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Uitvlucht [ Hits:2934 ]
Review: Regardt van der Bergh has made a name for himself directing faith-based coming-of-age dramas that involve some form of healing. Uitvlucht is no different as we follow a woman burdened with guilt as she tries to start afresh after a difficult divorce. It's a story-within-a-story as the film's main plot unfolds as narrated by a wise old man to an apprentice struggling in his marriage. The narrative device gives some leniency in its retelling as we're getting this from a man's fixed and possibly b...

Un Plan Parfait (Fly Me to the Moon) [ Hits:3413 ]
Review: Un Plan Parfait also known as Fly Me to the Moon is a French romantic comedy directed by Pascal Chaumeil. The film brings Dany Boon (Welcome to the Sticks) together with Diane Kruger, who is yet to leave a lasting impression on audiences, despite her model features and impressive list of credits. A successful woman tries to fast-forward a second time lucky family curse by divorcing a stranger in order to marry her boyfriend without any doubts. Unfortunately, this concept comedy hinges on a make...

Unbroken [ Hits:4987 ]
Review: Louis Zamperini's story was bound to become a movie. The Olympian, war veteran and survivor's tale of resilience and triumph of the human spirit is astounding. From his early years of fighting off bullies, training for the Olympics, war-time heroics, deep sea survival and prisoner-of-war camp degradation... we're cast into an epic and powerful true story. Zamperini's true life survival adventure caught the attention of filmmakers after it was adapted by Laura Hillenbrand into the book, Unbr...

Undead or Alive [ 2007 ] [ Hits:22594 ]
Review: The recent success of mainstream movies like Shaun of the Dead has sparked a zombie revival. However, the much talked about “zombedy” has to strike a fine balance in order to be taken seriously by zombie movie fans. Undead or Alive seems to tick most check boxes on the zombie side of things, but doesn’t really have much ammo when it comes to comedy as two cowboys become partners, only to discover that they’re being pursued by zombies infected with Geronimo’s curse. Chris Kattan from Sa...

Under the Skin [ Hits:2261 ]
Review: Under the Skin is an original film, based on the novel by Michel Faber. After falling in love with the story and several drafts later, director and co-writer, Jonathan Glazer, decided to move away from an illustrative adaptation and rather tap into the essence of the main character's experiences. The project was in development for 10 years before Scarlett Johansson signed on and it became a reality. Just like Kubrick's take on The Shining, Glazer approached Under the Skin on his own terms rathe...

Underdog [ 2007 ] [ Hits:4778 ]
Review: Underdog is based on the popular ’60s cartoon of the same title. The dog flies, wears a garment and cape, talks and leaves a trail of destruction like the original. The big difference is that Underdog is a live action movie, unlike its animated namesake. Disney take the superhero to new heights by telling the prequel story of how he came to be. A simple lost pup story is translated into a voyage of discovery as Shoeshine and his adopted owners start to discover his hidden talents. The journey ...

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3358 ]
Review: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a prequel to Underworld, which takes place hundreds of years prior to the modern day feud between Lycan (Werewolf) and Vampire. One should approach the third installment of most movies with caution, and Underworld is no different. However, this medieval fantasy feud was surprisingly watchable. The cast is good, the special effects are balanced, the settings are as dark and foreboding as the soundtrack and the story combines a number of familiar themes. Bill Nigh...

Unknown [ Hits:21787 ]
Review: According to a 2008 IOL article, identity theft could be costing South African individuals and firms more than R1 billion a year. Scam artists have even begun to register assumed identities as deceased in order to make a claim on their life insurance or estates. That's what makes Unknown so fascinating and possible as Dr. Martin Harris finds out what it's like to slip off the grid. Imagine waking up after a car accident to find that your life has been upended without a trace of your former life....

UP [ 2009 ] [ Hits:9753 ]
Review: UP is possibly the shortest name for a film since X, but we're not talking about Spike Lee's film on Malcolm X, the first X-Men movie, the X-Files or even the similarity of illiterate people's signatures. We're talking about UP, Pixar's latest Best Animated Film Oscar in the wake of "WAAAALLLLL-E" - pretty irritating after a while. If you've ever thought you could fly without smoke or mirrors, you should watch this movie. It's a must-see, as are all of Pixar's films, with the exception of Cars. ...

Up in the Air [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4682 ]
Review: Have you ever been fired or had to fire someone? It's never nice. In fact, the experience is generally terrible and is considered to have gone well if there's no incident. It's the reason bosses let people go on a Friday. We think we're defined by our jobs. It's the first thing anyone ever asks upon introduction, "So what do you do for a living?". I guess that's why it's so painful... taking the very thing that defines or establishes us in society and whipping it right out from under us. There's...