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Mooirivier [ Hits:3238 ]
Review: Mooirivier is an Afrikaans romantic comedy drama inspired by films like Love, Actually and Valentine's Day. While set in the build-up to an Easter festival in Potchefstroom, writer-director Rene van Rooyen's first feature film has been released just in time for Valentine's Day. While the format is borrowed, Mooirivier's South African flavour, impressive local soundtrack and eager Afrikaans "romcom" market are sure to make this refresh a hit. We're introduced to several budding romances as a pas...

Moon [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5361 ]
Review: Moon is the perfect blend of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris, starring Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell with Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY. Duncan Jones, aka Zowie Bowie, writes alongside Nathan Parker and directs what will no doubt become a staple entry in the science fiction genre... and not because Ziggy Stardust is his father. Jones in his debut feature film, demonstrates his directorial ability within the confines of a limited budget as Sam Rockwell delivers a powerhouse performance. Moon ha...

Moonlight [ Hits:2945 ]
Review: Moonlight is a coming-of-age drama that chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he tries to cope against the flow of everyday adversities while growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood. The film deals with a range of negative social themes such as: drugs, bullying and gangsterism. Ordinarily, these hard living themes would translate into a gritty and difficult-to-watch film, but this is the magic of Moonlight, turning the ugliness of real-life into a thing of lum...

More Than Just A Game [ 2007 ] [ Hits:9044 ]
Review: More Than Just A Game is a docudrama that relays the events and circumstances that led to the inauguration of Makana Football Association, an internal soccer league on Robben Island. The “Alcatraz of Africa” is famous for detaining political figures such as Nelson Mandela, but no one knows the other side of the story. These prisoners were locked away under inhuman conditions during the “Apart Hate” regime, but they were able to establish a united front in the midst of the struggle. Their...

Morning Glory [ Hits:3773 ]
Review: (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was an Oasis album toting the smash hit, Wonderwall. Morning Glory: What's the Story? is a movie starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Lane. The "clever" reworking of the Oasis album title makes a much more interesting title than Daybreak, which is the actual name of the morning show concerned in Morning Glory. There was a morning show called Morning Glory on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, but it only lasted 2 weeks. The term references a number of ...

Mr Bean's Holiday [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3082 ]
Review: Mr Bean’s Holiday is not what one would expect from Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean in a sequel. The trailer was funny, and many would have expected Mr Bean’s Holiday to be something on the verge of his first feature length film, Bean: The Movie. His first attempt was designed to penetrate the US market, but it just didn’t work. The story was ludicrous, and simply connected revamped Bean TV series comedy skits. This didn’t charm the audience, and simply betrayed British audiences and fans tha...

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium [ 2007 ] [ Hits:4919 ]
Review: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a family film that dabbles in the realm of such films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Toy Story. Zack Helm, who wrote Stranger Than Fiction, brings this charming little fantasy story to life. Eccentric Mr. Magorium (Hoffman) has been running the Wonder Emporium for centuries, and wants to hand over the magical toy store to talented pianist and store manager, Molly Mahoney (Portman). Although no one is ready for Magorium to leave, including his Empori...

Mr. Right [ Hits:3267 ]
Review: "The perfect guy is out there waiting for me." While this dreamy sentiment tends to evaporate the closer some woman and men get to their 40s, it still seems to be one of the most popular romantic comedy building blocks in Hollywood. Wishing and waiting for that special somebody to fall into your lap or sweep you up off your feet has continued to be a great source of entertainment for the lovers and haters of this cliche-riddled notion of love. Perhaps the airy-fairy idea, which generally involve...

Mud [ Hits:2565 ]
Review: Mud is a slow-boiling mystery drama. In much the same way as Chinatown, this film slowly immerses us in a sticky, intriguing and unpredictable atmosphere. Instead of a gumshoe detective hunting down an ever-widening conspiracy, we have a young curious boy and his friend, who befriend a fugitive. The boys would have been right at home in Stand By Me, except this is really Mud's movie. Matthew McConnaughey is Mud, a charming and resourceful man, whose small town upbringing and tempestuous n...

Music and Lyrics [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3399 ]
Review: Music and Lyrics stars Hugh Grant as Alex Fletcher, and Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher. This funny, entertaining and romantic film is written and directed by Marc Lawrence who has plenty of romantic comedy writing experience under his belt including: The Out-of-Towners, Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice. Lawrence worked with Grant in Two Weeks Notice, and has been linked to several Sandra Bullock films. It shows. Lawrence is no stranger to the genre, and neither are Grant or Barrymore.This...

My Father's War [ Hits:2830 ]
Review: My Father's War is a drama from writer-director, Craig Gardner, which examines the fractious relationship between David, a war veteran father, and his rebellious son, Dap. We journey with Dap, a young man whose issues stem from feelings of abandonment and a lack of connection, following his father's prolonged involvement in the undeclared Angolan Bush War. From his birth to adolescence the two have forged a history of missed connections. When David reaches out for the last time only to hav...

My Life in Ruins [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3574 ]
Review: My Life in Ruins is a "romcom" about a tour guide operator rediscovering life and love in Athens, Greece. The premise sounds like fun with a decent cast and romantic setting, however it's star, Nia Vardalos, physically embodies the film's main flaw... it's much lighter than My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My Life in Ruins looks fantastic as a trailer, but the full version can't possibly compete with the highlights reel. So it makes a frivolous, popcorn-munching hour and a half seem worthwhile... align...

Necktie Youth [ Hits:1627 ]
Review: Necktie Youth is a black-and-white drama with a documentary feel that attempts to capture the Zeitgeist of South African youth culture. We're thrown into an experimental haze of young, affluent and disillusioned South Africans, whose journeys intersect with the deeply affecting live-stream suicide of a local Jo'burg girl. The born-frees find themselves in a transitional post-Apartheid South Africa, full of pain, injustice and the frustration of hollow political promises. Their identities are ad...

New in Town [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3767 ]
Review: New in Town is a sweet, formulaic romantic comedy starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. in a snowbound Minnesota town called New Ulm. Zellweger plays Lucy Hill, a suit executive, who gets a bum job out in freezing Minnesota. She’s been commissioned to make lay-offs and instigate a new product line in the sleepy little town, which relies on the factory. The new gal in town struggles to fit in with her city ways, but eventually grows accustomed to the locals and their folksy warmth. He...

Next Day Air [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3728 ]
Review: Next Day Air is a Benny Boom film with boom in terms of gunfire and boom in the Afrikaans sense of the word. Boom’s MTV video direction must have raised some eyebrows, because the man’s made a name for himself in the movies. His feature film debut is an uneasy mix of Quentin Tarantino and a Spike Lee joint, starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Cisco Reyes and Mos Def. Now dropping Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee’s names into the melting pot may get your attention, but Next Day Air falls shor...

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4769 ]
Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian returns with the same team that brought us Night at the Museum, with Ben Stiller at the helm, writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon in the engine room and director, Shawn Levy on the steering wheel. The movie is even bigger than Night at the Museum, by expanding into Washington’s Smithsonian museum, but this bigger is better ideology has its pros and cons. A bigger budget means bigger names, bigger effects and a bigger story, but that always...

Nightcrawler [ Hits:3468 ]
Review: Nightcrawler is a dark and deviant crime drama thriller from Dan Gilroy that skewers news services with a compelling story about a sociopath, whose dead eye acumen and entrepreneurial spirit see him accumulate more and more power within the local news scene in Los Angeles. By covering the graveyard shift and some of the most grisly crimes in affluent areas, our ambitious on-the-scene newsman gains traction with a local news network and manager. Jake Gyllenhaal is a perfect match for Lou...

Nine [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6327 ]
Review: There are plenty of musicals that have found their niche on stage and film like Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Shop of Horrors and yes, even Grease. However, that doesn't stop me from cringing when I hear the word 'musical'. For heaven's sake, they're meant for Broadway not Hollywood... and if you're not examining the behind-the-scenes gravity like in Hamlet 2 or Every Little Step, then the only point of adapting to film is making the musical more accessible to those that don't live ...

No Strings Attached [ Hits:9629 ]
Review: No Strings Attached is not about puppets. It's a film about friends with benefits or f**k buddies, a fairly new term that has developed over the last twenty years. It's that agreed upon relational state that prioritizes sex over intimacy in a user relationship. Some would say this describes how every relationship they've been in has worked, but in this case it's a two-way street. Well, there's the problem. At some point, the sexual intimacy of a friends with benefits arrangement leads to one par...

Noah [ Hits:7596 ]
Review: Darren Aronofsky's Biblical fantasy epic was spawned from his fascination with the character of Noah. On the surface, Noah was a man commissioned by God to build an ark and gather two of every bird, animal and reptile before the floods cleansed the earth of humanity. The retelling of this Old Testament story tends to focus on the creatures, but Aronofsky turns to the characters and their near-apocalyptic plight. Russell Crowe plays the title role of Noah. He's a strong actor, famous for his mel...

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