300: Rise of an Empire
First screened in December 2014
Director: Noam Murro. Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell, Rodrigo Garcia, Lena Headey, Igal Naor, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Ashraf Barhom, Ben Turner, Christopher Sciueref, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, Peter Mensah, Jade Chynoweth, Caitlin Carmichael, flashback inserts of Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, and other people who died last time. Screenplay: Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad (based on the apparently unpublished graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller).

Twitter Capsule: Green's fun but the digital blood and macho jingo-kitsch masked as democratic coalition-building aren't.

VOR:   No denying its value as liveblog fodder or drinking game. But unless you crave a temperature-read on current levels of amped-up, war-mongering machismo, you can safely move on.

Photo © 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D+

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