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A Million Colours [ Hits:12171 ]
Review: A Million Colours is based on the true story of two best friends, who fought the system that tried to separate them, after they shot to fame in 1975 with the release of the South African film e'Lollipop. Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox didn't see life in black or white, at a time when the government tried to enforce Apartheid, instead they chose to see a million colours. Andre Pieterse produced e'Lollipop and co-wrote A Million Colours with Canadian director, Peter Bishai. A Million Colours is th...

A Most Violent Year [ Hits:3101 ]
Review: A Most Violent Year is another film from J.C. Chandor, whose previous efforts Margin Call and All Is Lost have already earned him a spot as an ambitious writer-director with a melancholic disposition. It stars Oscar Isaac from the equally melancholic Inside Llewyn Davis, who finds himself similarly poised in Hollywood. Both director and star are about mood and subtlety, which is leveraged to great effect in this slow-boiling crime drama thriller. It's New York City 1981, the most dangerous year...

A Most Wanted Man [ Hits:2070 ]
Review: A Most Wanted Man is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last films, one that exemplifies his commitment to the craft and serves as a continuance of a great legacy of performances from the late great. It's with a sullen sense of irony that Anton Corbijn, director of Control, the film about Joy Division's Ian Curtis, is one of the last directors to work with Hoffman. Hoffman's swan song shows a disheveled and unhealthy-looking man, who completely immerses himself in a character whose dedication to h...

A Nightmare on Elm Street [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5759 ]
Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most successful horror franchises ever... carrying Freddy Krueger, the burnt man with a fedora and bladed claw through our nightmares for almost three decades. Freddy's colleagues, Halloween's Michael Myers and Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees recently received their own remakes, so it was almost inevitable that Krueger would be given a face-lift remake. Rob Zombie's Halloween remake placed more emphasis on the face behind the mask, while the Friday the 13...

A Perfect Getaway [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4373 ]
Review: I watch pretty much anything with Milla Jovovich... After first watching her as Lilli in Return to Blue Lagoon, she went on to star in cult favourite, Dazed & Confused and The Fifth Element as Leeloo - I was hooked, who wasn't? I even managed to stay loyal to her during the Joan of Arc phase, when her ex-husband Luc Besson... another film favourite (different reasons) got her to play the lead with a supporting cast including: John Malkovich and Dustin Hoffman. That was her make-or-break performa...

A Serious Man [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5074 ]
Review: The Coen brothers have made some pretty crazy films over the years... focusing on dark comedy, adventure and more recently delving into the uncharacteristic domain of drama and thriller in their Oscar-winning, No Country for Old Men. Now as accurate as that Oscar contender adaptation was, I felt the Ethan and Joel Coen were on an Oscar mission rather than delving into a passion project. After all, how often do dark comedy crime adventures win Oscars? A Serious Man is another departure from their...

A United Kingdom [ Hits:3373 ]
Review: A United Kingdom is an important biographical romance drama. While the international stir caused by Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana happened in the late 1940s, the familial and societal prejudices exposed at that time still echo today. After meeting Ruth Williams in London, the two fell hopelessly in love and decided to get married against the wishes of their families and governments. David Oyelowo played Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma and now Prince Seretse Khama, both inspirational politica...

A Walk in the Woods [ Hits:4793 ]
Review: A Walk in the Woods is just like its movie title: breezy and understated. That's the inherent charm of this adaptation of Bill Bryson's novel, it's an easy-going and amusing adventure drama that ambles along, never straying too far from the path. The path is the Appalachian trail, a 2000 mile hike and six month journey very few manage to see through. While it may not have the spiritual dimension of the Camino De Santiago, it's become a piece of Americana that connects travelers with their ho...

About Time [ Hits:3082 ]
Review: Richard Curtis has been entrusted with cultivating romance in British culture... well, him and the UK's policies on single mother benefits. Having written Four Weddings & A Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Love, Actually, you could say he's the film authority on the gooey, heartwarming thing we call love. So when Curtis writes and directs a film, we know he intends for every hopeless romantic to put a big red circle (or heart) in their calendar for date night. About Time is ...

Abraham [ Hits:1467 ]
Review: Abraham is a character study embedded in a confession from acclaimed South African director, Jans Rautenbach, who returns to film after more than 30 years. Set in 1980s Kannaland near Oudtshoorn, we're introduced to Abraham, an impoverished artist whose energy and creativity are channeled into his sculptures, which he foists upon a local farmer. Naive, exuberant and using his trademark dance to attract the attention of would-be buyers, he finds a soft spot with "Oubie", who reluctantly becomes...

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [ Hits:4513 ]
Review: Abraham Lincoln was the 16th U.S. President, who in his several years in office, led America through the Civil War, maintained the Union and ended slavery before he was assassinated in 1865. The great man has been immortalised, which explains why Steven Spielberg is releasing Lincoln, a biography starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Seth Grahame-Smith's fantasy horror novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has received the Hollywood treatment. Just the title, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, makes yo...

Adam [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5939 ]
Review: First there was Adam and Eve... which just goes to show that most relationships are anything but a fairy tale. We can't blame Eve for accepting the apple and we can't blame Adam for offering the apple. Love is a complex business and this romantic notion is the focus of Adam. Not the semi-naked guy from the garden of Eden, the guy in the astronaut suit... would've been a knight in shining armour, but to say he likes astronomy would be an understatement. Adam has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition t...

Adopted [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3963 ]
Review: Adopted is a Pauly Shore movie. You know... Pauly Shore. You're telling me you don't know who Pauly Shore is? Come on buuuudddy... the weasel, Encino Man, Biodome, Jury Duty, In the Army Now, Son in Law... Pauly Shore is Dead? Okay - well it's not the first time the guy hasn't been recognised and his heyday was in the early '90s with an interesting foray into "life without Pauly" in 2003. He's been primed as one of those guys you either love or hate and there are many haters out there that proba...

Adventureland [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3854 ]
Review: Adventureland is Greg Mottola’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed American teen movie, Superbad. Except Mottola takes both writing and directing credits on Adventureland, making this his second writing expedition since The Daytrippers. What worked for The Daytrippers, and what works for Adventureland is that the audience are naturally drawn to the characters, who find themselves in an everyday situation, where there’s never a dull moment. The dialogue is interesting - even thought-provok...

After Earth [ Hits:4502 ]
Review: After Earth is an M. Night Shyamalan film. The director’s signature film is still The Sixth Sense and many would agree that his best years, while love-or-hate projects, surround this film. His most recent “blockbusters” have not lived up to his heyday with invisible, biological retaliation in The Happening and a wishy-washy animation to live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender. Unfortunately, After Earth is not his comeback. The film may leverage the sentimental father-son team of Wil...

Albert Nobbs [ Hits:3420 ]
Review: Glenn Close garnered an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Albert Nobbs, a butler leading a secretive life of servitude in the hope of opening a tobacco shoppe in Dublin. While beautifully filmed and spurred on by an intriguing premise and great production values, Albert Nobbs lacks focus and leans too heavily on the ensemble's collective talent. The concept would have possibly worked better if they had veiled it in Gothic horror like Jane Eyre (2011) or applied more claustrophobic and vo...

Alice in Wonderland [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5641 ]
Review: Lewis Carroll wrote what some conspiracy theorists believe was a tale about the effects of hallucinogenic drugs. Perhaps the whole who ha started with Go Ask Alice about a teenage girl’s spiral into drugs in the ’60s, coupled with a song called White Rabbit. Whatever… Disney adapted it and they do Alice in Wonderland plays in churches, must be okay.Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland seems more concerned with Alice’s chastity and transition into womanhood at the age of 19, as she escapes ...

Alison [ Hits:1825 ]
Review: Alison is the powerful true story of a South African woman, who reclaimed her life after being raped, disemboweled, nearly decapitated and left for dead. Directed by Uga Carlini, this part documentary, part docudrama and has been treated like a fairy tale, getting the inside story from various interviewees, who helped Alison along her journey. Sitting on a throne and set against sketches of the moments they witnessed, each are ascribed a fantasy title like Knight, Sage or Bard for their heroic e...

All Is Lost [ Hits:2130 ]
Review: All Is Lost arrives in a year dominated by thrilling survival dramas, Captain Phillips and Gravity. While it hasn't made the same splash as its contemporaries, it's a film that deserves your full attention. You could describe it as Life of Pi without the tiger, Castaway without the island or Gravity at sea... however you relay the basics, one thing holds fast, J.C. Chandor's minimalist action-adventure survival drama is a true original. The up-and-coming director demonstrated his script-writing...

Alles wat Mal is [ Hits:1713 ]
Review: Alles wat Mal is is a South African comedy about being a mom, a wife and a woman in today's crazy world. It's based on a short story by Deon Meyer, directed by Darryl Roodt and has been adapted to film by the team that brought us Semi-Soet. Helena Joubert lost herself somewhere between varsity, getting married and raising her kids. Once a go-getting journalist, she's become a work-from-home mum, running after her two hyperactive tots and her husband. Gustav, eager to land a big investment, win...

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