Reviews & hands-on

  • Home Cinema 2 out of 5

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop - DVD review

    By 10 August 2009

    Ten minutes of watching this and I was fixing to put my smart-arse put-down critic head on, lining Paul Blart up for a sound critical kicking. Bland, unimaginative, generic, clichéd and lame – it wasn’t looking good, to be honest. After failing to...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Blades of Glory - DVD review

    By 15 August 2007

    Such is his popularity at present that only four words - Will Ferrell does NASCAR – were required to convince Sony to commission his last project, the $150 million making Taladega Nights. And so, treading a similar path, we now have "Will Ferrell does...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Hot Fuzz - DVD review

    By 18 June 2007

    Three years on from their big screen “Rom-Zom-Com” debut, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are back for another slice of genre busting action in Hot Fuzz, but does it match up to its predecessor? We get watching to find out. Pegg...

  • Home Cinema 2 out of 5

    Smokin' Aces - DVD review

    By 16 May 2007

    From the creator of gritty undercover cop thriller Narc, comes a furiously bloody action flick set in the murky underworld of the Las Vegas mafia. When Buddy “Aces” Israel (Piven), a magician and small-time crook, decides to turn state’s evidence...

  • Home Cinema 2.5 out of 5

    Tenacious D: In The Pick Of Destiny - DVD review

    By 6 April 2007

    Tenacious D - the folk-rock band created by Jack Black and Kyle Gass on HBO’s comedy sketch programme “The Mr. Show” - make a premature leap to the big screen in this meandering comedy written by the film’s stars. Rebelling against his puritanical...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Jackass number two - DVD review

    By 2 April 2007

    Four years on from their first big screen outing, the Jackass crew are back for another 95 minutes of bone crunching, testicle crushing mayhem. Dispensing with any pretence of a plot the gung-ho gang launch themselves into a string of uproarious skits...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - DVD review

    By 13 March 2007

    Jagshemash! Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comedy creation - Kazakhstani gypsy catcher turned journalist Borat Sagdiyev – makes his big screen debut in a scathing satirical attack on bigotry, misogyny and racism in the western world. Shot on a tiny budget...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Clerks 2 - DVD review

    By 22 February 2007

    So Dante and Randall are back – great news for all lovers of the original (and it was definitely original) movie. OK, so fans of Clerks will be disappointed that the new film is in colour, has a bigger budget and is a lot slicker than the anarchically...

  • Home Cinema 1.5 out of 5

    Accepted - DVD review

    By 13 February 2007

    Directorial debut from Grosse Point Blank writer Steve Pink (not to be confused with wacky radio wind-up merchant Steve Penk) that sees a group of high-school drop-outs setting up their own university because no-one else will take them. Dodgeball and...

  • Home Cinema 1 out of 5

    Click - DVD review

    By 7 February 2007

    Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is an over worked architect who is spending too much time at the office with his monster of a boss (David Hasselhoff) and not enough with his family. A spooky salesman called Morty (Christopher Walken) gives Sandler a “Universal...

  • Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Severance - DVD review

    By 24 January 2007

    Billed as “The Office meets Deliverance” - although more like Hostel crossed with Shaun of the Dead for our money - Severance is a surprisingly entertaining British comedy-horror. Seven colleagues (led by Danny Dyer’s “Steve” who boasts “I’ve...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    11.14 - DVD review

    By 20 January 2007

    Deliciously twisted black comedy from first time writer / director Greg Marcks that, in the style of Guillermo Arriaga’s “Amores Perros”, explores a fatal car crash from multiple perspectives. Set during the half hour preceding the accident - which...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    You, Me and Dupree - DVD review

    By 3 January 2007

    Pleasantly diverting comedy from the directors of US TV comedy hit Arrested Development that sees floppy-haired Frat Packer Owen Wilson proving the old adage that: “Two’s company. Dupree’s a crowd”. When newlyweds Carl (Dillon) and Molly (Hudson)...

  • Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Nacho Libre - DVD review

    By 20 December 2006

    Jack “School of Rock” Black plays Nacho, an overweight friar working as a chef in a run down Mexican orphanage. Desperate to earn some cash to spice up his kids’ meal times, Nacho dons a fetching leotard/mask combo and takes up the ancient Mexican...

  • Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    My Super Ex-Girlfriend - DVD review

    By 13 December 2006

    Ivan “Ghostbusters” Reitman’s latest sees a crime-fighting superhero, G-Girl (Thurman), embarking on a “Fatal Attraction”-style revenge mission when she is dumped by her mild-mannered boyfriend (Wilson). After meeting the seemingly normal Jenny...