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Margin Call [ Hits:4647 ]
Review: The award-winning documentary Inside Job drilled down into what caused the 2008 financial crisis by consulting some of the finest financial experts. Margin Call creates a fictionalised account of the most critical 24 hour period of the meltdown, featuring some of Hollywood's most respected actors. Margin Call is a companion piece to Inside Job in the style of 12 Angry Men, offering outsiders a glimpse into the backroom ethics and doomsday plotting of an investment bank on the brink of collapse....

Marley & Me [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3518 ]
Review: Marley & Me is a film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as young married couple, John and Jennifer Grogan, on the verge of starting a family. The sweet pair are at the stage of life when a “trial child” seems like a good idea… and this is where Marley comes in. He’s an adorable Labrador pup, who’s trouble from the get-go. Marley eats dry wall, howls at night and is a pet from Hell. Now, if you’re expecting a soppy romantic comedy with a dog, you’ll be surprised. The Grogans...

Master Harold... and the Boys [ Hits:5393 ]
Review: Master Harold... and the Boys is an adaptation of Athol Fugard's acclaimed stage play about a young boy wrestling with his convictions when it comes to his father and his caretaker in 1950s South Africa. The era, known for its discriminatory racist government policies, separated South Africans and created barriers preventing black South Africans from enjoying equality and the same level of privileges as their white counterparts. This tense atmosphere fuels the drama of Master Harold... and the B...

Material [ Hits:16189 ]
Review: Material is one of the smartest, most heartwarming movies to originate from South Africa, telling the story of a young Muslim man whose love for stand-up comedy leads to conflict when his father expects him to take over the family business. There's always a hint of seriousness in a joke and as John Cleese once noted - "comedy is very much like tragedy". Material is a comedy drama, what's come to be known as a "dramedy", creating an uneasy balance between domestic strife and life's funnier mome...

Max Payne [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4182 ]
Review: Max Payne gets its long-awaited adaptation into film. Anyone that has played Max Payne will agree that Max Payne (2008) captured the atmosphere from the game. The subways, dark alleys and dark light are Max’s world, and translate well on the big screen. However, the story and characters could have been lifted from a script for another film. Max Payne is void of key Payne elements, which would align the adaptation to the video game. The movie adaptation substitutes pain killers for a top secret...

Megamind [ Hits:9318 ]
Review: It seems that if you're blue, you're in vogue... well that's if pop culture in 2010 is anything to go by with James Cameron's Na'vi tribesmen in Avatar, The Smurfs feature film and now our giant blue-headed villain in Megamind. Perhaps Andy Warhol was really onto something with his colour transition duplications of Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne's heads when he coloured them blue? Perhaps it's the post-recession/posthumous Michael Jackson era that's made being blue cool again... although quite fr...

Men in Black 3 [ Hits:3544 ]
Review: A byproduct of '90s pop culture is the Men in Black, a fun, tongue-in-cheek science fiction comedy about aliens starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. After earning his action man badge for Bad Boys and Independence Day, Will Smith further distinguished himself from his persona as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with the character of Jay. Five years later, a forgettable Men in Black II retread emerged, which seemed to bring the series to a grinding halt. However, the stars lined up as a lack of ...

Michael Clayton [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3278 ]
Review: An attorney gets caught up in a major class action lawsuit that could very well be his last, but Michael Clayton isn’t an ordinary legal drama and thriller. There aren’t any court room drama scenes, there aren’t any jury back room scenes and the film tends to focus on motive and emotion. The narrative structure isn’t chronological, but slowly feeds the rope until you hit the anchor. This film garnered several Oscar nominations including: best lead actor in George Clooney, best supporting...

Midnight in Paris [ Hits:4149 ]
Review: Woody Allen movies don't strike a chord with each and every type of film fan, that's a given. This is most probably due to his very eccentric style that includes weird dialogue timing, strange plot twists and his predisposition for a select group of actors. Nevertheless, there's always a lot of excitement around each new release from the mind of this quite comical little man – Everyone waits with bated breath to see if the next will be another big hit or another unsatisfying cinematic fail. ...

Milk [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4383 ]
Review: Milk is the biography of Harvey Milk, who became California’s first openly gay elected official. The film is directed by Gus Van Sant of Elephant and more recently, Paranoid Park, and written by Dustin Lance Black of Big Love. However, its Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, who steals the show. Penn won an Oscar for this role with a powerhouse performance that breathes life back into the character of Milk. His mannerisms, speech patterns and homosexuality are staple components of the performance, and P...

Miners Shot Down [ Hits:2546 ]
Review: Miners Shot Down is a hard-hitting documentary about the Marikana massacre from the perspective of the low-paid striking mineworkers. In August 2012, mineworkers from one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines, began a strike for a substantial wage increase. After six days, police used live ammunition in order to put an end to the strike, killing 34 and injuring many in South Africa's first post-Apartheid massacre. When the shocking event took place, it made world headlines with the massacre ...

Mirror Mirror [ Hits:4648 ]
Review: Mirror Mirror is a re-imagining of the fairy tale classic Snow White. The comedy fantasy stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer with Nathan Lane and is directed by Tarsem Singh, best known for Immortals. This is the first of two Snow White inspired films for 2012 with Snow White and the Huntsman scheduled for later this year. Singh's recent Greek action epic Immortals was a dazzling spectacle, but lacked in performance and storytelling. Sadly, the same is true of Mirror Mirror. Whil...

Missing Pieces [ Hits:6059 ]
Review: Missing Pieces is an independent film, one which has painstakingly made it through countless reshoots, rewrites and sleepless nights. Kenton Bartlett, a young film-maker at the heart of Missing Pieces, would be the first to admit the production was a serious learning curve - one with its highs and lows. The end result is an indie drama, mystery and romance with a jigsaw narrative, similar to Memento, and a haunting atmosphere comparable to Never Let Me Go.While not in the same league as the afor...

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol [ Hits:5596 ]
Review: As an instantaneous fan of almost everything that Tom Cruise touches (except the horrible ‘Knight and Day’), it didn’t take much effort to get me terribly excited for the release of the latest Mission Impossible film. What I was expecting was thrilling action sequences, dazzling set pieces and a few cheesy action one-liners – I got all of this, with a little touch of ‘awesome’ added that sweetens this fantastic popcorn spectacle even further! Of course, Tom Cruise is back in full ...

Mission: Impossible III [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3138 ]
Review: Mission: Impossible III is the third instalment in the successful MI series (pretty obvious right?). Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is brought back into the action (will he ever die?) and is pitted against sadistic arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). His first “impossible” mission is to recover a fellow IMF (Impossible Mission Force) operative, who is missing. His plans to settle down with Julia (Michelle Monhagan), his new fiancée, are disrupted and he’s forced to go undercover wi...

Modder en Bloed [ Hits:2654 ]
Review: Modder en Bloed or Blood and Glory is a war drama, directed by Sean Else, who coaxed some fantastic performances from a stellar cast in his previous feature, 'n Man soos my Pa. This film stars Stian Bam, Grant Swanby and Charlotte Salt, who lead an equally adept ensemble with the likes of Deon Lotz, Edwin van der Walt, Bok van Blerk, Albert Maritz, Greg Kriek and Patrick Connolly. The "Blood" part has a gritty edge, not shying away from its ruthless Full Metal Jacket boot camp aspirations as we...

Money Monster [ Hits:1906 ]
Review: Money Monster is the latest film from Jodie Foster, who last acted in Elysium in 2013 and previously directed The Beaver in 2011. On the surface, it's a simple, somewhat claustrophobic thriller about a gunman who takes a financial show host hostage on live television in a bid to get real answers about a bad stock tip. Apart from directorial credits for TV shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, Jodie Foster's been reasonably quiet. While The Beaver was ambitious, leaning on its t...

Moneyball [ Hits:7597 ]
Review: You've heard of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson but who the hell is Billy Beane? Moneyball turns this unsung hero into a household name. The general manager for Oakland Athletics modernised the business of baseball in the 2002 season by using key statistics to draft overlooked yet valuable players, giving them a chance to shine. Moneyball is based on the book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. The book drew on the Oakland A's sabermetric ...

Monster House [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3461 ]
Review: Monster House is refreshing, entertaining and fun. Sure it’s a bunch of kids, and an old haunted home, but it’s the way that it’s done that works so well. The characters have a human quality in their animated world. As with most animated feature films these days, the audience appeal is wide and far-reaching. It’s not just for kids. In fact, there are some themes and moments that would warrant parental guidance. What was so fascinating for me, was watching the making of Monster House. Thi...

Monsters vs. Aliens [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4199 ]
Review: If The Incredibles was a homage to superheroes, then Monsters vs. Aliens is a tribute to the cult movie status of Hollywood creatures through the ages. This is the subtext for Monsters vs. Aliens, a Dreamworks picture that has crash landed in South Africa. Pixar may have more finesse with near-perfect productions like WALL-E, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, but Dreamworks brings it down to earth with movies like Shrek, Madagascar and now Monsters vs. Aliens. This animated feature boasts style o...

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