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Blood Diamond [ 2006 ] [ Hits:11903 ]
Review: Blood Diamond is an intense, thrilling, blood-drenched action drama about diamond smuggling in Africa. The story rests on the capable shoulders of Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, who were both nominated for Oscars for their performances. At the helm is Edward Zwick, another big name in Oscar history, who lays claim to other pearls such as Glory, Legends of the Fall, Shakespeare in Love, Traffic and The Last Samurai. Danny Archer is a Zimbabwean, ex-mercenary diamond smuggler. He overhears ...

2012 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:9926 ]
Review: "When they tell you not to panic... that's when you run.", says Jackson Curtis, published author of 'Farewell Atlantis', played by John Cusack (Con Air). Undisputed "Master of Disaster", Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) brings us 2012, a doomsday, apocalypse, cataclysm, "it's the end of the world as we know it", catastrophe of a film in every sense of the word. Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, fire-balls... 2012 is meant to be the film to end all disaster films. Cusack is 2012's...

Life of Pi [ Hits:9874 ]
Review: Life of Pi is a breathtaking adventure drama from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee. Based on the book by Yann Martel, this beautiful film tells the story of Pi Patel, a young Indian boy whose survival at sea forms the basis for a spiritual journey of epic proportions. Ang Lee has a firm grasp on translating intimate and epic moments, making him a great choice to direct Life of Pi, a film which has had several directors attached, including M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) and ...

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [ Hits:8176 ]
Review: Blackbeard, Barbarossa, Captain Kidd and Davy Jones would’ve rolled in their sea graves if they’d known fictional pirates like Long John Silver, Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow would become more famous than them. Well, as real as Keith Richards is… he’s no pirate – not the way we think at least! Johnny Depp’s famous pirate characterisation of the legendary Rolling Stones rocker has become probably the most iconic pirate in history after the rollicking success of theme park ri...

The Adventures of Tintin [ Hits:7866 ]
Review: The nostalgic The Adventures of Tintin animation series by Herge gave Belgium another famous fictional personality other than Poirot, one whose agenda often involved political conspiracy and espionage. The graphic novels have entertained their readers, delivering a soft James Bond meets Poirot type character in elaborate situations with freedom of imagination.Tintin wouldn't be Tintin without its iconic array of lovable characters: Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, Thomson & Thompson, Nes...

Hugo [ Hits:7676 ]
Review: Hugo is a well-oiled machine that lacks heart and soul. Primed as a family adventure in the style of City of Ember, this Parisian tale looks magical, backed by a solid cast, a fascinating story and a powerful director. However, despite the best intentions - the atmosphere is stilted, the charm is stunted and Hugo relies too heavily on its beauty to carry the story. Child stars, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, do an amazing job as co-leads. You could say that their performances are a lit...

War Horse [ Hits:7651 ]
Review: Stephen Spielberg loves a good war drama and it shows, having directed Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. All of these epic dramas were set in and around World War II, which is just one reason the Best Picture nominated War Horse is so different... War Horse is set in World War I, based on a 1982 children's novel and the 2007 stage play adaptation. The story begins in a pastoral setting in Dartmoor in 1914 as a local farmer buys a be...

10,000 B.C. [ 2008 ] [ Hits:7454 ]
Review: D’Leh (Strait), a young mammoth hunter, leads an army of tribes to free his people and his Evolet (Belle) in 10,000 B.C., a historically inaccurate adventure. The film doesn’t pretend to be a documentary, but is riddled with anachronisms: the people speak English, use ships for transport, rapid climate changes, dislocated creatures, domesticated mammals, metalwork, pyramids and horse riding. These wild “liberties” render the film inaccurate to the point of science-fiction, and Roland Emm...

The Rum Diary [ Hits:7238 ]
Review: I hate it when a movie trailer turns out to be a 2 minute highlights reel. The Rum Diary is one such movie that promises a Dagwood and serves up a crouton. On paper, The Rum Diary should have been all that and more, reuniting the legendary actor-writer team behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson are like hand and glove, but The Rum Diary will be remembered as the one that didn't quite gel. Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary has film adaptation potential: ...

The Perfect Wave [ Hits:5976 ]
Review: Only a surfer knows the feeling. It's not surprising that films about surfing, like Chasing Mavericks, Soul Surfer and now The Perfect Wave, often deal with people experiencing life-changing and near-death experiences. The subculture has an almost religious following around the world as men and women return to the ocean for another transcendent moment on the crest of a wave. This is where The Perfect Wave drops in, based on the true story of Ian McCormack, a wide-eyed young adventurer who...