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Eagle Eye [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3548 ]
Review: Eagle Eye is the second film starring Shia LeBeouf with D.J. Caruso in the director’s chair, following closely on the back of Disturbia. Disturbia cemented both artists within Hollywood, using a contemporary Hitchcockian makeover in the shadows of Rear Window. Now they’re back in Eagle Eye, which is more of a magpie. The film parallels Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and takes shiny bits and pieces from the likes of Live Free or Die Hard, The Matrix, Enemy of the State and Minority R...

Easy A [ Hits:5277 ]
Review: Temptress, tart, floozy, flirt, cheap, tramp, harlot, trollop, easy, ho'... are just some of the endearing terms you'll hear being thrown around the playground these days. Pubescent promiscuity is nothing new - think back to that adult movie Kids or a little further back to Sodom and Gomorrah. A high school reputation is built almost entirely on the sports field for guys, in the girl's locker room for girls or behind the scoreboard for both. It's that awkward age when everyone's waiting for the ...

Easy Virtue [ 2008 ] [ Hits:5332 ]
Review: Easy Virtue is a Noel Coward adaptation by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) starring Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes and Colin Firth. The stage play gets a Hollywood makeover with a sprawling on-location English countryside backdrop, while the stiff upper lip gets the finger-flip to make that “brrr-brrr” sound as Jessica Biel rips up the rolling hills with her motor car as Larita. She’s a strong, free-spirited and dangerous character compara...

Edge of Darkness [ Hits:4656 ]
Review: It's been a good 8 years since Mel Gibson had to have that chat with the top half of his wife in Signs. Since then he's been spotted in Papparazzi, The Singing Detective and a TV series called Complete Savages. Speaking of savages, he's also directed two blood-thirsty yet critically-acclaimed films in The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. So it'd be fair to say that Edge of Darkness marks his return after a long break from acting ever since he agreed to star in that high concept movie with H...

Edge of Tomorrow [ Hits:2156 ]
Review: "Live. Die. Repeat." The tag line turned mantra for Tom Cruise's latest science-fiction action thriller is not officially endorsed by Scientology, although many religions would probably find a nugget of truth in the thematic content at play in his latest sci-fi blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow. Perhaps this stems from the Groundhog Day plot device of reliving the same day over and over again. According to the late Ghostbuster and director Harold Ramis, Bill Murray's comedy classic was adopted by m...

Elegy [ Hits:3560 ]
Review: Elegy is a film adaptation of Philip Roth’s ‘The Dying Animal’. The movie stars Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz with support from Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard. An elegy is a poem usually associated with funeral’s. While Elegy is concerned with the latter portion of David Kepesh’s life, it doesn’t share a funeral pace or come across as flowery or symptomatic of its title. Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words) paints an insightful adaptation, which relies on a...

Elysium [ Hits:2100 ]
Review: Elysium is the much-anticipated follow-up to District 9. South African-born Neill Blomkamp has crafted another epic and spectacular science-fiction actioner that prods us by holding a broken mirror up against present day society. Armed with a bigger budget and more sway, Blomkamp has relocated the story to the year 2154, the same year as Avatar. While he initially considered Die Antwoord's Ninja and even Eminem for the role of Max, Matt Damon was cast with Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley in sup...

End of Watch [ Hits:3680 ]
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...

Ender's Game [ Hits:2201 ]
Review: Ender's Game is based on Orson Scott Card's classic science fiction novel. South African writer-director, Gavin Hood, best known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition and Tsotsi, was entrusted with bringing the book to life and for the most part, he's succeeded. It's not an entirely faithful adaptation with a number of casting and story compromises for the sake of the cinematic experience, yet it retains the essence of Card's original vision. The story follows young Ender Wiggin, played by Hu...

Endgame [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5875 ]
Review: Endgame (2009) is a political drama and thriller based on the covert discussions that led to the end of Apartheid in South Africa and mustn't be confused with End Game (2006), a conspiracy thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The term 'endgame' is a clever title for this Pete Travis film. It means the final stage in a process of events, describing the closing stages of a Chess game when most of the pieces have been removed from the board. The symbolism of white versus black, the strategy, the deli...

Enemy [ Hits:1975 ]
Review: "You are your own worst enemy." While we sometimes hurt ourselves or behave unlike ourselves, it's quite a feat for anyone to believe it was our "evil twin". Greek mythology suggests we were all originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing our power, Zeus separated the beings to be in search of their other halves. While twins seem to have an uncanny synergy, the concept of duality continues to fascinate our increasingly narcissistic society and is the driving f...

Escape Plan [ Hits:1916 ]
Review: Escape Plan is the culmination of a big idea that has been simmering, along with their testosterone levels, for a couple of decades. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have finally made a movie together. The quintessential '80s action icons have trail-blazed their way into Hollywood history and pop culture with long and impressive careers. Now they're making Dennis Rodman and Jean-Claude van Damme look like amateur hour by teaming up. After Stallone created the homage to '80s acti...

Evening [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3473 ]
Review: Evening is beautifully filmed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer and director, Lajos Koltai. The movie is an adaptation of Susan Minot’s novel and tells the romantic past and emotional present of a woman in her last days. Ann Grant (Redgrave) recalls a turning point in her life 50 years earlier from her deathbed as her daughters try to make sense of their lives. It’s a drama that combines what could be two separate films to tell of one woman’s regrets and desires. The ensemble is dominated...

Everybody Wants Some [ Hits:2674 ]
Review: Slacker was one of Richard Linklater's first feature films, which roamed Austin, Texas as a day in the life of social misfits, outcasts and oddballs played out. With no discernible plot, this set in motion self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater's appetite for rambling films with colourful characters. In 1993, he did it again with Dazed and Confused, which followed the adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. The nostalgic music, meandering ...

Evil Dead [ Hits:2516 ]
Review: The new Evil Dead remake's movie poster proudly proclaims: "The most terrifying film you will ever experience.". While this bold statement does make you wonder, it's actually not far from the truth. The original The Evil Dead is a grotesque yet accomplished film. Sam Raimi carved out cult stars for himself and Bruce Campbell by blending black comedy and horror into a comic book style storm in a log cabin. The Evil Dead's twisted sense of humour softened the horror to the point that the lengths ...

Ex Machina [ Hits:3401 ]
Review: Ex Machina is a sci-fi thriller from Dredd, Sunshine and 28 Days Later... screenwriter Alex Garland, whose directorial debut is eerie, beautiful, sparse and thought-provoking. It's a wonderful piece of science fiction, delving into the arena of artificial intelligence with unsettling, provocative drama and keeping an air of suspense with mysterious motives and a slow-burning fuse. There's little spoon-feeding in this story about a programmer, who wins the chance to participate in a groundbreaki...

Exodus: Gods and Kings [ Hits:4850 ]
Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings is a new action adventure drama from Ridley Scott based on the book of Exodus and retold from the perspective of a sibling rivalry. Instead of casting Russell Crowe for the third time, after Robin Hood and his former glory, Gladiator, Scott has enticed Christian Bale to play his hero, Moses. Crowe played a cruel mix of Noah for Darren Aronofsky in a similarly poised Biblical epic. Scott's sword-and-sandals action-adventure turns Moses into a warrior half-prince, whose bat...

Expired [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3526 ]
Review: You know how someone will say one thing, but mean something else... well, Expired is a good example of this phenomenon. For starters, it hasn't expired - it may not be as fresh as Chinese take out, but just as enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking. Most people see movies because they don't want to provoke thought and "planning an escape" isn't as dirty as it was in the '50s. Expired seems like the set up for a quirky "romcom" from the outset, but the very presence of Samantha Morton (Syn...

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close [ Hits:4271 ]
Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a miracle. Why? There's no other way you could explain it being nominated for a Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. Grant 2012 hasn't been the strongest year for Hollywood with only a handful of truly excellent films, but let's call it what it is... extremely long & incredibly irritating. Stephen Daldry is a fine director, an auteur who invests a couple of years in each of his films. He's been nominated for an Oscar for Best Directing for ever...

Eye in the Sky [ Hits:1802 ]
Review: Drone military warfare was at the heart of psychological thriller, Good Kill and thriller, Drones. It's now the subject of Gavin Hood's latest war drama thriller, Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi and the late Alan Rickman. We've entered a new age of war, where surveillance has become a double-edged sword functioning as a next generation terrorism counter-measure in exchange for a measure of privacy. Instead of training pilots to man air strikes, we're getting them...