Man on a Ledge (2012)

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For his feature debut, Danish filmmaker Asger Leth follows his 2006 documentary Ghosts of Cite Soleil (co-directed with Milos Loncarevic) with something entirely different; a high concept action thriller that is about as Hollywood as they come. That’s to say that everything is overblown, from premise to location and effects, and – like so many of its genre – it’s entirely throwaway.

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Avatar (DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the short four months since it hit cinemas, James Cameron’s visual spectacle Avatar has broken all box office records to become the highest grossing film of all time – knocking Cameron’s own Titanic into second place on the list. Indeed, so many people have seen the film during its theatrical run that the marketing campaign for the DVD and Blu-ray release invites audiences to ‘return to Pandora’; so assuming that this would be the second (or third, or more) time of watching the film for many of those who choose to buy it. That it will break home entertainment sales records over the coming week seems to be a pretty safe bet.

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Terminator Salvation (2009)

Long bot summer…

Reading the Internet buzz about Terminator Salvation – which, if you’re a film fan of any degree, has been impossible to ignore – it seems that the movie has been inviting popular enthusiasm but critical apathy. McG’s bold, brash addition to the seminal sci-fi franchise is one of those films that appeals to the masses, but leaves the professional reviewers cold; that it’s both described as a ‘confused, humourless grind’ by Anthony Lane of the New Yorker and an ‘awesome movie’ by filmgoer Philip P on reviews website Metacritic highlights this massive gulf. Of course, it’s all a matter of opinion, and in the opinion of this reviewer Terminator Salvation is neither a grind nor awesome. Instead, as a bombastic big-budget blockbuster it does exactly what it says on the tin

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