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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Long Goodbye

Director Robert Altman is most fondly remembered for his ensemble pieces but to ignore The Long Goodbye is to miss out on a piece of pulpish brilliance.  While the likes of M*A*S*H, Nashville and Short Cuts have that quintessen...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives sees Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling reunited with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.  Given the jaw-dropping brilliance of their previous collaboration, not to mention that film’s iconic cool, Only Go...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Heat

If you’ve seen the trailer for The Heat (and if you’ve seen Paul Feig’s previous film, Bridesmaids), you’ll most likely be expecting a silly, gag-laden romp with a good measure of slapstick and a large supply of crude humour. Y...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RED 2

After the success of 2010’s RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) a sequel was an inevitability and so RED 2 is about as subtle as a freight train plowing through a snow drift.  So it’s a case of putting the band back together once...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bling Ring

Between Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring it seems that the youth of today are truly in revolt.  Gone are the warm fuzzy days of John Hughes’ lovable teenagers running a mock in high school to...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now You See Me

If we subscribe to Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige line of thinking, a magic trick, like those performed in Now You See Me, should consist of three key parts.  The first is ‘the pledge’ wherein we see something seemingly norma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deadfall

Deadfall is a film that wants to be so many things.  On the one hand it wants to be a noirish crime thriller, a snow-scape Western and a compelling drama with broken families at its core.  But in trying to be so many things doe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Iceman

You might think that a film which features a snarling Ray Liotta, a collection of mob and mafia goons and a ‘hit’ every few minutes might have come direct from Martin Scorsese’s imagination. However this story, based on the tru...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dead Man Down

Dead Man Down marks the first in a slurry of revenge thrillers about to grace our screens.  Films such as The Prisoners and Into The Furnace promise dark tales of people avenging loved ones.  Much of this new found hunger for d...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Everybody Has A Plan

Viggo Mortensen‘s post-Lord of the Rings career choices have resulted in a bit of a mish-mash of hits and misses. Everybody Has A Plan, a slight Argentine drama, falls firmly in the latter camp. To his credit he does his ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hard Rush

Some action thrillers try to get by solely on slickness. They seem to think that if they have enough shoot-outs, drugs and fight scenes, then it means they don’t need to worry too much about the other things that make up a film...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 6

How has Fast & Furious 6 come into existence you might ask?  A franchise that started waaay back in 2001 with a film which was essentially a remake of 1991’s adrenaline junky classic Point Break; swap the surfboards for fas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Plein Soleil

Patricia Highsmith may not have invented the psychological thriller but her novels and short stories have gone a long way towards defining it. Highsmith’s first novel became Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train while her eig...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines director Derek Cianfrance likes his characters conflicted.  Characters who are deeper than most Hollywood cardboard cutouts, characters with depth who are both fascinating and familiar.  With his last...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trance

Trance director Danny Boyle likes to get into his characters’ heads, often delving into the essence of what makes a character tick. Think of Renton’s drug-fuelled swim inTrainspotting or Leonardo DiCaprio’s computer game escapi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stolen

The last time Stolen director Simon West teamed with Nicolas Cage the two created one of the ‘90s best action films Con Air.  But does Stolen soar to “put the bunny back in the box” levels of brilliance or does it crash and bur...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Robot And Frank

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the pitch meeting for Robot And Frank.  “It’s about a former cat burglar who is given a robot that helps him continue to steal.”  The executive producers’ faces must have lit up;  “And it will star...