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Crazy, Stupid, Love. [ Hits:3836 ]
Review: Love is a complicated emotion. Something that humans seem to grapple with most of their lives. We're born with a yearning for something that transcends this earthly experience. For most people it's that elusive soul mate, a higher power or worse... money. It's why human nature is so fascinating and compels film-makers to continue making films about this human condition.Look at just about any movie and at some level, superficial or soulful... you'll find the theme of love. No wonder Richard Curti...

Creation [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6536 ]
Review: Charles Darwin, an English naturalist in the 1800s published his theory of evolution in On the Origin of the Species, a book which sold out immediately, providing compelling evidence for evolution and now regarded as a fundamental life sciences principle in explaining the diversity of life. Creation details Darwin's evolution of thought as he gets to grips with actually writing and completing On the Origin of the Species. The film also suggests that Darwin was so passionate and dedicated to his ...

Crossing Over [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3504 ]
Review: Crossing Over is a confrontational drama in the same league as films like Babel, Bordertown and Crash. Race relations are the subject matter, and immigration is the taboo that rises to the surface in this engaging story about the intersecting lives of Americans and immigrants seeking to be naturalised or granted status as American citizens. The characters come from all walks of life... including nationalities, colours and cultures that make the United States such a wonderful cross-section of hum...

Cut Bank [ Hits:2139 ]
Review: Cut Bank is one of those small town ensemble crime thrillers you'd expect to be set in a snowy North American Winter. Although that would probably make it a bit too similar to films like A Simple Plan, Fargo, The Big White and Thin Ice. We're introduced to a low key "heist" scenario where Dwayne, a small town dreamer, tries to siphon reward money from the U.S. post office when he inadvertently finds himself in possession of footage relating to a postal worker's murder. It's a curious premis...

Cutie and the Boxer [ Hits:2390 ]
Review: Cutie and the Boxer is a biographical documentary about art, culture and marriage. The opening credits show famed Japanese boxer painter Ushio Shinohara in action, using his paint-drenched boxing gloves to punch out another art work. The 81-year-old Shinohara returns to dip the attached sponges in black paint, shielding his eyes from splotches in a signature style that he could have done more than a thousand times. Shinohara is surely the most famous of struggling New York artists, having achie...

Cyrus [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3570 ]
Review: Cyrus is a dramedy by the Duplass brothers, who directed the critically acclaimed The Puffy Chair. The first thing you'll notice about this indie comedy is the cast, who are direct from Hollywood. These prickly slice-of-life comedies have cemented themselves in the independent circuit, boasting a mainstream cast with sharp, original writing and more flexible stories. The cast raise the status of the film, while they get the nod and credibility of not simply doing it for the bucks... a win-win fo...

Daddy's Home [ Hits:2843 ]
Review: Daddy's Home is a versus comedy that pits Will Ferrell against Mark Wahlberg, who previously co-starred in the hilarious The Other Guys. While the first half of The Other Guys was comedy gold, the second half was a bit of a letdown, which is probably how you'd describe Daddy's Home. This is a domestic yarn about a stepdad, who gets sideswiped by his wife's first husband, who swoops in to take a shot at winning his family back. As you'd expect there's a lot of headbutting as the flashy biologica...

Dallas Buyers Club [ Hits:1911 ]
Review: Matthew McConaughey is proving again and again that he's a serious actor. Once regarded as a "pretty boy" lead in romantic comedies, the actor has won Best Actor at the 2014 Academy Awards on the strength of a brilliant and determined lead performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Dallas Buyers Club is a biopic drama based on the life of Ron Woodroof, a hedonistic rodeo cowboy and electrician, whose hard-living eventually catches up with him when he tests positive for HIV. In 1985, the virus and onset...

Danny Collins [ Hits:2953 ]
Review: Danny Collins stars Al Pacino in the titular role as an aging rock star, who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon. The film is written and directed by Dan Fogelman, best known as the screenwriter behind Last Vegas, The Guilt Trip and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Fogelman knows how to get a laugh, pull a heart string and entertain an audience. His latest film proves he can do that from the director's chair, creating a number of parallels for Al ...

Dark Places [ Hits:3104 ]
Review: Dark Places is a movie with a personal slant for lead actress, Charlize Theron, who witnessed her mother kill her father in self-defense after he arrived home drunk in 1991. Gillian Flynn's novel has been adapted to film by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, after David Fincher did the same for Gone Girl. Instead of a married couple, we follow a willful yet troubled women by the name of Libby Day in Dark Places. The film deals with her thirty years after her sisters and mother were murdered on their farm, ...

Dark Tide [ Hits:4346 ]
Review: Dark Tide is a shark thriller starring Halle Berry and directed by Blue Crush and Into The Blue director, John Stockwell. The film is set in Simon's Town, South Africa, which lends it some Proudly South African flavour with its setting, film crew and local acting talent. Although, that doesn't change the fact that it's a shark thriller starring Halle Berry. Halle Berry can act. Monster's Ball, Things We Lost in the Fire, Frankie & Alice, Gothika and even Die Another Day testify to her range...

Date Night [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4405 ]
Review: Ah, date night... the one night of the week married couples get to... go on a date. That's right. Today's married couple has to actually schedule an evening every week to do something special together, whether that's dining, movies or a mixture of both. Date Night explores the mundane weekly event with a fresh perspective... what if a date night became memorable for all the wrong reasons.In the same way The Hangover took a bachelors to new depths of culpability, Date Night takes the Fosters, a b...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [ Hits:2074 ]
Review: Whether you believe in evolution or not, there's plenty of great contrasts to be made in The Planet of the Apes saga. After it seemed like Tim Burton had broken the franchise, a prequel in Rise of the Planet of the Apes renewed interest in the science-fiction concept, leveraging Andy Serkis and his second most famous digitally rendered performance as Caesar. The result was magical, blending groundbreaking CGI and performance in a story that grabbed our attention and imagination. James Franco he...

Dead Man Down [ Hits:2326 ]
Review: The original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo duo, Niels Arden Oplev and Noomi Rapace, have teamed up again for Dead Man Down. While another revenge-fueled crime thriller in the style of Guy Ritchie and Jo Nesbo, Dead Man Down has more artistic appeal in the vein of Killing Them Softly. The mix of gangster grit and borderline cheesy girl next door romance is propelled by a serial killer plot line as an anonymous middle man taunts a crime lord with a puzzle. While there are some notable similariti...

Deadpool [ Hits:4833 ]
Review: Deadpool, "the merc with a mouth", is a comic book character from Marvel who featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Ryan Reynolds has played a number of superhero characters, but seemed like the only choice for the immoral, over-the-top and juvenile, Deadpool. This is his origins film, an action adventure comedy and sci-fi thriller that could be described as a pool of Kick-Ass, Spider-Man, Watchmen and Darkman. Wade Wilson, a former special operative turned mercenary, becomes the guy who deals w...

Death at a Funeral [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4412 ]
Review: The first thing you'll be thinking is... why, oh why, oh why did they remake a film only 3 years after the original Death at a Funeral? Well, the first guess would be money. If the cow's not dry, there's milking to be done and Hollywood hasn't got any time for charity, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that considering some of the film productions that actually make it past the conceptual phase. It's just easier to get an audience, rake up a bit of press and run with a title and plot that ...

Death Race [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3730 ]
Review: Death Race is a loose remake of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 (1986) (featured movie poster). Corman’s vision is recreated by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) for the 2000 generation as a tribute and a cash cow. The movie doesn’t hold back in terms of visual effects and violence. In many ways, this could have been made by Manga as a video game prequel in a similar fashion to Dead Space: Downfall. The graphics are intense and will appeal to video gamers, who thrived on titles like Carmag...

Defiance [ 2008 ] [ Hits:6309 ]
Review: Defiance is a film by Edward Zwick, the director of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai. Zwick’s films show a connection with humanity and nature. The director is able to unify the two, making the environment a part of the characters. In Defiance, the forest forms the backdrop for the majority of the film moving from dry to snowy conditions. The Bielski brothers band a group of Jewish fighters together to establish a safe community in the Belarussian forests for Jewish families in Nazi-occupied...

Deja Vu [ 2006 ] [ Hits:4120 ]
Review: Tony Scott is well-established as a Director in Hollywood. Scott has directed Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire and now Deja Vu. All of these films have been top quality thrillers with a blockbuster cast including greats like Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. The pace is frenetic, the cinematography reinforces the dynamic excitement in his blazing films. His films are similar in proportion and content to Michael Bay’s fare, but ad...

Democrats [ Hits:1901 ]
Review: Democrats is a 2014 Danish documentary about the contentious 2008 election in Zimbabwe and the subsequent coalition's attempts to redraft the country's constitution. The film, directed by Camilla Nielsson, has been subsequently banned in Zimbabwe. In an interview with eNCA, Douglas Mwonzora, a lawyer and representative of the MDC-T said that the depiction of violence at various political meetings forced the censorship boards to ban this honest account of what happened behind-the-scenes. Filmed o...

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