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Hollywood in my Huis [ Hits:3316 ]
Review: Hollywood in my Huis is a South African romantic comedy about a wallflower, living in an impoverished railway neighbourhood, who tries to devise the perfect matric prom. It's part She's All That, part Bakgat! and part Juno with a strong Cinderella undercurrent. The She's All That element is from our central character's aspiration to look like Charlize Theron at the 2004 Oscars. She's trying to sew an Oscar-worthy dress together in an attempt to dazzle her peers, going from wallflower to Prom Qu...

Hop [ 2011 ] [ Hits:8982 ]
Review: Santa is dead. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer has been flogged within an inch of his life and they will not ride again... at least not until next Christmas. After years of recession, Hollywood has had to do the unthinkable and re-open wabbit season. Just when you thought Bugs Bunny was safe, along comes... no, not Elmer Fudd but Hop - the quintessential candy-coated Easter story to rewrite history and nestle in as a companion piece to the splurge of chocoholic and shopaholic fever that takes ove...

Horrible Bosses [ Hits:5022 ]
Review:   It's not very often that I go the trouble of watching a comedy at the cines, but when I saw the trailer for Horrible Bosses about a month ago, I convinced myself to make an exception. Why? I suspect it was because of the expectation set by the formidable, but unlikely comedic cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Collin Farrell. Still, I was quite a bit sceptical about how this would all play out...In the end, I was delighted to find myself thoroughly entertained, as the weird...

Horrible Bosses 2 [ Hits:3262 ]
Review: Horrible Bosses was dark, reasonably funny and featured a stellar cast. It was a vent for frustrated employees who wanted to see the little guy take revenge and served its purpose as a comedic stab at interoffice politics. The Office Space style scenario had its quirks and picked up some fans along the way, but no one was really lobbying for a sequel. While uncalled for, the sequel reinvigorates the concept by giving the liberated employees a chance to be their own horrible bosses. Nick, Kurt a...

Hot Tub Time Machine [ 2010 ] [ Hits:11609 ]
Review: Ahhh... 1986, Reagan was still President, Maradona scored the "Goal of the Century" in the FIFA World Cup in Mexico, Chernobyl was still doing plant tours, Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title, Lady Gaga said "ga-ga" for the first time, Voyager 2 had its first encounter with Uranus and Michael J. Fox manned the world's first flux capacitor-powered car time machine. No wonder Americans remember the '80s with such nostalgia and gusto. Meanwhile back home in the Old South Africa, the struggl...

House of 1000 Corpses [ 2003 ] [ Hits:3546 ]
Review: House of 1000 Corpses is Rob Zombie’s filmic contribution to the horror genre. Zombie, a founding member of the 90s band White Zombie, went on to start a solo career. His trash/industrial sound became his trademark music and can be heard on the soundtrack to House of 1000 Corpses. It’s his debut film, and isn’t as bad as you’d imagine. We’re specifically talking about the horror genre, just to get things straight. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously, but is meant to be scary and...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation [ Hits:3736 ]
Review: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, originally Get the Gringo, stars Mel Gibson in what has been described as an unofficial sequel to Payback. Love or hate the man, he's still got loads of moxie and star power. He may be a washed up celebrity in real-life, but Gibson is still a live-wire on screen and shows he's still got it in what should have been his acting comeback. A nameless Gibson manages to find himself in a corrupt yet liberal prison village, after getting nabbed by Mexican border patrol a...

How to Train Your Dragon 2 [ Hits:6618 ]
Review: How to Train Your Dragon had a strange title, but managed to be a funny, moving and wonderfully entertaining animated adventure about a boy, his pet dragon and his father. Several years on... the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, has swooped in to bring us more of the same thrilling entertainment with a slightly darker, more mature edge. The sequel is also much more Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch), who is credited as writer-director, taking a stronger controlling influence over the story. He...

Hugo [ Hits:9937 ]
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...

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