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Necktie Youth [ Hits:1503 ]
Review: Necktie Youth is a black-and-white drama with a documentary feel that attempts to capture the Zeitgeist of South African youth culture. We're thrown into an experimental haze of young, affluent and disillusioned South Africans, whose journeys intersect with the deeply affecting live-stream suicide of a local Jo'burg girl. The born-frees find themselves in a transitional post-Apartheid South Africa, full of pain, injustice and the frustration of hollow political promises. Their identities are ad...

New in Town [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3547 ]
Review: New in Town is a sweet, formulaic romantic comedy starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. in a snowbound Minnesota town called New Ulm. Zellweger plays Lucy Hill, a suit executive, who gets a bum job out in freezing Minnesota. She’s been commissioned to make lay-offs and instigate a new product line in the sleepy little town, which relies on the factory. The new gal in town struggles to fit in with her city ways, but eventually grows accustomed to the locals and their folksy warmth. He...

Next Day Air [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3503 ]
Review: Next Day Air is a Benny Boom film with boom in terms of gunfire and boom in the Afrikaans sense of the word. Boom’s MTV video direction must have raised some eyebrows, because the man’s made a name for himself in the movies. His feature film debut is an uneasy mix of Quentin Tarantino and a Spike Lee joint, starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Cisco Reyes and Mos Def. Now dropping Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee’s names into the melting pot may get your attention, but Next Day Air falls shor...

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4518 ]
Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian returns with the same team that brought us Night at the Museum, with Ben Stiller at the helm, writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon in the engine room and director, Shawn Levy on the steering wheel. The movie is even bigger than Night at the Museum, by expanding into Washington’s Smithsonian museum, but this bigger is better ideology has its pros and cons. A bigger budget means bigger names, bigger effects and a bigger story, but that always...

Nightcrawler [ Hits:3274 ]
Review: Nightcrawler is a dark and deviant crime drama thriller from Dan Gilroy that skewers news services with a compelling story about a sociopath, whose dead eye acumen and entrepreneurial spirit see him accumulate more and more power within the local news scene in Los Angeles. By covering the graveyard shift and some of the most grisly crimes in affluent areas, our ambitious on-the-scene newsman gains traction with a local news network and manager. Jake Gyllenhaal is a perfect match for Lou...

Nine [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5989 ]
Review: There are plenty of musicals that have found their niche on stage and film like Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Shop of Horrors and yes, even Grease. However, that doesn't stop me from cringing when I hear the word 'musical'. For heaven's sake, they're meant for Broadway not Hollywood... and if you're not examining the behind-the-scenes gravity like in Hamlet 2 or Every Little Step, then the only point of adapting to film is making the musical more accessible to those that don't live ...

No Strings Attached [ Hits:9355 ]
Review: No Strings Attached is not about puppets. It's a film about friends with benefits or f**k buddies, a fairly new term that has developed over the last twenty years. It's that agreed upon relational state that prioritizes sex over intimacy in a user relationship. Some would say this describes how every relationship they've been in has worked, but in this case it's a two-way street. Well, there's the problem. At some point, the sexual intimacy of a friends with benefits arrangement leads to one par...

Noah [ Hits:5467 ]
Review: Darren Aronofsky's Biblical fantasy epic was spawned from his fascination with the character of Noah. On the surface, Noah was a man commissioned by God to build an ark and gather two of every bird, animal and reptile before the floods cleansed the earth of humanity. The retelling of this Old Testament story tends to focus on the creatures, but Aronofsky turns to the characters and their near-apocalyptic plight. Russell Crowe plays the title role of Noah. He's a strong actor, famous for his mel...

Nocturnal Animals [ Hits:2749 ]
Review: Nocturnal Animals tells the story of a wealthy art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband's novel. Juxtaposing the cold, artistic reality of a divorcee, now remarried and alienated, with the dusty, gritty world of a self-reflecting novel, we experience a dark, disconcerting and tense atmosphere. Tom Ford's A Single Man is a conventional drama by contrast... both films have style, both are enhanced by strong performances, except it seems as though Ford is taking a page from David Lynch. ...

Noem My Skollie [ Hits:3061 ]
Review: Noem My Skollie or Call Me Thief is the story of Abraham and the Young Ones, a small-time gang that were separated for two years by a dangerous stint in Pollsmoor prison. The film is loosely based on the life of screenwriter, John W. Fredericks, marks a debut for director Daryne Joshua with Dann Jaques Mouton playing the title character. It's the second film in which Mouton is playing a character named Abraham after his titular role in Jans Rautenbach's Abraham and his likable and sweet nature e...

Notes on a Scandal [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3310 ]
Review: Notes on a Scandal is a gripping story that is elevated by the performances of its two lead female actresses. Dame Judi Dench, and Cate Blanchett were both nominated for Oscars as a result of their fine acting, and one can almost sympathise with Dench for being absent from the awards ceremony. Who would want to claim an Oscar for a role they may be embarrassed about? There probably is a better reason for her absenteeism, but someone playing the character of Barbara Covett would probably need a h...

Nothing for Mahala [ Hits:2509 ]
Review: Nothing for Mahala is one of those films that looks promising, but ultimately doesn't deliver the goods. The film's tag line "Where did it all go wrong?" is a question you may well be asking yourself after the credits roll... As a comedy, Nothing for Mahala, lacks bite. It's surprising when you consider some of the talent involved... yet not surprising when its funniest cast members: Casper de Vries, Krijay Govender, Kenneth Nkosi and Lionel Newton are reduced to glorified cameos. It combines ...

Now You See Me [ Hits:2377 ]
Review: Movies and magic share the art of illusion. Making you believe something's real is the end goal for both entertainment mediums, which can be a tricky balancing act in itself. Slick crime thriller Now You See Me walks this tightrope, drawing audiences in with its heady mix of intrigue and crime, in an attempt to breathe new life and excitement into an industry that desperately needs to rekindle its sparkle. The Four Horsemen, a group of magicians, join forces under mysterious circumstances. A ye...