After almost a decade of superhero domination at the box office Marvel have re-invented the popcorn blockbuster with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers gang. Last summer's Tony Stark tale was delivered by Lethal Weapon creator Shane Black with the third instalment in the Iron Man franchise setting the bar for action smack downs segued with killer gags. Marvel's latest is a game-changer set to rip up the hero origin story blueprint.
From Gollum and King Kong to great ape Caesar, Andy Serkis has blazed a new trail for actors with his motion capture performances in recent years. The pioneer talks us through his work on Matt Reeves' sci-fi sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. NME: How much has motion capture technology advanced since you first donned your lycra suit to play Gollum? "It’s really moved on since I first played Gollum 14 years ago. It’s gone from being a visual effect to a true performance - from an on stage reference to an authored performance.
After what seems like a frankly unfair delay following its preposterously successful release overseas, Gravity - the most talked about cinematic event for quite some time - will hit cinemas this week. At last, we can finally see what all this buzz, fuss and mad critical frothing has been about. The brainchild of Children Of Men and Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón, it tells the story of a pair of astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - henceforth known as ‘Bulloney’) who get into a pickle while tinkering with the Hubble Space Telescope.
You wonder if the title of the new Star Trek movie is almost a joke. It's shot with so much flare you find half the time squinting. No matter. With his 2009 reboot of a series long since shrinking into fannish inconsequentiality, JJ Abrams achieved something quite extraordinary. He deserves a spot of glare.
Rocky Tinder of Portland garage-synth noiseniks Wampire has assembled a list of his favourite creepy horror movies. Here are his choices, and here's what he has to say: "When I was asked to put together a list of creepy/cult/horror films a few instantly came to mind. For me, some of the most enjoyable of horror movies are the ones so absurd and funny that you are left with a life long memory of just how confusingly terrible that movie was.