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Rachel Getting Married [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3175 ]
Review: Rachel Getting Married is a film by Oscar-winning director, Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), starring Anne Hathaway and Rosemarie DeWitt. The lead pair are sisters with a history of sibling rivalry. Hathaway plays Kym, who has just been through a serious stint at rehab, while DeWitt is Rachel, her older sister who is about to be married. The two have excellent chemistry, which translates into a shared history - and they even look related. The casting was key in this relationship and Rosema...

Rainbow Skellums [ 2009 ] [ Hits:15789 ]
Review: Rainbow Skellums is the latest candid camera phenomenon to hit South Africa, produced, written and directed by Andre Scholtz (Panic Mechanic) and starring Louw Venter (T.M.A.S), Kevin Ehrenreich and Alexa Strachan. Leon Schuster is the Godfather of candid comedy in South Africa with his off-the-cuff, on-the-spot and distinctly South African disguise comedy, which is all about reeling the target in and catching the big one. Schuster's You Must Be Joking and Panic Mechanic eptiomise this brand of ...

Rango [ Hits:8433 ]
Review: Did you get a slightly uneasy feeling when you discovered Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl was a Disney movie? Mild surprise may be a better description, well - you may have experienced a similar feeling when you found that Captain Jack Sparrow, better known as Johnny Depp, is Rango. That's right... the coolest actor in Hollywood, famed as a clumsy pirate is a swashbuckling "lizard".Just when you thought he couldn't possibly do anything without Tim Burton's permission, he un...

Real Steel [ Hits:5130 ]
Review: If you can adapt a theme park ride into a billion dollar blockbuster franchise about a drunken pirate holidaying in the Caribbean, you can adapt just about anything. That's how we got Real Steel, a film producers will vehemently defend against anyone claiming it's an adaptation of the iconic tabletop boxing game, Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em. Robot Jox was the original robot fighting adaptation and while slightly more complex than Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em... came at a time when the advances of CGI were very 19...

Red [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4853 ]
Review: Stallone surprised us when he resurrected Rocky with Rocky Balboa, stunned us when he tied the red hair band on for John Rambo and nearly killed himself trying to make The Expendables. Broken neck aside... Stallone pulled it off - he made us believe with that sixty-something-year-old-six-pack, the big knives and ultra-violent action set pieces. Personally, I blame Harrison Ford for sparking the vicious trend that 60-something-year-olds can do their own stunts as he donned the fedora and whip onc...

Religulous [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3272 ]
Review: Religulous is a documentary written and starring stand-up comedian Bill Maher, and directed by Larry Charles (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazhakstan). Good documenatries always take a perspective, and the angle of Religulous is that of Atheism. One could even dub Religulous as more Borat than Michael Moore. Bill Maher was brought up as a devout Catholic and his mother is Jewish. One can see how plenty of his irreverant comic material actually stems fr...

Repo Men [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4013 ]
Review: Repo Men is based on the novel, The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia, who also co-wrote the screenplay for Repo Men. It's a science fiction exploration of what the world would be like if medical agencies sold manufactured bio-mechanical organs with a severe repayment scheme - think credit card companies. The Repo Men are the final notice... cold, calculated surgeons who hunt down bad debtors like vermin, extracting their organs for reconditioning and in most cases leaving their customers in a b...

Resident Evil: Afterlife [3D] [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3512 ]
Review: Resident Evil... Milla Jovovich... zombies... in Real 3D, it's any gamer's dream come true. The fourth installation of arguably the most successful video game film adaptation of all-time is delivered in true style courtesy of Death Race writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson. These days, trilogies just aren't enough for franchises and it seems like a good time to resurrect just about any popular character from the past. The difference with Resident Evil is that it's following in the wake of the game...

Resident Evil: Retribution [ Hits:3617 ]
Review: Resident Evil: Retribution is the latest installment in the longest running video game adaptation series ever. Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice and takes on the evil Umbrella Corporation with the help of a resistance movement, in an effort to escape a holding cell and their testing facility. The Resident Evil saga has a loyal zombie following and has created a new film subgenre... action ballet. By now most people know that Resident Evil is all about Matrix style gun fights, zombie att...

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter [ Hits:4289 ]
Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth installment in the Resident Evil series starring Milla Jovovich and directed by Paul WS Anderson. Very few people would have guessed that the Resident Evil series would be a trilogy nevermind a six part series. It's arguably the best video game to film adaptation, possibly owing to the fact that the character of Alice wasn't part of the original game, giving the filmmakers creative licence to create a film and character loosely based on Ridley Scott'...

Revolutionary Road [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3234 ]
Review: Revolutionary Road is a film that trails in the wake of American Beauty. One could even see Revolutionary Road as a prequel to American Beauty. Sam Mendes follows in the same direction as his Oscar-winning Best Picture, but incorporates his leading lady and wife, Kate Winslet. Instead of delivering the undercurrents of contemporary American suburbia, he focuses on ’50s “Pleasantville” with a magnifying glass. The Wheelers are his ants in this story, and their lives are examined within the ...

Riddick [ Hits:2029 ]
Review: Pitch Black introduced us to the dangerous escaped convict by the name of Richard B. Riddick. The survivors of a prisoner transport ship were stranded on a planet becoming prey to the local flesh-eating alien inhabitants. This gave Vin Diesel, now the poster boy for The Fast & The Furious, xXx and The Chronicles of Riddick, a chance to make right. Riddick is more of a sequel to Pitch Black than of The Chronicles of Riddick. David Twohy has dialed the Riddick universe back a few notches, ret...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes [ Hits:4771 ]
Review: When you heard that they were releasing a prequel to Planet of the Apes you probably slapped your hand to your forehead. Not only was Tim Burton's attempt at a reboot to the Planet of the Apes franchise a misfire, the movie title is laughable as if Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans never happened!?In science-fiction, it's usually robots doing the uprising. Planet of the Apes takes an evolu...

Rize [ 2005 ] [ Hits:4141 ]
Review: Rize is a documentary that covers the new urban dance culture emerging from South Central gangland. The documentary makes some interesting parallels between the new, angry, identity-driven street dancing with riots from the past, and African tribal dance culture. Rize starts with something of a disclaimer saying that none of the footage was sped up in the making of the film. It’s exactly the impression you get, watching the fast paced dance movements from the dancers. The actions are powerful,...

Road to the Well [ Hits:1550 ]
Review: Road to the Well is a low-budget dark comedy thriller from the mind of writer-director, Jon Cvack, and stars Micah Parker, Laurence Fuller and Marshall R. Teague. The film journeys with Jack, a drifter who meets up with his old friend Frank, whose desk-bound job and down-on-his-luck relationship status leave him vulnerable. After Frank gets involved with a woman at the bar, he reaches out to Jack for help when he wakes up after a brutal attack only to find the woman's body in the trunk of his ca...

Robin Hood [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4518 ]
Review:  Apparently, any film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott can’t go wrong. Having collaborated on Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster and Body of Lies, it’s safe to say they’ve got a winning formula. The film rides on the back of almost a century of Robin Hoods ranging from Robin Hood (1912) to this latest bankable venture from Crowe and Scott in 2010, aptly titled Robin Hood.Robin Hoods outnumber James Bonds in Hollywood with some of the most famous Hoods including: ...

RoboCop [ Hits:1976 ]
Review: RoboCop is a remake of the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven. Visual effects have come a long way since the '80s, yet the new RoboCop still pales in comparison with the original. Elite Squad director, José Padilha, has crafted a slick, visually spectacular sci-fi actioner with a strong cast, however the film, like RoboCop himself, seems to be in search of its heart and soul. It's 2028, an age in which the United States is using machines manufactured by OmniCorp to police foreign interests. In order ...

Rock of Ages [ Hits:4799 ]
Review: If you always wanted to be a rock star when you grew up, Rock of Ages is your movie. Just like Guitar Hero gave disenchanted closet rock stars the ability to play guitar like a rock god without strumming a single chord, Rock of Ages gives you the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll without having to smash up a hotel, serve time or leave your seat. Rock of Ages picks up in Los Angeles, 1987 as a small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip in front of the Bourbon Room. As you may have guessed...

RocknRolla [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3376 ]
Review: RocknRolla is classic Guy Ritchie. After a lapse in filmic enterprise, the hotshot British director has made a stylised return to the days of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Ritchie’s trademark subject matter and comedic crime escapade oozes cool. Gerard Butler (300) and Tom Wilkinson ensure that RocknRolla has all the juice it needs, and Thandie Newton, Mark Strong and Jeremy Piven drive this point home. Underground crime syndicate, rich Russian property developers, junkies an...

Rogue [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3595 ]
Review: Rogue is writer, director and producer Greg Mclean’s second horror movie and third film. Wolf Creek told the story of several backpackers, who were abducted by a murderous hunter. The horror was devastating and brutal, which only heightened the terror of it being based on a true story. The twinge of reality strikes again in Rogue, in which a 7 metre crocodile takes the place of the real-life monster. Mclean creates a nuanced horror that is riddled with a deep understanding of the human conditi...

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