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Machete [ Hits:4406 ]
Review: Grindhouse, a double bill featuring Deathproof and Planet Terror, was created as a tribute to the lost genre of exploitation films as made famous by single screen theatres across America in the '70s. Sleaze, porn, slashers and kung fu flicks were the rage back then and this was the era that directors like Grindhouse directors and collaborators, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez grew up in. The homage to grindhouse cinemas made its mark... violent, sexual, deviant and overtly over-the-top wi...

Mad Buddies [ Hits:13867 ]
Review: Mad Buddies is a return to conventional storytelling for Leon Schuster, whose box office achievements have been limited to South Africa with over-the-top local characters like Mr. Bones and Mama Jack. While these films have been runaway commercial hits, they haven't managed to mimic the international appeal of The Gods Must Be Crazy. The madcap toilet humour, slapstick comedy and distinctly South African flavour just hasn't caught on. As such, Mad Buddies fits a similar profile to There's A Zulu...

Mad Max: Fury Road [ Hits:4736 ]
Review: Mad Max: Fury Road is a piston-pumping action extravaganza from George Miller, who has reinvigorated the Mad Max franchise. To find some humourous context, the director's previous films include Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two. Mad Max: Fury Road is the antithesis... burning with rage and fuming with eye-popping visuals from smoldering car wrecks to lonely desert vistas. This is an epic film that packs a punch... grabbing you from the get-go and sinking its metal teeth into ...

Mad Money [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3513 ]
Review: Mad Money is directed by Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for her writing on Thelma & Louise. Add three prominent actresses in Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and you’ve got the ultimate chick flick, right? Wrong. This money heist movie may be all about the girls, but that doesn’t stop the guys from enjoying this crime comedy caper. Three female employees at the Federal Reserve hatch a “foolproof” plan to steal money that is about to be destroyed. Don’t get me wrong, this i...

Made of Honour [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3484 ]
Review: Made of Honour is yet another romantic comedy from the heart-shaped Hollywood trinket box. The film gets a few extra marks for tackling the “best man is better” and “best friend lovers” from a different angle, but nothing has really changed as a ladies man tries to win his best friend’s heart over after she asks him to be her Maid of Honour. The best man/maid of honour switch provides most of the comic material and tends to fuel the film to its lame conclusion. The comedy is comprised ...

Maggie [ Hits:1607 ]
Review: Maggie isn't not a traditional zombie movie... it's more of an art house zombie drama. There are no car chases across a post-apocalyptic America of zombie hordes and for the most part, everything takes place in one location. The pacing is slow, the style is understated to a fault, the focus is on drama and it has an independent spirit. The other thing you'll notice about Maggie is Arnold Schwarzeneggar. We know and love the unmistakable "last action hero" and are used to him making fun of hi...

Maggie's Plan [ Hits:2649 ]
Review: Maggie's Plan is directed by Rebecca Miller, but you'd be forgiven for thinking it was Woody Allen's latest romance comedy drama. The New York setting, the quirky dialogue, the excitable performances and the many shades of love make it comparable with this filmmaker. Even the calibre of the cast makes you think that this could only be Woody Allen, but it's not. Maggie's Plan is like a blend of Before Sunrise, What Maisie Knew and Mistress America. While Miller may be tipping the hat to the veter...

Magic in the Moonlight [ Hits:2538 ]
Review: Magic in the Moonlight is an amusing comedy romance drama and mystery that toys with the Occult as a master magician and deeply rational man goes undercover to dispel a medium's incredible powers. From the plot and movie title, you'd be forgiven for thinking this would be a fantasy film, but in the hands of Woody Allen, it's much more intimate as the alluring premise catapults us into a charming, quirky and light-hearted romantic jaunt with some dark dabs of mystery. Colin Firth is in fighting...

Maleficent [ Hits:2421 ]
Review: Maleficent is the self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil, immortalised by Walt Disney's 1959 film, Sleeping Beauty. After not being invited to a royal christening, Maleficent curses the baby Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and die" before the Sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. The curse is softened from death to a deep sleep by one of her guardian fairies, with true love's kiss her only salvation. In Disney's live-action film Maleficent, the film-makers h...

Man of Steel [ Hits:2356 ]
Review: Superman is the ultimate superhero, armed with an array of powers and abilities that include: superhuman strength, flight, speed, invulnerability, x-ray/heat vision and senses. You'd think he'd be stuck on himself, yet his greatest superhuman ability is humility and selflessness - sacrificing his earthly existence to serve and protect others from evil. It's an epic quest for hope and peace that this saviour of Mankind has been charged with by his father. Heaven sent, raised as if their own and ...

Man on a Ledge [ Hits:4094 ]
Review: Man on a Ledge stars Sam Worthington, whose robotic acting is best forgotten in blockbusters such as Avatar, Clash of the Titans and best remembered in Terminator: Salvation, where he was actually part cyborg. As you can imagine with any movie where the lead character wants to commit robot suicide off a high-rise building - expectations were low. Thankfully relatively unknown director Asger Leth and TV movie screenwriter, Pablo F. Fenjves have managed to negotiate a pretty decent thriller with ...

Man on Wire [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4530 ]
Review: Man on Wire is the story of French tightrope walker, Phillipe Petit. For all intents and purposes, it’s probably better to call him a wire walker as his biggest feats were achieved balancing on cables. Petit’s name is not synonymous with his life. The man’s a living legend with his crowning achievement being an illegal high-wire walk between New York City’s World Trade Center twin towers in 1974. This documentary uncovers Petit’s background and reconstructs events building up to this i...

Management [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3412 ]
Review: Management is an oddball romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson. The cast have had their fair share of ups and downs in Hollywood... but that's enough about their private lives. Aniston revisits her role from The Good Girl to produce another decent performance in this off-kilter "romcom". She's the main draw card amid a crest of familiar faces. Steve Zahn takes the spotlight, although as the title and movie poster suggests, he plays second fiddle to one of Holl...

Mandela's Gun [ Hits:1879 ]
Review: Nelson Mandela has become immortalised as an international icon for peace and transformation. Many know the story of the wise man and freedom fighter, who led a country through a turbulent time in South Africa's history as newly elected President, after being incarcerated as a political prisoner on Robben Island for almost three decades. This true story is comparable with The Count of Monte Cristo and has been popularised in world media, but what about Mandela's life before he was arrested? Mand...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [ Hits:4356 ]
Review: Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary man, whose life story plays like a political version of The Count of Monte Cristo. He was born into a rural family, educated as a lawyer, discriminated against in his own country, branded a "terrorist" leader, a political prisoner for 27 years, only to be inaugurated as President of South Africa.His autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, chronicles this incredible journey, which was bound to be adapted to film. Anant Singh's mission to adapt Long Walk to Freedom ...

Maos Last Dancer [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3872 ]
Review: Mao's Last Dancer, finally - a dance film where the story line is just as fantastic as the dancing - and true! The extraordinary biography of Li Cunxin makes a graceful leap from autobiography to film under the watchful eye of Australian-born director, Bruce Beresford (Paradise Road, Driving Miss Daisy) and screenwriter, Jan Sardi (Shine). The tag line for Mao's Last Dancer is 'Before You Can Fly, You Have To Be Free', an underlying theme throughout the drama with sharp contrasts between America...

Margin Call [ Hits:4467 ]
Review: The award-winning documentary Inside Job drilled down into what caused the 2008 financial crisis by consulting some of the finest financial experts. Margin Call creates a fictionalised account of the most critical 24 hour period of the meltdown, featuring some of Hollywood's most respected actors. Margin Call is a companion piece to Inside Job in the style of 12 Angry Men, offering outsiders a glimpse into the backroom ethics and doomsday plotting of an investment bank on the brink of collapse....

Marley & Me [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3304 ]
Review: Marley & Me is a film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as young married couple, John and Jennifer Grogan, on the verge of starting a family. The sweet pair are at the stage of life when a “trial child” seems like a good idea… and this is where Marley comes in. He’s an adorable Labrador pup, who’s trouble from the get-go. Marley eats dry wall, howls at night and is a pet from Hell. Now, if you’re expecting a soppy romantic comedy with a dog, you’ll be surprised. The Grogans...

Master Harold... and the Boys [ Hits:5172 ]
Review: Master Harold... and the Boys is an adaptation of Athol Fugard's acclaimed stage play about a young boy wrestling with his convictions when it comes to his father and his caretaker in 1950s South Africa. The era, known for its discriminatory racist government policies, separated South Africans and created barriers preventing black South Africans from enjoying equality and the same level of privileges as their white counterparts. This tense atmosphere fuels the drama of Master Harold... and the B...

Material [ Hits:14577 ]
Review: Material is one of the smartest, most heartwarming movies to originate from South Africa, telling the story of a young Muslim man whose love for stand-up comedy leads to conflict when his father expects him to take over the family business. There's always a hint of seriousness in a joke and as John Cleese once noted - "comedy is very much like tragedy". Material is a comedy drama, what's come to be known as a "dramedy", creating an uneasy balance between domestic strife and life's funnier mome...

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