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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies sees Bilbo and his cohorts return to finish off the epic saga of Middle Earth; taking on a giant charismatic dragon, an all seeing and malevolently powerful fiery eye and an extremely u...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Picking up just after where Catching Fire left off, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 should come with the warning: if you haven’t seen anything up to this point you’re not welcome. That being said if you have seen the films ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Picking up where the first film left off, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno finds our hero Kenshin (aka Battosai the Killer) happily domesticated with his friends Sanosuke, Kaoru and rescued opium siren Megumi. All is well in this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing troubled men of great intellect; it is arguably how he made his name with BBC’s Sherlock. So in many ways The Imitation Game seems tailor-made to his talents but what is quite magn...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Third Person

In the decade since his Oscar-bothering Crash, Paul Haggis has spent more time as writer than director. His latest directorial foray, the insipid, supercilious Third Person, suggests he should probably spend more time bashing o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fury

You’d be forgiven for supposing director David Ayer (End of Watch) and producer/lead star Brad Pitt’s latest offering, Fury, serves as a scholastic depiction of military strategy during wartime or the exploitation of key histor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Babadook

Whilst on the surface just another foray into the ‘monster in the attic’ genre, The Babadook serves a slightly more thoughtful entry into the world of scary cinema. Positioning itself as a psychological thriller rat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gone Girl

Gone Girl director David Fincher has always been a filmmaker who likes to plant dark thoughts in his audiences’ mind. Films that stay with you long after the credits have rolled and you’re back home realising the sheer impact a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maps To The Stars

Most renowned for his body horror films Maps To The Stars’ director David Cronenberg has, in more recent times, taken a keener interest in all things psychological. Or perhaps psychotic would be a better description, as since t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Origins

Not a prequel to any Pad, Pod, Phone or Robot, I Origins is the latest offering from the minds that brought us Another Earth. Forgoing flashy set pieces and eye-popping CGI, writer-director Mike Cahill concocts a film that plan...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Forty-six years after the original Franklin J. Schaffner film we arrive at Matt Reeve’s latest incarnation, hot on the heels of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction(a film recently memorably described on Tw...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Begin Again

Director John Carney returns to a similar topic of inspiration that brought him so much success with Once in Begin Again. In fact so similar are the basic premises of Once and Begin Again it could easily be seen as a more mains...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Boyhood

Incredibly honest, subtle and relatable, Boyhood is a powerful observation on real life, shown through one boy’s upbringing and the changing relationships with his family and friends. It leaves you wanting more, more ‘tim...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cold In July

In his production notes for Cold In July writer-director Jim Mickle states part of the appeal of making the film was that it balked the trend of most genre movies in so far as it refuses to conform to what it sets out to do in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jersey Boys

Caught somewhere between musical biopic and comedic melodrama, Clint Eastwood‘s movie adaptation of Jersey Boys doesn’t fully deliver on either. The strength of this film, as with the musical on which it’s bas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Dirties

Matt Johnson’s feature debut is an electric account of intimidation, abuse and vengeance in the hallways of a Toronto high school. Johnson plays Matt, a shunned and manic creative filmmaker who, with best friend Owen, uses his ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes films for dreamers. The whimsical worlds he creates are a million miles away from 21st Century politics and the dark recesses of the human heart. In Europe the Director who brought to life Delicatessen,...