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Chocolat [ Hits:3379 ]
Review: Most people may associate Chocolat with the quaint Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp romance drama released at the turn of the 21st-century about a chocolate shop in a small French village. However, the original "Chocolat" became famous for clowning in Paris at the turn of the 20th-century. Rafael "Chocolat" Padilla became the first black circus artist in France and Chocolat chronicles his rise and fall. Together with George Footit, the pairing revolutionised the art form by concocting a double ...

Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader [ Hits:4397 ]
Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the latest offering in C.S. Lewis's Narnia series. After Prince Caspian's "disappointing" box office run, Disney washed its hands of the franchise. However, the series went under new management with Fox taking the reigns with Michael Apted (Amazing Grace) attached as director with Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley taking over as co-leads from their siblings and Ben Barnes reprising his role as Caspian. Prince Caspian was strongly influenced...

City of God [ 2002 ] [ Hits:7225 ]
Review: City of God aka Cidade de Deus looks and feels real. You know you’re about to see something special, when the opening scene rolls. Chickens are being plucked and prepared, while festive music fills the air. In the City of God, the children are the criminals. They all run around playing ‘cops and robbers’. Only this ‘cops and robbers’ leaves some dead. When they’re not playing soccer on the dusty fields, they’re toting handguns and holding gas trucks up for money and loot. The polic...

City of Violence [ Hits:3474 ]
Review: City of Violence is an adaptation of the award-winning novel, Zulu, by Caryl Férey. The gritty crime drama thriller has been directed by Jérôme Salle and stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker. We're immersed into apartheid-era Cape Town, South Africa, where two policemen are investigating a massacre, apparently provoked by the availability of a new illegal drug. Instead of a typical Hollywood buddy movie, we're presented with an artful crime drama that fights against these genre conventio...

Clash of the Titans [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4632 ]
Review: Clash of the Titans is a remake of, no - not Remember the Titans... rewind a bit further back to 1981's Clash of the Titans. You don't remember it? Neither do I, although I hear it was pretty good for its time, elevated to cult status for its stop motion special effects. The same can not and will not be said for Clash of the Titans (2010). You'd think that 29 years of cinema and dental technology would actually improve mythology, but it hasn't. It appears you still need actors that can breathe l...

Cleaner [ 2007 ] [ Hits:4827 ]
Review: Cleaner is directed by Renny Harlin, and tells the story of an ex-cop sterilisation cleaner, who becomes unknowingly involved in a homicide after doing a cover-up job. Harlin is best known for The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2. Samuel L. Jackson stars in Cleaner, and the two have worked in a number of similar projects. Jackson has starred in The Exorcist III, while Harlin directed the latest prequel. Jackson starred in Die Hard 3, while Harlin directed Die Hard 2. Then Jackson ...

Close Encounters of the Third Kind [ 1977 ] [ Hits:3576 ]
Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the film that followed the box office sensation Jaws (1975). Spielberg had made a name for himself, and had stuck his flag down to mark his territory. These were the first steps for the juggernaut of blockbusters, and soon he found even more success with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. CE3K, is a landmark piece of cinematic entertainment. In the opening desert sequence, the subtitles say it’s present day. I was looking for clues to suggest this was not...

Cloud Atlas [ Hits:4245 ]
Review: The Wachowski Bros. brought us The Matrix, a film that redefined action sequences and challenged audiences to wrap their minds around a nightmarish vision of the future, now. The sci-fi actioner was revolutionary and set in motion a multi-million dollar franchise and a trilogy with diminishing returns. It's been 13 years since The Matrix and they still haven't managed to better it. The Wachowskis have racked up film credits for The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Speed Racer, V for Ven...

Cobain: Montage of Heck [ Hits:3487 ]
Review: Kurt Cobain is an icon of the '90s. The Nirvana frontman's music lives on... long after his alleged suicide, perpetuated by a strong cult following, conspiracy theories and his enigmatic spirit. Montage of Heck is a documentary that assimilates Cobain's art, writing, vocal recordings and home videos into a raw, honest and intimate biographical music film. Writer-director, Brett Morgen, was fascinated with Pink Floyd's film, The Wall, which blended animation, symbolism and their music into a hau...

Cold Harbour [ Hits:3768 ]
Review: Cape Town is the setting for Cold Harbour, an African noir crime drama that centres on corrupt cops and the smuggling of abalone. While restrictions are in place, it seems the sea produce, known locally as perlemoen, is a valuable aphrodisiac in Asian markets. We journey with Sizwe Miya, a dedicated township warrants officer, who goes solo to solve a murder and stem the tide of an illegal fishing trade and criminal undercurrent. Tony Kgoroge plays Sizwe, an upright policeman, who is confronted ...

Collateral Beauty [ Hits:2685 ]
Review: Collateral Beauty had amazing potential. On paper, this film seemed destined to rank alongside the likes of Seven Pounds. Both films star Will Smith and you get the impression that director David Frankel was aiming to deliver something similar in terms of content and tone. While Will Smith certainly echoes this sentiment, he's not alone, playing a hollow lead to an ensemble of Hollywood heavyweights, including: Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Naomie Harris and Helen Mirren. "Hollow...

Conan: The Barbarian [3D] [ Hits:3479 ]
Review: I have quite fond childhood memories of Conan, the very ruthless, but soft-hearted Barbarian. The latest version of the Cimmerians’ legend however disappoints in a few big ways and to be honest, there's not a lot I can applaud director Marcus Nispel’s attempt for. The first major flaw (and the most unforgiveable one for an action adventure) is the really stupid and unoriginal fight scenes: Sure you get treated to some grotesque samples of barbaric violence, but they don't really manage to...

Confessions of a Gambler [ 2007 ] [ Hits:4232 ]
Review: Confessions of a Gambler is a film adaptation of Rayda Jacobs’s acclaimed novel of the same title. The story concerns a humble Muslim woman, who develops a gambling addiction when her son dies of Aids. This is an important film that has the creative finishes of Jacobs, but lacks the finesse of a bigger budget. Confessions of a Gambler still carries dramatic weight and serves as an honest, authentic and ironic take on life behind the veil. The translation into film retains much of what made the...

Confessions of a Shopaholic [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3216 ]
Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the books “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan” by Sophie Kinsella. The film adaptation takes to screen in a similar way to Bridget Jones’s Diary, yet has the sophistication of Cake, starring Heather Graham. P.J. Hogan, who brought us Muriel’s Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Peter Pan, takes the reins on Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher (Definitely, Maybe) stars as Rebecca Bloomwood and is supported by H...

Contagion [ Hits:3885 ]
Review: Sure, a killer disease that resembles the symptoms of the common flu (except for the dying part) probably doesn’t sound like the most thrilling movie concept ever imagined, but Contagion’s success sprouts from much more than that. The first thing this risky film has got going for it is director Steven Soderbergh, best known for very serious movies like ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ and ‘Syriana’, as well as some delicious off-beat humour such as in films like ‘Oceans Thirteen’ an...

Copposites [ Hits:3944 ]
Review: Copposites is a body swap crime comedy from I Now Pronounce You Black and White writer-director Oliver Rodger. It's refreshing to see a high concept comedy from South Africa, starring local comedians Rob Van Vuuren and Siv Ngesi, with support from Nik Rabinowitz, Alfred Ntombela and Loyiso Gola. Sadly, this stellar comedy line-up is wasted on a raw script, uninspired storytelling, naive characterisation and sitcom production values. The story centres on Jan Venter (Van Vuuren), a down-on-his-lu...

Coraline [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4008 ]
Review: Coraline is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name and comes to screen courtesy of writer-director Henry Selick, who brought cult sensation, The Nightmare Before Christmas to life. The talented Mr. Selick has always delivered magical results with his animated films, especially when presented without actors, remember Monkeybone? Gaiman's Coraline is best described as a combination of Alice in Wonderland and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The dark, enchanting fairy tale is dreamy, ...

Cowboys & Aliens [ Hits:5154 ]
Review: Cowboys & Indians – sure, Cowboys & Kung Fu – fine, but aliens in the Wild West? Go on, pull the other pulsating tentacle. Isn’t that why Bravestarr was relocated to a planet called New Texas? If only someone had whispered in Jon Favreau’s ear, “it’s a comedy”. Instead, the Iron Man director has gone and dropped the “funny” out of “seriously funny” in this comic book adaptation, wielding a straight-to-video idea with a blockbuster budget and no one’s having it.If y...

Crank 2: High Voltage [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3325 ]
Review: Right, so you saw Crank and enjoyed it - congratulations. The public display of "affection", the pulsating action, the heart-stopping moments and the heart beat bass were incredible... and Jason Statham wasn't too bad either. The original had the action reflex of a kung-fu squirrel on Red Bull and the comic agility of a David Spade stand-up comic performance in a maximum security prison. It was no-punches-pulled Statham with the ultimate high-octane, adrenaline-pumping action movie star and plot...

Crazy Heart [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3969 ]
Review: Bridges delivers a powerful performance in Crazy Heart as the story follows ‘Bad’ Blake, a whiskey-swigging legend of a musician, who would trade horses for a guitar. His music has inspired a generation of country and western performers, yet his high regard hasn’t translated into the high life the way he’d want it to be. His alcoholism and loneliness are crunch factors that keep Bad, well… bad. He’s bad to the bone and destined to be that way until he meets Jean Craddock, a young jou...

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