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Ex Machina [ Hits:3547 ]
Review: Ex Machina is a sci-fi thriller from Dredd, Sunshine and 28 Days Later... screenwriter Alex Garland, whose directorial debut is eerie, beautiful, sparse and thought-provoking. It's a wonderful piece of science fiction, delving into the arena of artificial intelligence with unsettling, provocative drama and keeping an air of suspense with mysterious motives and a slow-burning fuse. There's little spoon-feeding in this story about a programmer, who wins the chance to participate in a groundbreaki...

Exodus: Gods and Kings [ Hits:6954 ]
Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings is a new action adventure drama from Ridley Scott based on the book of Exodus and retold from the perspective of a sibling rivalry. Instead of casting Russell Crowe for the third time, after Robin Hood and his former glory, Gladiator, Scott has enticed Christian Bale to play his hero, Moses. Crowe played a cruel mix of Noah for Darren Aronofsky in a similarly poised Biblical epic. Scott's sword-and-sandals action-adventure turns Moses into a warrior half-prince, whose bat...

Expired [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3769 ]
Review: You know how someone will say one thing, but mean something else... well, Expired is a good example of this phenomenon. For starters, it hasn't expired - it may not be as fresh as Chinese take out, but just as enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking. Most people see movies because they don't want to provoke thought and "planning an escape" isn't as dirty as it was in the '50s. Expired seems like the set up for a quirky "romcom" from the outset, but the very presence of Samantha Morton (Syn...

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close [ Hits:4479 ]
Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a miracle. Why? There's no other way you could explain it being nominated for a Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. Grant 2012 hasn't been the strongest year for Hollywood with only a handful of truly excellent films, but let's call it what it is... extremely long & incredibly irritating. Stephen Daldry is a fine director, an auteur who invests a couple of years in each of his films. He's been nominated for an Oscar for Best Directing for ever...

Eye in the Sky [ Hits:1948 ]
Review: Drone military warfare was at the heart of psychological thriller, Good Kill and thriller, Drones. It's now the subject of Gavin Hood's latest war drama thriller, Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi and the late Alan Rickman. We've entered a new age of war, where surveillance has become a double-edged sword functioning as a next generation terrorism counter-measure in exchange for a measure of privacy. Instead of training pilots to man air strikes, we're getting them...

Faan se Trein [ Hits:3106 ]
Review: Faan se Trein is an adaptation of a popular Afrikaans stage production that has been running for almost 40 years. The film takes place in a small Karoo town, where a mentally-challenged man becomes the centre of much taunting and ridicule. After a number of violent and inappropriate outbursts, he divides the community between those wanting to give him another chance and those wanting him to be taken away. Faan se Trein shares a number of elements with Roepman, making it a worthy companion piece....

Fame [ 2009 ] [ Hits:7913 ]
Review: Fame (2009) is a remake of the 1980 Oscar-winning musical drama by the same title, which chronicled the lives of several teenagers through a performing arts academy. The 1980 version was original and performed by a talented ensemble of dancers, singers and actors. The film migrated to television as people realised the endurance potential for a TV drama based on the lives of art students. This is where the new Fame slips up. American Idols and talent shows have taken the airwaves by storm as the ...

Fanboys [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3601 ]
Review: Fanboys is a road trip comedy about friends, fanatics and final wishes, which is based on a New Zealand short film of the same title set in 2003. Star Wars is the common denominator as a geeky bunch of guys set off on a cross-country road trip to steal a draft copy of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace from Skywalker Ranch. The cast doesn’t have any major stars, unless you count Dan Fogler, the lead from Balls of Fury. Dan Fogler is still trying to break the Jack Black roles, but manages to bring h...

Fanie Fourie's Lobola [ Hits:15886 ]
Review: Fanie Fourie's Lobola is better than you think. The title and movie poster conjure up what you'd imagine to be a crass, over-the-top comedy, leaning on stereotypes with a side order of cheeky romance. Thankfully, it's not. This new South African romantic comedy doesn't insult your senses, it's actually street smart and mature. Fanie Fourie's Lobola is based on the book by Nape 'A Motana. It's a curious journey into an interracial and cross-cultural relationship between Fanie, an Afrikaans "boer...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [ Hits:1582 ]
Review: J.K. Rowling's adventures of a young wizard named Harry Potter have entrenched themselves in pop culture. Books, movies, theme parks, wand TV remotes... the franchise continues to swallow book worms whole. After the series came to an end in two parts, a relief for some and travesty for others, we thought we'd seen the end of Potter's world. However, like some American public house sitcoms... some things have a way of reviving themselves through what is called an open air quotes... spin-off... cl...

Fantastic Four [ Hits:3521 ]
Review: Fantastic Four was a film with serious potential featuring: Chronicle's exciting director, Josh Trank, accomplished screenwriters including X-Men's Simon Kinsberg and an up-and-coming cast with Whiplash's Miles Teller, Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan, it-girl Kate Mara, Toby "Koba" Kebbell and even that kid from Billy Elliot. When stars collide... it's either a magical union or a black hole. Fantastic Four doesn't live up to its name. In fact, it doesn't even live up to the serviceable 20...

Farce of the Penguins [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3882 ]
Review: The name Bob Saget should ring a bell for most people. The guy made a name for himself in the popular sitcom, Full House and also hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. His heyday was in the ’90s, and it seems destined to stay that way after this mockumentary of March of the Penguins, in which a number of stars voice real-life penguin characters in one penguin’s quest for love. The Farce of the Penguins combines Saget’s dirty comedy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Full House warmth, M...

Fast & Furious 4 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3665 ]
Review: Fast & Furious is yet another dazzling display of muscles, speed and power. This sequel reunites the original pair of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in a grudge sting to bring down a big drug cartel and take revenge. The cars are flashy, the women are sexy and the men are as macho as action men from the ’80s. The franchise definitely has a formula for the masses and it’s more about looks than substance. Anyone going to see Fast & Furious must realise that its brawn and body over brains. The stor...

Fast & Furious 6 [ Hits:2874 ]
Review: Fast cars, leggy women, big guns, money and loads of piston-pumping action is the stuff of the Fast & Furious. Six movies in and it's like they're just starting their engines as the flags go down and the winner takes all. Although to be fair, the road has had some twists, veering into new territory with Tyrese Gibson in 2 Fast 2 Furious and then reinventing the series altogether with the third one, Tokyo Drift. The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long way - peaking with their hybrid...

Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist [ Hits:4349 ]
Review: On your marks... get set... GO! Just like the Need for Speed video game brand, The Fast and the Furious has built its own empire out of man's desire to win, conquer and defy death. Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist is Fast and Furious in fifth gear and they've made a few modifications... powering the same dopamine-infused head rush that generally comes after the chequered flag or "The Brazilian Job" in this case.In the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious, Dominic Torretto (Diesel) and his ...

Fast and Furious 7 [ Hits:6957 ]
Review: Fast and Furious is a film series that seems to be improving with time. You wouldn't imagine a franchise about sexy women, fast cars and machismo would last seven outings, but Fast and Furious has aged well and keeps reinventing itself! This time, it's personal... as Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his gang for the death of his brother. Fast and Furious 7 is a shift for the series, opting for renowned horror film-maker, James Wan, to take the wheel with action man, Jason ...

Felix [ Hits:3599 ]
Review: Felix is a feel good family comedy drama that you will cherish for it's fun, exuberant and sweet-natured tone. This delightful underdog story arrives in the wake of Spud and has been dubbed "Billy Elliott with Cape Jazz". It's wholeheartedly entertaining and difficult not to like, owing to a positively charming ensemble, a spirited story about a boy with a dream and lively local jazz. When young Felix Xaba enrolls at an elitist private school in Cape Town on a scholarship, his dream of becoming...

Fifty Shades of Grey [ Hits:1893 ]
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey is the film adaptation of the bestselling erotic novel of the same name by E.L. James. The novel's wildfire popularity, despite mixed reviews, created a readership and audience in wait. Now that the eagerly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived, ironically over Valentine's weekend, we're forced to make sense of this provocative and subversive female fantasy about the rigours of a modern sadomasochistic relationship. The idea for the novel originally spawned as erotic...

Filth [ Hits:3675 ]
Review: Director, Jon S. Baird is a brave and determined director. When the pig-headed policeman on the front cover of Irvine Welsh's Filth caught his imagination, he read the novel and was inspired to direct what was then deemed impossible to adapt. The film rights had just expired and Baird took it upon himself to visit Irvine Welsh in person to convince him that the adaptation for his book was in good hands. After a clinking of pints between the Trainspotting author and Cass writer-director, Filth wa...

Final Destination 5 [3D] [ Hits:4305 ]
Review: Final Destination 5... the franchise has come a long way - relying on a tried-and-tested roller-coaster formula that brings audiences back for another thrill ride. The Final Destination, or fourth installment of the series was a serious low - delivering extra cheese with a gimmicky aftertaste that just ruined whatever credibility Final Destination had racked up since 2000. So it was a sweet relief that the latest edition, Final Destination 5, has come back with a vengeance to leave on a high not...

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