A Predator reboot movie mess directed by Shane Black. Too many ideas, with a cast that makes no sense in an incoherent and studio ‘enhanced’ plot. Edited with garden shears, this rumbles between comedy and action, never being effective at either.
An industrial spy leaves himself clues to solve the crimes of which he’s now accused. An SF twist on a Hitchcock plot (based on a Philip K Dick story), this lumpen chase thriller gets bogged down early and doesn’t relax into what Woo – when unrestrained – does best.
Four New York zoo animals find themselves accidentally marooned in the wilds of Madagascar. Fast and funny CG animation, with enough going on by way of slapstick, good gags, pop culture references and keen voicework to keep all ages entertained.
Mark Renton returns to Edinburgh, twenty years on. Confident sequel/reprise of the 1996 original. Plenty to enjoy and admire, even if there’s inevitably a spark of freshness missing.
An embittered US Army veteran is given the task of repatriating a dying Cheyenne chief. Handsome, sombre and occasionally po-faced Western with a straightforward message. Good performances, though not quite the epic it wants to be.
Robert the Bruce rebels against Edward I. Straightforward historical action drama in the Braveheart mould, with plenty of detail, production values aplenty and some gusto in the playing. Blood, mud and a trebuchet/mangonel device.
Dumb but fun U.S. take on Kung Fu action. Kurt Russell leads a solid cast on a quest to rescue a damsel in distress. Though a tad dated, plenty here to like and doesn’t take itself too seriously.