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Turtle acceptance and suspension of disbelief

James Clayton Feature Oct 17, 2014

Have modern movies increased our ability to accept outlandish heroes like the Ninja Turtles? Yes, and it's a good thing, James writes...

Movie objects that deserve their own spin-off

James Clayton Feature Oct 10, 2014

If the Annabelle doll can get a The Conjuring spin-off, what other movie objects are primed for future stardom, ponders James?

Dracula Untold, Dracula undying, Dracula overdone?

James Clayton Feature Oct 3, 2014

Dracula Untold bites the UK box office this week, but are we reaching vampire overload, James wonders...

Railing against the international release date conspiracy

James Clayton Feature Sep 26, 2014

Will we ever get Snowpiercer in a UK cinema? James ponders the international release date conspiracy...

Liam Neeson and the modern masculinity crisis

James Clayton Feature Sep 19, 2014

Liam Neeson again plays a tough guy with a past in A Walk Among The Tombstones. James looks at the masculine thread in Neeson's films...

Sin City and the eternal, seductive allure of film noir

James Clayton Feature Aug 22, 2014

The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...

Elderly action heroes and Hollywood age issues

James Clayton Feature Aug 15, 2014

The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...

2014's supporting characters that deserve their own spin-off

James Clayton Feature Aug 8, 2014

James Clayton argues the case for spending more time with some supporting characters, crying out for a movie of their own...

How the movies are making space fun again

James Clayton Feature Aug 1, 2014

The launch of Guardians Of The Galaxy leaves James thinking about space movies, and how Marvel have made them fun again...

Keeping cinema's surprises

James Clayton Feature Jul 25, 2014

In this week's column, James looks at the tricky task of retaining movie surprises in modern cinema...

Performance capture, Serkis, movies, videogames and Apes

James Clayton Feature Jul 18, 2014

The James Clayton column: James explores the path to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and where we might be heading next...

The James Clayton Column: Superhero multiverse superfranchise overkill?

James Clayton Feature May 23, 2014

The arrival of X-Men: Days Of Future Past leaves James wondering: are we suffering from superhero overkill?

The James Clayton Column: Godzilla and perspective shifts

James Clayton Feature May 16, 2014

Godzilla's cinematic return leaves James pondering the power of monster movies and how they give us a sense of perspective...

The James Clayton Column: The beautiful legacy of Hayao Miyazaki

James Clayton Feature May 9, 2014

With The Wind Rises out in the UK now, James salutes the work of its legendary animator, Hayao Miyazaki...

The James Clayton Column: The May 4th Star Wars announcement?

James Clayton Feature May 2, 2014

What could the much-anticipated May the 4th Star Wars announcement reveal? James makes a few tongue-in-cheek predictions...

The James Clayton Column: picture the post-human future

James Clayton Feature Apr 25, 2014

The arrival of Transcendence leaves James pondering AI computers in the movies and our post-human future...

The James Clayton Column: You need The Raid 2, you need violent films

James Clayton Feature Apr 11, 2014

With The Raid 2 arriving in UK cinemas too, James wants a word about violent movies...

The James Clayton Column: The Biblical blockbuster comeback?

James Clayton Feature Apr 4, 2014

As Noah arrives in cinemas, and with Ridley Scott's Exodus around the corner, James ponders the return of the biblical epic...

The James Clayton Column: 10 great things about The Muppets movie

James Clayton Feature Mar 28, 2014

As its sequel makes its debut in UK cinemas, James looks back at the 2011 The Muppets movie...

The James Clayton Column: Questions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future

James Clayton Feature Mar 21, 2014

As Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives, James considers the future phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...

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