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    The third installment in the original Star Wars saga. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) turns up in the desert to rescue his old pal Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from slobbering villain Jabba The Hutt, and we soon realise that Luke is now a fully fledged Jedi Knight. Before you know it , he's off for a showdown with Darth Vader and the Emperor, while his pals face a battle for survival. The action and special effects are as impressive as ever, but this film is less fun than the first and not as interesting as the second. Also starring Alec Guinness, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams. 4/5. d;-)



    In my opinion the best of the lot! This sequel to the original Star Wars movie is a darker film in which good doesn't always triumph. Darth Vader discovers the rebels hiding out on the ice planet of Hoth, and duly begins blasting them to smithereens. Heroes Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) are dispersed, with Solo and Leia having all sorts of engine trouble while Luke searches out Jedi Master Yoda, who teaches him all about the force. The twist in the tail was one of cinema's great surprises. Also starring Alec Guinness and Billy Dee Williams. 5/5. d;-)



    Just plain Star Wars in old money, this spectacular sci-fi flick kicked off one of the most successful franchises of all time. It's the simple tale of futuristic farm boy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who takes off to do battle with an evil Empire. Along the way, he picks up crusty old mystic Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), the plucky Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and rogueish smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford). even though it's thirty plus years old, this must-see Classic still packs in a lot of fun- which is what was largely lacking from the three stodgy prequels. Also starring Peter Cushing. 5/5. d;-)



    This final instalment in the epic sci-fi cycle is my personal favorite of the three prequels- although that isn't saying much. By now, a confused Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is torn between his admiration for power-hungry Senator Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and his loyalty to the Jedi who have trained him. Of course, anyone who has seen the original trilogy will already know which side he plumps for, so the interest here is in finding out how and why? The dialogue is a bit clunky and the fight scenes last way to long, but kids and big kids (me) who just want a big space spectacular will not be disappointed. Also starring Ewan McGregor, Samuel L Jackson and the beautiful Natalie Portman. 4/5. d;-)



    This second movie in the Star Wars prequel trilogy is an improvement on The Phantom Menace. But don't get your hopes up, because it still lacks the vigour and sparkle of the original films. This one is set ten years after its predecessor, with Anakin Skywalker (here played by Hayden Christensen) now a nineteen year old Jedi apprentice who's assigned to protect foxy Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman) from a mystery assassin. there's more action and humour in this one, but the acting still seems a bit wooden. With Ewan McGregor, Samuel L Jackson and the legendary Christopher Lee. 3/5. d;-)



    The fouth entry in the Star Wars series was one of the most eagerly awaited movies of all time and one of the most disappointing. The story it tells deals with events thirty-or-so years before A New Hope. Ewan McGregor stars as Obi-wan Kenobi (played by Alec Guiness in the original), being trained in the mystic arts of the Jedi by Qui-gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). In the course of rescueing a beautiful young Queen (Natalie Portman), they come across precocious young boy Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who fans of the series will know has a some-what chequered career path ahead of him. Despite loads of fancy CGI special effects, this episode never really gets going until late and takes it self far too seriously. Also starring Ian McDiarmid and Samuel L Jackson. 3/5. d:-)



    Entertaining remake of the 1985 vampire flick of the same name. Young up-and-comer Anton Yelchin takes the lead as high-school student Charley Brewster who, after a series of strange goings on, including the disapearances of several classmates, becomes convinced that his new neighbour is a creature of the night. That neighbour just happens to be Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell) and soon Charley has a fight on his hands to stop Jerry from charming his way into his mum's affections and making a meal of her. This is pretty standard fare, bu the cast seem to be enjoying themselves and the script provides enough wit to keep viewers happy. It isn't particularly scary though - the most menacing thing in it is the wig worn by former Dr Who David Tennant, who is superb as a Las Vegas magician. Also starring Toni Collette and Imogen Poots. 4/5. d;-)



    Darkly enjoyable comedy starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as three likable ordinary Joes who are all having problems with there bosses. Bateman is struggling with the manipulative, egotistical Kevin Spacey, who dangles promotion without ever following through. Day has to fend off Jennifer Aniston, playing deliciously against type as a predatory dentist who sexually harasses him on a daily basis. And finally Sudeikis is having to sack all the fat people he works with at the behest of the sleazy Colin Farrell, whose good looks and charm are successfully obscured by a comb-over, a pot belly and a nasty attitude. the fun starts when the hapless three hatch a plan to kill their employers and enlist the help of hopeless 'murder consultant', Jamie Foxx. Inspired casting and some great gags. Horrible Bosses is horribly good. 4/5. d:-)



    After something like 400 superhero movies- Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, etc- the whole gang finally comes together to blow things up on an even grander scale. When naughty god Loki pinches a powerful artefact, gruff agent Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) assembles his crack team, including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for an almighty bout of fisticuffs. The first half is a jolly romp through the Marvel Universe- with Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man pinching the best quips. But then it goes into Michael Bay territory with CGI explosion piled upon CGI explosion. A huge box office hit, expect these Avengers to assemble again very soon indeed. Superhero heaven. 5/5. d;-)

  10.  IT KICKS ASS!!!


    Aaron Johnson stars as Dave Lizewski, a fan of comic-book heroes who wishes there were more people like them in real life. In a moment of madness, Dave reinvents himself as green and yellow wet-suit clad crime fighter Kick-Ass. If only it were as easy as it looks in the movies... Dave soon finds himself messed up in the dark world of corrupt magnate Frank D'Amico. Luckily his amateurish operation catches the attention of fellow good-guy vigilantes Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). The latter is an eleven year old assasin with a bright purple wig, who thinks nothing of using the C-word and shoots, stabs and annihilates any baddies that get in her way. Based on Mark Millar's story of the same name, the film is expertly shot by director Matthew Vaughn to somehow retain the look of its comic-book origins. Extras include a twenty minute documentary on Kick-Ass's journey from printed page to big screen and director commentary from Vaughn. 5/5. d:-)