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Invictus [ 2009 ] [ Hits:11949 ]
Review: Invictus is a film that attempts to capture the Zeitgeist of the New South Africa in its infancy. It's based on the book, Playing the Enemy by John Carlin and stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, with Clint Eastwood behind the camera. Eastwood has delivered some beauties in his time... from tough guy spaghetti Western performances to directing stirring war epics like Letters from Iwo Jima to movies about an exciting time in South African history. Having work...

Iron Man [ 2008 ] [ Hits:7941 ]
Review: Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is a wealthy weaponry expert and tycoon, who starts to use technology for good after he narrowly escapes armed forces in an armoured suit made from scrap metal. This Iron Man, a story about unlikely heroes. Most people may have heard about this particular superhero, but don’t have much of a back story. The one big difference between Iron Man and most other superheroes is that he’s a self-made man. Now you wouldn’t guess this at first because Tony Stark’s intellige...

Iron Man 2 [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4938 ]
Review: Iron Man set the bar high with a well-balanced action adventure about an unlikely self-made superhero in Tony Stark. The classic character discovery is a strong platform for any film to form a foundation and Iron Man played it like it was second nature, drawing audiences in against the terrorists and then swiveling the enemy right back on itself, while maintaining a tongue-in-cheek character at the helm and a majestic performance from Robert Downey Jr. Well, for the most part... nothing's change...

Iron Man 3 [ Hits:3966 ]
Review: Iron Man surpassed expectations, while Iron Man 2 hovered below them. Just when we thought the Iron Man saga needed a bit of oil, The Avengers knocked any signs of rust off the rocket-powered Tin Man with Robert Downey Jr. stealing the show once again (with the Hulk's permission). So the excitement around the May Day release of Iron Man 3 has been building and with Robert Downey Jr. starring, what could possibly go wrong?Iron Man 3 fuses a number of Iron Man comic book storylines together to cre...

It's Complicated [ Hits:0 ]
Review: It's Complicated is a short film directed by Grant De Sousa, starring Paul Snodgrass, Johann Vermaak and Lise Slabber. We follow two buddies as we discover that the someone (or something) that "swiped right" for Andy is now on their doorstep. Lovestruck, it seems that Nigel's desperate attempts to warn his friend of his girlfriend's obvious flaws are ignored. Poking fun at the Tinder and Facebook generation of scary hookups and relationship statuses, De Sousa explores these themes with tongue-t...

Its Complicated [ 2009 ] [ Hits:9265 ]
Review: It's Complicated... initially a statement describing one's love life as being in limbo is now a Facebook relationship status and a Nancy Meyers film, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. The film has received added publicity during awards season for Streep's Best Actress nominations and after watching the film you can see why. She's the focus of this "I don't wanna go there" romance and shows off yet another fantastic comedy performance after her role as the flamboyant Julia Chi...

Izulu Lami [ 2008 ] [ Hits:11699 ]
Review: Izulu Lami is a South African film with a focus on street kids in Durban. The film encounters several themes surrounding children in South Africa including: a local fallacy that Aids can be cured by sleeping with a virgin, the problems with glue-sniffing street kids and petty crime. These contentious issues could easily recreate another City of God scenario in the slums of Durban, however the film's approach has been compared with Slumdog Millionaire. Although, it's unfair to even contrast Izulu...

Jack Reacher [ Hits:21804 ]
Review: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher, in the adaptation of One Shot, a novel by Lee Child, in which ex-military hero, Jack Reacher, becomes the lead investigator in a multiple shooting homicide after the prime suspect of an "open and shut" case calls for the drifter by name. Tom Cruise has played Ethan Hunt several times in Mission Impossible, had a convincing turn as a contract killer in Collateral and has a history of strong performances in military dramas, A Few Good Men and Born on the Fourth of Ju...

Jack the Giant Slayer [ Hits:4336 ]
Review: Jack the Giant Slayer is a hybrid reworking of the cult classic, Jack the Giant Killer, and the fairy tale, Jack & The Beanstalk. Individually, these stories are simple and too insubstantial for a feature film. By combining the special effects action, medieval fantasy romance of Jack the Giant Killer with the humble, imaginative, magical zero-to-hero quest of a lowly farm boy in Jack & The Beanstalk, Bryan Singer has created an action-adventure of epic proportions. The only problem is t...

Jagveld [ Hits:1772 ]
Review: Jagveld is an outback crime thriller based on the novel by Deon Meyer, which tracks the journey of a young woman, who is pursued by a gang of drug smugglers after she witnesses them killing a traffic officer. Byron Davis makes a directorial debut working with a notable South African ensemble in Leandie du Randt, Neels Van Jaarsveld and Tim Theron. Jagveld is in the same league as Beyond the Reach and Desierto, as a cat and mouse hunt unfurls over a dry and dusty landscape. While similar, Meye...

Jane Eyre [ Hits:5831 ]
Review: This film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's literary classic is haunting, beautiful and moving. Director, Cary Fukunaga, envisioned a darker retelling of this Gothic romantic drama, which until now has generally been depicted as another period piece romance. As such, the Gothic elements from the novel have been emphasised in this film adaptation. Fukunaga chose to shoot Jane Eyre in Northern England, where the moors, foliage and landscapes provide an iconic backdrop, one that would usually be as...

Jason Bourne [ Hits:6449 ]
Review: The Bourne Ultimatum seemed like the last film in the series, however after some deliberation they tried to reboot it with Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. While this bridge may have appeased fans of the series, it was more of a speed bump and just wasn't the same without Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. This explains why there has been so much anticipation around the release of Jason Bourne. The trilogy left on a high note and in the absence of any immediate sequels, it could have been idealised,...

Jeff, Who Lives at Home [ Hits:3350 ]
Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a slacker comedy with a difference. Our hero is on a journey, the kind that we sometimes mistake for everyday life, in which he lets his destiny simply unfold as a series of interconnected signs, after his mom tells him to get something from the shop. The Duplass brothers, best known for The Puffy Chair and Cyrus, have written and directed another offbeat indie comedy with a name cast and a slow-burning message about destiny and self-actualisation. Don't worry, it's d...

Jennifers Body [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6447 ]
Review: Every now and then a movie comes along that blows our minds... well, Jennifer's Body is not that movie. It blows alright... but not in a good way. The creators of Juno must have been high on Oscar fever (or cocaine) when they decided to make Jennifer's Body. Imagine the setting in the creator's board room or hot tub...Jim: Right girls, it's all True Blood and Twilight right now, so let's do a horror. Let's star Hollywood's new Angelina, Megan Fox, fresh off the Transformers runway...Sally: And w...

Jersey Boys [ Hits:2591 ]
Review: Jersey Boys is a film adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical about Franki Valli and The Four Seasons. While The Four Seasons have a rich history of chart-topping singles, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were a Vivaldi tribute band. Their story may not be as well-known as that of The Beatles, but after the long-running and wildly popular musical inspired Clint Eastwood to commit it to celluloid, their legacy will live on... It's not unlike any rock band story. Four guys get together, m...

Jimmy in Pienk [ Hits:2494 ]
Review: Jimmy in Pienk is an offbeat fish-out-of-water comedy set in South Africa from the mind of writer-director, Hanneke Schutte. Her award-winning idea of a boer dropping his sheep shears to take up salon scissors, won a competition and gradually developed into a fully-fledged Afrikaans comedy feature starring Louw Venter, Terrence Bridgett and Gys de Villiers. After Jimmy Bester's father's passing, family secrets come to light. Not only is there a R150,000 debt against the farm but Jimmy learns of...

Jobs [ Hits:5378 ]
Review: Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur, a pioneer and a creative genius. This is the iconic Jobs we know from the media, yet we only know half the story. Jobs the biopic drama about the Apple founder is an eye-opening journey, taking the tempestuous Jobs from his days as a hippie in college to his crowning achievements as the creative force associated with the Apple empire. Behind the revered status was a complex man so passionate about his life's work that he was willing to sacrifice relationshi...

Jock of the Bushveld [3D] [ Hits:13270 ]
Review: Jock of the Bushveld is a South African story by Sir James Percy Fitzpatrick. Written and published in 1907, it wasn't long before the tales of Jock and his master became a bestseller and South African classic, now translated into Afrikaans, Dutch, French, Xhosa and Zulu. In 1986, Jock of the Bushveld was adapted to film starring Jonathan Rands as Percy Fitzpatrick with music by Johnny Clegg. The adaptation didn't fare well with American audiences and was later re-released with a happier ending....

John Carter [ Hits:3779 ]
Review: A bearded man with extraordinary powers, savior of a planet, died and buried in a tomb only to rise again with the initials J.C. The life of Jesus Christ inspired the character of John Carter and Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired hundreds of writers and film-makers with the Barsoom series of science-fiction novels, which have been adapted into the film, John Carter of Mars.As much as John Carter is influenced by the story of Jesus Christ it's ultimately a CG-heavy popcorn blockbuster with a myriad ...

Johnny is Nie Dood Nie [ Hits:2877 ]
Review: Johnny is Nie Dood Nie, adapted from a play by Malan Steyn, is a reunion drama in the tradition of The Big Chill as four friends gather for a braai on the Sunday after Johannes Kerkorrel's suicide to reminisce about their student days. Set in 2002, Johnny is Nie Dood Nie flips back-and-forth in time to the late '80s when they were young, rebellious Stellenbosch students during the time of the Voëlvry tour. Embracing the protest music of Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis and Bernoldus Niemand, these hedon...

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