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How I Spent My Summer Vacation [ Hits:3688 ]
Review: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, originally Get the Gringo, stars Mel Gibson in what has been described as an unofficial sequel to Payback. Love or hate the man, he's still got loads of moxie and star power. He may be a washed up celebrity in real-life, but Gibson is still a live-wire on screen and shows he's still got it in what should have been his acting comeback. A nameless Gibson manages to find himself in a corrupt yet liberal prison village, after getting nabbed by Mexican border patrol a...

How to Train Your Dragon 2 [ Hits:6432 ]
Review: How to Train Your Dragon had a strange title, but managed to be a funny, moving and wonderfully entertaining animated adventure about a boy, his pet dragon and his father. Several years on... the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, has swooped in to bring us more of the same thrilling entertainment with a slightly darker, more mature edge. The sequel is also much more Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch), who is credited as writer-director, taking a stronger controlling influence over the story. He...

Hugo [ Hits:9684 ]
Review: Hugo is a well-oiled machine that lacks heart and soul. Primed as a family adventure in the style of City of Ember, this Parisian tale looks magical, backed by a solid cast, a fascinating story and a powerful director. However, despite the best intentions - the atmosphere is stilted, the charm is stunted and Hugo relies too heavily on its beauty to carry the story. Child stars, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, do an amazing job as co-leads. You could say that their performances are a lit...

I Am Number Four [ Hits:4440 ]
Review: Smallville opened our eyes to the small town exploits of a young Superman slowly learning his true identity and unmasking an array of superpowers. In a similar way, I Am Number Four, positions its protagonist in the confines of a small town, discovering his abilities and protecting his anonymity at all costs. Instead of a slow, winding TV series... the romance, action, science fiction adventure and $60 million budget has all been jam-packed into 109 minutes of all out action entertainment. I Am ...

I Am Slave [ Hits:5439 ]
Review: Slavery is not dead. Just like leprosy, slavery has been relegated to the past. Films like Amazing Grace recount William Wilberforce's influence in leading a 26 year campaign leading to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Yet, there are about 5,000 'slave' workers in Britain today - a startling fact considering the Slave Trade Act was instituted in 1807. I Am Slave is based on the true life story of Mende Nazer, who was abducted and sold into slavery as a child in Sudan. Malia, a tw...

I Love You Phillip Morris [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4675 ]
Review: Jim Carrey is gay. Well, at least in his latest outing, I Love You Phillip Morris in which he portrays the real life story of Steven Jay Russell, a cop, a conman, an inmate and a big fan of musicals. If you desperately want one of those golden statuettes, play someone famous, someone that's mentally-challenged or just "play it gay". It worked for Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, Hillary Swank in Boys Don't Cry, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, Charlize Theron in Monster and Sean Penn in Milk. Let's n...

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4073 ]
Review: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third installation in the Ice Age animated saga. The first movie hit home with some great characters and a story that both adults and kids could watch. Then Ice Age: Meltdown gave everyone a second lick with a more varied assortment of characters with a more threatening journey for the ragtag herd of prehistoric animals. Now the bumbling team of lovable creatures finds themselves in The Land Before Time, or more conveniently an underground world of dinosaurs...

Identity Thief [ Hits:3309 ]
Review: We've all wished we were someone else at some stage, dreaming of a better life only to come back to the crushing realisation that we're stuck with ourselves. That doesn't stop us from assuming other people's identities, but there are constraints. If they happen to be famous, we tend to end up in insane asylums and if ordinary, the police usually have to step in to arrest the doppelganger. Identity Thief follows the misadventures of Sandy Patterson, a corporate paper pusher, who realises that a ...

If I Stay [ Hits:2002 ]
Review: If I Stay is a drama and adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel about Mia, a young cellist, and her life, love and family experiences before a car accident puts her in a coma. The plot line for this drama is quite cliched and you can imagine the film tripping into tearjerker territory, however a fantasy twist enabling Mia to wander the Overlook Hospital (a tip of the hat to The Shining) like a ghost, gives If I Stay an ethereal quality. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, an actress whose exquisite ...

Immortals [3D] [ Hits:4985 ]
Review: Immortals is yet another action-fantasy epic in a spate of Ancient World mythology-based adventures. Frank Miller's 300 and the popularity of the God of War video game series has sparked off a fascination with tragic Greek heroes, resulting in visual-intensive 3D follow-ups in Clash of the Titans and now Immortals. Despite the comparisons and influence, Zack Snyder's virtual back lot technique remains in its own league with 300 head-and-shoulders above the latest blockbuster offerings. Immorta...

Impunity [ Hits:3428 ]
Review: Impunity (Freedom from Punishment) is a South African outlaw romance thriller based on a story by Trish Malone and adapted to film by director Jyoti Mistry. We trace the exploits of a love-struck, ultra-violent, on-the-run couple, who are connected to the murder of a politician's daughter, as Impunity tries to get by on titillation and experimental style. This film is charged with violence as our "Natural Born Killers" meet at a bar, kill the abusive owner after a scuffle and then seem to drive...

In Time [ Hits:4701 ]
Review: Time is money. This driving mantra for Western culture is turned into a full-blown science-fiction action-thriller in Andrew Niccol's latest film, In Time. Niccol is no stranger to sci-fi, having written The Truman Show and Gattaca. While In Time has a sharp young cast, a visionary writer-director and an intriguing premise - it's not worth your time.We're presented with a not-too-distant future where money has been converted into time and people have been genetically engineered to stop aging at...

Inception [ 2010 ] [ Hits:11678 ]
Review: in-cep-tion [in-sep-shuh n] noun - beginning; start; commencement.When Christopher Nolan releases a movie the world stops and takes notice... The director started making films when he was just seven-years-old and 33 years down the line he's still doing what he loves with only several feature length films to date. A short filmography by Hollywood standards, but when you consider Stanley Kubrick only made 16 films in 5 decades it puts Nolan's career in perspective. Just like Kubrick, Nolan's films...

Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4587 ]
Review: The Indiana Jones franchise has been dormant for a number of years after ending the trilogy with his fedora held high. However, the character’s popularity and the recent spate of successful renaissance sequels in Die Hard, Rambo and Rocky Balboa led Indy to his much-anticipated fourth installment, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Spielberg returns to create another exciting chapter with all the same faces (bar Sean Connery) as renowned archeologist, professor and adventurer He...

Inglourious Basterds [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6624 ]
Review: Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Inglourious Basterds (10 years in the making) is about to hit South African shores like D-Day this Friday. Brad Pitt appears to be the star and headlines a cast including: Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Julie Dreyfuss, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger and Mike Myers in what will no doubt be a return to Tarantino's heydays after the Grindhouse accident involving Deathproof, which was not quite up to scratch when contrasted with the likes of Reservoir Dogs,...

Ingrid Jonker: Her Life and Times [ 2001 ] [ Hits:10618 ]
Review: Ingrid Jonker: Her Lives and Time is a biographical documentary based on the life of South African poet and artist, Ingrid Jonker. The film examines her place within society, from her position during Apartheid in South Africa to the vantage point of Nelson Mandela’s famous reference in Parliament. No one can deny that the woman was gifted, and this documentary reflects on her life while acknowledging influences: from regimes to lovers. Her suicide at the age of 31 in Three Anchor Bay immortali...

Inside Llewyn Davis [ Hits:2768 ]
Review: Inside Llewyn Davis is a Coen brothers film that captures the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 through the eyes of a fictional character, who was inspired by the memoirs and music of Dave Van Ronk. This beautifully shot music drama truly takes us there as we experience a week in the life of a struggling folk singer. This Coen brothers film resonates most strongly with A Serious Man, delivering intelligent New York drama on the back of soul-searching music and cinematography that is so in tun...

Insidious [ Hits:4567 ]
Review: Do you have emotional, physical or spiritual feelings of being blocked? Do you experience a sudden onset or desire to engage in unhealthy behaviour or addiction? Do you ever have sudden mood swings or changes in personality? Do you hear inner voices? Have you coughed up nails before? If you answered with a resounding yes to all of these questions, you may be possessed... or are expecting a visitation from your mother-in-law.Demon possession is no joke - unless you're watching Ghostbusters. The p...

Interstellar [ Hits:3778 ]
Review: Christopher Nolan has become one of the few living directors, who could claim to be a household name. When he releases a film, it's not just another movie... it's a cinematic event. The Inception and Dark Knight trilogy director has gone beyond the beyond with Interstellar, a film he claims has been strongly influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Star Wars and the works involving warped space-time by theoretical physicist, Kip Thorne. Although, after watching it you could include:...

iNumber Number [ Hits:3452 ]
Review: South Africa's epidemic of crime has inspired films like Tsotsi, Jerusalema, A Million Colours, How to Steal 2 Million, Stander, Hijack Stories and more recently, Four Corners. We're living in a gangster's paradise with a flourishing subculture of violence and criminality. While the SAPS and local crime watch initiatives are trying to combat this, crime is still a prominent issue in South Africa. Cops and robbers make great gangster movies, delivering the right mix of characters, plot devices a...

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