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Kite [ Hits:2112 ]
Review: Kite is based on a series of anime films of the same name by Yasuomi Umetsu. The story follows Sawa, a young orphan girl, who is taken in and turned into a cold-blooded killer by a detective assigned to the case of her parents brutal double murder. The film adaptation by writer-producer Brian Cox and directed by Jerusalema's Ralph Ziman turns the detective into an ex-partner of Sawa's cop father. While based on a well-received anime crime drama thriller from 1998, the big hitter in Kite's live-...

A Most Wanted Man [ Hits:2069 ]
Review: A Most Wanted Man is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last films, one that exemplifies his commitment to the craft and serves as a continuance of a great legacy of performances from the late great. It's with a sullen sense of irony that Anton Corbijn, director of Control, the film about Joy Division's Ian Curtis, is one of the last directors to work with Hoffman. Hoffman's swan song shows a disheveled and unhealthy-looking man, who completely immerses himself in a character whose dedication to h...

Under the Skin [ Hits:2261 ]
Review: Under the Skin is an original film, based on the novel by Michel Faber. After falling in love with the story and several drafts later, director and co-writer, Jonathan Glazer, decided to move away from an illustrative adaptation and rather tap into the essence of the main character's experiences. The project was in development for 10 years before Scarlett Johansson signed on and it became a reality. Just like Kubrick's take on The Shining, Glazer approached Under the Skin on his own terms rathe...

Only God Forgives [ Hits:1843 ]
Review: Only God Forgives is the much anticipated follow-up to Drive from writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn. In many ways, this is an unofficial sequel to Drive: Ryan Gosling takes another lead role, while the sleek cinematography and pulsating soundtrack reverberate with the same intensity. The difference is that Only God Forgives is set in Bangkok, balancing on a much sharper and darker blade. Nicolas Winding Refn has gone for style over substance, forgoing cohesive storytelling for a more emotive ...

Captain Phillips [ Hits:2189 ]
Review: In an age dominated by superheroes, it's always refreshing to hear about real-life heroes. You know, those people who see an opportunity to step in and have the courage to follow through. Captain Richard Phillips is one such person, who made headlines worldwide when the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama container vessel he was captaining became the target of a pirate attack in the Somalian Basin in 2009. Captain Phillips recounts this true story in what could be described as a mixture of Casta...

Arbitrage [ Hits:2054 ]
Review: Arbitrage is a sleek and slow-boiling corporate drama thriller starring an in-form Richard Gere as a troubled hedge fund magnate. After the high profile businessman makes an error, he's forced to cover his tracks at any cost to keep the acquisition of his trading empire from going sour. Arbitrage writer-director, Nicholas Jarecki, leverages this high finance drama against tense power plays between Miller and his counterparts: a sly detective, investors, potential buyers and even family members....

Runner Runner [ Hits:4041 ]
Review: Runner Runner is a slick crime thriller that immerses itself in the world of online gaming, corrupt casinos and underhanded entrepreneurship. Brad Furman, director of The Take and The Lincoln Lawyer, has crafted a high stakes cat-and-mouse game that meshes the flash of Las Vegas with the grit of Costa Rica. When a poor student (Timberlake) goes bust with his savings in an effort to pay his way through college, he travels to Costa Rica to confront the man (Affleck) behind the online poker site t...

The Paperboy [ Hits:1877 ]
Review: The Paperboy is a strange and unusual thriller with a first class cast. Director Lee Daniels has followed up his Oscar-nominated drama, Precious, with a film based on a novel by Pete Dexter that carries a similar intensity. As palpable as the tension is, The Paperboy also seems overly ambitious and experimental. The thriller centers on the misadventures of the Jansen brothers, Jack (Zachary Efron) and Ward (Matthew McConnaughey). Ward returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a c...

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...

Vehicle 19 [ Hits:2123 ]
Review: Vehicle 19 is a crime thriller about an American tourist caught in a web of Johannesburg police corruption, starring The Fast and The Furious's Paul Walker. It's an ambitious film that tries to leverage its star, city and concept to great effect. Unfortunately, the end result is vapid, messy and ultimately unsatisfying. Johannesburg is one of the crime capitals of the world. The cross-section of life and cultural diversity make this city a living and breathing urban artwork. Businessmen, beggar...

Side Effects [ Hits:1939 ]
Review: America's over-medicated. Whether it's the cold hard truth or a bitter pill in Hollywood, the trend has led Steven Soderbergh to take another jab in Side Effects. This, not long after the versatile Ocean's Eleven director and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns collaborated on Contagion, another thriller that takes a cutting look at the pharmaceutical industry. In Side Effects, a woman's life spirals out of control after her psychiatrist puts her onto a new drug with dire side effects. What starts as a ...

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...

Argo [ Hits:4217 ]
Review: Ben Affleck has been to Hollywood and got the t-shirt. As an actor, his career has been tumultuous - racking up a hit-and-miss list with roles ranging from romantic leads to superheroes. As a writer, his career started as a one-hit wonder, winning an Oscar with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting. As a director, he's quickly becoming a Hollywood great in the same class as Clint Eastwood with Gone Baby Gone, The Town and now Argo. Affleck has also become a family man over the last seven years, afte...

End of Watch [ Hits:3680 ]
Review: End of Watch is a buddy cop movie that has been shot like a found footage film. This film immerses itself in the world of two super cops in the L.A.P.D., documenting life on the beat and their personal relationships, as they inadvertently draw the attention of a notorious cartel. David Ayer knows cop crime drama thrillers, having written Training Day, Dark Blue and S.W.A.T. As a director, he's notched up Street Kings and Harsh Times - making Ayer something of a specialist when it comes to solid...

The Cold Light of Day [ Hits:3177 ]
Review: The Cold Light of Day is as inane as its title. It's cold - thanks to a wishy-washy script and wooden performances; it's light on intrigue and intelligence - two pillars of great espionage films; and ironically most of the action sequences happen at night. The Cold Light of Day just doesn't give you a reason to care. We're complete strangers to the main protagonist, a Wall Street investor, who becomes ensnared in a mystery in another city when his family go missing. Henry Cavill is the talk ...

Wolwedans in die Skemer [ Hits:11517 ]
Review: Wolwedans in die Skemer has been described as a boere-noir thriller, adapted to film with a tie-in novel, based on the popular '70s radio show of the same name. Renowned Afrikaans author, movie critic and TV screenwriter, Leon van Nierop, has condensed his writing and film experience into his and director Jozua Malberbe's first feature film. To his credit, Leon van Nierop has written an unpredictable thriller that keeps you guessing until the last minute. The story is enticing, employing some c...

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...

The Grey [ Hits:3828 ]
Review: If you've never survived a plane crash only to be pursued by a pack of bloodthirsty wolves whilst bracing a bitter Alaskan blizzard, tired, afraid and hungry, you need to see The Grey. It may not be as informative as Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, but it's fascinating in a White Fang meets Alive kind of way. Liam Neeson joins The A-Team director Joe Carnahan again to bring us a survival adventure and thriller comparable with The Edge starring Anthony Hopkins. The Grey, based on the short stor...

Take Shelter [ Hits:3552 ]
Review: Michael Shannon is quickly becoming everyone's favourite crazy guy. He has real on-screen presence and the smarts to carry the lead in just about any film. He impressed with the stage-to-screen adaptation of Bug and delivers more of that psychological intensity in Take Shelter, a surreal character portrait about an everyman whose apocolyptic nightmares are beginning to take root in his waking life.Think Revolutionary Road meets Twister, with a strain of Noah and the Ark in this arthouse thriller...

The Hunger Games [ Hits:4286 ]
Review: The Hunger Games is old hat. We've seen our fair share of films involving a group of children, forced to do combat in a confined area in a kill-or-be-killed situation. Suzanne Collins has just commericialised the format made famous by William Golding's Lord of the Flies, writing a novel that has enough human interest and viral appeal to capture a young adult readership and broader film audience. William Golding's Lord of the Flies is the source, a novel which pitted a stranded choir of British ...

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