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Avengers: Age of Ultron [ Hits:2256 ]
Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron follows some typical sequel procedure. There's much more conflict. The Avengers team is put to the test by various personal demons, making them self-doubt and re-examine their priorities. The characters have grown - we get more back story to several of the characters, especially Hawkeye and Black Widow, and discover greater depth. Joss Whedon has embraced the first film and Avengers universe, allowing the events from Captain America: The Winter Soldier dubbed as "Avengers...

Away From Her [ 2007 ] [ Hits:2796 ]
Review: Away From Her is an adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over The Mountain” as a married couple in their 60s find themselves separated from each other, when one is instituionalised with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a film about life, love and marriage. A retired couple living in Canada find themselves drifting toward the end of their relationship. Grant (Pisent) is deeply in love with Fiona (Christie) and the two have built a solid marriage over 45 years. Fiona has Alzhe...

Ayanda [ Hits:1269 ]
Review: Ayanda is a fresh coming-of-age romance drama set in the suburb of Yeoville in Johannesburg, South Africa. Yeoville's identity has evolved over the years, becoming "Afropolitan", a melting pot for Africa and now a stylistic theme for Ayanda, as we embrace a brave, hip and vibrant community culture. The neighbourhood's diversity, energy and swagger is translated into Ayanda, originally titled Ayanda and the Mechanic, as we encounter a young woman desperately trying to fuse her talent and resourc...

Baby Driver [ Hits:3132 ]
Review: Edgar Wright is the British director behind cult classics such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. His ambitious, colourful, quirky, playful and imaginative films are geared towards laughs and thrills and Baby Driver is no different. Always unpredictable, fun and visually-compelling, Wright has added a heist thriller to his growing list of shiny, wonderful films. The title Baby Driver, probably should have been Baby, Driver but that would have made too much sense when...

Back to Gaya [ 2004 ] [ Hits:3710 ]
Review: Back to Gaya a.k.a. The Snurks is a fun-filled, fantasy animation from the writers that brought you A Bug’s Life and Hercules. It’s good-natured family entertainment with voice talents from the likes of Patrick Stewart and Emily Watson. Also known as Boo, Zino & The Snurks, the film takes on an original story with new characters to some interesting levels. The animation is reminiscent of Jak X, and has a similar fascination with racing buggys. Why Boo, Zino & The Snurks? Well, those are the ...

Bad Neighbours [ Hits:1666 ]
Review: "Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours...", the cheerful theme of the long-running Australian soap drama, is a haunting refrain to some who have experienced nightmare neighbours. While most of us would be quite happy with the prospect of sharing a street with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason Donovan or Natalie Imbruglia - we're often confronted with a much harsher reality. While Neighbours is allegedly based on true stories, it's a gentle stroll in the park, next to Bad Neigh...

Bad Teacher [ Hits:3658 ]
Review: Cameron Diaz moved from modeling to acting, starring opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask, followed by her role in the Farrelly brothers jaw-dropping There's Something About Mary, flickering between comedy and romance in the 2000s - ever the sweet and fun-loving angel. Now she's decided to flirt with danger, doing a complete 180 degree turn on her Hollywood persona to deliver something edgier, nastier and unexpected.Just like Jennifer Aniston's role as a dentist, sexual deviant and evil temptress in ...

Bakgat! 2 [ 2010 ] [ Hits:6959 ]
Review: Bakgat! surprised audiences with its bubbly and infectious local blend of American Pie and The Karate Kid. This was an Afrikaans comedy with a formulaic feel good approach that worked because of its novelty, its likable cast and its classic high school characters. Love, sport and nostalgia fused to make a movie with a lot of heart and a load of laughs. Bakgat! was so successful that it warranted a follow-up sequel to the happy ending.Now that Wimpie (Botha) is in University... life has become co...

Ballade vir 'n Enkeling [ Hits:2484 ]
Review: Ballade vir 'n Enkeling is an Afrikaans mystery drama based on the '80s television series of the same name. After acclaimed author, Jacques Rynhard, goes missing, an aspiring journalist attempts to find out what became of him. As our intrepid journalist sets out on a mission to get dirt on the talented man, she uncovers a series of stories from those close to Rynhard as flashbacks rise to the surface. The film adaptation is contemporary, maintaining aspects from the original series and moving t...

Barneys Version [ Hits:3550 ]
Review: Paul Giamatti is Barney Panofsky, the title character of Barney's Version, a biographical dramedy based on the novel by Mordecai Richler about an impulsive, rude yet endearing TV producer. After watching Barney's Version, it's difficult to imagine anyone else doing the part justice. Giamatti is fascinating to look at, charming enough to win our hearts and funny enough to keep us laughing. Audiences love watching characters, who while flawed are essentially good when it comes down to it. We relis...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [ Hits:2004 ]
Review: Zack Snyder is known for stylish action and it shouldn't come as any surprise, having amassed a collection of films, which includes: 300, Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, Watchmen and that owl movie. Each of Snyder's films have a similar review: beautiful to behold, breathtaking action set pieces, bold artistic direction, great ambition carried forth by a talented cast, yet undermined by a lack of cohesion and emotional investment. The same is true for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This sort-o...

Battle: Los Angeles [ Hits:5435 ]
Review: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Superman? It's Wednesday - so it must be an alien invasion. Alien invasions have become even more commonplace than UFO sightings in Hollywood. Just over the last few years, there's been a resurgence in alien interest - spurred on by the success of movies like Cloverfield, Transformers, District 9 and Avatar. Although some would also say that the phenomenon never left pop culture with TV series like The X-Files, 4400, Invasion, Roswell and Stargate dotting the t...

Battleship [ Hits:3699 ]
Review: Transformers was essentially a 20 minute advert for the collectible figurines, which went on to become a series of Michael Bay blockbusters. While merchandise is probably the main reason George Lucas gave Star Wars a 3D overhaul. Just when you thought Hollywood had milked the "toy" department dry... Hasbro smashes a mini champagne bottle on Battleship, a popular table top game and now $200 million blockbuster. Most people's first response to hearing that Battleship has been adapted to live-acti...

Beastly [ Hits:4132 ]
Review: Beastly... the title says it all. A shaggy, tween take on Twilight and Beauty & The Beast with a marketing campaign mimicking Fear, the stalker flick that launched Mark Wahlberg and Reece Witherspoon's film careers in the '90s. Paranormal romance aside, this is a simple teen high school movie with a fantasy concept, Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) in a cheesy tale of morality speaking out against superficiality and popularity.Twilight has been a huge in...

Beauty and the Beast [ Hits:1196 ]
Review: It's hard to believe that it's been more than 25 years since the original Beauty and the Beast. Before Pixar, Walt Disney was the animation giant responsible for box office success stories, Aladdin and The Lion King. While there's been some seesawing over the last three decades, they've reinvented themselves and have started adapting their most successful animated features into live-action films, most recently Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Their latest adaptation is of the beloved Beauty an...

Because I Said So... [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3427 ]
Review: Because I Said So has got to be one of the most irritating films I have ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, I generally enjoy most light-hearted romantic comedies, but this movie ruined my good track record. It isn’t warm, it isn’t loving, it isn’t funny - all the traits you look for in a good “romcom”. Before leaving the cinema, I described it as a hedonistic, kitsch, family edition of Sex in the City. What I forgot to add was that it was full of deception, lies with an overriding irrita...

Bedtime Stories [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4543 ]
Review: Bedtime Stories is where Disney and Happy Madison collide… which means that Adam Sandler’s “growing-up-in-the-’80s” crowd must have had children. This is a bold experiment between the two houses as Sandler tones his comedy down and Disney drops the singing/dancing, which makes the choice of Hairspray’s director-choreographer Adam Shankman questionable. Disney proved they could make fun of themselves with Enchanted, and now this new confidence has spawned a “Waterboy in Wonderland...

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3014 ]
Review: Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead is a powerful crime thriller that brings “the family” closer to home as two brothers plan a heist on their parent’s jewellery store, which goes horribly wrong. Instead of the mob, it’s the immediate family that does the job. Sidney Lumet directs a film that loosely mimics Kubrick’s The Killing in terms of narrative and plot. Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers a sterling performance, which was bundled together with The Savages to earn him an Oscar nomin...

Before We Go [ Hits:2020 ]
Review: Before We Go is a directorial debut for Chris Evans, a Hollywood star who has become synonymous with Captain America. While Evans is best known for his blockbuster appearances, he's starred in the odd romantic comedy and has decided to go behind the camera for Before We Go, an upbeat romance drama and mystery about two strangers whose night of adventures draw them closer. The film follows in the tradition of Before Sunrise and Once, focusing on the relationship of two people,  who develop...

Begin Again [ Hits:2484 ]
Review: Begin Again comes to us from Once writer-director John Carney. He captured the independent spirit, heart and mood quite effortlessly in Once, and repackages some of that unassuming indie charm with a bigger budget in Begin Again. Instead of a soulful busker and an immigrant, we have both in Gretta, a reluctant British musician living in the shadows of her rock star boyfriend in New York. She crosses paths with Dan, a down-on-his-luck deadbeat father and irrepressible record company founder. T...

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