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Valentines Day [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5048 ]
Review: Valentine's Day brings some of the most bipolar emotions to the surface... yes, love is a complex thing. You can have a Valentine's slasher about a bloodthirsty psycho in a mask killing teens for the sheer thrill of it or a Valentine's slusher like the sickly sweet I Hate Valentine's Day starring, directed, written and conceived by Hollywood's favourite Greek (next to Zorba), Nia Vardolos. Either way, there's bound to be carnage on the battlefield of love, whether a masked killer is trying to se...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets [ Hits:5524 ]
Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a fun-filled and eye-popping sci-fi comedy action adventure that recalls the quirky, comic spirit of Besson's previous sci-fi extravaganza The Fifth Element, the CGI dimension of James Cameron's Avatar and the technologically imaginative and bizarre world of David Cronenberg's existenZ. Based on the influential comic book series of the same name, we follow 28th Century special operatives, Valerian and Laureline, who must race to identify a marauding...

Valkyrie [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4415 ]
Review: Valkyrie is a historical drama based on the last assassination attempt made on Hitler, which triggered an uprising in the guise of a military action known as Operation Valkyrie. The title refers to Richard Wagner’s piece, Ride of the Valkyries, a famous piece of music strongly associated with Apocalypse Now. The Valkyries were depicted in Norse mythology as winged women that would swoop down over battlefields gathering fallen heroes. The name is derived from the old Norse word ‘valkyrja’, ...

Vampires Suck [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4132 ]
Review: Once upon a time... Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer got writing credits for Scary Movie. Nevermind that they were credited as 5th and 6th on the list, they've been milking their Scary Movie involvement for nearly a decade with a long list of timely, yet tacky spoof movies such as: Epic Movie, Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie and now Vampires Suck. Grant they've actually pulled their socks up with this Twilight and vampire-inspired spoof in terms of production values and casting, ...

Van Der Merwe [ Hits:5242 ]
Review: Van der Merwe is a common Afrikaans surname that has become synonymous with a stereotypical Afrikaans character, usually a farmer named Koos, who has become the butt of a lineage of South African jokes dating back over 50 years. Decidedly "doff" and larger-than-life, van der Merwe jokes essentially took a similar stance to dumb blonde jokes, targetting a stereotype to berate and poke fun. Typically juvenile, ranging from one-liners to tall stories and dished out in English with a thick Afrikaans...

Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3451 ]
Review: Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, is the latest National Lampoon’s take on the franchise. This time Kal Penn, a smash hit character from Van Wilder: Party Liaison, takes the spotlight as Taj Mahal Badalandabad. Taj has moved on from America, and now it’s time to revolutionise the British. Following in his mentor’s footsteps, Taj is initiated into the stiff upper lip tradition, following in his father’s legend. He lands himself in “The Barn”, where all the misfits are sent to take reside...

Vantage Point [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3585 ]
Review: The attempted assassination of the U.S. President is told from several viewpoints in Vantage Point.The Bourne franchise and the 24 TV series have revolutionised the political thriller genre. These movies have been given license to thrill, and live for the moment. The Bourne Ultimatum delivered non-stop action from all angles like it was being filmed on every available video recorder perspective including: surveillance, satellite, cellular phone and camcorders. The effect was mesmerising and capt...

Vehicle 19 [ Hits:2123 ]
Review: Vehicle 19 is a crime thriller about an American tourist caught in a web of Johannesburg police corruption, starring The Fast and The Furious's Paul Walker. It's an ambitious film that tries to leverage its star, city and concept to great effect. Unfortunately, the end result is vapid, messy and ultimately unsatisfying. Johannesburg is one of the crime capitals of the world. The cross-section of life and cultural diversity make this city a living and breathing urban artwork. Businessmen, beggar...

Verraaiers (Traitors) [ Hits:12512 ]
Review: Verraaiers (Traitors) is the latest drama from director-writer team, Paul Eilers and Salmon de Jager, who previously collaborated on Roepman (Stargazer). These film-makers are quickly developing a reputation for producing quality films, characterised by strong performances, beautiful cinematography and compelling narratives, and Verraaiers continues this trajectory. Verraaiers is the story of several men, who decide to protect their families and run the risk of being branded 'cowards' in favour...

Verskietende Ster [ Hits:2913 ]
Review: Verskietende Ster is an Afrikaans coming-of-age music drama, based on the novel by screenwriter Stefan Enslin, which follows the story of teenage musical prodigy, Phillip Schuman. Facing adversity, from bullying at school to a difficult relationship with his domineering father at home, he tries to escape into his music as the real world threatens to overshadow his true genius. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt and stars Deanre Reiners as Phillip. The two worked together in Seun and once aga...

Vir Altyd [ Hits:3044 ]
Review: Vir Altyd is the latest romance comedy drama from film-makers and stars, Donnalee Roberts and Ivan Botha. Their chemistry was established in Pad na jou Hart, also known as Road to your Heart, and the on-screen couple continue to light the way with their heartfelt and pure blend of romance drama and comedy fun. Their latest romantic adventure sees them playing Nina and Hugo, former sweethearts who resume their complicated friendship on an island holiday in Mauritius. The co-lead chemistry is te...

Vir Die Voëls [ Hits:2038 ]
Review: South African film has come a long way as evidenced by Vir Die Voëls or For the Birds, a South African romantic comedy drama with a similar ebb-and-flow to the American sitcom, The Wonder Years. The film is directed by Quentin Krog, who is best known for Ballade vir 'n Enkeling. While Vir Die Voëls also has a dramatic and romantic element, its quirky comedic undertones are carried by a plucky lead character who narrates and stars. We follow Irma Humpel, beginning with her wedding day and then...