The Forbidden Kingdom(2008)

"the scenery and costumes are at times awe-inspiring"

For martial arts fans across the world, the prospect of two of the genres finest ever proponents, Jet Li and Jackie Chan appearing in the same movie is surely a mouth-watering prospect. Having briefly scanned the press release before going into to film, I had expected another Crouching Tiger Hidd...

by Olly Mitchell

Gone Baby Gone(2008)

"a multi-layered script with only only the flaw of pushing too hard to make its points"

On the surface, Gone Baby Gone, is a crime thriller about a child kidnapped from a cocaine addicted mother and a private investigator recruited to find her. Beyond that though, the plot only continues to get thicker every step of the way. Ben Affleck's impressive directorial debut features some r...

by Jessica Alken

Kung Fu Panda(2008)

"CGI just gets better and better!"

I don't recall any animation film that undertakes such intense fight sequences. I love CG-Animation, but I am not your typical action film fan, so I was slightly apprehensive about this genre. The fight sequences no doubt are impressive - with a matrix style - every young boy will bouncing off th...

by Jessica Alken

Hancock(2008)

"at no point did it try to be too clever, and as such hit exactly the right note"

We follow Hancock's journey from despised alcoholic to leather clad, worshiped superhero, all courtesy of PR guru Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and rather begrudgingly by his wife Mary (Charlize Theron).

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by Olly Mitchell

Charlie Bartlett(2008)

"Not only is it funny but I could really identify with these kids' need for acceptance"

Oh great, another teen movie. As if we haven't had enough of pre prom anxiety and what ever other dramas poor little rich American teens have to contend with. But this one's different. Not only is it funny but I could really identify with these kids' need for acceptance.

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by Jessica Alken

Speed Racer(2008)

"Speed Racer has a visually distinctive style all its own"

The vibrant colours and breathtaking CGI sequences enhance all velocity and emotions though the film. The performances are engaging. Emile Hirsch captures the wonder and conflict of a young hero. Christina Ricci is smart and sassy. John Goodman and Susan Sarandon are incredible and steal most of ...

by Jessica Alken