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Review: The Imitation Game – A redeeming celebration of an enigmatic hero

Review: The Imitation Game – A redeeming celebration of an enigmatic hero

The Imitation Game is a celebration of a genius, enhanced immeasurably by a captivating Benedict Cumberbatch Director Morten Tyldum certainly has a feel for quintessential wartime Britain: politeness even in the face of adversity, sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches while picnicking on immaculately cut grass – all the stereotypes. Yet this charmingly...

Interstellar: Nolan delves into deep space only to leave his audience behind

Interstellar: Nolan delves into deep space only to leave his audience behind

Christopher Nolan’s epic space adventure promises the universe, but delivers a disappointingly sentimental message. Christopher Nolan is in no doubt that size matters. In his mind big is best. From the gloomy and socially relatable Dark Knight trilogy to the mind bending, but scientifically inspired Inception, his name has become synonymous with the grandiose...

Review: My Old Lady

Review: My Old Lady

My Old Lady unfolds gradually, sparked by the introduction of Mathias (Kevin Kline) into the Parisian house he has inherited from his recently-deceased, long-estranged father. Thinking that he will simply have to show up, sell the place and reap the benefits, he is surprised that, under French law, he will not properly inherit the place until the old lady...

“Bite of the Conchords”: What We Do in the Shadows review

“Bite of the Conchords”: What We Do in the Shadows review

What We Do in the Shadows is presented by the “New Zealand Documentary Board” (yeah, right) and written by, directed by, and stars Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark) and Jemaine Clement (The Flight of the Conchords). It is also one of my films of the year. And I knew that by the end of the pre-title sequence. Seasoned comedy creators Clement and Waititi have...

With Interstellar, Nolan Challenges Audiences But Not Himself

With Interstellar, Nolan Challenges Audiences But Not Himself

Christopher Nolan is part of that rare breed in Hollywood: a director whose name trumps any other intellectual property as the biggest box office driver. People watch his movies not because they particularly want to see the nth Batman reboot, a story about rival magicians (I mean, who does that?) or a dream-stealing-thingy with a cryptic trailer that doesn’t...

Review: The Skeleton Twins

Review: The Skeleton Twins

You’d not usually associate SNLers with serious drama, but when director Craig Johnson paired Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig for his darkly amusing, yet poignant drama about depression and suicide, he struck the proverbial gold when it turns out that both, and more surprisingly Hader, can handle meatier, deeper, and more serious roles incredibly well. It’s...

Review: Taxi

Review: Taxi

Director: Gérard Pirès Writer: Luc Besson Starring: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary Synopsis: In order to save his soon-to-be-revoked driving licence, taxi driver Daniel (Naceri) has to team up with the police in order to capture a team of German bank robbers Long before the idiotic remake with Jimmy Fallon and Queen...

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This review by Wayne Ashworth. Go check out his artwork. He does an ace Hellboy I remember hearing the news of a new Turtles movie and being as excited as I could have been for those few seconds before hearing that Michael Bay would have something to do with it. I was sick to death of watching movies that got my hopes up for an entertaining experience only to...

Review: Interstellar “It will have you punching the air in euphoria….or rolling on the floor laughing”

Review: Interstellar “It will have you punching the air in euphoria….or rolling on the floor laughing”

The One Where Nolan Doesn’t Learn From His Mistakes But Cranks Out A Flawed Masterpiece Anyway. I was lucky enough to see Alien and Aliens at the cinema last week. A random one off showing that managed to pleasantly surprise me when they both turned out to be the Director’s Cuts – giving me even more time to imagine I was out in place....

Review – St. Vincent

Review – St. Vincent

ABOUT: St. Vincent is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theodore Melfi, making his feature film debut. The film stars Bill Murray as the title character with Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Naomi Watts. Plot: Vincent, a drunken, gambling war veteran retiree, gets recruited by his new single-mom neighbor Maggie to watch over her small...