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Spud 2: The Madness Continues [ Hits:4777 ]
Review: Spud 2: The Madness Continues is the much anticipated follow-up to Spud, based on the popular series of boarding school misadventures by John Van De Ruit. Another year has passed in the life of young John "Spud" Milton. He may have moved up the pecking order and landed a regular spot on the Crazy Eight, but the girl trouble, boarding house shenanigans and parental woes have only just begun. The first film introduced us to boarding school life, the South Africa of 1990, an array of colourful cha...

Stand Up Guys [ Hits:1799 ]
Review: The first thing you'll notice about Stand Up Guys is the legendary cast starring Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, with Alan Arkin as a catalyst supporting act. Each of these actors can make a film soar almost single-handedly and have developed a following and filmography most actors would trade their childhoods for. While Stand Up Guys leans heavily on its big guns, it will go down as a misfire. While Fisher Stevens won an Oscar for Best Documentary as producer on The Cove, Stand Up Guys is on...

The Hangover Part III [ Hits:1845 ]
Review: The Hangover Part III is a somewhat entertaining mash-up of The Hangover and Due Date. We've come to expect a certain level of debauchery and funny in a series that started like a casino on fire and The Hangover Part III disappoints... that's right, disappoints. First there was The Hangover, a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas concept comedy that bristled with excitement and laughter. Then there was The Hangover II, a carbon copy of The Hangover that found itself in Bangkok, and asked you to...

Bernie [ Hits:2376 ]
Review: Jack Black is an irrepressible jack-in-the-box and pent up ball of energy ready to explode. At least, that's how most of his characters come across - making him funny, outrageous and supremely entertaining. When he does tone his performance down in something more sedate, we notice. Bernie is one of those films, reconnecting Jack Black with School of Rock director, Richard Linklater, to tune into his sweeter side in a remarkable true story. Bernie Tiede, a small town mortician, was a very popula...

Seven Psychopaths [ Hits:3392 ]
Review: Armed with an intriguing title and oozing suave cool, Seven Psychopaths is destined for cult status. What movie starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken wouldn't achieve some level of notoriety? Throw in some dark Tarantino style crime comedy and you've got yourself a locked-and-loaded shotgun ready to blow your head off... with laughter. Each of these cocky actors bring their own variety of on-screen charisma to the film, playing oddball characters they coul...

Identity Thief [ Hits:3136 ]
Review: We've all wished we were someone else at some stage, dreaming of a better life only to come back to the crushing realisation that we're stuck with ourselves. That doesn't stop us from assuming other people's identities, but there are constraints. If they happen to be famous, we tend to end up in insane asylums and if ordinary, the police usually have to step in to arrest the doppelganger. Identity Thief follows the misadventures of Sandy Patterson, a corporate paper pusher, who realises that a ...

Quartet [ Hits:3706 ]
Review: A quartet is a group of four people playing music or singing together. This is the basis of Quartet, a new comedy drama and complete directorial debut for one of Hollywood's finest, Dustin Hoffman. After voicing Shifu in Kung Fu Panda, playing a Focker and checking in as Paul Giamatti's father in Barney's Version... it was time for a change. Hoffman directs Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly in this delightful comedy about a home for retired musicians. School of Roc...

The Intouchables [ Hits:3467 ]
Review: If you enjoyed The Bucket List and Welcome to the Sticks, you will love The Intouchables. The Bucket List was a crowd-pleaser, mostly thanks to its novel concept and the heavyweight match-up of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The film relied heavily on the star power of its co-leads to draw audiences and expand on the adventurous, yet sobering premise of two older men finding camaraderie in the twilight of their lives. While surprise French buddy movie, Welcome to the Sticks, took fish-out-...

Jeff, Who Lives at Home [ Hits:3181 ]
Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a slacker comedy with a difference. Our hero is on a journey, the kind that we sometimes mistake for everyday life, in which he lets his destiny simply unfold as a series of interconnected signs, after his mom tells him to get something from the shop. The Duplass brothers, best known for The Puffy Chair and Cyrus, have written and directed another offbeat indie comedy with a name cast and a slow-burning message about destiny and self-actualisation. Don't worry, it's d...

The Campaign [ Hits:3254 ]
Review: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and U.S. politics... one thing's for certain, The Campaign couldn't have come at a better time with all the political sentiment surrounding the next U.S. Presidential Elections and the Obama vs. Romney show. Politics is a funny game and The Campaign highlights all the underhanded shenanigans and political etiquette, from big business campaign funding to defamation of character witch hunts. Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), a long-running North Carolina congressman just h...

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...

Casting Me... [ Hits:3978 ]
Review: Casting Me... is a character-driven semi-biographical indie comedy romance inspired by Clerks. Instead of Kevin Smith, we have Quinton Lavery, whose real-life antics as a casting director have spilled over into film as we journey with the man on his quest to write and direct a film after hours and win back his sweetheart. The film stars Paul Snodgrass, a South African comedian, actor and radio man, whose love for acting was rekindled when he landed the lead in Casting Me... Snodgrass studied dr...

Ted [ Hits:3575 ]
Review: This story of a talking toy and a boy is very Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, but Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane has taken it a step further, going beyond the innocence of childhood and delivering a down-and-dirty modern twist in his feature film directorial debut, Ted. Breaking the rules of a family-friendly fantasy and going into overtime is actually pretty funny. The jarring novelty of a teddy bear behaving like a debauched grown man and the solutions to inadequacies leave room f...

The Dictator [ Hits:3496 ]
Review: Sacha Baron Cohen has just given birth to General Aladeen, another outrageous personality in his latest character comedy, The Dictator. The British comedian continues to export his brand of risque, politically incorrect, fish-out-water comedy to the Americas, continuing the legacy of Ali G, Borat and Bruno. The Dictator tells the story of Wadiya's General Aladeen, one of the world's last remaining dictators, whose rule is threatened when an impostor seeks to bring democracy to his "beloved" c...

Mad Buddies [ Hits:13867 ]
Review: Mad Buddies is a return to conventional storytelling for Leon Schuster, whose box office achievements have been limited to South Africa with over-the-top local characters like Mr. Bones and Mama Jack. While these films have been runaway commercial hits, they haven't managed to mimic the international appeal of The Gods Must Be Crazy. The madcap toilet humour, slapstick comedy and distinctly South African flavour just hasn't caught on. As such, Mad Buddies fits a similar profile to There's A Zulu...

The Big Year [ Hits:3578 ]
Review: Just like birdwatching or more specifically birding, The Big Year is nice in the very best sense of the word. This comedy could have been irreverent, over-the-top and intent on destroying any vestige of respect for the nature lover's pastime. Or, it could have been reluctantly charming, embodying much of the hobby's gentle pleasures in a sweet-natured film. It went for the latter, although the natural order of things would have us believe that casting Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black wou...

Some Guy Who Kills People [ Hits:3133 ]
Review: This bizarre horror comedy blends the slasher gore of Hot Fuzz, the comic book insanity of Super and the heartwarming off-beat indie comedy drama of a father reconnecting with his 11-year-old daughter, think Kick-Ass. This genre mix has a similar cult verve to Fido, except there aren't any zombies.The story follows a 34-year-old deadbeat, who seeks out revenge on the basketball team bullies that tortured him in high school. Some Guy Who Kills People stars a zoned out Kevin Corrigan and an irrepr...

American Reunion [ Hits:4084 ]
Review: American Pie followed four young high school students as they tossed their wild oats to the wind in a last ditch effort to enter college without their virginity. The mix of gross out comedy and spirited coming-of-age school nostalgia was infectious, instantly igniting film careers and spurning several sequels with diminishing returns, until American Reunion... Most high school reunions happen a decade after school and American Reunion comes 13 years after the freshly baked American Pie in 1999...

21 Jump Street [ Hits:6988 ]
Review: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are not a match made in buddy cop heaven. Hill, best known for comedy, got a tip of the hat when he received an Oscar nomination for his role in Moneyball, while Channing Tatum's range is best encapsulated by boxing legend Muhammed Ali's mantra: float like a butterfly (romance) and sting like a bee (action). They seem worlds apart, yet these two Hollywood hopefuls bring a surprising chemistry to screen in the TV series film adaptation, 21 Jump Street. The '80s TV...

Midnight in Paris [ Hits:3954 ]
Review: Woody Allen movies don't strike a chord with each and every type of film fan, that's a given. This is most probably due to his very eccentric style that includes weird dialogue timing, strange plot twists and his predisposition for a select group of actors. Nevertheless, there's always a lot of excitement around each new release from the mind of this quite comical little man – Everyone waits with bated breath to see if the next will be another big hit or another unsatisfying cinematic fail. ...

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