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Inherent Vice

Drenched in a deep marauding plot is Joaquin Phoenix’s Doc, his stoned lackadaisical malaise somehow being the only thing to cut through the almost impossibly intertwined character lines and it’s his bizarre perform...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Gambler

On paper, The Gambler possesses a peculiar allure and excitement. The modern-day remake of a James Toback classic with three established talents collaborating in their prime suggests you’re in for a treat. This is the unfortuna...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Most Violent Year

Writer/director J.C. Chandor’s profile has continued to rise in recent years through ambitious and diverse output. His critically acclaimed, Oscar-baiting All Is Lost (2013) demonstrated his ability to coax a poignant yet...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Drop

Unfairly billed as Tom Hardy’s Puppy Love The Drop is a film that far exceeds the sub-plot involving Mr. Hardy and his canine friend. Instead it’s a character driven crime drama; a smart, seething often lethargic piece of cinem...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal is Lou Bloom, a down-on-his-luck nobody who’s looking for his calling and finding nothing. A chance encounter one night sucks him into the underworld of guerrilla journalism, which fuels his desire and aspiratio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Equalizer

If you’d never seen a movie before, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Equalizer is a stylish action thriller with a bit of weight at its core. But you have seen movies before and, more particularly, you’ve seen this movi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Order Of Disappearance

Scandinavian crime drama has had a recent discovery over here, in films, TV and books. There are shows like The Killing and The Bridge, books like those of Jo Nesbo, and many movies. The latest in this cycle is In Order of Disa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For

You get an idea of just how ridiculous Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For is from its opening sequence. The action kicks off with Marv (the hulking brute from the first film who’s basically indestructible) punishing a group of frat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Rover

After his debut feature Animal Kingdom showed him to be a writer-director of huge talent David Michôd’s sophomore effort The Rover has been hotly anticipated. The trailers offered a glimpse into a bleak world in which a bedragg...
 
 
 
 
 
 

22 Jump Street

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can’t seem to put a foot wrong. Their clever and colourful catalogue to date are littered with box office surprises, including The Lego Movie and the mouth watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Raid 2

In 2012 a film erupted onto our screens that generously reinvigorated the action genre and injected a much needed shot of epinephrine into our martial arts veins. That film was The Raid and this spring serves up The Raid 2, pos...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RoboCop

RoboCop is a well-judged and competent reboot. Joel Kinnaman does a decent job as Alex Murphy, the ‘Cop’ who is put inside the ‘Robo’. The CG on the suit is naturally very good and there are some impressive action sequences, es...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Hustle

Could American Hustle make it third times a charm for director David O. Russell?  After the one-two sucker punch of The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, both of which garnered Russell Oscar nominations for directing, he wil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hidden Child – Nordic Film Festival

Though the likes of Apt Pupil and The Debt are keen to hint that the most ordinary seeming of people could be former Nazi war criminals, that hasn’t stopped others from pursuing the same theme. This time, Swedish screenwriter a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain Phillips

For anyone who has seen the gripping trailer for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips the line “I am the captain now” is a chilling one that perfectly sums up the battle of wills at the heart of the film.  Spoken by Somali pirate ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Machete Kills

Machete started out as a joke. The first film was an expansion of a fake trailer made for Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino‘s Grindhouse.  The idea was to give the impression of an exploitation movie based on a Mexic...