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Waitress [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3464 ]
Review: Waitress isn’t a conventional romantic comedy. It’s a film that has a touch of Nurse Betty and a drop of The Good Girl. Renee Zellweger starred as a nurse, who was infatuated with the ideals of a soap star and wanted to escape her life. Jennifer Aniston played the frustrated supermarket assistant, who decided to enter an unlikely relationship to find solace from a meaningless life. Waitress is similar in its make up, and Keri Russell (August Rush) is a depressed waitress, who is fed up with ...

Walk of Shame [ Hits:1810 ]
Review: You've heard of the road trip movie, now thanks to Walk of Shame, we have a pavement trip movie! Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect actress, Elizabeth Banks, stars in this comedy romance drama about a down-on-her-luck news anchor. While Banks has a history of supporting roles, this star vehicle is bound to raise her profile as a leading lady. Walk of Shame has a lot in common with Morning Glory and How I Met Your Mother. Morning Glory starred Rachel McAdams as a young television producer trying to ...

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3827 ]
Review: Money, money, money, MONEY... watching Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps may remind you of Donald Trump. That's because it's like Donald Trump... full of swagger, big talk, power suits, business tycoons, a young apprentice, a smug look and the stock exchange... it all feeds back to the mantra "Money Never Sleeps" as uttered by Gordon Gekko in the original Wall Street. The first Wall Street film identified a culture, introduced a new wave of technology and embraced the love of money as something of...

Waltz with Bashir [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4529 ]
Review: Waltz with Bashir is extraordinary in terms of its originality and representation of war... An animated biographical war documentary drama takes an Israeli director on a journey to reconstruct and clarify the events of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon from the accounts of fellow veterans. The magnitude of such an investigation, the repercussions of such a repressive recovery and the flood of memories that accompany such an introspective film must be nothing short of horrifying, but Waltz with Bashir...

War for the Planet of the Apes [ Hits:5463 ]
Review: Andy Serkis is the ringmaster in the reboot series of The Planet of the Apes. A pioneer of iconic digital characters, having played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he's done it again with Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and now War for the Planet of the Apes. His latest action-adventure sees Caesar, the figurehead and lead for the series, rightfully front and centre. The character has not only developed in terms of characterisation, but in terms ...

War Games [ 1983 ] [ Hits:3299 ]
Review: WarGames a.k.a. War Games is the reason we have computer geeks. It was the film that put them on the map. Revenge of the Nerds was for nerds, and WarGames was for computer junkies. Many will remember the basic premise of a kid launching a full-scale nuclear war on the US without realising it. For this reason it is a cult classic. The notion that someone could use a computer to infiltrate institutions without the proper know how was why hackers began to hack. However, this was old school hacking...

War Horse [ Hits:7739 ]
Review: Stephen Spielberg loves a good war drama and it shows, having directed Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. All of these epic dramas were set in and around World War II, which is just one reason the Best Picture nominated War Horse is so different... War Horse is set in World War I, based on a 1982 children's novel and the 2007 stage play adaptation. The story begins in a pastoral setting in Dartmoor in 1914 as a local farmer buys a be...

Warcraft [ Hits:1701 ]
Review: Warcraft started as a strategy game by a gaming company called Blizzard, which required you to create settlements and explore the unknown surrounding territory. Humans were pitted against Orcs in a race to become the strongest and only civilisation, using precious resources in order to build a town, manufacture armaments and expand your dynasty and fortify your army. Originally, the god-view kept your troops fairly anonymous and the enjoyment came in the strategy and progress, immersing yourself...

Warehoused [ Hits:1676 ]
Review: An estimated 12 million people are living in refugee camps with only 0.1% being re-integrated into normal society. Directors, Asher Emmanuel and Vincent Vittorio, seek to address this problem through Warehoused: The Forgotten Refugees of Dadaab, an earnest documentary dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of refugees and their need for basic human rights like education, safety, shelter and clean water. While the film takes a global stance on the issue of refugees, it focuses on those li...

Warm Bodies [ Hits:4067 ]
Review: Paranormal romance is now a thing. Bloodthirsty vampires and werewolves used to prey on the hearts of humans, but now it's a feast of love, not entrails. One of the horror creatures not to make the cut in Twilight was zombies. Overall, the most humanoid of the lot... the living dead did not get a chance to win Bella's heart. Perhaps the thought was too macabre, messed with Edward's skin tone and delved a little too close to necrophilia for public consumption? Warm Bodies has changed that in a f...

Water for Elephants [ Hits:6049 ]
Review: Water for Elephants is a ridiculous title. Although it makes more sense when you realise that it's a crossover of two cinematic achievements of the 20th century... namely Titanic and Dumbo. Titanic in the way that this epic romance drama has been constructed, and Dumbo in the subject matter, story and special effects. Lavish, historic sets filled with extras in accurate costume and circus animals form the backdrop to this swirling romance about a young man, who happens to jump a circus train, be...

We're the Millers [ Hits:2056 ]
Review: We're the Millers has a great comedy setup, which it underplays. A small time American drug dealer gets roped into smuggling drugs across the Mexican border. In order to make the hustle, he recruits a dorky kid from his block, a teenage runaway and a stripper to play his "Brady Bunch" family. As expected, things don't quite go to plan... Having a fake family, opens the door for all sorts of put downs and awkward situations, and having them engage in illegal activities makes the incognit...

Welcome to the Punch [ Hits:2014 ]
Review: Welcome to the Punch for lack of a better joke, lacks punch. While it's slick and spectacular as a Michael Mann style crime thriller in the vein of Miami Vice, the story is overly complicated, the cast deliver Wednesday performances for thinly scripted characters and it's just not distinct enough to separate itself from a growing glut of middling crime thrillers. It's good guy versus bad guy, as a young detective (McAvoy) tries to settle an old debt by bringing down an international thief (Stro...

What A Girl Wants [ 2003 ] [ Hits:3711 ]
Review: What A Girl Wants is a movie based on the play, ‘The Reluctant Debutante’ by William Douglas-Home as an American girl (Bynes) travels to London to meet her estranged father (Firth), who happens to be a wealthy politician running for office. The film has some parallels with Cinderella, and even makes several references to the fairy tale. The movie has a similar feel to The Princess Diaries, and welcomes another young star to the fray. Amanda Bynes is quite the find, and is like Jennifer Anis...

What Happens in Vegas [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4040 ]
Review: After a debaucherous night out in Sin City, a couple find themselves married and $3 million richer… What Happens in Vegas is your typical romantic comedy Hollywood formula. This time Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher take the leads, supported by a host of familiar faces in Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Dennis Farina and Queen Latifah. Kutcher has been involved in a number of these ‘lucky in love’ movies and it would be good to seem him tackling something with a bit more grit. He plays Jack like he...

What If [ Hits:19584 ]
Review: Without the Harry Potter thing, Daniel Radcliffe is a pretty ordinary guy, something we tend to lose sight of when it comes to watching him in just about anything post-2011. He's always been a bit of a cold fish, stubbornly determined yet tempered by his British-ness. Imagining him in a quirky Canadian comedy romance would have been a joke in itself a few years back, but it's now a surprising reality in What If. This offbeat comedy turned romance, originally dubbed The F Word, follows a medical...

Whatever Works [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5111 ]
Review: Whatever Works is a Woody Allen film starring creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David. Woody Allen’s films are off-beat on their own with genres ranging from bizarre romantic comedies to riveting thrillers. Whatever Works is a bittersweet romantic comedy of sorts… including: Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean. Larry David plays Boris Yellnikoff, an aspect of his obsessive and socially awkward Curb Your Enthusiasm character, which is ironic...

Where The Wild Things Are [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3642 ]
Review: Where The Wild Things Are is an honest, heartfelt film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 1963 childrens book by legendary director, Spike Jonze. The film has been in production since the 1980s, when it was originally envisaged as an animated feature. After several stop-starts, it eventually ended up in the hands of Spike Jonze as a live-action adaptation, a director who Sendak described as young and interesting. Instead of bowing down to his Hollywood parents, Jonze throws a tantrum of his own... c...

Where to Invade Next [ Hits:1802 ]
Review: Michael Moore's latest documentary, Where to Invade Next, has a very similar format and slant to Sicko. Instead of contrasting medical aid schemes and healthcare policy with other first world countries, he's decided to rather stake a claim over other countries great ideas. Using an American flag, he travels Europe and Northern Africa planting it once he's established that the idea could be feasible for America. France, Germany, Finland, Norway, Italy, Portugal, Iceland and Tunisia are his hunti...

While We're Young [ Hits:2791 ]
Review: While We're Young is a film by Noah Baumbach, the writer-director who brought us The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Frances Ha and Greenberg, which also starred Ben Stiller. Baumbach's got an unconventional approach, tending towards comedy dramas and the uncomfortable "dramedy" genre, delivering honest, humorous, heartfelt and meaningful films about complex people and the human condition. His latest film, While We're Young, encounters concerns faced by modern society about the over...

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