Exberliner: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

After the ensemble kerfuffle of his last outing, Cap’n Am must contend with a fracturing S.H.I.E.L.D., conflicting loyalties and the louring presence of a pallid, metal-armed assassin type harshing his 21st-century buzz. There to bolster his brawn are Black Widow (playing second banana – again), gadgetry of varying daftness and some fun cameos. Perhaps the…

Need for Speed (Scott Waugh, 2014)

Obnoxiously shiny and expensive cars hurtle through busy public streets, directed from overhead by a misappropriated traffic aircraft, while slimy trust fund kids and the lame old police try to spoil all the fun. A clunky plot, limp dialogue, charmless tech pandering and some bolted-on 3D set pieces fail to soup up proceedings, and the…

Exberliner: This is the End

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s gang of celebrity buddies meet in the latter’s Hollywood pad to party like there’s no tomorrow – and wouldn’t you know it, the apocalypse strikes. The stage is set for a hefty dose of self-indulgent bro comedy. Their boy-man style does have its moments of puerile glory, especially in the…