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The Social Network [ 2010 ] [ Hits:7917 ]
Review: The Social Network is a timely story about the founders of Facebook and their legal disputes on the back of unprecedented viral Internet growth and accidental billionaires. Whatever your take on the social online platform, The Social Network movie  seems to have everyone hitting 'Like'… If you’re connected to the Internet, chances are that you rely on Facebook as entertainment, a networking tool, a virtual grapevine or local news feed. The Social Network points out the social platform's add...

The Kings Speech [ Hits:7671 ]
Review: The British royal family have had their fair share of embarrassments through the ages: Richard III's bloody coronation, Queen Victoria's "wicked uncles", rumours that Prince Albert Victor was in fact Jack the Ripper, Prince Charles, his ears, Camilla Parker Bowles... the list continues. One such national embarrassment was The Duke of York, whose futile military exploits inspired this song..."Oh, the grand old Duke of York,He had ten thousand men; He marched them up to the top of the hill, And he...

Die Wonderwerker [ Hits:15077 ]
Review: Katinka Heyns is the director behind South African classics such as Paljas and Fiela se Kind. It's been more than a decade since her last film, making Die Wonderwerker, a much anticipated follow-up for the acclaimed director. She marks her return with a biographical mystery drama based on a chapter from the life of famous Afrikaner laywer, poet and naturalist, Eugene Marais.The man's output may not have been extensive, but he's still revered for his poems and studies on nature. Die Wonderwerker ...

12 Years A Slave [ Hits:4684 ]
Review: Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, was kidnapped and sold into slavery in antebellum United states in 1841. An enticing job offer led to his abduction after his prospective employers drugged him and sold him as a slave. 12 Years A Slave is an account of his emotional and physical turmoil at the mercy of plantation owners.Steve McQueen is one of Hollywood's most exciting directors on the back of Hunger, Shame and now 12 Years A Slave. Each of his films are contentious, beaut...

Faan se Trein [ Hits:2951 ]
Review: Faan se Trein is an adaptation of a popular Afrikaans stage production that has been running for almost 40 years. The film takes place in a small Karoo town, where a mentally-challenged man becomes the centre of much taunting and ridicule. After a number of violent and inappropriate outbursts, he divides the community between those wanting to give him another chance and those wanting him to be taken away. Faan se Trein shares a number of elements with Roepman, making it a worthy companion piece....

Boyhood [ Hits:3541 ]
Review: Writer-director Richard Linklater has built his film career on ambitious, semi-experimental cinema. He wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight series, turning a chance meeting on a train in Europe into a lifelong conversation between two star-crossed lovers. He brought us the ultimate freewheeling movie, Dazed and Confused, bringing free-ranging conversations and a large ensemble to create a film all about mood and feeling. He tamed Jack Blac...

Spotlight [ Hits:1372 ]
Review: Spotlight is a biographical and historical drama turned thriller about the Boston Globe's "Spotlight", a team of investigative reporters who tackled alleged child abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston, exposing a religious, legal and governmental scandal that send shock waves across the world in early 2002. The Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage opened the issue of sexual abuse within the Church, drawing attention from the Church hierarchy, law enforcement, government and media agencies. Spotlig...

Moonlight [ Hits:2805 ]
Review: Moonlight is a coming-of-age drama that chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he tries to cope against the flow of everyday adversities while growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood. The film deals with a range of negative social themes such as: drugs, bullying and gangsterism. Ordinarily, these hard living themes would translate into a gritty and difficult-to-watch film, but this is the magic of Moonlight, turning the ugliness of real-life into a thing of lum...

Material [ Hits:14575 ]
Review: Material is one of the smartest, most heartwarming movies to originate from South Africa, telling the story of a young Muslim man whose love for stand-up comedy leads to conflict when his father expects him to take over the family business. There's always a hint of seriousness in a joke and as John Cleese once noted - "comedy is very much like tragedy". Material is a comedy drama, what's come to be known as a "dramedy", creating an uneasy balance between domestic strife and life's funnier mome...

Little One [ 2013 ] [ Hits:2694 ]
Review: Little One is the story of a mother, who takes a young girl under her wing. The story is simple, yet the circumstances are not. A six year old girl has been left for dead in the veld near a middle aged woman's home near an informal settlement. After saving her life, an inextricable and life-changing mother-daughter bond is formed between the rescuer and victim.The story is truly heartbreaking and there's a tensile emotional undercurrent that drives this simple, yet beautiful film. The endless re...