Review: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Most Wanted Man

Adapted from John Le Carre’s best-selling novel of the same name, and featuring one of the final performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man is a well-intentioned but unmistakably dreary thriller. In Hamburg, a half-Chechen illegal immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who stakes claim to his father’s fortune catches the attention of rogue intelligence officer Günther Bachmann (Hoffman), whose suspicions have been heightened since the events of 9/11. Continue reading

Review: Pride (2014)

Pride

A truly British film if there ever was one, Pride is a rousing and relevant crowd-pleaser that knows how to entertain its audience, even if it does skimp on the drama. In the summer of 1984, at the height of the miners strike, a determined group of gay activists decide to raise money for the families of those effected – a proposal that comes with its own set of challenging setbacks. Continue reading

Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

The Boxtrolls

The stop-motion animation studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman ups the ante with their latest release The Boxtrolls, a deliciously dark, witty and visually inventive adventure-comedy of particularly high quality. Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), a young orphaned boy, is forced to face reality when his cave-dwelling captors, otherwise known as the Boxtrolls, come under attack by Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a dastardly tyrant with big aspirations. Continue reading

Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lasse Hallström revisits familiar territory with The Hundred-Foot Journey, a warmly lit, yet cloyingly corny and drama-free adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ novel of the same name. Talented cook Hassan (Manish Dayal) and his family – Papa (Om Puri) and his other children – relocate to France after a devastating fire, opening an Indian restaurant in a rural village. It’s not all happy endings, however, as their arrival doesn’t sit well with snobby restauranteur Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Continue reading

Review: Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

739d0b7d-14df-435d-a0fe-0060e6f09d62_zps677bb256In what can only be described as a superficial melodrama that squanders the talents of its A-list cast and marks another lacklustre effort for director Rowan Joffe., Before I Go To Sleep – an adaptation of S. J. Watson’s bestselling novel – stars Christine (Nicole Kidman) as a woman who wakes up every day with no recollection of the day before after an accident left her with severe amnesia. Continue reading

Review: Life Of Crime (2013)

Life Of Crime

Adapted for the screen by writer-director Daniel Schechter, Life Of Crime is a slow-burning, character-driven adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch that never quite reaches its full potential, yet sparkles nonetheless. Louis (John Hawkes) and Ordell (Mos Def), two small time crooks, hatch a plan to kidnap Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of businessman Frank (Tim Robbins). Continue reading

Review: Into The Storm (2014)

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Into The Storm attempts to match up to brilliantly silly disaster films such as Twister and The Day After Tomorrow, but falls terribly short – its special effects not even enough to raise it up. The plot, if there is one, centres on a troop of storm chasers who, along with the many townspeople of Silverton, find themselves caught up in a terrifying, death-defying storm. The only problem is, everything within Into The Storm has been seen before – multiple times, in fact. Continue reading