Arts Feature: The end is in sight

Brian Lloyd talks to directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Seth Rogen to discover why apocalyptic actioners are replacing more amiable fare at the multiplexes.

20th July, 2013
Seth Rogen's This Is The End.

Mainstream cinema is nothing if not repetitive. Every five or ten years, there's an inevitable reboot of a hot property or franchise. Whether it's comic-book heroes being recast, stories being updated for newer audiences, or a less-than-necessary prequel to a successful series, Hollywood is more than willing to spin itself in decreasing circles in order to turn a profit.

But in recent years, cinema blockbusters have undergone a radical change in their overarching themes. Gone...

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