EIFF 2016 Review: Kids In Love (2016)

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In this vacuous British coming-of-age drama, privilege is celebrated through teens who live hedonistic lifestyles in large, city-centre houses without a care in the world, least of all for money, which seems to be on tap. Jack (Will Poulter) has his life mapped out for him – university, followed by an internship at a law firm. But when he falls for free spirit Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky), he quickly loses all sense of himself and his future in search of love and freedom. Continue reading “EIFF 2016 Review: Kids In Love (2016)”

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Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner, the latest YA novel to be adapted into a film, is a well-made and energetically performed dystopian sci-fi adventure with smarts. Dylan O’Brien stars as Thomas, a youngster who wakes up trapped in an enclosed colony with a crowd of other boys and no memory of his past. Their only chance of escape is to master a complicated, treacherous maze that brings surprising, life-changing consequences into play. Continue reading “Review: The Maze Runner (2014)”

Review: Plastic (2014)

Plastic

Julian Gilbey proved himself a dab hand at nail-biting tension with his directorial debut A Lonely Place To Die, yet stumbles sorely with Plastic, what can only be described as a vacant and preposterous follow-up. Four students – Sam (Ed Speelers), Fordy (Will Poulter), Yatesy (Alfie Allen) and Rafa (Sebastian De Souza) – run a successful credit card fraud scheme. But when they accidentally steal from crime boss Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann), they soon find themselves with a £2m debt on their heads. Continue reading “Review: Plastic (2014)”

Review: We’re The Millers (2013)

We're The Millers

The latest in the line of R-rated comedies hoping to capitalise on the success achieved by The Hangover, Bridesmaids and The Heat, We’re The Millers boasts a starry cast and neat premise, yet squanders both by subjecting them to a hit-and-miss script and a series of laughably uninspired gags. When small-time pot dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) has his marijuana stash stolen, he’s forced to become a drug smuggler to repay the debt to his boss.  Continue reading “Review: We’re The Millers (2013)”