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The Informant

Recent years have seen a welcome return of the stylish, intelligent French genre film. Last a visitor to our shores in the early ‘00s with titles such as Crimson Rivers and Brotherhood of the Wolf, the stylish French thriller n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Raid 2

Searing itself into the cinematic lexicon Gareth Evans’ The Raid didn’t so much re-invent the action genre as give it an adrenaline injection to the heart. He would no doubt have been inundated with offers from Hollywood to go ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Need For Speed

Clearly fed-up with The Fast & Furious franchise having the monopoly over all things rev-head, Need For Speed is anxious to inject a bit of realism into the speed junkie genre.  There’s no visible CGI boosted cars here, unl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thunderbolt And Lightfoot

The last golden age of American film ended with the collapse of a major Hollywood studio. The era known as New Hollywood began in the late 1960s with the production of vital, urgent films such as Bonnie & Clyde, Easy Rider ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RoboCop

It’s a brave person that makes the decision to remake Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult sci-fi, classic RoboCop. It takes an even braver individual to chose to remove the satire and ultra violence to make a RoboCop very much aimed at ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Believe it or not Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan is the fifth screen incarnation of Tom Clancy’s iconic CIA operative. From Alec Baldwin’s Hunt For Red October, Harrison Ford’s double wammy of Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Out Of The Furnace

Having played Batman for close to a decade it would have been a fair assumption that Christian Bale was done with going all vigilante. But it seems that his strong jaw-line is never far from a bit of well-timed revenge and such...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Boomerang!

Elia Kazan was one of the most divisive figures in 20th Century Hollywood. Co-founder of the Actors Studio that brought Method acting to the American stage, Kazan nurtured a generation of actors including James Dean and Marlon ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ninja: Tear Of A Shadow

It begins somewhat like this, boy is happily in love with wife, wife is happily in love with boy, disaster strikes as the pregnant girl is brutally murdered. Boy temporarily loses his sanity trying to avenge her death. Lots of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars; a tough talking, smart, feisty high schooler who moonlights as a private detective and about a decade ago had a, moderately, hit TV show.  For fans of Miss Mars it all ended a bit abruptly, Veronica was supposed ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Bad Wolves

Dark and disturbingly captivating the directors of Big Bad Wolves Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado flirt with a Quentin Tarantino type style to create a multi-layered thriller that’s pointedly chilling in every sense of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Hustle

So it seems that ‘third times a charm’ didn’t quite come true for American Hustle director David O. Russell.  After the one-two sucker punch of The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, both of which garnered R...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dom Hemingway

‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ seems to be the adage of Dom Hemingway which comes close to falling into the realms of British cockney geeza gangsters cliché.  Like Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels though it ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Killers

First published in 1927, Ernest Hemmingway’s short story “The Killers” has been adapted for the screen no less than six times. The reason for this abundance of adaptation is that Hemmingway used his story to ask a big question ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Filth

It’s been nearly two decades since Filth writer Irvine Welsh saw a great adaptation of his work in the form of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.  Given his bleak subject matter it’s perhaps not surprising that filmmakers are so fasc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Léon 20th Anniversary Special Edition

These days Léon director Luc Besson deals more in producing Euro-action-thrillers that are both formulaic and predictable, we’re looking at you Taken and Transporter franchises.  But looking back at Léon, twenty years after it’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prisoners

Coming after his much lauded, and Oscar nominated, Incendies, all eyes are on Prisoners’ director Denis Villeneuve to see if he can repeat the trick of making an engaging drama mystery for a more mainstream audience.  With the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starts like a film should end – with a shoot out. Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) are young lovers on the lam. Their hold-up has led to a hold-out, and when the shooting dies down...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Harrigan

It’s a brave director who takes on a story of filial-fuelled revenge in 1970s northern England, but Vince Woods has done just that with his first flick, Harrigan. Bolshy, brash, and just back from Hong Kong, DS Barry Hann...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pain And Gain

Pain & Gain director Michael Bay has long since been a filmmaker of excess.  Whether he’s destroying Alcatraz in The Rock, wiping out New York in Armageddon or simply kicking seven shades of metal with his Transformers fran...