Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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The superhero team-up to end all, Captain America: Civil War is a heady, often exhausting combination of satisfying, fan servicing set pieces and underdeveloped political debates. After more destruction and casualties come as a result of another attempt to save the world, Captain America et al. – Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to mention a few others – are urged to take accountability and sign away their independence. Continue reading “Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)”

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Review: Red Lights (2012)

Parapsychologists Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) spend their lives travelling around the country refuting claims of the supernatural and ridiculing those phony psychics who frequently work against the law to fool unsuspecting members of the public. However, when acclaimed psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) re-emerges from hiding, a figure whose powers are seemingly foolproof, Margaret and Tom must step-up Continue reading “Review: Red Lights (2012)”

Review: Silent House (2011)

Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), a quiet and cagey teenager, returns to her family’s holiday home with her father, John (Adam Trese), and uncle, Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens), to ready it for sale. After an argument erupts and Peter leaves, Sarah and her father are left alone in the boarded up house, with no electricity and only candlelight to see by. When Sarah starts to hear odd noises from above, her father is sent to investigate, heralding a series of traumatic events as Sarah is left Continue reading “Review: Silent House (2011)”

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Since its conception in 1981, Sundance has been the launchpad for many of the best independent films. Luckily for Sean Durkin, writer and director of last year’s festival stand-out Martha Marcy May Marlene, he found himself in pole position when his psychological thriller about one woman’s escape from a commune became the talk of Salt Lake City.

Told through parallel, non-linear narratives that represent its central character’s rapidly deteriorating mindset, Martha Marcy May Marlene tells of Continue reading “Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)”