After the action-heavy drive of the previous instalments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is decidedly sober and contemplative in comparison, but no less thrilling. Bunkered down in District 13 after being saved from the Quarter Quell, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly concedes to become the face of the rebel uprising. Her reluctance quickly turns to intensity, however, as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) continues his tight dictatorship, using Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as bait. Continue reading
Flight Of The Conchords alumni Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi reunite for What We Do In The Shadows, a supremely funny vampire mockumentary. Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Jonathon Burgh) and Vladislav (Clement) are three friends living together in modern-day New Zealand. They also happen to be blood-sucking vampires, and it’s up to them to show new boy Nick (Cori Gonzalez Macuer) the way when he’s bitten by 8000-year old Petyr (Ben Fransham). Continue reading
Kirsten Wiig and Bill Hader are the beating heart behind The Skeleton Twins, a bittersweet and sharply observed offbeat drama. They star as Maggie and Milo, estranged siblings who are brought back together after the latter’s botched suicide attempt. As each struggles with their own problems, as well as a dark childhood, Maggie and Milo slowly realise that they’re better together than apart. Continue reading
There are plenty of films where the lead performance vastly outweighs the film it inhabits, and Wild is one of those films. Based on a true story, it tells of Cheryl Strayed (Reece Witherspoon), a woman haunted by her past who decides to trek the 1,100-mile Pacific Coast Trail in order to cleanse herself of sin and heartbreak. Continue reading
Benedict Cumberbatch continues to dominate the big screen, starring in Headhunters director Morten Tyldum’s historical thriller The Imitation Game. Master mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) finds himself plunged into the underbelly of World War II when he’s hired by the British government – along with a team of code breakers – to crack Nazi Germany’s supposedly impenetrable Enigma code and end the war. Continue reading
A sci-fi thriller that drags more than it soars, Interstellar finds director Christopher Nolan favouring spectacle over substance. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former astronaut-turned-farmer, is struggling to survive on a ravaged Earth. When a last-ditch attempt to save mankind presents itself, Cooper leaves his family behind for the outer reaches of space.
Say When (titled Laggies in America) is perhaps Lynn Shelton’s most commercial film to date – a quarter life crisis comedy that’s charming, even in spite of its prosaic script. Keira Knightley stars as Megan, an undirected 20-something who balks at her long-term boyfriend’s marriage proposal. In need of a temporary respite, she takes Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) - a 16-year-old whom she bonds with - up on her offer of shelter. Continue reading