Review: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

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Nine years after the release of Sin City, directors Robert Rodriquez and Frank Miller (who also wrote the script) reunite for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, a sequel that visually intoxicating, yet dimly vacant on the inside. Unraveling over four vignettes (two that have been ripped from Miller’s source material, and two that have been written specifically), the film adopts the same template as its predecessor, but fails to fix any of the problems. Continue reading

Review: What If (2013)

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Daniel Radcliffe continues to stretch his capacity in Michael Dowse’s What If, a smart and funny rom-com that puts a modern spin on the age-old topic of whether men and woman can merely be friends. At a party, Wallace (Radcliffe) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator with a similar sense of humour and a long-term boyfriend. Determined not to let their connection pass them by, Wallace and Chantry agree to be friends – an understanding that proves difficult to maintain.  Continue reading

Review: Lucy (2014)

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The best film Luc Besson has delivered in years, Lucy is a full-throttle action-thriller that’s every bit as bonkers as it is furiously entertaining. Accidentally embroiled in the deadly underworld of Taiwan, an American student (Johansson) turns the tables on her captures when the drug she’s transporting leaks, infusing her brain with a serum that enables her to unlock its full potential.  Continue reading

Review: Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014)

Hector2_glamour_19jun14_pr_b_426x284_zpsfc43648bSimon Pegg stumbles once more without partner in crime Nick Frost by his side with Hector And The Search For Happiness, a wretched excuse for a British comedy. Hector (Pegg), a well-to-do psychiatrist, leaves his perfect life and perfect other half (Rosamund Pike) behind in a bid to discover the true meaning of happiness. Directed by Peter Chelsom, who helped to adapt François Lelord source material, the film is a mostly insufferable travelogue that bears no resemblance to reality. Continue reading

Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

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Sylvester Stallone and his ragtag team of ageing action heroes return in The Expendables 3, the third and potentially final entry in the increasingly preposterous, testosterone-fuelled franchise. Under the helm of Red Hill director Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 finds Barney (Stallone) up against old partner-turned-foe Conrad Stonebacks (Mel Gibson), this time with some new, younger and more tech-savvy mercenaries along for the ride. Continue reading

Review: The Rover (2014)

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Guy Pearce proves his chops once more in The Rover, David Michôd’s effectively dressed, yet ultimately prosaic post-apocalyptic revenge thriller. In the rough outback, Eric (Pearce), a ruthless loner, undertakes a chase across the outback when two thugs steal his car, crossing paths with one of the thieves’ brothers (Robert Pattinson) in the process. Continue reading

Review: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (2013)

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The feature debut of brothers Zeke Hawkins and Simon Hawkins, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place is a confident, if recognisable, noir thriller. In the final days before leaving for college, Sue (Mackenzie Davis) and Bobby (Jeremy Allen White) all of a sudden find themselves caught up in murky waters when BJ (Logan Huffman), Sue’s boyfriend, steals from his boss’ safe. Continue reading