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Felix [ Hits:3387 ]
Review: Felix is a feel good family comedy drama that you will cherish for it's fun, exuberant and sweet-natured tone. This delightful underdog story arrives in the wake of Spud and has been dubbed "Billy Elliott with Cape Jazz". It's wholeheartedly entertaining and difficult not to like, owing to a positively charming ensemble, a spirited story about a boy with a dream and lively local jazz. When young Felix Xaba enrolls at an elitist private school in Cape Town on a scholarship, his dream of becoming...

Nine [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5981 ]
Review: There are plenty of musicals that have found their niche on stage and film like Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Shop of Horrors and yes, even Grease. However, that doesn't stop me from cringing when I hear the word 'musical'. For heaven's sake, they're meant for Broadway not Hollywood... and if you're not examining the behind-the-scenes gravity like in Hamlet 2 or Every Little Step, then the only point of adapting to film is making the musical more accessible to those that don't live ...

Inside Llewyn Davis [ Hits:2630 ]
Review: Inside Llewyn Davis is a Coen brothers film that captures the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 through the eyes of a fictional character, who was inspired by the memoirs and music of Dave Van Ronk. This beautifully shot music drama truly takes us there as we experience a week in the life of a struggling folk singer. This Coen brothers film resonates most strongly with A Serious Man, delivering intelligent New York drama on the back of soul-searching music and cinematography that is so in tun...

Whiplash [ Hits:2390 ]
Review: Whiplash is an intense music drama about a promising young drummer, who enrolls at a music academy where he's pushed to breaking point by a tough instructor. This is a film from writer/director Damien Chazelle, who has established his name with this dark stick of dynamite and its trail of awards. This is an intense, powerful and passionate music drama about sacrifice and the quest for perfection. We're entertained by a young drummer's rise from obscurity and trial by fire, in which he must list...

Sing Street [ Hits:1897 ]
Review: Sing Street is the third film from the passionate and prolific John Carney, and he makes it difficult not to notice with his name appearing again and again in the opening credits. All three of his films have been coming-of-age dramas that infuse music and romance, using a central romantic relationship to drive the characters and catchy music to reinforce the heart of the story. Once, his first film, was a low-budget love affair between a vacuum cleaner turned busker and a immigrant pianist. The...

Son of Man [ 2006 ] [ Hits:4973 ]
Review: Son of Man is the story of Jesus Christ told in the form of an African fable. The film carefully juxtaposes the Christ figure’s revolutionary message of faith against an unstable political climate in Africa. Son of Man could have fallen into the Apartheid trap by confusing the gospel message and white-black race relations, but chooses to ignore this in favour of an Afrocentric approach. This take on more contemporary issues is refreshing and works for the continent as a whole. Mark Dornford-Ma...

Rock of Ages [ Hits:4789 ]
Review: If you always wanted to be a rock star when you grew up, Rock of Ages is your movie. Just like Guitar Hero gave disenchanted closet rock stars the ability to play guitar like a rock god without strumming a single chord, Rock of Ages gives you the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll without having to smash up a hotel, serve time or leave your seat. Rock of Ages picks up in Los Angeles, 1987 as a small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip in front of the Bourbon Room. As you may have guessed...

Song for Marion [ Hits:2803 ]
Review: Song for Marion, also known as Unfinished Song, is a beautiful portrait of humanity in all its bashful inadequacy and soulful hilarity. Films about someone ailing are often difficult to watch as we suffer through the pain, anguish and anticipation of the end. Yet, Song for Marion is one of those gems that sparkles, despite being encrusted in all the dirt of life and death. The story follows the journey of Arthur (Stamp), a grumpy old man, whose gloom has sucked the joy out of his marriage and f...

Jersey Boys [ Hits:2464 ]
Review: Jersey Boys is a film adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical about Franki Valli and The Four Seasons. While The Four Seasons have a rich history of chart-topping singles, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were a Vivaldi tribute band. Their story may not be as well-known as that of The Beatles, but after the long-running and wildly popular musical inspired Clint Eastwood to commit it to celluloid, their legacy will live on... It's not unlike any rock band story. Four guys get together, m...

Begin Again [ Hits:2768 ]
Review: Begin Again comes to us from Once writer-director John Carney. He captured the independent spirit, heart and mood quite effortlessly in Once, and repackages some of that unassuming indie charm with a bigger budget in Begin Again. Instead of a soulful busker and an immigrant, we have both in Gretta, a reluctant British musician living in the shadows of her rock star boyfriend in New York. She crosses paths with Dan, a down-on-his-luck deadbeat father and irrepressible record company founder. T...