Action and adventure films

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The Woman King review – a thunderously cinematic good time
Magnificent Viola Davis heads Gina Prince-Bythewood’s ass-kicking, thought-provoking epic inspired by a real-life all-female army

Wendy Ide

01, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Lou review – Allison Janney gets her Taken but leaves us wanting
A welcome action lead for the Oscar winner is wasted in a Netflix kidnap thriller that underwhelms and exhausts

Benjamin Lee

23, Sep, 2022 @7:09 AM

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Avatar review – James Cameron’s laboriously silly blockbuster shows its age
Ahead of the release of new chapter, the first in the franchise yields little – even the much-vaunted tech is old hat

Peter Bradshaw

21, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Burial review – alternative-history drama of the battle over Hitler’s corpse
Intriguing alt-history about a struggle to capture the dictator’s corpse is ill-served by vague characterisation and feeble action scenes

Phil Hoad

20, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Sam Mendes: the next James Bond film should be directed by a woman
The director of Skyfall and Spectre addressed a key behind-the-scenes aspect of the Bond franchise

Catherine Shoard

15, Sep, 2022 @2:15 PM

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Devotion review – sturdy flyboy biopic needs more maverick spirit
Toronto film festival: An inspiring yet by-the-numbers retelling of the first Black man to compete in the navy’s flight training program

Charles Bramesco in Toronto

13, Sep, 2022 @1:50 PM

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End of the Road review – Queen Latifah finds a dead end in clumsy Netflix thriller
Some authentic moments of racial tension aside, this derivative and trope-heavy trip isn’t worth taking

Radheyan Simonpillai

09, Sep, 2022 @7:14 AM

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Wolves of War review – Ed Westwick pouts his way through behind-the-lines Nazi thriller
With a limited budget and overfamiliar storyline, this British war film never rises above a few nail-biting moments

Cath Clarke

05, Sep, 2022 @10:34 AM

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Beast review – are you on Team Lion or Team Idris?
An enraged lion gives Idris Elba’s Nate and daughters a safari to remember as director Baltasar Kormákur brings unusual depth to the animal attack genre

Wendy Ide

27, Aug, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Samaritan review – Sylvester Stallone slums it in Amazon’s superhero saga
There’s an overwhelming sense of deja vu in this competently made but immediately forgettable tale of a superhero forced out of retirement

Benjamin Lee

25, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Special Delivery review – noirish bruiser is Fast and Furious in South Korea
Parasite’s Park So-dam stars as an elite courier ferrying fugitives in an action thriller packed with dangerous driving

Phil Hoad

15, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Fall review – wildly effective survival thriller delivers seat-edge suspense
Two young women are trapped on top of a 2,000ft tower in an absolutely absurd yet undeniably effective nightmare

Benjamin Lee

10, Aug, 2022 @3:00 PM

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