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Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

A fun, smart action thriller, without too many effects swamping the picture. Admittedly Robert Downey Jr. tries too hard to be the rich, flashy womanizer-type as weapons entrepreneur Tony Stark-cum-metallic hero Iron Man, but he gives a solid and engaging performance nevertheless. Gwyneth Paltrow also gives a good performance as Stark's put-upon assistant Pepper Potts. This is entertaining and also morally intriguing, with Stark undergoing something of a rites-of-passage when he learns what his weapons manufacturing has really done to the world.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)
½

Spiderman 3 feels like two movies playing alongside each other. One's called Spiderman: Sandman, where Thomas Haden Church scores as the multi-faceted hero/villain. Then there's Spiderman: Return of the Green Goblin, where James Franco avenges his father's death. These two plot strands are so big they can be a bit frustrating packed into one picture. Incidentally, I didn't count Spiderman: Venom, as although that was made, the villain in it was as menacing as a bunny rabbit with no teeth. But overall the whole movie was fun.

U2: Rattle and Hum

U2 are the ultimate marmite musicians. If you love 'em, you really love 'em, and vice versa. For me, some of their tracks are very good, but sometimes the 30-year-long collection of plaudits they've received can be very annoying. I mean come on, give someone else some credit! But this is an OK documentary/concert movie, charting U2's blues-rock phase, and particularly interesting considering this was only three years before they entered their euro-dance influenced midlife crisis phase with Achtung Baby.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

Spiderman 2 improves upon the original. Tobey Maguire again scores as the webslinger, but also the action is better, as are the special effects, considerably less cartoony than they were in the first, and Alfred Molina gives a poignant performance as Doc Ock, the lead villain.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Actually the first Harry Potter I've ever seen! Boy, I've got some catching up to do. Anyway, despite the young actors occasionally trying too hard to seem grown up ('..bit of a tosser', 'not bloody likely!'), it's a decent film, with some convincingly dark drama.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
½

A polished, unrelenting sci-fi action thriller, and probably the best action film of the nineties. Not quite as dark and dirty as the first, but still a great movie.

Garfield - The Movie

Being a Garfield fan, I was actually angered when this turned out to be live-action with CGI. But it's not that bad. It's not what I'd hoped, but it's fun.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)

Big, dumb...well, what do you expect from Michael Bay? Enjoyable, with extra points for the inclusion of original cartoon cast member Peter Cullen.

Back to the Future

A real favourite of mine. It's got everything. Comedy, great acting, thrills, spills, intelligence and more. Fab.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

Some disappointing special effects, but the title role fits Tobey Maguire like a glove...or is that Spidersuit???

The Terminator

Awesome. One of the true greats of modern cinema. Thrilling and relevant all at the same time.

The Matrix Reloaded

Yes, there are many things to dislike about this sequel, but the Burly Brawl was just too much!

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(2010)
½

Enjoyable, with a nice mix of politics and action. Not sure about the accents, though.

The Incredible Hulk

Fat, brazen and highly enjoyable.

Wayne's World 2

Falls flat on it's backside in some parts, but the shoes line will stay with me forever.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)
½

Pixar once again brings a small world to big life. One of their greatest.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Visually, it's the movie equivalent of the end of the rainbow.

Jennifer's Body

Very, very idiotic, but alright if you're in the mood.

Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
½

Rhino gives birth to human. Enough said.

Shark Tale
Shark Tale(2004)
½

Finding Nemo for jocks.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

A great blockbuster flick, with added weight from excellent acting and a strong story as before, despite a weak performance from Scarlett Johansson.

Shanghai Knights

Disappointing use of CGI (not so much the quality, but the use of it altogether), but some classic set pieces.

Wild Wild West
½

Good, dumb fun. Obviously no more than that, but it's an ok 'leave-your-brain-at-the door' movie.

Back to the Future Part III

Excellente, and ten times better than the second one.

The Simpsons Movie

Not brilliant, but still a cut above.

Mortal Kombat
½

The best game movie ever made.

Mars Attacks!
½

Perfect B-movie send up.

Brazil
Brazil(1985)

A dark, disturbing, and downright odd movie that speaks volumes about society. It's quirky wartime-esque design gives it a post-apocalyptic feel that is neither past, present or future, proving that no matter what the setting is, this story is scarily relevant.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
½

'Yes... well... when I see five weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the full view of the park in front of a thousand people, I shoot the bastards, that's my policy.' 'That was a Shakespeare in the park production of Julius Caeser, you moron!'

Robocop 2
Robocop 2(1990)
½

Some fabulous ideas, including the politically correct Robocop, which take the satire to a new level, but the action is surprisingly functional, making the overall experience something of a slog.

Men in Black II

Entertaining enough but a disappointment compared to the original. Much like the flying saucers our heroes keep their eyes on, Men in Black II hovers through one ear and out of the other.

The Matrix Revolutions
½

Terrible dialogue, but easier to get than the frustrating Reloaded, with many of the set-pieces actually having some depth instead of just 'being there'.

RoboCop
RoboCop(1987)
½

Superb sci-fi, combining a magnificent performance by Peter Weller, powerful social satire and breakneck action.

The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
½

The weakest of the three, but you can guaranteesome big laughs. It just lacks the delivery of the original.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)

Slick, quick-witted, quick-minded, a Ghostbusters for the 90s, but with aliens instead of ghosts.

Columbo: Prescription Murder
½

Excellent, but I was kind of confused by the ending. Maybe I need to watch it again.

Starship Troopers
½

A solid sci-fi actioner, but little in the way of character development.

Columbo: Murder by the Book
½

Very entertaining, well mounted debut of the eponymous detective.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)
½

Genuinely scary and hilariously funny all at the same time.

Groundhog Day
½

Excellent. Hilarious, intelligent and highly enjoyable.

The Other Guys

Worth watching, with some very funny moments.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)
½

Clever sci-fi flick, with awesome set-pieces.

Columbo: Lady in Waiting

Superb episode. Thrilling and poignant.

Here Comes Garfield

What can I say? It's Garfield.