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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...

Jack the Giant Slayer [ Hits:4147 ]
Review: Jack the Giant Slayer is a hybrid reworking of the cult classic, Jack the Giant Killer, and the fairy tale, Jack & The Beanstalk. Individually, these stories are simple and too insubstantial for a feature film. By combining the special effects action, medieval fantasy romance of Jack the Giant Killer with the humble, imaginative, magical zero-to-hero quest of a lowly farm boy in Jack & The Beanstalk, Bryan Singer has created an action-adventure of epic proportions. The only problem is t...

Jagveld [ Hits:1650 ]
Review: Jagveld is an outback crime thriller based on the novel by Deon Meyer, which tracks the journey of a young woman, who is pursued by a gang of drug smugglers after she witnesses them killing a traffic officer. Byron Davis makes a directorial debut working with a notable South African ensemble in Leandie du Randt, Neels Van Jaarsveld and Tim Theron. Jagveld is in the same league as Beyond the Reach and Desierto, as a cat and mouse hunt unfurls over a dry and dusty landscape. While similar, Meye...

Jane Eyre [ Hits:5609 ]
Review: This film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's literary classic is haunting, beautiful and moving. Director, Cary Fukunaga, envisioned a darker retelling of this Gothic romantic drama, which until now has generally been depicted as another period piece romance. As such, the Gothic elements from the novel have been emphasised in this film adaptation. Fukunaga chose to shoot Jane Eyre in Northern England, where the moors, foliage and landscapes provide an iconic backdrop, one that would usually be as...

Jason Bourne [ Hits:4442 ]
Review: The Bourne Ultimatum seemed like the last film in the series, however after some deliberation they tried to reboot it with Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. While this bridge may have appeased fans of the series, it was more of a speed bump and just wasn't the same without Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. This explains why there has been so much anticipation around the release of Jason Bourne. The trilogy left on a high note and in the absence of any immediate sequels, it could have been idealised,...

Jeff, Who Lives at Home [ Hits:3181 ]
Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a slacker comedy with a difference. Our hero is on a journey, the kind that we sometimes mistake for everyday life, in which he lets his destiny simply unfold as a series of interconnected signs, after his mom tells him to get something from the shop. The Duplass brothers, best known for The Puffy Chair and Cyrus, have written and directed another offbeat indie comedy with a name cast and a slow-burning message about destiny and self-actualisation. Don't worry, it's d...

Jennifers Body [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6190 ]
Review: Every now and then a movie comes along that blows our minds... well, Jennifer's Body is not that movie. It blows alright... but not in a good way. The creators of Juno must have been high on Oscar fever (or cocaine) when they decided to make Jennifer's Body. Imagine the setting in the creator's board room or hot tub...Jim: Right girls, it's all True Blood and Twilight right now, so let's do a horror. Let's star Hollywood's new Angelina, Megan Fox, fresh off the Transformers runway...Sally: And w...

Jersey Boys [ Hits:2468 ]
Review: Jersey Boys is a film adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical about Franki Valli and The Four Seasons. While The Four Seasons have a rich history of chart-topping singles, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were a Vivaldi tribute band. Their story may not be as well-known as that of The Beatles, but after the long-running and wildly popular musical inspired Clint Eastwood to commit it to celluloid, their legacy will live on... It's not unlike any rock band story. Four guys get together, m...

Jimmy in Pienk [ Hits:2374 ]
Review: Jimmy in Pienk is an offbeat fish-out-of-water comedy set in South Africa from the mind of writer-director, Hanneke Schutte. Her award-winning idea of a boer dropping his sheep shears to take up salon scissors, won a competition and gradually developed into a fully-fledged Afrikaans comedy feature starring Louw Venter, Terrence Bridgett and Gys de Villiers. After Jimmy Bester's father's passing, family secrets come to light. Not only is there a R150,000 debt against the farm but Jimmy learns of...

Jobs [ Hits:4286 ]
Review: Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur, a pioneer and a creative genius. This is the iconic Jobs we know from the media, yet we only know half the story. Jobs the biopic drama about the Apple founder is an eye-opening journey, taking the tempestuous Jobs from his days as a hippie in college to his crowning achievements as the creative force associated with the Apple empire. Behind the revered status was a complex man so passionate about his life's work that he was willing to sacrifice relationshi...

Jock of the Bushveld [3D] [ Hits:11607 ]
Review: Jock of the Bushveld is a South African story by Sir James Percy Fitzpatrick. Written and published in 1907, it wasn't long before the tales of Jock and his master became a bestseller and South African classic, now translated into Afrikaans, Dutch, French, Xhosa and Zulu. In 1986, Jock of the Bushveld was adapted to film starring Jonathan Rands as Percy Fitzpatrick with music by Johnny Clegg. The adaptation didn't fare well with American audiences and was later re-released with a happier ending....

John Carter [ Hits:3602 ]
Review: A bearded man with extraordinary powers, savior of a planet, died and buried in a tomb only to rise again with the initials J.C. The life of Jesus Christ inspired the character of John Carter and Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired hundreds of writers and film-makers with the Barsoom series of science-fiction novels, which have been adapted into the film, John Carter of Mars.As much as John Carter is influenced by the story of Jesus Christ it's ultimately a CG-heavy popcorn blockbuster with a myriad ...

Johnny is Nie Dood Nie [ Hits:2758 ]
Review: Johnny is Nie Dood Nie, adapted from a play by Malan Steyn, is a reunion drama in the tradition of The Big Chill as four friends gather for a braai on the Sunday after Johannes Kerkorrel's suicide to reminisce about their student days. Set in 2002, Johnny is Nie Dood Nie flips back-and-forth in time to the late '80s when they were young, rebellious Stellenbosch students during the time of the Voëlvry tour. Embracing the protest music of Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis and Bernoldus Niemand, these hedon...

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4553 ]
Review: The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is to tween girls today, what the Beatles were to teen girls in the ’60s. They’re worshiped, adored and treated like idols to the point of hilarity. Girls between the ages of 9 and 15 cry, swoon and revolt in the hopes of touching or getting a glimpse from their precious Jonas Brothers. It’s not New Year’s eve, but it sure looks like it when the Jonas Brothers arrive to “purchase” their first copies of their new album. They’re young, co...

Julie & Julia [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6002 ]
Review: Julie & Julia is a homage to Julia Child's most famous cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a 734-page bestseller, which was and is critically acclaimed for its recipes, giving American chefs a taste for French cuisine and cooking techniques. Child is also famous for her television appearances, most notably The French Chef. Julie & Julia parallels Child's build-up to her magnum opus in 1961 with Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book in the space o...

Jurassic World [ Hits:1961 ]
Review: Jurassic World is one of those movie sequel throwbacks that channels '90s nostalgia and theme park curiosity into a weird tribute to dinosaurs. We're living in an age where films like Sharknado have an audience, which helps explain the theme park roller-coaster ride meets Jurassic Park tribute tone of Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow's been charged with creating something new, based on something old and he's done that with a cheeky tone and casting Chris Pratt as our resident Steve Irwin meets I...

Just Go With It [ Hits:5935 ]
Review: Just Go With It is more than just a movie title, it's advice for the audience. After a 20-something year friendship between Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston - they finally get to do a movie together! Now it could have been because they aren't a natural on-screen match or perhaps Aniston has exhausted every other leading man option. She's been blazing through films, racking up an impressive list of romantic co-leads and you could say... it was bound to happen sometime.Adam Sandler has also been ...