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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) [ Hits:4339 ]
Review: David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... didn't they adapt the Millenium trilogy just two years ago? Why didn't they cast Noomi Rapace, the 'Girl' from the original? Is it a faithful adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel? So many questions... The original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was excellent and deserved its critical acclaim, but it wasn't in English, relegating it to a limited art house international release. While shooting on-location and in the native tongue added to the aut...

Black Swan [ Hits:5257 ]
Review: Little so-called “Caucasian” girls generally tend to get involved in one of two extra-curricular activities… ballet or horse-riding. It’s a tradition, a rite of passage that soccer moms feel compelled to offer their little princesses. The reasons vary: they’ll look cute in a tutu, the riding lessons are cheaper than a pony, “I never got a chance to play Barbie” or perhaps mom just wants to fulfill her little brat’s every whim. Whatever the motivator, it’s a chance for every gir...

Source Code [ Hits:4757 ]
Review: Source Code is a Duncan Jones movie. Jones is David Bowie's son but judging from the critical acclaim generated from his first two movies, he'll probably be more famous for being a director with Moon and now Source Code under his belt. If Moon was inspired by Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Source Code comes with its own cinematic concoction, a sleek blend of Quantum Leap, Groundhog Day and Speed - starring Jacob 'Jake' Gyllenhaal... that's pronounced jill-en-hall.Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) ...

Contagion [ Hits:3881 ]
Review: Sure, a killer disease that resembles the symptoms of the common flu (except for the dying part) probably doesn’t sound like the most thrilling movie concept ever imagined, but Contagion’s success sprouts from much more than that. The first thing this risky film has got going for it is director Steven Soderbergh, best known for very serious movies like ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ and ‘Syriana’, as well as some delicious off-beat humour such as in films like ‘Oceans Thirteen’ an...

The Hunger Games [ Hits:4283 ]
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 ...

End of Watch [ Hits:3674 ]
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...

Argo [ Hits:4213 ]
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...

Captain Phillips [ Hits:2187 ]
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...

10 Cloverfield Lane [ Hits:3927 ]
Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane follows Cloverfield, a sci-fi thriller that tracked some kids with a first-person video camera perspective during a monster attack on New York City. Matt Reeves went on to direct Let Me In and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and there wasn't much thought to a Cloverfield prequel or sequel. Well, eight years down the track we have one. Instead of going for another city demolition monster movie in the vein of Godzilla, they've gone for a tight, claustrophobic and rural thriller ...

Welcome to the Punch [ Hits:2011 ]
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...