycling its classic animated features into live-action films. Following in the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book comes perhaps the most ambitious of them all: a live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, one of the ...

REVIEW: Terra Formars (2016)

In the 26th century, an attempt to terraform Mars for Earth's overcrowded human population has led to a planet with a breathable atmosphere but an infestation of cockroaches. A varied crew of criminals and desperate civilians undertake special genetic engineering to make them better suited to exterminating the insects. On their arrival on Mars, however, ...

REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

With Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) now controlling the Flying Dutchman and its monstrous captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the age of piracy seems set to violently end. That is, unless the united pirate lords - including Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), the recently resurrected Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the recently deceased Jack Sparrow (Johnny ...

REVIEW: Unforgiven (2013)

In late 19th century Hokkaido two brothers disfigure a local sex worker. When the local sheriff Ichizo Oishi (Koichi Sato) refuses to punish the men with more than a fine, the local sex workers band together to offer a bounty of their own on the two brothers' lives. Among the bounty hunters who ride into ...

REVIEW: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

As the Vietnam War ends, satellite photography reveals the location of the mythical Skull Island - an isolated ecosystem cut off from the world by a circle of severe thunderstorms. Tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) are hired to join a US army expedition to the island, alongside the ...

REVIEW: Far and Away (1992)

Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) is an Irish farmer whose family home is burned on the orders of his landlord Daniel Christie. His attempt to murder Christie ends in failure when he is stabbed in the leg by Christie's headstrong daughter Shannon (Nicole Kidman). Before he can be executed for his crime, Joseph is rescued by ...

REVIEW: The Rock (1996)

When a group of rogue US marines, led by Brigadier General Frank Hummel (Ed Harris), steal a consignment of nerve gas and take control of Alcatraz Island, an emergency response team is hurriedly assembled. Advising the team are two unlikely partners: FBI chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and John Mason (Sean Connery) - ...

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