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Faan se Trein [ Hits:2951 ]
Review: Faan se Trein is an adaptation of a popular Afrikaans stage production that has been running for almost 40 years. The film takes place in a small Karoo town, where a mentally-challenged man becomes the centre of much taunting and ridicule. After a number of violent and inappropriate outbursts, he divides the community between those wanting to give him another chance and those wanting him to be taken away. Faan se Trein shares a number of elements with Roepman, making it a worthy companion piece....

Fame [ 2009 ] [ Hits:7306 ]
Review: Fame (2009) is a remake of the 1980 Oscar-winning musical drama by the same title, which chronicled the lives of several teenagers through a performing arts academy. The 1980 version was original and performed by a talented ensemble of dancers, singers and actors. The film migrated to television as people realised the endurance potential for a TV drama based on the lives of art students. This is where the new Fame slips up. American Idols and talent shows have taken the airwaves by storm as the ...

Fanboys [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3384 ]
Review: Fanboys is a road trip comedy about friends, fanatics and final wishes, which is based on a New Zealand short film of the same title set in 2003. Star Wars is the common denominator as a geeky bunch of guys set off on a cross-country road trip to steal a draft copy of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace from Skywalker Ranch. The cast doesn’t have any major stars, unless you count Dan Fogler, the lead from Balls of Fury. Dan Fogler is still trying to break the Jack Black roles, but manages to bring h...

Fanie Fourie's Lobola [ Hits:15480 ]
Review: Fanie Fourie's Lobola is better than you think. The title and movie poster conjure up what you'd imagine to be a crass, over-the-top comedy, leaning on stereotypes with a side order of cheeky romance. Thankfully, it's not. This new South African romantic comedy doesn't insult your senses, it's actually street smart and mature. Fanie Fourie's Lobola is based on the book by Nape 'A Motana. It's a curious journey into an interracial and cross-cultural relationship between Fanie, an Afrikaans "boer...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [ Hits:1449 ]
Review: J.K. Rowling's adventures of a young wizard named Harry Potter have entrenched themselves in pop culture. Books, movies, theme parks, wand TV remotes... the franchise continues to swallow book worms whole. After the series came to an end in two parts, a relief for some and travesty for others, we thought we'd seen the end of Potter's world. However, like some American public house sitcoms... some things have a way of reviving themselves through what is called an open air quotes... spin-off... cl...

Fantastic Four [ Hits:3334 ]
Review: Fantastic Four was a film with serious potential featuring: Chronicle's exciting director, Josh Trank, accomplished screenwriters including X-Men's Simon Kinsberg and an up-and-coming cast with Whiplash's Miles Teller, Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan, it-girl Kate Mara, Toby "Koba" Kebbell and even that kid from Billy Elliot. When stars collide... it's either a magical union or a black hole. Fantastic Four doesn't live up to its name. In fact, it doesn't even live up to the serviceable 20...

Farce of the Penguins [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3640 ]
Review: The name Bob Saget should ring a bell for most people. The guy made a name for himself in the popular sitcom, Full House and also hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. His heyday was in the ’90s, and it seems destined to stay that way after this mockumentary of March of the Penguins, in which a number of stars voice real-life penguin characters in one penguin’s quest for love. The Farce of the Penguins combines Saget’s dirty comedy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Full House warmth, M...

Fast & Furious 4 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3456 ]
Review: Fast & Furious is yet another dazzling display of muscles, speed and power. This sequel reunites the original pair of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in a grudge sting to bring down a big drug cartel and take revenge. The cars are flashy, the women are sexy and the men are as macho as action men from the ’80s. The franchise definitely has a formula for the masses and it’s more about looks than substance. Anyone going to see Fast & Furious must realise that its brawn and body over brains. The stor...

Fast & Furious 6 [ Hits:2734 ]
Review: Fast cars, leggy women, big guns, money and loads of piston-pumping action is the stuff of the Fast & Furious. Six movies in and it's like they're just starting their engines as the flags go down and the winner takes all. Although to be fair, the road has had some twists, veering into new territory with Tyrese Gibson in 2 Fast 2 Furious and then reinventing the series altogether with the third one, Tokyo Drift. The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long way - peaking with their hybrid...

Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist [ Hits:4131 ]
Review: On your marks... get set... GO! Just like the Need for Speed video game brand, The Fast and the Furious has built its own empire out of man's desire to win, conquer and defy death. Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist is Fast and Furious in fifth gear and they've made a few modifications... powering the same dopamine-infused head rush that generally comes after the chequered flag or "The Brazilian Job" in this case.In the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious, Dominic Torretto (Diesel) and his ...

Fast and Furious 7 [ Hits:4680 ]
Review: Fast and Furious is a film series that seems to be improving with time. You wouldn't imagine a franchise about sexy women, fast cars and machismo would last seven outings, but Fast and Furious has aged well and keeps reinventing itself! This time, it's personal... as Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his gang for the death of his brother. Fast and Furious 7 is a shift for the series, opting for renowned horror film-maker, James Wan, to take the wheel with action man, Jason ...

Felix [ Hits:3395 ]
Review: Felix is a feel good family comedy drama that you will cherish for it's fun, exuberant and sweet-natured tone. This delightful underdog story arrives in the wake of Spud and has been dubbed "Billy Elliott with Cape Jazz". It's wholeheartedly entertaining and difficult not to like, owing to a positively charming ensemble, a spirited story about a boy with a dream and lively local jazz. When young Felix Xaba enrolls at an elitist private school in Cape Town on a scholarship, his dream of becoming...

Fifty Shades of Grey [ Hits:1758 ]
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey is the film adaptation of the bestselling erotic novel of the same name by E.L. James. The novel's wildfire popularity, despite mixed reviews, created a readership and audience in wait. Now that the eagerly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived, ironically over Valentine's weekend, we're forced to make sense of this provocative and subversive female fantasy about the rigours of a modern sadomasochistic relationship. The idea for the novel originally spawned as erotic...

Filth [ Hits:3498 ]
Review: Director, Jon S. Baird is a brave and determined director. When the pig-headed policeman on the front cover of Irvine Welsh's Filth caught his imagination, he read the novel and was inspired to direct what was then deemed impossible to adapt. The film rights had just expired and Baird took it upon himself to visit Irvine Welsh in person to convince him that the adaptation for his book was in good hands. After a clinking of pints between the Trainspotting author and Cass writer-director, Filth wa...

Final Destination 5 [3D] [ Hits:4053 ]
Review: Final Destination 5... the franchise has come a long way - relying on a tried-and-tested roller-coaster formula that brings audiences back for another thrill ride. The Final Destination, or fourth installment of the series was a serious low - delivering extra cheese with a gimmicky aftertaste that just ruined whatever credibility Final Destination had racked up since 2000. So it was a sweet relief that the latest edition, Final Destination 5, has come back with a vengeance to leave on a high not...

Finding Lenny [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4678 ]
Review: Finding Lenny is Barry Hilton’s long-awaited debut on the big screen. “The Cousin” is a legend when it comes to stand up comedy, and he brings a South African flavour to his comic twist on everyday situations. He’s instantly recognisable and stars in his own TV Series, Funny You Should Say That and appears in a number of commercials, most notably Savannah. Candid comedian Leon Schuster is currently the movie mogul when it comes to South African comedy, churning out record-breaking hits l...

Finding Vivian Maier [ Hits:2447 ]
Review: Some of the best stories are the ones shrouded in mystery and history. Finding Vivian Maier is one such story, about a nanny whose street photography hobby established her overnight... years after her death. The reclusive Maier was an eccentric individual to those who knew her, but after her 100,000 photo collection was discovered, it seems as though no one ever really did. Finding Vivian Maier tries to piece together the puzzle of Maier to determine why she took photographs and steered clear of...

Fired Up [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3706 ]
Review: What would you think if you heard a film had been submitted to the MPAA 8 times to obtain a PG-13 rating, was written by four writers credited as "Freedom Jones" and contained no nudity whatsoever, after marketing a poster with a giant F.U. for Fired Up? Well the F.U. part certainly rings a bell in this luke warm attempt at a post-90s teen comedy. For starters, one of Fired Up's bros Eric Christian Olsen, starred as Austin in Not Another Teen Movie in 2001. Now forgive me for saying this, but he...

Focus [ Hits:3264 ]
Review: Ever since Seven Pounds, it feels as though Will Smith has lost his mojo. Once known for his natural charisma and happy-go-lucky attitude, it's now difficult to see that x-factor and twinkle in his eye. Perhaps being contrasted with Tom Cruise changed his game plan as the exuberant Oscar-nominated actor found himself in what seems like a Hollywood identity crisis. Smith's star has been left tarnished by underwhelming performances in Men in Black 3 and After Earth, with forgettable cameos in Anc...

Fokofpolisiekar: The Movie [ 2009 ] [ Hits:8411 ]
Review: Fokofpolisiekar (fuck-off-police-car) are a five-piece Afrikaans punk band that hail from Bellville, Cape Town. When they formed back in 2003, they wanted to broadcast a lifestyle and spirit that reflected the state of affairs for Afrikaners in South Africa. Their complex heritage had left a generation of Afrikaans youth stranded; feeling displaced and alienated in their own country and it was time to forge ahead. Their heritage, the Church, enforced traditions, guilt for an era they had no ...

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