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Magic in the Moonlight [ Hits:2538 ]
Review: Magic in the Moonlight is an amusing comedy romance drama and mystery that toys with the Occult as a master magician and deeply rational man goes undercover to dispel a medium's incredible powers. From the plot and movie title, you'd be forgiven for thinking this would be a fantasy film, but in the hands of Woody Allen, it's much more intimate as the alluring premise catapults us into a charming, quirky and light-hearted romantic jaunt with some dark dabs of mystery. Colin Firth is in fighting...

Big Significant Things [ Hits:13930 ]
Review: Big Significant Things feels like the sort of movie Alexander Payne could have directed in his early days. The comedy drama has a similar tone to About Schmidt, covering the cross-country adventures of a young man, who lies to his girlfriend in order to spend some time on the open road alone. It's one of those wanderlust tales that captures the restless spirit of a stallion about to be tethered. Craig is at a cross roads in his life, possibly unsure of his real feelings towards his girlfriend, ...

Between Friends [ Hits:2096 ]
Review: Between Friends is a character-driven reunion romance comedy drama in the style The Big Chill and The Best Man Holiday. This is something new for South Africa, delving into the secrets of a group of friends, who get-together at a game lodge 7 years after university. Zuko Nodada brings his experience from directing TV series like Intersexions, Mtshika-shika and Bay of Plenty to his first feature film. The trailer for Between Friends, makes it seem superficial and melodramatic. While it certainly...

Alles wat Mal is [ Hits:1712 ]
Review: Alles wat Mal is is a South African comedy about being a mom, a wife and a woman in today's crazy world. It's based on a short story by Deon Meyer, directed by Darryl Roodt and has been adapted to film by the team that brought us Semi-Soet. Helena Joubert lost herself somewhere between varsity, getting married and raising her kids. Once a go-getting journalist, she's become a work-from-home mum, running after her two hyperactive tots and her husband. Gustav, eager to land a big investment, win...

Bad Neighbours [ Hits:1819 ]
Review: "Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours...", the cheerful theme of the long-running Australian soap drama, is a haunting refrain to some who have experienced nightmare neighbours. While most of us would be quite happy with the prospect of sharing a street with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason Donovan or Natalie Imbruglia - we're often confronted with a much harsher reality. While Neighbours is allegedly based on true stories, it's a gentle stroll in the park, next to Bad Neigh...

22 Jump Street [ Hits:4471 ]
Review: Johnny Depp is probably the most famous thing about the '80s TV show, 21 Jump Street. Now that the TV show has been loosely adapted to film with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum leading the charge, his legacy is in jeopardy. The first film was a bit of a gamble, taking the TV show's premise of a special cop unit infiltrating youth crimes and giving it the Never Been Kissed treatment. While Hill and Tatum got to undo some high school regrets like Drew Barrymore did, the film was perceived as yet an...

Walk of Shame [ Hits:1811 ]
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 ...

Konfetti [ Hits:2100 ]
Review: Every little girl dreams of her wedding day. It's an outrageous generalisation, but popular culture seems geared towards celebrating this as the most special day on every girl's calendar. Months, if not years of planning, go into one pristine day that has to be just perfect... even if the husband isn't. With so much expectation and so much that can go wrong, weddings are an ideal situation for calamity and romantic comedy dramas like Konfetti. The film is based on Louw Venter's one man show, Th...

The Grand Budapest Hotel [ Hits:1746 ]
Review: Wes Anderson is a marvelous film-maker, one whose body of work is simultaneously aloof and delightful. He builds worlds in his films that exist entirely independent of real-life, yet still deeply connected. The Grand Budapest Hotel is one such film, recounting the adventures of a legendary concierge and his trusted lobby boy between the wars at a famous European hotel. The first thing you'll notice about the film is the star-studded collective of old and new Wes Anderson collaborators. Ralph Fi...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [ Hits:1775 ]
Review: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was Will Ferrell at his best. The comedian's larger-than-life attitude, the character's over-the-top ego and the chauvinistic news room of the '70s made Anchorman an instant cult hit. Catchphrases, big hair and bigger facial hair made way for an almost inevitable sequel for the ridiculous newsman and his cohorts. Well, the day has arrived and after much speculation, delays and cloying for publicity, Anchorman 2 has crash landed like a falcon wearing too much...

Schuks! Your Country Needs You [ Hits:2409 ]
Review: Leon Schuster's "everyman" brand of slapstick comedy may not be for everyone, yet it's difficult to find a comedian who doesn't respect the funnyman, who has built a career out of getting South Africans to laugh at themselves. From his days of candid camera to the evolution of characters in more story-orientated films, Schuster has created a Schuks! empire with some of South Africa's biggest box office successes. More recently, however, his concept film Mad Buddies, was not as well received by ...

The Family [ Hits:1934 ]
Review: The first thing you’ll notice about Luc Besson’s Mafia action comedy, The Family, is its stellar cast, featuring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. The film functions as a tongue-in-cheek look at the life of a gangster trying to escape his sordid past. It’s also a fish-out-of-water comedy in the way that this former mob boss still solves problems like he used to. A notorious mobster who snitched on his own “family” finds himself in France with his wife and t...

Nothing for Mahala [ Hits:2509 ]
Review: Nothing for Mahala is one of those films that looks promising, but ultimately doesn't deliver the goods. The film's tag line "Where did it all go wrong?" is a question you may well be asking yourself after the credits roll... As a comedy, Nothing for Mahala, lacks bite. It's surprising when you consider some of the talent involved... yet not surprising when its funniest cast members: Casper de Vries, Krijay Govender, Kenneth Nkosi and Lionel Newton are reduced to glorified cameos. It combines ...

The Way Way Back [ Hits:2619 ]
Review: Think Little Miss Sunshine meets The Wonder Years. That's essentially what's going on in The Way Way Back. The film was inspired by a conversation one of the writer-director's had with his stepfather when he was in the way back seat, which is now the opening scene. This is where the title The Way Back came from... adding another Way to avoid confusion with the 4000 mile escape from a Siberian gulag survival adventure. The Way Way Back is about the Summer of Duncan... a shy 14 year old kid, who ...

Thanks for Sharing [ Hits:2030 ]
Review: Thanks for Sharing is a film by Stuart Blumberg, who directed Keeping the Faith and The Kids Are All Right. Blumberg's comedies are familial, encountering life's struggles and often involve the "Bermuda Triangle" of love. In Keeping the Faith, he broached religious figures and their social and professional contracts. Then he unpacked some of the unexpected comedy in a modern family in The Kids Are All Right. Thanks for Sharing tackles life's tragedy and comedy when it comes to dealing with ...

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...

The Heat [ Hits:1960 ]
Review: The Heat is a buddy cop movie starring the unlikely duo, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. In an age where strong female lead roles are few and far between, The Heat turns it up on a subgenre dominated by male actors. After Mike & Molly's Melissa McCarthy shot to fame with an Oscar-nominated comedy performance in Bridesmaids, she's become something of a mascot for this brand of risque comedy. After a slightly restrained co-lead performance opposite Jason Bateman in Identity Thief, she's ...

Jimmy in Pienk [ Hits:2374 ]
Review: Jimmy in Pienk is an offbeat fish-out-of-water comedy set in South Africa from the mind of writer-director, Hanneke Schutte. Her award-winning idea of a boer dropping his sheep shears to take up salon scissors, won a competition and gradually developed into a fully-fledged Afrikaans comedy feature starring Louw Venter, Terrence Bridgett and Gys de Villiers. After Jimmy Bester's father's passing, family secrets come to light. Not only is there a R150,000 debt against the farm but Jimmy learns of...

The Internship [ Hits:1829 ]
Review: The Internship is a comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Yet, it seems more like a feature length advert for Google. From the marketing for the film to the finished product, we're exposed to the Google brand, workplace and ethos again... and again... and again. The story is set at Google HQ, where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's characters are enrolled in an internship programme. Starting as an interesting social commentary on traditional pursuits and the digital age, the film devolves ...

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...

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