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Bridge of Spies [ Hits:1385 ]
Review: Bridge of Spies is a biographical and historical drama thriller starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. By now, you'll already know if this film is for you, heralding two of the biggest and best names in Hollywood... ever. Spielberg is a juggernaut, one of the most influential film-makers of all-time, whose very presence in the building has his employees adhering to library rules. Some of his biggest and best films have involved biographical historical stories: Saving Private Ryan,...

Bright Star [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4467 ]
Review: Bright Star is a Jane Campion film, based on a three year romance between poet, John Keats and Fanny Brawne, starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. Campion's best known for The Piano and The Portrait of a Lady, averaging a film every three years. While the early '90s could be described as her heyday, she seemed to lose some of the sparkle with more contemporary films like Holy Smoke and In The Cut. Bright Star marks a return to classic Campion cinema with a real-life love story to rival Romeo &...

Broken Embraces [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3507 ]
Review: Penelope Cruz starred in Pedro Almodovar's Volver and the two have collaborated once again in Broken Embraces, a drama about infidelity and redemption. This Spanish film is told from the perspective of Harry Caine, a blind writer, who is forced to deal with past pains 14 years earlier when he was directing what was to be his last film.Broken Embraces is a character-driven drama starring Lluís Homar, Blanco Portilla, José Luis Gómez, Rubén Ochandiano and Penélope Cruz. The film's narrativ...

Brothers [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3643 ]
Review: Brothers is a Jim Sheridan film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman. Sheridan's film career highlights include: My Left Foot and In The Name of the Father, in which he received Oscar nominations for writing and directing. Two films in which prolifiic Oscar-winning actor, Daniel Day-Lewis stars. However, Brothers is not a Day-Lewis Oscar vehicle and the screenplay is adapted by acclaimed screenwriter, David Benioff. Brothers was inspired by Brødre, a 2004 film by award-w...

Bruno (Preview) [ 2009 ] [ Hits:2684 ]
Review: Brüno is Sacha Baron Cohen’s third incarnation after the much-quoted Ali G and the controversial culture shock that is Borat Sagdiyev. From his days on The 11 O’Clock Show to hosting his own show… the man has sent shock waves of comedy: ranging from downright witty to upright horrific. Some have called him “a comic genius of many faces in the shadow of the great Peter Sellers” (or at least I just did), while others have wanted to castrate him for ridiculing their nationality. Either w...

Bug [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3591 ]
Review: First of all, Bug is not an ordinary horror film. This is a psychological thriller, which is more of a character study than a film about scary bugs. If you want a mediocre bug thriller you should rent They Nest. If you’re looking for a horror film that acts as a metaphor for real fear, then you should try Bug. A U.S. war veteran shacks up with and a lonely woman in a motel room, as lines of reality and delusion start to take over in the form of an insect infestation. William Friedkin, best kno...

Bullet to the Head [ Hits:1969 ]
Review: Bullet to the Head is a long-awaited match-up of Hollywood veterans, Walter Hill and Sylvester Stallone. Walter Hill directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in Red Heat and Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing, so it was only fitting that he complete The Expendables 2 triumvirate with Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head. Stallone's had a good run of form rebooting Rocky and Rambo, with a tongue-in-cheek tribute to action men with The Expendables, which is about to become a trilogy. The Italian Stallio...

Burn After Reading [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4271 ]
Review: Burn After Reading is a Coen Brothers film riddled with a host of regulars including: George Clooney (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou), Frances McDormand (Fargo) and J.K. Simmons (The Ladykillers). Burn After Reading tells the story of two gym employees, who discover a CD with information about the CIA’s operations. Linda (McDormand) wants several cosmetic surgery procedures done, and Chad just wants a “prize” for recovering the invaluable information on the disc. This comes after Osbourne (Mal...

Bypass [ Hits:1349 ]
Review: Bypass is a medical thriller, directed by Shane Vermooten and starring Natalie Becker, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Greg Kriek and Deon Lotz. It centres on, and creates awareness about the controversial criminal world of human organ trafficking. We journey with Dr Lisa Cooper, a renowned cardiac surgeon, who is forced to take desperate measures in order to secure a future for her son, Sam. After giving her consent for Sam to undergo an illegal procedure at a clinic in East Africa, she begins to realise tha...

Calvary [ Hits:1600 ]
Review: Calvary is an immense Irish drama about the church, mortality and revenge. As you'd imagine from the movie title and such a severe line-up of themes, it's a dark, heavy and soulful film led by a tremendous performance from Brendan Gleeson that embodies these sombre qualities. This isn't the first time Brendan Gleeson and fellow writer-director John Michael McDonagh have worked together. The two seem destined to become a famous duo after working to acclaim in The Guard, in which Gleeson played a...

Camille [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3632 ]
Review: False advertising... I'm talking about movie marketing, the kind that misleads you into thinking a movie is something it isn't! This has got to be the evil machinations of production houses, who back a dark horse on its star power, sheer originality or budgetary concerns in the hopes that someone will rent or buy tickets to their movie. Camille is one such film, punted as a romantic comedy... this couldn't be anything further from the truth. If Raging Bull was romance and Schindler's List was co...

Captain America: Civil War [ Hits:3119 ]
Review: Captain America: Civil War continues in the tradition of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It sounds like an obvious statement when you consider it follows as a sequel, but these sequels are very different from Captain America: The First Avenger. The first installation was an origins story and focused on Steve Rogers, or Captain America, played by Chris Evans. While more than competent, Evans isn't the most charming actor to don spandex and despite his best efforts to fly solo, a captain need...

Captain America: The First Avenger [3D] [ Hits:4712 ]
Review: If you had to choose an iconic Marvel superhero that best resembles the characteristics of DC Comics' Superman, Captain America should definitely be on the shortlist. With director Joe Johnston’s (Hidalgo, Jurassic Park 3, Jumanji) admirable take on the ultimate freedom fighters' origins, the excitement for the inevitable Avengers movie has reached fever pitch. But how does Captain America's story compare to other Marvel heavyweights like Ironman, Thor and Spiderman?The first thing you come ...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [ Hits:1738 ]
Review: Captain America doesn't really have any super powers. He's a super soldier, armed with a shield that doubles as a boomerang frisbee. His agility, strength, healing and endurance abilities make him slightly more difficult to kill than you or I, but let's face the facts... he's a G.I. Joe at a fancy dress party. Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers, the soldier turned superhero, also known as Captain America. He's a solid actor, and has the physique and chiseled looks to play a superhero. Unfortunatel...

Captain Fantastic [ Hits:2548 ]
Review: Captain Fantastic is a bizarre clash of cultures. Raised in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father educates, imbues his values and trains his six kids to fend for themselves. Without a television and having to hunt for food, their cloistered Swiss Family Robinson style upbringing presents a number of challenges from societal integration to coping in a capitalist me-orientated America. Having extensive book knowledge makes them more than capable to think for themselves and much more adept...

Captain Phillips [ Hits:2016 ]
Review: In an age dominated by superheroes, it's always refreshing to hear about real-life heroes. You know, those people who see an opportunity to step in and have the courage to follow through. Captain Richard Phillips is one such person, who made headlines worldwide when the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama container vessel he was captaining became the target of a pirate attack in the Somalian Basin in 2009. Captain Phillips recounts this true story in what could be described as a mixture of Casta...

Casting Me... [ Hits:3644 ]
Review: Casting Me... is a character-driven semi-biographical indie comedy romance inspired by Clerks. Instead of Kevin Smith, we have Quinton Lavery, whose real-life antics as a casting director have spilled over into film as we journey with the man on his quest to write and direct a film after hours and win back his sweetheart. The film stars Paul Snodgrass, a South African comedian, actor and radio man, whose love for acting was rekindled when he landed the lead in Casting Me... Snodgrass studied dr...

CHAPPiE [ Hits:3617 ]
Review: Chappie is Neill Blomkamp's latest thought-provoking sci-fi actioner, following in the wake of Elysium and the revered District 9. Die Antwoord were blown away by District 9 and felt an immediate synergy with Blomkamp, leading the zef rappers and director to join forces. Adamant that they be themselves in the film, Chappie was born out of the idea that Ninja and Yo-landi raise a robot. While Neill Blomkamp and Die Antwoord share a fierce desire to create original, surprising and inherently raw ...

Cheri [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3721 ]
Review: Chéri is Michelle Pfeiffer's movie. She's the star, the prime cougar and the backbone to this romantic drama set at the turn of the century with European upper classes in the throes of the excessive period known as Belle Epoque. Chéri, a second-rate "homonym" for 'Sherry' and 'Cherry', is an apt title for this period piece, which delves into the social and cultural excesses of the time, by indulging in the romantic and erotic affair between Lea (Pfeiffer), a renowned seductress and Chéri (Fri...

Chloe [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4173 ]
Review: Chloe is an erotic thriller with a difference. The movie is directed by Atom Egoyan (Adoration), headlining an all-star cast with Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. The movie poster and single name title may have echoes of Lolita, but the story follows a more traditional erotic thriller formula with the classic love triangle. David Stewart (Neeson), a respectable professor and married man, misses a flight and an unexpected surprise party back home. An incriminating photo and some u...

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