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Unknown [ Hits:21787 ]
Review: According to a 2008 IOL article, identity theft could be costing South African individuals and firms more than R1 billion a year. Scam artists have even begun to register assumed identities as deceased in order to make a claim on their life insurance or estates. That's what makes Unknown so fascinating and possible as Dr. Martin Harris finds out what it's like to slip off the grid. Imagine waking up after a car accident to find that your life has been upended without a trace of your former life....

Jack Reacher [ Hits:21552 ]
Review: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher, in the adaptation of One Shot, a novel by Lee Child, in which ex-military hero, Jack Reacher, becomes the lead investigator in a multiple shooting homicide after the prime suspect of an "open and shut" case calls for the drifter by name. Tom Cruise has played Ethan Hunt several times in Mission Impossible, had a convincing turn as a contract killer in Collateral and has a history of strong performances in military dramas, A Few Good Men and Born on the Fourth of Ju...

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...

50 Dead Men Walking [ 2008 ] [ Hits:7065 ]
Review: Fifty Dead Men Walking has got to be one of the most over-rated films of 2009. Jim Sturgess, the guy that looks like a young Paul McCartney from Across the Universe, stars as Martin McGartland in this gritty real-life action thriller set in Belfast. Fifty Dead Men Walking is based on the book of the same title by Nicholas Davies and Martin McGartland, which tells the incredible true story of McGartland, who was recruited by British Police to spy on the IRA in the late 1980s, saving lives in the ...

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6022 ]
Review: What do Walter Matthau and Denzel Washington have in common? Not a lot... In fact, the only connector, besides both having Hollywood careers, is their appearance in renditions of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, an adaptation of John Godey's novel. Matthau, the other grumpier old man, starred as transit police officer Lt. Zachary Garber in the 1974 version, while Denzel Washington stars as train dispatcher Walter Garber in the 2009 version. One's white, one's black, one's dead, one's alive... the lis...

Black Swan [ Hits:5268 ]
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...

Sleeper's Wake [ Hits:5081 ]
Review: Crime haunts us in South Africa. We live on the edge in order to stay one step ahead of what seems to be an unofficial tax for living in such a beautiful country. Being grateful that we're alive (and insured) are how we get by, yet the toll of the trauma and stress remains a mystery...Sleeper's Wake deals with the darker, primal urges of living in a seemingly lawless country, where citizens are confronted with the unthinkable and pushed to the edge. We're introduced to a writer, whose family has...

Limitless [ Hits:5058 ]
Review: "What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?" is the tag line for Limitless, a film adaptation of Alan Glynn's novel that plays with the notion that we only use part of our minds. Just like the little blue sex wonder drug, Limitless imagines the scenario if a drug could be designed to harness our mind's full potential. If scientists could do it for our penises, there must be a way to get the other head working too? Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer, who comes to possess ...

Baby Driver [ Hits:4883 ]
Review: Edgar Wright is the British director behind cult classics such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. His ambitious, colourful, quirky, playful and imaginative films are geared towards laughs and thrills and Baby Driver is no different. Always unpredictable, fun and visually-compelling, Wright has added a heist thriller to his growing list of shiny, wonderful films. The title Baby Driver, probably should have been Baby, Driver but that would have made too much sense when...

Source Code [ Hits:4764 ]
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) ...