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Bad Neighbours

Featuring the kind of language that would make your gran turn blue, Bad Neighbours continues Hollywood’s trend of R-rated comedies. Ever since the likes of Judd Apatow struck gold with his foul-mouthed brand of humour there’s b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary

Last time Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh teamed-up they delivered the delicately comedic The Guard.  This time Gleeson and McDonagh maintain a sense of comedic whimsy but go dark, really dark  with Ca...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Double

Seeped in drab grays and browns Richard Ayoade’s The Double is, aesthetically speaking, far removed from his debut film Submarine.  And yet, two films into his directing career he has established a style and tone that is quinte...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Muppets Most Wanted

Kermit and company return for a bizarre, frantic and pretty fun sequel to 2011’s The Muppets film, with this spring’s Muppets Most Wanted. Arriving literally seconds after the original’s musical finale, we join the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Svengali

The following is a list of things you’ll learn from watching Svengali: One – Cassettes are no longer archaic relics but cool and retro Two –  “Don’t be a suit, be a dude” is an awesome saying (thanks Alan McGee) And three ̵...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Stag

It’s not as bawdy as its title might suggest. But John Butler’s directorial debut, The Stag, a comedy with a heart about an Irish stag party gone awry, is a tad predictable and tends to prompt vaguely amused snorts rather than ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

If the auteur theory is ever to be proven or even debated in modern cinema then those debating would need to look no further than The Grand Budapest Hotel’s director Wes Anderson.  Perhaps an acquired taste his work is nonethel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lego Movie

Certainly one of the more obvious cases of product placement in cinema, along with Transformers, The Lego Movie nonetheless manages to click in all the right places. The plot is relatively simple and sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Her

Never a filmmaker to stick to convention, Spike Jonze’s Her is both a heartwarming love letter to romance and a parable on our increasingly intimate reliance on technology. In a near future Theodore, played with a warming, almo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sleepless in Seattle

Returning to the big screen this Valentine’s Day is the classic rom-com Sleepless in Seattle, where love is “like coming home” or at least it was for Tom Hanks’ character Sam when he first met his late wife Maggie. 18 months fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cuban Fury

The dance floor is a welcome space for exercising demons; lust, regret, redemption have been stomped and swirled across those tiles in many a movie, and Cuban Fury makes no exception. The inebriated creation of a fearless Nick ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an update on Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment on the animated Rocky & Bullwinkle Show from the 1950s and 60s created by Jay Ward.  Not much has been done with the characters since t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grudge Match

In the one corner, with the careworn features, 1949 world middleweight champion, the Raging Bull himself, Robert ‘Jake LaMotta’ De Niro! And in the other corner with the immovable face, the 1976 world heavyweight ch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wolf of Wall Street

“I want you to deal with your problems by becoming rich.” These words resound loudly over the 506 curses that pepper Martin Scorsese’s greedy account of a self made Wall Street monster, which has Leonardo DiCaprio gurn, snort a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a rom-com fantasy adventure about a quiet and reserved photo archivist who escapes the banal mundanity of his life by visiting his fantastical daydreams. And it’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Vegas

Director Jon Turteltaub, most famous for helming the National Treasure franchise and bringing us ‘90s comedy classic Cool Runnings, delivers a real bore with his latest: trite bachelor romp Last Vegas. Unfortunately the film is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Utterly quotable and beloved by everyone in San Diego, Anchorman’s following is worldwide and smells of rich mahogany. Put it this way, it’d be hard to find someone who a) has never seen the film or b) doesn’t know a line from ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Bad Wolves

As soon one mentions a horror/thriller involving torture, your mind may turn towards the likes of the Saw franchise.  Rest assured that Big Bad Wolves is nothing of the sort.  This Israeli film doesn’t dwell so much on th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Stuff – Nordic Film Festival

Though Morgan Spurlock made the simple video diary documentary an ironically palatable offering with Super Size Me, several filmmakers starting out have seen the merits of the formula and taken it to their hearts. Can Finnish d...