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Review: Son Of A Gun – “Some exciting episodes of suspense”

Review: Son Of A Gun – “Some exciting episodes of suspense”

“I like films that scar.” That’s what David Fincher once said about cinema. I would concur that the feeling is mutual. Julius Avery writes and directs the Australian crime thriller Son of A Gun starring Ewan McGregor as Brendan Lynch and Brenton Thwaites as JR. It’s a gritty picture where the punches are hard and convincing....

Review: Trash – “A lot of charm”

Review: Trash – “A lot of charm”

Trash is the new Brazilian/Hollywood hybrid from Billy Elliot (2000) director Richard Daldry, and famed writer Richard Curtis (with translation by Felipe Braga). It is set in an unnamed country (Brazil), where a young boy called Raphael (Rickson Tevez) finds a wallet that sets off a chain of events that will change his and his friend’s lives forever. It’s a...

Review: Big Hero 6 – “A vastly enjoyable film”

Review: Big Hero 6 – “A vastly enjoyable film”

With Pixars’ John Lasseter and Edwin Catmull involved, you know they’ve probably done well, and in Big Hero 6, there is very little disappointment. This is the next film to surface after the “redemption quadtrilogy” of The Princess And the Frog, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph (a personal favourite), and the musically unending smash hit Frozen. Since bringing...

Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, Stardust) once again reunites with writer Jane Goldman for Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on the series by comic book enfant terrible Mark Millar, Kingsman is an action-comedy-espionage movie with designs on bringing the fun back to spy movies – specifically calling out the Bond franchise. Colin...

Review: The Singing Bird Will Come

Review: The Singing Bird Will Come

The Singing Bird Will Come is written and directed by Iain Ross-McNamee who unveiled his feature film debut as having being made on a “nano-budget,” I think that was the point a young man realized he wasn’t sitting in the screening for Liam Neeson in Taken 3 and quickly left the room. Take that last point into consideration about this films budget, I...

Review: Ex Machina “Science fiction perfection”

Review: Ex Machina “Science fiction perfection”

Primarily known for his work with Danny Boyle: The Beach, 28 Days Later and Sunshine, as well as Dredd, Ex Machina sees Alex Garland not only on script duty – but directing for the first time. Oft quoted at his disappointment in not being able to follow up the poorly performing Dredd, Ex Machina is so good that it should see Garland able to write (and direct)...

Review: A Most Violent Year “An understated and subtle crime drama”

Review: A Most Violent Year “An understated and subtle crime drama”

J. C. Chandor is gaining some momentum, with his very well received debut Margin Call (2011), the much award nominated All Is Lost (2013), and now A Most Violent Year; he has set a foundation of the kind of films he wants to make. Chandor refuses to conform to the current parameters, he wants to go back to the 70’s, when The Godfather (1972) was king, where...

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – “Brilliantly bizarre”

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – “Brilliantly bizarre”

“How did we end up here?” asks a hoarse voice. “This place is horrible – smells like balls.” Michael Keaton is levitating above the floor of his evidently testicle scented dressing room, trying to channel out the mysterious speaker in his head. Keaton, like the character he is portraying, has not had a major role for over twenty years – which is...

Review: Whiplash – “Exhilarating, intense, jaw-dropping”

Review: Whiplash – “Exhilarating, intense, jaw-dropping”

Rarely is a film quite so aptly titled. Cut like a thriller, Whiplash grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you go for the duration. Miles Teller stars as an aspiring musician who will go to great lengths to become the best drummer that ever lived, including putting up with the shocking, bullying tactics of conductor J. K. Simmons. The two leads are...

Review: Sleepless Night is a frantic French frenzy

Review: Sleepless Night is a frantic French frenzy

Sleepless Night is a low budget, French language action thriller, and it’s original title is “Nuit blanche”. It’s done well on the US festival circuit, knocking around since 2011 and garnering a lot of wildly positive reviews, as you’ll see from the trailer below. Vincent (Tomer Sisley) is a cop unafraid to use his position to line his...