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Calvary [ Hits:1760 ]
Review: Calvary is an immense Irish drama about the church, mortality and revenge. As you'd imagine from the movie title and such a severe line-up of themes, it's a dark, heavy and soulful film led by a tremendous performance from Brendan Gleeson that embodies these sombre qualities. This isn't the first time Brendan Gleeson and fellow writer-director John Michael McDonagh have worked together. The two seem destined to become a famous duo after working to acclaim in The Guard, in which Gleeson played a...

Camille [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3936 ]
Review: False advertising... I'm talking about movie marketing, the kind that misleads you into thinking a movie is something it isn't! This has got to be the evil machinations of production houses, who back a dark horse on its star power, sheer originality or budgetary concerns in the hopes that someone will rent or buy tickets to their movie. Camille is one such film, punted as a romantic comedy... this couldn't be anything further from the truth. If Raging Bull was romance and Schindler's List was co...

Captain America: Civil War [ Hits:3306 ]
Review: Captain America: Civil War continues in the tradition of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It sounds like an obvious statement when you consider it follows as a sequel, but these sequels are very different from Captain America: The First Avenger. The first installation was an origins story and focused on Steve Rogers, or Captain America, played by Chris Evans. While more than competent, Evans isn't the most charming actor to don spandex and despite his best efforts to fly solo, a captain need...

Captain America: The First Avenger [3D] [ Hits:5043 ]
Review: If you had to choose an iconic Marvel superhero that best resembles the characteristics of DC Comics' Superman, Captain America should definitely be on the shortlist. With director Joe Johnston’s (Hidalgo, Jurassic Park 3, Jumanji) admirable take on the ultimate freedom fighters' origins, the excitement for the inevitable Avengers movie has reached fever pitch. But how does Captain America's story compare to other Marvel heavyweights like Ironman, Thor and Spiderman?The first thing you come ...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [ Hits:1894 ]
Review: Captain America doesn't really have any super powers. He's a super soldier, armed with a shield that doubles as a boomerang frisbee. His agility, strength, healing and endurance abilities make him slightly more difficult to kill than you or I, but let's face the facts... he's a G.I. Joe at a fancy dress party. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers, the soldier turned superhero, also known as Captain America. He's a solid actor, and has the physique and chiseled looks to play a superhero. Unfortunatel...

Captain Fantastic [ Hits:2780 ]
Review: Captain Fantastic is a bizarre clash of cultures. Raised in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father educates, imbues his values and trains his six kids to fend for themselves. Without a television and having to hunt for food, their cloistered Swiss Family Robinson style upbringing presents a number of challenges from societal integration to coping in a capitalist me-orientated America. Having extensive book knowledge makes them more than capable to think for themselves and much more adept...

Captain Phillips [ Hits:2189 ]
Review: In an age dominated by superheroes, it's always refreshing to hear about real-life heroes. You know, those people who see an opportunity to step in and have the courage to follow through. Captain Richard Phillips is one such person, who made headlines worldwide when the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama container vessel he was captaining became the target of a pirate attack in the Somalian Basin in 2009. Captain Phillips recounts this true story in what could be described as a mixture of Casta...

Casting Me... [ Hits:3978 ]
Review: Casting Me... is a character-driven semi-biographical indie comedy romance inspired by Clerks. Instead of Kevin Smith, we have Quinton Lavery, whose real-life antics as a casting director have spilled over into film as we journey with the man on his quest to write and direct a film after hours and win back his sweetheart. The film stars Paul Snodgrass, a South African comedian, actor and radio man, whose love for acting was rekindled when he landed the lead in Casting Me... Snodgrass studied dr...

CHAPPiE [ Hits:3802 ]
Review: Chappie is Neill Blomkamp's latest thought-provoking sci-fi actioner, following in the wake of Elysium and the revered District 9. Die Antwoord were blown away by District 9 and felt an immediate synergy with Blomkamp, leading the zef rappers and director to join forces. Adamant that they be themselves in the film, Chappie was born out of the idea that Ninja and Yo-landi raise a robot. While Neill Blomkamp and Die Antwoord share a fierce desire to create original, surprising and inherently raw ...

Cheri [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4019 ]
Review: Chéri is Michelle Pfeiffer's movie. She's the star, the prime cougar and the backbone to this romantic drama set at the turn of the century with European upper classes in the throes of the excessive period known as Belle Epoque. Chéri, a second-rate "homonym" for 'Sherry' and 'Cherry', is an apt title for this period piece, which delves into the social and cultural excesses of the time, by indulging in the romantic and erotic affair between Lea (Pfeiffer), a renowned seductress and Chéri (Fri...

Chloe [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4516 ]
Review: Chloe is an erotic thriller with a difference. The movie is directed by Atom Egoyan (Adoration), headlining an all-star cast with Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. The movie poster and single name title may have echoes of Lolita, but the story follows a more traditional erotic thriller formula with the classic love triangle. David Stewart (Neeson), a respectable professor and married man, misses a flight and an unexpected surprise party back home. An incriminating photo and some u...

Chocolat [ Hits:3379 ]
Review: Most people may associate Chocolat with the quaint Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp romance drama released at the turn of the 21st-century about a chocolate shop in a small French village. However, the original "Chocolat" became famous for clowning in Paris at the turn of the 20th-century. Rafael "Chocolat" Padilla became the first black circus artist in France and Chocolat chronicles his rise and fall. Together with George Footit, the pairing revolutionised the art form by concocting a double ...

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader [ Hits:4397 ]
Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the latest offering in C.S. Lewis's Narnia series. After Prince Caspian's "disappointing" box office run, Disney washed its hands of the franchise. However, the series went under new management with Fox taking the reigns with Michael Apted (Amazing Grace) attached as director with Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley taking over as co-leads from their siblings and Ben Barnes reprising his role as Caspian. Prince Caspian was strongly influenced...

City of God [ 2002 ] [ Hits:7225 ]
Review: City of God aka Cidade de Deus looks and feels real. You know you’re about to see something special, when the opening scene rolls. Chickens are being plucked and prepared, while festive music fills the air. In the City of God, the children are the criminals. They all run around playing ‘cops and robbers’. Only this ‘cops and robbers’ leaves some dead. When they’re not playing soccer on the dusty fields, they’re toting handguns and holding gas trucks up for money and loot. The polic...

City of Violence [ Hits:3474 ]
Review: City of Violence is an adaptation of the award-winning novel, Zulu, by Caryl Férey. The gritty crime drama thriller has been directed by Jérôme Salle and stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker. We're immersed into apartheid-era Cape Town, South Africa, where two policemen are investigating a massacre, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug. Instead of a typical Hollywood buddy movie, we're presented with an artful crime drama that fights against these genre conventio...

Clash of the Titans [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4632 ]
Review: Clash of the Titans is a remake of, no - not Remember the Titans... rewind a bit further back to 1981's Clash of the Titans. You don't remember it? Neither do I, although I hear it was pretty good for its time, elevated to cult status for its stop motion special effects. The same can not and will not be said for Clash of the Titans (2010). You'd think that 29 years of cinema and dental technology would actually improve mythology, but it hasn't. It appears you still need actors that can breathe l...

Cleaner [ 2007 ] [ Hits:4827 ]
Review: Cleaner is directed by Renny Harlin, and tells the story of an ex-cop sterilisation cleaner, who becomes unknowingly involved in a homicide after doing a cover-up job. Harlin is best known for The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2. Samuel L. Jackson stars in Cleaner, and the two have worked in a number of similar projects. Jackson has starred in The Exorcist III, while Harlin directed the latest prequel. Jackson starred in Die Hard 3, while Harlin directed Die Hard 2. Then Jackson ...

Close Encounters of the Third Kind [ 1977 ] [ Hits:3576 ]
Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the film that followed the box office sensation Jaws (1975). Spielberg had made a name for himself, and had stuck his flag down to mark his territory. These were the first steps for the juggernaut of blockbusters, and soon he found even more success with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. CE3K, is a landmark piece of cinematic entertainment. In the opening desert sequence, the subtitles say it’s present day. I was looking for clues to suggest this was not...

Cloud Atlas [ Hits:4245 ]
Review: The Wachowski Bros. brought us The Matrix, a film that redefined action sequences and challenged audiences to wrap their minds around a nightmarish vision of the future, now. The sci-fi actioner was revolutionary and set in motion a multi-million dollar franchise and a trilogy with diminishing returns. It's been 13 years since The Matrix and they still haven't managed to better it. The Wachowskis have racked up film credits for The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Speed Racer, V for Ven...

Cobain: Montage of Heck [ Hits:3487 ]
Review: Kurt Cobain is an icon of the '90s. The Nirvana frontman's music lives on... long after his alleged suicide, perpetuated by a strong cult following, conspiracy theories and his enigmatic spirit. Montage of Heck is a documentary that assimilates Cobain's art, writing, vocal recordings and home videos into a raw, honest and intimate biographical music film. Writer-director, Brett Morgen, was fascinated with Pink Floyd's film, The Wall, which blended animation, symbolism and their music into a hau...

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